Minority Press Releases

December 3, 2007

DODD RESPONDS TO TREASURY SECRETARY’S COMMENTS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, today responded to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s statement that the Treasury Department would soon announce a plan to modify and refinance loans for certain subprime mortgage borrowers. “Secretary Paulson’s comments this morning that the Administration has taken action to stop predatory lending strain credulity. The Administration has repeatedly failed to use the tools at its disposal to protect ho… Continue Reading


November 30, 2007

CHAIRMAN DODD SENDS LETTER TO SECRETARY PAULSON, INSISTS ON STANDARD SET AT HOMEOWNER PRESERVATION SUMMIT

Washington, D.C. - In keeping with his commitment to protect and preserve American homeownership, Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urging the Administration to insist that servicers, lenders, and other mortgage market participants immediately undertake efforts to reduce foreclosures consistent with the principles they agreed to following the Homeownership Preservation … Continue Reading


November 28, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on SEC Vote on Proxy Access

“Proxy access is an extremely important issue. These proposals have generated an unprecedented response and concerns, as evidenced by a record 34,000-plus public comments, the overwhelming majority of which were in opposition to the proposals. I would have hoped that the Commission would not have moved forward until current vacancies at the Commission had been filled. A core mission of the SEC is to strengthen rather than diminish shareholder rights and I have concerns about the impact of the… Continue Reading


November 27, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Housing Market Turmoil and S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index Report for 3rd Quarter

“The holiday season should be a joyous time when people treasure time with their families. But for far too many Americans, a financial cloud is hanging over the season as people are either grappling with the terrible prospect of losing their homes or worried about the value of their home. Today’s report showing a drop of nearly 10 percent in home prices, along with other data, indicate on-going economic turmoil arising from the housing crisis. Another report by the Conference of Mayors indica… Continue Reading


November 16, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Senate Passage of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Reauthorization

“This is a tremendous victory for American workers, businesses, and our national infrastructure. The threat of terrorism tragically exists. We need to do everything in our power to protect the long-term security of our people and fortify and strengthen our economy. This measure will do exactly that by helping to ensure that our nation is prepared to deal with future terrorist threats by making insurance available and affordable. I commend Majority Leader Reid, Ranking Member Shelby, and ev… Continue Reading


November 16, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on House Passage of Predatory Lending Legislation

“The House should be commended for passage of a measure to address the problem of predatory lending. As I have said before, to be effective, legislation must meet two requirements: first, it must establish strong standards against abusive practices such as prepayment penalties, steering, and other problems. Second, it must provide for strong enforcement to ensure that those standards are met. My bill, which I will introduce soon, will meet both requirements and help protect homeowners from p… Continue Reading


November 15, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Senate Action on FHA

“I’m disappointed that the Senate did not pass the FHA Modernization Act today, but I will continue to work for passage of this important measure. This is far too important, and has too much bipartisan support, to be held up by a small handful. The fact is this bill can help generate quality mortgage credit for working families and help prevent them from being swallowed up in a financial sink-hole that threatens homeowners nationwide. This measure can help provide critically important afford… Continue Reading


November 9, 2007

Senate Banking Chairman Dodd Introduces Bills to Help Lower Costs for Homeowners and Businesses at Risk of Natural Disasters

Recognizing that immediate assistance is needed for those living near coastal areas who are grappling with skyrocketing property insurance premiums, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today introduced two bills to help American homeowners and businesses lessen the financial strain experienced as a result of natural disasters. “Each year hurricanes and other natural disasters devastate and destroy homes, communities and lives. … Continue Reading


November 9, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd in Response to Remarks by Chinese Officials

“I am troubled by the fact that the value of the American dollar has been significantly affected by reports that Chinese officials plan to diversify their almost $1.5 trillion of currency reserve. What’s more troubling is the Bush Administration’s economic irresponsibility that has put the dollar in such a precarious position. Reckless tax cuts for the wealthy and endless spending on the disastrous Iraq war have pushed America further and further into debt, allowing China to accumulate massive… Continue Reading


November 9, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on House Financial Service Committee Approval of Predatory Lending Legislation

“I commend Chairman Frank, along with Congressmen Miller and Watt, for their work on this important issue. As I have said before, to be effective, legislation must meet two tests: first, it must establish strong standards against abusive practices such as prepayment penalties, steering, and other problems. Second, it must provide for strong enforcement. The problem in the market today is that none of the market players have a stake in the long-term success of the mortgage. Everyone from the … Continue Reading


November 1, 2007

Chairman Dodd Urges President to Support Bipartisan Sudan Bill

Washington, D.C. - In response to opposition from the Bush Administration, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, today urged the President to recognize the urgency of the situation in Darfur and rethink Administration resistance to the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act. The bipartisan bill, authored by Dodd, was overwhelmingly approved by the Banking Committee on October 17th by a vote of 21-0. “Two years ago President Bush recognized that the crimes in D… Continue Reading


November 1, 2007

DODD STANDS UP FOR SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Christopher Cox urging him not to adopt either of two proposals limiting the ability of shareholders to participate in electing members of corporate boards. Instead, Dodd recommended that the SEC maintain current rules, which allow shareholders to propose procedures to elect directors. Senator Dodd was joined by Senators Jo… Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on the Fed’s Decision to Lower Interest Rates

Washington, D.C. - “The financial tremors caused by the on-going subprime crisis have badly cracked and damaged one of the bedrocks of the American dream - the ability to own a home. When I met with Fed Chairman Bernanke in August, he assured me that the Fed would use all of the tools at its disposal to deal with the current crisis in our housing and financial markets. Today’s decision to again cut interest rates is another indication that the Fed is taking monetary policy action to address the… Continue Reading


October 30, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Falling Home Prices

Washington, D.C. - Senator Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, reacted to today’s S&P/Case-Shiller index reports on American housing prices. “Today’s dismal housing numbers underscore the need for lenders and servicers to quickly begin the process of loan modifications in a systematic, rules-based way for the millions of homeowners threatened with foreclosures. First and foremost, people’s homes, and their hopes, can be saved by immediately undertaking this process. In ad… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on House Predatory Lending Legislation

“I congratulate Congressmen Miller, Watt, and Chairman Frank and their staffs who, I know, have been working extremely hard to put this legislation together. I intend to study the proposed legislation as I draft a bill with my colleagues. As I have said before, to be effective, legislation must meet two tests: first, it must establish strong standards against abusive practices such as prepayment penalties, steering, and other problems. Second, it must provide for strong enforcement. The prob… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Countrywide-NACA Partnership

"Countrywide has taken a step in the right direction in authorizing the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) to help its borrowers. Under Bruce Mark's leadership, NACA has a strong record of helping homeowners navigate the daunting process of modifying their loans in order to make them more affordable and to avoid foreclosure. But Countrywide must ensure that each and every one of its subprime borrowers has access to equally effective help. To that end, Countrywide should make… Continue Reading


October 23, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Countrywide Announcement

“Countrywide’s announcement to modify some loans is a welcome, if late, decision. I am pleased Countrywide is implementing the Homeownership Preservation Principles they agreed to last May. However, this problem reaches far beyond the 82,000 borrowers they have agreed to assist. The reality is, many more hardworking Americans are at risk of losing their homes unless subprime lenders quickly adopt and implement a set of standards and procedures for reaching out to them. Lenders have a responsi… Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

Dodd Calls on Treasury to Increase Focus on Protecting Homeowners

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 reiterating the need for lenders to modify subprime loans in order to avert massive foreclosures across the country. While Dodd praised Secretary Paulson for his acknowledgement yesterday that more loan modifications are necessary to help keep people in their homes, the letter went on to urge the Treasury Department to do … Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

Dodd Calls on Treasury to Increase Focus on Protecting Homeowners

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 reiterating the need for lenders to modify subprime loans in order to avert massive foreclosures across the country. While Dodd praised Secretary Paulson for his acknowledgement yesterday that more loan modifications are necessary to help keep people in their homes, the letter went on to urge the Treasury Department to do more to ensure that… Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

Chairman Dodd Passes Three Major Bills Out of Committee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today oversaw the passage of three major bills out of the Committee. The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007, the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, and the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007 all passed with bi-partisan support. “I am pleased these bills have passed out of Committee and will continue to work to get the… Continue Reading

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