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

52 advocacy groups endorse FTC’s ban on junk fees
Consumer Action was part of a broad coalition of advocacy organizations that voiced support for the FTC’s proposed rulemaking on junk fees, which would ban hidden and misleading fees across the economy.

FHFA should require new homes financed with Fannie/Freddie-backed mortgages to meet energy code requirements
More than 75 organizations urged the FHFA to require that all new homes purchased with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac meet updated energy code requirements.

Groups tell FTC that Americans want the right to repair their stuff
Consumer Action was one of the organizations to sign a letter to the FTC urging the agency to take steps to remove manufacturer restrictions that make it harder and more expensive for consumers to repair their phones, laptops and tablets.

Call for SEC to ban mandatory arbitration agreements
Consumer Action joined allies in a letter to the SEC chairman asking the agency to issue a rulemaking banning the use of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements in investment adviser and broker-dealer contracts.

Endorsement for INSURE Act, to address crisis in home insurance market
Advocates expressed support for the Incorporating National Support for Unprecedented Risks and Emergencies (INSURE) Act, which would create a federal catastrophic reinsurance program to insulate consumers from unrestrained homeowners insurance cost increases.

DOL’s proposed rule would expand fiduciary requirement for those providing investment advice
Dozens of organizations signed on to a letter to the Department of Labor expressing support for the agency’s proposed rule that would provide comprehensive protections for consumers who turn to professional advisors for retirement investment advice.

Consumer Action supports bill to ban hedge fund ownership of residential housing
Consumer Action is a supporter of the End Hedge Fund Control of American Homes Act of 2023, which would address an urgent issue that has made it more difficult for middle-class Americans to become homeowners and is contribution to America’s twin crises of housing unaffordability and wealth inequality.

CFPB should disregard request to delay planned Fair Credit Reporting Act rulemaking
Sixty groups wrote to CFPB Director Chopra urging him to disregard a request by industry trade organizations to delay the agency’s planned Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) rulemaking by issuing an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—a unnecessary delay that would allow industry abuses to continue in the interim.

Opposition to Earned Wage Access Consumer Protection Act
More than a hundred advocacy groups wrote to U.S. Representative Bryan Steil, author of the draft Earned Wage Access Consumer Protection Act, to voice their opposition to the bill because its true effect would be to exempt FinTech companies and payday lenders from regulations designed to protect consumers.

Call for a CFPB rulemaking on forced arbitration
More than a hundred organizations signed on to a letter to CFPB Director Rohit Chopra supporting a recently submitted petition for rulemaking to require meaningful consumer consent to arbitration.

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