Minority Press Releases

February 6, 2020

Brown, Senators Seek Answers On Federal Reserve Repurchase Activity Ahead of Hearing

 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, along with Sens. Reed (D-RI), Warren (D-MA) and Smith (D-MN), wrote to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell requesting answers regarding the Federal Reserve’s ongoing repurchase activity.“Though the Fed’s actions are consistent with its policy of maintaining the targeted interest rate range, we have not seen interventions of this size and persistence si… Continue Reading


February 5, 2020

Brown, Warren Request Answers From CFPB Director Regarding Federal Consumer Law Taskforce

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ranking member of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, wrote a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger requesting answers regarding the Taskforce’s formation, composition, and the selected Taskforce members’ conflicts-of-interests. Instead of selecting a diverse gr… Continue Reading


February 3, 2020

Brown, Menendez Demand Answers From CFPB Director On Failure To Protect Student Loan Borrowers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wrote a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger demanding answers regarding the CFPB’s failure to conduct oversight of federal student loan servicers. “We are deeply disturbed by your lack of transparency with Congress. But we are even more disturbed by the way you have stood by—and continu… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

Brown Leads Banking Dems In Questioning Homelessness Chief's Direction

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led all Committee Democrats in requesting answers from U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Executive Director Robert Marbut regarding the policies and approach he may advance as the new leader of the USICH. USICH plays a critical role in the nation’s response to homelessness, coordinating the work of 19 federal agencies and building partners… Continue Reading


January 22, 2020

Brown Demands Information From Fannie And Freddie On Private Equity Investment In Manufactured Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - is demanding that government-sponsored enterprises (GSE’s) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, provide data on private equity-owned manufactured housing communities (MHC).“I am writing regarding the increase in private equity investment in and ownership of manufactured housing communities (MHC) and a troubling trend of rent increases and resident displacement in … Continue Reading


January 8, 2020

Brown to Sec. Carson: Stop Pretending Housing Segregation and Discrimination Don't Exist

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee blasted the Trump administration’s proposal dismantling the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The Trump Administration’s proposal significantly weakens the existing rule and HUD’s oversight of communities’ efforts to affirmatively further fair housing as required under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The proposal also attempts to redefine the… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Brown, Menendez Lead Letter Asking JPMorgan Chase To Remember Its Own History When Responding To "Abhorrent" Racial Discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), led a letter with Sens. Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Warren (D-MA), and Van Hollen (D-MD), demanding answers from JPMorgan Chase for their continued patterns of racial discrimination following an explosive, in-depth New York Times piece, which revealed documented accounts of JPMorgan Chase’s racist treatment of African American employees a… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Brown Applauds Reauthorization Of EXIM Bank, TRIA And Extension Of National Flood Insurance Program

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 on passage of the “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020”, which provides a historic seven year authorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), a seven year authorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIA) and extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 30, … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Brown, Warren Call On GAO To Investigate CFPB's Failure To Enforce Fair Lending Rule

BROWN, WARREN CALL ON GAO TO INVESTIGATE CFPB’S FAILURE TO ENFORCE FAIR LENDING LAWS WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, Ranking Member of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, are calling on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) failure to conduct proper oversight and en… Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Brown Blasts Trump Regulators For Weakening The Community Reinvestment Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee blasted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for moving forward on a rule that overhauls the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The CRA - meant to address generations of segregation and discrimination in bank lending -a critical accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement. “Today’s proposal underm… Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Senate Banking Committee Democrats Demand Comptroller Otting Testify Before Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs led a letter signed by all Committee Democrats demanding that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Comptroller Joseph Otting testify before the Senate Banking Committee following the release of a proposed rule revising the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). “Revisions to the regulation for this foundational Civil Rights law will have a signif… Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing On Oversight of the SEC

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 ‘Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you Chairman Crapo, and welcome Chair Clayton. Over the past few years, in this Committee, we have seen the Trump Administration dismantle many of the protection… Continue Reading


December 9, 2019

Brown Statement on the Passing of Former Chair of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today released a statement following the passing of Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Volcker served as Chair under both Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He was appointed by President Carter in 1979. He was re-nominated by President Reagan in 1983 and served until 1987. He started the Volcker Alliance in 2013 to support policies that … Continue Reading


December 9, 2019

Brown Demands Answers on Administration’s Policy and Personnel Choices Related to Homelessness

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today demanded answers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the administration’s pick, Robert Marbut, to lead the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). Brown pressed David C. Woll, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, on the administration’s decision. Marbut has publicly proposed sev… Continue Reading


December 5, 2019

Brown Blasts Trump Designee to Lead Homelessness Council

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 released the following statement after President Trump selected Robert Marbut to lead the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). Marbut has publicly proposed several harmful ideas that would effectively punish homeless Americans and are deeply troubling coming from someone selected to lead the agency tasked with responding to homelessnes… Continue Reading


December 5, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Oversight of Financial Regulators

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 ‘Oversight of Financial Regulators.’ Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I want to start by noting that typically when we have the financial regulators testify, the Comptroller of the Currency is also here.  Mr. Otting had a conflict today.… Continue Reading


December 3, 2019

Brown: Banking Watchdogs Put Short-Term Profits Over Hardworking Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - sent a letter ahead of the Senate Banking Committee’s December 5th hearing to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Financial Stability Oversight Council members including Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams, and NCUA Chair Rodney Hood, requesting that the regulators take action to address the threat of leveraged len… Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Brown, Senate Dems Urge HUD To Reject Proposed Changes To The Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard

 WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee along with forty-five senators sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reject changes proposed in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) August 19, 2019 Proposed Rulemaking: HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard (the Proposed Rule).   The Proposed Ru… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing

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 nominations to the Department of Treasury, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Export-Import Bank. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding today’s hearing on the nominations of Mr. Mitchell Silk, Mr. Brian Montgomery, Mr. David Woll, Mr. John Bobbitt, and Mr. Peter Coniglio. C… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at TRIA Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee delivered the following remarks at a hearing to markup S. 2877, the “Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019.” Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: We lost thousands of our friends and neighbors on September 11th, 2001. Since that day, almost ten thousand first responders have been diagnosed with serious illnesses related to… Continue Reading

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