Consumer Protection

What Hank has done:

  • As Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Commercial Antitrust Law (RRCAL), Hank led efforts to create and expand the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that protects citizens from the worst abuses of Wall Street.
  • As Chairman of the Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee during the 111th Congress, led Congressional efforts to crack down on anti-competitive business practices, monopolies, and cartels.
  • Introduced (with Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota) the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2011, which will protect consumers and stop business practices that require consumers to cede their rights to a jury trial as a condition of service. Hank first introduced this bill in 2007.
  • Cosponsored the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act, which passed House and Senate. It dramatically expands the CPSC’s capacity to oversee the consumer goods manufactured in and imported by the United States. This became obviously necessary, after the repeated introduction of toxic imported children’s toys and tainted pet food.

What Hank will do:

  • From his post on the Judiciary Committee, continue to introduce legislation designed to level the bargaining and legal playing field between consumers and service and product providers.
  • Support increased funding of and oversight on the part of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Call for quality control and safety assurance mechanisms in any trade agreements.