Minority Press Releases

December 17, 2013

CHAIRMAN JOHNSON COMMENTS ON VOLCKER RULE

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement after financial regulators approved the "Volcker Rule," a Wall Street Reform provision that bans proprietary trading by banks. "Today's approval of the final Volcker Rule is a key milestone in the full implementation of Wall Street Reform and these trading restrictions will help improve the integrity of our banking system. I commend all the individuals involved in this monumental effort for the… Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

JOHNSON’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT BPC HOUSING FINANCE REFORM EVENT

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) today gave the closing remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Committee's event titled "A Forum on the Role of Private Capital in a Reformed Housing Finance System." Below are Chairman Johnson's remarks as prepared for delivery: "Thank you for that kind introduction. It is good to be with all of you today. "I want to thank the Bipartisan Policy Center for hosting this event. The BPC has done great work elevating the issue of… Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT AT KUMAR NOMINATION HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a nomination hearing for the consideration of Arun M. Kumar to be Assistant Secretary and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce. A vote on the nominee will be scheduled for a later date. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "Good Morning. Today we consider Mr. Arun Kumar to be Assistant Secr… Continue Reading


December 12, 2013

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT AT HEARING EXPLORING BILATERAL NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Assessing the P5+1 Interim Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Administration Perspectives." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. Yesterday, all Senators had a chance to hear directly from Secretaries Lew and Kerry and senior intelligence officials on the first step nuclear agreement reached in Geneva between the P5+1 and Iran. Today we will d… Continue Reading


December 10, 2013

JOHNSON ON RISK SHARING IN HOUSING FINANCE MARKET

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Housing Finance Reform: Fundamentals of Transferring Credit Risk in a Future Housing Finance System." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "This hearing is the last in our in-depth series of policy hearings to explore the benefits and challenges of reforming the housing finance system. At the urging of Committee Members and with the… Continue Reading


December 10, 2013

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON MEL WATT VOTE

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) today released the following statement after a procedural vote passed that clears the way for Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) to be confirmed as the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). "I congratulate Congressman Watt on a successful cloture vote this morning and look forward to the Senate quickly confirming him as the Director of the FHFA. Congressman Watt has over 40 years of experience in housing, real estate… Continue Reading


December 10, 2013

CHAIRMAN JOHNSON COMMENTS ON VOLCKER RULE

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement after financial regulators approved the "Volcker Rule," a Wall Street Reform provision that bans proprietary trading by banks. "Today's approval of the final Volcker Rule is a key milestone in the full implementation of Wall Street Reform and these trading restrictions will help improve the integrity of our banking system. I commend all the individuals involved in this monumental effort for the… Continue Reading


November 22, 2013

JOHNSON ON TRANSITIONING TO A STRONGER HOUSING FINANCE SYSTEM

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Housing Finance Reform: Developing a Plan for a Smooth Transition." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "The Committee will come to order. "Today we continue our series of hearings to better inform the Committee's efforts to reform our housing finance system. While we have spent time examining what the different components of a new system should look like, today… Continue Reading


November 21, 2013

JOHNSON ON CREATING A STRONG SECONDARY MORTGAGE MARKET REGULATOR

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Housing Finance Reform: Powers and Structure of a Strong Regulator." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "This hearing continues the Committee's effort to examine housing finance reform proposals. Today we will explore the current regulatory structure related to the secondary mortgage market and survey the issues related to the pro… Continue Reading


November 21, 2013

JOHNSON SUPPORTS JANET YELLEN TO SERVE AS CHAIR OF THE FED

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held an Executive Session to consider the nomination of Janet Yellen to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call the Committee to order. "We have a quorum present, so we will move to executive session to consider the nomination of the Honorable Janet Yellen to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four … Continue Reading


November 14, 2013

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT AT JANET YELLEN’S NOMINATION HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing to consider the nomination of the Honorable Janet Yellen to be the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "Today we consider the nomination of the Honorable Janet Yellen to be Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years. "Dr. Yellen is an extraordinary candidate t… Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

JOHNSON LAUDS MASSAD NOMINATION FOR CFTC

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released a statement on the nomination of Timothy Massad to be the next Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. "Mr. Massad is an excellent selection to serve as the next Chairman of the CFTC. Through his work at the Treasury Department and the Congressional Oversight Panel, Mr. Massad has earned a solid reputation for protecting the American taxpayer. He is exactly the type of leader the CFTC needs as the Commis… Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

JOHNSON ON CFPB’S SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Semi-Annual Report to Congress." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "Director Cordray, welcome back to the committee and congratulations on your Senate confirmation. We are here today to continue our regular oversight of the CFPB, giving this Committee another opportunity to review the im… Continue Reading


November 7, 2013

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Housing Finance Reform: Essential Elements to Provide Affordable Options for Housing." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "Today, with the help of our witnesses, the Committee will examine the importance of affordability in the housing finance system for both homeowners and renters. It is imperative that any new system meets the h… Continue Reading


November 5, 2013

JOHNSON ON PROTECTING SMALL LENDER ACCESS TO THE SECONDARY MORTGAGE MARKET

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Housing Finance Reform: Protecting Small Lender Access to the Secondary Mortgage Market." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "Today we discuss a housing finance reform issue that is a top priority for many members of this Committee, especially those from rural states-small lender access to the secondary mortgage market. While ther… Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

JOHNSON STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING WITH FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN NOMINEE JANET YELLEN

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released a statement following a meeting with Dr. Janet L. Yellen, the President's nominee to be the next Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. "This afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Yellen. Our conversation reaffirmed that President Obama has picked an outstanding nominee to serve as the next Federal Reserve Chairman. Dr. Yellen is regarded as one of the pre-eminent economists of o… Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON CONGRESSMAN WATT VOTE

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) today released the following statement after the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt to serve as the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency was blocked from getting an up-or-down vote. "It is disappointing that a sitting member of Congress with over 40 years of relevant experience was denied an up-or-down vote by a minority of Senators today. It is not a secret that this vote was pure obstructionist politics at play. Th… Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON THE NEED FOR A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE IN HOUSING FINANCE REFORM

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Housing Finance Reform: Essential Elements of a Government Guarantee for Mortgage-Backed Securities." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I call this hearing to order. "I would like to thank our witnesses for joining us to explore one of the fundamental questions of housing finance reform - the structure of the government guarantee for mortgage-backed securities.… Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

JOHNSON FLOOR STATEMENT CALLING ON THE SENATE TO CONFIRM REP. MEL WATT TO HEAD THE FHFA

WASHINGTON - This afternoon, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) took to the Senate Floor to call on his colleagues to confirm Congressman Mel Watt as the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Below are Chairman Johnson's remarks as prepared for delivery. "Mr. President, I rise to speak in support of Congressman Mel Watt to serve as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. "It has been over 5 years since the FHFA's inception and it still has never ha… Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON HOUSING FINANCE REFORM: ESSENTIALS OF A FUNCTIONING HOUSING FINANCE SYSTEM FOR CONSUMERS

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled "Housing Finance Reform: Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Good morning. I call this hearing to order. "For many Americans, homeownership is a life-long dream and is often the biggest purchase a consumer will ever make. However, as became clear during the financial crisis, consumers face a comp… Continue Reading

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