Minority Press Releases

September 17, 2020

Senate Democrats Unveil The America LEADS Act To Make Comprehensive Investments In American Workers, Competitiveness, Alliances, And Diplomacy To Confront The Rise of China

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Democrats today introduced the America Labor, Economic competitiveness, Alliances, Democracy and Security (America LEADS) Act, Senate Democrats’ proposal for a new U.S.-China policy. The most comprehensive China legislation to date, the America LEADS Act seeks to recognize that only when we have a… Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Brown, Colleagues to SEC: Protect The Whistleblower Program, Don’t Undermine It

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton regarding the pending rule proposal that would alter the Whistleblower Program (the Proposal). The lawmakers stressed that the proposal could damage the SEC’s successful whistleblower program by making it harder for whistleblowers to receive awards and discouraging reporting o… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

ICYMI: Senate Democrats: Trump Administration Must Take Stronger Action Against Election Interference Following Sanctions on Derkach

Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Mark Warner, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez, Democratic Whip Richard Durbin and Rules Committee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar issued a joint call for action today, a week af… Continue Reading


September 9, 2020

Brown: Trump Administration Again Undermines Civil Rights Protections

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - today released the following statement after Secretary Ben Carson of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), posted a new anti-civil rights rule online that undermines the ability of victims of housing discrimination to seek justice under the Fair Housing Act. HUD’s final “disparate impact” rule will make it all but impossible to root out policies and practic… Continue Reading


September 9, 2020

Brown Demands Congress Do More For The Workers Who Keep Our Economy Afloat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “The Status of the Federal Reserve Emergency Lending Facilities.”Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:More than 150 years ago President Lincoln observed, “It has so happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others have, without labor, enjoyed a lar… Continue Reading


September 4, 2020

Brown Statement on HUD Inspector General’s Reports on Water Contamination in Assisted-Housing Units

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General released reports on water contamination in HUD-assisted communities. The HUD Inspector General’s office report specifically examined Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher communities and Multifamily communities under HUD’s supervision. “No one shou… Continue Reading


September 4, 2020

BROWN, WARREN, VAN HOLLEN, MENENDEZ, AND REED PROBE CFPB’S FAILURE TO ALERT BORROWERS TO MORTGAGE RELIEF OPTIONS DURING PANDEMIC

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Banking Committee, along with Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Jack Reed (D-RI), also members of the Banking Committee, sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger regarding the agency’s failure to use its authority to ensure that borrowers are aware of the mortgage relief options they are legally entitled to during the CO… Continue Reading


September 3, 2020

Leading Senate Democrats Demand Immediate U.S. Sanctions for Russian Interference in 2020 Elections

Washington, D.C. - Leading Senate Democrats urged the U.S. Treasury Department to sanction Russian individuals and government actors for their interference in the 2020 election.Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Mark Warner, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, Foreign… Continue Reading


September 1, 2020

Brown Statement on Trump Administration’s Eviction Order

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced a new order on evictions. Brown has been calling for emergency rental assistance to keep renters in their homes. This assistance was included in the House-passed HEROES Act in May 2020.  “President Trump has finally acknowledged what Democrats have been saying for months: that our nation’s impe… Continue Reading


September 1, 2020

Brown, Colleagues Demand the Office of Special Counsel Investigate HUD Secretary Ben Carson for Possible Hatch Act Violation

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today led his colleagues in demanding the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) investigate whether Secretary Ben Carson of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), violated the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act limits the use of federal resources for certain political activities of federal employees. The lawmakers made clear that HUD’s decision to distribute Secretary Carson’… Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Brown Statement On HUD and FHFA Again Extending Foreclosure Moratoriums for Homeowners During The Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - today released the following statement following the announcement that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will extend the suspension of foreclosures on FHA-insured and Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed mortgages until at least December 31, 2020. While the announcement extends protections for some homeowners, mill… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Brown Blasts SEC For Moving Anti-Investor Proposal Forward

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton regarding the Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8. The SEC is expected to finalize the rule next month, but Brown in his letter urged the agency to withdraw the rule, which based on the SEC’s own data could prevent a substantial portion of individual… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Brown Blasts SEC For Moving Anti-Investor Proposal Forward

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton regarding the Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8. The SEC is expected to finalize the rule next month, but Brown in his letter urged the agency to withdraw the rule, which based on the SEC’s own data could prevent a substantial portion of individual… Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Brown, Colleagues Sound Alarm, Demand Answers Regarding Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac’s Sudden Decision to Increase Mortgage Refinancing Costs for Homeowners In The Midst Of An Economic Downturn

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today led 15 Senate Democrats in a letter to Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), expressing concern and demanding answers regarding the sudden announcement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will begin charging an additional 50 basis points in up-front fees for all refinance loans delivered to the Enterprises on or after Septemb… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Brown Statement On The GSE Fee Increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) announced their decision, which was approved by their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), to raise costs for home refinances: “This is what one would expect from Trump’s FHFA Director. FHFA and the GSEs’ decision to raise costs on homeowners will hurt families … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Brown, Colleagues Urge FHFA To Extend The Comment Period For Critical Capital Rule

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today led 9 Senate Democrats in a letter to Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), urging the agency to extend the comment period for the proposed capital framework for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Senators cited the importance and complexity of the proposal, as well as the ongoing public health crisis, in calling for the extension. The Se… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

BROWN: PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MEANINGLESS EXECUTIVE ORDERS DO NOTHING TO MAKE UP FOR HIS FAILURE TO ADDRESS PUBLIC HEALTH & ECONOMIC CRISES

CLEVELAND, OH - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today released a statement following President Trump’s announcement that he signed executive orders related to payroll tax, unemployment benefits, student loan payments, and evictions moratoriums. These meaningless PR stunts do not provide enough relief for Ohio workers and families to make up for the President’s failure to address the pandemic. “The President has shown no leadership since day one, and now he’s trying to save face by ann… Continue Reading


August 7, 2020

Brown, Colleagues Demand Trump Administration Rescind Proposals Leaving Workers’ Retirement Savings At Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee joined the House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters in sending a letter to Labor Secretary Eu… Continue Reading


August 7, 2020

Brown Statement on the Confirmation of Caroline Crenshaw to the Securities and Exchange Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement after Ms. Caroline Crenshaw was confirmed by the Senate to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):“Ms. Crenshaw's history of public service and commitment to ensuring the financial markets work for all Americans will serve her well as an SEC Commissioner. I am confident that in her work she will think first about the… Continue Reading


August 6, 2020

Brown Presses CFTC For A Comprehensive Review of Possible Oil Market Manipulation; Says The Agency Must Do More To Protect Consumers From Market Abuses

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today sent a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chair Heath Tarbert pushing for the agency to complete a thorough review of the unusual trading in oil futures that occurred earlier this year. The Senator citedrecent press reports that alleged one trading firm was central to the market conditions that caused the price of oil to fall below ze… Continue Reading

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