Harder’s Bipartisan Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Passes House in Unanimous Vote

November 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder’s bipartisan Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act has passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous bipartisan vote. The bill will allow the families of fallen and critically injured servicemembers to end their phone, cable, or internet contracts without being financially penalized. Ohio Republican Brad Wenstrup joined Rep. Harder to introduce the bill.

“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,” said Rep. Harder. “Literally everyone agrees this is a good bill and I look forward to getting it across the finish line.”

“The families of our nation’s servicemembers deserve support when tragedy strikes. This bill will ensure spouses of servicemembers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty are not trapped in contracts,” said Congressman Brad Wenstrup.

Following the death of a servicemember, families have many existing protections in place to guarantee they aren’t responsible for various issues. Last year, the House of Representatives passed legislation similar to Rep. Harder’s, but the Senate did not include it in a larger bill. The Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act will resolve that issue and ensure families don’t have to struggle with additional problems following the death of a loved one.