When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, many Americans noticed that prices on necessary, everyday items shot up. My office has also heard stories about bad actors in different states and countries who were attempting to upcharge prices on PPE to rip-off our health care systems.
We cannot allow these bad actors to increase prices on necessary items during a pandemic and we must increase penalties for price gougers during a national emergency.
That is why I introduced the Ending Price-Gouging During Emergencies Act to punish individuals and businesses that price gouges essential medical supplies and other goods and services during a state of national emergency in response to pandemics and natural disasters. Low-life price gougers who try to rip-off their fellow Americans and our medical professionals need to be criminally prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. My bill will make them think twice before they try to price gouge Americans during an emergency, and if they still try to price gouge, my bill will hold them accountable.
During this difficult time, I remain committed to protecting every North Carolinian by ensuring everyone can buy the necessary items needed to keep you and your family safe.
Thank you for reading, and as always please reach out to my office if you have any questions or need help with a federal agency and please stay safe.