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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

September 27, 2021 Press Release
Many Americans rely on tax refunds to cover necessary expenses, and every penny makes a difference.
September 10, 2021 In The News

Recently an Oregon mother told me that “if child care crumbles, if it gets even a fraction more difficult to find, then our collective ability to work crumbles too.” Finding quality care for her children was so time-consuming it felt like a second job. Even though she eventually found a pre-school for her older child, she had to rely on a combination of babysitters and family for her infant because care for very young children is expensive and difficult to find.

May 13, 2021 Press Release
I’ve done financial counseling for low-income clients at Legal Aid, and learned firsthand that people don’t struggle by choice.
April 8, 2021 In The News

“It is unacceptable that predatory debt collectors have been able to take advantage of this program, diverting funding away from small businesses that desperately need help during this economic crisis,” said Bonamici, who was once employed as a consumer protection attorney at the Federal Trade Commission.

April 1, 2021 Press Release
The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to provide a lifeline to the many small business owners who are trying hard to keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic.
March 15, 2021 Press Release
Predatory debt collection is a pervasive problem that threatens consumers, their livelihoods, and their well-being.
March 12, 2021 Press Release
The pandemic has hit our senior population especially hard, jeopardizing health and increasing isolation.
August 26, 2020 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), today offered a bill to protect seniors across the country by reauthorizing and funding the Elder Justice Act.


August 22, 2020 Press Release
It is outrageous that President Trump and his administration are undermining the USPS. I joined the House in passing the Delivery for America Act to save the USPS and protect our election and communities.
July 23, 2020 Press Release
It takes decades to build retirement savings, but it can be stolen in an instant.