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Consumer Issues

Includes unfair and deceptive practices, scams and frauds, consumer rights, transparency and consumer protection.

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National Action

Stop debt collectors from harassing consumers! Act now!

Date: Wed, August 07, 2019

Speak Out

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing a new rule governing debt collectors.

The proposed rule does more to protect abusive debt collectors than consumers. But you can remind the CFPB that they are the Consumer Bureau.

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National Legislation

S 1389: Loan Shark Prevention Act

Sponsor: Bernie Sanders [D-VT] on 2019-05-19
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1389

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This bill would protect consumers burdened with exorbitant interest rates on credit cards, payday and other loans by imposing a 15% federal cap.

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National Legislation

S 1826: DO NOT Call Act

Sponsor: Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV] on 2019-06-13
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1826

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This legislation would strengthen the penalties for telemarketers, scammers and others who violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1993 (TCPA). Initiating a robocall without the consent of the individual being called is outlawed under the TCPA.

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National Legislation

HR 2683: Unsubscribe Act of 2019

Sponsor: Mark Takano [D-CA] on 2019-05-10
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2683

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The Unsubscribe Act would protect consumers from misleading online marketing that traps them in costly automatic monthly shipments known as a negative-option offers. This bill would force companies to get consumers' explicit permission before charging them.

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National Legislation

HR 1500: Consumers First Act

Sponsor: Maxine Waters [D-CA] on 2019-03-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1500

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This bill would ensure that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is able to fulfill its statutory mission to put consumers first, by restoring and protecting its supervisory and enforcement powers.

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National Legislation

S 867: PROTECT Students Act of 2019

Sponsor: Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH] on 2019-03-26
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s867

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A bill to improve oversight and accountability of institutions of higher education (particularly for-profit colleges) and protect students and borrowers by codifying the gainful employment and borrower defense rules.

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National Legislation

S 888: Understanding the True Cost of College Act

Sponsor: Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-OH] on 2019-03-29
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s888

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This bill offers commonsense solutions to create consistency and clarity in financial aid communications (offer letters) to students, particularly with regards to the amount and type of aid offered and the obligations associated with said aid.

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California Legislation

Oppose AB 1366: VOIP phone users deserve basic protections

Sponsor: Lorena Gonzalez on 2019-2-22

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AB 1366 seekd to extend a loophole allowing IP-enabled services like VOIP from state regulation. All voice providers that offer the public the vital link to 9-1-1 must once again be required to provide reliable service and consumer protections, and this bill should be opposed.

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National Action

End annoying robocall harassment!

Date: Thu, April 04, 2019

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The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act (S.151) would help stop annoying scam robocalls before they reach you, and make it easier to find and prosecute the scammers.

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National Legislation

S.151: TRACED Act

Sponsor: John Thune [R-SD] on 2019-01-16
https://consumeraction.salsalabs.org/stop-annoying-robocalls

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26 billion robocalls were placed last year. This bipartisan bill would help stop annoying scam robocalls before they reach you, and make it easier to find and prosecute the scammers.

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National Legislation

H.R. 1516: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on certain trading transactions.

Sponsor: Peter A. DeFazio [D-OR] on 2019-03-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1516

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The House bill aims to create a new progressive tax on financial transactions that would generate billions in revenue, while addressing economic inequality and reducing high risk and volatility in the market.

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National Legislation

S. 647: Wall Street Tax Act of 2019

Sponsor: Brian Schatz [D-HI] on 2019-03-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s647

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The Senate bill would introduce a new progressive tax on financial transactions that would generate billions in revenue, while addressing economic inequality and reducing high risk and volatility in the market.

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National Legislation

S 630: Arbitration Fairness for Consumers Act

Sponsor: Sherrod Brown [D-OH] on 2019-02-28
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s630

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The bill aims to end the use of forced arbitration in student loans, credit card agreements, and employment contracts gives working Americans a fighting chance in court against powerful special interests.

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National Legislation

S. 583: DATA Privacy Act

Sponsor: Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV] on 2019-02-27
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s583

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The DATA Privacy Act strengthens data privacy protections for American consumers while also ensuring corporations are focusing on implementing new data security standards and essential privacy protections. 

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National Legislation

H.R. 1046: Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act of 2019

Sponsor: Lloyd Doggett [D-TX] on 2019-02-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1046

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The House bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate drug prices and, if drug companies refuse to negotiate in good faith, it would enable the Secretary to issue a competitive license to another company to produce the medication as a generic.

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National Legislation

S. 377: Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act of 2019

Sponsor: Sherrod Brown [D-OH] on 2019-02-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s377

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The bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate drug prices and, if drug companies refuse to negotiate in good faith, it would enable the Secretary to issue a competitive license to another company to produce the medication as a generic.