S. 2044 - Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015

Commerce. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts that restrict the ability of a consumer to communicate regarding the goods or services offered in interstate commerce that were the subject of the contract, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill was voted on in the Senate on December 13, 2015 
Amendments:
1 proposed amendment. 1 accepted. View amendments 
Senate Vote: On Passage

by voice vote on December 14, 2015.

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Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015

S. 2044 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts that restrict the ability of a consumer to communicate regarding the goods or services offered in interstate commerce that were the subject of the contract, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts that restrict the ability of a consumer to communicate regarding the goods or services offered in interstate commerce that were the subject of the contract, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
  • Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
  • Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
  • Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
Sponsor
John Thune
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Commerce
  • Business education
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Consumer affairs
  • Contracts and agency
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Government information and archives
  • Intellectual property
  • Self-employed
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Major Actions
Introduced9/16/2015
Referred to Committee
Amendments (1 proposed)
Senate12/14/2015
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
currently selectedSenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.12/14/2015 by voice vote
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 2927 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.12/14/2015 by voice vote
ActionDateDescription
Introduced9/16/2015
9/16/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
9/16/2015Introduced in Senate
Put on a legislative calendar11/18/2015Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
12/08/2015Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Thune with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 114-175.
Put on a legislative calendar12/08/2015Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 316.
12/14/2015Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
12/14/2015The committee substitute withdrawn by Unanimous Consent.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage12/14/2015Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
select this voteVote12/14/2015Amendment SA 2927 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
12/14/2015
12/14/2015Senate amendment submitted
12/14/2015Senate amendment proposed (on the floor): Amendment SA 2927 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Thune.
12/14/2015Senate amendment agreed to: Amendment SA 2927 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
12/14/2015Amendment SA 2927 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Thune. (consideration: CR S8639-8640) In the nature of a substitute.
12/15/2015Message on Senate action sent to the House.
12/15/2015Received in the House.
12/15/2015Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
12/18/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
select this voteS. Amdt. 2927Thune, John [R-SD]December 14, 2015Passed by voice vote on December 13, 2015.

In the nature of a substitute.

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Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

$7,379,240
$579,662
$750
$903,616
$14,631,643
$987,715
$24,482,626
$0
16 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

16 organizations supported this bill

American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research
Godwin, Mike, Holt, Mytheos & Pociask, Steve (2015, November 4). Free-Market, Taxpayer, and Consumer Groups Support the Consumer Review Freedom Act. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Consumer Action
Consumer Action (2015, November 10). S. 2044: Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2015, from Consumer Action.
Consumers Union
Consumers Union (2015, November 18). Consumers Union Praises Senate Committee Approval of Bill to Protect Consumer Voice in Marketplace. Retrieved November 20, 2015, from Consumers Union.
Demand Progress
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Engine
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Fight for the Future
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Glassdoor
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Institute for Liberty
Godwin, Mike, Holt, Mytheos & Pociask, Steve (2015, November 4). Free-Market, Taxpayer, and Consumer Groups Support the Consumer Review Freedom Act. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Internet Association
Internet Association (2015, September 17). Statement on the Consumer Review Freedom Act. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from Internet Association.
Public Knowledge
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Public Participation Project
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
R Street Institute
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
RealSelf
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Yelp
Undersigned organizations (2015, November 3). Free speech advocates support CRFA. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from R Street Institute.

0 organizations opposed this bill

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$23,550$0Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$421,377$0Yes
Tammy BaldwinDWI$569,801$0Yes
John BarrassoRWY$38,800$0Yes
Michael F. BennetDCO$740,591$0Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$54,450$0Yes
Roy BluntRMO$161,186$0Yes
Cory A. BookerDNJ$219,976$0Yes
John BoozmanRAR$36,632$0Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$6,147$0Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$542,300$0Yes
Richard BurrRNC$161,799$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$31,790$0Yes
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$124,925$0Yes
Ben CardinDMD$41,646$0Yes
Tom CarperDDE$34,090$0Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$81,950$0Yes
Bill CassidyRLA$320,123$0Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$4,000$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$9,250$0Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$42,350$0Yes
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$102,029$0Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$44,682$0Yes
John CornynRTX$121,948$0Yes
Tom CottonRAR$1,244,742$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$72,594$0Yes
Ted CruzRTX$1,911,417$0Yes
Steve DainesRMT$240,900$0Yes
Joe DonnellyDIN$61,769$0Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$78,075$0Yes
Mike EnziRWY$3,500$0Yes
Joni ErnstRIA$180,361$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$27,161$0Yes
Deb FischerRNE$196,971$0Yes
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,357,999$0Yes
Al FrankenDMN$236,770$0Yes
Cory GardnerRCO$425,805$0Yes
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$173,065$0Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$69,538$0Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$167,979$0Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$71,481$0Yes
Martin HeinrichDNM$156,337$0Yes
Heidi HeitkampDND$66,515$0Yes
Dean HellerRNV$180,887$0Yes
Mazie K. HironoDHI$93,988$0Yes
John HoevenRND$24,900$0Yes
Jim InhofeROK$52,774$0Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$59,695$0Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$806,214$0Yes
Tim KaineDVA$385,870$0Yes
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$33,915$0Yes
Mark KirkRIL$215,945$0Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$57,018$0Yes
James LankfordROK$154,490$0Yes
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$102,140$0Yes
Mike LeeRUT$795,404$0Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$39,041$0Yes
Ed MarkeyDMA$220,742$0Yes
John McCainRAZ$191,620$0Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$187,742$0Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$297,699$0Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$37,422$0Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$119,643$0Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$500$0Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$27,512$0Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$43,550$0Yes
Chris MurphyDCT$297,018$0Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$257,140$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$106,252$0Yes
Rand PaulRKY$479,793$0Yes
David PerdueRGA$202,628$0Yes
Gary C. PetersDMI$253,620$0Yes
Rob PortmanROH$258,925$0Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$8,600$0Yes
Harry ReidDNV$7,967$0Yes
Jim RischRID$58,437$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$103,717$0Yes
Mike RoundsRSD$67,881$0Yes
Marco RubioRFL$904,890$0Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$324,455$0Yes
Ben SasseRNE$701,001$0Yes
Brian SchatzDHI$131,826$0Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$216,106$0Yes
Tim ScottRSC$283,961$0Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,000$0Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$129,085$0Yes
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$5,200$0Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$78,287$0Yes
Dan SullivanRAK$612,973$0Yes
Jon TesterDMT$154,332$0Yes
John ThuneRSD$201,781$0Yes
Thom TillisRNC$242,134$0Yes
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,314,670$0Yes
Tom UdallDNM$109,889$0Yes
David VitterRLA$1,500$0Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$120,711$0Yes
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,841,968$0Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$39,607$0Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$11,000$0Yes
Ron WydenDOR$144,190$0Yes

