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Sponsor: Rob Portman [R-OH] on 2017-03-14
This bill would create unecessary bureaucratic hoops for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), thwarting its attemps to do its job and protect consumers. Specifically, the bill would create a dedicated, Senate-confirmed inspector general to oversee the Bureau.
Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
"The Justice for Servicemembers Act" makes unenforceable any pre-dispute agreement to arbitrate a claim under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which prohibits employment discrimination against servicemembers and veterans, and makes other changes to help plaintiffs enforce USERRA’s protections.
Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-01-30
This bill would cut off any payments to third parties other than individualized restitution and other forms of direct payment for “actual harm.” That restriction would handcuff federal enforcement officials by limiting their ability to negotiate appropriate relief for real harms caused to the public by illegal conduct that is…
Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] on 2017-02-24
The so-called “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017” intends to deny victims of medical malpractice and defective medical products the ability to hold wrongdoers accountable, trampling on states’ rights. The GOP is now rushing it to markup as part of their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even…
Sponsor: Tim Walberg [R-MI7] on 2017-02-13
H.R. 1004 will significantly undermine federal agencies’ ability to engage and inform the public in a meaningful and transparent way regarding its work on important science-based rulemakings that will greatly benefit the public. As a result, the bill will lead to decreased public awareness and participation in the rulemaking process…
Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-01-03
The Regulatory Accountability Act would cripple the process for issuing and enforcing rules to ensure we have clean air and water, safe food and consumer products, fair wages and safe workplaces and many other key protections. The bill would add dozens of burdensome new requirements to the Administrative Procedure Act…
Sponsor: Kevin Yoder [R-KS3] on 2017-01-09
The Email Privacy Act would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) were it to become law. In particular, it would newly require government agencies to obtain a warrant before seizing a criminal suspect’s online communications that are more than 180 days old. Under the ECPA’s existing logic, those older communications…
Sponsor: K. Conaway [R-TX11] on 2017-01-04
Commodity End User Relief Act This bill reauthorizes through FY2021, and revises provisions related to, operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In addition, the bill amends the Commodity Exchange Act to direct registered futures associations to require their futures commission merchant members to meet certain procedural and reporting…
Sponsor: Ann Wagner [R-MO2] on 2017-01-03
The SEC Regulatory Accountability Act would mandate that the Securities and Exchange Commission identify every “available alternative” to a proposed regulation or agency action and quantitatively measure the costs and benefits of each such alternative prior to taking action. Since there are always numerous possible alternatives to any course of…
Sponsor: Sherrod Brown [D-OHnull] on 2017-03-07
The Justice for Victims of Fraud Act would close the “Wells Fargo loophole” by clarifying that forced arbitration clauses do not apply to checking and credit card accounts fraudulently opened without a customer’s consent.
Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
"The Mandatory Arbitration Transparency Act" would invalidate and prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements that require the parties to the arbitration to keep matters surrounding the arbitration process confidential, forcing plaintiffs into secret proceedings hidden from other potential victims and from the public.
Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-03-07
The CLASS Act would prohibit an institution of higher education from receiving Title IV federal student aid funding if the school’s enrollment agreement requires mandatory arbitration or otherwise restricts students’ ability to pursue claims against the school in court.
Sponsor: Patrick Leahy [D-VTnull] on 2017-03-07
The Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act would ensure that mandatory arbitration clauses cannot be interpreted to preempt civil rights claims or other statutory causes of actions.
Sponsor: Alan Franken [D-MNnull] on 2017-01-20
Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017 would prohibit the use of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements in consumer, employment, civil rights, and antitrust cases.
Sponsor: Chris Coons [D-DEnull] on 2017-02-16
The Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act has gained bipartisan support and would exempt from income tax federal and private student loans that are canceled due to the death of the student or the total and permanent disability of the borrower.