The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

`Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Office: 202-546-9707, ext. 314

Professor Elizabeth Warren and New Consumer Bureau Launch Website - - To Both Talk With and Listen To Consumers


Statement of U.S.
PIRG Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski
on the launch of the
Consumer Financial Protections Bureau's new website.

"The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has something new
for American consumers.
is a government website that actually says 'come on in and talk with
us,' instead of one that says 'go away, we cannot help.'

"The website,,
is chock-full of features that help show why creating the consumer bureau as
part of Wall Street reform was a step toward better government, not more

"Even though the CFPB won't formally take on its responsibilities
to help consumers navigate the financial marketplace until July, its leaders,
under Professor Elizabeth Warren, are already asking consumers to tell their
stories and ask questions, using the most modern web tools, including videos
and social networking platforms.

"We encourage consumers to check out and let the
CFPB know what you think about the good and bad experiences you've had
in the financial world."

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