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$23,550$0Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$421,377$0Yes
Tammy BaldwinDWI$569,801$0Yes
John BarrassoRWY$38,800$0Yes
Michael F. BennetDCO$740,591$0Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$54,450$0Yes
Roy BluntRMO$161,186$0Yes
Cory A. BookerDNJ$219,976$0Yes
John BoozmanRAR$36,632$0Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$6,147$0Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$542,300$0Yes
Richard BurrRNC$161,799$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$31,790$0Yes
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$124,925$0Yes
Ben CardinDMD$41,646$0Yes
Tom CarperDDE$34,090$0Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$81,950$0Yes
Bill CassidyRLA$320,123$0Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$4,000$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$9,250$0Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$42,350$0Yes
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$102,029$0Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$44,682$0Yes
John CornynRTX$121,948$0Yes
Tom CottonRAR$1,244,742$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$72,594$0Yes
Ted CruzRTX$1,911,417$0Yes
Steve DainesRMT$240,900$0Yes
Joe DonnellyDIN$61,769$0Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$78,075$0Yes
Mike EnziRWY$3,500$0Yes
Joni ErnstRIA$180,361$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$27,161$0Yes
Deb FischerRNE$196,971$0Yes
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,357,999$0Yes
Al FrankenDMN$236,770$0Yes
Cory GardnerRCO$425,805$0Yes
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$173,065$0Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$69,538$0Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$167,979$0Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$71,481$0Yes
Martin HeinrichDNM$156,337$0Yes
Heidi HeitkampDND$66,515$0Yes
Dean HellerRNV$180,887$0Yes
Mazie K. HironoDHI$93,988$0Yes
John HoevenRND$24,900$0Yes
Jim InhofeROK$52,774$0Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$59,695$0Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$806,214$0Yes
Tim KaineDVA$385,870$0Yes
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$33,915$0Yes
Mark KirkRIL$215,945$0Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$57,018$0Yes
James LankfordROK$154,490$0Yes
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$102,140$0Yes
Mike LeeRUT$795,404$0Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$39,041$0Yes
Ed MarkeyDMA$220,742$0Yes
John McCainRAZ$191,620$0Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$187,742$0Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$297,699$0Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$37,422$0Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$119,643$0Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$500$0Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$27,512$0Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$43,550$0Yes
Chris MurphyDCT$297,018$0Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$257,140$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$106,252$0Yes
Rand PaulRKY$479,793$0Yes
David PerdueRGA$202,628$0Yes
Gary C. PetersDMI$253,620$0Yes
Rob PortmanROH$258,925$0Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$8,600$0Yes
Harry ReidDNV$7,967$0Yes
Jim RischRID$58,437$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$103,717$0Yes
Mike RoundsRSD$67,881$0Yes
Marco RubioRFL$904,890$0Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$324,455$0Yes
Ben SasseRNE$701,001$0Yes
Brian SchatzDHI$131,826$0Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$216,106$0Yes
Tim ScottRSC$283,961$0Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,000$0Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$129,085$0Yes
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$5,200$0Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$78,287$0Yes
Dan SullivanRAK$612,973$0Yes
Jon TesterDMT$154,332$0Yes
John ThuneRSD$201,781$0Yes
Thom TillisRNC$242,134$0Yes
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,314,670$0Yes
Tom UdallDNM$109,889$0Yes
David VitterRLA$1,500$0Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$120,711$0Yes
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,841,968$0Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$39,607$0Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$11,000$0Yes
Ron WydenDOR$144,190$0Yes

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643
Democratic/Liberal$7,379,240
Social Media$987,715
Computer manufacture & services$903,616
Internet & Online Services$579,662
Consumer groups$750

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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