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Waters: Increased Fed Funds Rate Leaves Low-Income Americans Further Behind in Recovery

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Following the vote by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to raise the federal funds rate target by 25 basis points, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, cautioned policymakers to carefully consider the adverse impact that further rate increases would entail for low income Americans and minority communities. Ranking Member Waters released ... Read more »

Waters Moves to Sharpen Bank Vigilance in Response to Recent Attacks in California and Abroad

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In response to recent violent attacks in San Bernardino, CA and abroad, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, has re-introduced legislation to heighten accountability on financial institutions to improve anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism safeguards. By holding bank executives personally liable and increasing penalties for willful and n... Read more »

Waters Commends FSOC’s Actions to Prevent Another Crisis

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During a hearing where members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC, appeared before the full Committee, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, underscored the need for a coordinating regulatory body in the wake of the financial crisis and highlighted its work to provide stability to investors, consumers and our national economy.... Read more »

Waters Lauds Final Passage Vote to Renew Ex-Im

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As the House completed votes on final passage of H.R. 22, and with it the four-year reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, hosted a press conference to mark the long-awaited renewal of the export credit agency. Waters discussed the many ways she and other supporters have worked to achieve reauthorization... Read more »

Waters: H.R. 3189 Puts Monetary Policy on 'Auto Pilot'

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During floor consideration of H.R. 3189, the so-called FORM Act, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of Financial Services Committee, urged rejection of the bill, which seeks to hamstring the Federal Reserve’s ability respond to variable market conditions, limit its independence, and undercut its efforts to fulfill its dual mandate. H.R. 3189 also adds an additional layer of bureauc... Read more »

Waters: Consumer Protection Should Be Congress’ Top Priority

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During general debate on the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, H.R. 1210, on the House floor today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, led opposition to the measure, which would allow the largest banks in the country to make the sorts of predatory and risky loans that left the American economy on the brink of collapse. The top Democr... Read more »

Waters Denounces Efforts to Undermine Auto-Lending Protections for Minorities

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Delivering remarks on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 1737 today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of Committee on Financial Services, denounced efforts to undermine policies to root out longstanding discriminatory lending practices in auto financing. Waters specifically pointed to the consequences of the bill, which would nullify critical guidance to prevent auto-lending d... Read more »

Waters Lauds Rebound in FHA Backstop Funds

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Tags: FHA, HUD

Following the release of the results of the most recent independent actuarial analysis, which indicate that the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMIF) has reached its Congressionally mandated capital reserve ratio, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, applauded FHA’s efforts to both strengthen the MMIF and expand access to homeownership for low-... Read more »

In Response to GOP 50th Anniversary Ideas Solicitation, Waters Outlines Approaches for Addressing Poverty and Housing Affordability

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In response to a solicitation by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) for the public to offer ideas on alleviating poverty and housing affordability in light of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 50th anniversary, Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), outlined a number of existing, proven approaches that already are helping to improve HUD’s efforts ... Read more »

Members of Congress Urge Education Department to Grant Students Immediate Relief Following Federal Judge's Ruling that Corinthian Colleges Broke the Law

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United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), along with House Committee on Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), House Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and 12 other congressional leaders on colleg... Read more »

Leading Financial Services Democrats Continue to Examine Federal Commitment to Post-Katrina New Orleans

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Financial Services Committee Democrats, led by Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), participated in a Subcommittee field hearing, requested by Democrats, held today at the Port of New Orleans to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and review Federal efforts to support the City’s recovery. Several officials participated in the day’s events, including Housing and Insurance Subco... Read more »

Waters Statement on House Passage of Historic Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

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Following passage today of H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act, by a vote of 371 – 54, which included a hard-fought, long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, praised colleagues, exporters, workers and business owners, and a broad coalition of advocacy groups on their tireless efforts to revive the export cred... Read more »

Rep. Waters, Tri-Caucus Release Staff Report on Federal Financial Services Agencies’ Workforce Diversity Efforts

