Minority Press Releases

January 11, 2016

Brown: Partisan Stalling on Export-Import Bank Board Threatens U.S. Jobs

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 urged his Republican colleagues to restore the full authority of the U.S. Export-Import Bank's board of directors. Today, Patricia M. Loui-Schmicker, a Democrat who was nominated in March of 2015, withdrew her nomination to a second term on the Ex-Im board. President Obama nominated Mark McWatters, a Republican, to another seat on the bank's board. With t… Continue Reading


October 22, 2015

Top Committee Democrats Oppose Bid to Gut Wall Street Reform Via Funding Bills

Sen. Brown, Rep. Waters Urge Congress to Reject Policy Riders Aimed at Weakening Financial and Consumer Protections WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leading Democrats on the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees today voiced their strong objections to Republican efforts to use must-pass government funding legislation to repeal, undermine, or delay financial reforms and consumer protections. In a letter to Congressional leaders, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) sai… Continue Reading


October 1, 2015

Brown Opening Statement at Markup of Bill to End Crude Oil Export Ban

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 legislation that would lift the ban on U.S. exports of crude oil. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Sen. Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Markup of Bill to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban Oct. 1, 2015 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Today we'll act on a bill to… Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee's Hearing on FDIC, Treasury Nominations

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 nominations of Adewale Adeyemo to be an Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Amias Moore Gerety to be an Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, U.S. Department of the Treasury; and Jay Neal Lerner to b… Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee's Hearing on Treasury Nominee for Counterterrorism Post

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 Adam J. Szubin to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Nomination Hearing: "Adam J. Szubin to be Under Secr… Continue Reading


August 5, 2015

Brown Applauds SEC Approval of CEO Pay-Ratio Disclosure

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 today after the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a final rule requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose the pay gap between chief executives and their workers. The rule was mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. "For decades, CEOs' pay packages have soared to astronomical heights while the a… Continue Reading


August 5, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee's Hearing on the Implications of Sanctions Relief Under the Iran Agreement

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 titled, "The Implications of Sanctions Relief Under the Iran Agreement." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "The Implications of Sanctions Relief Under the Iran Agreement" August 5, 2015 Thank you, Mr. … Continue Reading


July 28, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee's Hearing on Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban

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 titled, "Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban" July 28, 2015 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding today's hearing, and to Senator Murkow… Continue Reading


July 23, 2015

Brown Restores Millions for Transit Funding in Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Senate debates a transportation bill this week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led a successful push to restore funding to public transportation, quadrupling new spending from what was first proposed. In its original form, the transportation bill would have steered $3.2 billion in new revenue to roads and $200 million to transit, shortchanging Ohio commuters who depend on public transportation. Brown rallied Senate Democrats to urge the Republican majority to increase … Continue Reading


July 23, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee's Hearing on U.S. Bank Holding 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 - released the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing titled, "Measuring the Systemic Importance of U.S. Bank Holding Companies." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "Measuring the Systemic Importance of U.S. Bank Holding Companies" July 23, 2015 Thank you, … Continue Reading


July 20, 2015

Brown Statement on Nomination of Kathryn M. Dominguez to Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

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 Obama announced his intention to nominate Dr. Kathryn M. Dominguez to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. "Dr. Dominguez has a distinguished academic record. I look forward to hearing her views on how the Federal Reserve can continue to maintain and strengthen the policies that have stabi… Continue Reading


July 20, 2015

In Advance of Tomorrow's Five Year Anniversary, Brown Applauds Enactment of Wall Street Reform

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 on this week's fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "Five years after Wall Street reform became law, our economy is getting stronger and we have a financial system that is safer, more stable, and works better for taxpayers, investors, and consumers," said Brown. "We've come t… Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee's Hearing on Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress

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 titled, "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress" July 16, 2015 Thank you, Chairman Shelby. And… Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on CFPB Semi-Annual Report to Congress

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 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's semi-annual report to Congress. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Semi-Annual Report to Congress" July 15, 2015 … Continue Reading


July 8, 2015

Sen. Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee's Hearing on the Financial Stability Board

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 "The Role of the Financial Stability Board in the U.S. Regulatory Framework." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "The Role of the Financial Stability Board in the U.S. Regulatory Framework." July … Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Brown Statement on Expiration of Export-Import Bank's Charter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - issued the following statement on tomorrow's expiration of the Export-Import Bank's authority to issue new loans, insurance, and credit guarantees. Unless Congress renews the bank's charter, export-related American jobs will be put at risk, and businesses in Ohio and nationwide will lose a critical tool for selling their products in the global marketplace. "Th… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Brown Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Protections Against Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project. The ruling upheld a critical tool used for more than four decades to prevent discrimination in American housing. "Today's decision is a major victory for civil rights and equal opportunity in America," … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Brown Applauds Treasury's Move to Feature a Woman on New $10 Bill

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 issued the following statement after U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew's announced that a woman will be featured on the redesigned $10 bill. The new $10 bill will be issued in 2020 during the 100th anniversary of the Constitution's 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. "America's currency is one of the most visible means we have for comm… Continue Reading


June 9, 2015

Brown Urges Vote to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

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 issued the following statement urging Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires on June 30, 2015. "The Export-Import Bank is vital to helping U.S. businesses grow, create jobs, and compete in the global economy. Congress should continue its bipartisan tradition of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank now and avoid another … Continue Reading


June 5, 2015

Brown Urges Action to Stop Predatory Payday 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 -- urged the nation's top consumer agency to establish strong rules to combat predatory practices in the payday loan market. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is now considering new rules to address payday lending, a practice that often traps borrowers in a cycle of debt. In a letter yesterday to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, Brown joined more th… Continue Reading

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