COVID-19

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

This week in COVID-19 voting news

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to ensure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially-distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.

Can't get a refund from your airline? Here’s what you can do.

By | Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Most airlines are only offering vouchers, not refunds, when passengers cancel their flights due to concerns about COVID-19.

The titans of "Main Street": Mission creep in a key Fed rescue program threatens public trust

By | Tony Dutzik
Associate Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

At this critical moment, it is particularly important that the actions of the Fed, the Treasury and all government agencies match their words. Making corporate titans eligible for “Main Street” financing falls short of that standard.

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

Statement: Consumer complaints about COVID-19 fraud near 50,000

Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the coronavirus approached 50,000 on Tuesday. U.S. PIRG Education Fund has documented the actions taken by the FTC and 14 other federal agencies in response to coronavirus scams.

As manufacturers block access to manuals and other fix-it information, biomedical repair technicians press for reform.

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

Hospital repair professionals: Just let us fix life-saving devices including ventilators

U.S. PIRG delivered a letter to lawmakers Monday, signed by 326 hospital repair experts, calling for manufacturers to stop withholding what technicians need to fix medical equipment including ventilators. It’s part of U.S. PIRG's larger Right to Repair Campaign, which aims to remove unnecessary barriers to repair that drive up costs for product owners and increase electronic waste. 

Testing and tracing-tools to keep the curve down

By | Allison Cairo
Vice President and National Field Director

We have the tools to prevent a second outbreak. Will we use them?

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

House bill a major step forward in response to COVID-19

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the latest coronavirus stimulus package on Friday, The Heroes Act. The legislation includes provisions that would improve central coordination of the medical supply chain and testing infrastructure.

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

This week in COVID-19 voting news

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to ensure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially-distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.

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