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Bankruptcy Reform: The Next Chapter
Last Featured: 12/11/2001

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A sliding economy, even prior to September 11, helped to put more than a million US households in bankruptcy last year. Alarmed by surging defaults, lenders and the nation`s political leadership set out to reform the laws that clear away debt. To some, reforming these laws will put a lid on irresponsible consumer spending sprees in a society that no longer attaches the stigma that bankruptcy once carried. However, consumer advocates argue that banks and credit card issuers have only themselves to blame for marketing and supplying ill-advised loans. With an economy still reeling from the impact of the terrorist attacks, is this timely consumer protection or an unwarranted corporate bailout?

Jerrold Nadler is a Democrat who represents New York’s 8th Congressional District which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Representative Nadler is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law which has jurisdiction over consumer protection and bankruptcy issues. Before his election to Congress in 1992, he served for 16 years in the New York State Assembly. Vanity Fair magazine has said that Nadler epitomizes liberalism the way it ought to be.

George Gekas has served in the US House of Representatives for nearly two decades. A Republican from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gekas was the chief sponsor of HR 333, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2001. Prior to becoming a member of the US Congress, he served as a Pennsylvania state senator, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and an assistant district attorney for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Closing Quote
"Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother, rather than all major credit cards."

— Humorist Robert Orban

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Consumers Union: Bankruptcy
OpenSecrets.com: Bankruptcy
Kathleen Day, “Bankruptcy Bill Benefits the Chosen Few”
Salon.com: Let the Hogfest Begin
Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, “Soaked by Congress: Lavished with Campaign Cash, Lawmakers Are ‘Reforming’ Bankruptcy – Punishing the Downtrodden to Catch a Few Cheats”
National Bankruptcy Conference
National Association of Credit Management
Exploring the Complex Causes of Consumer Bankruptcy
Credit Card Nation: The Consequences of America`s Addiction to Credit
by Robert D. Manning
Debt`s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America
by David A. Skeel, Jr.
The Fragile Middle Class : Americans in Debt
by Teresa A. Sullivan, Elizabeth Warren, Jay Lawrence Westbrook
The US Economy
Fixing the Mortgage Mess
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