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.

 
 

Postings

Allies urge expansion of loss mitigation options under VA Home Loan Guaranty
Consumer, housing and veterans’ advocates wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs urging the agency to expand the loss mitigation options available under the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program to help veteran borrowers avoid foreclosure.

Groups urge Federal Insurance Office to strengthen its proposed climate data collection
Consumer Action and 75 other consumer groups wrote to the Department of the Treasury to ask that the Federal Insurance Office strengthen its proposed climate data collection in an effort to ascertain how climate change is impacting access to affordable insurance for underserved communities.

Congress should empower regulators to prioritize investor protection over digital asset industry’s unproven promises
Consumer Action joined other consumer advocacy organizations in a letter to congressional leaders asking that they empower regulators to use their existing authorities to prioritize consumer and investor protection over the digital asset industry’s largely unproven promises, rather than pursuing legislative proposals, which can be inadequate or can be compromised by industry influence.

CFPB should solidify access to streamlined loss mitigation options for homeowners
In a letter to the CFPB, advocates urged the agency to take steps to ensure homeowners have access to streamlined loss mitigation options to prevent foreclosures.

Coalition calls for House vote on the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA)
Two dozen groups urge Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) to a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Groups urge end to taxation of Pell Grant funds
Consumer Action was among 27 organizations urging Congressional leaders to adopt the bipartisan Tax-Free Pell Grant Act, which would end taxation of Federal Pell Grant funds. Doing so would make higher education more affordable and simplify the tax code for students and families with low and middle incomes. As you assemble a year-end tax relief package, we request that Congress adopt the bipartisan Tax-Free Pell Grant Act.

Consumer Action joins CFA in request for surveillance advertising ban and stronger data protection
Consumer Action joined Consumer Federation of America’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding the agency’s Advance Notice of Rulemaking on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security. The organizations urged the FTC to prohibit surveillance advertising, set rules for data minimization, and not rely on notice of data practices as sufficient protection for consumers.

FCC should prioritize protecting consumers from widescale nuisance and fraud facilitated through unwanted and illegal text messages
Advocates filed comments with the FCC urging the agency to take steps to protect consumers from unwanted and illegal text messages, including illegal telemarketing texts; fundraising, political, survey and similar types of messages; scam robotexts; and non-SMS text messaging.

Agencies should ensure that hurricane victims are protected from negative credit reporting in aftermath of disaster
In a letter to CFPB, OCC, FHFA, FHA, FDIC, NCUA and FRB, Consumer Action and 25 other advocacy organizations urged agencies to help protect the credit reports and scores of consumers impacted by Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian.

Effort to ensure safe airplane seat size continues in comments to the FAA
Consumer Action was one of a half dozen groups that submitted a comment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging the agency to place an immediate moratorium on reducing airline seat size, update its emergency evacuation testing standards—upon which safe seat size determination depends—and establish, on a provisional basis, a minimum seat size of 32 inches in pitch (roughly, legroom) and 20 inches in width.

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