Majority Press Releases

May 22, 2024

Brown Presses DoorDash on High-Cost Loans to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, raised concerns about DoorDash advertising merchant cash advance (MCA) products to small businesses on its platform. “MCAs are often high cost: merchants have paid the equivalent of interest rates over 800 percent or even higher in connection with MCAs,” wrote Brown. “The high cost of many MCAs—especially when combined with renewing or stacking advances—creates a… Continue Reading


May 20, 2024

Brown Calls for New Leadership at the FDIC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement calling for new leadership at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): “After chairing last week’s hearing, reviewing the independent report, and receiving further outreach from FDIC employees to the Banking and Housing Committee, I am left with one conclusion: there must be fundamental changes at the FDIC. Those changes be… Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Brown Reacts to Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the CFPB

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs released the following statement on the United States’ Supreme Court decision in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Association of America, to uphold the funding structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “Wall Street tried to use the courts to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and they failed. Powerful corpo… Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Brown Holds Oversight Hearing with Financial Regulators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Oversight of U.S. Financial Regulators: Accountability and Financial Stability.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery follow: Today we’ll hear testimony from three key financial regulators whose agencies are responsible for protecting our banking system and making sure it serves al… Continue Reading


May 14, 2024

Brown: Fed’s Updated Stock Trading Rules Fall Short

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement on the Federal Reserve’s update to trading rules for members of the Federal Reserve Board and governors. “Public officials, whether at the Fed or in Congress, must serve the American people - not their own stock portfolios. The Board’s latest update to its trading rules still fails to establish the clear penalties needed for Fed… Continue Reading


May 9, 2024

Brown Demands Answers on Amazon and Walmart’s Use of So-Called “Dynamic Pricing”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, raised concerns about corporations unfairly hiking prices by exploiting customer data and using pricing algorithms. In letters to the CEOs of Amazon and Walmart, Senator Brown made clear that “dynamic pricing” often leads to higher prices for consumers. He pressed for answers on how the companies are using these new technologies to set prices. “Prices are still t… Continue Reading


May 9, 2024

Brown: Corporate Junk Fees Raise Costs and Suppress Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Consumer Protection: Examining Fees in Financial Services and Rental Housing.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery follow: Costs are far too high for Americans. And corporations are finding more and more ways to raise those costs, to boost their own profits. We’ve talked about ho… Continue Reading


May 7, 2024

Brown Statement on Independent FDIC Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the independent review of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) workplace culture. “The FDIC needs to be fixed. The women and men who work there deserve better,” said Brown. “Chair Gruenberg must accept responsibility and must immediately work to make fundamental changes to the agency and its culture.”   ###… Continue Reading


May 2, 2024

Brown: Corporate Price-Gouging Tactics Distort the Market and Drive Inflation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Higher Prices: How Shrinkflation and Technology Can Impact Consumers’ Finances.” Senator Brown introduced the Shrinkflation Prevention Act in February to take on corporations raising Americans’ costs by reducing the size of their products. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery follo… Continue Reading


April 24, 2024

SIGNED INTO LAW: Brown’s Bill to Crack Down on Fentanyl Traffickers Becomes Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) bipartisan legislation to crack down on fentanyl traffickers in Mexico and China was signed into law as part of the bipartisan national security legislation. The FEND Off Fentanyl Act takes action to expand sanctions to illicit fentanyl traffickers in Mexico and the creators of precursor chemicals in China. Senator Brown worked with law enforcement to craft the legislation, and national and Ohio law enforcement praised the bill’s pass… Continue Reading


April 23, 2024

BREAKING:Brown’s Bill to Crack Down on Fentanyl Traffickers Heads to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) legislation to crack down on fentanyl traffickers in Mexico and China in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. The bill, which is part of the bipartisan national security package, is now headed to the President’s desk where it will be signed into law, finally taking action to expand sanctions to illicit fentanyl traffickers in Mexico and the creators of precursor chemicals in China. “Fentanyl has taken too many liv… Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Brown, Reed Push Big Banks to Protect Consumers from Wire Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Jack Reed (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, are pushing the nation’s four largest banks to protect consumers from costly and damaging wire fraud. In a letter to the CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citi, the Senators press the banks to provide data on wire fraud at their banks and information about t… Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Brown to Regulators: All of Us Must Work Together to Lower Housing Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Oversight of Federal Housing Regulators.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery follow: Home is a lot more than four walls and a roof. Home is where you go after a long day at work. It’s where your kids play and do their homework. It’s where you plan for the future and build wealth… Continue Reading


April 9, 2024

Brown to Adeyemo: We Must Crack Down on Illicit Finance to Protect Our National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “An Update from the Treasury Department: Countering Illicit Finance, Terrorism and Sanctions Evasion.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery follow: We face threats to American national security and global stability every day. Autocrats and terrorists and drug traffickers work to un… Continue Reading


March 25, 2024

Brown Has Introduced Bills to Create and Preserve Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has introduced a set of bills to lower housing costs for Americans by creating and preserving affordable housing. The Housing Supply Fund Act and the Affordable Housing Preservation and Protection Act will help to expand and preserve the supply of affordable housing, creating more options for renters and homeowners. “All over Ohio, I hear from renters and homeowners who… Continue Reading


March 21, 2024

Brown, Colleagues Urge CFPB to Remove Medical Debt From Credit Reports, Ease Burden on Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Jack Reed (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), John Fetterman (D-PA), Laphonza Butler (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) are urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect Americans from predatory medical debt collection practices. Last year the CFPB announced several potentia… Continue Reading


March 12, 2024

Brown Introduces Yes In God’s Back Yard Act to Support Churches & Other Organizations Developing Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, introduced the Yes In God’s Back Yard (YIGBY) Act, legislation to support faith-based organizations and colleges wanting to build and preserve affordable housing on their land and reduce barriers to the development of this housing. “Housing is too expensive and too hard to find in almost every community in America,” said Brown. “This is a common sense solution - … Continue Reading


March 12, 2024

Brown: We Need Solutions that Lower Housing Costs and Expand Options for Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Examining Proposals to Address Housing Affordability, Availability, and Other Community Needs.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery follow: In every part of the country, everywhere you turn, housing is too expensive and families have too few housing options. High interest rates a… Continue Reading


March 11, 2024

Brown Thanks Secretary Fudge for Her Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Marcia Fudge announced her departure. “As a proud daughter of Ohio, and my Congresswoman for twelve years, Marcia Fudge served Ohioans and families all around the country for decades. She understood that housing is at the center of people’s lives, and she led H… Continue Reading


March 7, 2024

Brown Advances Treasury Nominee Borzekowski

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, held an executive session to vote on the nomination of Dr. Ron Borzekowski, of Maryland, to be Director, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury.  Dr. Borzekowski’s nomination was advanced by a vote of 12-11. ###… Continue Reading

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