Coalition Efforts

Consumer Action is working on these important issues along with other organizations. If you would like to know more about these issues, please see "More Information" at the end of each article.
 
 

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Bill would set back consumer rights in debt collection
Advocates wrote to the House Financial Services Committee to oppose a bill (HR 4550) that would exempt attorneys and law firms engaged in litigation from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Aviation and passenger advocates oppose air traffic control privatization
Consumer Action joined aviation and passenger advocates renewed opposition to an air traffic control takeover by big airlines following a massive American Airlines holiday travel glitch.

Third-party ticket websites may be harming consumers
Consumer Action joined others in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission pointing to ticket-selling websites that appear to be misrepresenting their affiliation with official box offices, price-gouging and causing consumer confusion.

Oppose a Washington State ban on telemedicine vision checks and prescription renewals
Consumer Action joined Americans for Vision Care Innovation in a letter to Washington State legislators in opposition to any state bans on "ocular telemedicine"—online vision tests that are useful for eyewear prescription renewals.

Save retirement rule, advocacy groups urge lawmakers
Consumer Action joined its allies in the Save Our Retirement coalition in a letter to Congressional leadership objecting to an effort to roll back Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary protections through a rider on the current spending bill.

Republican tax bill will cost low-to-moderate income taxpayers
Consumer Action and a number of other public interest groups have been active in opposing the Republican tax bill due to its negative impact on low-to-moderate income consumers, particularly homeowners, those looking to become homeowners and those seeking affordable rental housing. The tax bill also undermines community and economic development.

Using homebuyer data to keep lenders honest, stop housing discrimination
Housing and public interest groups are urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to collect and release data that will help policymakers and other invested groups determine if lenders are serving the housing needs of their communities. The data is also invaluable in helping to combat discriminatory home lending practices.

Bill would create weaker protections, costlier loans for many homeowners
Consumer groups sent a letter to Congress opposing a bill that would harm the buyers of manufactured housing (commonly known as mobile homes) by allowing manufactured housing lenders to issue high-cost, dangerous loans.

Protect borrowers from unnecessary credit-related insurance products
Advocates are pushing back against a bill in the House that would likely remove existing federal protections meant to protect those taking out loans from deceptive and downright fraudulent credit-related “add on” insurance sales.

Delaying Borrower Defense Rule costs student borrowers over $1 billion
The U.S. Department of Education under Betsy DeVos has delayed a critical rule that would help wronged student loan borrowers recoup their monetary losses and take sham schools to court. This Borrower Defense Rule is critically necessary to protect students from widespread and ongoing school fraud and closures.

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