- August 14 - Ralph Nader today praised Representative Cynthia McKinney of Georgia's
4th District, as one of the House of Representatives' strongest champions of consumers
"Representative McKinney has the courage to stand up against corporate
and other special interests on legislation that really counts for low, moderate
and middle income people in her district," Nader said. "In fact, her
record of battling for the consumer and working people has earned her plaudits
from public interest groups across the nation."
Nader pointed to the voting record compiled by Public Citizen which gives Representative
McKinney a perfect 100 percent record on votes involving campaign finance reform,
trade, Medicare, patients' bill of rights, workplace safety, energy and economic
stimulus among other issues important to consumers.
Nader said he was particularly pleased to point to Representative McKinney's
fight against efforts by banks, credit card companies, finance companies, automobile
dealers, predatory lenders and gambling casinos to eliminate key protections for
consumers who file for bankruptcy because of loss of jobs, large medical bills
and other unforeseen economic hardships.
"The lending industry has poured millions of dollars into lobbying campaigns
which would convert bankruptcy laws into a harsh punitive system that would push
debt-stricken consumers into a virtual debtors' prison," Nader said. "To
her great credit, Representative McKinney has been willing to defend consumers
while many of her colleagues have caved to the pressure from the nation's largest
Nader said Representative McKinney's independent stands and willingness "to
do the right thing", even in the face of sometimes heavy pressure from her
colleagues and special interests, gives Georgia's 4th District a particularly
strong voice in the House of Representatives.
"When Representative McKinney takes a strong pro-people stand, everyone
knows that it is her considered judgment-not that of a lobbyist or a special interest
poised to write a campaign check. Georgia's 4th District and the nation benefit
from that independence," Nader said.