Minority Press Releases

March 20, 2012

BANKING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TIM JOHNSON BLASTS SENATE REPUBLICANS ON EXPORT-IMPORT VOTE

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD), cosponsor of the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization amendment, today released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the amendment from moving forward. "I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. This measure received unanimous bipartisan support in the Banking Committee and has broad support from business and labor, including the U.S. Chamber of… Continue Reading


March 19, 2012

JOHNSON TAKES TO FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF EXPORT-IMPORT BANK REAUTHORIZATION

Calls for increased investor protections in House JOBS bill WASHINGTON - In advance of a key vote tomorrow, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support passage of an amendment reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The legislation, sponsored by Johnson as well as Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Richard Shelby (R-AL), passed out of the Senate Banking Committee with unanimous bipartisa… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SENATORS BOXER AND JOHNSON CALL ON HOUSE TO PASS BIPARTISAN SENATE TRANSPORTATION JOBS BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter sent today to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, called for the immediate passage of the bipartisan Senate transportation bill that saves or creates 2.9 million jobs and is fully paid for. In the letter, Senators Boxer and Johnson cited the urgen… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

CANTWELL, TIM JOHNSON, GRAHAM, SHELBY INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO SUPPORT AMERICAN EXPORT JOBS BY EXTENDING EX-IM BANK CHARTER

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Banking Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) introduced a bipartisan amendment to support trade and export jobs by extending the Export-Import Bank's lending authority until 2015. The bipartisan amendment also increases the bank's lending limit from $100 billion to $140 billion. The Export-Import Bank projects that a $140 billion cap would resu… Continue Reading


March 8, 2012

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON HOUSING CRISIS IN INDIAN COUNTRY

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing on the housing crisis in Indian Country. The Committee heard from officials at federal agencies responsible for Indian housing, infrastructure, and economic development, and discussed strategies for leveraging resources and coordinating efforts to better meet the needs of Native communities. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today, the Committee will continue examining a… Continue Reading


March 6, 2012

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON CAPITAL FORMATION HEARING

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing on capital formation proposals to spur job creation and protect investors. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: Today we will have our second full Committee hearing on "Spurring Job Growth through Capital Formation While Protecting Investors." It is our fourth hearing overall on capital formation, following Senators Reed and Crapo's Securities Subcommittee hearing on "… Continue Reading


March 1, 2012

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON SEMIANNUAL MONETARY POLICY REPORT

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing on the Federal Reserve Bank's Semiannual Monetary Report to the Congress. The Committee heard from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and discussed the ongoing economic recovery. Below is Chairman Johnson's statement as prepared for delivery: "Today I welcome Chairman Bernanke back to this Committee to deliver the Federal Reserve's Semiannual Monetary Report to Congress. "There are reasons to be optimis… Continue Reading


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

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