Learn more about our policy experts.

Media Contacts

Angela Bradbery, Director of Communications
w. (202) 588-7741
c. (202) 503-6768
abradbery@citizen.org, Twitter

Don Owens, Deputy Director of Communications
w. (202) 588-7767

Karilyn Gower, Press Officer
w. (202) 588-7779

David Rosen, Press Officer, Regulatory Affairs
w. (202) 588-7742

Other Important Links

Press Release Database
Citizen Vox blog
Texas Vox blog
Consumer Law and Policy blog
Energy Vox blog
Eyes on Trade blog

Follow us on Twitter


June 23, 2011 

House Budgetary Attack on Pivotal Consumer Protection Agencies Is Craven Betrayal of Public

House Must Maintain Funding for Critical Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A vote to slash funding for consumer financial protections and product safety is reckless and betrays the public, Public Citizen said today.

The House Appropriations Committee today voted to reduce sharply the funding for key agencies charged with protecting Americans from financial and product safety abuse. On largely party-line votes, the committee reduced funding of the yet to operate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from $600 million to $200 million and eliminated funding for a new consumer product safety public information database. 

“This attack on Wall Street watchdogs and product safety police reveals a craven betrayal of the American public,” said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. “Our nation still reels from the Big Bank-caused Great Recession, yet the conservative-dominated House wants to lay the foundation for another spree in reckless banking.”

Added Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, “Today, consumer protection was not on the appropriators’ minds. They thought only of protecting industry from accountability. Voting to shut down a critical consumer tool like the product safety database, which has just been created and is being used by consumers, is a waste of a government investment and will return product safety monitoring to a dark place where we will be unaware of harmful toys and other products.”

Public Citizen calls on the House and then the Senate to reject these damaging cuts.

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.citizen.org.


Copyright © 2016 Public Citizen. Some rights reserved. Non-commercial use of text and images in which Public Citizen holds the copyright is permitted, with attribution, under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License. This Web site is shared by Public Citizen Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation. Learn More about the distinction between these two components of Public Citizen.

Public Citizen, Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation


You can support the fight for greater government and corporate accountability through a donation to either Public Citizen, Inc., or Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.

Public Citizen lobbies Congress and federal agencies to advance Public Citizen’s mission of advancing government and corporate accountability. When you make a contribution to Public Citizen, you become a member of Public Citizen, showing your support and entitling you to benefits such as Public Citizen News. Contributions to Public Citizen are not tax-deductible.

Public Citizen Foundation focuses on research, public education, and litigation in support of our mission. By law, the Foundation can engage in only very limited lobbying. Contributions to Public Citizen Foundation are tax-deductible.