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HR 435: Credit Access and Inclusion Act

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

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This legislation 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.

 

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HR 2936: Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

Sponsor: Bruce Westerman [R-AR] on 2017-06-20
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2936#

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The poorly named bill fails to improve the quality of public forests by promoting harmful and destructive logging projects and tramples on access to justice principles by stifling citizens’ ability to seek redress through our courts. The bill severely compromises the “overriding objective of the Forest Service's forest management program.

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HR 1659: Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act

Sponsor: Peter Roskam [R-IL] on 2017-03-21
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1659

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Student loan forgiveness after a student’s death or disability – a policy intended to relieve a financial burden – should not lead to a huge tax bill. This bill would rid the tax burden on forgiven loans for disabled veterans, borrowers with disabilities and bereaved families and has received bipartisan…

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HR 3857: PASS Act of 2017

Sponsor: Ann Wagner [R-MO] on 2017-09-27
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3857

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The bill would repeal the Department of Labor (DOL) conflict of interest (or “fiduciary) rule, reopening loopholes that make it easy for sales-based retirement “advisers” to avoid their fiduciary obligations that put consumers' interests over profits.

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HR 3299: Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017

Sponsor: Patrick McHenry (R-NC) on July 19, 2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3299

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H.B. 3299 encourages payday lenders to engage in predatory lending by allowing nonbank lenders to avoid abiding by state interest rate caps through bank partnerships. Through these partnerships, predatory lenders are able to bypass state interest rate limits and charge consumers exorbitant APRs, often greater than 300%!

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HR 2359: FCRA Liability Harmonization Act

Sponsor: Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) on May 4, 2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2359

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This bill dramatically reduces consumer remedies for the worst credit reporting violations (and would eliminate punitive damages in individual cases and reduce statutory damages in class actions). The credit bureaus and background check companies are up to no good here and already elicit the most omplaints at the CFPB.

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HR 2133: The CLEARR Act of 2017

Sponsor: Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MI) on April 25, 2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2133

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The bill includes a number of provisions that would, under the innocent-sounding guise of “regulatory relief,” drastically undermine our nation’s most important civil rights and consumer protection laws – most notably the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

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HR 2954: Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act

Sponsor: Tom Emmer (R-MN) on June 20, 2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2954#

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The substitute amendment would undermine efforts to ensure that the nation’s mortgage lenders are serving all segments of the market fairly by exempting the vast majority of lenders from the updated reporting required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).

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HR 484: DRAIN the SWAMP Act

Sponsor: Peter DeFazio (D-OR) on January 12, 2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr484

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This bill institutes a five-year ban on lobbying for executive branch members after they leave government. It also institutes a lifetime ban on executive branch members from serving as “foreign agents” or lobbyists on behalf of other governments, a heightened concern given ties from Trump officials to the Russian government.

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S 1819: The Equal Employment for All Act

Sponsor: Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] on September 14, 2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1819

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Senator Elizabeth Warren reintroduced legislation that fills a key part of the regulatory gap: her Equal Employment for All Act will ban the use of personal credit information for employment decisions. By eliminating employment credit checks, the bill would remove an unfair and discriminatory barrier to economic mobility and security.

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S 1816: Freedom from Equifax Exploitation Act

Sponsor: Elizabeth Warren [D-MAnull] on 2017-09-14
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1816

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In light of the massive Equifax data breech that impacted the data privacy of 143 million Americans, the FREE Act would force credit-reporting firms to stop charging consumers to freeze their credit.

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S 1712: The SIMPLE Act

Sponsor: Ron Wyden [D-ORnull] on 2017-08-02
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1712

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The SIMPLE Act eliminates unnecessary paperwork requirements for borrowers enrolled in income driven repayment plans and automatically connects struggling borrowers to the relief that is already available to them under the law. The result will be fewer people weighed down by unaffordable student loan payments and fewer people defaulting.

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HR 2359: Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Liability Harmonization Act

Sponsor: Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) on 05/04/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2359

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Would dramatically reduce consumer remedies for the worst credit reporting violations (would eliminate punitive damages in individual cases and reduce statutory damages in class actions).

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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.

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AB 375: The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Sponsor: Assemblymember Ed Chau on 02/09/2017
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB375

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Limits what broadband providers (internet service providers, or ISPs) can do with customer data. The bill was crafted in response to the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's 2016 internet privacy regulations by the Trump administration.

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