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Editor’s Note: As many of Blue Louisa’s readers know, we have synergistic relationship with the Culpeper Dems and Persisters and have been re-posting their members letters to the editor for several years. Occasionally, we post those letters alongside contrasting ones from the far right to give those letters greater context. So with out further ado.
Spanberger's record should be analyzed accurately
Regarding the Nov. 24 letter “Spanberger has joined with liberals and should be replaced,” Raymond Bender writes a letter criticizing U.S. Rep. Spanberger (D-7) for joining Democrats. In fact, Rep. Spanberger joined with a group of conservative Democrats with backgrounds in national security and law enforcement to belatedly call for an investigation of the actions, circumstances and individuals involved in delay of aid to Ukraine.
In their serious and thoughtful Op-Ed these six U.S. Representatives spoke from their experience and concerns. They did not recommend impeachment, but an investigation, similar to a grand jury process. Only after a thorough review of facts does a grand jury recommend charges or decline to do so. The grand jury process is a cautionary one, designed to prevent an emotional or vindictive pursuit against an individual.
To assert Rep. Spanberger should be replaced from office on the basis of misunderstanding the current process is ill-conceived.
Other than those who trade in the stockmarket—in which only a small percent of Americans participate—where is the economic prosperity of which Republicans speak? If unclear and demonstrably false Republican talking points continue to be repeated, Rep Spanberger will successfully win re-election, and continue her outreach to constituents and efforts for positive change she has demonstrated since entering Congress.
Abigail Spanberger is working hard, accomplishing a lot for constituents
On Nov. 24, a letter to the editor titled “Spanberger has joined with liberals and should be replaced,” criticized U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-7) but neglected to look at her record as our Congressional Representative. I would encourage everyone to visit her Congressional website, https://spanberger.house.gov/# and review her many accomplishments.
Rep. Spanberger works nonstop to support her constituents in the 7th Congressional District. Spanberger and her staff have resolved over 600 cases for constituents who had problems with a federal agency. With the help of her office, nearly $600,000 has been returned to constituents who had struggled to obtain funds that were rightfully theirs. She has held public town hall meetings in all ten counties of her district and is beginning a second round of town halls to maintain an open dialogue with district residents. Why not go to the next town hall in Culpeper or another location nearby and hear what she has to say?
Congresswoman Spanberger listens to her constituents and takes appropriate and measured action. She conducted a healthcare roundtable and has toured health facilities and free clinics. She worked in a bipartisan manner to move legislation through the House, including the recently passed bill (H.R. 2115) to make prescription-drug price negotiations more transparent and address the affordability crisis of prescription drugs.
She also worked on another bipartisan bill to speed up the process of getting generics of patented prescription drugs to market faster. She sponsored legislation protect the development of 5G capabilities and the integrity of our future elections. Spanberger has met with farmers, educators, and small business owners and has advocated for their needs and interests in Congress.
Spanberger is a conscientious and hard-working member of the House of Representatives and does not seek the limelight of national media or make rash or incendiary statements. She takes her responsibilities seriously and stands by her oath to defend and protect the Constitution.
I wish those who serve in the executive branch would do the same.
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