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Spanberger Statement on Signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain Agreements

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — a Member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee — today released the following statement ahead of the signing of the Abraham Accords, agreements to normalize ties between Israel and the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain. “I welcome the news that today, leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirat... Read more »

CBS19: Spanberger's statement on the signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain Agreements

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CBS19 Representative Abigail Spanberger, who is a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement before the signing of the Abraham Accords. The statement below: I welcome the news that today, leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain will join at the White House for the beginning of normalized relations between these two Gulf states and Israel. The normal... Read more »

Stars and Stripes: Ten House lawmakers urge Esper to restore funding for Stars and Stripes

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STARS AND STRIPES, WYATT OLSON A group of House lawmakers expressed “strong opposition” to a planned funding cut for the Stars and Stripes news organization in a Wednesday letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. “Beyond serving as a reminder of home, the journalists at Stars and Stripes provide over 1 million daily readers with unfiltered news and perspective free of institutional bias,” said the ... Read more »

Spanberger, Schatz, Murkowski, Wagner to Defense Secretary: Fight Online Child Sexual Exploitation, Protect Vulnerable Children & Punish Offenders

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HENRICO, V.A. —U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowsi (R-Alaska), and U.S. Representative Anne Wagner (R-MO-02) are calling on U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper to provide updates on how the Defense Department (DoD) is preventing and combating child sexual exploitation. Their call comes eight months after Spanberger’s... Read more »

The Hill: House Democrats call on State Department for information on Uighur prisoner Ekpar Asat

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THE HILL, JULIE GRACE BRUFKE A group of House Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition raised concerns Wednesday about the status of Uighur inmate Ekpar Asat, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in a secret trial following his return to China. Prior to his imprisonment, Asat, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, participated in a State Department program in the United States and founded a social med... Read more »

CBS19: Spanberger, Cline introduce bill targeting child sexual exploitation, abuse

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CBS19 Two members of Virginia’s Congressional Delegation have introduced a bill targeting child exploitation. According to a release, Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Ben Cline (R-VA-06) introduced the Child Response to Exploitation and Sexual Abuse of Children in Unaddressed Emergencies, or Child RESCUE, Act. This bill aims to strengthen federal efforts to rescue U.S. children fro... Read more »

Spanberger, Cline Introduce Child RESCUE Act to Crack Down on Child Exploitation & Abuse During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Ben Cline (R-VA-06) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen federal efforts to rescue U.S. children from sexual exploitation and abuse, particularly as the number of referrals has plummeted during the pandemic and national sexual abuse hotlines have seen record levels of children using their services during the COVID-... Read more »

Culpeper Star-Exponent: Spanberger joins GOP in push-back on Trump suggestion to delay November election

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CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT The area’s Democratic Congresswoman joined voices from both sides of the aisle in pushing back Thursday on a suggestion from President Donald Trump that the November election be delayed due to the pandemic. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted. “It will be a grea... Read more »

Courier Record: FASTC lodging sought: Legislation could lead to rooms at Pickett

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COURIER-RECORD U. S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-7) wants to know how much the State Dept. is spending to lodge and shuttle trainees to the new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett. Nine years after FASTC was first announced for Pickett, and eight months after the $450 million State Dept. facility opened, there is still no new hotel in Nottoway County to accommodate the... Read more »

Spanberger Secures Major Investment in Broadband Internet Projects in U.S. House-Passed Funding Legislation, Votes to Pass with Bipartisan Majority

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today voted with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a funding package that would expand funding for rural broadband internet projects, strengthen support for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and protect Central Virginia’s natural resources. In March 2020, Spanberger led a coalition of more than 80 De... Read more »

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