Majority Press Releases

September 21, 2021

Brown Blasts Ranking Member Toomey’s Letter on Transit Funding, Calls for Greater Investment to Address Our Nation’s Housing Crisis

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement in response to a letter from Ranking Member Toomey regarding new transit and housing funding in the House reconciliation bill.“The House reconciliation bill would - for the first time ever - allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Transit Administration to pool resources and work together to help solve the nation’s housing c… Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Incentivize Whistleblowers to Report Consumer Fraud to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to authorize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to reward whistleblowers who report wrongdoing to the CFPB with financial compensation. Whistleblower statutes protect people from unfair practices, fraud, and abuse. The bill is cosponsored by Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (… Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Brown: These Nominees Are Prepared to Protect U.S. Interests at Home and Abroad

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 Alan Estevez, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security; Thea Kendler, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce; Alexia Latortue, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; and Graham Steele, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:T… Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Brown Statement on Biden Admin’s Pause of Trump-era Restrictions on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - issued the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Department of Treasury’s release of letter agreements to suspend and review restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (the GSEs) business activities. The Trump Administration announced the restrictions in January 2021.“In January, the Trump Administration rushed through haphazard changes impacti… Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Brown: Together With Chair Gensler, We Can Make Our Markets Work 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 hearing entitled “Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Welcome, Chair Gensler.Five months ago today, the Senate confirmed you as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. I know you have already gotten to work for the American people, and you had your wo… Continue Reading


September 13, 2021

Brown Statement on Nomination of Reta Jo Lewis for Export-import Bank President and Chair

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 Biden Administration announced the nomination of Reta Jo Lewis to be President and Chair of the Export-Import Bank (EXIM). If confirmed, Lewis would be the first Black woman to lead EXIM. “I want to applaud President Biden for nominating such a well-qualified woman to lead EXIM. EXIM helps create hundreds of thousands of good-paying manufactur… Continue Reading


September 10, 2021

Brown Statement On CFPB And OCC’s $250 Million Fines Against Wells Fargo

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 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new fines on Wells Fargo:“Wells Fargo has yet again demonstrated it is too large to manage, and it can’t be trusted to do right by its customers or its workers.”###… Continue Reading


September 7, 2021

Brown Applauds New Equitable Housing Plans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - issued the following statement following the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcementthat it will now require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to prepare and implement Equitable Housing Finance Plans to remove barriers to housing access for underserved borrowers and renters, including households of color. FHFA also published a request for information seeking c… Continue Reading


September 1, 2021

Brown Commends CFPB’s Proposed Rule to Improve Small Business Lending Data

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - issued the following statement regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule to require banks to collect more data on small business lending.“Small businesses drive growth in communities across our country, but too often they face barriers blocking access to credit and loans. This proposed rule is an important step in addressing longstanding gaps in small … Continue Reading


September 1, 2021

Brown Applauds White House Efforts to Address Housing Supply

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - applauded the White House’s planned changes to make it easier to produce affordable housing.“Housing has long been too expensive and too hard to find for many families. Building more affordable homes - and keeping the homes we have in the hands of homeowners, not investors - is key to bringing down housing costs, including for communities that have been denied access to housing for t… Continue Reading


August 27, 2021

Brown Blasts Supreme Court for Ruling Against CDC Eviction Moratorium

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled against the CDC’s eviction moratorium.“The Supreme Court ruled against public safety and against struggling families trying to weather this ongoing crisis,” said Brown. “This is a shameful decision, especially when the troubling rise of the Delta variant means families need protection now more than ever. It is vital that state and… Continue Reading


August 18, 2021

Brown Applauds New Affordable Housing Goals Proposal for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - issued the following statement on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement of their proposed rule establishing new affordable housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs). The proposed rule includes a new benchmark to assess the GSEs’ activity serving low- and moderate-income homeowners in areas with significant popul… Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill With Historic Brown Provisions to Invest in Ohio Communities & Create Good-Paying American Jobs

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Senate passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, with several key provisions he secured for Ohio communities. As the Chairman of a key committee on infrastructure legislation, Brown fought for Ohio and delivered, with big investments now on the way to the state for good-paying jobs to build and upgrade critical infrastructure like bridges, broadband, waterways, and public transit—all without rai… Continue Reading


August 9, 2021

Brown to Senate Colleagues: Housing Is Infrastructure

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support the robust investments in housing that are included in this week's budget resolution. Brown specifically pushed for investments in affordable housing, underserved urban, rural, and tribal communities, and to make homeownership more accessible for workers and their families. Video of the speech can be found here and Brown’s … Continue Reading


August 9, 2021

Brown Applauds Biden Administration for Renominating Todd Harper

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement applauding the Biden Administration for renominating Chair Todd Harper to the Board of Directors of the National Credit Union Association (NCUA).“Todd Harper has worked on a bipartisan basis for stronger consumer protections and capital requirements so credit unions can continue lending to and investing in their communities - in both good times and bad. I look… Continue Reading


August 6, 2021

Brown Applauds SEC for Approving New Diversity Standards

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 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved Nasdaq’s proposed rule related to board diversity and disclosure:“Corporate America must do more to increase diversity in the boardroom,” said Brown. “I applaud the SEC and Nasdaq for recognizing the benefits to companies and shareholders of a more inclusive and equitable economy.” ###… Continue Reading


August 5, 2021

Brown: These HUD Nominees Stand Ready to Address Our Nation’s Housing Crisis

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 nominations hearing for Julia Gordon, David Uejio, and Solomon Greene to be Assistant Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Today, we will consider three nominations for critical roles at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Julia Gordon has been nominated t… Continue Reading


August 4, 2021

Brown Blasts Republican Attack on Qualified HUD Nominees

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement regarding Ranking Member Toomey’s letter to President Biden urging him to withdraw Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) nominees: Ms. Julia Gordon nominee, to be Assistant Secretary of HUD; and Mr. Solomon J. Greene, to be Assistant Secretary of HUD.“Senator Toomey is asking the president to withdraw nominees over retweets. This is political theat… Continue Reading


August 3, 2021

Senator Reverend Warnock Chairs First Senate Banking Subcommittee Hearing, Underscores Prevalence of Consumer Scams in the Pandemic Recovery Economy

Today, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), chair of the U.S. Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, held a hearing to address the rising threat of financial fraud and scams during the pandemic and the economic threat these practices pose to a full recovery. The Senate Banking Subcommittee hearing, entitled “Protecting Consumers from Financial Fraud and Scams in the Pandemic Recovery Economy”, is the first hearing that Senator Warnock has chaired … Continue Reading


August 3, 2021

Brown Applauds Biden Administration for New Actions on the Eviction Moratorium Amid Troubling Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s new action to limit evictions.“I applaud the Administration for this effort to protect renters from the public health crisis. The troubling rise of the Delta variant means families need protection now more than ever,” said Brown. “While the order is in place, I again urge all state and local grantees to quickly provide rental… Continue Reading

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