Sen. Sherrod Brown (R-OH) wants to deal with the impending mass evictions due to COVID-19 in his new position as chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee.

The housing aspect of the committee has been lacking lately, he said during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

“We will start, obviously, with a COVID package and then work we’re doing on rental assistance to make sure we can avoid this wave of evictions that will split this community and the country if we don’t take actions,” Brown said.

He also intends to work with Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH11), who has been nominated to be the secretary of housing and urban development by President-Elect Joe Biden, on other housing issues.

Brown said transportation is also part of the committee.

“We will be working on those issues, not just public transit in Cleveland, but also rural public transit, which is important for people who can’t get to a hospital or a doctor or whatever,” he said.

Strong regulators are also on his agenda.

These regulators will work to put public interest above Wall Street.

“They’re less interested in stock prices and more interested in measuring the economy by working families and how they’re doing,” Brown said.

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