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Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Delivers Opening Statement During Full Committee Hearing on SEC’s Climate Rule: “The Climate Crisis Affects the Financial Health of Public and Private Companies, and Investors Have a Right to Know How the Companies They Own are Responding to This Crisis.”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the following opening statement during a full Committee hearing entitled, “Beyond Scope: How the SEC’s Climate Rule Threatens American Markets.” Good morning. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, last year was the hottest year on record. Mr.…

Ranking Member Waters’ Statement on SEC’s Climate Disclosure Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) latest approval of the agency’s climate disclosure rule. This rule directs public companies to disclose key details about their role in driving climate change and the threat that warming poses to their…

Ranking Member Maxine Waters Urges Chair Gensler to Move Quickly to Finalize Climate-Risk Disclosure Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, sent this letter to Gary Gensler, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“the Commission”) urging the Commission to move quickly to finalize its proposed rule from 2021 to improve the quality of climate related disclosures in our capital markets. Since the Commission…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement During Full Committee Hearing on SEC: “I Hope… The American Public Will Understand That This Extreme MAGA Republican Shutdown Is the Biggest Threat to Our Nation’s Investors, Small Businesses, And Working Families”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the following opening statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission.” Good morning. The Chairman just indicated that his patience is running thin, mine is thinner with the opposite side of the aisle and extreme MAGA…

Ranking Member Waters Calls on Treasury Department, SEC to Share Analysis on Republican Digital Assets Market Structure Bill

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Janet Yellen, the Secretary of the United States Treasury along with Gary Gensler, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), urging the two agencies to share their analysis on the draft digital assets market structure legislation released by Committee Republicans…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement During Joint House Financial Services, Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing on the Future of Digital Assets

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the following opening statement during a joint Financial Services and Agriculture Subcommittee hearing entitled, “The Future of Digital Assets: Measuring the Regulatory Gaps in the Digital Asset Markets.” “Last Congress, I focused the efforts of this Committee around…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement During Subcommittee Hearing on Digital Assets, Market Structure: “We Do Not Need to Create an Entirely New and Special Framework for Crypto—We Already Have One.”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the following statement at a Subcommittee hearing on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion entitled, “The Future of Digital Assets: Identifying the Regulatory Gaps in Digital Asset Market Structure." Last week, I questioned SEC’s Chair Gensler if the agency has…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee SEC Hearing: “... I Can’t Believe That This Committee is Rushing to Take Off More Guardrails When We Should Be Adding Them.”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission.” As prepared for delivery Good morning and welcome, Chair Gensler.  Right now, our financial system is still recovering from the sudden collapse of…

Ranking Member Waters Announces Legislation in Progress to Strengthen Administration’s Authorities on Clawbacks and Penalties, Urges Regulators to Finish Rules and Use Existing Authorities to Hold Executives Accountable Following Bank Failures

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Following the Biden Administration’s call to Congress to strengthen authorities for clawbacks, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the United States Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing that she is crafting legislation to enhance…

Waters Releases Report Celebrating Four Years of Historic Committee Achievements

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released a report highlighting the historic and transformational work that Committee Democrats achieved under her leadership for both the 116th and 117th Congresses. During a global pandemic, a worsening housing crisis and a widening racial-wealth gap, Committee Democrats have consistently…

Chairwoman Waters Calls on the FTC to Conduct Robust Review of the Proposed ICE Acquisition of Black Knight

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan, urging robust review of the proposed acquisition of Black Knight, a software, data, and analytics company by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a leading global provider of data, technology, and market infrastructure. In the…

Chairwoman Maxine Waters Applauds PCAOB’s Recent Determination to Inspect Auditors of China-based Companies

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the statement below following news that the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) determined that it has gained complete and unfettered access to be able to inspect China-based and Hong Kong-based PCAOB-registered accounting and audit firms.  “I am pleased that…

Waters Applauds SEC’s Adoption of Committee Recommendations to Protect Investors, Strengthen Market Integrity

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement in response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) December 14, 2022 rule approval and proposals. “I am pleased that the Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted rules that incorporate the recommendations from my bill, H.R.1528 “Promoting…

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing Examining Private Sector Disclosure of Workforce Management, Investment, and Diversity Data

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, delivered the following statement at a Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets hybrid hearing entitled, “E, S, G and W: Examining Private Sector Disclosure of Workforce Management, Investment, and Diversity Data.” Thank you for holding this important hearing,…

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing Overseeing SEC’s Division of Enforcement

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets hearing entitled, “Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.”   Thank you, Chair Sherman, for holding this important hearing. Between last year’s “meme stock”…

Waters and Brown Urge SEC Chair Gensler to Require Data Reporting to Improve Future Rulemakings on Human Capital and Diversity Disclosure

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This week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Gary Gensler, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging him to require disclosure of standardized data to help investors and other stakeholders include…

Committee on Financial Services Passes Eight Bills to Keep Up with Evolving Financial Marketplace, Stand Up for Vulnerable Communities

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), passed eight bills to keep up with an ever-changing marketplace by modernizing our regulatory framework, closing loopholes and ensuring robust oversight, along with bills to promote financial inclusion, expand access to affordable financial services, promote impactful community development and care for…

Waters Secures House Passage of Nine Bipartisan Financial Services Bills

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Today, Chairwoman Maxine Waters secured passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of nine bipartisan bills The Fair Hiring in Banking Act (H.R. 5911), a bill by Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH). This bill would expand employment opportunities at banks and credit unions by reducing barriers to employment based on past minor criminal offenses. The bill specifically provides an…

Waters Applauds Nomination of Jaime Lizárraga to Serve as SEC Commissioner

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on the nomination of Jaime Lizárraga to serve as a Commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): “I applaud and congratulate the nomination of Jaime Lizárraga to serve as an SEC commissioner. Throughout Jaime’s decades of work in Congress,…

Waters, Casten and Vargas Applaud SEC’s Approval of Proposed Rule on Climate

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a proposed rule requiring climate-related disclosures by public companies. The proposed rule that the SEC released today responds to significant demand from retail…

Waters Applauds Change to SEC Staff Action on Shareholder Proposals

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) reversal of some of President Trump’s actions to weaken shareholders’ ability to engage with companies. “The benefits of shareholder proposals—to long-term investors, retirees, and working-families, and…

Waters to Chair Gensler at SEC Oversight Hearing: You Have Much to Restore and Rebuild

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee virtual hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission: Wall Street’s Cop Is Finally Back on the Beat.” Good afternoon, and welcome back to the Committee, Chair Gensler. You have a lot to restore and rebuild. During…

Waters Applauds SEC’s Approval of a National Stock Exchange Rule to Require Diversity Data Reporting

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of a proposed rule that would require companies listed on a national stock exchange to meet gender and racial diversity requirements and provide diversity data of their board members. “As Chairwoman of…

Committee Passes Legislation to Advance Investor Protections, Support Manufactured Housing Communities, and Promote De Novo Depository Institutions

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The House Financial Services Committee passed eleven bills to protect investors and reduce conflicts of interest born out of payment for order flow, support manufactured housing communities, fight for everyone’s right to vote, promote de novo depository institutions, and strengthen protections for the LIBOR transition.  The following bills passed the Committee en bloc #1 by a vote…

Waters Opening Statement at Hearing on SPACs, Direct Listings, and Public Offerings

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement a Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets virtual hearing entitled, “Going Public: SPACs, Direct Listings, Public Offerings, and the Need for Investor Protections.”  Thank you, Chair Sherman. Special purpose acquisition…

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