Minority Press Releases

December 9, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL NEIL BAROFSKY

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Neil M. Barofsky to be Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The confirmation passed by unanimous consent last night. Under Chairman Dodd's leadership, the Banking Committee has been vigilant in its oversight of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, having held three hearings and coordinated … Continue Reading


December 2, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON FINANCIAL RESCUE REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today issued the following statement after receiving a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Treasury Department's implementation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Dodd incorporated the GAO reporting requirement in the financial rescue package in order to ensure adequate oversight of the law. "I appreciate the insights and recommendations that the G… Continue Reading


December 2, 2008

BIG THREE RESTRUCTURAL PLANS PRESENTED TO CONGRESS

Click for Ford Motor Company's Report and Restructural Plan Presented to Congress Click for Ford Motor Company's Restructural Plan Appendix Powerpoint Click for General Motors Corporation's Letter about Restructural Plan Click for General Motors Corporation's Report and Restructural Plan Presented to Congress Click for Chrysler Corporation's Letter about Restructural Plan Click for Chrysler Corporation's Report and Restructural Plan Presented to Congress Click for Chrysler Corporation's … Continue Reading


November 24, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON CITIGROUP

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today issued the following statement after the Bush Administration announced a plan to provide assistance to Citigroup: "Our financial system is facing unprecedented challenges. More than a million Americans have lost their jobs this year alone, millions of homeowners are facing foreclosure, and hundreds of billions of dollars in retirement savings and investments have evaporated… Continue Reading


November 24, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON OBAMA ECONOMIC TEAM AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today issued the following statement after President-Elect Obama announced several nominations for his economic team and outlined an economic recovery plan: "I commend President-Elect Obama for announcing his economic team and for outlining a strong proposal for economic recovery. These actions demonstrate that he is moving quickly and responsibly to address our nation's economic… Continue Reading


November 21, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON NOMINATION OF SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL NEIL BAROFSKY

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 nomination of Neil Barofsky to be Special Inspector General Committee for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Having officially received the nomination on Monday, Dodd convened the Committee for a hearing just two days later. The nomination was cleared by members of the Senate Banking Committee, the leadership of the Senate Committee on … Continue Reading


November 12, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON TREASURY'S IMPLEMENTATION OF FINANCIAL RESCUE PACKAGE

"I appreciate the Treasury Department's willingness to adjust to the current situation in our financial markets. I am also gratified that they listened to Congress when we insisted on including alternative strategies, such as liquidity injections, in the financial rescue legislation. It is alarming to imagine how limited the Treasury's options would be if Congress had not made substantial changes to their three page proposal. "While I believe that today's announcement is the appropriate cou… Continue Reading


November 12, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON GOVERNMENT LOAN MODIFICATION PROGRAM

"This is a constructive step forward. However, I regret that the industry did not take it much, much earlier when it might have done more to stem the overwhelming tide of foreclosures ravaging our neighborhoods and forcing thousands of American families from their homes. Moreover, this should not be considered a replacement for the guarantee program authorized by the recently-enacted financial rescue law which the FDIC has agreed to operate. We are still awaiting agreement from the Treasury … Continue Reading


November 6, 2008

CHAIRMAN DODD LAYS OUT PRIORITIES FOR 111TH CONGRESS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced today that he will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in the 111th Congress. Chairman Dodd pledged to continue to work with Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) as well as Senate leadership and the new Administration to build an economy that is strong and in which every American has the opportunity to succeed. "If we are going to be strong in the world, we must be strong at home," … Continue Reading


November 3, 2008

BANKING COMMITTEE MEMBERS URGE PRESIDENT BUSH TO ADDRESS FORECLOSURE CRISIS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, along with several other members of the Committee, today sent a letter to President Bush urging the Administration to address the root cause of our nation's economic problems - the foreclosure crisis. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act gives the Administration considerable new authority to prevent foreclosures. While recent news reports have indicated that the Administratio… Continue Reading


October 30, 2008

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Federal Reserve Rate Cut

"Today's interest rate cut is a welcome step to the extent that it facilitates the unlocking of our credit markets so that businesses can continue to operate and American families are able to afford homes, cars and to send their children to college. Recent rate cuts, including today's, also underscore Chairman Bernanke's foresight in rejecting calls by other Federal Reserve Governors to raise interest rates several months ago. "However, this action alone will not solve our current economic pro… Continue Reading


October 29, 2008

The Federal Reserve's Report on the Money Market Investor Funding Facility

For the federal reserve's report on the money market investor funding facility click here… Continue Reading


October 15, 2008

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Reports from Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of the recently-enacted Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, successfully worked to require the Federal Reserve to report to the Congress when it undertakes loans made under unusual and exigent circumstances. Dodd released the following statement after receiving the first two reports from the Federal Reserve: "I appreciate that the Federal Reserve has submitted the initia… Continue Reading


October 14, 2008

DODD SUPPORTIVE OF ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN, OUTLINES CONSUMER-FOCUSED AGENDA TO COMPLETE ECONOMIC RECOVERY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today announced that he is supportive of the Administration's plan to use the authority granted by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act passed by Congress last month. This legislation expanded the range of options that federal agencies can use to intervene in the economy, including direct liquidity injections into our nation's banks. This assistance will be subject to the pro… Continue Reading


October 3, 2008

DODD STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE AND PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE OF THE EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed and the President signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act: "I commend Chairman Frank, Speaker Pelosi, and Congressmen Emanuel, Boehner and Blunt for their contributions to this bipartisan, bicameral effort. "With this legislation, Congress has sent a strong message to the American people -… Continue Reading


October 1, 2008

STATEMENT OF SENATOR DODD ON SENATE PASSAGE OF THE EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act: "The legislation that the Senate passed tonight is the product of thoughtful and deliberate bipartisan cooperation, and is a vast improvement over the blank check that the Administration sought just days ago. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act will not only provide stabi… Continue Reading


October 1, 2008

DODD ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF HOPE FOR HOMEOWNERS PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today announced the enactment of the HOPE for Homeowners program, a voluntary initiative to help distressed borrowers refinance their mortgages. HOPE for Homeowners was established as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA), comprehensive housing legislation that Senator Dodd authored along with Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). HERA … Continue Reading


October 1, 2008

EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT OF 2008

EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT OF 2008 Oct. 1, 2008- The latest version of package legislation which includes the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act can be found here: Click link For one-page summary of the EESA: Click link For section-by-section analysis of the EESA: Click link… Continue Reading


September 25, 2008

DODD REACTS TO PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the President's address tonight: "It is regrettable that 40 days before an election, it has taken the worst economic crisis in our nation since the Great Depression to finally get the attention of the President. Until this point, the cries for help from millions of Americans being forced from their homes and struggling to make ends meet fell… Continue Reading


September 22, 2008

DODD AVAILABILITY TODAY

WASHINGTON - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) will hold a meeting with some of his Democratic and Republican Banking Committee colleagues today to discuss the legislation that he has drafted based on the Treasury Department's proposal as received by Congress over the weekend. The meeting will occur at 3:15 p.m. TODAY in Russell Senate Office Building Room 448. Cameras are invited to spray the room at the top, and Dodd will be available to speak with reporters immediately following the meeting. -3… Continue Reading

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