Cline Bill Addressing Service Member Debt Relief Signed by President Trump
WASHINGTON – President Trump signed H.R. 3304, the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act into law Friday, August 23. Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) was the lead Republican sponsor of this bill which passed the House 417-1.
The legislation ensures that certain members of the National Guard and Reserves who fall on hard economic times after returning from active duty deployment will continue to obtain bankruptcy relief without having to fill out the substantial paperwork required by the so-called “means test” under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code.
“Serving a recall to active duty is hard enough on Guardsmen, Reservists, and their families, it should not be made more difficult by financial uncertainty,” Cline said. “I am pleased that the President recently signed the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act, giving a crucial lifeline for returning service members who have fallen on hard economic times. We must continue to support our nation's warriors who put service above self."
This measure becomes the third bill Congressman Cline has authored that has been signed into law in the month of August.
Congressman Ben Cline was sworn in as the new Congressman for the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in January 2019. He was an attorney in private practice and served in the Virginia House of Delegates prior to his election last November. Cline and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fincastle with their two daughters.