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All of VA Overwatch’s information is sourced from reputable websites and the content is not mischaracterized, out of context or could possibly be considered “Fake News”.  We use an assortment of resources including but not limited to; fec.gov, billtrack50.com, congress.gov, wexton.house.gov, mainstream-media, and other related sources.

 

Reps. Wexton and McEachin Call for the Replacement of Virginia’s Robert E. Lee Statue at the U.S. Capitol

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Reps. Wexton and McEachin Call for the Replacement of Virginia’s Robert E. Lee Statue at the U.S. Capitol Washington, DC — Today, Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) wrote to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, calling for the replacement of Virginia’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, housed in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States… 

 

Wexton Bill Would Establish NSF Prize Competition to Spark New Deepfake Detection Technology

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Washington, DC — Today Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced legislation directing the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish prize competitions in order to incentivize new research into technology that would detect deepfakes. “Deepfakes pose a serious threat to our national security, and there are significant challenges in our ability to effectively identify this manipulated co… 

 

Wexton Helps Pass Elimination of SALT Cap to Restore Major Tax Deductions for Nearly 150,000 VA-10 Households

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass H.R. 5377, the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which would eliminate the state and local tax (SALT) cap instituted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Wexton is a cosponsor of the legislation and has been a forceful advocate for eliminating the SALT cap. Passage of this bill is significant for V… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Pass USMCA

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, following successful negotiations by House Democrats to improve the agreement and secure strong enforceable labor standards, meaningful environmental protections, and eliminate giveaways to Big Pharma companies. “From the manufacturing facilities and apple orchards in Frederick Co… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Pass USMCA

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, following successful negotiations by House Democrats to improve the agreement and secure strong enforceable labor standards, meaningful environmental protections, and eliminate giveaways to Big Pharma companies. “From the manufacturing facilities and apple orchards in Frederick Co… 

 

Wexton Statement on Passage of Articles of Impeachment

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“I did not come to Congress to impeach the President. I came to fight for the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District — to lower the cost of health care, work to end the epidemic of gun violence, and to strengthen America’s middle class — but President Trump’s actions have left us no choice. “As a former prosecutor, I approached the question of impeachment with only the facts and eviden… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan Funding Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass two bipartisan minibus appropriations packages which would fund the government for Fiscal Year 2020 and avoid a government shutdown. The House passed the Domestic Priorities and International Assistance Appropriations Minibus, H.R. 1865 by a vote of 297-120. The House passed the National Security Appropriations Minibus, H…. 

 

Wexton Votes to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which will help bring down the cost of prescription drugs and level the playing field for American patients who are paying more for their medicines than patients in other countries. This bipartisan bill gives the Department of Health and Human Services the power to n… 

 

House Passes Final Defense Authorization with Wexton Amendment to Support Servicemembers’ Transition Into Intelligence Workforce

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted for the Conference Report on S. 1790, the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included paid parental leave for all federal workers and Wexton’s amendment to support military intelligence members as they transition into jobs in the public sector. “This defense authorization demonstrates our bipartisan commitment to a sm… 

 

Rep. Wexton, House Science Committee Members Seek Accountability, Transparency in USDA Relocation

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee today in a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking answers about a cost-benefit analysis that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has refused to make public despite repeated efforts by Congressional requestors. USDA has relied on findings from this analysis to justif… 

 

Rep. Wexton Statement on the Inclusion of Paid Leave for All Federal Employees in Final Defense Authorization

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In response to the announcement that the House and Senate have reached a final agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes paid parental leave for all federal employees, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “I am incredibly pleased that the House and Senate conferees have reached a deal to provide paid parental leave for all federal wo… 

 

Wexton Votes to Strengthen Voting Rights, Combat Voter Suppression

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will restore the strength of the Voting Rights Act and combat voter discrimination. “Since Shelby v. Holder, we’ve seen a coordinated effort to implement voter discrimination laws that have taken us backwards. These voter suppression tactics have disenfranchised too many Americans, including in Virgi… 

 

Rep. Wexton Hosts Story Time with Little Lobbyists, to Raise Awareness of Disability Justice and Representation

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a story time with the Little Lobbyists at the Library of Congress, reading children’s books featuring disabled characters, including Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Just Ask! The story time and discussion with the kids and parents focused on the importance of disability justice and representation. “I was so glad to host the Little Lobbyists for their ve… 

 

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers With Wexton Amendment

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which includes an amendment authored by Wexton to ensure no provisions of the bill are construed to limit existing laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. “Right now, health care and social service workers are facing al… 

 

Wexton Leads Letter to National Park Service Seeking Study to Designate George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor in Leesburg as an Affiliated Area

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) requesting that the National Park Service (NPS) conduct a reconnaissance survey to evaluate the suitability of designating the George C. Marshall House, known as Dodona Manor, in Leesburg as an “affiliated area” under NPS. “Designating the George C. Marshall House as an affiliated … 

 

Beyer, Connolly, Wexton Press WMATA To Take Responsibility For Contracted Bus Operations Amid Lengthening Strike

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November 20, 2019 U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) today wrote to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and Board Chair Paul Smedberg expressing concerns regarding its partial privatization and subsequent lack of oversight to ensure fair treatment of workers employed by its contractors. Their letter… 

 

Wexton Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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“Today we honor the memory of all those who have been victims of fatal anti-transgender violence — who have been targeted for no other reason than how they identify. “Despite the significant progress we’ve made as a country in the past decade to advance LGBTQ rights, transgender Americans, particularly transgender women of color, still face alarming rates of violence. “The Trump administration ha… 

 

Beyer, Norton, Wexton Demand FBI Authorize Release Of Bijan Ghaisar Case 9-1-1 Recordings

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November 18, 2019 Reps. Don Beyer and Jennifer Wexton and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton today sent a letter pressing FBI Director Chris Wray to authorize the release of 9-1-1 recordings connected to the November 2017 shooting of Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police. Their letter came a day after the three Members of Congress joined the Ghaisar family at a Lincoln Memorial vigil marking the two-… 

 

Rep. Wexton Introduces Bill to Bring Financial Intelligence to Bear in the Fight Against Gun Violence

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act, which would direct the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to assist financial institutions, through its Financial Institutions Advisory Program, in identifying and reporting suspicious or illegal financial activity related to firearms. “Banks, credit card companies, an… 

 

Wexton Statement on DOJ Decision to Close the Case on the Death of Bijan Ghaisar With No Charges

