Minority Press Releases

April 17, 2020

Brown, Booker Urge Banks to Temporarily Ban Burdensome Overdraft Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today urged more than a dozen bank CEOs to temporarily ban charging customers burdensome bank overdraft fees during the coronavirus emergency. Banks charge such fees to consumers when they make a purchase or pay a bill but don’t have sufficient funds in their account; typically the charge is $35. Such fees fall disproportionately on those who are least able to afford them.“We are writing to urge [you] to take step… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Brown, Senate Dems Push For Increased Transparency And Oversight Of CARES Act Funding

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell calling for increased oversight and transparency into how the Administration i… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Pressley, Harris, Meeks and Brown Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Calling For Trump Administration To Ensure That Minority-Owned Small Businesses Are Not Shut Out Of Funding From Paycheck Protection Program

Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05) and Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today led Democratic lawmakers in calling for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The lawmakers also called for the Administration to amend guidance on PPP, to reaffirm lending institutions’ obligation to comply with fair lending law… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Brown Blasts CFPB For Finalizing Rule That Will Make Homeowners More Vulnerable to Discrimination

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 following news that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule that will give lenders a pass on reporting mortgage data this is critical to protecting all borrowers, especially borrowers of color, from discrimination in the mortgage market:“At a time when millions of people are facing job losses a… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Brown, Warren Call On Banks To End The Seizure Of Stimulus Checks

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today sent letters to banks and credit unions, through their trade organizations the American Bankers Association, Bank Policy Institute, Consumer Bankers Association, Independent Community Bankers of America, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, and the Credit Union National Association, urging them to cease the seizure o… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Ranking Member Brown, Chairwoman Waters Call on Administration to Stabilize the Housing Market During the Coronavirus pandemic

Today, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging them to ensure the stability of the housing market in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers called on the Federal Reserve and Treasury to use the authority provided to them… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Brown, Schatz, Warren Urge Fed To End Capital Distributions Like Stock Buybacks, Dividends, And Executive Bonuses

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) yesterday sent a letter to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, calling for the Fed to end capital distributions like stock buybacks, dividends, and executive bonuses as the economy recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic. The Senators urged the Fed to do more to help small business owners and hardworking f… Continue Reading


April 9, 2020

Brown, Hawley Call On Mnuchin To Ensure That Direct Payments Go To Hardworking Americans Not To Predatory Debt Collectors

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) today sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin urging him to act immediately to ensure that Americans receive the full amount of their direct payments, provided for by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Senators in their letter made clear that Treasury must use every available tool to ensure that hardworki… Continue Reading


April 9, 2020

ICYMI: Brown, Reed Seek to Create $75 Billion Housing Assistance Fund

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from sparking a full-blown housing, eviction, and foreclosure crisis, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Jack Reed (D-RI), are offering legislation to provide a new $75 billion Housing Assistance Fund to help households struggling to make ends meet.The Housing Assistance Fund would build off of the success of the Hardest … Continue Reading


April 9, 2020

RANKING MEMBER BROWN, CHAIRWOMAN WATERS CALL ON ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS TO STEP UP EFFORTS TO IMPLEMENT DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense, and Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, urging them to focus the use of resources provided by Congress in H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to bolster the prod… Continue Reading


April 9, 2020

Brown, Senate Dems Urge Regulators to End Attempts to Weaken the Community Reinvestment Act

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today led 42 Senate Democrats in calling for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to rescind their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) proposed rule, which would weaken this critical civil rights law. In their letter to regulators, the Senators called for the FDIC and OCC to listen to the input of community organ… Continue Reading


April 9, 2020

Brown, Senate Dems Urge Regulators to End Attempts to Weaken the Community Reinvestment Act

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today led 42 Senate Democrats in calling for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to rescind their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) proposed rule, which would weaken this critical civil rights law. In their letter to regulators, the Senators called for the FDIC and OCC to listen to the input of community organ… Continue Reading


April 8, 2020

Brown Statement Regarding The Fed’s Decision To Lift Wells Fargo’s Asset Cap

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 following the news that the Federal Reserve intends to lift the cap on growth placed on Wells Fargo after their fake account scandal:“The Federal Reserve’s decision to lift Wells Fargo’s asset cap is troubling. Wells Fargo has demonstrated it is too large to manage, and time and time again that it can’t be trusted to do right by their custom… Continue Reading


April 7, 2020

Brown Statement Regarding The Trump Administration’s Decision To Oust Glenn Fine As Chair Of The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

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 following the news that the Trump Administration has removed Glenn Fine from his post as Chair of Pandemic Response Accountability Committee: “In another erratic move by the President, the Inspector General he appointed two weeks ago to oversee the pandemic response has now been removed. This inexplicable action raises even more ques… Continue Reading


April 7, 2020

Brown, Senate Dems Blast Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director For Not Doing More to Protect Consumers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) today sent a letter to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging her to cease carrying out the Trump Administration’s deregulatory agenda and instead focus on providing relief for hardworking Americans during this economic crisis.  “In t… Continue Reading


April 6, 2020

BROWN, DURBIN TO FINANCIAL REGULATORS: PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the nation’s top financial regulators to issue guidance and lending principles that include a heightened emphasis on protecting our nation’s ailing small businesses and consumers from predatory lending practices. In a letter to Jerome Powell, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Kathleen Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bu… Continue Reading


April 4, 2020

Brown Statement On President Trump’s Intention To Nominate Brian Miller For Special Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR)

“Inspectors General have historically been apolitical- the White House’s decision to nominate Brian Miller, a White House Lawyer, is troubling. I fought for increased oversight in the CARES Act because Congress must hold the Trump administration accountable for how they administer these programs and guarantee that corporations getting taxpayer money put their workers first. I question whether Mr. Miller is able to do that. Mr. Miller will be called upon to answer how he will ensure he is i… Continue Reading


April 4, 2020

Brown Blasts Zoom Video Communications For Inaccurately Advertising Their End-To-End Encryption Capabilities; Calls For The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) To Investigate

  U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - yesterday sent letters to Zoom Video Communications, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the company’s virtual meeting technology, including concerns that Zoom may have engaged in deceptive practices by inaccurately advertising end-to-end encryption of its virtual meetings, putting consumers’ information and privacy at risk. Brown called for the FTC to init… Continue Reading


April 3, 2020

Brown Statement On The Fed’s Decision to Relax Leverage Ratio Requirements

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 today following news that the Federal Reserve intends to further relax leverage ratio requirements: “The leverage ratio was put in place because regulators proved time and time again they were bad at estimating banks’ risks, and leverage ratios don’t require making complicated predictions. Right now as we deal with the economic fallo… Continue Reading


April 3, 2020

Brown, Senate Democrats Call On Mnuchin To Ensure That Direct Payments Go To Hardworking Americans Not To Predatory Debt Collectors

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ranking Member of the Financial Institutions And Consumer Protection Subcommittee, today called for Secretary Mnuchin to act immediately to ensure that Americans receive the full amount of their direct payments, provided for by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relie… Continue Reading

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