Minority Press Releases

June 10, 2009

DODD PRAISES FEDERAL RESERVE REPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today released the following statement after the Federal Reserve issued the first in an ongoing series of monthly reports on its balance sheet: "This report is an important step in our ongoing efforts to bring greater transparency to the Fed's efforts to stabilize the economy. I commend Chairman Bernanke for initiating this series of reports in response to our budget amendm… Continue Reading


June 9, 2009

DODD URGES FED TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE OVERDRAFT FEES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, urged the Federal Reserve to act as soon as possible to protect consumers from abusive overdraft fees. In a letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Dodd called on the Fed to finalize a proposed rule that would curb the use of excessive and unfair fees when consumers overdraw their bank accounts. Dodd further pressed the Fed to implement an "opt-in" approach to overdraft fees… Continue Reading


June 8, 2009

DODD CALLS FOR ROBUST FUNDING FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, called on Senate Appropriations Committee members as well as members of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development to provide ample funding for housing and community development activities in the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. "As you know, our nation is facing great housing and economic challenges… Continue Reading


June 4, 2009

DODD PUTS BANKS ON NOTICE ABOUT EXCESSIVE AND DECEPTIVE CHECKING ACCOUNT FEES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today put banks on notice after recent reports of consumers being gouged by increased, excessive and deceptive fees imposed on their bank accounts. Senator Dodd pledged to work to protect consumers and cautioned the banks against excessive fees and the use of other deceptive practices that unfairly inflate the cost of bank accounts. "While we just scored a tremendous… Continue Reading


June 4, 2009

DODD CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO FORECLOSURE MITIGATION PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing a report in yesterday's New York Times, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) questioned Herb Allison, the nominee to be the Treasury Department's Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability, about the effectiveness of the Administration's foreclosure mitigation program at Mr. Allison's confirmation hearing today. Dodd, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, requested that Mr. Allison, if confirmed, provide the Committee and the public with det… Continue Reading


June 2, 2009

DODD ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE PRESS CONFERENCE ON HEALTH REFORM

Joins Baucus, Romer, Orszag, and DeParle for Release of Council of Economic Advisers Report - The Economic Case for Health Care Reform WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions joined Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Dr. Christina Romer, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), Peter Orszag, Office of Management and Budget Director, and Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the Whi… Continue Reading


May 20, 2009

DODD PRAISES HOUSE PASSAGE OF HIS COMPREHENSIVE CREDIT CARD REFORM LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the author of, released the following statement after the House approved his legislation that will put an end to the abusive practices employed by credit card companies. "I applaud the House for adopting our tough crackdown on the credit card companies and thank President Obama for his leadership on this issue. This cements a victory for every American consumer who … Continue Reading


May 19, 2009

SENATE APPROVES DODD’S BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE CREDIT CARD PRACTICES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today hailed Senate passage of his legislation to put an end to the abusive, misleading, and deceptive practices employed by credit card companies. Dodd's Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act was approved by a vote of 90 to 5, and will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. "This is a victory for every American … Continue Reading


May 11, 2009

SENATE CONSIDERS DODD’S BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ABUSIVE CREDIT CARD PRACTICES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate will today begin consideration of Senator Chris Dodd's (D-CT) comprehensive legislation that will protect consumers from the abusive, confusing, and deceptive practices employed by credit card companies. Dodd, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Banking Committee Ranking Member Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) reached an agreement on the legislation over the weekend. "Today, we have the opportunity to stand up for the … Continue Reading


May 6, 2009

DODD ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF HIS HELPING FAMILIES SAVE THEIR HOMES ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, praised today's Senate approval of his legislation aimed at preventing foreclosures and increasing the availability of credit for consumers and businesses. The "Helping Families Save Their Homes Act," which is cosponsored by Banking Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), would provide more tools to borrowers and banks to help prevent foreclosures and makes it easie… Continue Reading


