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During Markup, Waters Calls Out Republicans for Failing to Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank

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During a markup of 13 legislative proposals focused on capital formation for small businesses, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, led her fellow Democrats in criticizing Republicans for failing to consider legislation to renew the charter Export-Import Bank, an entity that helps American businesses grow and create jobs. With only 18 legislati...

Waters Urges Strong Federal Floor in Setting Data Security Standards

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At today’s Financial Services committee hearing on data security breaches, Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) cautioned lawmakers to ensure that any Congressional effort to set national enforcement and notification standards provide a strong federal minimum, ensure flexibility for states to build on those minimum standards and avoid hamstringing their ability to adapt and strengthen them as new t...

At Dodd-Frank Hearing, Waters Reminds Lawmakers Why Reform Was Necessary

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At a subcommittee hearing related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, reminded her colleagues as to why bold action was needed in the aftermath of the worst crisis since the Great Depression. She also underscored Dodd-Frank’s popularity with the American public and reiterated the few legislative days left until ...

Waters Urges Action to Renew and Reform Export–Import Bank

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Following comments by Speaker Boehner that, “there are thousands of jobs on the line that would disappear pretty quickly if the [Export-Import] Bank were to disappear," Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, urged the Republicans on the Committee to stand up for American jobs and businesses by taking action to renew and reform the Export-Import B...

Waters Blasts Underhanded Attacks on Critical Consumer Protection Agency

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As the House considers H.R. 1195, legislation related to advisory boards at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, lamented yet another underhanded attempt by the Republican majority to undermine the consumer watchdog by significantly cutting its budget. As originally written, the once-bipartisan m...

As Clock Ticks on Ex-Im, Waters Urges Immediate Renewal

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With the Export-Import Bank’s charter set to expire in just 32 legislative days, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, today blasted House Republicans for wasting time hosting a hearing on the implementation of the 2012 reauthorization – and called on them to instead focus on ensuring its doors remain open. In a joint hearing between subcommitte...

In Floor Remarks, Waters Leads Efforts to Oppose H.R. 685

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In advance of final votes today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, led efforts to oppose the so-called “Mortgage Choice Act,” (H.R. 685) a measure that would weaken vital consumer protections for low-income Americans looking to purchase a home, exponentially increase mortgage costs, and undo the critical work of the Consumer Financial Protec...

Waters Expresses Strong Opposition to Dodd-Frank Rollbacks

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Leading opposition to final passage of the “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act” on the House Floor, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, criticized the measure for rolling back critical borrower protections put in place by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, undercutting the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and encouraging the...

Ranking Member Waters’ Rules Committee Testimony and Statement in Opposition to H.R. 650 and H.R. 685

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, today delivered testimony in front of the House Rules Committee, stating her strong opposition to two measures, the “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act,” (H.R. 650) and the “Mortgage Choice Act,” (H.R. 685) . In her testimony, the top Democrat described the consequences of enacting these measures...

Waters Statement on Full Committee Markup

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During opening remarks at a Financial Services Committee markup of nearly a dozen legislative proposals today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the Committee’s Ranking Member, outlined a number of areas where Democrats are willing to with Republicans to find bipartisan compromise. However, the Ranking Member also stressed that while Democrats are willing to work with their Republican colleagues...

Waters Blasts GOP Budget Proposal

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Today, as the House of Representatives considered the Republican budget proposal on the House Floor, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, waged a devastating critique of the proposal as harmful to our nation’s economic stability, to our housing market and to American consumers. Waters criticized the shortsightedness of a Republican budget that wou...

Waters Defends Proposals to Rein in Conflicted Retirement Advice

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Today, the Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee strongly defended the right of American workers and retirees to receive honest financial advice free of double dealing and conflicts of interests. At the second in a series of congressional forums designed to address issues facing America’s middle class, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) defended the Obama Administration’s forthcoming ...

