Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act
Dear Member of the United States House of Representatives:
I am writing on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation, representing over 3 million business of every size, sector and region, to urge you to support the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act.
This balanced, bipartisan legislation is important to protect consumers and businesses, and stop abuse of the bankruptcy system by wealthy debtors. Specifically, bankruptcy reform will prevent wealthy debtors from using bankruptcy to wipe out the debts that they can afford to repay, and from passing those debts on to the millions of businesses and consumers who cannot afford to pay someone else's bills.
Bankruptcy reform has repeatedly passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. This fair, balanced legislation will reward personal responsibility and restore fairness to the bankruptcy system, while protecting those who need the assistance that bankruptcy offers, such as the fresh start and protection from creditors.
- No one will lose access to bankruptcy, regardless of income.
- The legislation would close loopholes like the Homestead exception, forcing wealthy debtors who can afford to repay their debts to do so.
- The bill imposes significant new responsibilities and disclosures on lenders, and particularly credit card lenders.
- The bill is fair to debtors, while it also stops the very rich from exploiting the system to discharge their debts, and subsequently leaving everyone else holding the bag.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will strongly consider including votes on or related to the Conference Report, including on the Rule, in its annual "How They Voted" Guide.
R. Bruce Josten
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce