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Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] on 2017-02-24
This bill intends to deny victims of medical malpractice and defective medical products the ability to hold wrongdoers accountable, trampling on states’ rights. The GOP is now rushing it to markup, even though it will directly impede Americans’ access to safe quality medical care.
Sponsor: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review on 01/11/2017
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.
Sponsor: Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5] on 2017-04-26
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.
Sponsor: Edward Royce [R-CA39] on 2017-02-07
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.
Sponsor: Keith Ellison [D-MN5] on 2017-01-11
This bill aims to 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.
Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-05-25
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.
Sponsor: Alan Franken [D-MNnull] on 2017-03-29
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.
Sponsor: Edward Markey [D-MAnull] on 2017-05-04
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.
Sponsor: Senator Robert M. Hertzberg on 02/13/2017
SB 313 would protect consumers from deceptive “free” trial offers that convert to paid subscriptions without the consumer’s awareness or consent.
Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-01-13
This bill would be a gift to lawbreakers at the expense of families and communities suffering from injuries that cannot be addressed by direct restitution. It cuts off any payments to third parties other than individualized restitution, limiting federal enforcement officials of their ability to negotiate appropriate relief for victims.
Sponsor: Rob Portman [R-OH] on 2017-03-14
This bill would create unecessary bureaucratic hoops for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), thwarting its attemps to do its job and protect consumers. Specifically, the bill would create a dedicated, Senate-confirmed inspector general to oversee the Bureau.
Sponsor: Keith Ellison [D-MN5] on 2017-01-17
The Investor Choice Act of 2017 aims to eliminate forced arbitration for consumers in investor contracts with brokerage firms and investment advisers.
Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
"The Justice for Servicemembers Act" makes unenforceable any pre-dispute agreement to arbitrate a claim under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which prohibits employment discrimination against servicemembers and veterans, and makes other changes to help plaintiffs enforce USERRA’s protections.
Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-02-09
This bill undermines the enforcement of this nation’s civil rights laws and upend decades of settled class action law. This sweeping and poorly drafted legislation will create needless chaos in the courts without actually solving any demonstrated problem and, If enacted, unfairly impacts it people of color and the elderly.
Sponsor: Tim Walberg [R-MI7] on 2017-02-13
H.R. 1004 will significantly undermine federal agencies’ ability to engage and inform the public in a meaningful and transparent way regarding its work on important science-based rulemakings that will greatly benefit the public.