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In support of public comments on Big Data and privacy rights
Stronger gainful employment rule is needed to protect taxpayers
Stronger reform is needed to protect students and taxpayers from for-profit schools that receive federal funding, but do not meet educational requirements, graduate their students, or provide the skills needed for graduates to find post-graduation employment. Consumer Action and 50 other consumer advocates drafted a letter to the President addressing several flaws in the current gainful employment legislation, proposed by the Department of Education, that aims to protect Americans from for-profit college shortcomings.
Better records needed for banks selling consumer debt
Unlawful debt buyer practices have caused great harm to Americans and present significant risks for banks' reputations. In a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Consumer Action and coalition advocates address many of the problems seen with respect to debt collection by debt buyers, and detail the harmful impact on lower-income people and communities.
Consumers suffer when their accounts are debited improperly
Millions of unauthorized payments are processed each year and that amount is increasing. Consumer Action pushes for stronger measures to stop illegal payments from being taken out of consumers’ bank accounts.
HUD should extend current discrimination complaint process
Extending the current process of filing housing complaints is important to ensure underserved communities are protected from discriminatory practices.
Stop Big Business from evading the civil justice system
Congress has passed laws to ban forced arbitration for disputes involving auto dealers, poultry and livestock producers, certain employees of federal contractors, and servicemembers for some credit and loan products. The time has come for Congress to outlaw forced arbitration for all America’s consumers and workers and pass the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2013 (AFA).
Remote checks debit consumer accounts without consent
One way to improve the U.S. Payment System is to ban remotely created checks.
Bill would drive up cable prices and reduce consumers’ choice
H.R. 3196 would greatly reduce the FCC’s ability to protect consumers, promote competition and spur innovation in the video device market.
Wealthy Wall Street organizations allowed to skip reporting requirements
HR 1105 plans to make some of the riskiest entities on Wall Street exempt from the “Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act.” Under the bill private equity fund advisors are allowed to skip basic requirements that protect investors and the public, and its broad definition could be applied to a number of other financial institutions.
Know Before You Owe to help students get on the path to success
The Know Before You Owe Act would help students and families better understand their borrowing options so that they find the most affordable ways to finance their education.
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