A former Republican party official warned Monday that any lawmaker who votes for needs-based bankruptcy reform is committing political suicide.

A needs-based bankruptcy bill pending in the House would use a formula to determine if consumers could eliminate all their debts or had to repay some unsecured creditors. The bill would make it tougher for 2,000 constituents a year in each congressional district to seek relief, said Robert R. Weed, a consumer bankruptcy lawyer with close ties to House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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