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Black & Blackburn: Loan Shark Defenders

U.S. Representatives Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn today voted for a bill that could override existing state laws that protect consumers from high-interest, short-term loans. Both are seeking statewide office in Tennessee in 2018. More specifically, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved HR 3299 by a vote of 245 to 171. This bill could... [Read more]

Interest Rates Higher than 390%? Kustoff Says YES!

Apparent friend of legalized loan sharks Rep. David Kustoff of Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District apparently thinks payday predator interest rates of 390% aren’t high enough. Kustoff voted for H.R. 3299 in the House Financial Services Committee. This legislation would allow out-of-state and online lenders to “Rent-a-bank”... [Read more]

A Leash on the Consumer’s Watchdog?

The Trump Administration’s budget is out and it contains a new attack on the Consumer Bureau (CFPB). The plan would shift funding from the Federal Reserve to Congressional Appropriations, effectively allowing industry lobbyists to determine how strong the CFPB is. Our friends at Consumer Federation of America have more: Today, the White House... [Read more]

$5.8 Billion in Lost Wages

That’s the potential impact of a new rule proposed by the Trump Administration that amounts to tip theft, plain and simple. Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute explains more in recent comments to the Department of Labor: EPI’s Heidi Shierholz submitted comments to the Labor Department on its proposal to allow employers to pocket... [Read more]

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Economic Justice

TN Congressional Delegation Puts Coal in Stockings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 20, 2017 Contact: Andy Spears, 615-815-4544 or 

Tax Scam Passes House, Senators Alexander, Corker should Oppose

As all Republican members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation voted in... 

Cheers, Jeers as Senate Passes Tax Scam

For Immediate Release Date: December 2, 2017 Contact: Andy Spears, 615.815.4544 or   Cheers... 

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Consumer Protections

A Leash on the Consumer’s Watchdog?

The Trump Administration’s budget is out and it contains a new attack on the... 

Survey: Consumer Bureau Gets the Job Done

Results of a recent survey published by our friends at the National Association of... 


From a press release: Today, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rev. Willie Gable... 

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