Congresswoman Waters Commends the Nomination of Mel Watt to lead the FHFA
Congresswoman Maxine Waters released the following statement today in response to news that President Barack Obama will nominate Congressman Melvin L. Watt to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency:
"It is with high regard and great respect that I endorse the nomination of Representative Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. We are at a crossroads in our economic recovery, and the FHFA must play a leading role in laying the groundwork for the long-term stability of the housing market. Given that this is one of the most important challenges that we face as a nation, we need a man as thoughtful, well-informed, principled and fair as Representative Watt.
"I have worked very closely with Representative Watt for almost 20 years. We have served together on the House Financial Services Committee since 1994, where Mel is highly respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle as a consummate legislator with the vision to see what Congres
Congresswoman Waters Speaks in Support of Bill Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Four Girls Killed at 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) delivered the following remarks today on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of a resolution awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the four little girls who lost their lives in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963. Below are the Congresswoman remarks as prepared for delivery:
"I rise today in support of H.R. 360. The bill posthumously honors the lives of
Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, who
were tragically lost 50 years ago in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street
Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The horror of this senseless act
of violence stunned the nation and served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights
"I would like to thank my colleagues on the Financial
Services Committee, especially Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Chairman Emeritus
Spencer Bachus, for their work to ensure that these girls receive our highest
civilian honor as we co
Congresswoman Maxine Waters' Statement on Ending FAA Furloughs
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement today on the House passage of the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 to end employee furloughs by the Federal Aviation Agency:
"I have been extremely concerned about flight delays and the safety of travelers at our nation's airports due to employee furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The furloughs were a result of sequestration, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts that took effect on March 1st. I introduced a bill today that would prevent the furloughs of air traffic controllers that have caused widespread flight delays this week. My bill, the Safe and Reliable Air Travel Act of 2013 (H.R. 1766) would exempt the operation of our nation's air traffic control system from sequestration.
"Meanwhile, the Senate unanimously passed emergency legislation yesterday, the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 that would also end the flight dela
Congresswoman Waters to Host Export-Import Forum for Local Small Businesses
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) will host a "Global Access Exporter Forum" at the Hawthorne Memorial Center on Friday, May 3. This event will be held in conjunction with Fred P. Hochberg, the chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). It will include industry, academic and government experts who will help local businesses get the inside knowledge they need to maximize their exporting opportunities and increase sales. The Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers.
"Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy in California," said Congresswoman Waters. "It is important to provide assistance to our small businesses in order to expand their overseas sales, grow profits and create jobs at home. I will continue to do everything I can to help our local businesses grow and thrive."
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