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News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

COVID-19 deaths reach another grim milestone: 300,000

The number of U.S. deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic surpassed 300,000 on Monday, according to NBC News.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Health Care

Statement: Congressional compromise would end surprise medical billings

In a surprise agreement after months of deadlock, congressional committee leadership has announced compromise language on legislation to end surprise medical bills. For two years, four congressional committees have worked on solutions to protect consumers from surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers. These surprise bills come from balance billing -- when medical professionals charge you the difference between their fees and the maximum amount allowed by your insurance company.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

New report: Opportunities to move America forward together despite widespread political polarization

In the throes of a pandemic and simmering civil unrest, at the end of a contentious presidency and in the wake of years of unrelenting partisan gridlock in Congress,  Americans of differing political views struggle just to have civil conversations. But a new report finds that there is more common ground among the American public than the partisan nature of modern politics suggests, and highlights the urgent need to bring Americans together to solve problems. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

Federal regulators, states file antitrust lawsuits against Facebook

Statement: "U.S. PIRG welcomes the Facebook lawsuits by 48 state and territorial attorneys general and federal regulators."

News Release | U.S. PIRG

New report exposes seven budget-eating highway projects still moving forward amid COVID-related budget shortfalls

The COVID-19 crisis has changed how Americans travel and has left transportation agencies scrambling for money to maintain basic service, yet states are continuing to press on with billions of dollars worth of highway expansion projects that made little sense before the pandemic and even less now. In the sixth edition of their Highway Boondoggles report, we identify seven new budget-eating highway expansion projects across the United States, slated to move forward amid a nationwide health crisis at a cost of over $26 billion collectively.

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