April 30, 2009

DODD PRAISES HOUSE PASSAGE OF CREDIT CARD REFORM BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the author of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved credit card reform legislation: "Today the House of Representatives has taken a critical step towards ending the deceptive and abusive practices of credit card companies that push hardworking Americans furth… Continue Reading


April 29, 2009

DODD WELCOMES TREASURY SECRETARY GEITHNER’S COMMENTS ON CREDIT CARD REFORM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and author of the Credit Card Act, today released the following statement after Treasury Secretary Geithner's press conference to discuss credit card reform efforts in Congress: "I am pleased that Secretary Geithner agrees that putting an end to the abusive practices of credit card companies is a critical part of getting our economy back on track. Americans do not dese… Continue Reading


April 27, 2009

DODD: “NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND UP TO THE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES”

Washington, DC - As negotiations heat up on credit card reform, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, released the following statement today pushing for tough reforms of the credit card industry's practices: "We have in front of us an opportunity to end the abusive and predatory practices of the credit card companies and we must take full advantage of it. Now is the time to stand up to these companies and force real reforms of how… Continue Reading


April 23, 2009

SCHUMER, DODD CALL ON FEDERAL RESERVE TO IMPOSE EMERGENCY FREEZE ON CREDIT CARD RATES

Senators Urges Regulators To Speed Up Rule-Which Is Not Due To Take Effect Until July 2010-That Would Stop Companies From Hiking Rates On Existing Balances Credit Card Companies Are Doubling And Tripling Rates Now To Get Ahead of Next Year's Rule WASHINGTON, DC-On the same day President Obama summoned the country's major credit card issuers to the White House to discuss reforming their practices, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) … Continue Reading


April 22, 2009

DODD PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO INVESTIGATE ECONOMIC CRISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after Senate approval of an amendment he offered along with Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) that would create a Financial Markets Commission charged with fully investigating the causes of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States. "Through dozens of hearings at the Banking Committee, we have docu… Continue Reading


April 20, 2009

DODD STATEMENT ON ADMINISTRATION'S SUPPORT FOR REFORMING CREDIT CARD PRACTICES

Washington, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and author of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act released the following statement today after White House economic adviser Larry Summers told NBC's David Gregory on Meet the Press that President Obama plans to join Congressional efforts to stop abusive credit card practices. "I welcome President Obama's support for our efforts to crack do… Continue Reading


March 31, 2009

BANKING COMMITTEE PASSES DODD’S SWEEPING LEGISLATION TO REFORM CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY

Washington, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, announced today that the Committee passed comprehensive legislation he authored to protect consumers from confusing, misleading and predatory practices by credit card companies. Having fought to reform the credit card industry for over two decades, Dodd wrote the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, a version of which he introduced in 2004, to provide to… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

DODD ADVANCES TRANSIT AGENDA WITH SYMPOSIUM ON HOUSING AND TRANSIT

Washington, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, will hold a symposium tomorrow entitled "Creating Livable Communities: Housing and Transit Policy in the 21st Century." Dodd has invited Committee members and their staff to hear experts share their views on how to improve the connection between housing and transit policy and how to promote transit-oriented development through the coordination of local planning and land use. … Continue Reading


March 23, 2009

DODD STATEMENT ON ADMINISTRATION’S PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP INVESTMENT PROGRAM

Washington, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today issued the following statement on the Administration's Public Private Partnership Investment Program: "In order to turn this economy around and help families in Connecticut and across the nation get back on their feet, we must end the rising number of foreclosures, unfreeze our credit markets and stabilize the banking sector. The Obama Administration has already recogni… Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

STATEMENT OF SENATOR DODD ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AMENDMENT

"I'm the one who has led the fight against excessive executive compensation, often over the objections of many. I did not want to make any changes to my original Senate-passed amendment but I did so at the request of Administration officials, who gave us no indication that this was in any way related to AIG. Let me be clear - I was completely unaware of these AIG bonuses until I learned of them last week. "Reports that I changed my position on this issue are simply untrue. I answered a qu… Continue Reading

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