Minority Press Releases

June 14, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON SEC AND SIPC NOMINEES

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing to consider the nominations of Mr. Luis Aguilar and Mr. Daniel Gallagher to be members of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Mr. Anthony Frank D'Agostino and Mr. Gregory Karawan to be directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today we consider four individuals nominated to serve in positions on the Securitie… Continue Reading


June 9, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing on the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today, the Committee meets to examine the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Currently, constituents from my home state of South Dakota are dealing with some of the worst flooding that the State has ever seen. When I was back in South Dakota last week, … Continue Reading


June 8, 2011

JOHNSON, SHELBY REACH BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON FRAMEWORK TO USE FROZEN LIBYAN ASSETS TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN AID TO LIBYAN PEOPLE

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) announced they will advance a bipartisan bill soon to allow the President to confiscate and distribute some of the frozen assets of Muammar Qaddafi's government to be used to provide humanitarian relief to the Libyan people. The ongoing revolution in Libya has nearly brought its economy to a halt and has precipitated a humanitarian crisis as supplies of food and basic medical … Continue Reading


June 8, 2011

CHAIRMAN JOHNSON’S FLOOR REMARKS IN SUPPORT OF THE TESTER AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) today gave the following floor statement in support of Senator Jon Tester's (D-MT) bipartisan amendment requiring further study of the debit interchange market before implementing the rule. Senator Tester's amendment would require the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Credit Union Administration to conduct research and to take into accou… Continue Reading


June 7, 2011

JOHNSON ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO SUPPORT TESTER AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement announcing his intention to support Senator Jon Tester's bipartisan amendment to further study the debit interchange market prior to implementation of rules. Senator Tester's amendment would require the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Credit Union Administration to conduct research and to take into account the… Continue Reading


June 6, 2011

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON PETER DIAMOND WITHDRAWING HIS NOMINATION TO THE FED

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement today commenting on the decision by Dr. Peter Diamond to withdraw his nomination to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Dr. Diamond was initially nominated by President Obama in April 2010, and his confirmation was blocked three times by Republican opposition. "With nearly 14 million Americans unemployed, it is disappointing Republicans would rather play politics than help bring the Federal… Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON TRANSIT REAUTHORIZATION HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing entitled "Public Transportation: Priorities and Challenges for Reauthorization." The Committee heard from the Federal Transit Administration as well as industry experts. The Banking Committee is responsible for authorizing the transit portion of the federal surface transportation program. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today, the Committee holds its first hearing this… Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON EXPORT-IMPORT BANK HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing entitled "Oversight and Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States." The Export-Import Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States and it assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today, the Committee welcomes the Chairman and President of the Export-Import… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

BANKING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TIM JOHNSON CALLS ON CONGRESS TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING TO AVOID AN ECONOMIC DISASTER

WASHINGTON - In response to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's announcement that the government reached the debt ceiling today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) issued the following statement calling on Congress to act quickly to raise the debt ceiling to avoid unnecessary economic damage. "Failure to extend the debt ceiling promptly is irresponsible and will cause serious and unnecessary economic harm to our country. The federal government will be forced to default … Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

JOHNSON AND SHELBY COMMENT ON WASHINGTON POST HUD REPORTS

WASHINGTON - Today Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) issued a statement responding to reports in the Washington Post alleging financial mismanagement at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "We are deeply concerned by these reports, particularly at a time when so many Americans are in need of affordable housing. Many communities across the country have successfully used HUD programs to create vital housing opportuni… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON FINANCIAL STABILITY AND SYSTEMIC RISK 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 the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, CFTC, and OCC to discuss their progress in implementing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act related to monitoring systemic risk and promoting financial stability. "While we will never be able to anticipate every possible cause… Continue Reading


May 5, 2011

STATEMENT OF BANKING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TIM JOHNSON IN RESPONSE TO REPUBLICANS’ THREAT TO BLOCK ANY CFPB NOMINEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) issued the following statement in response to Senate Republicans' letter announcing their intention to block any nomination of a director to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). "Republicans fought the creation of a strong consumer watchdog from the start, and now they are at it again. The truth is this bureau is already subject to greater checks and balances than any other financial regulator and this… Continue Reading


April 13, 2011

CHAIRMAN JOHNSON’S STATEMENT ON MORTGAGE SERVICERS SETTLEMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) issued the following statement regarding agreements reached between federal regulators and mortgage servicers addressing improper and fraudulent mortgage servicing practices. "Today's announcements are a step towards addressing the improper and fraudulent practices to which many of the country's largest mortgage servicers have admitted. These servicers disregarded laws and left American homeowners, including many activ… Continue Reading


April 12, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON DERIVATIVES OVERSIGHT HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing entitled "Building the New Derivatives Regulatory Framework: Oversight of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act." The Committee heard testimony from regulators and market participants, and looked at the progress of the rulemaking required under the Dodd-Frank Act to improve the transparency and accountability of the U.S. derivatives market. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: … Continue Reading


April 7, 2011

FOUR COMMITTEE CHAIRS SEND BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN LETTER TO KEY REGULATORS URGING END-USER EXEMPTION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and U.S. Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Secretary Gary Gensler, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Schapiro yesterday urging them to provide an exemption from margin requirements for end-user transactions. As the Chairs… Continue Reading


April 6, 2011

JOHNSON, SHELBY CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO NOMINATE TARP WATCHDOG REPLACEMENT

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, yesterday sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to quickly nominate a replacement for outgoing Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) Neil Barofsky. "We cannot allow Mr. Barofsky's departure to mark the end of tough oversight of TARP. Billions of taxpayer dollars remain at stake," S… Continue Reading


April 6, 2011

JOHNSON RESPONDS TO RYAN’S ATTACKS ON WALL STREET REFORM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson issued the following statement in response to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) erroneous claims regarding the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "Let's be clear, the House Republicans' attacks on the Wall Street Reform law have nothing to do with cutting the budget - CBO predicted that the law would reduce deficits by $3.2 billion over ten years - and everything to do with gutting consumer an… Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

JOHNSON OPENING STATEMENT ON PUBLIC PROPOSALS FOR HOUSING FINANCE REFORM HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing entitled "Public Proposals for the Future of the Housing Finance System." The hearing was part of the Committee's ongoing discussion regarding the future of the American housing finance system. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "As we begin this hearing, I am reminded of the former Chairman's farewell speech on the Senate floor. He challenged Senators to rise to the exp… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON HOUSING REFORM HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing entitled "The Administration's Report to Congress: Reforming America's Housing Finance Market." Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "I would like to thank Secretary Geithner and Secretary Donovan for coming before the Committee to discuss the Administration's white paper: Reforming America's Housing Finance Market. In February, I issued a committee agenda which stated ho… Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

SENIOR BANKING COMMITTEE MEMBERS FIGHT TO BOOST WALL STREET WATCHDOGS

WASHINGTON -US Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, joined with Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to call on Congress to provide Wall Street regulators with the resources they need to hold Wall Street accountable and protect middle class investments. The Senators released a letter today to the Senate Appropriations Chairs and Subcommittee Cha… Continue Reading

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