Majority Press Releases

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


March 16, 2023

Brown Presses Regulators to Conduct Full Review of Bank Failures

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 the Treasury Department, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Federal Reserve requesting a comprehensive review of the failures of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)  and Signature Bank.“In the course of the reviews and resolutions of these bank failures, I urge you to: Consider the magnitude of the banks’ uninsured deposits and the role that social me… Continue Reading


March 12, 2023

Brown, Waters Statement on Federal Regulators’ Actions

Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced new actions regarding Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank. “We appreciate the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, and Federal Deposit Insurance… Continue Reading


March 9, 2023

Brown, Waters Blast House Republicans' Attempt to Destroy CFPB

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Rep. Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after House Republicans released a series of bills that would undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the only agency dedicated to protecting consumers and working families.“Make no mistake. This is about whose side you’re on: workers and consum… Continue Reading


March 8, 2023

Brown Statement on Silvergate Liquidation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding reports that Silvergate Bank is liquidating.“As the impact of FTX’s collapse continues to ripple outward, today we are seeing what can happen when a bank is overreliant on a risky, volatile sector like cryptocurrencies,” said Brown. “I’ve been concerned that when banks get involved with crypto, it spreads risk across the financial syste… Continue Reading


March 8, 2023

Brown Applauds Biden Administration Action on Rental Junk Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced that it would work across agencies to encourage landlords to increase transparency and fairness in rents and limit junk fees.“Too often, renters are hit with unexpected junk fees on top of their rent that eat into seniors’ and working families’ monthly budgets,” said Brown. “I applaud the Administratio… Continue Reading


March 8, 2023

Brown, Cortez Masto, Warren Sound Alarm on Check Washing Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, along with Committee members Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter to the American Bankers Association (ABA) expressing concerns regarding increasing check fraud scams, which cost consumers over $800 million last year.“Check washing has become an elaborate and organized method of successfully scamming consumers and banks,” wrote th… Continue Reading

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