Full Name: Ben Cline

Nick Names: 

 

Office Sought:  House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District of Virginia

 

Party Affiliation:  Republican

 

Campaign Website: https://bencline.com/

Campaign POC: 

Phone Number: 540.744.2606

Campaign Email:
info@benclineforcongress.com

 

 

Structured Interview Request Sent: Completed 2022. Updates requested 26 Jan 2024.

Structured Interview Response and Date: 

Vetting Panel Selected: Pending

 

Structured Interview Completed: Pending

Biography: My values were shaped growing in the Shenandoah Valley. I received a B.A. degree from Bates College and law degree from University of Richmond. Introduced by mutual friends while in law school, my wife Elizabeth and I live in Botetourt County where we are raising our two daughters. Prior to my election to Congress, I worked as an attorney, first by serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, and then by launching a private practice with offices in Lexington, Amherst, and Harrisonburg. I served in the Virginia House of Delegates before my election to Congress in 2018. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

Ben Cline’s values were shaped growing up in the Shenandoah Valley. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1990, received his B.A. degree from Bates College, and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. Introduced by mutual friends while Ben was in law school, Ben and his wife Elizabeth married in 2007 and are raising their daughters in Botetourt County. Prior to his election to Congress, Ben worked as an attorney, first serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County, and then opening a private practice with offices in Lexington, Amherst, and Harrisonburg.

In 2018, Ben was elected to represent the people of the Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since taking office, Ben has made a name for himself by taking on the status quo in Washington – never failing to champion common sense, conservative legislation that challenged the establishments of both the Republican and Democratic parties. He hit the ground running and was the first GOP member of his freshman class to get a bill signed into law by President Trump.

Ben is at the forefront of defending our liberties and conservative values from the radical left. Since being asked to serve on the Committees on Budget and Appropriations, Ben has taken the fight to Nancy Pelosi’s massive tax hikes, the Squad’s Green New Deal scheme, and Joe Biden’s bloated bureaucracy. Alongside his colleagues in the Freedom Caucus, Ben is at the center of the battle against bloated and unaccountable government. Ben has a reputation of holding those in power accountable – even in his own party – and fighting to clean up bureaucratic waste and the political cronyism that grips our system.

Now serving in his second legislative session in the House, ratings from congressional observers and scorecard groups have shown that Ben has kept his campaign promises and continued his record of fiscal responsibility and adherence to our Constitutional principles. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

 

Why you? This is a trying time for America. The far Left seeks to undermine the values upon which our nation was founded. It will take unapologetic, conservative leaders who are willing to stand up and fight if we’re going to put America back on the path of freedom and liberty. I’ve proven for years that I won’t back down to anyone, Republican or Democrat, when it comes to defending American’s freedoms and liberties granted to us by God and enshrined in the Constitution. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

What are your priorities? My priority is putting the federal government back into the boundaries created by the Constitution. The Washington bureaucracy has gotten too big, too expensive, and too intrusive in the lives of Americans. This means balancing our budget, eliminating unconstitutional federal agencies, and cutting taxes. When we cut out these distractions, the federal government can focus on its constitutionally mandated objectives among which is maintaining a strong national defense. Supporting our military with the resources necessary to effectively defend our country is a top priority for me. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

BOLSTER RURAL AMERICA
Agriculture is the most important industry in the Sixth District, and it is critical that federal legislation supports our farmers. I will work diligently to ensure that the 2023 Farm Bill will secure the competitiveness of American agriculture, provide financial certainty to farmers and our agriculture community, strengthen research in the ag sector, and expand rural broadband. I am proud that the work I have done on behalf of farmers has earned me the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from American Farm Bureau Federation. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

STOP THE WASTE
Every day, American’s make tough decisions to balance their budgets and so should Congress. I will hold Washington accountable by putting an end to wasteful spending and returning as many tax dollars as possible back to the citizens – after all, it’s your money, not the government’s money! (Source: https://bencline.com/)

HOLD GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE
When it comes to the government, I have always believed that sunshine is the best disinfectant. I have a long record of passing legislation to increase transparency in government. Thanks to my efforts, the Virginia state budget was published online for the first time and citizens were given ample time to review how their tax dollars would be spent before legislators were allowed to cast their vote. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

SUPPORT THE 2ND AMENDMENT
The Second Amendment guarantees our intrinsic right to self-defense. I will never allow the Left to undermine this right and to attempt to disarm American citizens. I promise to fight every day to defend the Second Amendment so that we can protect ourselves and our families. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

