Minority Press Releases

June 15, 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: Midsized, Regional and Large Institution Perspective" Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "Fostering Economic Growth: Midsized, Regional and Large Institution Perspective" Thank you, Chairman … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Senators Announce Agreement on Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today announced a bipartisan agreement on legislation to strengthen and expand current U.S. sanctions on Russia. The amendment to the underlying Iran sanctions bill maintains and substantially expands sanctions against the government of Russia i… Continue Reading


June 8, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Committee 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 Institutions in Local Communities." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening Statement Hearing: "Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Institutions in Local Communities" Chairman Crapo,… Continue Reading


June 7, 2017

Brown Statement on House Push to Dismantle Wall Street Reform, Consumer Protections

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 as the House prepares to vote on the so-called CHOICE Act, which would dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law. The bill would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has returned almost $12 billion to 29 million Americans who have been cheated by shadowy debt collectors, for-profit schools, and payday lenders. R… Continue Reading


June 6, 2017

Brown Statement on Trump's Nominee for Key Wall Street Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee - issued the following statement regarding President Trump's intention to nominate former OneWest Bank CEO Joseph Otting to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a key Wall Street watchdog. "The President's choice for watchdog of America's largest banks is someone who signed a consent order - over shady foreclosure practices - with the very agency he's bee… Continue Reading


June 6, 2017

Brown Statement at Hearing on CEA, HUD Nominees

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 opening statement at today's Banking Committee hearing on the nominations of Kevin Hassett for Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Pamela Patenaude for Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: CEA, HUD NomineesJune … Continue Reading


May 30, 2017

Brown Renews Request for Treasury to Assess Trump's Global Business Contacts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today renewed his request for the U.S. Treasury Department to assess whether President Trump, the Trump Organization, and his family's business associates from Russia and other countries may have violated U.S. anti-terrorist financing, sanctions, and money laundering laws. Brown once again asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin whether he has requested or received from Trump and his family a complete list of their investors and business partner… Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Brown Statement at Committee Vote on Treasury, Commerce Nominees

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 opening statement at today's Banking Committee executive session on four nominations for key national security roles in the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments. The nominees are Sigal Mandelker to be Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes; Marshall Billingslea to be Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financi… Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's First Banking Committee 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 at today's hearing with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin entitled, "Domestic and International Policy Update." The hearing marks Mnuchin's first testimony before the Banking Committee. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Domestic and International … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Brown, Wyden Ask GAO to Examine Oversight of Foreign Investors in U.S. Real Estate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - To ensure national security implications of foreign real estate investments are being fully considered, Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, together with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., ranking member on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, today requested that the Government Accountability Office investigate how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the Uni… Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Brown Statement on GOP Leader McConnell's Call 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 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) comments that Democrats are blocking efforts to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. "The Senate Republican leader seems to have forgotten the harm Wall Street's greed and reckless behavior caused to millions of working families and taxpayers who were forced to c… Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Treasury, Commerce Nominees

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 four nominations for key national security roles in the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments. The nominees are Sigal Mandelker to be Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes; Marshall Billingslea to be Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing; Heath Tarbert to be Tre… Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Brown Statement at Housing Finance 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 at today's hearing entitled, "The Status of the Housing Finance System After Nine Years of Conservatorship." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "The Status of the Housing Finance System After Nine Years of Conservatorship"May 11, 2017 Thank you, Chairm… Continue Reading


May 4, 2017

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 entitled, "Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part II." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part II" May 4, 2017 Thank you, … Continue Reading


May 3, 2017

Brown Blasts Trump's Decision to Remove Top Wall Street Watchdog

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 President Trump's decision to replace Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry as chief watchdog of the nation's largest banks. The President's decision to name an acting appointee to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency comes as the Administration seeks to dismantle key Wall Street reforms enacted after the … Continue Reading


May 2, 2017

Brown Takes Senate Floor to Oppose SEC Nominee Clayton

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee - today took to the Senate floor to oppose Jay Clayton's nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, emphasizing the need for a strong, independent watchdog to police Wall Street. Brown noted that Clayton faces a host of conflicts of interest due to the long list of giant banks and corporations that he has represented as one of Wall Street's top la… Continue Reading


May 2, 2017

Brown Statement on House Bill to Dismantle 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 as the House Financial Services Committee marked up Chairman Jeb Hensarling's (R-TX) sprawling bill that would dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The legislation would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has returned almost $12 billion to 29 million Americans who have been cheate… Continue Reading


May 2, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S.-EU Covered Agreement on Insurance 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 at today's committee hearing entitled, "Examining the U.S. - EU Covered Agreement." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Examining the U.S. - EU Covered Agreement"May 2, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding today's hearing and thank you to our witn… Continue Reading


May 1, 2017

Brown Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Miami's Predatory Lending Case Against Wells Fargo, Bank of America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee - issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling today that cities can bring lawsuits against banks for alleged discriminatory mortgage lending practices under the Fair Housing Act. In its 5-3 decision, the court ruled that the city of Miami has standing to sue Wells Fargo and Bank of America over claims alleging the banks' lending practices discrim… Continue Reading


April 27, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on Russia 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 at today's committee hearing on "Countering Russia: Further Assessing Options for Sanctions." Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Senator Sherrod Brown - Opening StatementHearing: "Countering Russia: Further Assessing Options for Sanctions"April 27, 2017 Mr. Chairman, thank you for calling this second i… Continue Reading

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