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National Legislation

S 2833: Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act

Sponsor: Senator Merkley (D-OR) on 2019-11-12
https://www.votervoice.net/ConsumerAction/Campaigns/69689/Respond

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This legislation would extend financial protections that currently apply only to active duty servicemembers (through the Military Lending Act, which caps interest rates on loans at 36%) to all consumers.

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National Legislation

S 1116: Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act

Sponsor: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on 2019-04-10
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1116

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The BOWSER Act is an insufficient consumer privacy bill that places the burden of protecting their online data on consumers (rather than the corporations collecting it). It offers no protections for civil rights violations, nor does it enable states or individuals to take private action to enforce any data privacy…

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National Legislation

S 2968: Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA)

Sponsor: Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on 2019-12-03
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2968

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This bill would provide consumers with basic online data privacy rights, create the mechanisms by which government would ensure that corporations use consumer data appropriately, and allow the enforcement of any new rules.  

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National Legislation

S 2220: Open and Responsive Government Act

Sponsor: Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on 2019-07-23
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2220

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If passed, this bill would ensure that watchdog organizations, the media and the public retain access to vital information of public interest that they’ve historically been able to obtain through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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National Legislation

S 2685: Consumer Credit Control Act of 2019

Sponsor: Jack Reed (D-RI) on 2019-10-23
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2685

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This bill would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to give consumers control over when and how their consumer reports are shared by credit bureaus.

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National Legislation

S 1895: Lower Health Care Costs Act (Section 205)

Sponsor: Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on 2019-06-19
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1895

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While this legislation would encourage production of less expensive generic medications, as well as transparency in the prescription supply chain, we oppose section 205 of the bill because it would restrict access to air medical services (which is particularly concerning for patients in rural areas during medical emergencies).

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National Legislation

S 1002: Affordable Loans for Any Student Act

Sponsor: Ed Merkely (D-OR) on 2019-04-03
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1002

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This comprehensive legislation would ensure affordable and simple income-based repayment plans for federal student loan borrowers.

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National Legislation

S 1414: The Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2019

Sponsor: Richard Durbin (D-IL) on 2019-05-09
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1414

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Unlike gambling, credit card and mortgage debt, student loan debt cannot be discharged by filing for bankruptcy. This legislation would eliminate the section of the bankruptcy code that makes private and federal student loans nondischargeable.

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National Legislation

S 608: Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act

Sponsor: Richard Durbin (D-IL) on 2019-02-28
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s608

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The CLASS Act would protect students’ rights to hold for-profit colleges accountable in court for defrauding them, by prohibiting any school that receives government (Title IV) student aid funding from forcing students into arbitration (or taking away their right to pursue a class action lawsuit).

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Help restore paper Social Security earnings statements

Date: Thu, December 19, 2019

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The bipartisan Know Your Social Security Act (HR 5306 in the House and S 2989 in the Senate) would reinstate the mailing of the annual statements to all workers age 25 and older until they choose to establish an online my Social Security account.