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  • 100+ Groups Oppose Provisions That Threaten Public Protections | PennPIRG
    access to vital health care services Inappropriate riders are intended to advance the priorities of special interest donors and supporters and they have become the new earmarks However in many ways they are actually far worse than the old district specific earmarks because they have vastly greater reach and nationwide consequence for the American people We urge Members of Congress to oppose flawed funding proposals that include ideological policy riders We further urge the administration in the strongest possible terms to oppose any funding bills that have such riders whether moving via regular order or as part of a funding package Sincerely Advocates for Better Children s Diets Alaska PIRG Alliance for Justice American Association for Justice American Association of University Women AAUW American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations AFLCIO American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees AFSCME American Federation of Teachers AFL CIO Americans for Financial Reform Arizona PIRG Association of University Centers on Disabilities Breast Cancer Action Bright Lines Project CALPIRG Center for Biological Diversity Center for Effective Government Center for Justice Democracy Center for Progressive Reform Center for Responsible Lending Center for Science in the Public Interest Chicago Consumer Coalition Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington CREW Coalition on Human Needs Common Cause Communications Workers of America ConnPIRG Consumer Action Consumer Federation of America Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety CoPIRG Daily Kos Defenders of Wildlife Democracy 21 Demos Earthjustice Economic Policy Institute Empire State Consumer Project Inc Endangered Species Coalition Environment America Epic Environmental Protection Information Center Every Voice Florida PIRG Free Press Action Fund Georgia PIRG Green America Goodwill Industries International Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings Illinois PIRG International Union United Automobile Aerospace Agricultural Implement Workers of America UAW Iowa PIRG Klamath Forest Alliance Main Street Alliance Maryland PIRG Massachusetts Consumers Council MASSPIRG MoPIRG NARAL Pro Choice America National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors NASTAD National Association of Consumer Advocates National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity NAPE National Association of Social Workers NASW National Association of Social Workers NASW National Center for Health Research National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy National Consumer Law Center on behalf of its low income clients National Consumers League National Council of Asian Pacific Americans NCAPA National Council of Asian Pacific Americans NCAPA National Council for Occupational Safety and Health National COSH National Education Association National Employment Law Project National Employment Lawyers Association National Fair Housing Alliance National Health Care for the Homeless Council National Organization for Women Natural Resources Defense Council NCPIRG NETWORK A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby New Progressive Alliance NHPIRG NJ PIRG NMPIRG Oceana Ohio PIRG Oregon PIRG OSPIRG PennPIRG People For the American Way PIRG in Michigan PIRGIM Planned Parenthood Federation of America Public Citizen Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association PIABA RIPIRG Service Employees International Union SEIU Texas Consumer Association TexPIRG The Arc The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights LCCHR The Wilderness Society U S Public Interest Research Group U S PIRG Union of Concerned Scientists Voices for

