Wall Street, big banks and their allies in Congress are working to strip away vital consumer protections we rely on every day.

There are those who argue that over-regulation is weakening the economy and stifling opportunity. And there certainly are examples of laws that go too far, regulations we could do without, and rules that are downright ridiculous. Maybe you’ve heard about the case of the little girl needing a $3,500 permit to operate a lemonade stand?

But right now in the name of regulatory reform, Wall Street, big banks and their allies in Congress are working to strip away vital consumer protections we rely on every day. Protections that keep Wall Street in check, and keep our retirement savings and college accounts safe. Protections that ensure financial services are offered at a fair price and with the consumers' best interests in mind. Laws that help ensure our personal financial data is accurate and kept secure. Even rules that ensure airline passengers have basic rights when they travel.

Defending consumer protections in Washington, D.C.

U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s Watchdog team is on the ground in Washington, D.C., keeping an eye on policy that threatens commonsense consumer protections or puts consumers at risk, and our network’s state office directors around the country are building the climate of support necessary to prevent these threats from coming to fruition.

Through our research and public education, we’re also working to make sure that, when it comes to consumer protections, decision-makers such as agency officials have all the facts, citizens stay informed, and decisions that affect all of us are made in the open. And when consumer protections are threatened, we work with the media to get the word out, and we give Americans the tools and information they need to convince our leaders to do the right thing.

Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives. We look for the places where our combination of advocacy, grassroots action and policy expertise can make the biggest impact.

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