KEEP AMERICA SAFE
We must defend the freedoms that make America the shining city on a hill. Peace through strength deters future threats from ever challenging our safety. I support measures to modernize our military in order to prepare for the battlefields of the future and prevent America from fighting forever wars. I have also worked to honor the men and women who have served our nation by passing legislation to make their transition back into civilian life easier. I will always stand by the heroes who have worn our Nation’s uniform. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

UPHOLDING ELECTION INTEGRITY
American democracy is the benchmark for the rest of the world. To ensure we continue to have free and fair elections, Americans deserve to know our electoral process is secure and transparent from start to finish. I support voter ID requirements which will ensure only legal votes are cast, as well as safeguards to ensure your ballot is protected throughout the counting process. In our elections, it should be easy to vote, but impossible to cheat. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

PROTECTING THE UNBORN
From the moment of conception, all life has great value. We have a duty to protect the weakest among us – the unborn. Over the past 50 years, more than 60 million lives have been lost to abortion. I have always been a champion of pro-life legislation that protects our God-given right to life, and I’ll never stop fighting for the unborn. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN
Nothing could be more important for the future of our nation than providing a world class education for every child. I will work to ensure we put children first, not bureaucrats and teachers’ unions. I also believe it is essential that we empower parents to have a leading role in directing their children’s education. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

DEFEND THE RULE OF LAW
I firmly support law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen firsthand the immense good these men and women provide for our families and communities. By opposing the foolish and reckless proposals to defund the police, we can ensure there will always be law enforcement who are ready and willing to run towards the sounds of danger. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

Endorsements: (Not a complete list)
President Donald Trump
National Rifle Association
Governor Glenn Youngkin
Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears
AG Jason Miyares
Rep. Jim Jordan
American Conservative Union, presented the “Conservative Excellence” for his voting record in Congress (Source: https://bencline.com/)

Education: He graduated from Lexington High School in 1990, received his B.A. degree from Bates College, and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

Relevant Employment History:
Harrisonburg Rockingham Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Owner, Private law practice – Harrisonburg, Lexington, Amherst (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

Prior to his election to Congress, Rob spent 26 years working as a health specialist for the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Shellfish Sanitation and as an environmental health specialist for local health departments in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

Past Offices Held and Tenure: Prior to his election to Congress, Ben worked as an attorney, first serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County. Member of the Virginia state house of delegates, 2002-2018. Staff, United States Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, 1994-2002. (Source: https://bencline.com/) (Source: https://bioguide.congress.gov/search/bio/C001118)

Community Service: Blue Ridge Community Food Bank, Christmas Hope Toy Give Away (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

Leadership Experience: 
Chairman, Conservative Caucus, Virginia General Assembly
Chairman, House Committee on Militia Police and Public Safety (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

Personal Strengths: I will always speak truth to power and stand by my convictions. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? I believe that every American is endowed by our creator with inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is my mission to protect these rights no matter your creed or background. Republican or Democrat, I will never stop fighting to protect your freedoms. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

How would your friends and family describe you? Devoted husband and father. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)
 

What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? The Constitution is not a set of suggestions. To preserve liberty, our government must be constrained by the limits placed on it by the Constitution. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

HOLD GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE
When it comes to the government, I have always believed that sunshine is the best disinfectant. I have a long record of passing legislation to increase transparency in government. Thanks to my efforts, the Virginia state budget was published online for the first time and citizens were given ample time to review how their tax dollars would be spent before legislators were allowed to cast their vote. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

REFORMING CONGRESS
Congress was established through Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, and as such, our Founding Fathers put the utmost responsibility in lawmakers to uphold their inalienable rights.  Sadly, today’s Congress has become overreaching and dysfunctional. Congressman Cline is committed to serving the constituents of Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District by ensuring Congress has the necessary transparency and procedural ability to accomplish meaningful reform. 

Below are just a few examples of pieces of legislation Congressman Cline has supported during his tenure to accomplish these goals:

117th Congress:

  • H.R. 872, the One Subject at a Time Act attempts to end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill by requiring that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject.

