an opinion post by Gail Kanamas
Rep. Martha McSally is no friend to consumers. So far this year, McSally has voted five times for anti-consumer legislation. The only time she voted pro-consumer was with a unanimous House (HR 4292). This record tops her count of anti-consumer votes in 2017 and it’s only February. Her votes are consistent with the Republican alignment with big banks and moneyed interests who want deregulation at all costs. The votes she has taken mostly allow banks and other lenders to roll back consumer financial protections. Examples include cutting back on record keeping and disclosure requirements for smaller banks which could allow discrimination in lending to go undiscovered. Other bills she signed onto manipulate information about fees for mortgages that could result in more borrowers taking on too much debt without realizing it. Another non-financial bill she voted for would downgrade nutrition information now required of large chain restaurants and delay pending Food & Drug Administration rules. How can she justify these votes that can harm her own constituents? Since she never interacts with constituents, she doesn’t have to defend these votes or answer their concerns.
HR 4292 Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017 (unanimously supported)
Statements about H.R.772: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017
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