On Monday, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3) introduced a new bill in the House of Representatives that—if passed—would amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in a significant way. The bill, H.R. 7796, would restrict the collection of consumer debt during a national disaster or emergency. The text of the bill is not available yet as it is in the very early stages of the legislative process. This bill likely stems from the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.