Gottheimer Announces Bipartisan Nationwide Protections Against Price-Gouging During Coronavirus State of Emergency

Mar 13, 2020

Sponsors Bipartisan legislation making it illegal to price gouge goods and services vital to Americans’ health, safety

WASHINGTON – On Friday, March 13, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced he is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to protect against price gouging during a state of emergency.

This bipartisan bill makes it illegal to sell goods and services that are vital and necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of consumers at an unconscionably excessive price during a declared state of emergency.

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs said it has received about 160 complaints of alleged price gouging or other “unfair practices” related to concerns over coronavirus.

“As our communities, hospitals, and front-line medical professionals are continuing to work to contain the outbreak and keep residents safe, we must ensure that hardworking families in North Jersey are also protected from price gouging of essential goods and services during this emergency,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5).

This bipartisan bill is being introduced by U.S. Congressman Jason Smith (MO-8).

The bill defines “goods and services vital and necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of consumers” as all materials and services related to, but not limited to, medical treatment during a declared public health emergency as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Recent Posts

Nov 30, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement on New York’s Congestion Tax

NORTH JERSEY — Today, November 29, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement: “As advertised, New York is officially sticking it to Jersey families with their commuter-crushing Congestion Tax. On top of the existing tolls, it’ll be 15 bucks every day to go into the city with no discounts at the GW Bridge […]

Nov 29, 2023

RELEASE: After Gottheimer Questioning, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Director Chopra Agrees to “Look Into” NY’s Congestion Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, November 29, 2023, during a U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra, a New Jersey native, about New York’s $23-a-day Congestion Tax “making money off of gouging middle class Americans with exorbitant tolls.” Director Rohit Chopra agreed to “look into” the […]

Nov 29, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer Helps Pass Bipartisan Legislation Condemning Hamas, Calling for the Release of All Hostages, and Reaffirming Israel’s Right to Exist

WASHINGTON D.C. — Tonight, November 28, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) helped pass two pieces of bipartisan legislation to condemn the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, reaffirm Israel’s right to exist, and call for Hamas to immediately surrender and safely release all hostages. On October 7, Hamas terrorists brutally murdered, raped, burned alive, decapitated, and […]