116th Congress:

  • H.R. 3403, the Searchable Legislation Act of 2019 establishes a baseline that all bills, resolutions, and documents of Congress be created and stored in a manner that is electronically searchable which would increase transparency.
  • H.R. 3402, the Readable Legislation Act of 2019 requires that bills are written in a manner that shows the entire section of code it is amending, which would increase comprehensive knowledge of the effects of the legislation. (Source: https://cline.house.gov/issues)

     

What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Religious freedom is an essential liberty possessed by all individuals. Government mandates which force individuals to violate their conscience and religious convictions must be opposed at every level. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

 

What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? To remain unified, a nation must have a shared cultural and historical identity. This is why the radical Left wants to undermine the truth of our founding narrative, they seek to unmake America. Our Founding Fathers created a system of government founded on the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility. This truth must be preserved and taught to future generations. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)
   

What are your thought on government transparency? Government belongs to the people and the public has a right to know exactly how their money is being spent and what their representatives are doing on their behalf. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

HOLD GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE
When it comes to the government, I have always believed that sunshine is the best disinfectant. I have a long record of passing legislation to increase transparency in government. Thanks to my efforts, the Virginia state budget was published online for the first time and citizens were given ample time to review how their tax dollars would be spent before legislators were allowed to cast their vote. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on national defense? A strong national defense is essential to the preservation of a free society. I will always fight to give our armed forces the tools necessary to effectively carry out the objective of defending our nation. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

KEEP AMERICA SAFE
We must defend the freedoms that make America the shining city on a hill. Peace through strength deters future threats from ever challenging our safety. I support measures to modernize our military in order to prepare for the battlefields of the future and prevent America from fighting forever wars. I have also worked to honor the men and women who have served our nation by passing legislation to make their transition back into civilian life easier. I will always stand by the heroes who have worn our Nation’s uniform. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

UPHOLDING ELECTION INTEGRITY
American democracy is the benchmark for the rest of the world. To ensure we continue to have free and fair elections, Americans deserve to know our electoral process is secure and transparent from start to finish. I support voter ID requirements which will ensure only legal votes are cast, as well as safeguards to ensure your ballot is protected throughout the counting process. In our elections, it should be easy to vote, but impossible to cheat. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

FINDING ENERGY SOLUTIONS
With the abundance of energy sources right here in the Commonwealth, Congressman Cline supports an “all of the above” energy policy.  Therefore, Congressman Cline believes in supporting policies that serve to bolster both American security and economic interests, and also safeguard our natural resources in a responsible manner that does not jeopardize Virginia’s energy jobs or burdens Virginia’s families with high energy costs.

Below are just a few examples of pieces of legislation Congressman Cline has supported during his tenure to accomplish these goals:

117th Congress:

  • H.R. 420, the Blocking Rejoining Paris Climate Accord Act prohibits the use of any funds to take action providing for the United States to become a party to the Paris Agreement.
  • H.R. 684, the Keystone XL Construction and Jobs Act authorizes the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline to construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline facilities in Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.
  • H.R. 859, the Protecting American Energy Jobs Act limits the President’s authority to prohibit or withdraw federal land or waters from energy production activities.
  • H.R. 2705, the Natural Gas Export Expansion Act revises requirements regarding natural gas imports or exports to expand the expedited application and approval process to any nation, even if not a party to a free trade agreement with the United States. The bill excludes any nation subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the United States or excluded by the President or Congress for national security reasons.
  • H.R. 6235, the Strategic Production Response Act provides for the development of a plan to increase oil and gas production under oil and gas leases of Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of Defense in conjunction with a drawdown of petroleum reserves from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

116th Congress:

  • H.R. 3306, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act directs the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals, provide for a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source, make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts
  • H.R. 4294, the American Energy First Act seeks to empower States to manage the development and production of oil and gas on available Federal land, to distribute revenues from oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf to certain coastal States, to promote alternative energy development. (Source: https://cline.house.gov/issues)

SUPPORTING VETERANS
As a Member of Congress, advocating for veterans and their families is a top priority for Congressman Cline. His district offices help veterans with their claims with the Department of Veterans affairs, and in Washington, he is always looking for new ways to do more to support those who supported us.

Throughout his tenure, Congressman Cline has strived to honor veterans by advocating for and passing legislation, some of which has been signed into law, that deals with burn pits, suicide prevention, veteran health care options, blue water navy, the widow’s tax, reserve and national guard bankruptcy, and opening up membership into the American Legion for previously disqualified veterans.

