Majority Press Releases

March 18, 2021

Brown, Colleagues Slam Senate Republicans for Blocking Bill to Protect Relief Checks from Debt Collectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today slammed Senate Republicans for blocking their legislation to protect relief checks provided in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan from garnishment by private debt collectors.“We passed the American Rescue Plan to put money in people’s pockets so they can pay… Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Brown Urges Colleagues to Protect Americans’ Stimulus Checks from Financial Predators

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) -Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - took to the Senate Floor to urge his colleagues to pass his legislation that would protect Americans’ stimulus checks from garnishment by debt collectors.Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Mr./Mdme. President,We passed the American Rescue Plan to get: Shots in people’s arms Money in people’s pockets Kids back in schools Workers … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Brown: Climate Change is a Threat to Our Economy

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 “21st Century Economy: Protecting the Financial System from Risks Associated with Climate Change.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Today, the Banking and Housing Committee is holding its first-ever hearing on the risk climate change poses to our economy. That also makes it the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Brown, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Stimulus Checks from Debt Collectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), introduced a bill to protect the stimulus checks provided in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan from garnishment by private debt collectors.“We passed the American Rescue Plan to put money in people’s pockets so they can pay their bills, not to line the pockets o… Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Brown: We Must Bring Equity to America’s Housing System

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 “Home = Life: The State of Housing in America.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:The title of today’s hearing - Home = Life - comes from Matthew Desmond, the author of the book “Evicted.”He scribbled that in the front cover of my copy of the book. And it tells you really all you… Continue Reading


March 15, 2021

Brown, Warren Question Goldman Sach’s Taking Advantage of Weakened Capital Requirements to Pay out Dividends

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, today sent a letter to David Solomon, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, Inc. pressing for answers related to the bank’s support of weakened capital standards.“To our knowledge, Goldman Bank is the only depository institution that opted into these weakened capital requirements whose holding company c… Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Brown Statement at Executive Session to Vote on Nominees and Subcommittees

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 remarks at an executive session to vote on Subcommittee Organization and Jurisdiction and the nominations of the Honorable Gary Gensler, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Honorable Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB).  The Subcommittee Organization was approved, Mr. Ge… Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Ahead of the Final Confirmation Vote, Brown Again Takes to the Senate Floor in Support of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge’s Nomination to Lead HUD

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, took to the Senate Floor to urge his colleagues to confirm Congresswoman Marcia Fudge as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Brown’s remarks on the Senate Floor, as prepared for delivery, are below:Mr./Mdme. President,Today I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting another dedicated and talented public servant, and a great Ohio… Continue Reading


March 9, 2021

Brown Takes to Senate Floor to Urge Colleagues to Support Congresswoman Marcia Fudge’s Nomination to Lead HUD

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - took to the Senate Floor to urge his colleagues to confirm Congresswoman Marcia Fudge as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Video of the remarks can be found here.Brown’s remarks on the Senate Floor, as prepared for delivery, are below:Mr./Mdme. President,Today I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting another dedicated and … Continue Reading


March 9, 2021

Brown: Wall Street Treats the Market Like A Game – A Game They Always Win

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 “Who Wins on Wall Street? GameStop, Robinhood, and the State of Retail Investing.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Last February, as the world came to the collective realization that we were confronting a global pandemic, the U.S. stock market suffered its fastest drop in histo… Continue Reading


March 6, 2021

BROWN VOTES TO PASS AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN TO GET ALL AMERICANS VACCINATED AND SUPPORT WORKERS, COMMUNITIES & SMALL BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, which will ramp up vaccine production and distribution to get all Americans vaccinated, and support all Ohioans through the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. The bill includes several key priorities for which Brown has long fought, including a fix for the multiemployer pensions system to ensure thousands of Ohio retirees receive the pension they have earned.  “The American R… Continue Reading


March 4, 2021

Brown: Workers Must Be at the Center of Our Economic Recovery

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 “Wall Street vs. Workers: How the Financial System Hurts Workers and Widens the Racial Wealth Gap.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:The economy isn’t physics - it’s not governed by scientific laws outside our control. It’s made up of people making choices about our values and … Continue Reading


March 2, 2021

Brown Urges Senate Colleagues to Confirm Dr. Rouse

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - took to the Senate Floor to urge his colleagues to confirm Dr. Cecilia Rouse as chair of the Council Economic Advisors (CEA). Rouse has broad bipartisan support and if confirmed, she will help direct our nation’s economic policy to put Americans back to work, at better jobs with higher wages. Brown’s remarks on the Senate Floor, as prepared for delivery, are … Continue Reading


March 2, 2021

Brown Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for SEC Chair and CFPB Director

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 on nominations to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB)Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:Today we consider the nominations of two distinguished public servants: Rohit Chopra to serve as Director of the Consumer Financial Protectio… Continue Reading


March 2, 2021

Warren and Brown to Regulators: It Would be a Grave Error to Extend Capital Exemptions for the Nation's Large Banks and Holding Companies

Letter Text (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, sent letters on Friday, February 26, 2021, to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Vice Chair Randal Quarles, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Jelena McWilliams, and Acting Comptroller Blake Paulson calling on the regulators to end the temporary reduction in banks' capital require… Continue Reading


March 1, 2021

Chairman Brown and Ranking Member Toomey Announce Banking Subcommittee Assignments for the 117th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA) today announced the panel’s subcommittee assignments for the 117th Congress. “One of the most important things we can do on this committee is to give a voice to all the people who haven’t had enough of one in their government,” said Chairman Brown. “I am confident these subcommittee chairs will get to work and deliver for workers, a… Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Readout of Chairman Brown’s Meeting with Gary Gensler Nominee to be Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following readout after he met with Gary Gensler, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):“I spoke with Gary Gensler about a broad range of issues affecting working families saving and investing for the future. We discussed the importance of strengthening investor protection and ensuring confidence and faith in our … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Brown: It Is Time to Invest in Workers and Main Street

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 Coronavirus Crisis: Next Steps for Rebuilding Main Street.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:One of the most important things we can do on this committee is give a voice to all the people who haven’t had enough of one in their government.Last week we began by hearing from O… Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Sens. Menendez, Brown Introduce Housing Counseling Bill to Support Homeowners, Renters Struggling to Stay in Homes Amid Continuing COVID-19 Crisis and Economic Fallout

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D- N.J.), senior member of the Banking Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Banking Committee, today introduced legislation to expand access to housing counseling and assistance services for millions of families still struggling to remain in their homes because of the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 23 million Americans are behind on mortgage … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Menendez Introduces Bill to Promote Corporate Diversity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest ranking Latino in Congress, today introduced legislation that would require public companies to disclose information related to the racial, gender, ethnic makeup and veteran status of corporate boards and senior management. The Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act of 2020 addresses shortcomings in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) diversity disclosure rule. Congressman Gregory Meeks (N.Y.-05) is … Continue Reading

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