Minority Press Releases

May 25, 2010

DODD, BERMAN ON IRAN SANCTIONS CONFERENCE REPORT

WASHINGTON -- Today Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), co-chairs of the Iran sanctions conference, released the following statement regarding the anticipated timing of final action on an Iran sanctions conference report on H.R. 2194. "The draft United Nations Security Council resolution offered last week by the five permanent members of that body proposes useful additional mandatory sanctions on Iran. Even mo… Continue Reading


May 25, 2010

DODD INTRODUCES EMERGENCY TRANSIT FUNDING AUTHORIZATION BILL

WASHINGTON -- Today Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) along with Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to authorize emergency funding for transit agencies to help reverse fare increases and service cuts. "While families continue to struggle to make ends meet the last thing we should do is make it… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

DODD: WALL STREET REFORM PASSES

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) tonight hailed Senate passage of the bill to bring accountability to Wall Street. "With passage of the Wall Street Reform bill we have taken a major step towards creating a sound economic foundation for the American people we represent. This is their victory." "For the first time ever we will have a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to watch out for the average citizen in our country when they are abused by a financ… Continue Reading


May 17, 2010

ANGEL INVESTOR AMENDMENT PASSES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of Senators tonight scored a victory that will provide strong protections for investors while promoting small business startups vital to job creation. A bipartisan amendment sponsored by Senators Kit Bond (R-MO) and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and co-sponsored by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Scott Brown (R-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) was adopted by voice vote as part of the financial reform bill being debat… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

DODD ON EFFORTS TO CARVE OUT AUTO DEALER FINANCING

WASHINGTON - One day after the Senate overwhelmingly approved an amendment to protect military personnel with a new office within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau the Senate is set to vote on an amendment to exempt auto dealers from the Bureau's protections. This week, the Secretary of the Army John McHugh sent Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) a letter expressing strong concerns with such exemptions. "Over the years, many of our Soldiers have fallen victim to pre… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

SHELBY: MAIN STREET SUPPORTS REPUBLICAN DERIVATIVES ALTERNATIVE

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today made the following statement on the floor of the Senate regarding his support for a Republican substitute amendment to the derivatives title of the Democrats' financial reform bill: Statement of Senator Richard Shelby Wednesday, May 12, 2010 "Thank you Mr. President. "A key part of the bill that we are considering is Title VII, which addresses the regulation of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. While there is s… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

SHELBY: REAL REFORM MUST INCLUDE FANNIE AND FREDDIE

WASHINGTON, DC. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking Republican on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor in strong support of an amendment that he cosponsored with Sens. McCain and Gregg to the financial regulatory reform legislation. The amendment would put in place an orderly transition period to end the conservatorship of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and eventually require each to operate - without government… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

DODD ON DERIVATIVES

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) fought attempts to weaken derivatives reform measures in the bill to bring accountability to Wall Street. "Derivatives are, essentially, bets - bets placed on the future value of something either as a form of protection against changes in that value, or as a way to make money. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with derivatives. They can be used responsibly as a way to hedge commercial risks," Dodd said during deba… Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

WATCH THE OCTOBER HEARING ON DARK POOLS, FLASH ORDERS, & HIGH FREQUENCY TRADING

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May 6, 2010

SHELBY DELIVERS FLOOR STATEMENT ON CONSUMER PROTECTION AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON, DC Thursday, May 6, 2010- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL.), today made the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Republican amendment to the financial reform bill that will strengthen consumer protections without unnecessarily expanding government or burdening Main Street businesses. The text of Senator Shelby's statement is below: "I rise today to discuss the amendment that Senate Republicans are offering to greatly improve consumer financial p… Continue Reading


May 6, 2010

SHELBY: MAIN STREET SUPPORTS REPUBLICAN CONSUMER PROTECTION ALTERNATIVE

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, May 06, 2010 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking Republican on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, along with Sens. Corker, Bond, Johanns, and Murkowski, today held a press conference to discuss the Republican alternative to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the Senate Democrats' financial regulatory reform bill. Shelby's remarks at the press conference are below. Attached are the text of the Republican consumer protection amend… Continue Reading


