Minority Press Releases

September 5, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Death of Edward M. Gramlich, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

"I was very saddened to learn that former Federal Reserve Governor Edward ‘Ned’ Gramlich died today. Throughout his career, including his service in academia and in public life, first at the Congressional Budget Office and then as a Governor at the Federal Reserve, Ned was a tireless advocate for policies that helped working Americans. Ned was steadfast when it came to protecting consumers and his wisdom and guidance will be sorely missed. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.”… Continue Reading


September 5, 2007

Chairman Dodd Announces Legislation to Protect American Homeownership

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today announced his intention to introduce legislation to reform mortgage lending practices that have created problems for homeowners and investors in the subprime market. “Let me be clear: affordable home loans are a good thing; predatory lending is not. Predatory lending needs to be stopped, which is why I intend to introduce legislation that will put an end to the practices that have forc… Continue Reading


September 5, 2007

Chairman Dodd Announces Legislation to Protect American Homeownership

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today announced his intention to introduce legislation to reform mortgage lending practices that have created problems for homeowners and investors in the subprime market. “Let me be clear: affordable home loans are a good thing; predatory lending is not. Predatory lending needs to be stopped, which is why I intend to introduce legislation that will put an end to the pract… Continue Reading


September 5, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on President Bush’s Remarks on Housing Crisis

For too long this president has sat on his hands, as families were losing their homes and others called for action. His action today, while welcome, is late. I urge the President to get serious about this problem and to do the following: First, lenders and servicers must modify or refinance these abusive loans to make them affordable over the long-term. This is the heart of the Principles many of the leading industry players adopted at the Homeownership Preservation Summit I convened in Apri… Continue Reading


September 4, 2007

Statement by Chairman Chris Dodd in Response to Regulators’ Guidance on Loan Modifications

“Today’s statement by the financial regulators comes very late and only underscores the failure of this Administration over a period of years to protect homeowners from predatory lending practices. In fact, several months ago, I convened a homeownership preservation summit, at which lenders, servicers, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac agreed to take affirmative steps to prevent foreclosures and preserve homeownership. “Not only is today’s statement late in coming, but it will not in and of i… Continue Reading


August 24, 2007

Dodd Calls on Secretary Paulson, Secretary Jackson to Act Quickly to Modernize FHA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphonso Jackson urging them to take the necessary administrative steps to enable the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to provide more affordable loans to American homeowners in danger of foreclosure due to bad lending practices. Chairman Dodd has also mad… Continue Reading


August 16, 2007

Chairman Dodd Expresses Dissapointment with Administration Decision to Reject SEC Position in Stoneridge Case

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today reacted to the Administration’s decision to reject the recommendations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and instead file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on behalf of companies involved in the case of Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., et al. “I’m very disappointed by the decision by the Administration to … Continue Reading


August 14, 2007

Chairman Dodd calls on President, Solicitor General to endorse SEC position in Stoneridge Case

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today sent letters to President Bush and Solicitor General Paul Clement to convey his disappointment that the Solicitor General chose not to file a brief with the Supreme Court expressing the views recommended by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the case of Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., et al, which is scheduled to come before the Court this fa… Continue Reading


August 14, 2007

Chairman Dodd calls on President, Solicitor General to endorse SEC position in Stoneridge Case

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today sent letters to President Bush and Solicitor General Paul Clement to convey his disappointment that the Solicitor General chose not to file a brief with the Supreme Court expressing the views recommended by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the case of Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., et al, which is scheduled to come befor… Continue Reading


August 10, 2007

Statement of Senator Dodd on the Ongoing Subprime Mortgage Problems

“People all across America are hurting because of serious and on-going problems in our housing markets. The Administration can’t continue to close their eyes to the scope of the problem and hope it goes away. This problem isn’t ‘contained’ as the Administration contends. The President needs to immediately reconsider his ill-advised position that he won’t even consider the possibility of easing GSE credit caps, provided it is done in a safe and sound manner by regulators, until there is statut… Continue Reading


