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Elderly in homes might be deprived the right to sue for abuse and neglect
Dozens of groups in the Fair Arbitration Now Coalition submitted public comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) opposing its proposal to eliminate protections for seniors who are harmed by mistreatment and legal violations in nursing homes.

The FHFA should make mortgages more accessible to people with LEP
In 2014, approximately 25.3 million individuals, roughly 9 percent of the U.S. population, were considered limited English proficient (LEP). Despite this sizable need and opportunity, the language needs of many current and potential homeowners are left unmet in the mortgage marketplace.

Consumer groups call on House to oppose pyramid scheme promotion amendment
A broad coalition of consumer advocacy organizations is calling on the House of Representatives to oppose efforts to weaken the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to protect consumers from fraudulent pyramid schemes. An amendment offered by Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI) was added to the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which would eliminate long-standing requirements that direct selling companies establish a viable retail business instead of relying on a churning base of new recruits.

Raiding of Pell Grant funds will hurt millions of low-income students
40 organizations representing students, consumers, colleges, workers and more urged House appropriators to oppose the $3.3 billion rescission from Pell Grants included in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. The current maximum Pell Grant covers less than one-third of the cost of attending a four-year public college – the lowest share in more than 40 years. And absent Congressional action, FY18 will be the first time in six years that the grant will not even increase to keep pace with inflation.

Once again, Trump favors for-profit college industry over defrauded students
The Trump Administration’s decision to delay and dismantle key student and taxpayer protections against fraudulent for-profit schools is terrible news for struggling student borrowers and a boon for the for-profit college industry. Student, consumer, and veterans' organizations wrote to the Department of Education denouncing its decision to delay and weaken the borrower defense and gainful employment regulations because they protect both students and taxpayers from waste, fraud, and abuse.

The CFPB champions consumers over Wall Street once again!
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule to prohibit banks and lenders that break the law from stripping customers of the right to join together and hold them accountable in class action lawsuits. Without the CFPB arbitration rule, bad actors like Wells Fargo will continue to pocket billions in stolen money and, in fact, gain a competitive edge in the marketplace by harming consumers.

No room for ideological riders in our nation’s budget
Earlier this year, hundreds of riders – most of them special favors for big corporations and ideological extremists – were proposed as a part of the FY17 omnibus process. The Clean Budget Coalition and its allies in Congress blocked most of them. Now, with the FY18 budget process getting underway, some members of Congress once again are insisting on including riders. The coalition maintains that these measures, which have nothing to do with funding our government, have no place in the appropriations process.

The CHOICE Act is WRONG for Americans and the economy
A bill being considered by the House, the Financial CHOICE Act, or more-aptly called “WRONG CHOICE Act” (H.R. 10) would eviscerate post Great Recession safeguards, including most of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, putting the U.S. economy and taxpayers in the same perilous position as prior to the financial crisis.

Will alt data sources help the credit invisible? It depends.
As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes a closer look at alternative data and the impact it has on those who are deemed “credit thin” or “credit invisible,” consumer advocates submit their own recommendations on the matter. While it’s true that credit invisibility poses a real problem for many, a lack of credit history could be better than negative credit history. Whether the use of alternative data in calculating credit scores is likely to help or hinder one’s access to credit will depend on the information being used, the consumer’s ability to consent to its use, and the way that creditors interpret and apply the data.

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.

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