Waters Discusses New Waiver Proposal with SEC Chair

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In remarks prior to testimony from Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, discussed her recently released draft legislation, the “Bad Actor Disqualification Act.” The proposal would increase transparency by establishing a more vigorous, fair and public process for granting waivers of bad...

Waters Express Skepticism At Proposals to “Preserve Consumer Choice”

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At a hearing to consider Republican proposals to “preserve consumer choice” today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, expressed skepticism with the majority’s assertion that these proposals would accomplish anything for our nation’s consumers. Waters pointed out the irony of the hearing’s theme, noting that most proposals to be discussed are ...

Waters: Consequences of Failing to Approve IMF Quota Reform Package are Serious

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At today’s Financial Services Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) continued to express her disappointment with the Republican refusal to ratify the International Monetary Fund (IMF) quota reform package. In her remarks, Waters underscored the importance of approving the package, and laid out the harmful impact delaying these reforms will have on ...

Waters Praises Accomplishments of Consumer Bureau

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During today’s hearing to review the semi-annual report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, praised the agency’s work to diligently protect consumers and ensure fairness in the financial system, even in the face of historic Republican efforts to undermine, eliminate and render the agency ineffec...

At Yellen Hearing, Waters Seeks Answers on the Wealth Gap

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In opening remarks during today’s semi-annual Humphrey-Hawkins hearing with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, touted the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve’s post-crisis monetary policy and outlined the remaining work left to do to close the wealth gap – which has been exacerbated by the devastating e...

Waters: GOP Budget Ignores Inequality and the Racial Wealth Gap

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In a highly charged meeting of the Financial Services Committee to consider the fiscal year 2016 “Budget Views and Estimates” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, chastised Committee Republicans for putting forth a budget that fails to provide real solutions that will address the problems of income inequality, the racial wealth gap, slow wage grow...

Waters Praises Castro for FHA Premium Reductions

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At today’s Full Committee hearing on the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, praised Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro for his recent decision to lower FHA premiums. Over the next three years, the decision will provide an average of $900 in annual savings for approximately 2 million future...

In Floor Remarks, Waters Delivers Sharp Rebuke of Anti-Consumer Legislation

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As the House of Representatives considered legislation weakening Wall Street’s cash-strapped regulators, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, delivered sharp remarks rebuking H.R. 50, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015. Dubbing it as ‘anti-consumer,’ Waters criticized the burdensome, time-consuming rulemaking requiremen...

At Hearing, Waters Commends FHFA Director For Expanding Housing Opportunities

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In advance of testimony by Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt before the House Financial Services Committee, Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) commended the Agency’s efforts to ensure that America’s housing market remains affordable and works for everyone. At a hearing to receive an “An Update from the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency,” which is charged with ov...

On House Floor, Waters Leads Fight against Wall Street Deregulation

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During a debate that did not begin until well into the evening, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, led House Democratic members in strong opposition to H.R. 37, a harmful package of 11 bills that will roll back certain portions of the Wall Street Reform Act. The legislation contains harmful provisions that undermine Dodd-Frank, which was p...

Waters Condemns Consolidation of Subpoena Power with Financial Services Chair

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Today, as the House Financial Services Committee met for the first time in the 114th Congress to consider its rules, Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) criticized a proposal by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to dramatically change the Committee’s rules. Of the many proposed changes, the most egregious include providing unilateral authority to the Chairman to issue and authorize subpoenas. Althoug...

Waters Statement on Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

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Today on the House Floor, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, criticized House Republican leadership and committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) for a bad faith negotiation on the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). Waters, a strong supporter of TRIA, objected to the troubling process by which unrelated legislation making c...

Waters Statement on Terrorist Financing and the Islamic State

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At today’s Financial Services Committee Hearing focused on Terrorist Financing and the Islamic State, Ranking Members Maxine Waters (D-CA) discussed the seriousness of the threat from ISIL and the challenges to curtailing its current, largely internal funding stream. However, the Ranking Member also underscored importance of strengthening our counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering laws, parti...

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