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In response to the release of the Department of Justice decision to close their investigation into the death of Bijan Ghaisar at the hands of the U.S. Park Police without any charges, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “Bijan and his family deserve so much more than this. “Nearly two years to the day of Bijan Ghaisar’s death at the hands of the U.S. Park Police,… 

 

Wexton’s Amendment Advances New Research Into Connections Between Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Suicide

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Today, an amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) during the Science, Space, and Technology Committee markup of H.R. 4704, the Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act, was approved with unanimous support. The amendment adds a research topic to the competitive grant program created by the bill to advance research on drug and alcohol abuse as it relates to suicide. “When 25% of a… 

 

Rep. Wexton Introduces Bill to Rename Leesburg Post Office After WWII Vet and Community Leader, Norman Duncan

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced a bill to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after Norman Duncan, a World War II veteran and beloved member of the Loudoun County community. “Norman Duncan was a true giant in Loudoun County. Since my time in the State Senate, I’ve witnessed firsthand how his life of public service touched so many in our community, especially through hi… 

 

Wexton Leads Letter Urging House and Senate Appropriators to Block Funding for Relocation of USDA Research Agencies

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led a bicameral letter urging the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to block any funding for the relocation of two Department of Agriculture (USDA) research agencies–the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)–in the final Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills. Notably, the USDA’s… 

 

Wexton Presses CFPB Director on Student Loan Ombudsman’s Conflicts of Interest, CFPB’s Failure to Advocate for Student Borrowers

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) pressed the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathy Kraninger, over potential conflicts of interest within the Bureau’s Student Loan Ombudsman office and its inadequate staffing. “It’s pretty swampy when the top student loan watchdog — who is in charge of protecting student borrowers — is a former top lawyer for a company acc… 

 

Wexton Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Give Families More Flexibility to Save Money on Health Care

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced the Health Savings for Families Act. The bipartisan bill would give families the flexibility to utilize the tax advantages of both a Health Savings Account (HSA) and a health Flexible Spending Account (FSA)–helping them save money on health care. “Cost of care is at a reco… 

 

Wexton Amendment Helps Improve the Public’s Detection of Deepfake Videos

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Today, an amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) during the Science, Space, and Technology Committee markup of H.R. 4355, the Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks (IOGAN) Act, was approved with bipartisan support. The IOGAN Act supports research to close existing gaps in the technology to identify outputs of generative adversarial networks (GANs), also known as… 

 

Rep. Wexton Reiterates Call for Secretary Carson’s Resignation

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“Secretary Carson’s remarks are revolting. These comments only affirm that his recent efforts to erase the Equal Access Rule are rooted in ignorance, not sound policy. By allowing shelters to discriminate against transgender Americans, the Secretary is putting lives in danger. “When he testified before the Financial Services Committee in May, Secretary Ben Carson lied to me and the American people… 

 

House Passes Wexton Bill to Protect Federal Employees and Contractors From Shutdowns

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Today, the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s (D-VA) Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act. The bill would require federal regulators to issue regulatory guidance for financial institutions within 24-hours of a government shutdown. The guidance would encourage lenders to work with borrowers affected by a shutdown and is necessary to help protect consumers an… 

 

Reps. Wexton, Pressley Slam Secretary Carson’s Latest Attack on Transgender Americans

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) sent a letter, co-signed by 59 of their House colleagues, to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson strongly denouncing anti-LGBTQ changes made to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The NOFA is published each year and describes the grants available, on a competitive basis, to housing… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Block New Oil and Gas Drilling, Protect Virginia’s Coast

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This week, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) helped pass three historic bills in the House of Representatives to block future offshore drilling efforts: H.R. 1941, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which blocks new offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines; H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, which blocks new offshore drilling in the… 

 

Wexton Statement on USDA Asking Employees Who Declined Relocation to Stay in Washington

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In response to reports that USDA is asking employees who previously declined relocation to work longer in Washington, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “The relocation of ERS and NIFA was always meant to shut down independent and objective research–because facts are inconvenient for this administration. Clearly, there are critical services that ERS and NIFA must provid… 

 

Rep. Wexton Joins Rep. Norton to Block Relocation of Bureau of Land Management

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Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) in introducing legislation to block the Trump administration’s relocation of hundreds of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees from the department’s headquarters in Washington, DC. “This relocation does not serve the American public, and it does not appear to be based on any legitimate concerns to… 

 

Rep. Wexton Visits Recovery Center, Hosts Opioid Roundtable in Winchester

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Winchester, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) spent Friday in Winchester visiting Edgehill Recovery Retreat, participating in a ride-along with the Winchester Police Department, and hosting a roundtable with over a dozen community organizations to discuss the opioid epidemic, which has hit the Northern Shenandoah Valley hard. Since 2011, more than 200 individuals in the region lost their … 

 

Rep. Wexton Meets with Nursing Home Residents to Discuss Personal Needs Allowance Modernization Act

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Leesburg, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) visited the Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ILNRC) in Leesburg on Friday morning to meet with residents and staff about the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) Modernization Act, which Wexton introduced in July. “Because the Personal Needs Allowance has not been raised in over thirty years, some seniors who I’ve spoken with must choo… 

 

Rep. Wexton Announces Creation of Congressional Agritourism Caucus

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced the creation of the bipartisan Congressional Agritourism Caucus to support the agritourism industry and to highlight its importance to local economies and communities. Congresswoman Wexton will serve as the Democratic co-chair of the Caucus alongside Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC), who will serve as the Republican co-chair. The Caucus will be … 

 

Rep. Wexton Hosts a “Congressional Playdate Made Possible by the ACA” with Little Lobbyists Families

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On Friday, August 9, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a “Congressional Playdate Made Possible by the ACA” with the parents and children from Little Lobbyists at Clemyjontri Park in Fairfax County. The Little Lobbyists are an advocacy group seeking to protect and expand the rights of children who have complex medical needs and disabilities. “For families with children who have complex me… 

 

Rep. Wexton Visits Ashby Ponds for Town Hall Discussion

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Ashburn, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) hosted a town hall-style discussion at the Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, Virginia, on Monday. Wexton spoke about the two bipartisan bills she has successfully passed through the House in the first seven months, and provided updates on work that she is doing in Congress to advance the priorities of Virginia’s 10th Congressiona… 

 

