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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. TAKANO. I thank the gentleman from Washington for yielding.

Mr. Chairman, I rise today to express my strong support for the amendments submitted by the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. Cummings), known previously as H.R. 1842, the Military Family Home Protection Act.

As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and the ranking member of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, taking care of our servicemembers and their families is one of my top priorities. This legislation does just that: it takes care of our heroes.

By staying foreclosures when servicemembers are receiving hostile fire or when they are medically discharged, by doubling the civil penalties for mortgage-related violations, and by prohibiting banks from discriminating against servicemembers, veterans or surviving spouses, the Military Family Home Protection Act no longer allows our heroes and their families to be taken advantage of.

Since the economic downturn, more than 700 servicemembers have been wrongfully foreclosed on, and more than 1,500 servicemembers have been subjected to illegal practices by mortgage providers. The men and women who fight bravely for our Nation deserve better.

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Mr. TAKANO. We owe it to them not to allow their families to be thrown out of their houses when they are putting their lives on the line in the name of freedom.

I urge my colleagues to support our military families.

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