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Federal financial services agencies have yet to reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the American population in their workforces – this according to a Democratic Financial Services Committee staff report released during a press conference today led by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee. Senior Democratic Members in attendance included the Chairs of ... Read more »

Racial Disparities Present at Most Bank Regulators, Democrats Allege

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not alone in having racial disparities in its performance reviews, according to a report issued Thursday by the Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee. The report found that all seven bank, credit union and market regulators displayed significant disparities in employee evaluations, particularly among African-Americans who received lower-tha... Read more »

Waters calls on federal regulators to diversify, attacks Republicans over CFPB

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House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) today announced the findings of a committee investigation into the employment of minorities and women at financial regulators. "Minorities and women remain underrepresented," among employees at financial regulatory agencies, especially in senior positions, Waters said while flanked by members of the Congressional Black, Asi... Read more »

Waters Points out Danger of Deregulating Large Banks, Urges Fed to Use Dodd-Frank Tailoring Authority

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In advance of testimony by Chair Janet Yellen to discuss the Federal Reserve Board’s implementation of Dodd- Frank rules, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, pointed out the importance of the Fed’s supervisory role in preventing large banks and firms like AIG from ever destabilizing the American financial system again. The top Democrat praised... Read more »

*** MEDIA ADVISORY*** Waters, Tri-Caucus to Release Committee Democratic Staff Report on Diversity at Financial Services Agencies

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On Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, will join representatives and chairs of the tri-caucus to unveil a report, highlighting federal financial services agencies’ current compliance with federal diversity provisions, trends in performance review evaluations and workforce diversity throughout these age... Read more »

Leading Democrats Commend Department of Education on Rule Protecting Students and Taxpayers from Abusive Financial Practices

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Following the release of a new Department of Education rule this week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, joined Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) in expressing their support for critical protections that would put an end to financial companies steering college students to... Read more »

Waters: Every Moment We Delay Further Depletes Americans’ Meager Retirement Savings

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In remarks on the House floor today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, led Democrats in opposition to H.R. 1090, the so-called Retail Investor Protection Act, a measure that would stall the Department of Labor’s rulemaking establishing critical consumer protections from conflicted investment advice. The top Democrat outlined the Department’s... Read more »

This Christmas, just say ‘No’ to Wall Street gifts

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On Dec. 11, the stop-gap spending measure currently funding the government will expire. But instead of looking for ways to help Main Street and pull America back from a self-imposed budget “cliff,” Republicans in Congress are already planning how to use this year-end deadline as a way to push through Wall Street’s Christmas wish-list. In my role as the ranking Democratic member on the House Financ... Read more »

Waters Introduces Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable Housing

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Tags: HUD

In an effort to address a rapid decline in the availability of affordable housing, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, today introduced the Project Based Voucher Improvement Act. The bill would allow public housing authorities (PHAs) increased flexibility to develop new units of housing to serve vulnerable populations, including the homeless, ... Read more »

Waters: When Fully Resourced, HUD Works

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In opening remarks during a hearing in observance of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, outlined the accomplishments of the agency and the impact HUD has had in the lives of America’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Waters also focused on the need fo... Read more »

Top Committee Democrats Oppose Bid To Gut Wall Street Reform Via Funding Bills

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The leading Democrats on the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees today voiced their strong objections to Republican efforts to use must-pass government funding legislation to repeal, undermine, or delay financial reforms and consumer protections. In a letter to Congressional leaders, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said they will oppose efforts to use ide... Read more »

Waters, Financial Services Members Visit Local Homeless Service Provider to Underscore Need for Robust HUD Funding

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In advance of a Committee hearing on the 50th anniversary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services, joined by Committee colleagues Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Ranking Member... Read more »

Waters Expresses Support for Local Efforts to Address Homelessness in Greater Los Angeles

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Tags: HUD

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, offered the following statement for the record in response to a special meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors earlier today with Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juliàn Castro to address the City and County... Read more »



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