ICYMI: Why Higher US Postal Service Rates Are Here to Stay

In case you missed it: President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Steve Pociask recently examined in the Federal Times that the recent price increases by the United States Postal Service could be in place for years to come, forcing consumers to continue to empty their wallets.  Pociask notes that because of the […]

How to Report Unwanted Spam Texts

With spam text messages on the rise and scammers increasing utilizing them for elaborate schemes, consumers should know how to report them. Unwanted text messages have increased in recent years, but Americans don’t know there has been a simple-to-use service available to report messages. Most major carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, each allow consumers […]

FDA’s Decision to Ban JUUL E-cigarettes Will Jeopardize American Lives

Today’s announcement by the FDA that JUUL’s vaping products will be ordered off the market is another stark reminder of the agency’s forgotten mission to protect the health of American consumers. The scientific evidence clearly shows that e-cigarettes and vaping products, while not totally safe, are 95% safer than combustible tobacco products and twice as […]

Statement Congressional Hearing to Explore Mandating a Two-Person Crew Size Rule for Freight Rail

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure plans to hold subcommittee meeting on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials called Examining Freight Rail Safety. The following is a statement by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) on Congressional efforts to impose a two-person crew size. The meeting will examine rail safety but also congressional efforts […]

ACI Files Comments with the FDA Regarding a Proposed Tobacco Standard That Would Prohibit Menthol Products

Dear Sir or Madam, My name is Edward Longe, and I am a Policy Manager at the American Consumer Institute. The American Consumer Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization with the mission to identify, analyze, and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings. We share the […]

Coalition Letter in Opposition to TRIPS Proposal

Today, a group of 41 policy organizations submitted a letter to the World Trade Organization concerned about a proposal that would undermine intellectual property rights and benefit foreign rivals likeCommunist China. The proposal would waive IP protections for COVID-19 vaccines that exist underthe Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). You can read […]

ACI Survey Finds Consumers Oppose Legislation That Could Jeopardize Online Shopping Services

As Congress considers enacting stringent antitrust laws that target five of the biggest technology companies, including Amazon, a new study asks consumers whether they approve of such legislative and regulatory measures. The American Consumer Institute’s (ACI) report, The Online Shopping Paradox, asked 1,012 consumers about their online shopping experience, the extent to which they use […]

New Report Raises Concerns Over Congressional Action to Alter Antitrust Laws and Limit Self-Preferencing

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a policy brief highlighting the potential impact the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) would have on big tech. This brief comes in response to the growing prominence of techlash in America and Congress’ consideration of bills that seek to ban and/or limit self-preferencing for select categories […]