Minority Press Releases

May 15, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Oversight of the 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 the Financial Regulators”. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: When you look at all the rules the regulators have torn up over the last year and a half, you have to wonder if they want to see another financial crisis. In 2006, back when President Tru… Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Brown Slams Mnuchin's Proposed Changes to Nonbank SiFi Designations

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 a statement today opposing the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) proposed interpretive guidance for nonbank SIFI designations. Brown’s comments come after former Chairs of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen and former Secretaries of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner and Jacob Lew submitted a comment letter opposing FSOC’… Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Brown: Regulators Must Take Action to Address Risks of Leveraged Lending

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 May 15th hearing to Federal Reserve Vice Chair Randal Quarles, OCC Comptroller Joseph Otting, FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams, and NCUA Chair Rodney Hood, requesting that the regulators be prepared to answer how their agencies are responding to the emerging threat of leveraged lending. Despite growing con… Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Brown Condemns Trump Administration's Proposed Anti-Family Housing Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - condemns the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed rule that would result in the loss of housing for tens of thousands of eligible people, including American children. The proposal would do away with regulations that preserve families by permitting members with mixed immigration status to live together, provided that ineligible mem… Continue Reading


May 9, 2019

Brown: Any Conversation About GSE Reform Must Be Inclusive of All Communities

 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 a speech at the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Spring Policy Conference. NAREB is the historically African-American realtors association founded in 1947 to promote equal opportunity in housing. Sen. Brown highlighted the critical importance of an equitable housing finance system that is inclusive of all Americans.  Sen. Br… Continue Reading


May 7, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing On Privacy Rights and Data Collection

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 “Privacy Rights and Data Collection in a Digital Economy”. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: I’m excited to be working in a bipartisan way with Chairman Crapo on protecting Americans’ sensitive personal data - an issue everyone agrees is important.As we start to… Continue Reading


May 3, 2019

Brown Condemns CFPB'S Plan To Help Lenders Hide Mortgage Data

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 opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule allowing lenders to no longer report any data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) about the mortgage loans they make. HMDA data is a primary tool to measure trends and disparities in mortgage credit access. Rural and urban areas and communities of color are most likel… Continue Reading


May 2, 2019

Brown: Trump Must Choose FED Nominee Who Will Put Working People First

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - is calling on President Trump to nominate qualified, independent candidates to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors who will put the needs of working people first. Brown commented today following news that Stephen Moore had withdrawn from consideration. Brown led opposition to Moore and Herman Cain in the Senate. Moore is the second potential Fed nominee to… Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Banking Guidance and Supervision

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 “Guidance, Supervisory Expectations, and the Rule of Law: How do the Banking Agencies Regulate and Supervise Institutions”.   Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: This is a hearing to talk about guidance - the non-binding advice from federal agencies that’s supposed … Continue Reading


April 29, 2019

Senators Demand CFPB Maintain Home Mortgage Disclosure Database

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs along with eight Senators are demanding that CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger reverse her decision to remove Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Explorer and the Public Data Platform Application Programming Interface (API) from the CFPB website.  HMDA data is a primary tool to measure trends and disparities in mortgage credit access, and CFPB’s HMDA Explorer and API… Continue Reading


April 24, 2019

Brown Demands Retraction After Video Serfaces of Likely FED Nominee Disparaging Ohio & Midwest

 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 an apology and public retraction from expected FED nominee Stephen Moore after video surfaced of Moore referring to Cincinnati, Cleveland and other cities across the Midwest as the “armpits of America” (WATCH 46:00). Brown said Moore’s disdain for millions of Americans who live and work across the Midwest, along with his history of support… Continue Reading


April 23, 2019

Brown: Full FDIC Board Must Consider Impact of BB&T and SunTrust Merger

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 calling on FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams to ensure that the full FDIC Board considers the proposed merger of BB&T and SunTrust thoroughly, with the utmost transparency and accountability. The proposed merger would be the largest since the financial crisis, potentially signaling the beginning of a surge in consolidation and would create the largest entity … Continue Reading


April 15, 2019

Brown Announces More Than $6,000,000 In Affordable Housing Funds For Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - announced that Ohio will receive $6,190,138 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create and preserve affordable housing. The funds were awarded through the national Housing Trust Fund, which aims to create and preserve safe affordable housing for low-income households and families experiencing homelessness.“Stable hou… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Brown: Mnuchin Must Take Action To Address Emerging Threats To The Economy

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 calling on the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to take decisive action to address heightened risk in the leveraged loan market. Despite growing concern from analysts and international regulators, FSOC members have weakened guidance that would protect Americans and their communities from a future downturn. “FSOC must consider whether this … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Brown Calls on Chairman Crapo to Hold Hearing on Megabank Misconduct and Enforcement Actions

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 calling on Chairman Crapo to hold a hearing on megabank misconduct following the release of  “Misconduct By The Numbers” snapshots of the largest consumer facing domestic megabanks. The snapshots demonstrate that large Wall Street banks are too big to manage and are consistently violating multiple laws. “A decade after the financial crisis, Wall Stre… Continue Reading


April 5, 2019

Following Demands By Brown, FHFA Authorizes Funds for Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown - ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs - released the following statement on FHFA’s decision to authorize payments to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Trust Fund. Last week, during hearings on Chairman Crapo’s Housing Finance Reform Outline, Sen. Brown questioned why FHFA inexplicably delayed the release of these critical affordable housing funds.“There is an affordable housing crisis in Ame… Continue Reading


April 4, 2019

Brown, Wyden Demand Answers From Stephen Moore on Unpaid Taxes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, are seeking additional information from Stephen Moore, a possible nominee to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, on his unpaid federal taxes, interest and penalties. Following President Trump’s indication that he would nominate Moore to the Board of Governors of the Fede… Continue Reading


April 2, 2019

Brown Opening Statement On Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing Principles

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 Application of Environmental, Social, and Governance Principles in Investing and the Role of Asset Managers, Proxy Advisors, and Other Intermediaries”.   Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you Chairman Crapo and welcome to our witnesses. I hope today’s … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Brown Statement on the Retirement of Wells Fargo CEO and President Tim Sloan

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 the retirement of Wells Fargo CEO and President Tim Sloan.“Tim Sloan needed to go, and he should not take a huge payout with him. But Wells Fargo’s mismanagement is about more than one CEO - this bank needs a complete culture shift. Watchdogs cannot afford to let up on Wells Fargo and whoever is tapped as the new CEO … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Brown Calls on HUD to Fully Combat Housing Discrimination Following Facebook Charges

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 the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) decision to file charges against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by encouraging, enabling and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform. “Facebook’s actions demonstrate that housing discrimination - even literal redlining - is… Continue Reading

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