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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

December 4, 2019 Press Release
Unwanted robocalls are a plague.
November 15, 2019 In The News

Two lawmakers from Oregon are looking into how much people with diabetes pay for the insulin they need.

Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced the End Price Gouging for Insulin Act following a report prepared for fellow Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici found that people in the region pay about $1,000 more a year on insulin than people in other countries — a "rip-off" according to Merkley.

 

November 15, 2019 In The News

Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced legislation to end “exorbitant price hikes” on insulin.

The End Price Gouging for Insulin Act comes as a new report highlights the high cost of insulin in Northwest Oregon.

The report, produced for U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, found that Medicare beneficiaries in the region pay more than $1,000 more per year in out-of-pocket costs for some diabetes medications than people in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.

November 14, 2019 In The News

Life-sustaining medications for older Oregonians with diabetes cost federal healthcare nearly five times as they do in Australia, according to a new report done for U.S. Rep. Suzane Bonamici’s office.

A dramatic rise in insulin costs over the last two decades has created a crisis in the United States, according to the report, driving people to ration out their medications, sometimes with fatal results.

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.

The report, produced by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, compares the prices for the 50 most popular name-brand diabetes medications in Northwest Oregon to the same drugs in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.

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 13, 2019 In The News

Diabetes medications in Oregon cost twice as much as in Canada – and more than four times as much as in Australia – according to a new report for Congress from the House Oversight and Reform Committee. It compares the prices for 50 brand-name diabetes drugs in Oregon to those in other developed countries. It found Medicare beneficiaries in Oregon pay more than $1,000 more per year for insulin.

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.