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HR 387: Email Privacy Act

Sponsor: Kevin Yoder [R-KS3] on 2017-01-09
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr387

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This bill would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and require government agencies to obtain a warrant before seizing a criminal suspect’s online communications that are more than 180 days old. Currently, those older communications are considered abandoned and not subject to a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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HR 238: Commodity End User Relief Act

Sponsor: K. Conaway [R-TX11] on 2017-01-04
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr238

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This bill would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and alter the way the commission is able to make rules, or limit its power to impose rules on cross-border swap transactions. Freezing its budget at $250 million, and the new requirements, would bring commission action to a halt.

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HR 78: SEC Regulatory Accountability Act

Sponsor: Ann Wagner [R-MO2] on 2017-01-03
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr78

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This bill mandates that the SEC identify every “available alternative” to a proposed regulation or action and measure the costs and benefits of each alternative prior to taking action. This requirement would create unnecessary burden on the agency and is an attempt to weaken its oversight.

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S 552: Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2017

Sponsor: Sherrod Brown [D-OHnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s552

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The Justice for Victims of Fraud Act would close the “Wells Fargo loophole” by clarifying that forced arbitration clauses do not apply to checking and credit card accounts fraudulently opened without a customer’s consent.

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S 647: A bill to amend title 9, United States Code, with respect to arbitration

Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s647

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"The Mandatory Arbitration Transparency Act" would invalidate and prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements that require the parties to the arbitration to keep matters surrounding the arbitration process confidential, forcing plaintiffs into secret proceedings hidden from other potential victims and from the public.

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S 553: Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2017

Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s553

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The CLASS Act would prohibit an institution of higher education from receiving Title IV federal student aid funding if the school’s enrollment agreement requires mandatory arbitration or otherwise restricts students’ ability to pursue claims against the school in court.

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S 550: Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act of 2017

Sponsor: Patrick Leahy [D-VTnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s550

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The Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act would ensure that mandatory arbitration clauses cannot be interpreted to preempt civil rights claims or other statutory causes of actions.

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S 537: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017

Sponsor: Alan Franken [D-MNnull] on 2017-01-20
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s537

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Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017 would prohibit the use of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements in consumer, employment, civil rights, and antitrust cases.

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S 405: Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act

Sponsor: Chris Coons [D-DEnull] on 2017-02-16
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s405

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The Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act has gained bipartisan support and would exempt from income tax federal and private student loans that are canceled due to the death of the student or the total and permanent disability of the borrower.

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HR 756: The Postal Reform Act of 2017

Sponsor: Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on 2017-01-31
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr756

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This bi-partisan legislation—bill cosponsors with Chaffetz, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Dennis Ross (R-FL), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Stephen Lynch (D-MA)—is designed to save the U.S. Postal Service from financial ruin. The legislation would allow a one-time one-cent increase in the price of a first-class stamp. Saturday delivery will not be discontinued.

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HR 482: Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017

Sponsor: Paul Gosar [R-AZ4] on 2017-01-12
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr412

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This bill aims to repeal the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which promotes fair housing choice and creates inclusive communities free from discrimination in areas that receive federal funding for housing. If enacted, the bill would nullify the HUD rule.

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S 34: Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017

Sponsor: Ron Johnson [R-WInull] on 2017-01-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s34

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Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 amends the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to target and revoke mulitiple regulations that were passed in the final year of a President Obama's term. Many of the regulations on the potential chopping block address consumer, environmental, energy, and natural resources issues. 

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