FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2010
Contact: AARP Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-434-2560
AARP Praises Senate for Passing Financial Reform
Bill Will Protect Americans’ Hard-Earned Money and Help Stabilize Our Economy
WASHINGTON— AARP CEO A. Barry Rand responded to today’s U.S. Senate vote on the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” which will protect consumers from hidden fees and investment scams and require the financial industry to provide clear information so consumers can make the best financial decisions for their families. The bill will now be signed by President Obama. Mr. Rand’s statement follows:
“AARP is extremely pleased that today the Senate passed crucial legislation that will help create a more level playing field for consumers and investors as they navigate the financial marketplace. Over the last three years, older Americans have lost billions of hard-earned dollars due to the failure of an outdated and compromised financial regulatory system. This bill will restore responsibility, accountability and consumer confidence in our financial system, and help stabilize our entire economy.
“For too long consumers and investors have made critical decisions about their finances and their futures with too little information and without sufficient explanation of the products they are purchasing. Americans deserve to have all the information they need, in language they can understand, to plan for their future and have safeguards in place to protect them from scam artists.
“AARP supports this legislation because it will establish a watchdog that will protect Americans from getting a mortgage or credit card that has hidden fees that cause their bills to skyrocket; ensure Americans get the clear, accurate information they need to shop for mortgages, credit cards and other financial products; and crack down on investment scams targeted at older Americans.
“In today’s bipartisan vote, the Senate has sided with consumers, bringing greater transparency and accountability to the financial industry. AARP looks forward to the President signing this historic legislation into law.”
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