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Spanberger Hosts First District Town Hall in Goochland County, Encourages Central Virginians to Make their Voices Heard

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GOOCHLAND, VA — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger was in Goochland County yesterday to host her first county-specific town hall event, where she heard directly from Central Virginians. During a town hall held at the Goochland Recreation Center, Spanberger heard constituent concerns and answered their questions about border security, environmental policy, immigration, and many other issues imp... Read More »

Spanberger Selected to Serve as Vice-Chair of Key U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Focused on Europe

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger was selected to serve as Vice-Chair of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Elliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced that Spanberger will serve as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee, which is responsible for legislation and oversight related to ... Read More »

Spanberger Statement on the President’s Emergency Declaration

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“This emergency declaration is a reckless, knee-jerk decision that sets a troubling precedent. This declaration fundamentally undermines the constitutional authority of Congress, and it comes after Congress successfully conducted bipartisan, bicameral negotiations that resulted in the passage of a bipartisan appropriations bill last night—legislation that funds the government and provides for bord... Read More »

Spanberger Votes to Keep Government Open, Avert Shutdown

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement after voting in support of an agreement to avoid a government shutdown. “The repercussions of the record-long government shutdown are still reverberating throughout Central Virginia. Last month, federal employees, contractors, small businesses, and working families in our district experienced unnecessa... Read More »

Spanberger Introduces Legislation to Prevent Future Government Shutdowns, Protect Federal Employees & their Families

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today led and introduced legislation that would help prevent future government shutdowns and protect federal workers from being used as negotiating tools in funding talks. During lapses in government funding, Spanberger’s Stop STUPIDITY (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years) Act would automatical... Read More »

Spanberger Shares New USDA Broadband Resources, Invites Central Virginians to Explore Opportunities to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today encouraged Central Virginians to explore the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new online resource guide to support the expansion of high-speed broadband across rural America. The resource guide, created by the USDA Rural Development Innovation Center, outlines 27 USDA programs that help support broadband development in rural co... Read More »

Spanberger Helps Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Veterans’ Access to Childcare

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House in passing the Veterans Access to Child Care Act, legislation that would expand access to childcare for veterans and their families. In 2010, Congress created a pilot program to provide free childcare at a small number of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and clinics. Thi... Read More »

Spanberger Helps Introduce Legislation to Tackle Overpriced Prescription Drugs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger helped introduce legislation to address the prescription drug affordability crisis in Central Virginia and across the country. According to a 2018 report from the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, prices of the 20 most-commonly prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors have increased at a rate approximately 10 ... Read More »

In First Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing, Spanberger Calls for Review of U.S. Military Engagement in Yemen

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger participated in her first U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, where she called on lawmakers to assess current U.S. military policy in Yemen and stressed the role of Congress in authorizing the use of military force in the region. During a hearing focused on U.S. engagement in the Arabian Peninsula, Spanberger highlighted the impor... Read More »

Spanberger Statement Following State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today issued the following statement after the State of the Union. “Across the country, Americans have witnessed the detrimental effects of hyper-partisanship. For Central Virginians, this brand of politics has not contributed in any meaningful way to lowering healthcare costs, increasing economic opportunity, or supporting the next generat... Read More »

Spanberger Named Co-Chair of New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger was named Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force. The New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force is focused on developing a tough, smart national security strategy that protects American families and interests. As Co-Chair, Spanberger will focus on demonstrating the importance of American leadership abr... Read More »

Spanberger Statement on Governor Northam

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “The bigotry depicted in this photograph is appalling. There should always be serious consequences for actions that demean, intimidate, or threaten our African-American communities. Such conduct is unacceptable for any Virginian—whether occurring in the past, present... Read More »

New Democrats launch task forces to help craft the House majority’s policy agenda

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ROLL CALL, LINDSEY MCPHERSON The New Democrat Coalition is ready to help the House majority craft its policy agenda for the 116th Congress, launching eight issue-focused task forces to develop proposals on party priorities such as health care, infrastructure and climate change. The group of centrist Democrats has used task forces to develop policy proposals in past Congresses, but they’re particul... Read More »

Virginia Democrats raise pressure on Northam after he says he’s staying

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ROLL CALL, SIMONE PATHE After a Saturday press conference at which Virginia Gov. Ralph S. Northam refused to step down, Democratic members of Virginia’s congressional delegation intensified their calls for the governor to resign. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and the dean of the House delegation, Rep. Robert C. Scott, issued a joint statement Saturday night explicitly calling for the governor to... Read More »

Northam calls ‘urgent meeting’ amid calls for resignation

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NBC12 NEWSROOM Condemnation is coming from far and wide for Gov. Ralph Northam after a photo the governor himself called “clearly racist” surfaced Friday. The backlash comes after Northam, a Democrat, admitted to wearing a racist costume in a photo showing someone in blackface and another person in a KKK robe. in a 1984 yearbook photo. Calls for Northam’s resignation have come both from state and ... Read More »