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    for safety hazards including toxic toys choking hazards labeling violations powerful magnets and excessibely loud toys We continue to find these hazards on store shelves which indicates the need for continued vigilance and adequate enforcement of safety regulations But despite lingering dangers in the last 30 years we ve come a long way in terms of both policy and compliance with standards Consumer Protection Read more about 30 Years of Trouble in Toyland 30 Years of Safety Improvements Issue Consumer Protection Make VW Pay Read more about Make VW Pay News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRGs Others Ask CFPB FTC To Investigate Experian T Mobile Data Breach In a letter sent today a number of state PIRGs and other leading privacy and consumer groups urged the CFPB and FTC to fully investigate the recent breach of an Experian subsidary that exposed 15 million T Mobile customer and applicant records to the threat of new account identity theft The letter asked whether the regulators could require Experian and the other two nationwide credit bureaus TransUnion and Equifax to give victims free security freezes to protect their credit reports Read more about PIRGs Others Ask CFPB FTC To Investigate Experian T Mobile Data Breach As CFPB Advances Consumer Protection Attacks on CFPB Escalate Thursday October 8 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director This week the CFPB took a major step toward establishing a regulation restricting the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts which give companies what the CFPB s director said was a free pass from being held accountable by their customers Meanwhile on Capitol Hill powerful bank interests escalated their campaign to defund and defang the bureau because it works for consumers not them Consumer Protection Read more about As CFPB Advances Consumer Protection Attacks on CFPB Escalate Resource Consumer Protection Protect Yourself Against New Account ID Theft The first defense against any kind of identity theft is to be vigilant about protecting your personal information by taking steps like creating secure passwords installing anti virus and anti malware software and shredding personal documents However if and when someone does steal enough of your information to commit any form of identity theft there is really only one type of identity theft that you can stop before it happens New account identity theft where someone opens a new account in your name Keep Reading about Protect Yourself Against New Account ID Theft News Release PennPIRG Consumer Protection PennPIRG Demands Real Penalties for Volkswagen and Full Rebates for Customers Today PennPIRG demanded that Volkswagen be held fully accountable for its defeat device scheme to trick EPA pollution tests The group also called for full rebates to the nearly 500 000 customers deceived into joining the scheme by VW s false promises of clean diesel cars Read more about PennPIRG Demands Real Penalties for Volkswagen and Full Rebates for Customers House holds stacked hearing to attack retirement savings rule proposal Thursday September 10 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    Committee Considers Smaller Rollbacks News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Over 7 000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor Every year over 17 billion is lost from retirement savings to fees and charges according to the Council of Economic Advisors Today we submitted over 7 000 PIRG member comments urging the U S Department of Labor to finalize a strong rule requiring retirement advisors to put the interests of their customers first We also submitted a detailed expert comment of our own in the important conflicted advice rulemaking Read more about Over 7 000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turns 4 on July 21st To celebrate and increase public awareness of the agency U S PIRG Education Fund released a new webpage Meet the CFPB Just Ten of the Ways It Works for You Read more about Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The CFPB is 4 years old and has a lot to show for it Monday July 20 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director Tuesday July 21 marks four years to the day since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened its doors to protect consumers and make financial markets work We ve summarized some of the ways CFPB works for you on a new web page Consumer Protection Read more about The CFPB is 4 years old and has a lot to show for it How the CFPB s Data Keeps Getting Better and Better Friday July 17 2015 By Mike Litt Consumer Program Advocate As the CFPB turns 4 years old on July 21 here is some information on how it works for you and how we at PIRG use its data to produce reports such as our new report on mortgage complaints to the CFPB We ve also got some photos from the Americans for Financial Reform CFPB at 4 event Consumer Protection Read more about How the CFPB s Data Keeps Getting Better and Better News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection New Report Mortgage Problems Rank 1 at CFPB for Consumer Complaints Mortgage problems were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB according to a report released today by the U S PIRG Education Fund The report also found that Bank of America was the most complained about company in 45 states and Washington D C for mortgage problems It s the sixth in a series of our reports analyzing nearly 500 000 complaints posted to the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database Read more about New Report Mortgage Problems Rank 1 at CFPB for Consumer Complaints Report US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Mortgages and Mortgage Complaints Our sixth report analyzing complaints in the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database evaluates mortgage complaints the number one source of complaints to the CFPB totaling 38 of nearly 500 000

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    to categorize consumers in the digital economy Consumer Protection Read more about Event 5 11 re new book on black box decisionmaking consumers News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans Last night on a 32 30 bipartisan vote the House Armed Services Committee supported the Tammy Duckworth IL amendment to strike language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed Pentagon proposed improvements to the Military Lending Act of 2007 It s a critical victory for servicemembers veterans and their families although the fight to protect our troops from high cost loans will continue Read more about PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans U S House Considers Delay To Financial Protections for Servicemembers Veterans Tuesday April 28 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director UPDATED 30 April Last year the Department of Defense proposed needed improvements to the 2007 Military Lending Act since high cost lenders were exploiting loopholes to evade the law s 36 APR cap on loans to servicemembers to make loans at 400 APR or more harming military families and threatening unit preparedness to defend the nation Now days before a committee vote predatory lenders have succeeded in convincing House Armed Services Committee leaders to insert language into the National Defense Authorization Act that would delay the DoD regulations up to a year while needless redundant studies are prepared Only in Washington Consumer Protection Read more about U S House Considers Delay To Financial Protections for Servicemembers Veterans News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Release of Labor Dept s Proposed Rule To End Conflicted Retirement Advice PIRG today commended the public release of the Department of Labor s proposed rule that would strengthen the ability for Americans to save for retirement by addressing conflicts of interest that arise when brokers and financial advisers give retirement advice Wall Street will fight the rule hard because it requires them to put consumers first Read more about PIRG Commends Release of Labor Dept s Proposed Rule To End Conflicted Retirement Advice CFPB Begins Payday Regulation Push In Richmond Saturday March 28 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director We joined the CFPB in Richmond Thursday for a field hearing on a proposed rule to regulate payday lending and similar high cost short term loans The CFPB s draft rule is comprehensive covering a variety of loans but it contains potential loopholes that we and other advocates will urge the bureau to close before it finalizes this important effort Here s a short blog with some photos from Richmond Consumer Protection Read more about CFPB Begins Payday Regulation Push In Richmond CFPB Adds Consumer Stories to Public Complaint Database Thursday March 19 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director Today the CFPB took a step to make its excellent public database of consumer complaints even better by adding complaint narratives stories but only with

