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Dec 17, 2013

Report Finds That School Kitchens Need Significant Upgrades

Only 1 in 10 school districts nationwide (12 percent) has all the kitchen equipment needed to serve healthy foods, according to a new report issued by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. The report makes recommendations for how schools, policymakers, industry, and philanthropic partners can work together to make these investments and provide healthy, appealing foods more efficiently. It is the first national assessment of districts’ kitchen equipment and infrastructure needs.

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May 8, 2013

Pew Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Antimicrobial Data Collection Act

Pew Charitable Trusts today applauded Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Susan Collins (R-ME), for introducing the Antimicrobial Data Collection Act, which would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, to report more information on the annual sales of antibiotics used among industrial farm animals. The bipartisan bill would also give the agency a deadline to finalize policies proposed last year to eliminate the use of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in meat production.

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Feb 26, 2013

Pew Applauds New Antibiotics Legislation

The Pew Charitable Trusts today applauded Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) for introducing the Delivering Antimicrobial Transparency in Animals (DATA) Act (H.R. 820) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would authorize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect and report data that would shed light on how antibiotics are being used on industrial farms.

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Oct 15, 2012

Pew Comments on Proposed Antibiotics Legislation

Laura Rogers, project director for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, issued a statement in support of legislation proposed by Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) that would enable the FDA and the public to verify whether the agency's efforts toward providing guidance on limiting the overuse and misuse of antibiotics are actually working.

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Dec 15, 2011

Kohl and Grassley to hold hearing on Physician Payments Sunshine Act Implementation

On Thursday, December 15, Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) will convene a hearing entitled, “Parting the Clouds: Implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.”

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Oct 18, 2011

Los Cargos Ocultos O Inesperados Son Mencionados Como La Razón Principal Por La Cual Los Trabajadores Pobres Cierran Cuentas de Banco

Los "cargos ocultos o inesperados" fueron mencionados como la razón principal por la cual los trabajadores pobres del Gran Los Ángeles, aquellos que tienen empleo pero que incluso así permanecen en pobreza relativa, cerraron cuentas de banco el pasado año, por encima de razones como la pérdida del empleo o la falta de dinero, según una encuesta en hogares predominantemente hispanos y de bajos ingresos dada a conocer por el Safe Banking Opportunities Project (Proyecto Oportunidades para Banca Segura) del Pew Health Group.

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Oct 18, 2011

Hidden or Unexpected Fees Cited as Top Reason Working Poor Close Bank Accounts

“Hidden or unexpected fees” were cited as the number one reason Greater Los Angeles’ working poor – those who are employed yet remain in relative poverty– closed bank accounts in the past year, surpassing job loss or lack of money, according to a survey of predominately Hispanic, low-income households released by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Banking Opportunities Project.

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May 18, 2011

Business Credit Cards Place Millions of U.S. Households at Risk

The Credit CARD Act of 2009, signed into law two years ago, made consumer credit cards safer and more transparent. But, its rules did not apply to cards labeled for business or commercial use, placing millions of individuals and small business owners at risk.

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May 10, 2011

Two Years after Credit Card Act, Pew Finds Interest Rates and Other Fees Stabilized

Credit card holders are seeing stabilized interest rates, the elimination of overlimit penalty charges, a reduction in late fees charged by banks and minimal changes in annual fees since the Credit CARD Act of 2009 took effect, according to new research by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Credit Cards Project.

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Aug 19, 2010

Consumers to Benefit from Final Implementation of Credit CARD Act of 2009; Pew Urges Additional Action from Federal Reserve

Nick Bourke, director of the Pew Health Group’s Safe Credit Cards Project, today issued the following statement in response to the final rules under the Credit CARD Act of 2009, which will take effect Sunday, August 22.

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Aug 11, 2010

Pew Applauds Introduction of Automatic IRA Legislation, Urges Bipartisan Support

Eleni Constantine, director of the Pew Health Group’s financial security portfolio, issued the following statement in support of legislation creating an “automatic IRA,” S. 3760, introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and H.R. 6099, introduced by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA).