Rep. Wexton Blasts USDA Issuance of Termination Letters

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton decried the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to begin issuing termination letters to employees who declined to relocate to Kansas City, Missouri by September 30th–including at least some who made extension requests that were left unanswered. Notably, Congresswoman Wexton wrote to Secretary Sonny Perdue on July 17, requesting further information… 

 

Wexton Joins 213 Democratic Members Urging McConnell to Hold a Vote on Universal Background Checks

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (D-CA) and 212 Members of the House Democratic Caucus wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding he immediately call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Both these bipartisan bil… 

 

At Vigil Outside of NRA, Rep. Wexton Urges Attendees to Honor Victims of Gun Violence With Action

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) attended a vigil for the victims of recent incidents of gun violence outside of the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters where she called on attendees to honor the victims of gun violence with action. Yesterday’s vigil was organized by the Northern Virginia chapters of the Brady Campaign and the March For Our Lives. WATCH: Congresswoman Wexton urges vi… 

 

Rep. Wexton Calls for Impeachment Inquiry

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Leesburg, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) called for the opening of an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump: “I believe my constituents sent me to Congress, in part, because of my reputation for being thoughtful and deliberate. I did not run for office with the purpose of impeaching the president, but I did take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitu… 

 

Wexton’s Bipartisan EFFORT Act to Expand Research on Opioid Addiction Passes the House

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Today, the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s (D-VA) bipartisan Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act, which directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research on opioid addiction. Wexton introduced the bill alongside Republican Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) in June. “The opioid crisis has impacted too many families in … 

 

Wexton Introduces Bill to Strengthen Financial Security for Seniors and Disabled Individuals Living in Nursing Homes

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) Modernization Act to align the Personal Needs Allowance with today’s economic realities and to improve the financial security of Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing facilities. “The paltry Personal Needs Allowance of just thirty dollars a month strips too many of our seniors and disabled Americans of the… 

 

Rep. Wexton Presses Secretary Perdue on Refusal to Accommodate Urgent Extension Requests on USDA Reassignment

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Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue following reports from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees that requests for personal extensions to the July 15th deadline have not been approved or have been left unanswered. “It is unacceptable that the Secretary has denied or not responded to urgent personal extension requests from … 

 

Wexton Joins Van Hollen and Colleagues to Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies’ Proposed Relocation

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Today Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on a bicameral letter led by the Senator to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The letter is also signed by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin … 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes for a Smart and Strong National Defense

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which builds a strong national defense and prioritizes American servicemembers. The bill includes an amendment authored by Congresswoman Wexton to support intelligence servicemembers transitioning into the public sector workforce. “This year’s defense bill meets our national security challe… 

 

Wexton Amendment to Support Servicemembers’ Transition Into Intelligence Workforce Passed Into NDAA Bill

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Today, the House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), which would support military intelligence members as they transition into the public sector. Final passage of the NDAA will be voted on tomorrow afternoon. The amendment directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the feasibility of establishing… 

 

Wexton Statement on Special Session Adjournment

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In response to the decision by the GOP-controlled General Assembly to adjourn after 90 minutes, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “Today, the Virginia General Assembly had an opportunity to put partisanship aside and pass common sense gun safety legislation that would make our Commonwealth a safer place to live for everyone. Instead, Republicans in Richmond are so behol… 

 

Rep. Wexton: Lawsuit to Overturn ACA Would Devastate Virginia

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Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Texas v. U.S., Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) responded to the Trump administration’s latest efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act by trying to overturn the law in its entirety. If the administration is successful, millions of Americans will lose coverage, protections for the 130 million Americans with pre-existing co… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Secure American Elections

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted in favor of H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act of 2019. The SAFE Act, which passed the House this afternoon, is an election security bill that would help update our nation’s voting systems and bring American election security into the 21st century. It builds on the important election reforms that were included in H.R. 1… 

 

Wexton Amendment in Support of Leesburg Remote Tower Pilot Program Included in House-Passed Transportation Spending Bill

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Today, the House passed H.R. 3055, a package of five appropriations bills that includes an amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) in support of the remote tower pilot program located in Leesburg, Virginia. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) remote tower pilot program, the first of its kind, is based out of the Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia’s 10th Congressional… 

 

Rep. Wexton Introduces Gun Silencer Safety Legislation

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Empowering Law Enforcement for Safer Firearm Transfers Act. This bill would enable local law enforcement to block the sale or transfer of any weapon regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA), including silencers. “As we saw in Virginia Beach, silencers in the wrong hands pose a serious safety risk to the public,” said Congresswoman J… 

 

Wexton Bill to Expand Opioid Research Passes Out of Committee

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Today, H.R. 3153, the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act–bipartisan legislation introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA)–was reported favorably out of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unanimously by a voice vote. “Every year, more than one thousand Virginians die from opioid-related overdoses,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wext… 

 

Wexton to Host Gun Safety Town Hall

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Chantilly, VA — On Saturday, June 22, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) will host a Gun Safety Town Hall featuring a panel of experts from a broad range of backgrounds. Congresswoman Wexton’s Gun Safety Town Hall will provide an opportunity for members of the community to voice their opinions on gun violence, discuss potential solutions to this crisis, and hear from multiple gun safety expert… 

 

Wexton Bill to Ensure Access to Shelter for Transgender Americans Passes Out of Committee

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Today, H.R. 3018, the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), was reported favorably out of the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 33-26. The Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act would block a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people equal access to se… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Introduces EFFORT Act to Expand Research on Opioid Addiction

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) introduced H.R. 3153, the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act. This legislation would direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research on opioid addiction. “The opioid epidemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on families across America,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wext… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Protect Dreamers, Ensure Fair Pathway to Citizenship

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted in favor of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. H.R. 6, which passed the House with bipartisan support this evening, offers a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and other similarly situated immigrants who have spent much of their lives in the United States. Dreamers who are eligible for protection under the bill on average arrived in the U… 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton and Delegate Danica Roem Host Roundtable on HUD Rule Targeting Transgender Americans

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Manassas, VA — On Friday, May 31, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) hosted a roundtable on the importance of the Equal Access Rule, particularly the provisions of the rule that protect transgender people seeking accommodations at shelters receiving funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the roundtable, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton was joined by Virginia Delega… 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton Calls on Secretary Ben Carson to Resign

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‪“As a former prosecutor, I take Congressional testimony very seriously. “This week, in his testimony before Congress, Secretary Ben Carson lied to me and the American people about his plans to allow discrimination against transgender Americans seeking access to life-saving shelter. “He lied again when he called me the next day to ‘clarify’ his testimony. He has proven himself to be deceitful and … 