Below are just a few examples of pieces of legislation Congressman Cline has supported during his tenure to accomplish these goals:

117th Congress:

  • H.R. 4433, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act requires the Administrator of the SBA to carry out a pilot program issuing grants to eligible Veterans to start or acquire a qualifying business, giving Veterans greater flexibility with the money they earned.
  • H.R. 1448, the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a pilot program to provide canine training to Veterans diagnosed with PTSD as an element of an integrative health program.
  • H.R. 2974, the Military Spouse Hiring Act expands the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to include the hiring of a qualified military spouse.
  • H.R. 3674, the Vet Center Support Act directs the VA Secretary to submit to Congress a report on mental health care furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs in certain States to ensure our Veterans are being properly cared for.
  • H.R. 2192, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 ensures that applicable individuals who resided, worked, or were otherwise exposed to government-provided tap water that was contaminated with harmful chemicals, found at levels ranging from 240 to 3,400 times levels permitted by safety standards, at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, could obtain appropriate relief from harm.
  • H.R. 1476, the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program Act requires the VA to establish the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program to make grants to eligible entities (including (1) a nonprofit organization that has historically served the mental health needs of Veterans, (2) a congressionally chartered Veteran service organization, or (3) a state, local, or tribal Veteran service agency, director, or commissioner) for peer-to-peer mental health programs for Veterans.

116th Congress:

  • On July 30, 2019, I joined President Trump in the Oval Office as he signed my bill, H.R. 1641, the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service (LEGION) Act. This bill expands American Legion membership criteria to include all honorably discharged veterans who served during unrecognized times of war.
  • H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act extends benefits to servicemembers that served in the territorial waters off the coast of Vietnam and were exposed to Agent Orange. (signed into law)
  • H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act eliminates an unfair deduction of benefits which is placed on surviving spouses of service members when their spouse passes away during active duty. 
  • H.R. 1381, the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act authorizes specified individuals to update the burn pit registry with the cause of death of a registered individual. (passed in the House)
  • H.R. 3495, the Improve Well-Being of Veterans Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to award grants for a period of three years to eligible entities for the provision of suicide prevention services to veterans and their families. (Source: https://cline.house.gov/issues)

     

What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? The free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice. Individuals making free decisions are the best managers of the economy, not politicians or bureaucrats. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

BOLSTER RURAL AMERICA
Agriculture is the most important industry in the Sixth District, and it is critical that federal legislation supports our farmers. I will work diligently to ensure that the 2023 Farm Bill will secure the competitiveness of American agriculture, provide financial certainty to farmers and our agriculture community, strengthen research in the ag sector, and expand rural broadband. I am proud that the work I have done on behalf of farmers has earned me the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from American Farm Bureau Federation. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

STOP THE WASTE
Every day, American’s make tough decisions to balance their budgets and so should Congress. I will hold Washington accountable by putting an end to wasteful spending and returning as many tax dollars as possible back to the citizens – after all, it’s your money, not the government’s money! (Source: https://bencline.com/)

GROWING THE ECONOMY
Congressman Cline is focused on growing the economy and keeping more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans. The Congressman is fighting to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and employees and is also committed to lowering taxes that stunt economic growth. He also believes in promoting free trade agreements and policies that benefit farmers and small businesses in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District.

Below are just a few examples of pieces of legislation Congressman Cline has supported during his tenure to accomplish these goals:

117th Congress:

  • H.R. 1712, the Death Tax Repeal Actrepeals the estate tax, also known as the death tax. This tax is, in effect, a double tax on families and taxes property transferred at death. Many family businesses and farms are forced to shut down in order to pay this tax, instead the death tax should be repealed so that the next generation can continue operating and provide strength to their local economy.
  • H.R. 3625, the Middle-Class Savings Act aligns the brackets for assessing capital gains taxes with those created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to enable middle-class families to invest and save more through the stock market. 
  • H.R. 1381, the Main Street Tax Certainty Act makes the 20 percent pass-through small business tax deduction permanent in an effort to support small businesses, help create jobs and strengthen our economy.
  • H.R. 1346, the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act provides federal tax credits to support the travel, convention, trade show, entertainment, tourism, and hospitality industries across the country impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
  • H.R. 2698, the Aluminum Pricing Examination (APEX) Act grants the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the statutory authority to conduct oversight of the aluminum market and to investigate price setting, benchmarking, and reporting entities.
  • H.R. 4181, the Stop Inflationary Spending Act amends the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to require the Congressional Budget Office to conduct an analysis of the impact on inflation from certain reconciliation legislation reported or submitted pursuant to reconciliation directives in a concurrent resolution on the budget.
  • H.Res. 620 the Protect Right to Work expresses support for right-to-work laws that protect workers from being required to join and pay forced dues to a union to get or keep a job.

116th Congress:

  • H.R. 2571, the National Right-to-Work Act repeals the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act of 1938 and the Railway Labor Act that permit employers to condition employment on the requirement of employees to join a union.
  • H.R. 575, the Lessening Regulatory Costs and Establishing a Federal Regulatory Budget Act of 2019 establishes a system for reducing out-of-date regulations and requiring more efficient regulatory action (Source: https://cline.house.gov/issues)

FIXING OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District is blessed to be the home of several of the top 10 hospitals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. From Carilion in Roanoke to Centra in Lynchburg, Virginia’s hospitals are vital to the health and well-being of Sixth District residents.

