Minority Press Releases

March 26, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Hearing on the Chairman's Housing Reform Outline: Part One

Thank you, Chairman Crapo, and thank you to all of the witnesses for being here today. I have long said that the “housing” part of this Committee’s name doesn’t get enough attention, and I look forward to the next two days of discussions and to working with the Chairman to address our nation’s housing needs.   Whether you rent it or own it, a house isn’t just where you live. One of the best books about housing is Matthew Desmond’s book Evicted, and couple of years ago, he wr… Continue Reading


March 25, 2019

Senators Warren and Brown Call on OCC, CFPB to Fire Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan, Renew Call for Fed Action

In Case You Missed It:Senators Warren and Brown Call on OCC, CFPB to Fire Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan, Renew Call for Fed ActionSenators' Letters to Fed, OCC, and CFPB Follow Two More Scandals at Bank Under Sloan's LeadershipLetter to Fed Board (PDF) | Letter to OCC and CFPB (PDF)Washington, DC - Last week, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, and U… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Hearing on The CFPB's Semi-Annual Report to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress”.  Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: We created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to crack down on Wall Street predators and shady lenders that prey on hardworking families. Wall Str… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Executive Session

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - delivered the following opening statement at today’s Executive Session.Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you Chairman Crapo, and welcome to our witnesses. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. This morning the Committee will vote on three nominations that were reported favorably last Congress. I plan to support each of the nominees again… Continue Reading


March 8, 2019

Brown Statement on Federal Reserve's Vote Against Big Bank Safeguards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement on The Federal Reserve’s decision to keep the countercyclical capital buffer at its current level of zero. The countercyclical capital buffer requires big banks to set aside extra capital to absorb potential loan losses in the event of an economic downturn.“I’m disappointed with the Fed’s decision to not raise the counter… Continue Reading


March 8, 2019

Brown Slams Trump Regulators Attemps To Weaken the Volcker Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement on federal bank regulator’s decisions to potentially redo a rewrite of the Volcker Rule.“It’s no surprise that when Wall Street banks complained that the proposed rewrite of the Volcker Rule wasn’t weak enough, Trump regulators went to work watering it down further,” said Brown. “It is sad to see critical Wall Street Refo… Continue Reading


March 8, 2019

Brown Statement on FSOC's Proposed Changes to Nonbank SIFI Designation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement on the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) proposed interpretive guidance for nonbank SIFI designations.“The steps taken by Secretary Mnuchin and the Financial Stability Oversight Council undermine important post-crisis financial safeguards,” said Brown.  “The new proposal ignores the damage done to our financia… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Hearing on Capital Formation and Corporate Governance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals on Capital Formation and Corporate Governance”. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you Chairman Crapo, and welcome to our witnesses. Today’s hearing allows Committee Members to discuss legislation they worked on in the last Congress.… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Hearing on The Federal Reserve's Semiannual Monetary Policy Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled “The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress”. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you, Chairman Crapo. I also want to thank our Chief Clerk Dawn Ratliff for her service to this Committee and the public. She has been instrumental in … Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Hearing On Nominations to FHFA, NCUA and Treasury

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following opening statement at today’s hearing on nominations to Federal Housing Finance Agency, the National Credit Union Administration and the Department of Treasury. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you, Chairman Crapo, for holding this hearing today on the nominations of Mr. Bimal Patel, Mr. Todd Harper, Mr… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Crapo, Brown Invite Feedback on Data Privacy, Protection and Collection

WASHINGTON - United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are inviting feedback from interested stakeholders on the collection, use and protection of sensitive information by financial regulators and private companies. “Given the exponential growth and use of data, and corresponding data breaches, it is worth examining how the Fair Credit Reporting Act should work in a digital economy, and whet… Continue Reading


February 6, 2019

Brown Slams Kraninger for Dismantling CFPB Payday Lending Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement slamming Director Kraninger’s proposal to gut the CFPB’s payday lending rule. The Director plans to eliminate requirements that lenders ensure families can afford to repay their loans and that limit the number of repeat loans a lender can sell to a borrower.“Eliminating these common sense protections will result in millions of … Continue Reading


February 6, 2019

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Executive Session

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - delivered the following opening statement at today’s Executive Session. Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you, Chairman Crapo. I’m pleased we will approve the committee rules, budget resolution, and subcommittee membership and jurisdiction today. I also want to welcome our new members to the Committee—Senators Smith, Sinem… Continue Reading


February 1, 2019

Brown Statement on Crapo Housing Finance Reform Outline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement on Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo’s housing finance outline. “I will fight to ensure that any efforts to reform the housing market start by addressing the affordability crisis that is hurting too many renters and homeowners across this country. Too often Congress and the White House have put Wall Street ahead… Continue Reading


February 1, 2019

Brown Statement on Crapo Housing Finance Reform Outline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement on Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo’s housing finance outline. “I will fight to ensure that any efforts to reform the housing market start by addressing the affordability crisis that is hurting too many renters and homeowners across this country. Too often Congress and the White House have put Wall Street ahead… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Brown Calls on Fed to Protect Taxpayers by Increasing Big Bank Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - is calling on the Federal Reserve Board Governors to use all of its prudential authorities, including the Countercyclical Capital Buffer (CCyB) for the biggest banks, to strengthen the resiliency of the financial system and protect working families from the next economic downturn.  “These systemic vulnerabilities are becoming more apparent.  At a time wh… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Waters and Brown Call on Otting to Detail His Plans for FHFA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, following President Trump’s appointment of Otting to serve as Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Chairwoman Waters and Ranking Member Brown emphasized the Government Sponsor… Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Brown Slams CFPB For Failing To Protect Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) failure to monitor financial services institutions for violations of the Military Lending Act (MLA).  “The CFPB is neglecting its duty to protect the women and men who serve and protect our country. The CFPB has broad authorities - Congress does not need to take a… Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Brown Statement On Resolution Of Disapproval Of Treasury's Decision To Delist Russian Firms From Sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - released the following statement on his vote to disapprove the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision in December to terminate sanctions for three Russian companies connected to sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska: EN+ Group Plc, JSC EuroSibEnergo, and United Co. Rusal Plc. “President Trump has consistently resisted applying tough Congressionally-mand… Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Schumer, Brown, Menendez Statement On Treasury Decision to Delist Russian Firms From Sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations - released the following statement on the Treasury Department’s intent to remove three large Russian companies, EN+ Group Plc, JSC EuroSibEnergo (“ESE”), and United Co. Rusal Plc (Rusal) from U.S. sanctions lists. The… Continue Reading

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