 

Wexton Introduces Bill to Block HUD’s Proposed Rule Targeting Transgender People

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, which would block a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people equal access to services. The proposal from HUD comes one day after HUD Secretary Ben Carson told Congresswoman Wexton and the House Financial Services Commit… 

 

Rep. Wexton Presses Sec. Mnuchin on Secret IRS Memo

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Today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned for a continuation of a Financial Services Committee hearing entitled, “The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System.” Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) pressed Secretary Mnuchin on the previously unknown draft IRS memo regarding the disclosure of tax returns and his defiance of a… 

 

Beyer, Connolly, Wexton Urge OPM To Expand Telework Flexibility During Upcoming Metro Shutdown

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May 20, 2019 Today Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Jennifer Wexton sent a letter urging the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to issue guidance to federal agencies expanding telework options during the upcoming Metro shutdown. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Platform Improvement Project will close six Yellow and Blue Line stations in Northern Virginia … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes for the Historic Equality Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted for H.R. 5, the Equality Act–sweeping legislation that would provide the full protections guaranteed by the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to LGBTQ Americans. The Equality Act passed the House with bipartisan support this afternoon. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Strengthen Affordable Care Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted in favor of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a major piece of legislation that addresses two top concerns of the American people–lowering prescription drug prices and defending vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions. H.R. 987 passed the House this evening and included two amendme… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Presses National Park Service for George Washington Memorial Parkway Update

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) wrote to National Park Service (NPS) Acting Director Dan Smith requesting an official update on the status of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) maintenance and repairs. The request comes after a 10-foot sinkhole appeared over the weekend, causing the shutdown of northbound lanes of the parkway between Chain Bridge Road and the Capital Beltwa… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton voted in favor of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019, which passed the House this evening. H.R. 986 would rescind the 1332 guidance issued by the Trump Administration which clearly weakens coverage and undermines the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. In doing so, the bill reinforc… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Receives Annual Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services

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Last night, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) received the annual Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services at the organization’s 18th Annual Hope Awards Dinner. The event is meant to honor leaders who uplift and empower women, and celebrate the success of women at Calvary who are achieving their goals and moving out of homelessness. Calvary Women’s Services is committed to ending homelessness,… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Hosts Reception for Congressional Art Competition Participants

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a reception last night for the students of Virginia’s 10th district who submitted entries into the annual Congressional Art Competition. The reception was hosted at George Washington University’s campus in Ashburn, where the artwork is currently on display. “I’ve been so incredibly impressed to see all of the beautiful work created by the 191 young artis… 

 

National Capital Region Congressional Delegation Reintroduce the Metro Accountability and Investment Act

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined the National Capital Region Congressional Delegation in Supporting Legislation to Reauthorize PRIIA Funding, Adopt Metro Reforms and Add Federal Operating Funding Today, all members of the National Capital House Congressional Delegation, led by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), reintroduced the Metro Accountability and Investment Act. The legislation re… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Takes Bold Action to Confront Climate Crisis

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, a bold step forward in addressing the threat of climate change to our nation and our planet. H.R. 9 passed the House this afternoon. “I believe in science, and it’s clear that climate change is an urgent threat to our public health, infrastructure, economy, and national security,” said Congresswoman J… 

 

An Early and Vocal Critic, Congresswoman Wexton Hails Withdrawal of Stephen Moore From Consideration for the Federal Reserve

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Today, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that Stephen Moore has withdrawn his name from consideration to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, has been an early and outspoken critic of Moore’s nomination‒first drawing attention to some of Moore’s long held and outlandish economic views at a House F… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Advocates for VA-10 Infrastructure Needs

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) submitted a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure highlighting a number of district-specific transportation and infrastructure priorities. The letter was sent as part of the Committee’s Members’ Day hearing, which provides Members of the House of Representatives an opportunity to share issues of importance as the Committee d… 

 

Wexton Amendment to Measure Economic Impact of Ocean Acidification on Chesapeake Bay Businesses Approved by Committee

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Congresswoman Wexton’s amendment would ensure an accurate assessment of the impact ocean acidification will have on Virginia’s robust commercial fishing industry and outdoor recreation An amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) during the Science, Space, and Technology Committee markup of H.R. 1716, the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2019, passed unanimously. The … 

 

Schneider, Brooks, Wexton, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Extending Housing Protections for LGBTQ Individuals

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– Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL), Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced legislation to extend clear and consistent non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing. H.R. 2402, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019 would include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected characteristics under the Fair Hous… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Holds Roundtable On Price of Diabetes Drugs for VA-10

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Sterling, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) held a roundtable with constituents, health care providers and counselors to discuss their personal experiences with the high costs of diabetes drugs and how it affects patient health. “No one should have to choose between buying insulin or paying their rent or putting food on the table,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “There are Vir… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on the Release of the Redacted Mueller Report

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In response to Attorney General William Barr’s press conference and release of the redacted Mueller Report, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “The Mueller investigation has already resulted in the public indictment of 34 individuals and three companies, seven guilty pleas, and one conviction following a jury trial—including the president’s campaign advisor and national … 

 

Trump Tax Law Hurts Virginia Homeowners According to Report Released by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

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Sterling, VA — On Tax Day, many homeowners in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District will take a hit under the new law passed by Congressional Republicans according to a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released today by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). “Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress chose to prioritize outsized and irresponsible tax cuts for large corporat… 

 

Wexton at Work: 100 Days of Accomplishments

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Today marks 100 days since Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) took office on January 3rd. Congresswoman Wexton was sworn in during what would become the longest government shutdown in history. The Congresswoman spent her first month in office fighting to reopen the government and assisting constituents impacted by the 35 day shutdown. Since her swearing in, Congresswoman Wexton has demonstrated… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers From Shutdowns

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act. This legislation would require federal financial regulators to issue guidance encouraging banks and other financial institutions to work with consumers and businesses affected by a federal Government shutdown. This legislation was drafted by the Congresswoman in response to correspondence f… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Restore Net Neutrality, Introduces Amendment to Improve Data to Make Universal Broadband Access a Reality

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted for H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act. This bipartisan bill would restore net neutrality protections that were previously in place under the Obama Administration. Notably, the Save the Internet Act includes an amendment from Congresswoman Wexton that requires the FCC to submit to Congress within 30 days a plan for how the Commission will evalua… 

