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Waters on Reviewing the Federal Reserve’s Emergency Lending Powers: We Must Ensure the Fed’s Actions Reach Main Street

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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 hybrid hearing, entitled, “Lending in a Crisis: Reviewing the Federal Reserve’s Emergency Lending Powers During the Pandemic and Examining Proposals to Address Future Economic Crises.” Thank y...

Committee Passes Legislation to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance and Provide Protections for Descendants of Black Native American Freedmen

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), passed bills to expedite emergency rental assistance and reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act with protections for descendants of Black Native American Freedmen. The following bill passed the Committee by a vote of 35-15. H.R. 5195, the “Native American Housing Assistance...

Committee Passes Build Back Better Agenda to Provide Long-Overdue Investments in Housing Resources

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial Services Committee Title of the Build Back Better Act to provide long-overdue investments in housing resources, such as affordable housing, downpayment assistance, and efforts to end homelessness. The following bill passed the Committee by a vote of 30-24. The Build Back Better Act is a bill that would provide $322 billion in fundi...

Waters Opening Statement at September Full Committee Markup to Advance the Build Back Better Act and Critical Housing Legislation

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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 a key part of the President’s Build Back Better agenda, legislation that will provide a critical investment of $322 billion toward our nation’s affordable housing infrastructure. For the first ...

Waters on Expediting Emergency Rental Assistance to Renters and Landlords: Our Work Is Not Done

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Protecting Renters During the Pandemic: Reviewing Reforms to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance to Renters and Landlords.” From the very beginning of this pandemic, I have sounded the alarm about the urgent need for congressional action ...

Waters Announces September Committee Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following schedule for the month of September: September 10 at 12:00 PM ET: The full Committee will convene for a virtual hearing entitled: “Protecting Renters During the Pandemic: Reviewing Reforms to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance.” September 13 at 12:00 PM ET: The full Committ...

Waters Details Plans to Reform the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Expedite Aid to Renters and Landlords

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee sent a Dear Colleague letter informing Members of Congress of her plans to move Emergency Rental Assistance Reform legislation that would allow renters and landlords to quickly receive much needed relief. “Last night the Supreme Court, along partisan lines, decided that the CDC eviction moratorium in ar...

Waters Statement on Supreme Court Decision to End CDC Eviction Moratorium

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement following a 6-3 Supreme Court decision that ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium. “Tonight, the Supreme Court, along partisan lines, decided that the CDC eviction moratorium in areas experiencing high rates of COVID-19 could no...

Waters Urges Federal Agencies and Bank Regulators to Strengthen and Enforce Foreclosure Protections for Homeowners

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent two letters to federal agencies and banking regulators urging them to strengthen foreclosure and mortgage servicing protections for borrowers and provide greater oversight to prevent unnecessary foreclosures during the pandemic. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (...

Rep. Waters Statement on CDC Decision to Extend Eviction Moratorium

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued a statement following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decision to extend the eviction moratorium. "From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of millions of renters, I thank the President for listening and for encouraging the CDC to act! This extension of the moratorium is...

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...



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