Minority Press Releases

December 21, 2016

Brown Asks Trump's Treasury Nominee to Explain Views on Banking, Housing Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee - today asked Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Treasury Secretary, to answer questions about his views and record related to key Wall Street rules and housing issues. In a letter to Mnuchin, Brown asked the nominee to provide information about how his experience as a hedge fund executive, former Goldman Sachs partner, and leader of a financial i… Continue Reading


December 14, 2016

Brown, Cantwell, Feinstein Blast CFTC for Failure to Finish Rule to Curb Excessive Speculation in Commodities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today criticized the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for failing to complete a long-delayed rule to curb the number of futures contracts a trader can hold on certain commodities, including oil, natural gas, and gold. The CFTC in 2013 revised its proposal to crack down on excessive speculation in a group of 28 commodities, but the agency has yet to issue a final rule. On Dec. 5, CFTC Chairm… Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Brown Statement on Big Banks' Revised 'Living Will' Bankruptcy Plans

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 today after the Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced their joint determination on how the nation's largest banks revised their plans for how they would be dissolved in a crisis without a taxpayer bailout. "Today's joint determination is a reminder that Wall Street reform is working to rein in the me… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Brown: Wells Fargo Must Stop Stonewalling on Phony Accounts Scandal

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 criticized Wells Fargo for failing to answer key questions stemming from its former chief executive's testimony in September on the bank's unauthorized accounts scandal. Brown released Wells Fargo's responses to dozens of questions for the record Banking Committee Democrats had posed to then-Chairman and CEO John Stumpf following his testimony before the… Continue Reading


November 17, 2016

Brown, Waters Oppose Efforts to Gut Wall Street Reform Via Funding Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leading Democrats on the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees today urged Congressional leaders to reject any attempts to use must-pass government funding legislation to repeal, weaken, or delay financial reforms and consumer protections. In a letter to Senate and House leaders, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said they will oppose ideological policy riders to year-end funding legislation aimed at rolling back protections of the D… Continue Reading


November 17, 2016

Brown Urges Trump to Hold Wall Street, Hedge Funds Accountable

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 after today's meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) on potential risks to the financial system posed by large hedge funds. During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump campaigned against Wall Street and hedge funds, criticizing them for "getting away with murder." "The Council's oversight of potential r… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Banking Committee Democrats Press Wells Fargo CEO for More Answers on Phony Accounts Scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee today pressed Wells Fargo Chairman and Chief Executive John Stumpf to respond to questions stemming from his testimony last week on the bank's unauthorized accounts scandal. The Senators asked Stumpf to answer dozens of questions for the record to clarify and supplement his testimony before the Banking Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The written questions were jointly submitted by all of the panel's 10 Democrats: Ranking Member S… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Brown Statement on Wells Fargo Move to Claw Back Executive Pay

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 the wake of Wells Fargo's announcement late Tuesday that it will claw back some compensation from Chief Executive John Stumpf and Carrie Tolstedt, who led Wells Fargo's community banking division. "Wells Fargo's announcement is a step in the right direction but there are still dozens of unanswered questions," said Brown. "We s… Continue Reading


September 26, 2016

Brown Commends Fed Proposal to Curb Wall Street's Commodities Holdings

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 Federal Reserve's proposed rule to limit risks posed by Wall Street bank's involvement in physical commodities, such as aluminum, coal, and oil. Brown has long pushed the Fed to issue its proposed rule, which would require banks involved in physical commodity activities to boost capital to cover the risks of such investments. Under the Fed'… Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Wells Fargo's Unauthorized Accounts

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 "An Examination of Wells Fargo's Unauthorized Accounts and the Regulatory Response." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "An Examination of Wells Fargo's Unauthorized Accounts and the Regulatory Res… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on 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 on the "The National Flood Insurance Program: Reviewing the Recommendations of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council's 2015 Annual Report." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "The National Flood Insurance P… Continue Reading


September 8, 2016

Brown Commends U.S. Banking Agencies for Urging Congress to Curb Wall Street's Ownership of Physical Commodities

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 applauded U.S. banking agencies for urging Congress to limit Wall Street's investments in merchant banking and physical commodities. The Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation outlined the recommendations in a report required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Ac… Continue Reading


July 29, 2016

Brown Statement on CFPB Efforts to Rein in Debt Collectors

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 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's initial outline of proposed rules to rein in debt collectors. In 2015, the CFPB handled more than 85,200 complaints about debt collection, making it the largest source of consumer grievances among the industries the bureau oversees. "Families who are struggling to make ends me… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Brown Applauds CFPB's Fifth Anniversary

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 the fifth anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The bureau was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which became law six years ago. The CFPB says its actions have resulted in $11.7 billion being returned to over 27 million wronged consumers. "The 2008 finan… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Brown, Waters: FSOC Decision Shows Wall Street Reform is Working

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) - the leading Democrats on the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees - issued the following statement after the U.S government removed GE Capital's designation as "systemically important" to the financial system. The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which includes the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve, rescinded GE Capital's designation for stricter oversight after the firm ma… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Bank Capital and Liquidity Rules

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, "Bank Capital and Liquidity Regulation, Industry Perspectives." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Bank Capital and Liquidity Regulation, Industry Perspectives" June 23, 2016 Thank you, Chair S… Continue Reading


June 21, 2016

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"June 21, 2016 Thank you, Chairman Shelby. Chair Yell… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Brown Opening Statement at SEC Oversight 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 - released the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing entitled, "Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission" June 14, 2016 Thank you Chairman Shelby, … Continue Reading


June 7, 2016

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Bank Capital and Liquidity Rules

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, "Bank Capital and Liquidity Regulation." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Bank Capital and Liquidity Regulation"June 7, 2016 Thank you, Chairman Shelby, for holding today's hearing, and I thank… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Oversight of the Iran Nuclear Agreement and Sanctions

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, "Understanding the Role of Sanctions Under the Iran Deal: Administration Perspectives." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Understanding the Role of Sanctions Under the Iran Deal: Administration Pe… Continue Reading

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