With the rise in premiums and deductibles and the ever-increasing cost of prescription drugs, Congressman Cline has made it a priority to address America’s healthcare issues using effective, free-market solutions, while protecting patients with preexisting conditions. He has also worked to advance legislation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on the United States.

Congressman Cline believes it is a priority that Congress foster affordability and accessibility in the healthcare marketplace in a way that both parties can endorse and that is consistent with the entrepreneurial spirit of our nation.

Below are just a few examples of pieces of legislation Congressman Cline has supported during his tenure to accomplish these goals:

117th Congress:

  • H.R. 725, the Personalized Care Act increases the maximum annual contribution limit for HSAs to $10,800 for individuals and $29,500 for families. The bill would also decouple HSAs from high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and extend HSAs as an option for those enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • H.R. 2898, the Homecare for Seniors Act allows tax-exempt distributions from health savings accounts (HSAs) to be used for qualified home care.
  • H.R. 3537, the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act establishes grant programs to address neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease),
  • H.R. 4390, the PROTECT 340B Act of 2021 amends title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to ensure the equitable treatment of covered entities and pharmacies participating in the 340B drug discount program.
  • H.R. 5981, the Telehealth Expansion Act amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the exemption for telehealth services from certain high deductible health plan rules.

116th Congress:

  • H.R. 748, the CARES Act offers economic relief to individuals and businesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides resources to hospitals and states to treat and test patients.
  • H.R. 3199, the Terminating the Extension of Rights Misappropriated (TERM) Act is bipartisan legislation that helps limit the practice of “evergreening” by drug companies and will allow the quicker introduction of generic medications to market. With prices continuing to rise, Congress must ensure that the marketplace includes affordable and accessible generic prescription drugs.
  • H.R. 5596, the Personalized Care Act expands access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), getting bureaucracy and insurance companies out of the way to allow patients to control their own healthcare choices.
  • H.R. 1035, the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act requires greater transparency and accountability from pharmacy benefit managers, allowing for lower prices for patients in the Sixth District and across the United States.
  • H.R. 1398, the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act of 2019delays the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), a harmful sales tax on health insurance coverage, until after 2021. (Source: https://cline.house.gov/issues)

     

What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? Life begins at conception and is deserving of dignity and protection under the law. I have always been 100% pro-life and will continue protecting the unborn. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

PROTECTING THE UNBORN
From the moment of conception, all life has great value. We have a duty to protect the weakest among us – the unborn. Over the past 50 years, more than 60 million lives have been lost to abortion. I have always been a champion of pro-life legislation that protects our God-given right to life, and I’ll never stop fighting for the unborn. (Source: https://bencline.com/)
   

What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America? Strong families are essential to the future of our country. Families, not government, should play the leading role in the education and upbringing of children. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN
Nothing could be more important for the future of our nation than providing a world class education for every child. I will work to ensure we put children first, not bureaucrats and teachers’ unions. I also believe it is essential that we empower parents to have a leading role in directing their children’s education. (Source: https://bencline.com/)
   

What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? All individuals are created equal and as such are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunity. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

DEFEND THE RULE OF LAW
I firmly support law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen firsthand the immense good these men and women provide for our families and communities. By opposing the foolish and reckless proposals to defund the police, we can ensure there will always be law enforcement who are ready and willing to run towards the sounds of danger. (Source: https://bencline.com/)
   

What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? The right to keep and bear arms is an individual and inalienable right. I will never allow gun grabbers in Washington to disarm law-abiding Americans. (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

SUPPORT THE 2ND AMENDMENT
The Second Amendment guarantees our intrinsic right to self-defense. I will never allow the Left to undermine this right and to attempt to disarm American citizens. I promise to fight every day to defend the Second Amendment so that we can protect ourselves and our families. (Source: https://bencline.com/)

Additional sources of information on this candidate:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benclineforcongress/ (Submitted late: 7 June 2022)

United States House of Representatives (https://www.congress.gov/member/ben-cline/C001118)

Committee Assignments and Recent Votes (https://clerk.house.gov/members/C001118)

Congressional records Page (https://www.congress.gov/search?q=%7B%22source%22%3A%22congrecord%22%2C%22crHouseMemberRemarks%22%3A%22Cline%2C+Ben+%5BR-VA%5D%22%7D)

Official Biography. (https://bioguide.congress.gov/search/bio/C001118)

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Cline

   

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