The Medical Debt Responsibility Act was endorsed last Congress by the American Medical Association, Consumers Union, Mortgage Bankers of America, NAACP, and the National Home Builders Association.  It was cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Each of the bills Merkley is introducing this week is aimed at ending financial tricks and traps or ensuring that people get treated fairly by financial institutions.

“Oregonians work hard enough to make ends meet and put a little money away,” Merkley said, “and they shouldn’t have to worry that they’re getting ripped off in their financial transactions.”