End Operation Choke Point Bill Passesposted February 4, 2016
February 4, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – More than two years after US Consumer Coalition (USCC) President Brian J. Wise uncovered the Obama Administration’s covert program called Operation Choke Point, legislation has finally been voted on that would end the ability for the government to continue this program. Operation Choke Point was a Department of Justice and FDIC program that targeted businesses that the Administration didn’t like and pressured banks and payment processors to shut down their accounts. The House approved the bill, H.R. 766, today by a vote of 250-169.
Since the program was uncovered, the US Consumer Coalition has led a comprehensive advocacy and public education program to bring attention to, and hold accountable the bureaucrats behind, Operation Choke Point. This program included components of strategic communications, grassroots mobilization, victim identification, coalition building, and direct lobbying.
“USCC applauds the House of Representatives and the bipartisan members who put the interests of America’s small businesses and consumers above the unconstitutional power grab of the Department of Justice and former Attorney General Eric Holder,” said Brian Wise, President of the US Consumer Coalition. “The bipartisan passage of this bill should send a message to the President that Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will not allow for the type of extra-legal actions, and deprivation of due process, by this Administration to continue on their watch.”
For more information on Operation Choke Point, please visit www.usconsumers.org/operationchokepoint
The US Consumer Coalition (USCC) is a grassroots consumer advocacy organization working to protect and expand access to free-market goods and services.