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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2192, S. 1541, and S. 1639

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, the President signed into law:

H.R. 2192, the "National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2011," which exempts, for an additional four years through December 18, 2015, members of the Armed Forces reserves and the National Guard from a means-test presumption of abuse in determining eligibility for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief, if, after September 11, 2001, they were on active duty or performing a homeland defense activity for at least 90 days;

S. 1541, which modifies membership requirements for the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.; and

S. 1639, which authorizes the American Legion to provide guidance and leadership to its organizations and local chapters, but prohibits it from controlling or otherwise influencing their specific activities and conduct.