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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

July 23, 2020 Press Release
It takes decades to build retirement savings, but it can be stolen in an instant.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Our nation is experiencing unprecedented job loss as our communities deal with a global health pandemic that is responsible for the deaths of more than 85,000 individuals in our country in just the past few months.
May 7, 2020 In The News

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Issues from price gouging to current eviction rules were all part of the conversation Thursday in a webinar hosted by Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. They say they’re constantly working to keep people from getting ripped off and they want those who they think they are to reach out. 

April 17, 2020 Press Release
For the hundreds of thousands of struggling student loan borrowers who were seeing their hard-earned wages unfairly garnished, this protection is a critical lifeline and will undoubtedly be the difference between whether these families can pay rent, put food on the table and cover the costs of medical care.
April 15, 2020 Press Release
Utility services are especially critical for public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 27, 2020 Statements
Our country is suffering from a pandemic on an unimaginable scale, and this legislation will provide critical support to workers and families, small businesses, healthcare providers, student loan borrowers, and people struggling to make ends meet.
February 25, 2020 Press Release
Too often consumers don’t have the information they need to defend themselves from predatory debt collectors, making them vulnerable to aggressive and financially devastating lawsuits.
January 27, 2020 In The News

More people are sharing their mail problems with KATU News.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, represents parts of the Portland metro area, including Banks. She said the post office is an invaluable service, especially in rural areas, and invites anyone with problems to contact her office in Beaverton.

January 14, 2020 In The News

The House of Representatives will vote on a resolution that could stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' borrower defense rule from going into effect, and supporters of the measure say it's time for legislators to choose a side.

Representative Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Oregon, also criticized DeVos' methodology of calculating relief during a House Education Committee hearing on December 12. She claimed that just because people are earning money doesn't negate the possibility their school defrauded them.

December 17, 2019 In The News

Anger against the pharmaceutical industry is growing. A Gallup poll published in September put the industry at the bottom of the heap among 25 sectors rated annually on their popularity. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they had a negative view of the industry. People liked government more, with 52 percent seeing bureaucracies in a negative light.