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Report: Number of phone companies installing robocall technology quadruples

Consumer alerts

Report: Number of phone companies installing robocall technology quadruples

AUSTIN – A year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.

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Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

Consumer alerts

Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Sens. Cory Booker (NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) were joined by Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG’s consumer campaign director, and other advocates Tuesday to urge action on legislation to protect financial institutions’ customers from predatory overdraft fees.

Media Statements  

Statement: New federal rule would help tackle country’s largest source of global warming pollution: transportation

Global warming solutions

Statement: New federal rule would help tackle country’s largest source of global warming pollution: transportation

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration announced a new proposed rule on Thursday to address the climate impact of the nation’s transportation system. The rule, proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will require state transportation departments and ​​metropolitan planning organizations to report the carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles traveling on their respective sections of the federal highway system, and to set declining yearly emissions targets. The public will have 90 days to comment on the proposed rule.

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Statement: Air travel chaos reinforces need for airlines to be more accountable to passengers

Consumer alerts

Statement: Air travel chaos reinforces need for airlines to be more accountable to passengers

  U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and  six other consumer and passenger rights groups have sent a letter to Congress asking the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee and the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to make it clear to airlines they need to reform -- urgently.

Media Statements  

Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ tax goes into effect, protecting Americans from toxic waste

Toxic threats

Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ tax goes into effect, protecting Americans from toxic waste

A chemical excise tax to fund Superfund toxic waste site cleanups nationwide will go into effect on Friday, reinstating one of several “polluter pays” taxes that had been allowed to lapse 26 years ago. The EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

Media Releases  

Lawsuit challenges proposed I-35 highway expansions in Austin

Highways & infrastructure

Lawsuit challenges proposed I-35 highway expansions in Austin

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Taking a high-profile stance against wasteful and harmful highway expansions, the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG), Environment Texas, and the Rethink35 campaign filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on Sunday June 26th over TxDOT’s plans to spend over $1 billion to expand I-35 to 19+ lanes in the north and south of the Austin area.

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Bank, Credit Union and Consumer Groups Applaud Vote to Close ILC Loophole

Consumer alerts

Bank, Credit Union and Consumer Groups Applaud Vote to Close ILC Loophole

A "strange  bedfellows" coalition of bank and credit union trade associations and consumer groups applauded committee passage of a bipartisan bill to deny Big Tech firms from circumventing existing rules to enter the banking system. The “Close the ILC Loophole Act” (H.R. 5912) preserves the longstanding separation of banking and commerce. 

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Statement: FTC Takes Action Against Harley-Davidson and Westinghouse for “Illegally Restricting Customers’ Right to Repair.”

Right to repair

Statement: FTC Takes Action Against Harley-Davidson and Westinghouse for “Illegally Restricting Customers’ Right to Repair.”

PIRG’s Senior Right to Repair Campaign Director, Nathan Proctor, issued the following statement on the FTC announcement: “The rubber is hitting the road on the FTC’s new focus on protecting your Right to Repair ... "

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