 

New Democrat Coalition Condemns the Administration’s Recent Federal Court Filing

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New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.Res. 271 yesterday, a resolution condemning the Administration’s recent federal court filing asking the courts not only to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but also to eliminate every last protection and benefit provided by the Affordable C… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Reauthorize and Expand Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted for H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. H.R. 1585 is a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that passed the House today. Since its original passage in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has helped millions of women fight back against domestic violence and sexual assault by … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Condemn the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of H. Res. 271, a resolution Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care which passed the House this afternoon. Last week, the Trump administration asked federal courts to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. If President Trump gets his way in court, this could result in over 20 … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Cosponsors Sweeping New Healthcare Legislation to Lower Health Premiums, Reverse GOP Health Care Sabotage

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) cosponsored sweeping new healthcare legislation that will lower Virginians’ health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump administration’s healthcare sabotage. The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act was introduced th… 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton Celebrates Transgender Visibility Week

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton commemorated Transgender Visibility Week, an international recognition of the strength and pride in the transgender community. Members of Congress were invited to display the transgender flag during the week of March 25th through March 29th in celebration of Transgender Visibility Day on March 31. Congresswoman Wexton has displayed the transgender flag outside… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on House Passage of H. Res. 124, Resolution Opposing a Transgender Military Ban

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Today, the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of H. Res. 124, Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals. “Not a single transgender soldier, willing to put their life on the line for our freedoms, should be forced to hide who they are in order to serve this country,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “We can and must do bette… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes for Landmark Paycheck Fairness Act

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House of Representatives, 242-187 this afternoon. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work. “When women succeed, America succeeds. The Paycheck Fairne… 

 

Beyer, Wexton, Norton, Connolly Blast FBI, Justice Department For Refusal To Answer Questions In Ghaisar Case

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Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) condemned the FBI’s failure to answer a series of basic questions posed by former Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley about its 16-month investigation into the shooting of Bijan Ghaisar. The Members of Congress said: “It boggles our minds that the FBI took three months t… 

 

National Capital Region Congressional Delegation Request Full Funding for WMATA

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Today, members of the National Capital Region Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development requesting $150 million in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This funding is part of a federal-state partnership between the federal government, Virginia, Maryland, and the Distri… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Announces Support for the Save the Internet Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) co-sponsored the bicameral Save the Internet Act, which restores popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses. “The Trump Administration’s decision to repeal net neutrality protections that had been in place since 2015 exposed American consumers to the risk of higher prices, slower streaming speeds, and restrictive ac… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton On Attorney General Barr’s Summary of the Mueller Report

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In response to the release of Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “The United States House of Representatives voted unanimously, 420-0, urging the Special Counsel and Attorney General to make the Mueller Report public to the fullest extent of the law. “The full report and underlying documents must be made public … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Holds Women Veterans Roundtable

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During Virginia Women Veterans Week, Congresswoman Wexton hosted a roundtable focused on issues specific to women veterans at the VFW Post 1177 in Leesburg Leesburg, VA — Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a Women Veterans Roundtable at the VFW Post 1177. Several veteran support and service organizations from across the district were present, including: Loudoun County Community… 

 

Details and Rules for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition

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The office of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) is now accepting submissions for the 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition. Students grades 9-12 are invited to participate for an opportunity to have their artwork hung in the U.S. Capitol. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition to highlight and encourage artistic talent from all across the nation…. 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Holds First Town Hall in VA-10 Since 2014

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton held her first town hall in Aldie, Virginia today with over 250 constituents in attendance Aldie, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) held the first in-person town hall Virginia’s 10th Congressional District has seen since 2014. The event was Congresswoman Wexton’s first town hall since her swearing in. The Congresswoman addressed a crowd of over 250 cons… 

 

Rep. Wexton Co-Sponsors the Equality Act of 2019

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined nearly 240 other Members of Congress in proudly introducing the Equality Act of 2019. This historic legislation says, unequivocally, that LGBTQ Americans deserve the full protections guaranteed by the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education,… 

 

House Passes Congresswoman Wexton’s Bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act

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Congresswoman Wexton’s legislation would better empower the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to combat emerging methods of terrorism and illicit financing, like cryptocurrency. Today, H.R. 1414, the bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act, introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote. The legislation would help modernize the… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton On Historic House Passage of H.R. 1, The For the People Act

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In response to the historic passage of H.R.1, a massive voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics reform package, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “Today’s historic passage of the For the People Act is a watershed moment for our democracy. This legislation will ensure clean and fair elections, end the dominance of dark money in politics, and make certain that public … 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton Presses CFPB Director on Predatory Car Title Lending Rule

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton questioned the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kathy Kraninger, on the Bureau’s efforts to block a rule meant to protect consumers from predatory payday and car title lending Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) participated in the Financial Services Committee hearing, ‘Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financi… 

 

Wexton, Maloney, Hoyer, Beyer, Introduce Bill to Provide Paid Family Leave for Federal Workers

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) joined with federal employees, workers’ rights advocates and unions to introduce legislation that would provide 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees. The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) would guarantee paid leave for all insta… 

 

New Democrat Coalition Members Urge Committee Leadership to Strengthen the ACA, Paving the Way for Affordable Universal Coverage

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Today, Members of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) sent a letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone, and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Scott, urging the Committees to prioritize strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continue the path toward affordable universal coverage. “Our constituents elected a Democratic majority in the… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Introduces The Bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act Of 2019

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Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Denver Riggleman (R-VA) introduced the bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act of 2019. The legislation would amend the duties of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to ensure FinCEN works with tribal law enforcement agencies, protects against all forms of terrorism, and focuses on virtual currencies. “I’m proud to introduce … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on House Passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

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Following the passage H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “Today, the House took a historic first step in pursuit of our bold gun safety agenda. Passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, will save lives and make our communities safer. “For years, our country has suffered from a gun violence epidemic… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on Loudoun County Public Schools’ New Nondiscrimination Policy

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In response to the Loudoun County Public Schools’ new nondiscrimination policy, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “I’m proud of the activists and changemakers who fought hard to expand protections for LGBTQ students and staff. Everyone, no matter who they love or how they identify, deserves to feel safe in our schools. “I commend the school board members who voted for … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on the Bipartisan Passage of Resolution Terminating Trump’s Emergency Declaration

