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Three New England states and Washington, D.C., sign landmark agreement to tackle transportation pollution

Governors from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut along with the mayor of Washington, D.C., signed onto the landmark Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) Monday. The regional program, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, will invest in clean transportation projects, including zero emission electric vehicles, expanded public transit options and walking/biking infrastructure. 

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Statement: U.S. PIRG cheers bipartisan Congressional vote to end unfair surprise medical bills

After two years of debate in four congressional committees, Congress seemed likely to pass bipartisan legislation Monday that, if signed into law, will protect millions of consumers from unfair surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers. In response to the expected congressional passage of the surprise billing legislation, Patricia Kelmar, U.S. PIRG’s Health Care Campaigns director, made the following statement: “If passed, this will be the most far-reaching consumer protection that Congress has passed in recent memory...

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

U.S. PIRG statement on COVID-19 relief legislation

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are poised to pass legislation Monday that, if signed into law, would provide some financial relief to Americans and small businesses struggling during the pandemic, but would fail to adequately fund key virus-fighting tools. U.S. PIRG is urging Congress to pass additional legislation to pay for increased testing to control the virus. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Major deal on federal energy bill moves U.S. forward on renewables and climate action

Congress struck a last minute bipartisan deal on a major energy bill expected to pass on Monday as part of the omnibus package to fund the federal government.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

CFPB’s debt collection rule fails to prevent unfair practices

On Friday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the expected second and final part of its debt collection rule. Lucy Baker, U.S. PIRG’s Consumer Program associate issued the following statement in response.

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