Support the Consumers First Act

Today's action is adapted from our friends at 5Calls: https://5calls.org/issue/consumer-first-act-cfpb

Since the beginning of 2017, the Trump Administration has gone to great lengths to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by dismantling the agency’s fair lending enforcement, siding with predatory payday lenders, and rolling back financial protections for servicemembers.

The Consumers First Act, which passed the House this week, would reverse the Trump Administration’s anti-consumer agenda and return the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to its original mission: protecting American consumers. This would include:

  • Full supervisory and enforcement powers in the Bureau’s fair lending office;

  • Prior interagency agreements that promote effective coordination among governmental offices;

  • Adequate CFPB staffing in its enforcement and supervisory positions to effectively hold predatory lenders accountable; and

  • Create a dedicated CFPB student loan office.

Today's Action: Show your support for the Consumers First Act

Today, we're asking you to make three calls: the first two are to our Senators to ask them to use their power to push for a floor vote for this bill in the Senate, and the third is to your Representative thanking them for voting in favor of this bill.

Action 1: Call your Senators

Call:

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. On Wednesday, the House passed the Consumers First Act, which will reverse the Trump Administration’s anti-consumer agenda and help restore the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Will {SENATOR} speak out in favor of this bill?"

Action 2: Call your Representative

Call your Rep:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I want to thank {REPRESENTATIVE} for voting for the Consumers First Act, and demonstrating their support for reversing the Trump Administration’s anti-consumer agenda."

Good News

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Let us know if you think we should follow up with our state lawmakers to ask them to do the same during the next legislative session, which will begin in January 2020 (if you receive this daily action by email, you can just press the Reply button).