May 6, 2010

DODD STATEMENT ON GOP PROPOSAL TO GUT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement during Senate debate of the Republican amendment to gut consumer protections in the bill to bring accountability to Wall Street. In his statement, Chairman Dodd provided a point by point critique of the Republican plan. "Mr. President, over these many months that we've been working on financial reform, I've spent a lot of time working with my friends across the aisle to build bipartisan… Continue Reading


May 5, 2010

SHELBY STATEMENT ON AMENDMENT TO END ‘TOO BIG TO FAIL’

WASHINGTON, DC Wednesday, May 5, 2010- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today made the following statement regarding his support for an amendment to the financial reform bill currently being considered in the U.S. Senate. "Protecting taxpayers and ending bailouts are my top priorities in financial reform. Unfortunately, the bill Democrats originally brought to the Senate floor would have perpetuated back-door bailouts and institutionalized the notion that some firms in our country… Continue Reading


May 5, 2010

DODD STATEMENT ON REACHING AN AGREEMENT WITH SEN. SHELBY

WASHINGTON - Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, delivered the following statement on the agreement he reached with Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) on provisions for orderly liquidation and emergency liquidity programs in the bill to bring accountability to Wall Street. As prepared for delivery: "For over a year, Senator Shelby and I have been working on ways to end bailouts. And while we have had our differences in other areas, we have always shared a com… Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

SHELBY: ORTHODONTISTS COULD BE COVERED BY NEW ONEROUS CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS

WASHINGTON, DC Friday, April 30, 2010 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, today issued the following statement responding to claims by Senate Democrats that the new consumer bureaucracy would not cover orthodontists and other small businesses offering customers a line of credit. "Another day, another attempt by Democrats to mislead the American people about what they are up to as they force through another massive government takeover of… Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

SHELBY DELIVERS FLOOR STATEMENT ON FINANCIAL REFORM

WASHINGTON, DC Thursday, April 29, 2010 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking Republican on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding financial regulatory reform legislation. The full text of Shelby's statement, as prepared, is as follows: Floor Statement of Senator Richard Shelby Thursday, April 29, 2010 "Thank you Mr. President. "Before proceeding to my remarks on the b… Continue Reading


April 28, 2010

DODD: AN ORTHODONTIST IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL PLAYER

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement responding to false claims by the Chamber of Commerce and Senate Republicans that the new bureau to protect consumers from abusive financial products and services would cover orthodontists and other small businesses offering customers a line of credit. "Another day, another misrepresentation of our efforts to bring accountability to Wall Street." "Today the Republican Leader came to the… Continue Reading


April 28, 2010

DODD STATEMENT: IT’S TIME FOR THIS DEBATE TO BEGIN

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement on the news that Senate Republicans will at last allow debate on the bill to bring accountability to Wall Street. "For the last year and a half, I have worked with Senator Shelby as I crafted the bill to reform Wall Street. They have been productive talks, but I cannot agree to his desire to weaken consumer protections given the enormous abuses we have seen." "Our nation has been throu… Continue Reading


April 28, 2010

IRAN SANCTIONS BILL CONFEREES TO MEET

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced House and Senate conferees on the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (S.2799 and H.R. 2194) will meet tomorrow at 1:00 PM. The Iranian regime has engaged in serious human rights abuses against its own citizens, funded terrorist activity throughout the Middle East, and pursued illicit nuclear activities posing a serious threat to the security of the United States and our allies. The Co… Continue Reading


April 28, 2010

DODD STATEMENT ON ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING DAY

WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) issued the following statement after Republicans again voted to prevent debate on Wall Street reform. "Today was another disappointing day." "Today, the Goldman Sachs hearings remind all of us of the terrible price our country paid for Wall Street recklessness leading up to the economic crisis." "And today, with this glaring reminder staring us in the face, our colleagues again voted to prevent Wall Street reform from e… Continue Reading

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