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CBS19: U.S. House bill aims to help veteran firefighters

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CBS19, NEWS STAFF A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House that aims to help veteran firefighters. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Congressman Don Bacon (R-Nebraska-02), a U.S. Air Force veteran, introduced the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act on Thursday. It aims to provide veteran firefighters will the compensation, health care, and retirement benefits they earned with... Read more »

Culpeper Star Exponent: Spanberger: Congress must exercise its war powers

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CULPEPER STAR EXPONENT, CLINT SCHEMMER The authority and responsibility to make war rests with Congress, Rep. Abigail Spanberger said Thursday as the U.S.-Iran crisis prompted the House to reaffirm its war powers. Spanberger, a Democrat representing Central Virginia’s 7th District, voted with a majority of her colleagues to assert that President Donald Trump must seek congressional approval before... Read more »

Homeland Preparedness News: House advances three bills to improve 5G security

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HOMELAND PREPAREDNESS NEWS, DAVE KOVALESKI The U.S. House of Representatives advanced three bills this week that seek to improve 5G security in the country. One of the bills is the Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019 (H.R. 2881), introduced by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Susan Brooks (R-IN). This bill... Read more »

The Hill: House passes bills to gain upper hand in race to 5G

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THE HILL, EMILY BIRNBAUM The House on Wednesday passed a slew of bills aimed at giving the U.S. a leg up over China in the race to implement the super-fast next-generation wireless networks known as 5G. The trio of bipartisan bills, which passed the House near-unanimously, would funnel U.S. government resources into steering international wireless policy while securing the burgeoning networks agai... Read more »

Richmond Times Dispatch: Editorial: Bill would allow 529s plans to pay for vocational training and certification

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RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, ROBIN BERES Most parents of school-age children are familiar with 529 plans — those tax-advantaged savings accounts that can be used to fund qualified higher education expenses. The plans allow a saver to put aside money or purchase credits at participating colleges and universities to help pay future tuition costs and mandatory fees. Some versions of 529s plans also may b... Read more »

Culpeper Star Exponent: Spanberger assesses her freshman year in House

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CULPEPER STAR EXPONENT, CLINT SCHEMMER A current Republican talking point is that “Do Nothing Democrats” are obsessed with impeachment. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, the centrist Democrat who represents Central Virginia’s sprawling 7th District, doesn’t buy it. On Friday, her first anniversary as a member of the 166th Congress, Spanberger said she is proud of what she has achieved on health care, broad... Read more »

Grower Talks: A Conversation with a Congresswoman

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GROWER TALKS, JENNIFER ZURKO Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) is one of the freshman members of Congress elected during the midterms. A young mother of three daughters with an impressive background with the CIA and federal law enforcement, she was one of the main sponsors of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, working closely with AmericanHort’s advocacy team to garner support from other ... Read more »

CBS19: Spanberger's legislation to combat trafficking and smuggling signed into law

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CBS19 NEWS HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger's legislation to combat trafficking and smuggling networks in Central America and strengthen border security in the United States was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Monday, according to a press release. The bipartisan legislation was led by Spanberger, who represents Virginia's Seventh District as a Democrat, and Texa... Read more »

Culpeper Star-Exponent: Spanberger: USMCA will boost farms, businesses

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CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT, CLINT SCHEMMER North America’s trilateral trade pact will be of “monumental” benefit to small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses, including in Virginia, one of its stauchest advocates said in an interview Thursday afternoon. U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger described the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement—which won resounding bipartisan approval from the U.S. House of Representatives ... Read more »

Wall Street Journal: House Passes North American Trade Pact With Bipartisan Support

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WALL STREET JOURNAL, WILLIAM MAULDIN & NATALIE ANDREWS The House of Representatives approved President Trump’s amended North American trade pact on Thursday in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, a rare instance of legislative cooperation in an era of intense political divisions. The House approved legislation to implement the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA, by a 385 to 41 vote, with 193... Read more »

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