No stranger to the ways of Washington, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) knows a thing or two about the politics of power. As the new chairwoman of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Waters dropped by the CAP Action Fund this week to deliver a speech on what she sees as the chief priorities of her committee—and how she plans to hold both the Trump administration and bad financial actors accountable. She also sat down with CAP Action CEO Neera Tanden to discuss how she sees her committee’s role—especially with the backdrop of an administration ill-prepared to address the challenges facing it—in pushing for stronger consumer protections, tackling the housing crisis, and increasing diversity in the financial sector. This episode includes segments from Rep. Waters’ speech and Q&A.
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Daniella Gibbs Legér is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center. Chris Ford is the broadcast coordinator at the Center.