Minority Press Releases

March 31, 2017

Brown Urges Court to Preserve Consumer Watchdog's Independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - helped lead an amicus brief filed today with a federal appeals court in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's current structure as an independent agency. The brief outlines how Congress decided after the 2008 financial crisis to design the CFPB as an independent agency with a single director to protect consumers' interests and respond quickly t… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Senators Call for Investigation of Trump's Dealings with Corrupt Oligarch Linked to Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of leading Senate Democrats today called for a federal investigation into whether President Trump's business dealings in Azerbaijan may have violated anti-corruption and sanctions laws, and may have served as a channel for money-laundering and other illicit activities tied to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) outlined their concerns in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchi… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Economic Growth

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 opening statement at today's hearing entitled, "Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Companies." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Companies" March 28, 2017 Thank you, Chairman Crapo for holding this hearing… Continue Reading


March 27, 2017

Brown, Reed to Senators: Back CFPB to Protect Military Families, Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jack Reed (D-RI) today urged their fellow Senators to ensure that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains a strong, independent agency so it can continue to safeguard military families and veterans from financial abuse. Brown and Reed released a brief video highlighting Congressional testimony from the senior enlisted advisors from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force praising the CFPB's work on behalf of servicemembers a… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on SEC Nominee Jay Clayton

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 opening statement at today's hearing on the nomination of Jay Clayton for Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement:Nomination HearingMarch 23, 2017 Mr. Clayton - congratulations on your nomination to be Chair of the U.S. Securities a… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Brown Blasts Trump Plan to Slash Housing Assistance for Low-Income Urban and Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs - today blasted President Trump's proposal to cut the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's budget by more than $6 billion and eliminate programs critical to maintaining the nation's supply of affordable housing. The budget plan also would cut funding for public transit programs and community development grants. "The Trump Administration's proposal to gut… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing to Assess U.S. Sanctions on Russia

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 opening statement at today's hearing entitled, "Assessing U.S. Sanctions on Russia: Next Steps." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Assessing U.S. Sanctions on Russia: Next Steps" March 15, 2017 Mr. Chairman, thank you for calling this important hearing, and for your… Continue Reading


March 14, 2017

Brown Opening Statement on Reauthorization of the 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 opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing entitled, "Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part I." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part I" March 14, 2017 Thank… Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Brown Commends Raphael Bostic's Appointment as Atlanta Fed President

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 commended the appointment of Raphael Bostic to serve as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Bostic is the first African-American chosen to lead one of the 12 regional Fed banks in the central bank's history. "Mr. Bostic is a well-qualified economist and public servant who has devoted his career to studying and fighting inequality. His appoi… Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Banking Committee Democrats Question Carson on Plans to Slash HUD Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of Democrats on the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today questioned Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on a report that the Trump Administration has considered slashing the department's fiscal 2018 budget by more than $6 billion. The lawmakers stressed that cuts of this magnitude would be devastating for children and families nationwide, and would contradict Carson's testimony to the Banking Committee during his Jan. 12 con… Continue Reading


March 9, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Markup of Bipartisan Securities Bills

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 opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's markup of a slate of bipartisan securities bills. The bills address access to securities research (S. 327, Heller-Peters), capital formation for small businesses (S. 444, Heitkamp-Heller), refunding overpayment of Securities and Exchange Commission fees (S. 462, Heller-Heitkamp-Toom… Continue Reading


March 2, 2017

Brown Asks Treasury to Assess if President Trump's Global Business Ties Could Violate Sanctions, Anti-Terrorism Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today asked the U.S. Treasury Department to assess whether President Trump and his family's investment partners and business associates from Russia and other countries have violated U.S. anti-terrorist financing, sanctions, and money laundering laws. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Brown said that Trump's refusal to divest from investments that pose potential conflicts of interest raises concerns about his and his family's exte… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Semiannual Monetary Policy Report

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 opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement:Hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress"Feb. 14, 2017 Thank you, Chairman Crapo. Chair Yell… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Brown Statement on Plan to Gut Wall Street Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee - today issued the following statement regarding House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling's (R-TX) proposal to undo the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "It took less than three weeks for House Republicans to show their hand on how they will renege on candidate Trump's campaign promises to hold Wall Street accountable and help working A… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Brown, Reed, Merkley Urge Fed to Strengthen, Finish Rules to Curb Wall Street Commodity Ownership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) urged the Federal Reserve to strengthen and complete its proposed rules to curb Wall Street banks' ownership of physical commodities, such as oil, coal, and metals. Brown, the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee; Reed, a senior member of the Banking panel; and Merkley outlined their concerns in a letter to Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The Senators commended the Fed's work on the proposed r… Continue Reading


February 2, 2017

Brown Opposes Repeal of Anti-Corruption Rule for Energy, Mining Companies

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 defended a bipartisan rule that makes it harder for oil, gas, and mining companies to engage in bribery and corruption in developing nations. The Senate is now considering a measure to repeal the rule. The transparency rule, which was finalized in 2016, protects U.S. citizens and investors from having millions of their dollars vanish into the pockets of … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Brown Statement on Banking Committee's Approval of Carson for HUD Secretary

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 the committee approved Ben Carson's nomination for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Brown voted in favor of Carson's nomination, which now goes to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. "Dr. Carson is not the nominee I would have chosen to lead HUD, due to both his lack of experience and his often troubling p… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Brown Pushes for Banking Committee Nominees to Provide Tax Returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee - is pushing to require Cabinet-level nominations under the Banking panel's jurisdiction to release their tax returns. Brown's proposal would change Banking Committee rules to require Cabinet-level nominees to submit the three most recent years of their tax returns to the Committee before their confirmation hearings. It also would require sub-Cabinet level nominees to p… Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

Banking Committee Democrats: Trump Administration Needs Cordray as Consumer Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of Senate Banking Committee Democrats today praised Richard Cordray's outstanding work as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), emphasizing the need for his leadership at the agency in President-elect Donald Trump's Administration. In a letter to Cordray, whose term expires in July 2018, the Senators highlighted his accomplishments as the nation's top consumer watchdog in protecting servicemembers, seniors, students, and other hardworking Americ… Continue Reading


January 12, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on HUD Nominee Ben Carson

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 opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing on the nomination of Dr. Benjamin Carson to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement:Nomination HearingJan. 12, 2017 Thank you, Chairman Crapo, for hol… Continue Reading

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