COVID-19

Waters on Climate Change as a Systemic Risk: We Have Witnessed How Climate Change Can Disrupt Our Financial System

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions hybrid hearing entitled, “Addressing Climate as a Systemic Risk: The Need to Build Resilience within Our Banking and Financial Institutions.” Thank you, Chair Perlmutter. Over the past year, we have witn...

Waters at Hearing on Overhauling Credit Reporting System: We Need Big, Bold Legislative Solutions

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hybrid hearing entitled, “A Biased, Broken System: Examining Proposals to Overhaul Credit Reporting to Achieve Equity.” As the title of this hearing indicates, our current credit reporting system is broken. Good credit is a gateway to wealth. Yet, for...

Waters Applauds Biden Administration Announcement of Final Extension of Federal Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoria

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s decision to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratoria until July 31, 2021 bringing much needed relief to renters and homeowners during a time of recovery. “Today, the Biden Administration announced an extension to July 31, 2021 of bo...

Waters Opening Statement at June Full Committee Markup

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee hybrid markup. Today, this Committee will mark up four bills. As Chairwoman of this Committee, I am very pleased to advance several strong legislative solutions that have been introduced by Committee Democrats. These bills build on lessons lea...

Waters Joins Vice President Kamala Harris on the Initial Release of Funds for Minority Banks and Community Based Lenders

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at the White House, where she was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Opportunity Finance Network President and CEO Lisa Mensah, on the initial release of funds secured by Congresswoman Waters as part o...

Waters at Hearing with Yellen and Powell: We Must Ensure That There is a Sustained and Equitable Recovery

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee virtual hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response.” I’d like to welcome Secretary Yellen and Chair Powell. I am very pleased that, with Democrats’ passage of President Biden’s American Re...

Waters Floor Statement in Support of American Rescue Plan Act

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement on the House floor urging the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. Madam Speaker, thank you so very much. I am so grateful that we have President Biden’s leadership in the White House to tackle the ongoing pandemic. H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, ca...

Waters Convenes Financial Services Markup on American Rescue Plan, Advancing COVID-19 Relief for Families in Need

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement at a markup to consider legislation to carry out President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Today this Committee convenes for a mark up to consider legislation to carry out President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. I am so thankfu...

Waters Highlights Need to Address Challenges Faced by Small and Minority-Owned Businesses During Pandemic

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy hearing entitled, “Supporting Small and Minority-Owned Businesses Through the Pandemic.” Thank you, Chairman Himes, and I wanted to be here to congratulate you on hosting your first sub...

At First Full Committee Hearing of 117th Congress, Waters Urges Immediate Action on COVID-19 Relief

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “More than a Shot in the Arm: The Need for Additional COVID-19 Stimulus.” Today this Committee convenes for our first full Committee hearing of the 117th Congress. This hearing is entitled, “More than a Shot in the Arm: The Need for ...

Waters Opening Statement at Committee Organizational Meeting and Markup to Adopt Committee Rules

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee organizational meeting and markup to consider a resolution to adopt the Committee’s rules for the 117th Congress. As Prepared for Delivery Today marks the first official meeting of the Committee on Financial Services in the 117th Congress. Today ...

Waters Releases Extended Statement for the Record on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: "More Relief Is Needed, But this Bill is a Step in the Right Direction”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released an extended statement for the record on H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. The statement provides guidance on the congressional intent behind the law, and serves to fill out the congressional record in the absence of Committee consideration of the legislation. “I am very pl...

Waters on COVID-19 Relief Bill: Much More Relief Needed, But Bill is an Important First Step

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following floor statement regarding the COVID-19 relief bill. Mister Speaker, the relief in this bill is desperately needed as families struggle during the pandemic crisis. The negotiations were difficult, they were tough and I wish we could have done even more but I’m pleased we have done ...

Waters Secures Emergency Rental Assistance and Support for CDFIs and MDIs in Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Bill

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement regarding the bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill. “After much negotiation, I am very pleased that I have been able to secure $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium, and $12 billion in funding for community development fi...

Waters, Neal Joint Statement on Dangerous GOP Senate Provision in Coronavirus Negotiations 

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Today, House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) issued the following statement as Senate Republicans demanded the inclusion of a dangerous provision from Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) in COVID-19 relief legislation that would hamstring the new Administration’s ability to recover from the economic crisis by elimin...

Waters Floor Statement on Urgent Need for Coronavirus Response Legislation

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement on the House floor on the urgent need to pass coronavirus response legislation. Mister Speaker, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues to have a terrible impact throughout the nation. Cases are surging, and thousands are dying from the virus every day. There has been ove...

Waters Provides Recommendations to President-Elect Biden on Trump Actions to Reverse

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, providing recommendations on areas where the Biden Administration should immediately reverse the actions of the Trump Administration, and several actions that the Biden Administration can immediately take to coordinate the federal response to COVID-1...

Waters Calls Out Mnuchin for Prematurely Ending Essential Emergency Lending Programs

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response.” Today the Committee convenes to conduct oversight over the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s pandemic response. This pandemic continues to have a...

Waters: Financial Services Committee Democrats Will Keep Working Until COVID-19 Relief is Passed

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement regarding the need for Congress to pass additional COVID-19 relief legislation: “Today, at our regularly scheduled caucus meeting of Financial Services Committee Democrats, Members expressed grave concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the passage of bipar...

Waters Announces December Hearing Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following hearing schedule for the month of December: December 2 at 10:00 AM ET: The full Committee will convene for a hybrid hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response.” All hearings are livestreamed on https://financialservices.h...

Waters Calls on GSA Administrator to Ascertain Biden as President-Elect; Initiate Presidential Transition Process

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy requesting that she immediately ascertain Joe Biden as the president-elect and initiate the transition process with the Biden transition team. “I request that you immediately ascertain Joe Biden as the president-elect ...

Waters Blasts the Trump Administration’s Move to Shut Down Key CARES Act Facilities Put in Place to Support Economy During the Pandemic

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services Committee, blasted the Trump Administration for the announcement that it is attempting to shut down key emergency lending programs created by the CARES Act to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic: “It is clear that Trump and Mnuchin are willing to spitefully destroy the economy and make i...

Waters Warns That Small Businesses May Permanently Close Due to COVID-19 if Action Is Not Taken Soon

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance virtual hearing entitled, “Insuring against a Pandemic: Challenges and Solutions for Policyholders and Insurers.” “Thank you very much Chairman Clay. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, small businesses...

Waters to Regulators: President-Elect Biden Has a Mandate to Protect Consumers and End Trump's Wall Street First Agenda

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions during the Pandemic.” On November 3, America decisively rejected President Trump, his harmful policies, and his...

Waters Statement on Trump Administration’s Latest Weak COVID-19 Relief Proposal

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s inadequate COVID-19 relief proposal: “The Trump Administration’s coronavirus relief proposal fails America’s most vulnerable working families, who are losing their lives and livelihoods to this devastating pandemic. After five months of inaction a...



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