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Sponsor: Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco on 01/03/18
Would maintain net neutrality standards at California state level by limiting the practice of providing subsidized Internet access ("zero rating") as well as preventing ISPs from throttling users or blocking websites within California.
Sponsor: Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda on 02/14/18
Proposes doubling the state renters’ tax credit to $120 for individuals and $240 for couples.
Sponsor: Michael D. Crapo [R-ID] on 2017-11-16
If it is enacted, S. 2155 would be the largest banking deregulation measure to become law since the 2008 financial crisis by repealing parts of the Dodd-Frank act. The bill would reduce oversight on 25 of the 38 largest banks in the United States.
Sponsor: Virginia Foxx [R-NC] on 2017-12-01
The PROSPER Act both eliminates the gainful employment rule and prohibits the Department of Education from writing or enforcing any future regulation of “gainful employment." Rolling back the gainful employment rule would open students and taxpayers up to the worst excesses of the for-profit higher education sector.
Sponsor: Mark Takano [D-CA] on 2018-01-25
This bill aims to increase transparency and study racial disparities in the auto insurance market. It directs the Federal Insurance Office to collect local-level data from large auto insurance companies, publicly disclose that data, and submit an analysis to Congress on the impact of race on insurance prices.
Sponsor: John Conyers Jr. [D-MI] on 2017-01-24
This bill establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care, prescription drugs, emergency, long-term care, and mental health services.
Sponsor: Ted Poe [R-TX] on 2017-01-24
The ADA Education and Reform Act would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility. The bill limits the right to sue public businesses (including restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters) that don’t comply with the ADA’s accessibility requirements.
Sponsor: Bruce Westerman [R-AR] on 2017-06-20
The poorly named bill fails to improve the quality of public forests by promoting harmful and destructive logging projects and tramples on access to justice principles by stifling citizens’ ability to seek redress through our courts. The bill severely compromises the “overriding objective of the Forest Service's forest management program.
Sponsor: Peter Roskam [R-IL] on 2017-03-21
Student loan forgiveness after a student’s death or disability – a policy intended to relieve a financial burden – should not lead to a huge tax bill. This bill would rid the tax burden on forgiven loans for disabled veterans, borrowers with disabilities and bereaved families and has received bipartisan…
Sponsor: Ann Wagner [R-MO] on 2017-09-27
The bill would repeal the Department of Labor (DOL) conflict of interest (or “fiduciary) rule, reopening loopholes that make it easy for sales-based retirement “advisers” to avoid their fiduciary obligations that put consumers' interests over profits.
Sponsor: Patrick McHenry (R-NC) on July 19, 2017
H.B. 3299 encourages payday lenders to engage in predatory lending by allowing nonbank lenders to avoid abiding by state interest rate caps through bank partnerships. Through these partnerships, predatory lenders are able to bypass state interest rate limits and charge consumers exorbitant APRs, often greater than 300%!
Sponsor: Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) on May 4, 2017
This bill dramatically reduces consumer remedies for the worst credit reporting violations (and would eliminate punitive damages in individual cases and reduce statutory damages in class actions). The credit bureaus and background check companies are up to no good here and already elicit the most omplaints at the CFPB.
Sponsor: Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MI) on April 25, 2017
The bill includes a number of provisions that would, under the innocent-sounding guise of “regulatory relief,” drastically undermine our nation’s most important civil rights and consumer protection laws – most notably the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Sponsor: Tom Emmer (R-MN) on June 20, 2017
The substitute amendment would undermine efforts to ensure that the nation’s mortgage lenders are serving all segments of the market fairly by exempting the vast majority of lenders from the updated reporting required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).
Sponsor: Peter DeFazio (D-OR) on January 12, 2017
This bill institutes a five-year ban on lobbying for executive branch members after they leave government. It also institutes a lifetime ban on executive branch members from serving as “foreign agents” or lobbyists on behalf of other governments, a heightened concern given ties from Trump officials to the Russian government.