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National Legislation

HR 6472: COVID-19 Price Gouging Prevention Act

Sponsor: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) on 04-07-2020
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr6472

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HR 6472 would prohibit price gouging in connection with the public health emergency resulting from COVID-19, forbidding the sale of consumer goods and services (e.g. masks, food and water, etc.) at excessive prices, and creating legal ramfications for those who continue to price gouge.

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National Legislation

S 1581 / HR 6470: Medical Debt Relief Act

Sponsor: Senator Jeff Merkely (D-OR), Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) on 05-21-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1581

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Consumer Action urges Congress to include this legislation in any future coronavirus relief packages, as it would prohibit credit reporting agencies from including medical debt in collections on credit reports for one year, and would mandate that all paid or settled debt (including medical collections) be removed within 45 days…

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National Legislation

S 3749: Public Health Emergency Privacy Act

Sponsor: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on 05-14-2020
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s3749

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This Act would ensure that Americans’ sensitive information is kept private and secure when they use a contact tracing app, exposure notification app or other technology as part of the public health response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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National Legislation

HR 748 : Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) on 01-24-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr748

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The CARES Act, signed into law in late March 2020, provided $2 trillion in government spending to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavrius pandemic. Consumer Action supports the CARES Act, but cautions that safeguards to ensure that the trillions in government stimulus funds benefit workers, patients, homeowners, renters, small…

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National Legislation

S 3913 : End Double Taxation of Successful Consumer Claims Act

Sponsor: Rep. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on 06-08-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s3913

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Consumers who sue unscrupulous corporations in civil court (and win) can still be taxed on the legal expenses/attorneys’ fees that the courts rule the losing side must pay. In some cases, this leads to consumers who "win" paying more in taxes than they actually recover! S 3913 would put an…

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National Legislation

HR 4783 : Limited English Proficiency Data Acquisition in Mortgage Lending Act of 2019

Sponsor: Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on 10-22-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr4783

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Language barriers make it difficult for borrowers to understand their home loans. This bill would reinstate a critical question asked on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed home loans—a question removed under Trump-backed Federal Housing Finance Agency leadership: What is the borrower’s language preference?

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National Legislation

HR 3666: STRONGER Patents Act of 2019

Sponsor: Rep Steve Stivers (R-OH) on 07-10-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr3666

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If passed, this legislation will allow Big Pharma to continue abusing the patent system with impunity and futher increase already-high prices on prescription medicines.

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National Legislation

HR 3248: BOSS Act (Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing)

Sponsor: Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) on 06-13-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr3248

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This bill addresses many of the anti-consumer practices occuring with regards to online ticket sales, including the use of ticket-buying “bot” software; unfair terms that make tickets non-refundable and/or non-transferable; and a lack of disclosures regarding advertised ticket scarcity and related prices.

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National Legislation

HR 5304: Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Transparency and Prescription Drug Costs Act

Sponsor: Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) on 12-04-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr5304

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This bill would lower drug prices by regulating pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), requiring transparency and mandating that PBM rebates and discounts be passed on to consumers.

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National Legislation

HR 5050 / S 2883: Veterans & Consumers Fair Credit Act

Sponsor: Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-IL) / Senator Jeff Merkely (D-OR) on 11-12-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2833

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The Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act (HR 5050 in the House and S 2883 in the Senate) would extend the military’s 36% rate cap on consumer loans to all consumers. Join Consumer Action in support of this bill!