Benjamin Franklin put it best, “Well done is better than well said.”
Ben Cline has been our conservative champion in Richmond, and he will be the conservative champion we need in Washington, D.C.
Ben’s record on the 2nd Amendment speaks for itself. Ben Cline is the only candidate in this race who has every successfully passed laws that have protected our right to keep and bear arms. Here are some of the highlights of Ben’s a Pro-Gun legislative record:
- HB 871 – Clarifies that anyone who is denied a concealed handgun permit has the same right to an ore tenus hearing as a person who has previously held a concealed handgun permit. (2010)
- HB 754 – Removes the option for a locality to require that an applicant for a concealed handgun permit submit fingerprints as part of the application. (2012)
- HB 1582 – Allows a person at least 18 years of age but less than 21 years of age to apply for a concealed handgun permit if he is on active military duty or has received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard and has completed basic training as a part of his military service. This was Jeff Campbell’s bill (Ben had a version too but became chief co-patron of this one). (2017)
- HB 962 – McAuliffe’s very first veto – Codifying current case law – Provides that for purposes of the exception to the prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon if it is in a secured container or compartment in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel, the term “compartment” includes a console, glove compartment, or any other area within or on the vehicle or vessel that possesses the ability to be closed. The bill also provides that the term “secured” does not require that a container or compartment be locked, but merely closed. (2014)
- HB 1163 (Chief Co-Patron with Del. Webert) – Recognition of out-of-state concealed handgun permits. Response to AG Mark Herring’s action to unilaterally revoke reciprocity agreements. (2016)
- HB 2265 (2017) and HB 1255 (2018) – Constitutional Carry.
In 2018, Ben Cline was appointed the Chair of the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, and was tasked with killing all the Democrat’s anti-gun bills. He succeeded.
Ben Cline has been a champion for the unborn in Richmond, something he plans to continue when elected to Washington. The following are some of the highlights from his pro-Life record:
- HB 462 (Co-Patron with Del. Byron) – Informed consent for abortion. (2012)
- HB 1090 (2016), HB 2264 (2017), Budget Amendment (2018 – included in Senate but not House proposed budget) – Remove Planned Parenthood Funding from Virginia’s Budget.
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Ben Cline is the only candidate in this race with a record of helping to end illegal immigration. Below are just some highlights of his legislative record – which will prove to be invaluable to President Trump as he tries to enact his American First Agenda, protect American workers, and end illegal immigration into this nation:
- HB 1257 – Sanctuary cities prohibited – not yet acted on but Governor has promised to veto. (2018)
- HB 2000 – Sanctuary cities prohibited – Charlie Poindexter’s bill but Ben was chief co-patron. (2017)
Ben Cline has been a champion for Government Transparency and exposing the corrupt in Richmond. Here are just a few of the highlights of Ben’s record of pulling back the curtains on the backroom deals and Governmental abuses of power that poison our democracy:
- HB 1315 (2016) and HB 1677 (2017) – Recorded Votes – Became House Rule in 2018
- HB 1362 – Misuse of public assets by any full-time officer, agent, or employee of the Commonwealth, or political subdivision without lawful authorization is guilty of a Class 4 felony. (2008)
- HB 2285 – Requires the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts to include on its existing searchable database information regarding state audits or reports relating to public entities, capital outlay payments, and annual bonded indebtedness. (2009)
- HB 2076 (2015) – 48 Hour Viewing of Budget Before Voting – Became House Rule in 2016
Ben Cline is the only candidate in this race who has ever fought against tax increases, Government waste, and inflated budgets. Here are just some of the highlights from his stellar record of fighting for your money to be spend wisely while in Richmond:
- HB 3 – Transportation funding; all provisions of 2013 Session omnibus bill to expire on July 1, 2014.
- Voted against 2013 Transportation Bill
- Voted against inclusion of Medicaid expansion this year. (Has opposed it since Obamacare passed.)
- Voted against the Warner tax increase budget from 2004 (during special session 1).
- HB 246 – Sunset provisions on state tax credits. Prohibits any committee of the General Assembly from reporting a new state tax credit or renewing an existing state tax credit unless such bill contains an expiration date of not longer than five years from the effective date of the new or renewed state tax credit. (2012)