US PIRG

U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.

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Monday, April 02, 2018
Mick Mulvaney's 1st Report to Congress
This statement can be attributed to Mike Litt, Consumer Campaign Director at U.S. PIRG, on OMB Director and CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s first semi-annual report of the CFPB to Congress: “As a member of Congress, Mick Mulvaney voted to outright get rid of the Consumer Bureau. Now he is...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018
U.S. PIRG Urges Congress to Follow the Lead of Several States and Stop Letting Equifax off the Hook After New Reports of Stolen Data
Equifax has reported the loss of information for an additional 2.4 million Americans in its massive data breach. U.S. PIRG is urging Congress to stop current efforts to let Equifax and the other credit bureaus off the hook for data breaches. It is also highlighting the work states are doing to the...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
State of the Union: 20th Century Solutions for 21st Century Problems
The White House indicates that president Trump’s State of the Union address will be optimistic and forward-looking, with a tone of bipartisanship. However, if, as expected, the president focuses on selling his existing proposals, then it will be a very backward-looking speech, particularly in...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
In Fight For More Affordable Education, Look To Core Classes
Skyrocketing textbook prices for common university courses are adding insult to the burdensome debt students assume to pay for college. Earlier today, the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) released a new report investigating those high textbook prices for common courses at schools across...
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
U.S. PIRG Consumer Program Director to testify Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee on Data Privacy
U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s (U.S. PIRG) Consumer Program Director, Ed Mierzwinski, will present testimony on Wednesday on why data privacy is critical for consumers in the 21st century, particularly in the wake of the massive Equifax data breach, to the Financial Services Committee of the...
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Study: 73% of Fortune 500 Companies Used Offshore Tax Havens in 2016
A new study reveals the extent to which companies are using tax havens to avoid U.S. taxes and undermines the case for any tax proposal that would allow companies to repatriate their U.S. profits at a special low tax rate. In 2016, nearly three in four Fortune 500 companies maintained subsidiaries...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Financial Choice Act Passed By House Threatens Consumer Bureau Protection of Older Americans
Mortgages were the leading source of 72,000 complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from consumers 62 years of age and over, followed by complaints about credit reports and debt collection, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). Further,...
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Friday, October 06, 2017
U.S. PIRG Statement: CFPB’S Final Rule To Stop Payday Loan Debt Traps
“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau) took the first step toward ending the debt trap by finalizing new consumer protections for loans where consumers must repay all or most of the debt at once. These products include shorter-term loans such as payday and auto title loans, and...
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
U.S. PIRG Statement on Resignation of Equifax's C.E.O.
“Big deal? Equifax is just sacrificing its king after retiring a knight and a rook. That doesn't change the optics of its terrible data breach and its slow, inadequate and maddening response to its consumer-victims. This predictable and coldly calculated corporate maneuver may make shareholders...
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Monday, September 18, 2017
U.S. PIRG Statement: Congress Should Pass FREE Act to Help Consumers after Equifax Breach
“It is outrageous that the credit bureaus charge us fees to prevent identity theft when we didn’t even give them permission to collect our information in the first place. The Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii...
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