Stephen Fincher

Stephen Fincher

TENNESSEE's 8th DISTRICT

House of Representatives Passes Measure to Provide Foreclosure Relief for Members of the Military

2016/03/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Sarah Durdaller

Monday, March 21, 2016                            Phone: (202) 225-4714

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2393, the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015, to extend foreclosure protection for military homeowners from 90 days to a one year period until January 1, 2018.

Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08), Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15), and Heck filed a House companion to S. 2393 (H.R. 4252) on December 16, 2015, and applauded the passage before April 1, when servicemembers would have been first affected by the time crunch.

“Readjusting to civilian life from active duty can be difficult for many of our vets,” Congressman Fincher said. “It is tremendously important to allow our veterans more time to readjust to life at home and get on their feet financially. It’s the least we can do for those who willingly risk their lives every day to protect the freedoms we hold dear.”

“When our service members come home they shouldn’t have to fear losing their homes as they transition back to civilian life,” Congressman Stivers said. “The foreclosure protection extension will give them the time they need to get back on their feet financially and begin their new lives post military service.”

“A bigger time cushion helps our servicemembers as they transition to civilian life,” Congressman Heck said. “The least we can do for our veterans is make sure they have the time to find a new job, adjust to their new schedule, and organize their financial obligations so that they and their families can stay in their homes and plan for their future.”

In 2012, Congress temporarily extended the foreclosure protection to one year. The temporary revised timeframe was examined in a U.S. Government Accountability Office study to ensure its effectiveness. In "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Information on Mortgage Protections and Related Education Efforts," GAO found the revised timeframe successfully protected veterans from losing their homes and didn’t cause any unintended consequences for veterans or lenders.  

In 2014, Congress again extended the foreclosure protection to one year through December 31, 2015.

The Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015 is endorsed by veterans services organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America. S. 2393 is also endorsed by financial services and housing provider organizations, including American Bankers Association, Association of Military Banks of America, Consumer Bankers Association, Consumer Mortgage Coalition, Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable, Independent Community Bankers of America, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of REALTORS®.

In a letter to House and committee leadership, the nine mortgage and housing trade associations urged the House of Representatives to act to extend the foreclosure protection, saying “some service members, particularly those leaving active-duty and re-acclimating to civilian life, continue to face real financial challenges…Additionally, slow recoveries in real-estate markets in some areas of the country, particularly in areas surrounding military bases, continue and make it difficult for military members to sell their homes or purchase new homes upon receiving new orders resulting from a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).”

More information on the financial protections for military members is available from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Servicemember Affairs

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Fincher Responds to Obama Stomping on Second Amendment Rights

2016/01/05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Logan Ramsey
Tuesday, January 05, 2015                            Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement in response to President Obama taking executive action to restrict gun ownership in America:

“President Obama has no business trampling on our Second Amendment rights. The President’s decision to punish law-abiding Americans is nothing more than an ongoing diversion tactic used to draw attention away from his inability to keep Americans safe from terror attacks. On his watch, there have been seven major Islamic terror strikes on U.S. soil in the last seven years. Instead of continuing to double down on his own failed policies, the President should be focused on implementing a comprehensive strategy to defeat radical Islamic terrorism – one that doesn’t involve stripping law abiding citizens of their Constitutional rights.

“None of the executive orders the President put forth today would have prevented these horrific attacks from happening. Nor will these executive orders do anything to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms, but they will make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. The President should stop circumventing Congress and ignoring the will of the American people. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I am completely opposed to the President’s actions and I will do everything in my power to uphold our Second Amendment rights.”

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Fincher Introduces Bill to Stop Radicalization of Inmates in Federal Prisons

2015/12/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Logan Ramsey
Friday, December 18, 2015                            Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement after introducing the Prevent Terrorism from Entering our Prisons Act (H.R. 4285), legislation that would strengthen the background check process for volunteers entering Federal prisons and require the Bureau of Prisons to conduct a comprehensive study on the spread of radicalization in prisons:

“Over the years, our Federal prisons have become a breeding ground for radicalization. By allowing volunteers to enter the system without first having to undergo a comprehensive background check, some of the most vulnerable members of society have become susceptible to radicalization. There have been a number of cases involving inmates who became radicalized and, once released, attempted to harm innocent citizens. Since 95 percent of inmates will eventually be released back into society, it is essential that we ensure radical ideologies do not infiltrate our prisons.