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Following the passage of H.J. Res 46, a privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful emergency declaration, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton released the following statement: “President Trump failed to secure funding for a wall through the constitutionally defined legislative process. After negotiations with Congress failed, the President decided to put the financial security of mil… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on Trump Declaring a National Emergency

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In response to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “This is a reckless abuse of power by the President. The United States is not a dictatorship, and the President cannot declare a national emergency simply because he was unsuccessful in his negotiations with Congress. “The legislative branch is a separate and coequal… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on Bipartisan Agreement to Fund the Government

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In response to the passage of the bipartisan funding bill, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “This was not a perfect deal, but I’m glad that Democrats and Republicans were able to work together and come to consensus in order to prevent another disastrous shutdown. “During these negotiations, common sense prevailed. We did not give in to the President’s demand for $5.7 … 

 

Wexton, Cummings, and Connolly Investigate Delayed Back Pay and Payroll Problems for Furloughed and Excepted Federal Employees

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Yesterday, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management after reports of delayed back pay and other payroll inconsistencies experienced by furloughed and excepted … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Announces State of the Union Guest: Linda McCray, Furloughed Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center Employee

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced today that she will be bringing constituent Linda McCray, an employee of the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center who was recently furloughed during the 35 day federal shutdown, as her guest to the 2019 State of the Union. “Just days ago, the longest government shutdown in history finally came to an end. But its devastating impact will be felt … 

 

ICYMI: Rep. Wexton Participates in Substance Abuse Roundtable in Winchester

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Washington, D.C. ‒ On Thursday, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition for their monthly meeting, speaking about the importance of increased federal funding to addiction and treatment programs in the region. The roundtable consisted of treatment providers, school administrators, law enforcement, prosecutors, and recovering addicts. Wex… 

 

Rep. Wexton Co-leads Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Benefits for Furloughed Federal Employees

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Washington, D.C. ‒ Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Representative Don Young (R-AK) are co-leading new legislation to ensure that federal employees furloughed during a shutdown can continue to accrue annual and sick leave. Current federal guidance allows for excepted employees to accrue leave during a shutdown, however furloughed employees do not accrue annual and sick leave once they hav… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Statement on Passage of H.R. 790

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 790, the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act: “I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of H.R. 790, a bill that gives a long overdue pay raise to our civil servants. Federal employees are the people who make sure Social Security checks are mailed on time each m… 

 

House Republicans Vote Down Wexton Resolution Condemning Government Shutdowns

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Today a House Resolution offered by Rep. Jennifer Wexton to condemn government shutdowns was defeated when Republican leaders surprisingly turned against the measure on the House floor. Though Wexton pointed out that she had altered the legislation’s text in cooperation with requests by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the resolution failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed to pass under sus… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton statement on Trump’s Shutdown Announcement

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement on Trump’s announcement to end the shutdown: “Hundreds of thousands of Americans will never recover from Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell’s petty power play. They should apologize for all suffering they inflicted on federal workers, contractors, and everyone who was impacted by their senseless shutdown. This debacle acco… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Invites Secretary Ross To A Food Bank To Learn How Federal Employees Have Been Affected By The Government Shutdown

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. inviting him to the Capital Area Food Bank this weekend to meet with and help serve federal employees who have been affected by the government shutdown. The letter is in response to Secretary Ross’ comments that “[he doesn’t] really quite understand why” federal workers have been lining up outside food bank… 

 

Lawmakers to Virginia House of Delegates: Bring the Equal Rights Amendment for a vote on the House floor

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led lawmakers in sending a letter to Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox urging for a vote on the Equal Rights Amendment. The letter commends the Virginia Senate’s approval of the Equal Rights Amendment by a bipartisan vote of 26-14 and calls for a full House of Delegates vote, as it is clear it would pass the Chamber with bipartisan support – … 

 

Wexton Appointed to Science, Space and Technology Committee

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Washington, D.C. ‒ Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced today that she has been appointed to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Speaking on the appointment: “I’m honored to be appointed to the broad-reaching Science, Space and Technology Committee, representing Northern Virginia’s voice on issues that will benefit our local communities and businesses. My district is home to the… 

 

Members of Congress Deliver Shutdown Stories to McConnell, Urge Him To Allow A Vote on Good Faith Legislation To Reopen Government

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Members of Congress, led by newly-elected Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), today sent a message to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding the current government shutdown and the Senate’s failure to consider compromise legislation to reopen the government. Hoping to move the top Congressional Republican, Members attached dozens of personal stories submitted to them by constituents d… 

 

Newest Members of Congress

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The freshman class will be sworn in on January 3rd, 2019 when the First Session of the 116th United States Congress convenes. 

 

 

Reps. Wexton and McEachin Call for the Replacement of Virginia’s Robert E. Lee Statue at the U.S. Capitol

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Reps. Wexton and McEachin Call for the Replacement of Virginia’s Robert E. Lee Statue at the U.S. Capitol Washington, DC — Today, Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) wrote to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, calling for the replacement of Virginia’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, housed in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States… 

 

Wexton Bill Would Establish NSF Prize Competition to Spark New Deepfake Detection Technology

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Washington, DC — Today Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced legislation directing the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish prize competitions in order to incentivize new research into technology that would detect deepfakes. “Deepfakes pose a serious threat to our national security, and there are significant challenges in our ability to effectively identify this manipulated co… 

 

Wexton Helps Pass Elimination of SALT Cap to Restore Major Tax Deductions for Nearly 150,000 VA-10 Households

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass H.R. 5377, the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which would eliminate the state and local tax (SALT) cap instituted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Wexton is a cosponsor of the legislation and has been a forceful advocate for eliminating the SALT cap. Passage of this bill is significant for V… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Pass USMCA

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, following successful negotiations by House Democrats to improve the agreement and secure strong enforceable labor standards, meaningful environmental protections, and eliminate giveaways to Big Pharma companies. “From the manufacturing facilities and apple orchards in Frederick Co… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Pass USMCA

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, following successful negotiations by House Democrats to improve the agreement and secure strong enforceable labor standards, meaningful environmental protections, and eliminate giveaways to Big Pharma companies. “From the manufacturing facilities and apple orchards in Frederick Co… 

 

Wexton Statement on Passage of Articles of Impeachment

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“I did not come to Congress to impeach the President. I came to fight for the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District — to lower the cost of health care, work to end the epidemic of gun violence, and to strengthen America’s middle class — but President Trump’s actions have left us no choice. “As a former prosecutor, I approached the question of impeachment with only the facts and eviden… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan Funding Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass two bipartisan minibus appropriations packages which would fund the government for Fiscal Year 2020 and avoid a government shutdown. The House passed the Domestic Priorities and International Assistance Appropriations Minibus, H.R. 1865 by a vote of 297-120. The House passed the National Security Appropriations Minibus, H…. 

