Consumer Groups Urge Second-Term Consumer-Protection Agenda On President Obama and Congress

In letters to President Obama and the congressional leadership, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups — such as the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumer Law Center, Consumers Union, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIRG — have called for the implementation of a consumer-protection agenda during the President's second term. The agenda is quite detailed and worth a look. Here's a synopsis:

  • Elevate the consumer voice in government by reinstating the key
    position of the White House Special Advisor on Consumer Affairs,
    holding regular meetings with consumer leaders, and convening a
    White House conference on the state of the consumer today.
  • Continue to work to make health care affordable, accessible,
    and safe through measures such as protecting funding for the
    Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid by reducing wasteful
    and unnecessary spending, not cutting services or shifting costs to
  • Continue to protect and expand upon the financial consumer
    protections secured in recent years, including the newly-created
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Ensure our food and products are safe by moving forward on
    still-pending food safety rules and implementing tougher standards
    for products, such as infant and toddler items.
  • Provide consumers with affordable and sustainable energy
    options by forcefully addressing climate change and promoting
    clean-energy initiatives.
  • Ensure that the Internet and other telecommunications services
    remain affordable and accessible, and consumers’ privacy is
  • Support regulations that improve our quality of life and
    protect our health and safety, as well as oppose efforts to
    undercut the regulatory rulemaking process.
  • Improve consumer access to justice by reinstating legal rights.
  • Protect consumers by ensuring open, competitive and fair
    markets through tough enforcement of antitrust prohibitions on
    anticompetitive mergers and cracking down on monopolistic practices
    that lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers.

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