What is House Bill H.R. 4356?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4356
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) introduced this bill to allow families of fallen and critically injured servicemembers to end their phone, cable, or internet connect without a financial penalty:
“If your family member is killed or wounded while serving overseas, the last thing you need to worry about is fighting your internet company. Military families already make a huge sacrifice, and losing a loved one is one more reminder that our heroes in uniform don’t serve alone. Folks who lose a loved one in the line of duty may have to move or experience changes in income that mean they need to end their phone or internet contract – they shouldn’t be on the hook for extra fees after such a devastating loss. This is obvious, common sense stuff.”
After this bill passed the House Veterans Affairs Committee by voice vote, Rep. Harder said:
“We owe our men and women in uniform for their service and sacrifice in defense of our country. You expect that companies would do the right thing if a servicemember dies in the line of duty – unfortunately, that’s not always the case. This bill will ensure that grieving loved ones of a fallen hero don’t have to fight their cable or cell phone company to change their service – it’s the last thing these folks need to be worrying about. Getting this through committee is a huge milestone – next stop is the House Floor.”
Original cosponsor Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) adds:
“The families of our nation’s servicemembers deserve support when tragedy strikes. This bill would ensure spouses of servicemembers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty are not trapped in contracts.”
This legislation passed the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee by voice vote with the support of one cosponsor, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH). It’s expected to pass the full House.
Last year, the House passed similar legislation. However, the Senate failed to include it in a larger bill.
Of Note: Changes in salary and necessary moves after a servicemember’s death often mean a military family needs to terminate their phone, cable, and/or internet contracts. However, at present, companies often deny these requests or assess fees for breaking a contract.
- Sponsoring Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) Press Release
- Sponsoring Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) Press Release After Committee Passage
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / CatLane)
Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act
To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to allow certain individuals to terminate contracts for telephone, multichannel video programming, or internet access service, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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- The house has not voted
Economic OpportunityCommittee on Veterans' AffairsIntroducedSeptember 17th, 2019
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