Minority Press Releases

October 3, 2007

Statement of Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, at the Democratic Leadership Event to Discuss the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Today, we are facing a serious meltdown in the subprime mortgage market. This crisis is the equivalent of a slow-motion, 50-state Katrina, taking people’s homes one-by-one, devastating their lives, and destroying their communities. As a result of this crisis, 2.2 million American families are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosures at a cost of over $160 billion in hard-earned home equity, equity that should have been available for people to finance their childrens’ college educati… Continue Reading


October 2, 2007

DODD PRAISES HOUSE PASSAGE OF HIS SANCTIONS BILL

Washington, D.C. - In his continued efforts to put additional pressure on the governments of Iran and Sudan, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) today commended the approval of a bill he authored, the International Emergency Economic Powers Enhancement Act (IEEPA), by the House of Representatives. The bill, which was passed by the Senate in June, will now go to the President’s desk for his signature. “Let Congress’ support of this bill serve notice to the patrons of ter… Continue Reading


October 2, 2007

Statement of Senator Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, on Departure of SEC Commissioner Annette L. Nazareth

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, made the following statement in reaction to the announcement today that Securities and Exchange Commissioner Annette L. Nazareth intends to leave the SEC: “I commend Annette Nazareth for her years of dedicated public service. Commissioner Nazareth has been a leader at the SEC in working to better protect investors and improve and strengthen our capital markets, including the… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

Dodd Applauds Achievements of Congressional Black Caucus

As the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 37th Annual Legislative Conference gets underway, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) today sent a letter to the Chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) congratulating them on the conference and praised the CBC for their continued commitment to the creation of good public policy. Dodd, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, outlined the work the Banking Committee has undertaken during his chairmanship to address t… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

Senate Banking Chairman Dodd Urges New IMF Director to Ensure China’s Compliance with Exchange Rate Obligations

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today made the following statement in response to the selection of Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund: “I congratulate Mr. Strauss-Kahn on being selected for this post. The IMF is the only international financial institution mandated to address the critical issue of currency manipulation by member countries, which is expres… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

Statement of Senator Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, on Release of Recent Economic Reports

Washington, D.C. - “Today’s economic reports indicate that there are still serious threats to our nation’s economic health. The continued decline in the housing market, as evidenced by the over 8% fall in new homes sales last month, is a source of serious concern. This is especially true considering that this number does not capture the millions of Americans who are trapped in unaffordable subprime Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) who may soon face foreclosure. While there is no single solutio… Continue Reading


September 26, 2007

Dodd Calls For Swift Action Against Iran, Sudan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pursuing additional pressure on the governments of Iran and Sudan, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) commended the approval of a bill he authored, the International Emergency Economic Powers Enhancement Act, by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and urged the House of Representatives to take up and pass his legislation "I greatly appreciate the leadership of Chairman Lantos and members of his Committee,” said Dodd. “It is imperative that this bill b… Continue Reading


September 25, 2007

Chairman Dodd Presses Commerce Department to Ensure Iran Does Not Obtain Sensitive U.S. Technology

Responding to an announcement by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that it had recently enacted export control laws to prohibit unlicensed trafficking of “strategic goods” such as chemical and biological weaponry, military hardware, and dual-use items, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today wrote to Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez to request a report on the latest U.S. efforts to keep sensitive technolog… Continue Reading


September 25, 2007

Chairman Dodd Presses Commerce Department to Ensure Iran Does Not Obtain Sensitive U.S. Technology

Washington, D.C. - Responding to an announcement by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that it had recently enacted export control laws to prohibit unlicensed trafficking of “strategic goods” such as chemical and biological weaponry, military hardware, and dual-use items, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today wrote to Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez to request a report on the latest U.S. efforts to keep … Continue Reading


September 24, 2007

Chairman Dodd Questions HUD Approach to Public Housing Demolition in New Orleans

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, late last week sent a letter to Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), expressing his concern about HUD’s approval of plans to demolish four major public housing sites in the city of New Orleans. “While I understand the need to quickly move forward with public housing demolition and redevelopment in order to help revitalize this… Continue Reading


September 21, 2007

Statement by Chairman Dodd on Dubai-Nasdaq Deal

“I believe that a careful review of the Dubai - Nasdaq transaction is required to ensure that there are no negative national security implications associated with moving forward with this deal. That is why I placed a high priority on enacting the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 earlier this year to establish in law an elaborate and rigorous interagency review process to vet these kinds of deals. It is my understanding that the Dubai-Nasdaq deal will be voluntarily submitted… Continue Reading


September 20, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on House Passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act

“I commend Chairman Frank and the House for their efforts. This is a tremendously important issue, and one that should - and must - be a top priority. We must ensure that our nation is financially prepared and protected from the threat of a future terrorist attack. A key element of that preparation needs to be protecting American jobs, workers, and businesses to ensure that our economy continues to function. Our nation’s security and prosperity depend upon it. I intend to continue to work … Continue Reading


September 19, 2007

Committee Passes Dodd’S Bill to Help Families Keep and Buy Their Homes

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today announced that the Committee passed the Federal Housing Administration Modernization Act of 2007. The legislation seeks to help American families that have been hit hard by the current crisis in the mortgage markets, including those who currently face the threat of foreclosure and those who may be trying find fair and affordable financing to buy a new home. “This legislation is vitally important t… Continue Reading


September 19, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Today’s Decision by OFHEO to Modify Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Portfolio Caps

“The decision by the Administration to modify the GSE portfolio caps can only be described as timid and inadequate. I have been urging the Administration for many weeks to take bold action to maintain liquidity and stability in the mortgage markets. But instead of strong, effective action, the Administration has taken what can at best be described as a baby step, and what is in reality little more than a symbolic gesture. The Fed, by its actions yesterday, now seems to understand what I and o… Continue Reading


September 19, 2007

Committee Passes Dodd’s Bill to Help Families Keep and Buy Their Homes

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today announced that the Committee passed the Federal Housing Administration Modernization Act of 2007. The legislation seeks to help American families that have been hit hard by the current crisis in the mortgage markets, including those who currently face the threat of foreclosure and those who may be trying find fair and affordable financing to buy a new home. “This legislation is … Continue Reading


September 18, 2007

Dodd, Hagel Stress Importance of Bill to Revitalize American Infrastructure

In response to today’s findings by the Texas Transportation Institute that traffic congestion continues to worsen in cities across America, Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) again stressed the need for their bipartisan legislation to revitalize, repair, and replace America’s aging and crumbling roads, bridges, transit systems, water treatment facilities, and public housing properties. “Today’s report by the Texas Transportation Institute only serves to underscore what Senator … Continue Reading


September 18, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd in reaction to Secretary Paulson’s remarks yesterday

“Secretary Paulson’s comments in France about the wave of foreclosures that are expected to sweep through our country are disappointing, to put it mildly. More than two million Americans are in very real danger of losing the homes they have worked so hard to buy due to what Secretary Paulson himself has referred to as ‘bad lending practices.’ Those practices must end and this administration must act instead of continuing to sit on their hands and do nothing while thousands of Americans face for… Continue Reading


September 18, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Fed Interest Rate Decision

“Americans have seen their financial security badly shaken by recent economic turmoil in the housing markets. Far too many have lost their homes, causing tremendous hardship for them, and increasing a sense of uncertainty in our financial markets. My hope is that today’s decision and statement by the Fed can help provide stability in our economy. During my meeting last month with the Fed Chairman and Treasury Secretary Paulson, Chairman Bernanke assured me that he’ll use every tool at his di… Continue Reading


September 12, 2007

Dodd, Bond Secure Senate Approval for Funding to Help American Homeowners Struggling with Foreclosure

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Senator Kit Bond, R-Mo., successfully won Senate approval for a measure to help provide $100 million to help homeowners facing foreclosure to remain in their homes. “Homeowners are being battered by the rising tide of foreclosures,” said Dodd. “This measure can act as a lifeline to help keep them in their homes.” “Across the country too many families are facing the nightmare threat of foreclos… Continue Reading


September 10, 2007

Statement of Chairman Dodd on Today’s SEC Senior Summit

“I am alarmed by the unscrupulous, fraudulent and abusive practices highlighted by the SEC at today’s Senior Summit. Our older citizens deserve the peace of mind of a safe and secure financial future, not the worry of being robbed blind of their hard-earned savings by a crooked salesman with a flashy, deceptive title. But regrettably, these practices appear to be part of a growing trend of predatory behavior targeted towards America’s seniors in the sale of securities, annuities and other fin… Continue Reading

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