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Spanberger says immigrant detainment facilities at border in Texas are 'overstressed'

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MEL LEONOR, RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, on Friday traveled with a bipartisan delegation to the country’s southern border and described conditions at immigrant detainment facilities as “overcrowded and overstressed.” Spanberger said in an interview Monday that she joined over a dozen other members of Congress on a daylong trip that included a border entry point and deten... Read more »

Defense bill allocates funding to fight sexual assault, child pornography in Defense Department

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WRIC, BRIE JACKSON The defense funding bill passed by the House just a few days ago includes money to fight a battle inside the defense department — the battle against sexual assault. Lawmakers have also set aside money to crack down on an ongoing epidemic of sexual violence in the military, and more money to fight the emerging issue of child pornography on Defense Department computers. Federal le... Read more »

Amendment bolsters Intelligence Authorization Act

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HOMELAND PREPAREDNESS NEWS, DOUGLAS CLARK A legislative amendment introduced by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) has been incorporated into the Intelligence Authorization Act as a means of addressing trafficking and smuggling networks. The amendment directs the intelligence community to prioritize efforts to combat drug trafficking, human trafficking and human smuggling network... Read more »

Defense bill includes Spanberger rider to crack down on child pornography

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CLINT SCHEMMER, CULPEPER STAR EXPONENT Despite Washington’s hyper-partisan dysfunction, Rep. Abigail Spanberger holds hope that Republicans and Democrats will see eye to eye on better policing child pornography. The Virginia Democrat aims to “root out” trading of child-exploitative imagery in a place one might not expect to find it: the U.S. Department of Defense and its contractors. Trafficking i... Read more »

All states represented at annual Made in America event

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BRIE JACKSON, WRIC The White House held its 3rd annual Made in America Showcase on Monday. From heavy duty military equipment to small marbles, American made products from every state were on display. “We are so proud to be made in America. America’s past time is baseball. Where else should ball gloves be made?” said Laura Baraznik, with the company Nokona. Located in a small town in Texas, Nokona... Read more »

Spanberger Introduces Legislation To Curb Child Pornography On DOD Computers

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WCVE, CHARLES FISHBURNE CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO Defense Department computers are said to be among the top distributors of child pornography, and Seventh District Democratic Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger is co-author of legislation to try to stop it. Last year, an investigation by the National Criminal Justice Training Program of over 3,000 computer networks revealed DOD computers ranked 1... Read more »

Seventh District veterans’ workforce training program earns federal funding

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HENRICO CITIZEN River City Comprehensive Counseling Services, an organization in Virginia’s Seventh District that supports homeless Central Virginia veterans during their job-search processes, recently earned federal funding of $320,000. The money is designed to provide job search support to homeless veterans in the district, which includes the western half of Henrico County. “Veteran homelessness... Read more »

Can Congress stop Trump's support for the Saudi war in Yemen?

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YAHOO NEWS, ALEXANDER NAZARYAN During the 1992 presidential campaign, a Republican congressman urged President George H.W. Bush to attack his Democratic rival Bill Clinton for having taken a trip to Moscow in 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War. The congressman called Clinton a “nerdy little flower child peacenik demonstrating against his country,” a colorful but not inexact distillation of how... Read more »

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial: Task Force Sentry

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RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, ROBIN BERES In the years before her election to Congress, U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., served as a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer from 2006 to 2014. During her time with the CIA, Spanberger lived abroad, managing assets and gathering information on nuclear proliferation and terrorism. Her background in national security and foreign interference is s... Read more »

House bill targets use of Pentagon networks for child pornography

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THE HILL, MAGGIE MILLER Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced legislation on Tuesday meant to halt the use of Department of Defense (DOD) computer networks by users for sharing or procuring pornographic images of children. The End National Defense Network Abuse (END Network Abuse) was introduced in the wake of in an investigation called “Project Flicker” carried out... Read more »