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Consumer Protection

As a consumer protection attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, I learned firsthand how strong consumer protection laws keep Americans financially secure and level the playing field for businesses. A thriving marketplace without deceptive practices is also essential to our economic recovery because it will help to restore consumer confidence. I have taken on predatory lending and other unscrupulous practices, and I have worked to prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of seniors.  Recently I introduced the SAFE (Stop Abuse and Fraud in Electronic) Lending Act, a companion bill to legislation Senator Merkley introduced in the Senate, to protect consumers from abusive online payday lending practices.
 
As a member of the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, I am working to promote more personal financial education. With more education and understanding about personal finance and economics, consumers will be more knowledgeable in the marketplace and less likely to fall victim to scams. 
 
 
 

 

More on Consumer Protection

November 13, 2019 In The News

The cost of insulin for Medicare recipients in Northwest Oregon is 4.6 times higher than it would be in Australia, according to a report recently released by Northwest Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.

“No one should have to jeopardize their health or worry about affording food because of exorbitant prices for insulin,” Bonamici said in the press release. “Companies are charging much more for these critical drugs in the U.S. than abroad, hurting seniors and families in Northwest Oregon and across the country.”

November 12, 2019 Press Release
As a former consumer protection attorney, I know that unscrupulous debt collectors often use deceptive tactics.
October 15, 2019 Press Release
“I hear from many people who tell me that higher education is out of reach, or who are struggling with burdensome student loan debt. These conversations have guided my efforts to improve access to higher education, and I’m proud of the work we have done crafting the College Affordability Act.”
October 7, 2019 In The News

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change voted unanimously Sept. 26 to move the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 to the full House. The bill is sponsored by Oregon U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Sen. Jeff Merkley.

“It is long past time to protect workers and communities by banning asbestos once and for all, and I look forward to working with the Senate and getting this bill across the finish line,” Bonamici said in a press statement.

September 20, 2019 Press Release
Workers, consumers, and families have been bound by unfair forced arbitration agreements for too long.
September 8, 2019 In The News

Oregon Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici talks gun laws, student loan debt, climate change, making childcare affordable, and more about her top priorities in Congress after the Augest recess.

August 7, 2019 In The News

That's the most complaints of any month this year—and up 35 percent from June, when Oregonians filed 7,189 complaints.

Of the complaints filed last month, 83 percent were about recorded messages, or robocalls, and the telephone number people complained about most frequently was 408-960-0110.

August 6, 2019 In The News

Nearly two dozen government officials met Wednesday to discuss different retrofitting options for one of the state’s most important and imperiled water sources.

Scoggins Dam was built in the early 1970s to hold back water from the Tualatin River to form Hagg Lake. In recent years, it has been classified as a seismically at-risk dam that needs to be modified in order to reduce downstream hazards in the event of a large earthquake.

July 25, 2019 Press Release
Oregonians don’t like robocalls! I frequently hear about how unwanted robocalls & telephone scams cause frustration and, in some cases, economic loss.
May 22, 2019 Press Release
During my years of work as a consumer protection attorney, I learned firsthand how strong consumer protection laws help to keep Americans financially secure.