 

Wexton Votes to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which will help bring down the cost of prescription drugs and level the playing field for American patients who are paying more for their medicines than patients in other countries. This bipartisan bill gives the Department of Health and Human Services the power to n… 

 

House Passes Final Defense Authorization with Wexton Amendment to Support Servicemembers’ Transition Into Intelligence Workforce

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted for the Conference Report on S. 1790, the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included paid parental leave for all federal workers and Wexton’s amendment to support military intelligence members as they transition into jobs in the public sector. “This defense authorization demonstrates our bipartisan commitment to a sm… 

 

Rep. Wexton, House Science Committee Members Seek Accountability, Transparency in USDA Relocation

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee today in a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking answers about a cost-benefit analysis that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has refused to make public despite repeated efforts by Congressional requestors. USDA has relied on findings from this analysis to justif… 

 

Rep. Wexton Statement on the Inclusion of Paid Leave for All Federal Employees in Final Defense Authorization

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In response to the announcement that the House and Senate have reached a final agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes paid parental leave for all federal employees, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “I am incredibly pleased that the House and Senate conferees have reached a deal to provide paid parental leave for all federal wo… 

 

Wexton Votes to Strengthen Voting Rights, Combat Voter Suppression

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will restore the strength of the Voting Rights Act and combat voter discrimination. “Since Shelby v. Holder, we’ve seen a coordinated effort to implement voter discrimination laws that have taken us backwards. These voter suppression tactics have disenfranchised too many Americans, including in Virgi… 

 

Rep. Wexton Hosts Story Time with Little Lobbyists, to Raise Awareness of Disability Justice and Representation

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a story time with the Little Lobbyists at the Library of Congress, reading children’s books featuring disabled characters, including Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Just Ask! The story time and discussion with the kids and parents focused on the importance of disability justice and representation. “I was so glad to host the Little Lobbyists for their ve… 

 

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers With Wexton Amendment

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which includes an amendment authored by Wexton to ensure no provisions of the bill are construed to limit existing laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. “Right now, health care and social service workers are facing al… 

 

Wexton Leads Letter to National Park Service Seeking Study to Designate George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor in Leesburg as an Affiliated Area

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) requesting that the National Park Service (NPS) conduct a reconnaissance survey to evaluate the suitability of designating the George C. Marshall House, known as Dodona Manor, in Leesburg as an “affiliated area” under NPS. “Designating the George C. Marshall House as an affiliated … 

 

Beyer, Connolly, Wexton Press WMATA To Take Responsibility For Contracted Bus Operations Amid Lengthening Strike

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November 20, 2019 U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) today wrote to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and Board Chair Paul Smedberg expressing concerns regarding its partial privatization and subsequent lack of oversight to ensure fair treatment of workers employed by its contractors. Their letter… 

 

Wexton Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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“Today we honor the memory of all those who have been victims of fatal anti-transgender violence — who have been targeted for no other reason than how they identify. “Despite the significant progress we’ve made as a country in the past decade to advance LGBTQ rights, transgender Americans, particularly transgender women of color, still face alarming rates of violence. “The Trump administration ha… 

 

Beyer, Norton, Wexton Demand FBI Authorize Release Of Bijan Ghaisar Case 9-1-1 Recordings

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November 18, 2019 Reps. Don Beyer and Jennifer Wexton and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton today sent a letter pressing FBI Director Chris Wray to authorize the release of 9-1-1 recordings connected to the November 2017 shooting of Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police. Their letter came a day after the three Members of Congress joined the Ghaisar family at a Lincoln Memorial vigil marking the two-… 

 

Rep. Wexton Introduces Bill to Bring Financial Intelligence to Bear in the Fight Against Gun Violence

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act, which would direct the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to assist financial institutions, through its Financial Institutions Advisory Program, in identifying and reporting suspicious or illegal financial activity related to firearms. “Banks, credit card companies, an… 

 

Wexton Statement on DOJ Decision to Close the Case on the Death of Bijan Ghaisar With No Charges

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In response to the release of the Department of Justice decision to close their investigation into the death of Bijan Ghaisar at the hands of the U.S. Park Police without any charges, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “Bijan and his family deserve so much more than this. “Nearly two years to the day of Bijan Ghaisar’s death at the hands of the U.S. Park Police,… 

 

Wexton’s Amendment Advances New Research Into Connections Between Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Suicide

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Today, an amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) during the Science, Space, and Technology Committee markup of H.R. 4704, the Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act, was approved with unanimous support. The amendment adds a research topic to the competitive grant program created by the bill to advance research on drug and alcohol abuse as it relates to suicide. “When 25% of a… 

 

Rep. Wexton Introduces Bill to Rename Leesburg Post Office After WWII Vet and Community Leader, Norman Duncan

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced a bill to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after Norman Duncan, a World War II veteran and beloved member of the Loudoun County community. “Norman Duncan was a true giant in Loudoun County. Since my time in the State Senate, I’ve witnessed firsthand how his life of public service touched so many in our community, especially through hi… 

 

Wexton Leads Letter Urging House and Senate Appropriators to Block Funding for Relocation of USDA Research Agencies

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led a bicameral letter urging the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to block any funding for the relocation of two Department of Agriculture (USDA) research agencies–the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)–in the final Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills. Notably, the USDA’s… 

 

Wexton Presses CFPB Director on Student Loan Ombudsman’s Conflicts of Interest, CFPB’s Failure to Advocate for Student Borrowers

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) pressed the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathy Kraninger, over potential conflicts of interest within the Bureau’s Student Loan Ombudsman office and its inadequate staffing. “It’s pretty swampy when the top student loan watchdog — who is in charge of protecting student borrowers — is a former top lawyer for a company acc… 

 

Wexton Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Give Families More Flexibility to Save Money on Health Care

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced the Health Savings for Families Act. The bipartisan bill would give families the flexibility to utilize the tax advantages of both a Health Savings Account (HSA) and a health Flexible Spending Account (FSA)–helping them save money on health care. “Cost of care is at a reco… 

 

