Majority Press Releases

May 2, 2023

Brown: Flooding is Devastating Families, Homes, Businesses, and Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Community Resilience.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: This hearing is a continuation of our efforts to enact a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. T… Continue Reading


May 1, 2023

Brown Statement on First Republic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement regarding the failure of First Republic Bank. “First Republic Bank’s risky behavior, unique business model, and management failures led to significant problems, and it’s clear we need stronger guardrails in place,” said Brown. “We must make large banks more resilient against failure so that we protect financial stability and ensure competition in the long run.… Continue Reading


April 28, 2023

Brown Statement on Fed and FDIC Reviews

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement after the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released reports on the Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank Failures:  “These reports confirm how poorly managed, overconcentrated, and over-reliant on particular industries both of these banks were. It is also clear that supervision fell short here. We must address gaps in the Fed and FDIC’s supervi… Continue Reading


April 28, 2023

Brown, Gallego Introduce Bill to Plant Trees, Reduce Urban Heat

In recognition of Arbor Day, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced the Excess Urban Heat Mitigation Act, legislation to create a grant program through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would provide funding to local governments and nonprofit organizations for heat mitigation efforts. “As climate change worsens, excess heat and rising surface temperatures are putting… Continue Reading


April 27, 2023

Brown Holds Credit Report CEOs Accountable For Errors, Data Breaches

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Credit Reporting Agencies.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: The three witnesses today determine the financial futures of every American. Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are the biggest credit reporting agencies. You have tremen… Continue Reading


April 26, 2023

Brown Chairs Hearing on Bipartisan Bills to Address Housing Crisis

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, “Building Consensus to Address Housing Challenges.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: In February we heard from witnesses about the housing challenges that families and their communities face. We heard that more than two-thirds of families aren&… Continue Reading


April 25, 2023

Banking Committee Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address the Fentanyl Crisis

The leaders of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today introduced the bipartisan Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act, a sanctions and anti-money laundering bill aimed at combatting the country’s fentanyl crisis by targeting the illicit fentanyl supply chain, from the chemical suppliers in China to the cartels that traffic the drugs in from Mexico. By strengthening current law and directing the Treasury Department to target, sancti… Continue Reading


April 21, 2023

Brown Applauds New SIFI Guidance Proposal to Strengthen Financial Stability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement regarding new proposed guidance from the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) on Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFI). “As too many families in Ohio and across the country experienced in 2007-2008, when a financial crisis hits, working families are hit first and the hardest,” sai… Continue Reading


April 20, 2023

Brown Urges Review Of Failed Banks' Borrowing From FHLBanks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Sandra Thompson about Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System advances made to Silvergate, Silicon Valley Bank, and Signature Bank leading up to the banks’ failures. The letter requests that FHFA include an analysis of the events around these bank failures in the agen… Continue Reading


April 18, 2023

Brown Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing

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 nomination hearing for Dr. Jared Bernstein, of Virginia, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President; Dr. Ron Borzekowski, of Maryland, to be Director of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury; Mr. Solomon Jeffrey Greene, of the District of … Continue Reading


March 31, 2023

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Incentivize Whistleblowers to Report Consumer Fraud

Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Financial Compensation for CFPB Whistleblowers Act to authorize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to award financial compensation to whistleblowers who report wrongdoing to the Consumer Bureau. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Bernard Sanders (I-VT… Continue Reading


March 31, 2023

Brown, Colleagues Call for Action to Strengthen Financial Stability

Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led eleven of his colleagues on the Banking and Housing Committee in a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and its member agencies to review how our financial system is serving consumers, small businesses, and small banks, and to recommend ways we can strengthen our financial system against threats. “Banking reg… Continue Reading


March 30, 2023

Brown, Colleagues Raise Flags Regarding Failed Bank Executives’ Stock Trades

Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led eleven of his colleagues on the Banking and Housing Committee in a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler highlighting concerns with large stock trades made by Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) executives in the days and months before SVB’s collapse. At the Banking and Housing Committee hearing on Tuesday about SVB’s failur… Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Brown, Colleagues Call for Review of Bank Regulators’ Supervisory Practices

Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led his colleagues in a letter to Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the United States, to re-examine the supervisory practices of bank regulators that are responsible for ensuring depository institutions operate in a safe and sound manner. In 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that examined the supervisory activities of bank regulators. The Se… Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Brown: Our Banking System Should Serve Working Families and Small Businesses

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, “Recent Bank Failures and the Federal Regulatory Response.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thanks to the New Deal and the hard work of our regulators today, most bank failures, while never a good thing, are generally not a big deal. But the q… Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Brown Applauds Second Circuit Ruling on CFPB

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 statement after the Second Circuit ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) funding structure is constitutional.“Today, in a step forward for consumers and working families, the Second Circuit unanimously ruled that the CFPB’s independent funding is constitutional, rejecting the Fifth Circuit’s deeply flawed ruling,” said Brow… Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Brown, Scott to CEOs: You Must Answer for Your Banks' Downfalls

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Ranking Member of the Committee, sent letters to Gregory Becker, former CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, and Joseph DePaolo, former CEO of Signature Bank, to call on them to testify in front of the Committee to answer for the banks’ collapse.“Your testimony would provide substantial information relevant to SVB’s failure and could be provide… Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Brown Remarks at American Bankers' Association Washington DC Summit

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 the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Washington DC Summit. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: This is the first time we’ve been able to be back in person in a while, but we’ve talked many times – the Ohio banks here today know how regularly they talk with me and with our o… Continue Reading


March 21, 2023

Brown Announces Hearing on Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, announced the first of several hearings on the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. “It is critical that we get to the bottom of how Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank collapsed so that we can maintain a strong banking system, protect Americans’ hard-earned money, and hold those responsible accountable, including the CEOs,” said Brown. “The American public… Continue Reading


March 17, 2023

Brown Pushes to Hold Wall Street & Silicon Valley Executives Accountable

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 Biden Administration announced new accountability measures for executives of failed big banks:“Working people and small businesses have been forced to pay the price for executives’ arrogance and recklessness too many times before. We need stronger rules to rein in risky behavior and catch incompetence,” said Brown. “Our job on our committee… Continue Reading

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