Majority Press Releases

January 19, 2022

Senate Banking and Housing Committee Votes on Key Biden Administration 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, led the Committee in voting on a number of key Biden Administration nominees: Mr. Arun Venkataraman, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service Ms. Reta Jo Lewis, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States The Honorable Judith DelZoppo Pryor, to be… Continue Reading


January 14, 2022

Brown Applauds Biden’s Nominees for Fed Board

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 President Biden announced the nominations of the Honorable Sarah Bloom Raskin for Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision; and Dr. Lisa Cook and Dr. Philip Jefferson for Governors of the Federal Reserve.“With these nominees, President Biden is showing the country what a Federal Reserve standing on the side of workers and their local co… Continue Reading


January 13, 2022

Brown, Colleagues Urge CFPB to Improve Lending for Women-owned, Minority-owned, and Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra on the CFPB’s proposed rule supporting access to credit for small businesses, especially those owned by women or minorities.… Continue Reading


January 13, 2022

Brown: Brainard and Thompson Will Put Workers, Families First

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 nomination hearing for Governor Lael Brainard to be Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Acting Director Sandra Thompson to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:It’s amazing what a difference a year makes.Today, we have safe and effective vaccines t… Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

Brown: In Second Term, Powell Must Ensure Economy Works for Everyone

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 nomination hearing for Chair Jerome Powell to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Yearning for a return to normalcy, American voters elected Joe Biden President of the United States. The American people were exhausted by divisive rhetoric at neighborhood function… Continue Reading


January 3, 2022

Brown: The FDIC Must Continue its Important Work for the American People

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Jelena McWilliams, announced her resignation on Friday, December 31:“The FDIC has a long history of bipartisan cooperation for the good of the American people. This critical board-governed agency keeps our banking system safe and insures our deposits,” said Brown. “I thank Chair McWilliams for h… Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

U.S. Senators Urge CFPB to Take Action to Ensure Transparency & Oversight of Buy Now Pay Later Products & Providers

As more Americans do their holiday shopping online and more online retailers offer consumers a financial technology twist on old-fashioned installment loans that could pose risks to consumers, six U.S. Senators are urging regulators to strengthen oversight and keep up with the growth of these “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) products and providers. Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) was joined by some of his colleagues on the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Chairman S… Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Brown Applauds SEC’s Proposed Changes to Stock Buybacks

Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules on stock buyback disclosures. Senator Brown has long pushed for reform to stock buybacks, including through his Stock Buyback Reform and Worker Dividend Act.“The first step to workers getting their fair share is learning just how much corporate executives are spending on themselves… Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Brown: We Must Improve Long-Term Disaster Recovery to Help Communities Rebuild

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 “Disaster Recovery Assistance - Authorization of the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery Program.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:This morning the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee looks at the authorization of the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recover… Continue Reading


December 14, 2021

Brown Statement on the Selection of Sandra Thompson to Lead FHFA

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 President Biden announced the nomination of Ms. Sandra Thompson to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). If confirmed, Thompson would be the first African American woman to serve as Director of FHFA.“I commend the Biden Administration for nominating Sandra Thompson to lead FHFA,” said Brown. “She has a distinguished career as a regu… Continue Reading


December 14, 2021

Brown: We Must Protect Consumers and the Economy from Stablecoin Risks

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 “Stablecoins: How Do They Work, How Are They Used, and What Are Their Risks?”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:A few years ago, most people had never heard of cryptocurrency - most people still don’t know what all these terms mean, from stablecoins to non-fungible tokens.But they’ve become a hot to… Continue Reading


December 13, 2021

Brown, Warnock Urge Banking Agencies to Support Banks that Serve Black and Brown Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, sent a letter urging the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Reserve, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to take stronger action to support Minority Deposit Institutions (MDIs).“For generations, the financial system has … Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Brown, Toomey, Warner, Van Hollen Press WMATA For Information On 7000 Series Railcars Following the October Derailment in Northern Virginia

Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, joined Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA), and members of the Committee, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), in sending a letter to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) CEO Paul Wiedefeld requesting information on the circumstances that resulted in the October derailment of the 7000 series metro railcar and removal of all 7000 metro railcars… Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Brown: The FDIC Must Ensure We Have A Strong And Competitive Banking System For Main Street

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) board voted to publish a request for information about the bank merger process:“Bank mergers are on the rise, and rubber stamping bank mergers helps Wall Street but hurts Main Street businesses and communities,” said Brown. “As the insurer of bank deposits, the FDIC has a responsibility to make sure that bank… Continue Reading


December 7, 2021

Brown Statement on OCC Confirmation Process

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement on the confirmation process of Dr. Saule Omarova, nominee to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC): “I again applaud the Biden Administration for the historic selection of Professor Saule Omarova to lead the OCC. Dr. Omarova is one of the most qualified nominees ever for this job because of her experience as a policymaker, in the private sector… Continue Reading


December 7, 2021

Brown Chairs Nomination Hearing

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 on the nominations of Ms. Parisa Salehi to be Inspector General Export Import Bank; and Mr. Brian Michael Tomney to be Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency:Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:The Committee meets today to consider the nominations of: Parisa Salehi to be Inspector General of … Continue Reading


December 2, 2021

Senate Banking and Housing Committee Votes on Key Biden Administration Nominees

Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led the Committee in voting on four key Biden Administration nominees:Ms. Alanna McCargo, to be President, Government National Mortgage Association, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Ms. Elizabeth de Leon Bhargava, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentMr. Arun Venkataraman, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Brown: Workers Must Reap the Benefits of Our Economic Recovery

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: “CARES Act Oversight of Treasury and the Federal Reserve: Building a Resilient Economy.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Last week, many Americans sat down with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. I want to take a moment to thank all the workers who made that possible, many of whom didn… Continue Reading


November 23, 2021

Brown Presses Stablecoin Companies on Risks

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban sent letters to stablecoin issuers and exchanges seeking information on how companies are protecting consumers and investors amid the risks highlighted in the recent report by the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets.Senator Brown emphasized the difficulties consumers and investors may face in understanding how stablecoins work and their potential risks, citing the complicated terms and conditi… Continue Reading


November 22, 2021

Menendez Introduces Bill to Protect Small Businesses, Safeguard Owners from Predatory Lenders

Ahead of Small Business Saturday, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today announced the introduction of legislation to protect small business borrowers from predatory lenders and loans carrying unclear terms and conditions and would secure safeguards already required in consumer lending, through the Truth in Lending Act. The bicameral Small Business Lending Disclosure Act of 2021 would bring enhanced transparency to small commercial loans.“As we prepare to go out into our communities on this ne… Continue Reading

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