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Consumer Issues

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

Petition

California Action

Give California consumers the foreclosure relief they deserve

Date: Wed, August 01, 2018

Take Action

Consumers and advocates are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to immediately restore mortgage crisis recovery funds to help those California homeowners who continue to suffer the disastrous effects of the foreclosure crisis, 10 years later.

Support

National Action

Tell your Senators: Ensure FAIR Fees for airline travelers!

Date: Thu, July 19, 2018

Take Action

The FAIR Fees amendment protects passengers from unreasonable change and cancellations fees charged by airlines.

Watching

National Action

Protect a complaint process that’s CRITICAL to consumers!

Date: Wed, July 11, 2018

Speak Out

We need your help in urging Acting Director Mick Mulvaney to maintain—and expand—public access to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaint information.

Support

National Legislation

S. 564: HANGUP Act

Sponsor: Edward J. Markey [D-MA] on 2017-03-08
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s564

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The HANGUP Act repeals part of the 2015 Budget Bill that allow collectors of debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States to make robodialed and prerecorded calls and texts to cell phones without consent. It impacts those with student loans, mortgages, veterans loans, farming loans, etc.

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National Action

Defend the CFPB’s consumer complaint database

Date: Thu, May 31, 2018

Take Action

It is the mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to protect and inform consumers to make financial markets more fair, accountable and transparent. So WHY is the acting director threatening to close public access to the complaint database? We need this valuable complaint tool to inform us and hold companies accountable.

Oppose

National Legislation

HR 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

Sponsor: Ted Poe [R-TX] on 2017-01-24
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/h80?utm_campaign=govtrack_feed&utm_source=govtrack/feed&utm_medium=rss

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The ADA Education and Reform Act would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility. The bill limits the right to sue public businesses (including restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters) that don’t comply with the ADA’s accessibility requirements.

Oppose

National Action

Tell Congress: Leave air traffic control alone

Date: Thu, September 28, 2017

Write Congress

The big airlines are pushing legislation (HR 2997) to remove our air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Congress and give it to a private non-profit corporate board that airlines could heavily influence. Consumer Action opposes air traffic control privatization.

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California Action

Pull back the curtain on prescription drug prices

Date: Tue, August 15, 2017

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A California state bill, SB 17, would require pharmaceutical companies to be upfront about their prescription drug pricing. It would require 60 days of advance notice before price hikes could take effect, and would require drug companies to provide information about the reasons for the increase. Every year, Big Pharma raises prescription drug prices by about 10% per year without giving the public any justification or advance warning.

Oppose

National Legislation

HR 469: Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017

Sponsor: Doug Collins (R-GA) on 2017-01-12
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr469

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The "Sunshine Act" is a direct attack on access to the courts and the regulatory system and undermines citizen enforcement of our laws. It impedes the resolution of consumer protection, anti-discrimination, environmental protection, and other important cases before our federal courts.

Support

California Legislation

SB 33: Arbitration agreements

Sponsor: Senator Bill Dodd on 12/05/2016
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB33

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Would prohibit the use of forced arbitration clauses in contracts that were created fraudulently and allow victimized consumers to have their day in court to recover damages.

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National Legislation

S 1450: The Commercial Flight Courtesy Act

Sponsor: Lamar Alexander [R-TNnull] on 2017-06-28
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1450

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The Commercial Flight Courtesy Act would prohibit the use of cell phones for voice communications on regularly scheduled commercial flights.  It would allow the use of personal electronic devices such as Kindles and iPads during flight, which the Federal Aviation Administration has approved.

Support

National Legislation

S 1389: Military Consumer Enforcement Act

Sponsor: John Reed [D-RInull] on 2017-06-21
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1389

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The bill provides the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with the ability to enforce a range of civil and financial protections to eligible servicemembers, including capping interest rates, protecting against foreclosure and eviction without a court order, and requiring certain steps to obtain a default judgment against a protected servicemember.

Oppose

California Legislation

SB 87: Public safety: omnibus

Sponsor: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review on 01/11/2017
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB87

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Would cause non-profit groups to lose half, and perhaps all, funding from class action settlements (cy pres awards), a crucial source of funding for consumer protection and educational activities.

Oppose

National Legislation

HR 10: Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

Sponsor: Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5] on 2017-04-26
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr10

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This bill amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other Acts, and would eviscerate these safeguards, putting the U.S. economy and taxpayers in the same perilous position as prior to the 2008 financial crisis.

Watching

National Legislation

HR 898: Credit Score Competition Act of 2017

Sponsor: Edward Royce [R-CA39] on 2017-02-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr898

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This bill would require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish procedures for considering expanded credit scoring models (models that may use rent, utility, and telecom payments) and and certain credit scores in making a determination whether to purchase a residential mortgage, and for other purposes.

Watching

National Legislation

HR 435: The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2017

Sponsor: Keith Ellison [D-MN5] on 2017-01-11
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr435

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This bill aims amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify Federal law with respect to reporting certain positive consumer credit information, including rent, utility and telecom payments, to consumer reporting agencies.

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National Legislation

S 1262: The Fairness for Struggling Students Act

Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-05-25
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1262

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This bill will help address the student debt crisis by once again permitting privately issued student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy, the same as nearly all other forms of private unsecured debt.

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National Legislation

S 771: Improving Access To Affordable Prescription Drugs Act

Sponsor: Alan Franken [D-MNnull] on 2017-03-29
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s771

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This bill aims to stop prescription drug corporations from gouging consumers with high prices on the medicines they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

Support

National Legislation

S 1037: Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act

Sponsor: Edward Markey [D-MAnull] on 2017-05-04
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1037

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As airlines continue to charge consumers sky-high fees for basic services such as checking a bag and changing or canceling a flight, this bill prohibits airlines from imposing fees, including cancellation, change and bag fees, that are not reasonable and proportional to the costs of the services provided.

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National Action

Stop another financial crisis from happening

Date: Mon, May 01, 2017

Write Congress

Congress is holding a series of hearings to consider a horrible piece of legislation called the Financial CHOICE Act. We prefer to call it the Wrong CHOICE Act, since it will gut critical consumer protections created after the 2008 financial crisis—regulations put in place to protect consumers and help prevent another Great Recession. Stop Congress from making the wrong CHOICE!