Majority Press Releases

July 12, 2022

Brown: Transit is All About the Dignity of Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “Advancing Public Transportation under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Update from the Federal Transit Administration.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Last Thursday, I invited our witness, FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez, to Columbus to see the excitement in the community … Continue Reading


June 30, 2022

Brown Blasts the Supreme Court’s Decision in West Virginia v. EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA.“Let’s be clear about what is at the heart of the matter - the Supreme Court has sided with corporate power and polluters over the people and the planet. Stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate under the Clean Air Act hobbles the agency’s abilit… Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Brown Statement on Wall Street Stress Test

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Federal Reserve released its Dodd Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST) results. Stress tests are assessments performed by the Federal Reserve to ensure banks are strong enough to withstand a downturn in the economy without setting off another financial crisis.“It is past time for the Fed to implement rigorous stress tests and strong capital … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Brown Holds NFIP Reauthorization Hearing With FEMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program: Administration Perspectives.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Flooding is the most common and most costly natural disaster facing families, businesses, and communities across the country. And climate change is only making… Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Brown Urges Chair Powell to Prioritize Working Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Today we’ve seen the fastest job growth in decades, faster growth than China, and the lowest unemployment levels in 50 years.But when Americans see the price of gas and groceries going up, week … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Brown: We Need to Protect Communities and Families From Rising Flood Risks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program: Protecting Communities from Flood Risk.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Flooding is the most common and most costly natural disaster facing families, businesses, and communities across the country. And our failure to com… Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Brown: Don't Jeopardize Working Families' Financial Futures

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “Considering the Index Fund Voting Process.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:My colleagues and I often say the U.S. markets are the envy of the world. Our strong and diverse economy and the rule of law benefit families and workers saving for the future.The breadth of our markets… Continue Reading


June 8, 2022

Brown Applauds the Confirmation of Todd Harper for NCUA Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Todd Harper for Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). He is the first openly gay man to lead a federal financial regulatory agency.“I applaud the confirmation of Todd Harper for Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration,” Brown said. “Mr. Harper understands the vital role t… Continue Reading


June 8, 2022

Brown Advances Fed and SEC Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, held an executive session to vote on the nominations of: The Honorable Michael S. Barr for Vice Chairman for Supervision of the Federal Reserve, and Mr. Jaime E. Lizárraga and Mr. Mark T. Uyeda to be members of the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Honorable Michael S. Barr was advanced by a vote of 17-7. Mr. Jaime Lizarraga and Mr. Mark Uyeda were advanced… Continue Reading


June 8, 2022

Brown Applauds the Release of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's New Equitable Housing Finance Plans

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 after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Equitable Housing Finance Plans for 2022-2024.“Access to housing remains unequal. I applaud Director Thompson for requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to show how they will make sure they are meeting the needs of all homebuyers and renters, and… Continue Reading


June 7, 2022

Brown Presses FSOC to Protect Consumer Data

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to request a review by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) of financial institutions’ consumer data activities and their potential threat to U.S. financial stability and security. In the letter, Brown highlighted the risks that data sharing poses when bad actors have access to sensitive consumer data.“I have long expressed serious c… Continue Reading


May 31, 2022

Brown: Wells Fargo Has Again Failed Its Customers and Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf laying out the megabank’s history of consumer abuses and gross mismanagement. In the letter, Brown urged Wells Fargo to finally right past wrongs and live up to the promises made to the American people following their fake accounts scandal.“Recent revelations of racial disparities in mortgage lending, fake job interviews for mi… Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

Ahead of Confirmation Vote, Brown Urges Colleagues to Support Sandra Thompson for FHFA Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today on the Senate Floor, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, called on his colleagues to support the nomination of Ms. Sandra Thompson for Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Ms. Thompson will be the first African American woman to be confirmed as Director of FHFA. Video of Senator Brown’s remarks is available here.Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Mr./Madame … Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Brown: Energy-Efficient Housing Will Lower Housing Costs and Fight Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “Addressing Climate Change with Energy-Efficient and Resilient Housing.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: First, I want to wish a quick and full recovery to our colleague Senator Van Hollen, who has been so active on these issues. We are all thinking of him and his family this m… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Brown Applauds the Confirmation of President Biden’s Federal Reserve Slate

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm President Biden’s Federal Reserve slate, including The Honorable Jerome H. Powell for Chairman of the Federal Reserve:“I congratulate Chair Powell, Vice Chair Brainard, Governor Jefferson, and Governor Cook on their confirmations and look forward to working with them to make our economy work for everyone,” said Brown. “All four h… Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Brown Applauds the Confirmation of Dr. Philip Jefferson to the Federal Reserve Board

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Philip Jefferson to be a Governor of the Federal Reserve. Jefferson will be the fourth Black man to serve as Governor:“I congratulate Dr. Jefferson on his confirmation to the Federal Reserve Board. Dr. Jefferson is one of the country’s leading thinkers on the economics of poverty and will be a critical voice on the Fed. He wi… Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Brown Applauds Julia Gordon’s Confirmation to HUD

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Julia Gordon to be Assistant Secretary for Housing and to lead the Federal Housing Administration.“I congratulate Julia Gordon on her confirmation. With decades of experience and support from every corner of the housing community, she has the expertise to help keep families in their homes and to make housing more affordable for e… Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Brown Applauds the Historic Confirmation of Dr. Lisa Cook to the Federal Reserve Board

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Lisa DeNell Cook to be a Governor of the Federal Reserve:“I congratulate Dr. Cook on her historic confirmation to the Federal Reserve Board. She will be the first Black woman to ever serve on the Federal Reserve Board. She will bring an invaluable perspective while implementing the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate and protectin… Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Brown: FSOC Should Protect Workers Not Wall Street

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “The Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report to Congress.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Today we will hear testimony from the Secretary of the Treasury on the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s Annual Report for the first time in four years. This is the first time Secretary Yel… Continue Reading


May 5, 2022

Brown Applauds Interagency Community Reinvestment Act Rule

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) together proposed updates to modernize and strengthen implementation of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).“The Community Reinvestment Act was a landmark civil rights law, passed by Congress to begin to undo the shameful legacy … Continue Reading

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