Here’s a Bill in Congress You Should Get Behind

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You could gain free access to your credit score under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate.

According to consumer advocate Bob Sullivan, the “Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act,” sponsored by Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, would be an important step in helping consumers understand where they stand with lenders. It also includes provisions to help people find and fix errors in their credit reports.

“Errors in a credit report can make the difference between whether someone can live the American dream and buy a home or even get a job,” Schatz said. “Whether you have good credit or not is determined by a dark ecosystem of companies that are not accountable to consumers. When the stakes are this high and your credit can affect whether you get a job or house, consumers deserve to be on a level playing field with banks.”

In February, we told you that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was pressing credit card companies to voluntarily provide free credit scores to customers. Discover, Barclaycard US and First Bankcard already provide free FICO scores to their customers.

Sullivan said the current proposal leaves a number of questions unanswered, chief among them – what credit scores would be free to Americans?

Most consumers don’t have a single credit score, but rather dozens of proprietary scores maintained by various financial institutions. All are based on information in a consumer’s credit report, and many are based on the traditional FICO score invented by Fair Isaac. But providing any single credit score annually might not give consumers an accurate picture of their real ability to borrow in any given marketplace.

Americans already have free access to their credit reports annually through AnnualCreditReport.com. This bill seems like the next logical step in helping consumers stay educated about their credit. In fact, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson called for free credit scores in this video two years ago.

If you want to see free annual credit scores for all Americans, talk to your congressman about S. 2224: SECURE Act.

What do you think of the proposed SECURE Act? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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  • monzar

    Sooo… someone called Fair Isaac “invents” a way to sell us something we don t want and we must pay for it ?
    Sounds like a horror movie were people is fully controlled by corporations…..wait… it is no longer a movie
    want a job………get your credit (if you didn’t need the money you would not look for a job!! and unless we are talking about a sensitive money dealing job it should not be allowed
    want insurance……… get your credit (I would agree if you had to finance your insurance , but if you pay in full why do they need your credit , it should be forbidden )
    I do think this should be much more regulated and in favor of the people, not the corporations only