August 9, 2007

Statement of Senator Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, on Departure of Roel Campos at SEC

“I appreciate the distinguished service of Roel Campos. His work in the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley, his role in the development and oversight of the Public Accounting Oversight Board, and his promotion of cooperation among securities regulators and accounting bodies internationally have enhanced the stature of the Commission and effectively promoted investor protection and the fairness and efficiency of the securities markets. “The American securities markets are vital to the economic… Continue Reading


August 7, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd in Reaction to Continued Subprime Mortgage Market Turmoil

“As Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee I have taken a number of steps to reduce foreclosures and protect the American Dream of homeownership. These include: · Documenting through multiple hearings the failure of the Federal Reserve and other federal regulators to protect homeowners from the kinds of predatory lending which has been responsible for the record number of foreclosures which we are witnessing. · Successfully persuading the Fed… Continue Reading


August 3, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Today’s Announcement by American Home Mortgage and the State of the Mortgage Market

Washington, D.C. - “The continuing bad news in the mortgage markets ultimately means greater distress for families all across our nation. It highlights, once again, that regulators were too slow to react to subprime and other lending practices that were clearly unsustainable, particularly higher-risk adjustable mortgages that were underwritten with the full knowledge that borrowers could not afford the payments after interest rates started to rise. The regulators simply did not meet their resp… Continue Reading


August 1, 2007

Dodd, Shelby Laud Committee Approval of Legislation to Protect U.S. Jobs, Combat China Currency Manipulation

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, along with ranking Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Committee passed S. 1677, the Currency Reform and Financial Markets Act of 2007. The legislation, which was introduced by Dodd and Shelby on June 21, is intended to level the playing field for American workers and businesses. China’s ongoing intervention to keep the yuan undervalued has contributed to the loss of approx… Continue Reading


August 1, 2007

Dodd, Shelby Laud Committee Approval of Legislation to Protect U.S. Jobs, Combat China Currency Manipulation

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, along with ranking Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Committee passed S. 1677, the Currency Reform and Financial Markets Act of 2007. The legislation, which was introduced by Dodd and Shelby on June 21, is intended to level the playing field for American workers and businesses. China’s ongoing intervention to keep the yuan undervalued has contributed to… Continue Reading


August 1, 2007

Committee Passes Dodd Bill to Help Students Afford College

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today announced that the Committee passed without objection legislation introduced by Senator Dodd to help students and their families afford college. In keeping with Chairman Dodd’s commitment to preserving the American dream, the Private Student Loan Transparency and Improvement Act of 2007 would implement needed reforms in the private student lending market - the fastest-growing segment of the … Continue Reading


August 1, 2007

Committee Passes Dodd Bill to Help Students Afford College

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today announced that the Committee passed without objection legislation introduced by Senator Dodd to help students and their families afford college. In keeping with Chairman Dodd’s commitment to preserving the American dream, the Private Student Loan Transparency and Improvement Act of 2007 would implement needed reforms in the private student lending market - the fastest-grow… Continue Reading


August 1, 2007

Dodd, Hagel Introduce Bill to Revitalize America’s Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - Responding to a looming crisis that jeopardizes the prosperity and quality of life of all Americans, Senators Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., today introduced a measure to revitalize, repair, and replace America’s aging and crumbling roads, bridges, transit systems, and water treatment facilities. Two dramatic headlines in recent weeks have highlighted the escalating problem. Two weeks ago… Continue Reading


July 26, 2007

President Signs Dodd, Shelby CFIUS Legislation

Senators Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today commended the President for signing into law the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007. The bill, authored in the Senate by Dodd and Shelby, will reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by strengthening the role of the Director of National Intelligence, mandating the designation of a lead agency … Continue Reading


July 26, 2007

President Signs Dodd, Shelby CFIUS Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senators Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today commended the President for signing into law the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007. The bill, authored in the Senate by Dodd and Shelby, will reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by strengthening the role of the Director of National Intelligence, mandating the designatio… Continue Reading

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