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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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S.J.Res. 57: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5

Sponsor: Jerry Moran [R-NE] on 2017-01-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/sjres57#

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This bill intends to block federal action against discrimination in auto lending. Discrimination in auto lending continues to extract billions of dollars a year in extra loan payments from borrowers of color; Congress should be taking action to end this injustice, not interfering with efforts to enforce fair lending laws.

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S. 1989: Honest Ads Act

Sponsor: Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] on 2017-10-19
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1989

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The Honest Ads Act would close that gaping loophole by requiring the same disclosure and transparency in online campaign ads -- like those that appear on Facebook -- that we already have in television and radio ads.

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AB 2110: Electronics: Right to Repair Act

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton on 02/08/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2110

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By requiring electronic device manufacturers to provide access to diagnostic guides and repair parts, The Right to Repair Act will help prolong the lifespan of electronic devices, saving consumers money and protecting the environment.

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AB 2731: Closing the federal ‘carried interest’ loophole

Sponsor: Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson on 02/15/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2731

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Addresses a federal tax loophole that costs California billions of dollars every year and allows hedge fund managers who pay a lower federal tax rates than salaried workers. Would impose a state tax of 17% on the carried interest portion of taxable income.
 

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SB 822: California Net Neutrality

Sponsor: Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco on 01/03/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB822

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Would maintain net neutrality standards at California state level by limiting the practice of providing subsidized Internet access ("zero rating") as well as preventing ISPs from throttling users or blocking websites within California.

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SB 1182: California Renter’s Credit Increase

Sponsor: Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda on 02/14/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1182

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Proposes doubling the state renters’ tax credit to $120 for individuals and $240 for couples.

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S 2155: Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act

Sponsor: Michael D. Crapo [R-ID] on 2017-11-16
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2155

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If it is enacted, S. 2155 would be the largest banking deregulation measure to become law since the 2008 financial crisis by repealing parts of the Dodd-Frank act. The bill would reduce oversight on 25 of the 38 largest banks in the United States.

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HR 4508: PROSPER Act

Sponsor: Virginia Foxx [R-NC] on 2017-12-01
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4508

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The PROSPER Act both eliminates the gainful employment rule and prohibits the Department of Education from writing or enforcing any future regulation of “gainful employment." Rolling back the gainful employment rule would open students and taxpayers up to the worst excesses of the for-profit higher education sector.

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HR 4885: FAIR RATES Act of 2018

Sponsor: Mark Takano [D-CA] on 2018-01-25
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4885

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This bill aims to increase transparency and study racial disparities in the auto insurance market. It directs the Federal Insurance Office to collect local-level data from large auto insurance companies, publicly disclose that data, and submit an analysis to Congress on the impact of race on insurance prices. 

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HR 676: Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

Sponsor: John Conyers Jr. [D-MI] on 2017-01-24
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr676

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This bill establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care, prescription drugs, emergency, long-term care, and mental health services.

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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.

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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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