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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Abigail Spanberger column: July 15 child tax credit payments will reach 80% of central Va. families, mark a turning point in our economic recovery

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER Across Virginia, businesses are reopening, COVID-19 cases are plummeting, and families are gathering in person with their loved ones for the Fourth of July, family barbecues, and long weekends at the lake or the beach. These developments are good news, and our progress should be celebrated. But even amid this promising moment, there still are thousa...

USA Today: Congress must reclaim its war powers and repeal outdated authorizations of military force

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USA TODAY, REPS. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER, JARED GOLDEN, PETER MEIJER, and MIKE GALLAGHER We are members of Congress from different parts of the country, all with backgrounds in national security. We have committed our careers to public service, and we all have direct experience countering terrorism. We understand the threats that face this country, and we also understand the importance of representing ...

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Abigail Spanberger column: One year in, keeping our momentum in the fight against COVID-19

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, ABIGAIL SPANBERGER One year ago, I wrote an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in response to the arrival of an unfamiliar and dangerous virus in central Virginia. COVID-19 had brought chaos to our long-term care facilities, and our front-line health care workers — many lacking the personal protective equipment (PPE) they desperately needed — worked around the clock to s...

The Hill: Bringing farmers to the table on climate change

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BY REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER (D-VA.), OPINION CONTRIBUTOR A stuffy Capitol Hill hearing room differs quite a bit from the wide open, rural landscape of Louisa County, Va. But no matter where I meet with Dustin Madison, his message is always consistent: agriculture and conservation are not separate worlds. They go hand in hand. In addition to growing corn, soybeans and other row crops in Virginia’s 7...

Culpeper Star-Exponent: COMMENTARY: Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare: Keeping our promises

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CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT, SEN. TIM KAINE and REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER On January 15, 1940, the Richmond Times-Dispatch ran a quarter-page photo of a professionally dressed, bespectacled man signing some seemingly unceremonious clerical papers. Such a snapshot doesn’t appear the least bit newsworthy until one reads the caption: “OLD AGE PENSION VOUCHERS SIGNED—John J. Corson, former Richmonder who is ...

Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to limit further expansion of 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Act

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THE HILL, REPS. ANTHONY BROWN, TOM COLE, ABIGAIL SPANBERGER, and DON BACON We come together as Republicans and Democrats to advance a common cause. We represent the north and the south, the coasts and the countryside. Some of us have served in Congress for nearly two decades — but for some of us, this term is our first in the House. Together, we are united by a core principle: Article I, Section 8...

Op-Ed: Continued support needed for long-term care facilities

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FREDERICKSBURG FREE LANCE-STAR, REPS. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER AND ROB WITTMAN With millions of Americans experiencing pain and suffering caused by COVID-19, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to combat a once-in-a-century health and economic crisis, one that has threatened the lives and livelihoods of millions across Virginia. In addition to small business owners, hourly workers and farmers...

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Robert Winn, Janice Underwood and Abigail Spanberger column: America tests positive for our collective disease

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, ROBERT WINN, JANICE UNDERWOOD, and ABIGAIL SPANBERGER Our nation is in the grips of a disease that has plagued us for more than 400 years. This particular disease does not require the expertise of a doctor for a diagnosis. Its symptoms are unmistakable: inequities of housing, education and employment. Other symptoms include unfair policing, food insecurity and a lack of ac...

Richmond Times Dispatch: Abigail Spanberger column: Our health care workers need protective equipment now

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, ABIGAIL SPANBERGER We’ve found ourselves in the middle of an almost unimaginable scenario. Over the past week, COVID-19 has spread across Virginia and in the Richmond area. It has taken the lives of our community’s vulnerable seniors as it viciously spread through a long-term care facility in Henrico County, infecting both residents and staff. As the representative for Vir...

Fox News: Rep. Abigail Spanberger: Coronavirus crisis requires Congress to unite – Stop arguing and take action

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FOX NEWS, REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER Democrats and Republicans in Congress must unite immediately on a bipartisan basis to respond to the health and economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic. This pandemic has altered the course of our nation and our daily lives. The effects will last for weeks, months and potentially years to come. The people of my district, as well as Americans across our...