Minority Press Releases

September 23, 2009

DODD STATEMENT ON BANK CHANGES TO OVERDRAFT FEES

WASHINGTON - Five days after Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced he is working on a bill to rein in abusive overdraft fees, the nation's two largest banks announced steps towards needed reforms. J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America today announced they would limit fees charged to customers for overdrawing their bank accounts. "These are positive changes, but the system has gotten completely out of whack," said Dodd. "We are talking about abusive practices that never … Continue Reading


September 18, 2009

DODD TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO REIN IN EXCESSIVE CHECKING ACCOUNT OVERDRAFT FEES

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced he is working on a bill to protect Americans from excessive checking account overdraft fees. "Excessive, automatic overdraft fees are forcing many American families deeper into debt at a time when they are already struggling to make ends meet," said Dodd. "I am working on a bill to protect consumers from these fees." So-called "overdraft protection programs" enable customers to overdraw their accounts, … Continue Reading


September 17, 2009

SENATE APPROVES DODD’S BILL TO STRENGTHEN MANUFACTURING CRITICAL TO AMERICA’S SECURITY

WASHINGTON -Last night the Senate passed a bill, authored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) and cosponsored by Banking Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), to reform and reauthorize the Defense Production Act. The bill strengthens America's manufacturing base for products critical to America's security. This includes industries that support our nation's energy and infrastructure needs, and help civilian agencies and the military respond to crises at home an… Continue Reading


September 14, 2009

DODD ON ECONOMIC REFORMS

WASHINGTON - Today Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), issued the following statement following the President's address on the economy. "The President got it right. We need 'change and change now'," said Dodd. "One year after Lehman Brothers collapsed many of the same risks to our financial sector remain. Companies that used to be too big to fail have only gotten bigger and now they're back to business as usual. But for millions of Americans who have lost their ho… Continue Reading


September 10, 2009

DODD STATEMENT: HEARING ON SEC IG INVESTIGATION INTO MADOFF SCANDAL

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), held a hearing on the recent report issued by the Inspector General of the Securities and Exchange Commission on their Investigation into the failure of the SEC to uncover the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. The Committee heard from the SEC Inspector General H. David Kotz, who discussed the findings of his report released last week detailing SEC failures, along with Harry Markopolos, a fraud examiner who repeatedly warned… Continue Reading


September 9, 2009

DODD TO STAY SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

WASHINGTON - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced today that he will stay the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, where he will continue to lead the fight in the Senate for financial regulatory reform and consumer protection. As a senior member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and as Chairman Edward Kennedy's chief deputy on the Affordable Health Choices Act, Dodd will continue to lead the HELP Committee's efforts in … Continue Reading


September 2, 2009

DODD: WE MUST PREVENT ANOTHER MADOFF

HARTFORD, CT - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement after the Securities and Exchange Commission released the executive summary of the SEC Inspector General's report on how the agency handled the Madoff fraud. "The Inspector General's report lays out the string of massive regulatory failures and incompetent investigations at the SEC that led to unimaginable loss for so many. It further reminds us how essential it is that we improve both f… Continue Reading


August 24, 2009

DODD STATEMENT ON BERNANKE

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement on the news that Ben Bernanke will be reappointed as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. "While I have had serious differences with the Federal Reserve over the past few years, I think reappointing Chairman Bernanke is probably the right choice," Dodd said. "Chairman Bernanke was too slow to act during the early stages of the foreclosure crisis, but he ultimately demonstrated effecti… Continue Reading


August 19, 2009

DODD ON NEW CREDIT CARD PROTECTIONS TAKING EFFECT TOMORROW

HARTFORD, CT - Tomorrow, credit cardholders will see new protections established by the Credit CARD Act take effect. Signed into law in May, Senator Dodd's Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act cracks down on abusive, misleading and deceptive practices employed by some credit card companies. "The new rules of the road established by the Credit CARD Act will shield credit cardholders from widespread abusive practices. New protections will give American families mo… Continue Reading


August 10, 2009

DODD: VICTORY ON CREDIT CARD FEES, BUT OVERDRAFT FEES DEMONSTRATE NEED FOR CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION AGENCY

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement on a day two credit card companies announced they will stop charging customers fees for exceeding their limits but new research shows major banks are charging customers record dollars in overdraft fees. Today American Banker reported that "American Express Co. and Discover Financial Services are eliminating over limit fees on consumer credit cards…In so doing, they may lead the way for othe… Continue Reading


