Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ACTION: Call to Support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

From Indivisible Oregon:

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, March 1st
(Thanks to Wall-of-us.org for this action)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has returned roughly $11.8 billion to 29 million consumers since its inception in 2011. The article below details just how much the CFPB has had the backs of students, credit card holders, homeowners, and consumers. Most recently, the CFPB fined Wells Fargo $100 million for its illegal practice of opening unauthorized accounts.  http://bit.ly/2mbFcst
“Drain the swamp?!” Nope. Instead, Donald Trump promised to gut this agency. The Republicans doubled down on this and recently introduced two companion bills that would eliminate the bureau altogether. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Senate Bill (S.370) and Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced the House Bill (H.R. 1031). If passed, these bills would repeal Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the CFPB.
We need this watchdog agency to survive and thrive, especially in this swampy administration. 
Overview: http://bit.ly/2lURQJY
Senate bill S. 370: http://bit.ly/2mbSV2p
House bill H.R. 1031: http://bit.ly/2m6v6IT
**ACTION 1: CALL SENATOR WYDEN**
Sample script
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [---]. I am calling to express my support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB has supported the public against fraudulent business practices and we need them more than ever today. Will Senator Wyden vote against Senate Bill S.370, which aims to eliminate the CFPB? Can you please confirm that Senator will vote "no" on this bill?”
**ACTION 2: CALL SENATOR MERKLEY**
Sample script
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [---]. I am calling to THANK Senator Merkley for his petition supporting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB has supported the public against fraudulent business practices and we need them more than ever today. I assume I can count on the Senator to vote against Senate Bill S.370, which aims to eliminate the CFPB? Can you please confirm that Senator will vote "no" on this bill?”
**ACTION 3: CALL YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVE **
Find your Representative here:  http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Sample script
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [---]. I am calling to express my support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB has supported the public against fraudulent business practices and we need them more than ever today. Will Representative [---] vote against House Bill H.R. 1031, which aims to eliminate the CFPB? Can you please confirm that the Congressperson will vote "no" on this bill?”

**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525
DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555
Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122
Bend: (541) 330-9142
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386
DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102
Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI
Beaverton: (503) 469-6010
DC: (202) 225-0855
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER
Portland: (503) 231-2300
DC: (202) 225-4811 
PETER DEFAZIO
Eugene 541-465-6732
Coos Bay 541-269-2609
Roseburg 541-440-3523
DC 202-225-6416
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER
Salem: (503) 588-9100
Oregon City: (503) 557-1324
DC: (202) 225-5711
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN
Medford (541) 776-4646
Bend (541) 389-4408
La Grande (541) 624-2400
DC (202) 225-6730
** ACTION 4: After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

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