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    should be your retirement income Consumer Protection Read more about Coalition Launched To Protect Retirement Savings from Wall Street Loopholes President Issues Privacy Platform Monday January 12 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director Today the President announced support for a variety of privacy protections most of which are laudable However it remains our view that Congressional consideration of a uniform national breach notification standard is unnecessary and worse will give powerful special interests an opportunity to use the proposal as a Trojan Horse to enact sweeping preemptive limits on state privacy protections Consumer Protection Read more about President Issues Privacy Platform Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2014 Among the toys surveyed this year we found numerous choking hazards and five toys with concentrations of toxics exceeding federal standards In addition to reporting on potentially hazardous products found in stores in 2014 this installment of the report describes the potential hazards in toys and children s products Read more about Trouble in Toyland 2014 The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy Monday July 21 2014 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turned just three years old Monday July 21st but when you look at its massive and compelling body of work you must wonder Are watchdog years like plain old dog years Is the CFPB now a full sized 21 year old adult The answer is no not yet The CFPB is still growing and developing and adding programs and projects The CFPB is however at three years old certainly a child prodigy Despite overwhelming public support however powerful special interests continue to attack it Yet the idea of the CFPB needs no defense only more defenders Consumer Protection Read more about The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection The Unfriendly Skies It seems as if every consumer has an airline problem story how they were trapped on the tarmac tricked by fees missed their connection or lost their bag What many consumers don t know is that they have a number of new rights as well as a right to complain both to the airline and to the government This report tracks five years of consumer complaints and highlights which airlines received the most complaints and what kinds of complaints were most common Read more about The Unfriendly Skies Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Debt Collectors Debt Complaints This is the fifth in a series of reports that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaints about debt collection with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with debt collectors and documenting the role of the CFPB in helping consumers successfully resolve their complaints Read more about Debt Collectors Debt Complaints Issue Consumer Protection Label GMO Foods While the U S remains the only industrialized country without mandatory GMO labeling some major grocery stores like Whole

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    Private Lenders to Students Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Private Loans Public Complaints This report is the second of several that will review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaint trends in the private student loan sector with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with their student loans Read more about Private Loans Public Complaints Media Hit Consumer Protection Financial Reform Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with bank complaints Since it started accepting complaints about banks 18 months ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped thousands of irate customers settle disputes over their accounts with roughly 1 out of 4 complaints resulting in monetary relief a just released analysis by a consumer group shows Read more about Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with bank complaints News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Report Identifies Banks Consumers Complain About Most Thousands of Americans are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau s public Consumer Complaints Database to settle disputes with their banks according to a new report from the PennPIRG Education Fund The report highlights banks that generated the most complaints through their various banking services in each state Read more about New Report Identifies Banks Consumers Complain About Most Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Big Banks Big Complaints The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB was established in 2010 in the wake of the worst financial crisis in decades Its mission is to identify dangerous and unfair financial practices to educate consumers about these practices and to regulate the financial institutions that perpetuate them To help accomplish these goals the CFPB has created and made available to the public the Consumer Complaint Database The database tracks complaints made by consumers to the CFPB and the responses of financial institutions to those complaints The Consumer Complaint Database enables the CFPB to identify financial practices that threaten to harm consumers and enables the public to evaluate both the performance of the financial industry and of the CFPB The CFPB s searchable complaint database is the newest of a set of federal government consumer complaint databases that help consumers make better economic and safety choices by reviewing other s experiences and searching for problems or product recalls The transparency also helps firms improve their products and services In short transparency improves the way markets work Information on other databases is available in Appendix B This report is the first of several that will review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state basis In this report we explore consumer complaints about bank accounts and services with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with their banks Read more about Big Banks Big Complaints Issue Health Care Fighting The High Cost Of Rx Drugs Brand name drug companies have been paying off generic drug makers to delay competition and keep prices high This widespread pay for

