Minority Press Releases

February 28, 2012

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON HOUSING FINANCE HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held the second in series of hearings on the state of the housing market and barriers to economic recovery. The Committee heard from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Federal Reserve Board Governor Elizabeth Duke, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward DeMarco. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I thank our witnesses for joining us. Today's hearing is part two of our exam… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing on the European debt crisis. The Committee heard an update on the ongoing situation in Europe from officials from the Treasury Department, State Department, and Federal Reserve. The Committee discussed the potential impact of developments in Europe on the U.S. economy and global financial markets. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today we discuss an important and timely… Continue Reading


February 14, 2012

CHAIRMAN JOHNSON OFFERS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BILL ON THE SENATE FLOOR

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Chairman Tim Johnson took to the Senate Floor to present the Committee's public transportation bill. The bill, authored by Chairman Johnson, will be attached to the Surface Transportation bill currently being considered by the full Senate. Senator Johnson's bill, which received unanimous bipartisan support in Committee, maintains current funding levels, improves safety oversight, and streamlines the construction of public transport… Continue Reading


February 13, 2012

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON HOUSING FINANCE HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing on the state of the housing market, and barriers to recovery. The Committee heard from economists and experts in the field, and discussed possible solutions to revitalize the housing market and boost economic growth. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today's hearing is a continuation of our in-depth look at housing finance reform that we started last year in a bipartisan… Continue Reading


February 2, 2012

BANKING COMMITTEE PASSES JOHNSON-SHELBY TRANSIT REFORM BILL

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee approved Chairman Tim Johnson's (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby's (R-AL) Federal Public Transportation Act of 2012. The two-year reauthorization and reform of federal public transportation programs was passed with unanimous bipartisan support, and will now move to the full Senate for consideration. "This legislation is an investment in our nation's infrastructure, and ensures our public transportation syste… Continue Reading


February 2, 2012

JOHNSON, SHELBY HAIL COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN IRAN SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Banking Committee approved Chairman Tim Johnson's (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby's (R-AL) Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act. The bill which garnered overwhelming bipartisan support will put further economic pressure on Iran's leaders to abandon their illicit nuclear program and support for international terrorism. "With these new sanctions we are giving Iran's leaders a clear choice," said Chairman Johnson. "Iran can end its suppress… Continue Reading


January 31, 2012

JOHNSON STATEMENT AT CFPB OVERSIGHT HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held an oversight hearing on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Committee heard from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, and discussed the CFPB's semi-annual report to Congress. The hearing was Mr. Cordray's first appearance as CFPB director at a Senate hearing. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Good morning. I call this hearing to order. "Be… Continue Reading


January 30, 2012

JOHNSON, SHELBY ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW BIPARTISAN IRAN SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) announced the Committee will consider and vote on new Iran sanctions legislation Thursday. The Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act will put further economic pressure on Iran's leaders to abandon their illicit nuclear program and support for international terrorism. "A nuclear-armed Iran would represent a grave threat to regional peace and international security,… Continue Reading


January 30, 2012

JOHNSON, SHELBY RELEASE DETAILS OF BIPARTISAN TRANSIT LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby released details about the bipartisan transit legislation to be marked up Thursday at 10:00 A.M. The Federal Public Transportation Act of 2012 is a two-year reauthorization and reform of federal public transportation programs. "This legislation is an investment in our nation's infrastructure, making sure our public transportation systems continue to provide safe and reliable service to … Continue Reading


January 27, 2012

JOHNSON, SHELBY ANNOUNCE MARK UP OF BIPARTISAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND IRAN SANCTIONS BILLS

WASHINGTON - Today, Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) released the following joint statement announcing the Committee's intention to mark up the public transportation portion of the next surface transportation reauthorization bill and the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act of 2012. Senators Johnson and Shelby have reached an agreement on a framework for both bills and expect to release details of the proposals next week. The … Continue Reading


