Whitehouse Applauds House Passage of his Bill to Protect Servicemembers from Foreclosure

Havana, Cuba - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse applauded the House's passage today of the
Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act, which extends key
foreclosure protection to those who serve.  Whitehouse authored the legislation,
which was unanimously approved by the Senate in December.  The bill now awaits the
President's signature to become law.

"Some of the men and women who've served our country need time to find their
financial footing as they leave active service.  They should get it," said
Whitehouse.  "Our servicemembers keep us safe from all manner of threats around the
globe.  It's the least we can do to keep them and their families safe from
foreclosure as they transition back to civilian life.  I'll keep fighting to make
these protections permanent, but I'm pleased we've reached a bipartisan agreement on
a two-year extension."

Whitehouse has been fighting for years to ensure that those who have served our
country and their families are protected from foreclosure as they transition from
active-duty service to civilian life.  Thanks to legislation Whitehouse authored in
2014, servicemembers were protected from foreclosure for a full year after leaving
active-duty service.  That provision expired at the end of 2015, causing foreclosure
protections to revert to just 90 days.  The Whitehouse bill that passed today
extends the 12-month grace period through the end of 2017.

In 2008, Congress first extended the period of foreclosure protection under the
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act from 90 days to nine months in response to a report
by the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves.  The report found that "the
threat of foreclosure is a stressor that need not be placed on members of the armed
forces during the first months of their return to civilian life."

In 2012, Senator Whitehouse fought successfully to extend the period of foreclosure
protection even further, extending it to one year.  Since then, Whitehouse has
succeeded in extending that protection, while also
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to make it permanent.

At the time of the bill's passage, Whitehouse was traveling with President Barack
Obama in Cuba.