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    Bigger Fees News Release PennPIRG Consumer Protection Small Farmers and Citizens Speak Out Against Agricultural Subsidies in Farm Bill Small farmers and ordinary citizens across the country are taking a stand against wasteful agricultural subsidies in the federal Farm Bill With only a few weeks left before they adjourn for the election reauthorizing or extending the Farm Bill is one of Congress s top priorities Read more about Small Farmers and Citizens Speak Out Against Agricultural Subsidies in Farm Bill Putting Public Health and Safety First Monday July 23 2012 By Over the years Americans have demanded and learned to count on government safeguards to protect the air we breathe and the food we eat Unfortunately a slew of proposed anti regulatory bills targeting government safeguards are putting Pennsylvanians at risk Consumer Protection Read more about Putting Public Health and Safety First House to Vote on Predatory Payday Loans Bill The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will vote as early as Tuesday on a bill to legalize 300 interest rates Predatory payday lenders have been trying to push a bill HB 2191 that would roll back our existing consumer protections and allow payday loans that charge triple diget interest rates Please take action to ask your representatives to vote against the bill Read more about House to Vote on Predatory Payday Loans Bill Media Hit Consumer Protection Debt Trap Keep payday and predatory lenders out of Pennsylvania Editorial The Patriot News Editorial board speaks out against a bill that would allow payday lenders to charge triple diget interest rates This bill is opposed by PennPIRG and a coalition of organizations throughout Pennsylvania Read more about Debt Trap Keep payday and predatory lenders out of Pennsylvania Editorial News Release PennPIRG Education Fund and Demos Consumer Protection Report Pennsylvania Lives at Risk Philadelphia

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    sale simply to allow you to purchase a 4 latte with only 2 in your account Even the banks didn t think so that s why they made standard overdraft protection a feature of your checking account that you didn t need to choose Banks also changed the default switch on debit and ATM cards to allow overdrafts Consumer Protection Read more about Today CFPB to announce overdraft fee investigation unveil penalty box disclosure possibly end 39 lattes Senators Oppose bills that threaten public health Wednesday February 1 2012 By Alana Miller Program Associate Dear Senators Casey and Toomey PennPIRG writes to urge you to oppose all legislation that would undermine the nation s most basic public health and safety protections In particular we are writing about three bills The Regulatory Accountability Act RAA S 1606 the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act RFIA S 1938 and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny REINS S 299 All three bills pose a dangerous threat to the health and safety of the American people Consumer Protection Read more about Senators Oppose bills that threaten public health Issue Budget Consumer Protection Transportation Protecting Public Assets Road parking and other privatization proposals offer a hard to resist quick fix for state budget and transportation challenges But poorly conceived privatization deals can have hidden costs and big potential downsides for the public Read more about Protecting Public Assets Issue Consumer Protection Protecting Consumers PennPIRG s consumer program works to alert the public to hidden dangers and scams and to ban anti consumer practices and unsafe products Read more about Protecting Consumers News Release PennPIRG Consumer Protection Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report Read more about Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Media Hit Consumer Protection CBS 21 Which toys to buy for Christmas that are safe for kids For the 26th year a research group has released their toy safety guide just in time for your holiday shopping Read more about CBS 21 Which toys to buy for Christmas that are safe for kids Media Hit Consumer Protection Inquirer Consumer Blog Pointlessly dangerous toys 2011 edition Toys made with lead and phthalates continue to pose needless risks to U S children according to the annual Trouble in Toyland report from U S PIRG Its findings are worth keeping in mind this holiday season as you shop or unwrap gifts for your kids especially for the babies and toddlers most as risk Read more about Inquirer Consumer Blog Pointlessly dangerous toys 2011 edition Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2011 Trouble in Toyland report is our 26th annual survey of toy safety In this report we provide safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for young children and provide examples of toys currently on store shelves that may

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