News from Representative Sánchez


Dear Friend,

Technology is transforming our lives in ways large and small, making everyday tasks more convenient and making communication faster and easier than ever. While the benefits to our community are immeasurable, we must also make sure we are vigilant in protecting Americans from risks to their personal and private information.

As you may know, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally adopted rules in October of 2016 that prohibited internet providers from selling or sharing sensitive personal information from their customers. Protected information included browsing and app history, location data, and other private and personal data. I applauded the FCC's actions, because I believe that every individual has a right to privacy that does not end in the virtual world.

That is why I fought efforts in Congress to repeal the FCC's privacy rules. Opponents made a number of disingenuous arguments to justify repealing these important protections for consumers, including that repealing the rules would give consumers greater "choice." I was proud to vote against this ill-conceived legislation.

Privacy for consumers is an issue that can and should unite members of both parties, and despite this setback, I am committed to fighting for everyone's right to privacy online. Know that I will never stop working with my colleagues in support of common sense legislation to safeguard your information. 


Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Update from Washington

A Watchdog for Consumers

This month marks the six year anniversary of the opening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I voted for the creation of the CFPB in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis as the central agency to protect consumers from abuses in the financial marketplace. The CFPB is charged with monitoring practices in the financial industry, receiving consumer complaints, and developing rules when appropriate to ensure consumers are being treated fairly and that companies are acting responsibly. Over the past six years, the CFPB has handled more than 1.2 million consumer complaints, and its enforcement has saved consumers nearly $12 billion from debt collectors, payday lenders, for-profit colleges, and other financial institutions that have tried to use abusive practices.

Protecting Those Who Serve

I will soon be re-introducing legislation to ensure the credit of service members is protected during their deployment. It would require credit reporting agencies to notify deployed military service members when a “negative information alert” is posted on their credit report. Secondly, it would require consumer credit reports to clearly disclose that the service member was on active duty at the time that any negative action or inaction occurred. As a result, creditors would provide greater context about the circumstances under which service members accrue missed payments. In addition to affecting personal finances, poor credit can also negatively impact security clearance for military personnel. According to VeteransPlus, a non-profit that promotes financial literacy among military families, delinquent indebtedness is the number one reason the Department of Defense denies or revokes security clearances for service members. When service members put their lives on the line to defend our nation, they should not have to risk their financial security as well. 

Defending the Privacy of Your Information

Every time we use the internet or open an application on our mobile devices, we leave behind a digital footprint. Though we may not even realize it, many of the applications and social media services we use track, and in some cases, share or sell our behavioral data for marketing purposes in accordance with their terms of use. In many cases, users can select their own privacy preferences and mitigate their digital footprint. Broadband service providers, on the other hand, have access to the totality of information flowing through their networks. Because in many areas consumers have only one or two service providers to “choose” from, they may have no recourse should they seek to protect their information without the FCC’s rules. That is why I believe Congress made a grave mistake in repealing the rules, and why the fight for bipartisan privacy protections is far from over.   

Highlight from the District

Please join me for my

15th Annual Senior Fair

Friday, August 11, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm

Cerritos College Student Center
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

I always appreciate the opportunity to bring together local organizations and agencies to share with senior citizens how they can receive assistance on issues like Medicare, Social Security, veterans programs, food assistance, and consumer protections. Free health screenings and free lunches will also be provided while supplies last. I hope to see you there!

Please click here for further information.

This past week, I also hosted a Senior Scam StopperSM Seminar in Santa Fe Springs. The event brought together members of the community to hear from the Contractors State License Board about tips to stay vigilant against identity theft, telephone scams, insurance and financial fraud, and mail fraud. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you feel you have been a victim of a scam and need assistance. Keep a lookout on my website for future consumer protection events that I will be hosting. 

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Avenue
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

South El Monte Community Office Hours
South El Monte Senior Center
1556 Central Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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