Wexton Amendment Helps Improve the Public’s Detection of Deepfake Videos

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Today, an amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) during the Science, Space, and Technology Committee markup of H.R. 4355, the Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks (IOGAN) Act, was approved with bipartisan support. The IOGAN Act supports research to close existing gaps in the technology to identify outputs of generative adversarial networks (GANs), also known as… 

 

Rep. Wexton Reiterates Call for Secretary Carson’s Resignation

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“Secretary Carson’s remarks are revolting. These comments only affirm that his recent efforts to erase the Equal Access Rule are rooted in ignorance, not sound policy. By allowing shelters to discriminate against transgender Americans, the Secretary is putting lives in danger. “When he testified before the Financial Services Committee in May, Secretary Ben Carson lied to me and the American people… 

 

House Passes Wexton Bill to Protect Federal Employees and Contractors From Shutdowns

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Today, the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s (D-VA) Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act. The bill would require federal regulators to issue regulatory guidance for financial institutions within 24-hours of a government shutdown. The guidance would encourage lenders to work with borrowers affected by a shutdown and is necessary to help protect consumers an… 

 

Reps. Wexton, Pressley Slam Secretary Carson’s Latest Attack on Transgender Americans

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) sent a letter, co-signed by 59 of their House colleagues, to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson strongly denouncing anti-LGBTQ changes made to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The NOFA is published each year and describes the grants available, on a competitive basis, to housing… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Block New Oil and Gas Drilling, Protect Virginia’s Coast

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This week, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) helped pass three historic bills in the House of Representatives to block future offshore drilling efforts: H.R. 1941, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which blocks new offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines; H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, which blocks new offshore drilling in the… 

 

Wexton Statement on USDA Asking Employees Who Declined Relocation to Stay in Washington

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In response to reports that USDA is asking employees who previously declined relocation to work longer in Washington, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “The relocation of ERS and NIFA was always meant to shut down independent and objective research–because facts are inconvenient for this administration. Clearly, there are critical services that ERS and NIFA must provid… 

 

Rep. Wexton Joins Rep. Norton to Block Relocation of Bureau of Land Management

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Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) in introducing legislation to block the Trump administration’s relocation of hundreds of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees from the department’s headquarters in Washington, DC. “This relocation does not serve the American public, and it does not appear to be based on any legitimate concerns to… 

 

Rep. Wexton Visits Recovery Center, Hosts Opioid Roundtable in Winchester

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Winchester, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) spent Friday in Winchester visiting Edgehill Recovery Retreat, participating in a ride-along with the Winchester Police Department, and hosting a roundtable with over a dozen community organizations to discuss the opioid epidemic, which has hit the Northern Shenandoah Valley hard. Since 2011, more than 200 individuals in the region lost their … 

 

Rep. Wexton Meets with Nursing Home Residents to Discuss Personal Needs Allowance Modernization Act

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Leesburg, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) visited the Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ILNRC) in Leesburg on Friday morning to meet with residents and staff about the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) Modernization Act, which Wexton introduced in July. “Because the Personal Needs Allowance has not been raised in over thirty years, some seniors who I’ve spoken with must choo… 

 

Rep. Wexton Announces Creation of Congressional Agritourism Caucus

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced the creation of the bipartisan Congressional Agritourism Caucus to support the agritourism industry and to highlight its importance to local economies and communities. Congresswoman Wexton will serve as the Democratic co-chair of the Caucus alongside Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC), who will serve as the Republican co-chair. The Caucus will be … 

 

Rep. Wexton Hosts a “Congressional Playdate Made Possible by the ACA” with Little Lobbyists Families

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On Friday, August 9, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a “Congressional Playdate Made Possible by the ACA” with the parents and children from Little Lobbyists at Clemyjontri Park in Fairfax County. The Little Lobbyists are an advocacy group seeking to protect and expand the rights of children who have complex medical needs and disabilities. “For families with children who have complex me… 

 

Rep. Wexton Visits Ashby Ponds for Town Hall Discussion

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Ashburn, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) hosted a town hall-style discussion at the Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, Virginia, on Monday. Wexton spoke about the two bipartisan bills she has successfully passed through the House in the first seven months, and provided updates on work that she is doing in Congress to advance the priorities of Virginia’s 10th Congressiona… 

 

Rep. Wexton Blasts USDA Issuance of Termination Letters

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton decried the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to begin issuing termination letters to employees who declined to relocate to Kansas City, Missouri by September 30th–including at least some who made extension requests that were left unanswered. Notably, Congresswoman Wexton wrote to Secretary Sonny Perdue on July 17, requesting further information… 

 

Wexton Joins 213 Democratic Members Urging McConnell to Hold a Vote on Universal Background Checks

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (D-CA) and 212 Members of the House Democratic Caucus wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding he immediately call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Both these bipartisan bil… 

 

At Vigil Outside of NRA, Rep. Wexton Urges Attendees to Honor Victims of Gun Violence With Action

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) attended a vigil for the victims of recent incidents of gun violence outside of the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters where she called on attendees to honor the victims of gun violence with action. Yesterday’s vigil was organized by the Northern Virginia chapters of the Brady Campaign and the March For Our Lives. WATCH: Congresswoman Wexton urges vi… 

 

Rep. Wexton Calls for Impeachment Inquiry

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Leesburg, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) called for the opening of an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump: “I believe my constituents sent me to Congress, in part, because of my reputation for being thoughtful and deliberate. I did not run for office with the purpose of impeaching the president, but I did take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitu… 

 

Wexton’s Bipartisan EFFORT Act to Expand Research on Opioid Addiction Passes the House

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Today, the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s (D-VA) bipartisan Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act, which directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research on opioid addiction. Wexton introduced the bill alongside Republican Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) in June. “The opioid crisis has impacted too many families in … 

 

Wexton Introduces Bill to Strengthen Financial Security for Seniors and Disabled Individuals Living in Nursing Homes

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) Modernization Act to align the Personal Needs Allowance with today’s economic realities and to improve the financial security of Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing facilities. “The paltry Personal Needs Allowance of just thirty dollars a month strips too many of our seniors and disabled Americans of the… 

 

Rep. Wexton Presses Secretary Perdue on Refusal to Accommodate Urgent Extension Requests on USDA Reassignment

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Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue following reports from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees that requests for personal extensions to the July 15th deadline have not been approved or have been left unanswered. “It is unacceptable that the Secretary has denied or not responded to urgent personal extension requests from … 

 

Wexton Joins Van Hollen and Colleagues to Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies’