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The CFPB is 4 years old and has a lot to show for it! | Ed Mierzwinski

Tuesday, July 21, marks four years to the day since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened its doors to protect consumers and make financial markets work. We've summarized some of the ways CFPB works for you on a new web page.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

We Commend CFPB For Adding Consumer Stories To Public Complaint Database

Yesterday, the CFPB published the first batch (7,700) of consumer narratives or stories to the Public Consumer Complaint Database it began in 2011. We've used the database to publish five reports (so far) analyzing complaint trends in markets ranging from credit cards to student loans but we have also long urged the voluntary addition of stories to the data fields. Now, consumers can learn if what happened to them happened to anyone else. Now, researchers can track which banks are more responsive to particular problems and which ignore their customers. A good resource is now an excellent resource.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

The More I Hear About OPM Data Breach, The Less I Know, Except This: It's Bad | Ed Mierzwinski

Was it 4 million, 14 million or 18 million records breached (how many times) (likely) by Chinese hackers? Whose fault was it? The USOPM director says no one's. Really? Perhaps the worst data breach ever raises lots of questions, but I haven't heard any good answers. Federal employees, their families, their friends and their neighbors -- because all of them could be victims -- deserve better answers, just as they deserve better service than USOPM's credit monitoring provider is giving them.

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News Release | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

Broad Array of Public Interest Groups Call on Subway, the World’s Largest Fast-Food Chain: Help Save Antibiotics!

A letter signed by nearly 60 public interest, medical, public health, environmental and animal welfare organizations was delivered to Subway Founder and CEO Fred DeLuca and Senior VP Suzanne Greco today, asking the restaurant giant to phase out meats produced with routine use of antibiotics (i.e. for growth promotion and disease prevention). As the largest fast-food chains in the world, Subway’s action on this issue would help tackle the growing health crisis of antibiotic resistance.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Hill Threats to CFPB Escalate As CFPB Protects Consumers, Servicemembers | Ed Mierzwinski

Today, the House Appropriations Committee, at the behest of both Wall Street and predatory lenders seeking to run amok, will vote to eliminate the CFPB's independence from the politicized appropriations process. Meanwhile, over at the CFPB, important work to protect consumers, including servicemembers, from unfair and predatory financial practices continues.

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News Release | Health Care

ConnPIRG Praises Passage of Health Reform

The passage of health reform tonight is a huge step forward for Connecticut. It could not have happened if Representative Larson, Representative Courtney, Representative DeLauro, Representative Himes and Representative Murphy had not put Connecticut interests ahead of powerful Washington lobbies like the health insurance industry.

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News Release | Health Care

Final Health Bill Gets an A- on Costs

The final health reform bill unveiled on Thursday earned an A- from the consumer group ConnPIRG for its cost-containment provisions. "The reforms in this bill are game-changers which significantly increase America's ability to rein in skyrocketing health care costs.  Passing this bill will mean more affordable coverage for families, lower costs for business, and significantly reduced federal deficits,” said Jenn Hatch, an Associate at ConnPIRG.

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News Release | Health Care

ConnPIRG Urges Passage of Today's Final Health Reform Legislation

Today’s health care package offers Americans the relief they need from unrelenting premium hikes from the insurance industry. Within days, every member of the House of Representatives must cast their vote and choose: the status quo of skyrocketing costs or a future where we actually hold the insurance companies accountable and rein in costs.

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News Release | Higher Ed

Introduction of Education Reform Brings Students One Step Closer to Critical Aid

Statement of Rich Williams, ConnPIRG Higher Education Associate, representing hundreds of thousands of students across the country, on the House Reconciliation bill language.

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News Release | Financial Reform

ConnPIRG Statement on Chairman Dodd's Wall Street and Consumer Protection Reform

We applaud Chairman Dodd of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee for moving forward towards passage of legislation to protect American consumers and increase the stability of the economy. We expect that Wall Street bankers who wrecked the economy and were then bailed out by the taxpayers will continue to try to delay or kill this reform designed to protect people on Main Street

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