Majority Press Releases

December 1, 2020

Crapo Statement at CARES Act Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a remote hearing entitled “The Quarterly CARES Act Report to Congress.” The text of Chairman Crapo’s remarks, as prepared, is below. “Today, we welcome the witnesses to the Committee to provide testimony as required under Title IV of the CARES Act: The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Department of the Treasury; and … Continue Reading


November 20, 2020

Crapo Commends OCC for Promoting Fair Access to Banking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, praised the Office of the Comptroller of Currency today for proposing a rule that would require banks to evaluate customer risks individually and prevent them from terminating services to broad categories of customers. “We are seeing a disturbing trend in the financial services industry - the intentional discrimination of entire industries, such as firearms manufacturers, by the largest… Continue Reading


November 19, 2020

Crapo Statement on Emergency Lending Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued the following statement agreeing with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the status of the 13)3 facilities that have utilized funding provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “I agree with Secretary Mnuchin’s analysis of the success of the 13(3) facilities and the termination language of the CARES Act. Returning the unused $455 bil… Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Crapo Statement at SEC Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a remote hearing on “Oversight of Securities and Exchange Commission.” The text of Chairman Crapo’s remarks, as prepared, is below. “Today we will receive testimony from Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton regarding the work and agenda of the SEC. “I thank you for your appearance before the Committee today, w… Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Crapo Statement at Financial Regulator Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a remote hearing on “Oversight of Financial Regulators.” The text of Chairman Crapo’s remarks, as prepared, is below. “Today we welcome to this virtual hearing the federal prudential regulators: Federal Reserve Vice Chairman of Supervision, Randy Quarles; Acting Comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Brian… Continue Reading


November 2, 2020

Crapo Statement on SEC Amendments to Exempt Offering Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued the following statement regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) vote to simplify, harmonize and improve the exempt offering framework. “These modernization efforts are a lifeline to small and mid-sized companies who do not have the knowledge, expertise or staff to navigate the previously complex exempt capital market system. The SEC’s work to create clearer, more… Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Crapo Floor Statement on Rental Assistance

As prepared for delivery:  “Madam President - reserving the right to object - you know, it's remarkable that we see here a series of unanimous consent requests to pass legislation without debate, without amendment, without the opportunity for amendment and improvement, and just a few hours after refusal to proceed to legislation where we could do just that. “Legislation that had 500 billion dollars of additional assistance for the American people, legislation that did address these unempl… Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Crapo Floor Statement on Community Reinvestment Act

“Mr. President, I rise to oppose the resolution vacating the OCC’s final rule on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). “Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks has noted, ‘The new Community Reinvestment Act rule was finalized for one reason - to promote more lending and investment in underserved areas - including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.’ “The new rule includes several key changes. It clarifies what counts for CRA credit; updates where activity is evaluated; evaluates… Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Crapo Statement at Quarterly CARES Act Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a hybrid hearing on the “Quarterly CARES Act Report to Congress.” The text of Chairman Crapo’s remarks, as prepared, is below. “Today we welcome our witnesses to this hearing: The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Department of the Treasury; and The Honorable Jerome H. Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the… Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Crapo Statement on SEC Action Modernizing Shareholder Proposals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued the following statement on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) adoption of amendments to Exchange Act Rule 14a-8, the shareholder-proposal rule. “I commend the SEC for finalizing its efforts to modernize shareholder proposal thresholds. Commissioner Roisman, incorporating years of engagement with investors and market participants, diligently spearheaded these efforts,… Continue Reading


September 9, 2020

Crapo Statement at Hearing on the Status of the Federal Reserve Emergency Lending Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a virtual hearing on the status of the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending facilities. The text of Chairman Crapo’s remarks, as prepared, is below. “Today we welcome to this virtual hearing the following witnesses: Mr. Hal Scott, President, Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; Mr. Jeffrey DeBoer, President and Chief Executive O… Continue Reading


September 1, 2020

Crapo Letter to OCC on Cryptocurrency, Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, today sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) encouraging it to develop rules of the road for the use of cryptocurrencies and/or distributed ledger technology (DLT) in payments for national banks. The OCC is seeking input on the digital activities of banks and federal savings associations. Chairman Crapo’s letter requests an update on its findings and i… Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Crapo Letter to SEC on Fall Regulatory Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, sent a letter to Jay Clayton, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), thanking him for his regulatory work to date and encouraging efforts to finalize certain rules as part of the SEC’s fall regulatory agenda. Read the letter here or below. August 27, 2020 The Honorable Jay ClaytonChairmanSecurities and Exchange Commission100 F Street, NEWashington, DC 20549 Dear … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Crapo Commends SEC for Increasing Investor Participation and Expanding Access to Capital Markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued the following statement regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) adoption of amendments to update and improve the definition of “accredited investor” in the Commission’s rules and the definition of “qualified institutional buyer” in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933. “I have encouraged the SEC to expand and modernize the definitions of an accredited inv… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Crapo Requests Information on GSE Refinance Fee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria regarding the adverse market refinance fee announced earlier this week. The letter requests that the FHFA provide the Committee with information regarding the basis of the policy change, as well as the method in which it was rolled out. Read the letter to the FHFA here. ###… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Crapo, McHenry Call on Treasury and Federal Reserve to Fully Utilize COVID-19 Relief Funds

WASHINGTON - Today, Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and the Republican leader of the House Committee on Financial Services, Patrick McHenry (R-North Carolina), urged the Treasury Secretary and Federal Reserve Chairman to utilize the remaining funds in the Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) to its fullest extent. The ESF provides a critical economic backstop with the potential to unleash trillions of dollars in liquidity to support businesses and employees in need. In their let… Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Crapo Recommends Extension, Expansion of COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, today sent two letters to financial agencies and regulators urging the extension and expansion of existing provisions key to providing relief and economic stability.  The first letter encourages the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department to quickly expand the Main Street Lending Program by setting up an asset-based lending program and commercial real estate program.  The second letter re… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Crapo Statement at CFPB Semi-Annual Report to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a virtual hearing to receive the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress. The text of Chairman Crapo’s remarks, as prepared, is below. “Today, we will receive testimony from CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger on the CFPB’s semiannual report. “On July 2, the CFPB issued its Spring 2020 Semiannual Report, whi… Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Crapo Statement at Executive Session to Vote on Federal Reserve Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at an executive session to vote on the nominations of The Honorable Dr. Judy Shelton, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; and Dr. Christopher Waller, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. The text of Chairman Crapo’s remarks, as prepared, is below. “Today, the Committee will vote… Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Crapo Statement at SEC, NCUA Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a virtual hearing to consider the nominations of The Honorable Hester Peirce, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Mrs. Caroline Crenshaw, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Mr. Kyle Hauptman, of Maine, to be a Member of the National Credit Union A… Continue Reading

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