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Waters, McHenry Send Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to Regulators Urging Timely Implementation of the Financial Data Transparency Act

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The top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA); the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC); U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID); and, U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) sent a letter to federal financial regulators urging them to implement their respective obligations under the Financial Data…

Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Statement on Requested GAO Report on Federal Home Loan Bank System’s Role in Lead Up to Bank Failures

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recently released report on the Federal Home Loan Banks’ (FHLBs) role in the lead up to the failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and First Republic. After the bank failures last year, Waters and…

Ranking Member Waters, Committee Democrats Urge FHFA to Provide Robust Protections for Renters Living in Enterprise-Backed Multifamily Homes

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and Representatives Al Green (D-TX), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Nikema Williams (D-GA), Ritchie Torres (D-NY), and Steven Horsford (D-NV) sent a letter to the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), urging the agency to use its full…

Ranking Member Waters Commends FHFA’s 100-Year Review of the FHLBank System and Urges Special Attention to Recent Bank Failures, Affordable Housing and Community Development Mission

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), expressing support for FHFA’s forthcoming report on its review of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System, ahead of the FHLBanks’ centennial year. In the letter, Ranking Member Waters urges a thorough review to ensure…

Ranking Member Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee FHFA Hearing

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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, “FHFA Oversight: Protecting Homeowners and Taxpayers.” Good morning, all. I’m pleased to welcome Director Sandra L. Thompson before our Committee this morning.  Earlier this month, the Federal Housing…

Ranking Member Waters Applauds FHFA’s Move to Improve Pricing Framework for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s announced change to loan-level price adjustments (LLPAs). “I applaud the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), under the leadership of Director Sandra Thompson, for updating the pricing framework of Fannie Mae and…

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…

Waters Applauds Release of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Equitable Housing Finance Plans

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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 Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announcing the release of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (the Enterprises) Equitable Housing Plans. “For so long, homeownership has served as the principal driver of intergenerational wealth in…

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 Endorses Nomination of Sandra L. Thompson as Director of FHFA

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement calling for Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Sandra Thompson to be nominated to lead the agency. “Today, I call on President Biden to nominate Sandra L. Thompson as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). As an independent…

Waters Commends FHFA Reversal of Unnecessary Trump-Era Refinance Penalty on Homeowners

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on the FHFA reversal of Trump-Era refinance penalty on homeowners. “I commend Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Thompson for her prompt and steadfast leadership in reversing the adverse market fee on July 16th, which is estimated to…

Following Supreme Court Decision: Waters Welcomes Resignation of Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Presidential authority to remove Federal Housing Finance Agency Director, Mark Calabria. “Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that President Biden has the authority to fire Mark Calabria, Director of the…

Waters Urges Federal Agencies to Extend Moratoria on Foreclosures and Strengthen Borrower Protections During the Pandemic

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee sent a letter to Marcia Fudge, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Denis McDonough, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Dave Uejio, Acting Director of the Consumer…

Waters Slams Trump Administration’s Harmful, Rushed Actions to Limit Activities of GSEs, Bail Out Hedge Funds

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement in response to changes that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria made to Treasury’s ownership stake in the government sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  “It is simply…

Waters Provides Recommendations to President-Elect Biden on Trump Actions to Reverse

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, providing recommendations on areas where the Biden Administration should immediately reverse the actions of the Trump Administration, and several actions that the Biden Administration can immediately take to coordinate the federal response…

Waters Demands Regulators Cease and Desist from Finalizing Midnight Rules Until President-Elect Biden Assumes Presidency

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to agencies within the Committee’s jurisdiction calling on them to cease and desist from finalizing any “midnight rulemakings” or other administrative actions until President-Elect Joseph R. Biden is sworn into office on January 20, 2021.  “On November 3, 2020, the American…

Waters Urges Calabria to Halt Efforts to Release the GSEs from Conservatorship, Calls for Testimony Before Committee

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), urging him to fully engage with Congress, halt all efforts to raise the capital requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and halt all efforts to release them from conservatorship. The letter also…

Waters, House Chairs Seek Accounting of Political Appointees Burrowing into Career Positions at Dozens of Agencies

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and other House Committee Chairs sent a letter to 61 federal agencies requesting information on conversions of political appointees to civil service positions during the Trump Administration. “Protecting the nonpartisan expertise of the career civil service is essential to the safety and…

Waters, House Committee Chairs Send Dozens of Letters Directing White House and Federal Agencies to Preserve Documents

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and other Committee Chairs across the House of Representatives sent letters directing the White House and more than 50 federal agencies within their jurisdictions to comply with federal record-keeping laws and preserve information responsive to congressional subpoenas and investigations.…

Waters Statement on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inadequate Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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 hearing entitled, “Prioritizing Fannie’s and Freddie’s Capital over America’s Homeowners and Renters? A Review of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Today, this Committee convenes for a hearing to…

Chairwoman Waters Announces September Hearing Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following virtual and hybrid hearings for the month of September: September 8 at 12:00 PM – The Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion will convene for a virtual hearing entitled, “Holding Financial Regulators Accountable for Diversity and Inclusion:…

Waters Calls on FHFA to Scrap Unnecessary Refinance Penalty

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement following the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement that it would delay its recently announced adverse market fee for refinance mortgages: “Just two weeks ago, Director Calabria approved an outrageous penalty, in the middle of a pandemic and an…

Waters, Clay, and Heck Request Housing Finance Regulator Pause Rulemaking Increasing Capital for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance, and Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA), sent a letter to Dr. Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), urging the agency to prioritize economic recovery amid the…

Waters, Clay and Vargas Urge HUD and FHFA to Amend Policies that are Reducing Access to Mortgage Credit for People of Color

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), sent a letter to Ben Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency…

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