Judging by the flurry of committee action, looks like there will be a congressional vote this year on at least one anti-arbitration bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee today is marking up S.2838, Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act, which would vitiate arbitration provisions in nursing home contracts.
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law reported out three anti-arbitration bills, including the House version of the nursing home legislation, H.R. 6126. The Naderific group, Public Citizen, issued a news release praising the action as an "important step toward protecting American consumers from companies that would take away their access to the courts."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been active in support of arbitration in contracts, arguing the provisions provide more affordable and reliable handling of claims for consumers and businesses both.