Ben Cline represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. He previously served as a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 24th District from 2002-2018. In the Virginia House, Cline chaired the Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety.
Nicholas Betts has worked in construction and landscaping, as a graduate teaching assistant, a substitute teacher, a contract manager for a small family business, and now as a law clerk in Roanoke, Virginia. He knows what it is like to work hard and to achieve goals in the face of adversity. If elected to Congress to represent the 6th District of Virginia, Nicholas Betts will fight hard for Freedom, and he will go to Washington to work, not to play politics.
Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2017
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2018, Ben was an attorney in private practice. From 2007 until 2013, he served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.
Ben also worked for Congressman Bob Goodlatte, beginning as a member of his legislative staff in 1994 and ultimately serving as the Congressman’s Chief of Staff.
For more information, go to Ben Cline’s post.
Nicholas Betts has lived in Virginia virtually his entire adult life. He moved to Virginia when he was 18 years old to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where he met his wife, Lindsey Betts, during their Freshman year of college in 2008. Their relationship continued after college, they were married in 2015, and they currently live in Lexington, Virginia.
For more information, go to Nicholas Betts’s post.
July 25, 2019 Press Release
February 4, 2019Editorial
Americans have approximately $1.6 Trillion in student loan debt, which inhibits economic growth. Federal student loans should be offered at 0% interest rates because the Federal Government should not profit from student loans. I want to fix the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, so applicants who have made a good faith effort to meet the program requirements have their student loan debt forgiven as promised. I support changing bankruptcy laws, so that student loan debt is treated like any other type of debt. Finally, I support changing the tax code, so after paying for the required amount of time, students have their student debt forgiven tax free.
Climate Change is a real concern in America and across the World. The United States should be the world leader in clean energy technology development in the 21st Century. This can be accomplished by giving tax credits for developing solar and wind energy sources. This will help create jobs in clean energy, create economic growth, and help protect the environment. We cannot afford to fall behind other countries in clean energy development if we want to remain the world’s leading economy in the 21st Century and beyond.
We need to increase the Federal Government’s Investment in education. Funding education is crucial to America maintaining its position as the world leader in the 21st Century and beyond. Education affects everything from Economic Growth to National Defense. We need to invest in an expansion of public early childhood education programs and we should increase investments in public K-12 education to increase teachers‘ salaries, as well as to hire more teachers to decrease classroom sizes. We should increase Federal program funding in order to increase program accessibility for Americans who want to pursue career and technical education. Additionally, higher education should be made affordable and accessible for everyone who chooses to pursue it.
We must make sure that all Americans have access to a public healthcare option, but Americans who want to keep their private health insurance should be able to do so. Establishing a low-cost public healthcare option that is accessible to all Americans will cause private health insurance providers to lower their prices to compete. Such a reduction in overall prices of healthcare ensures access to essential care for all Americans, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
All Americans should be able to access the internet from their home. Internet access is crucial to education, work, healthcare, civic engagement, and nearly every area of life today. The Federal Government should partner with States and Localities to expand internet access.
June 21, 2019 Blog Post
We should increase Federal grants to help veterans start businesses. I want to ensure that all veterans in the private sector are aware of this potential source of business funding and that these grants are easily accessible to the men and women who served our Country. Additionally, we must make sure that veterans have access to the healthcare resources they need to thrive.