Senator Schumer introduces Renter's Rights Act, APRO committed to working with Congress
(Reporter7.com 2006-10-06) "Our mission is to educate members of Congress on the benefits of our transaction for consumers and the importance of a vital rent-to-own industry in the national economy."
New York Senator Charles Schumer this week introduced Senate Bill 4037, the Renter's Rights Act of 2006. The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations, the official voice of the rent-to-own industry, is committed to working with Schumer and others in Congress to bring about fair and just federal legislation that will be beneficial for consumers and fair to the rent-to-own industry. "Our mission is to educate members of Congress on the benefits of our transaction for consumers and the importance of a vital rent-to-own industry in the national economy,"
says Bill Keese, APRO's executive director. "We have the utmost respect for all of our elected officials and the hard work they perform on behalf of all constituencies. We reject the opinions of those who don't understand the political process or appreciate the talents of our elected leaders," says Keese.
Senator Schumer is a respected and visible U.S. Senator who is masterful in executing his message through the media and Congress. APRO leaders feel the introduction of this legislation is a precursor for the introduction of similar legislation next year due to the fact that Congress in not now in session and that there will be a limited number of days in a lame-duck session that may occur after the general election.
Schumer, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the senior senator from New York state and is in his second term in the U.S. Senate. He is part of the Democratic Leadership team appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Before becoming a senator, Schumer served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years. As a Congressman, Schumer sponsored the Omnibus Crime Bill in 1994. This legislation put 100,000 additional police officers on the streets and made "three strikes and you're out" a part of the federal criminal law. He also authored the Violence Against Women Act, the first federal law to protect women against domestic abuse. He is currently a member of the Senate Banking Committee, the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, the Judiciary Committee and the Rules Committee.
For 26 years, APRO has led the industry in promoting RTO in Congress, in state legislatures and with the public at large.
The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations is the official voice of the rent-to-own industry. Founded in 1980, APRO is the national, nonprofit trade association advocating and representing the rent-to-own industry before the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, courts, media and the public. For more information, visit www.rtohq.org