H.R. 5111 - Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

Commerce. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
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 has become law. 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED by voice vote on November 28, 2016.

Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

H.R. 5111 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
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
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 Fairness Act of 2016
  • Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016
  • Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016
  • Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016
  • Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016
  • Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016
Sponsor
Leonard Lance
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
Introduced4/28/2016
Referred to Committee
Passed House9/12/2016
Passed Senate11/28/2016
Signed by President12/14/2016
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.9/12/2016PASSED by voice vote
currently selectedSenatePassed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.11/28/2016PASSED by voice vote
ActionDateDescription
Introduced4/28/2016
4/28/2016Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
4/28/2016Introduced in House
4/29/2016Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
6/08/2016Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
6/09/2016Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
6/09/2016Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .
7/12/2016Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
7/13/2016Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Put on a legislative calendar7/13/2016Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
9/09/2016Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 114-731.
Put on a legislative calendar9/09/2016Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 567.
9/12/2016Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
9/12/2016Considered under suspension of the rules.
9/12/2016DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5111.
select this voteHouse Vote on Passage9/12/2016On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
9/12/2016Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
9/13/2016Received in the Senate, read twice.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage11/28/2016Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
11/29/2016Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Presented to President12/02/2016Presented to President.
Signed12/14/2016Signed by President.
Enacted12/14/2016Became Public Law No: 114-258.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

$355,925
$664,845
$1,750
$167,600
$8,739,074
$525,625
$10,454,819
$0
14 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

14 organizations supported this bill

Computer & Communications Industry Association
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
Engine
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
Fight for the Future
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
Glassdoor
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
Internet Association
Internet Association (2016, May 3). Statement on FTC-Related House Committee on Energy & Commerce Bills. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from Internet Association.
Media Law Resource Center
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
National Consumers League
National Consumers League (2016, July 14). NCL Statement on House Energy and Commerce Votes on HR 5104 and HR 5111. Retrieved July 14, 2016, from National Consumers League.
Public Knowledge
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
Public Participation Project
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
R Street Institute
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
RealSelf
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
TechNet
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
TripAdvisor
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.
Yelp
Undersigned organizations (2016, May 23). 13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Retrieved May 24, 2016, from R Street Institute.

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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, July 1, 2010 – June 30, 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$28,050$0Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$357,652$0Yes
Tammy BaldwinDWI$14,550$0Yes
John BarrassoRWY$44,800$0Yes
Cory A. BookerDNJ$165,850$0Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$25,550$0Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$26,750$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$23,400$0Yes
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$125,675$0Yes
Ben CardinDMD$8,396$0Yes
Tom CarperDDE$20,040$0Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$23,050$0Yes
Bill CassidyRLA$326,365$0Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$31,100$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$9,250$0Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$38,950$0Yes
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$37,500$0Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$48,382$0Yes
John CornynRTX$130,698$0Yes
Tom CottonRAR$1,237,747$0Yes
Ted CruzRTX$1,662,831$0Yes
Steve DainesRMT$248,450$0Yes
Joe DonnellyDIN$6,000$0Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$21,450$0Yes
Mike EnziRWY$2,500$0Yes
Joni ErnstRIA$177,161$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$25,789$0Yes
Deb FischerRNE$196,971$0Yes
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,353,504$0Yes
Al FrankenDMN$23,000$0Yes
Cory GardnerRCO$442,955$0Yes
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$67,654$0Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$70,538$0Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$73,617$0Yes
Martin HeinrichDNM$9,550$0Yes
Heidi HeitkampDND$7,450$0Yes
Dean HellerRNV$181,387$0Yes
Mazie K. HironoDHI$8,200$0Yes
Jim InhofeROK$49,524$0Yes
Tim KaineDVA$51,775$0Yes
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$6,500$0Yes
Mark KirkRIL$182,187$0Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$24,053$0Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$8,166$0Yes
Ed MarkeyDMA$39,426$0Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$55,756$0Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$303,024$0Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$25,522$0Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$24,625$0Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$3,700$0Yes
Chris MurphyDCT$30,750$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$34,309$0Yes
David PerdueRGA$202,728$0Yes
Gary C. PetersDMI$25,250$0Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$1,000$0Yes
Harry ReidDNV$10,350$0Yes
Jim RischRID$59,487$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$103,717$0Yes
Mike RoundsRSD$67,881$0Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$4,990$0Yes
Ben SasseRNE$696,801$0Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,200$0Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$14,950$0Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$9,171$0Yes
Daniel SullivanRAK$615,973$0Yes
Jon TesterDMT$20,366$0Yes
Thom TillisRNC$239,634$0Yes
Tom UdallDNM$21,000$0Yes
David VitterRLA$39,391$0Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$71,697$0Yes
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$77,904$0Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$14,750$0Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$11,500$0Yes

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$28,050$0Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$357,652$0Yes
Tammy BaldwinDWI$14,550$0Yes
John BarrassoRWY$44,800$0Yes
Cory A. BookerDNJ$165,850$0Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$25,550$0Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$26,750$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$23,400$0Yes
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$125,675$0Yes
Ben CardinDMD$8,396$0Yes
Tom CarperDDE$20,040$0Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$23,050$0Yes
Bill CassidyRLA$326,365$0Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$31,100$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$9,250$0Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$38,950$0Yes
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$37,500$0Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$48,382$0Yes
John CornynRTX$130,698$0Yes
Tom CottonRAR$1,237,747$0Yes
Ted CruzRTX$1,662,831$0Yes
Steve DainesRMT$248,450$0Yes
Joe DonnellyDIN$6,000$0Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$21,450$0Yes
Mike EnziRWY$2,500$0Yes
Joni ErnstRIA$177,161$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$25,789$0Yes
Deb FischerRNE$196,971$0Yes
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,353,504$0Yes
Al FrankenDMN$23,000$0Yes
Cory GardnerRCO$442,955$0Yes
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$67,654$0Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$70,538$0Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$73,617$0Yes
Martin HeinrichDNM$9,550$0Yes
Heidi HeitkampDND$7,450$0Yes
Dean HellerRNV$181,387$0Yes
Mazie K. HironoDHI$8,200$0Yes
Jim InhofeROK$49,524$0Yes
Tim KaineDVA$51,775$0Yes
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$6,500$0Yes
Mark KirkRIL$182,187$0Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$24,053$0Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$8,166$0Yes
Ed MarkeyDMA$39,426$0Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$55,756$0Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$303,024$0Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$25,522$0Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$24,625$0Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$3,700$0Yes
Chris MurphyDCT$30,750$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$34,309$0Yes
David PerdueRGA$202,728$0Yes
Gary C. PetersDMI$25,250$0Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$1,000$0Yes
Harry ReidDNV$10,350$0Yes
Jim RischRID$59,487$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$103,717$0Yes
Mike RoundsRSD$67,881$0Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$4,990$0Yes
Ben SasseRNE$696,801$0Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,200$0Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$14,950$0Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$9,171$0Yes
Daniel SullivanRAK$615,973$0Yes
Jon TesterDMT$20,366$0Yes
Thom TillisRNC$239,634$0Yes
Tom UdallDNM$21,000$0Yes
David VitterRLA$39,391$0Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$71,697$0Yes
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$77,904$0Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$14,750$0Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$11,500$0Yes

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$8,739,074
Computer manufacture & services$664,845
Social Media$525,625
Internet & Online Services$355,925
Communications & Electronics$167,600
Consumer groups$1,750

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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