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Jul 22, 2010

Pew Report Finds Credit Cards More Transparent, Yet Problems Remain

Most of the practices deemed “unfair” or “deceptive” by the Federal Reserve have disappeared from new credit card offers since federal passage of the Credit CARD Act last year, according to a new report by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Credit Cards Project. Yet new trends have emerged that could cost cardholders significantly.

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Jul 20, 2010

Pew Health Group Report Measures Financial Habits of Low-Income Families in Greater Los Angeles

Half of low-income families in Greater Los Angeles turn to costly and unregulated alternative financial services (AFS) rather than banks to meet their monetary needs, according to a new survey released today by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Banking Opportunities Project.

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Feb 16, 2010

Pew Finds Credit CARD Act Will Save Consumers Billions

The Credit CARD Act of 2009, with major provisions taking effect this month, will save American cardholders billions of dollars by banning unfair or deceptive practices, according to research from the Pew Safe Credit Cards Project.

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Jan 25, 2010

Obama Proposes More Affordable Student Loan Payments

“The student loan proposal announced by the President today could not come at a better time, as the weak economy and high unemployment are making it harder than ever for people to make monthly payments on their student loans."

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Jan 14, 2010

Pew Commends the Federal Reserve’s Latest Rules on the Credit CARD Act of 2009

Nick Bourke, project manager for the Pew Safe Credit Cards Project, today issued the following statement in response to the latest rules under the Credit CARD Act of 2009.

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Dec 15, 2009

New Default Rate Data for Federal Student Loans: 44% of Defaulters Attended For-Profit Institutions

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Education released a preview of college “cohort default rates” for federal student loans using a more robust methodology that will take effect in 2011.

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Oct 28, 2009

Pew Report Finds Deceptive Credit Card Practices Remain Widespread

One hundred percent of credit cards offered online by the leading bank card issuers continue to include practices that will be outlawed once legislation passed in May takes effect next year, according to a new report by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Credit Cards Project.

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May 20, 2009

Pew Analysis Shows Senate Bill Would Curb Billions in Credit Card Penalty Charges

A full 82 percent of credit cards allow penalty interest rate hikes that could last indefinitely, giving responsible cardholders no right to return to the originally agreed upon interest rate, according to a new issue brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Safe Credit Cards Project.

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May 19, 2009

Pew Statement Applauding Senate Vote to Stop Many Deceptive Credit Card Practices

"The Senate today joined the House in coming together to pass smart, strong, bipartisan legislation that puts an end to many unfair and deceptive credit card practices. This is a tremendous victory for the millions of credit card carrying consumers, many of whom will be able to avoid hundreds, even thousands of dollars in unfair fees and interest rate hikes."

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May 11, 2009

Pew Statement Urging Senate to Protect Consumers from Deceptive Credit Card Practices

"The current economic crisis has made it clear that ignoring unfair and deceptive lending practices can hurt both family finances and our economy. Fortunately, the U.S. Senate has the opportunity this week to join the House in passing legislation to ensure credit card companies use safe, fair and transparent policies."

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Apr 30, 2009

Statement Applauding Bipartisan Passage of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights

"The passage of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights is a victory for all consumers and for credit card issuers who want to offer a safe and fair product."

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Apr 29, 2009

J. Mark Iwry Joins Treasury as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy

The Retirement Security Project announced today that J. Mark Iwry, Principal of The Retirement Security Project, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and former Treasury Department official, has been appointed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as Senior Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy, effective April 27, 2009.

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Apr 29, 2009

Statement Urging House to Pass the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights

"In this economic climate, allowing credit card issuers to continue to engage in unfair and deceptive practices is like letting a car company continue to sell cars we know have faulty brakes. Congress needs to act now to give consumers protection under the law from business practices that the Federal Reserve and our independent research have shown are widespread."

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Apr 20, 2009

Pew Funds Genetics and Public Policy Center's New Consumer Genetics Project

The Pew Charitable Trust has awarded $750,000 to the Genetics and Public Policy Center for a new project focused on consumer protections for applications of genetic testing.

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