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Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Delivers Opening Statement During Full Committee Hearing: “Committee Democrats are Fighting Back…to Strengthen the Safety and Soundness of the Banking System, Protect Depositors, and Prevent Future Financial Crises.”

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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, “Importing Global Governance: Examining the Dangers of Ceding Authority Over American Financial Regulation.” Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. Good morning. Last week, we marked the one-year…

Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Delivers Opening Statement During Full Committee Hearing with Fed Chair Powell: “As House Republicans Continue to Disappoint, Committee Democrats are Offering Evidenced-Based Solutions to Keep a Fair and Affordable Housing Agenda as the Top Priority in Congress.”

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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, “The Federal Reserve’s Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report.” Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. Good morning, everyone. Welcome back Chair Powell. While I am pleased by the progress the Fed and the Biden…

Ranking Member Waters Leads 15 Committee Democrats in Urging Banking Regulators to Quickly Revamp Bank Merger Review Procedures Following Proposed Capital One Merger with Discover

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Following Capital One’s recent announcement that they plan to purchase Discover, today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, led 15 House Democrats in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Justice and our nation’s banking regulators, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance…

Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Opposes Capital One’s Proposed Purchase of Discover

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following news that Capital One Financial Corporation is proposing to purchase Discover Financial Services for $35 billion. “I am deeply opposed to Capital One’s announced acquisition of Discover. This merger, which involves two of the country’s largest banks…

Ranking Member Waters Leads 41 House Democrats in Urging Banking Regulators to Quickly Finalize Rules to Strengthen Capital Requirements for Big Banks, Prevent Financial Crisis

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, leads 41 House Democrats in sending a letter to our nation’s banking regulators — specifically the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — urging regulators to move quickly to finalize…

Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Delivers Opening Statement During Financial Institutions Subcommittee Hearing: “I Support Efforts by Biden’s Regulators to Encourage the Use of the Fed’s Discount Window by Banks that Need Liquidity.”

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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 Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Lender of Last Resort: Issues with the Fed Discount Window and Emergency Lending.” Thank you very much. It has been nearly a year since we faced the sudden…

Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Announces Receipt of Anti-Harassment Policy Plans from FDIC, Fed, OCC and NCUA

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, announced that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) have each responded to her request for information…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement During Full Committee Hearing with Prudential Regulators: “After the Failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and First Republic…It Was Our Nation’s Regulators and President Biden’s Treasury Department That Protected Our Nation’s Economy.”

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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, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators.” Good morning and thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing, continuing the tradition that Democrats started in holding semi-annual hearings to provide…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing: “…Republicans Are Focusing Exclusively On How Proposed Changes From Regulators Will Impact Wall Street, NOT Consumers…”

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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 Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy hearing entitled, “A Holistic Review of Regulators: Regulatory Overreach and Economic Consequences.” Here we go again. Instead of marking up sensible bills that have bipartisan…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Increased Capital Requirements

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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 Subcommittee hearing on Financial Institutions entitled, “Implementing Basel III: What’s the Fed’s Endgame?" We certainly did receive  a wake-up call this Spring with the failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and First…

Ranking Member Waters Applauds Senate Confirmation of Federal Reserve Board Nominees

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Federal Reserve Governor Lisa Cook to continue serving on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed) for a full term, Dr. Adriana Kugler to serve on the Fed’s Board of Governors, and Governor Phillip Jefferson…

Ranking Member Waters Asks U.S. Financial Agencies to Examine Customer Identification Program to Modernize Rules, Ensure Consumer Protection and Combat Bad Actors

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the United States Department of the…

Ranking Member Waters Celebrates Federal Reserve’s Launch of Instant Payment

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s launch of its “FedNow” service, which is a new service that allows banks and credit unions to sign up to facilitate instant payments so they can offer customers a much quicker way to send and receive money. “I applaud the Federal…

Ranking Member Waters, Senator Warren Reintroduce Bill Requiring the Fed to Close Racial Employment and Wage Gaps

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), announced they reintroduced the Federal Reserve Racial and Economic Equity Act, legislation that would require the Federal Reserve to use its existing authorities to close racial employment and wage gaps and report on how the gaps change over time.…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing with Federal Reserve Chair Powell

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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, “The Federal Reserve’s Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report.” Chairman Powell, welcome back. First, I’d like to start by acknowledging that the Federal Reserve made the right decision to pause interest…

Ranking Member Waters Applauds President Biden’s Nominations to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following President Biden’s nominations to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: “I applaud the Biden Administration for its recent nominations to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. If confirmed, these nominees will go a long way in…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement at First Full Committee Hearing on Recent Bank Failures: “It’s Also Important to Know How We Got Here —Deregulation.”

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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, “The Federal Regulators' Response to Recent Bank Failures.” Good morning. I’d like to thank Chairman McHenry for working with me in a bipartisan way on investigating the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and…

Waters, McHenry Announce First Hearing on Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank Failures

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Today, the Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Maxine Waters (CA-43), and the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Patrick McHenry (NC-10), announced a bipartisan hearing with federal financial regulators in response to the failures of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank to be held on March 29, 2023. This will be the first of multiple hearings…

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, Brown Commend Federal Regulators for Protecting Banking System

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), announced new actions regarding Silicon…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing with Chair Powell: “Republicans Have Completely Ignored the Biggest Economic Threat to Businesses, Consumers and Our Economy – Defaulting on Our Debt.”

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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, “The Federal Reserve’s Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report.” Good morning, Chair Powell. Since your last visit, our country, under the leadership of President Biden, has made major progress to improve economic…

Ranking Member Waters’ Statement on Wells Fargo Announcement Confirming They Are Too Big to Manage

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Following news that Wells Fargo will be dramatically shrinking its home lending business and narrowing its focus to mortgage lending for existing customers and borrowers in communities of color, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement: “After a string of abusive practices, years of breaking the…

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…

ICYMI: Chairwoman Waters Presses Nation’s Regulators on FTX Collapse, Efforts to Protect Communities

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, convened a full committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions.” As it stands, America’s workers, small businesses, and communities are feeling the impacts of persistent inflation, an…

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