“My bill will require all volunteers applying to work with prisoners at Federal correctional facilities to undergo thorough FBI screening in order to uncover potential ties to domestic and international terrorists. We cannot let our own Federal facilities become recruitment centers for terrorism. By strengthening the background check process for Federal prison volunteers, we have a better shot at apprehending these individuals before their evil intentions see the light of day.”

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Victory for American Job Creators, Fincher Ex-Im Bill Sent to President’s desk

2015/12/04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       Contact: Logan Ramsey
Friday, December 4, 2015                             Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement after the United States Senate passed his bill to reform and reauthorize the Export Import Bank of the United States. Congressman Fincher’s legislation will extend the Bank’s charter through 2019 with some of the strongest reforms to the Bank since President Reagan’s overhaul in 1980. His bill will allow the Bank to continue supporting American exports and thousands of jobs across the country. Clearing this final hurdle, his legislation is expected to be signed into law within the next week – finally giving our exporters the certainty they need to tackle new markets and create jobs here at home.

"I came to Washington to expand opportunities and promote job creation for hardworking Americans. That's why I've fought tirelessly for more than a year on behalf of the thousands of people whose livelihoods rely on the Ex-Im Bank.

“Last night’s vote in the Senate was a big win for job creators across the country. After months of uncertainty, our exporters will once again have the tools and resources they need to compete on a level playing field globally, while boosting economic growth in their communities.

“I commend my colleagues in Congress who joined me in doing the right thing and standing up for American workers."  

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House Advances Fincher’s Job Creation Bill

2015/12/03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      Contact: Logan Ramsey
Thursday, December 3, 2015                            Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement after the House of Representatives advanced his bill to accelerate a company’s ability to enter into an Initial Public Offering (IPO). H.R. 2064, the Improving Access to Capital for Emerging Growth Companies Act, was included in the Conference Report to accompany the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, a multi-year highway bill that passed the House today with a recorded vote of 359-65.
 
“Small companies are the backbone of our economy, but they have been hit the hardest by excessive regulations. On average, the majority of a company’s job growth occurs after an IPO. By making improvements to the IPO on-ramp, my bill will make it easier for small emerging growth companies to expand, leading to more quality jobs for hardworking Americans. I commend my colleagues in the House for passing this important piece of legislation. Advancing this bill is a step in the right direction toward alleviating the regulatory burdens on our nation’s best job creators.”

Background on H.R. 2064, the Improving Access to Capital for Emerging Growth Companies Act:

Congressman Fincher is the original author of Title I of the bipartisan JOBS Act, which created the category of the Emerging Growth Company (EGC) and was signed into law in 2012. This legislation was a step in the right direction toward easing the regulatory burden on small businesses and seeking access to capital markets. In the first half of 2014, EGCs accounted for more than 91% of IPOs. While the JOBS Act has made it easier for companies to go public, there is still more work to be done to overcome the obstacles companies face when attempting to access capital markets.

  • Under current law, an EGC must publicly file its registration statement and refrain from marketing its stock for 21 days. The purpose of the 21-day quiet period is to allow the information about the EGC’s IPO to disseminate to the public before purchase orders are taken on the EGC’s stock. With today’s technology, the current 21 day filing period is unnecessarily long, considering the speed in which an EGC is able to disseminate information. H.R. 2064 would shorten the 21-day filing period to 15 days, ultimately saving companies from having to update financials and other disclosures before public launch.

Additionally, the bill would:

  • Allow a grace period for certain JOBS Act protections for an EGC who loses EGC status mid-IPO process. A company may continue to be treated as an EGC until the IPO process is concluded or after 1 year, whichever happens first.
  • Clarify disclosure requirements for EGCs to avoid significant expense and preparation of financials for past periods that will not be included in the prospectus to investors.

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House Stands Up for American Jobs, Sends Fincher Ex-Im Bill to Senate

2015/12/03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Contact: Logan Ramsey
Thursday, December 3, 2015                                  Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement today after the House passed the Conference Report to accompany the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, a multi-year highway bill which included his legislation to reform and reauthorize the U.S. Export Import Bank:

“Since June, the future of the Ex-Im Bank has been in limbo. While other countries have been securing large export deals, American companies have been placed at a competitive disadvantage –forced to compete globally with one hand tied behind their back. Today’s vote puts us one step closer to ensuring our exporters have a seat at the table and are able to compete on a level playing field with other nations. This, in turn, promotes job creation here at home. I applaud my colleagues in the House for joining me in standing up for American jobs. I’m confident the Senate will do everything in its power to get this bill to the President’s desk as soon as possible so we can finally give our job creators the certainty they need.”