August 6, 2009

DODD, MENENDEZ, MERKLEY, BENNET ANNOUNCE INITIATIVE TO COORDINATE HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), along with fellow Committee members Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Dan Akaka (D-HI), today introduced legislation to help towns and regions across the country plan and implement development projects that integrate their community's needs for transportation, housing, land use, and economic development. By encouraging sustainable development at the local, reg… Continue Reading


August 5, 2009

DODD ENCOURAGED BY PROGRESS ON REGULATORY REFORM

Banking Committee Holds Last Hearing before August Recess Calls on Credit Rating Agencies to Provide Independent Research and In-Depth Analysis WASHINGTON - Today the Senate Banking Committee held the last of an extensive series of hearings before the August recess. The Committee is expected to take up major legislation to modernize financial regulation sometime this fall. The Committee has held an aggressive hearing schedule this year. "Virtually all of these have been to try and det… Continue Reading


August 4, 2009

HEARING ON STRENGTHENING BANK REGULATIONS

Questions if Administration's Plan Goes Far Enough to Protect Consumers WASHINGTON - Today Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) held a hearing on how banks should be regulated to best ensure their safety and soundness to protect their customers. "Our job here is not to protect regulators; our job is to protect the people who count on us, on you, and a system to provide safety and soundness to banks and stability to the financial markets. That is what this is all about," Dodd to… Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

DODD STATEMENT ON IRAN SANCTIONS

WASHINGTON - Today Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) expressed the need to provide the Obama Administration with strong tools to deal with the regime in Iran. "The actions of this Iranian regime pose a threat to peace and security in the Middle East, and threaten our close ally Israel. They are an affront to democratic values and human rights. And they must stop," Dodd said. "The new Obama Administration has undertaken an aggressive dual-track approach-offering high-lev… Continue Reading


July 28, 2009

DODD STATEMENT: INSURANCE & REGULATORY MODERNIZATION

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) brought together an expert panel of witnesses to testify on regulatory modernization and the insurance industry. "As we talk about the modernization of financial services regulations, insurance plays a very, very critical role," said Dodd. "The insurance industry provides millions of Americans in our country with the safety net they need, whether they be individual homeowners, small businesses or larger enterprises." … Continue Reading


July 24, 2009

DODD ASKS ADMINISTRATION TO LOOK OUT FOR HOMEOWNERS

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) asked the Administration to look into accusations that companies are setting up roadblocks to efforts to modify mortgages and keep people in their homes. Last week, Dodd chaired a hearing on what more needs to be done to prevent foreclosures. One witness alleged companies charged with modifying mortgages were providing customers with false information. Yesterday, Chairman Dodd sent Treasury Secretary Geithner and Housi… Continue Reading


July 23, 2009

DODD: HOW DO WE PROTECT MAIN STREET FROM WALL STREET?

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) held a hearing to ask top financial regulators how to create a framework to protect Americans from the giant risks that caused the current financial crisis. "Wall Street's failures have hit Main Streets across the country. It will take years, perhaps decades, to undo damage that a stronger regulatory system would have prevented," Dodd said. "While many Americans understand why we had to take extraordinary measures this… Continue Reading


July 22, 2009

DODD TO FED CHIEF: RECOVERY WON’T BE REAL UNTIL AND UNLESS IT’S FELT ON MAIN STREET

WASHINGTON - Today Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) pushed the Federal Reserve Board Chairman on when government efforts to turn around the economy will reach struggling Americans. "Positive indicators seem to be stuck at the top," said Dodd. "And we all work for the American people. When can they expect the recovery that they have funded? When will working families see their rally? Their pay raise? Their jobs being stabilized?" Chairman Dodd laid out two fundamen… Continue Reading


July 16, 2009

DODD ON FORECLOSURES: EXPLAIN TO ME WHY NOTHING HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) expressed frustration that, despite endless assurances, little has been accomplished by way of stemming the tide of foreclosures and he pressed the need for principal reduction to stabilize the housing market, a key element of economic recovery. This morning the Associated Press is reporting "The number of U.S. households on the verge of losing their homes soared by nearly 15 percent in the first half of the year as more… Continue Reading


July 15, 2009

DODD ON FINANCIAL CRISIS COMMISSION MEMBERS

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement on the announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of six appointments to the 10-member Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, established by Congress to examine the domestic and global causes of the financial crisis. Chairman Dodd co-sponsored the amendment to create the commission as part of the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act in April of this year. "Th… Continue Reading

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