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At Southern border, our broken immigration system on display

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REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER, CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT Last month, I joined a group of House Democrats and Republicans on a visit to our southern border. I’d like to share a few thoughts about this experience. The tragedy of our broken immigration system was on display. We saw desperate families, terrible hardships, and exhausted officers. Throughout the visit, we spoke directly with migrants and law enf... Read more »

D-Day's 75th anniversary reminds us of the importance of our alliances

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THE HILL, REPS. MIKIE SHERRILL, JASON CROW, GIL CISNEROS, CHRISSY HOULAHAN, ABIGAIL SPANBERGER Like so many Americans, we grew up hearing the stories of our family members and community leaders who served in World War II. From the French Resistance that protected American troops in occupied France to the Rangers that scaled the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, these stories of sacrifice and heroism shaped... Read more »

Reps. Cunningham, Spanberger, Sherrill, Torres Small: Rural Americans need high-speed internet, too

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FOX NEWS, REP. JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM, REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER, REP. MIKIE SHERRILL, REP. XOCHITL TORRES SMALL It has been more than 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which began a global financial crisis and an economic recession – a period of time that fundamentally changed the American economy. Although the data today shows that the country overall has seen economic improvement, the re... Read more »

Better Broadband Connectivity Will Boost the Rural Economy

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STORY PARTNERS, REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER Recently, Germany auctioned off segments of the broadband spectrum for the testing of a 5G network, bringing with it the potential for rapid development and adoption of new technology—everything from hyper-fast downloads to self-driving cars. Imagine then the frustration for millions of rural Americans still stuck with broadband speeds a decade or more behin... Read more »

Voting on side of Central Virginians—not special interests—never a difficult decision

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CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT, REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER As I campaigned across Central Virginia last year, I met constituents who readily shared their concerns with me. They spoke of issues as varied as the cost of prescription drugs to the lack of rural infrastructure to the impact of climate change. They spoke of a desire to see Congress work to solve problems for the people, and yet far too many also e... Read more »

End the Shutdown, Protect the Livelihoods of Federal Workers & their Families

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RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER Earlier this month, I was sworn into office as a U.S. representative serving the people of central Virginia. The moment was special. Before I took the oath of office, I was surrounded by the warm presence of hundreds of old and new friends from Virginia’s 7th. Together, we talked about the need to pursue smart policies in Congress that can build str... Read more »

Keeping our country safe should never be a partisan issue

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CULPEPER STAR EXPONENT, REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER Earlier this month, I was sworn into office as a U.S. Representative serving the people of Central Virginia. The moment was special. Before I took the oath of office, I was surrounded by the warm presence of hundreds of old and new friends from Virginia’s 7th District. We talked about the need to pursue smart policies in Congress that can build stron... Read more »