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Fincher Statement on House Passing Ex-Im Extension in Multi-year Highway Bill

2015/11/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Contact: Logan Ramsey
Thursday, November 5, 2015                                  Phone: (202) 225-4714

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 22, the  (DRIVE) Act, a multi-year highway bill that included his legislation to reform and reauthorize the U.S. Export Import Bank:

“I applaud the majority of my colleagues in the House for remaining focused on American jobs. The legislation passed today will ensure our exporters have a seat at the table and are able to compete fairly with other nations. With overwhelming support for Ex-Im in both Chambers, I am confident that Congress will get this bill passed as soon as possible so we can give our job creators the certainty they need.”

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Fincher Statement on Fred Thompson

2015/11/02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Contact: Logan Ramsey
Monday, November 2, 2015                                  Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement on the passing of Fred Thompson:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, Senator Fred Thompson. Fred worked each day to preserve our special Tennessee values and I will forever be appreciative of his conservative leadership and all that he did for our great state. He will be greatly missed. Lynn and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Jeri and all the Thompson family.”

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Fincher Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

2015/10/28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contact: Logan Ramsey
Wednesday, October 28, 2015                                       Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement after the House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314):

“If we’re ever going to get our economy out of this slow-growth rut, Congress must support real solutions that address our nation’s colossal debt that currently sits at over $18 trillion. America needs a responsible budget. A budget that reigns in out-of-control spending habits and forces Washington to live within their means – just like hardworking families all across our country do each day. Based on the fact that this budget deal encourages more irresponsible spending, I could not in good faith support this measure. Instead of taking steps backward, Congress should work toward policies that will expand opportunity for all Americans. We can start by encouraging fiscal restraint in Washington.”

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Fincher Bill to Reform and Reauthorize U.S. Export-Import Bank Passes House with a Majority of Republicans Voting in Favor

2015/10/27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         Contact: Logan Ramsey
Tuesday, October 27, 2015                                                  Phone: (202) 225-4714

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Stephen Fincher (TN-08), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Frank Lucas (OK-03), Chris Collins (NY-27), Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), Bob Dold (IL-10), and John Mica (FL-07) released the following statement after legislation to reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States passed the House 313-118 with a majority of Republicans voting in favor of the bill:

“With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living overseas, exports are essential to helping American small businesses seize opportunities for growth and prosperity.

“Today’s vote was for the thousands of small businesses whose hands have been tied for months because they are unable to receive critical financing that allows them to break into emerging markets. When Ex-Im gives companies the resources they need to sell their products abroad, their employees, suppliers and communities succeed at home.

“The passage of this bill marks a historic day in the House. This is a win for small businesses, hardworking Americans and for rank and file Members who want to get things done for their constituents. 

“With broad support for the Ex-Im Bank in both Chambers of Congress, we now call on Senate leadership to immediately advance this bill so we can provide American job creators with the certainty they need to tackle new markets, expand opportunities and create jobs.”

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4714
Fax 202-225-1765
fincher.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Stephen Fincher, 41, is a managing partner in Fincher Farms, a seventh generation West Tennessee based agribusiness.  Stephen has been in agribusiness his entire life and lives in the Frog Jump community of Crockett County.

At the age of nine, Stephen joined the Southern gospel music singing ministry started by his family over 60 years ago.  The Fincher’s produce their own music and have recorded many projects and has performed over 2,000 events all over the Southeast.

Stephen is very active in his community and has championed many local causes by fundraising and actively assisting those in need.

Inspired by a desire to serve his fellow citizens and get America back on track, Stephen ran for Congress in 2009 and joined the House of Representatives in 2010. Now in his second term, Stephen sits on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Agriculture.

Stephen brings his personal experience as a successful businessman running a large agriculture operation to Washington D.C. and understands, firsthand, that jobs are not created by Washington bureaucrats, but rather by hard-working folks in Tennessee.  He is committed to taking every possible step to empower people to invest and create jobs, cut government spending and make Washington more accountable to taxpayers.

Stephen is a Lifetime Member of the NRA. He and his wife Lynn have been married for over 20 years and have three children John Austin, Noah and Sarah. The family is active in Archer’s Chapel Methodist Church.

Congressman Fincher serves on the Committee on Agriculture, the House Committee on Financial Services and three if its subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprise, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy Trade.


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