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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Effort to Close Tax Breaks for Big Oil Fails in US Senate

U.S. Senate votes down S.B. 940 known as the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act on May 17, 2011.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

Senate Republicans to President Obama re: gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

United States Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee, along with Republican leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and all but two of his 44 Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate have told President Obama in a letter that there will be no deal on Elizabeth Warren or anyone else to run the CFPB unless it is weakened substantially as proposed in several bills being considered in Congress.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Executive Director of MASSPIRG on this week’s letter from Senate Republicans to President Obama

MASSPIRG congratulates Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) for declining to sign this letter, which proposed that  the CFPB would be run by a five-member commission instead of a director, receive appropriations funding instead of bank user fees, and other body blows to the nascent agency which would  make it a creature of the political Congress, not an independent body. 

News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG Opposes Bills to Weaken Retail Price Disclosure Laws

MASSPIRG urged a State House Committee to oppose 8 bills which would severely weaken or eliminate the popular price disclosure law which requires retailers to price stickers on most supermarket items.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

House votes to repeal law aimed at lowering health care costs

By a vote of 128-22 on April 27, 2011, the House sided with the Rx drug industry as they voted to repeal the Rx Gift Ban, a critical consumer protection law aimed at driving downing spiraling health care costs.


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