Coalition Efforts

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Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) would hurt consumers
Advocates penned a letter to the Senate urging legislators to oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) — which should be called the “Regulatory Paralysis Act.” This bill aims to cripple the process for issuing and enforcing regulations that ensure Americans have clean air and water, healthy food and consumer products, fair wages, safe workplaces and many key financial protections.

The Dept. of Education needs to step in to prevent another for-profit scandal
Consumer Action joined over thirty student, consumer and veterans' groups in calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to seek public comment and impose conditions on the sale of several Education Management Corporation colleges (including Argosy University, South University and the Art Institutes) to a Los Angeles “nonprofit,” Dream Center Education Holdings LLC. The Dream Center is a Christian missionary organization that says it will convert the for-profit colleges into nonprofit enterprises. This proposed transaction presents an opportunity for the Department to prevent another repeat of scandalous mistreatment of students and taxpayers, but only if the Department of Education takes the steps necessary to do so.

The Choice Act 2.0 is the WRONG choice for consumers
Advocates are urging Congress to oppose the so-called Financial Choice Act 2.0, that aims to repeal parts and eviscerate parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including the centerpiece Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The (Wrong) Choice Act would grind the CFPB to a halt by turning it into a gridlocked Commission, and eliminate its independent funding. This irresponsible assault takes all the worst ideas and combines them into one toxic package.

Unnecessary FCC rule continues to threaten consumers’ privacy
Consumer Action joined coalition advocates in urging the Federal Communications Commission to repeal a rule that requires phone companies to retain the detailed call records of their customers, saying it’s unnecessary and threatens consumer privacy. The rule, known as the data retention mandate, is unduly burdensome and ineffectual and poses a threat to American consumers’ privacy and security.

Advocates call on states to fill void left by Dept. of Education
Consumer Action joins a coalition of labor, civil rights and consumer organizations is urging state regulators and law enforcement agencies to step up their oversight of student loan servicers following Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to rescind Obama-era policies that were aimed at protecting borrowers.

A push for regulatory leadership that is unimpeachably independent
Donald Trump ran on "draining the swamp" of corruption in Washington, DC. Yet, as president, he is working to install a revolving-door government run by representatives of the big businesses our government is supposed to be regulating. In a letter to the Democratic Senate leadership, coalition advocates remind senators that the need for public minded watchdogs has never been greater. The American people deserve voices on a diverse collection of independent agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission, that are independent of excessive corporate influence.

Advocates urge ED to remain tough on fraudulent colleges
Advocates working on behalf of consumers, students, civil rights, veterans and servicemembers penned a letter to Education Secretary Betsy Devos, urging her to continue implementing and enforcing critical Education Department accountability provisions designed to protect students and taxpayers from unmanageable student debt and waste, fraud and abuse in higher education. In particular, we oppose all actions to delay, weaken, or repeal the gainful employment, incentive compensation, or recent “borrower defense to repayment” and college accountability regulations.

US Postal Service advocates call for an end to CPI price cap
The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is reviewing the effects of the current rate system, capped by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to see how it impacts the Postal Service's ability to meet the objectives stated in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. The coalition’s recommendations included eliminating the CPI cap, which places financial pressures on the Postal Service, putting the agency at risk. It holds back the necessary infrastructure changes, needed capital investments and the ability for the USPS to fix safety and health issues – such as replacing an outdated fleet of vehicles. It also strangles the USPS' ability to restore and protect good postal services.

Will Judge Gorsuch uphold a consumer’s right to a civil trial by jury?
Coalition advocates penned a letter to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) urging the Senator to question Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, regarding whether he will uphold the entire Constitution, including the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees consumers a right to a civil trial by jury. This is especially important for consumers who have been victimized or defrauded by big businesses. If nominee Gorsuch fails to fully commit to preserving Seventh Amendment protections, the coalition urges Sen. Feinstein to oppose his nomination.

Republicans want to kill FCC’s consumer privacy protections
In an attempt to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) landmark internet privacy rules, the FCC’s new republican chairman, Ajit Pai, will hear comments on petitions for the Commission to suspend and ultimately rescind new privacy rules from broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. The rule would have required these internet service providers to take more stringent steps to protect consumers' personal data. Privacy advocates, including Consumer Action, denounce the attempt to weaken the rule, arguing that consumers’ information will be more vulnerable to breaches and unauthorized use. As it stands, the rule will provide vital consumer privacy protections that will help ensure consumers have choice, transparency, and security.

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