January 4, 2012

JOHNSON COMMENT ON RECESS APPOINTMENT OF RICHARD CORDRAY

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement in response to the White House's announcement that President Obama will recess appoint Richard Cordray to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "With Richard Cordray leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Americans will finally get the consumer protections they deserve. Mr. Cordray is eminently qualified for the job, as even my Senate Republican colleague… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

JOHNSON, REED, AND TESTER COMMEND ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT ON ELIMINATING WASTEFUL $1 COIN PRODUCTION

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD), along with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) today commended the Administration's announcement that the Treasury will stop producing excess Presidential $1 coins. "I am glad to see the Administration make this commonsense reform to eliminate unnecessary waste of taxpayer money," said Chairman Johnson. "I welcome this development, and I look forward to monitoring the Administration's progress as it works t… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON FHFA OVERSIGHT HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held an oversight hearing on the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and heard from FHFA Inspector General Steve Linick. This was the Committee's second FHFA oversight hearing this year. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I would like to welcome the first Inspector General of the FHFA, Steve Linick, before the Committee today. "As we wrap up the hearings for this year, I am pleased … Continue Reading


December 8, 2011

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON SENATE REPUBLICANS’ OBSTRUCTION OF RICHARD CORDRAY’S NOMINATION TO LEAD THE CFPB

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to block Richard Cordray's nomination to be the first ever Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "I am disappointed that Senate Republicans continue to hold strong consumer protections hostage. By voting against Mr. Cordray's nomination Senate Republicans demonstrated that they care more about Wall Street than helping American consumers. "… Continue Reading


December 8, 2011

JOHNSON TAKES TO FLOOR TO URGE SENATE REPUBLICANS TO STOP BLOCKING CONSUMER PROTECTION NOMINEE

WASHINGTON - In advance of today's vote, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) took to the Senate floor this morning to urge his Senate Republican colleagues to stop blocking the nomination of Richard Cordray to be the first ever Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President, two months ago the Senate Banking Committee voted along party lines to send to the full Senate the nomination of … Continue Reading


December 6, 2011

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON SCHEDULED VOTE ON CORDRAY’S NOMINATION TO LEAD THE CFPB

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement on today's announcement that the Senate will vote Thursday to advance the nomination of Richard Cordray to be the first ever Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On July 18th, President Obama nominated Richard Cordray to be the first Director of the CFPB. "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to protect consumers, including military families and older Americans,… Continue Reading


December 6, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT AT WALL STREET REFORM OVERSIGHT HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held an oversight hearing on the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Committee heard from representatives of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, SEC, CFTC, FDIC, and OCC. The hearing examined the regulators' progress in implementing the Wall Street Reform Act, and explored the new law's effects on improving the stability of the financial system. Below is Chairman Johnson's sta… Continue Reading


December 1, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON SPURRING JOB CREATION THROUGH ACCESS TO CAPITAL

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing on capital formation proposals to create jobs. The Committee reviewed a number of outstanding proposals and explored additional avenues to help small businesses. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Our nation is facing an unemployment crisis. Nearly 14 million Americans are unable to find a job, and over 5 million have been unemployed for six months or longer. Here in Cong… Continue Reading


November 28, 2011

STATEMENT OF SENATOR TIM JOHNSON ON THE RETIREMENT OF CONGRESSMAN BARNEY FRANK

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement on Congressman Barney Frank's announcement that he will not seek reelection. "The people of the Fourth Congressional district of Massachusetts and our entire nation owe Barney Frank a debt of gratitude for his decades of public service. With Barney's retirement the House of Representatives will lose one of its most dedicated and effective members, but I have no doubt that he will conti… Continue Reading


November 15, 2011

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON FHFA OVERSIGHT HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held an oversight hearing on the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I would like to thank Mr. DeMarco for being here today. As I mentioned at our hearing on November 3, we have been planning to hold an FHFA oversight hearing, and I am pleased it was able to come together so quickly. "As Ranking Member Shelby, and others, so accurately noted during … Continue Reading

Showing page   of 61