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It’s time for Wall Street traders to pay their fair share
A tiny tax on financial transactions aims to raise revenue and cut down on speculative behavior in the stock market. The Wall Street Tax Act of 2019 would impose a small tax (0.1 percent, or 10¢ per $100) on securities transactions, including trades of stocks, bonds and derivatives.

Forced arbitration silences victims and should end
Consumer Action joined coalition advocates in supporting Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) effort to restore Americans’ right to a day in court with the Arbitration Fairness for Consumers Act (S. 630). Ending the use of forced arbitration in student loans, credit card agreements, and employment contracts gives working Americans a fighting chance against powerful special interests.

It’s buyer beware with the SEC’s latest best interest proposal
Coalition advocates called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify its proposed “best interest” standard, and asked that it make the required disclosures much easier to understand for consumers. They also asked the SEC make the standard no less stringent than the Advisers Act fiduciary standard. Otherwise, unsuspecting investors may not be aware that their advisers are selling them products they don’t need in order to turn a profit.

The CFPB’s consumer education programs must be protected
In open comments to the agency, advocates urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to keep its education programs, just one component in its set of consumer protection tools. Other Bureau responsibilities, including its enforcement and rulemaking authority, should also be utilized to fully protect consumers in accordance with the CFPB’s mission.

10 years after Great Recession, Senate considers Dodd-Frank rollbacks
Crapo (R-ID) introduced a bill that takes aim at Dodd-Frank Act protections for consumers and the ability to monitor big banks to prevent another financial meltdown. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S 2155) would put consumers at greater risk of predatory lending and weaken other important safeguards passed since the last crisis. Consumer Action joined advocates in a March 8 letter asked that the legislation be given full floor consideration as a separate bill and an open amendment process.

SAFE Lending Act protects working families from cycle of debt
In an effort to end predatory lending practices, both online and offline, that are leaving many Americans trapped in a cycle of debt, Consumer Action and advocates support and encourage U.S. senators to co-sponsor the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic, or SAFE, Lending Act (S. 2760). Introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the bill aims to curb predatory lending practices and promote financial stability among working families.

Policy riders are a shady attempt at regulating CFPB
Friends of Wall Street and the banking industry in Congress want to remove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from under the Federal Reserve System where it is currently housed and funded. Instead, they want to relegate it to the appropriations process in hopes of sabotaging its independence—a key element in overseeing the consumer finance markets.

Federal government should not be financing gentrification of low-income neighborhoods
Consumer Action joined legal service offices, housing and consumer credit counseling agencies, base organizing groups and civil rights organizations in expressing strong concerns over the Federal Housing Finance Agency's oversight of Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs) and the Federal Home Loan Bank System enabling the displacement of low-income people and people of color.

Consumers deserve more control over their credit reports
Consumer, civil rights and advocacy groups wrote to members of Congress to express opposition to the Credit Access and Inclusion Act (HR 435). This legislation, if enacted, would reduce consumers’ control over their own data by preempting state and federal privacy protections, damage the credit scores of millions of consumers with a disproportionate impact on African Americans, and conflict with long-standing state utility regulatory consumer protections.

Advocates call on Congress do more for victims of Equifax breach
The Equifax data breach is prompting advocates to call on Congress for better protection of consumers' sensitive financial information. Not only should free credit freeze legislation be implemented immediately, but Congress should also resist the financial and banking industries attempts to pass legislation that preempts stronger state laws in matters that relate to consumers’ data security and privacy.

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