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Homeland Preparedness News: House Committee advances Rep. Spanberger’s 5G bill

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HOMELAND PREPAREDNESS NEWS, DAVE KOVALESKI The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced legislation to protect 5G and next-generation wireless communications systems in the United States. The bill — the Secure 5G and Beyond Act – was introduced by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). The bill would require the Trump administration to develop a national strategy to maximize the security of thei... Read more »

Richmond Times Dispatch: At Henrico town hall, Spanberger shares concerns about constitutional overreach by Trump

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RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, PATRICK WILSON Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, defended the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Saturday during a town hall meeting in Henrico County in which a Trump supporter sparred with her over constitutional authority. Based on applause, a majority of the audience of about 150 people at Tucker High School were supportive ... Read more »

Culpeper Star Exponent: Spanberger hopes Senate will act on bill to lower patients' drug costs

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CULPEPER STAR EXPONENT, CLINT SCHEMMER For a while, lawmakers of both major parties have been getting an earful from Americans about the steeply rising cost of prescription drugs. But now, Congress is trying to shine a light on one factor in that situation: the middlemen that connect pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers and patients. U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, sounds hopeful that a una... Read more »

Chesterfield Observer: Legislation would rename Midlothian post office for codebreaker

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CHESTERFIELD OBSERVER, RICH GRISET For decades, Midlothian resident Dorothy “Dot” Braden Bruce was sworn to secrecy over her work breaking Japanese codes during World War II. Now, an effort is underway to publicize Bruce’s classified role during the war by naming a post office after her. On Nov. 1, U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger introduced legislation to Congress that would rename the post office lo... Read more »

Virginia Mercury: In the wake of Virginia’s blue wave, Congress renews push for Equal Rights Amendment

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VIRGINIA MERCURY, ROBIN BRAVENDER The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex. Rep. Ben Cline, a Republican who represents the 6th District in Southwest and the only Virginian on the Judiciary panel, voted against the measure. His office did not... Read more »

NBC12: Diplomats testify in first day of Trump impeachment inquiry

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NBC12, HEATHER SULLIVAN Two career diplomats testified before a House committee and television cameras in the first day of open hearings into the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Both detailed their accounts of allegations that Trump withheld military aid to pressure the Ukraine President to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. ... Read more »

CBS19: Resolution aims to remove time limit on ERA ratification

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CBS19 A U.S. House committee has advanced a resolution that could allow for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, if the amendment passes the upcoming Virginia General Assembly. Following last week's elections during which Democrats flipped both chambers of the state legislature, lawmakers have said they will bring the ERA before the General Assembly in early 2020 for its passage, which ... Read more »

CBS19: Spanberger pushes for expansion of Pell Grant program

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CBS19 A bill before the U.S. House could expand a financial aid program to help students who are pursuing short-term, career-focused credentialing programs. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger says she heard from instructors at community colleges in the area about the need to strengthen aid options for such students during a two-day education tour last month. This bill, which Spanberger is working to... Read more »

Courier Newsroom: The fight to lower prescription drug costs

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COURIER NEWSROOM, KEYA VAKIL Bills by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger seek transparency in pricing and clearing hurdles for cheaper generics. No matter where Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) goes, there’s one thing she routinely hears about from her constituents. “I can be pretty much anywhere, and someone will take a moment to tell me their story about prescription drug pricing,” Spanberg... Read more »

Courier Newsroom: Rural America’s internet problem hurts farmers, students, and businesses

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COURIER NEWSROOM, KEYA VAKIL Six in 10 farmers say they do not have enough internet connectivity to run their businesses, according to an October 2019 report commissioned by the United Soybean Board. The report, the latest in a long line of studies showing the economic importance of expanding high-speed broadband internet in rural areas, underscores the urgency of an issue that has become a focus ... Read more »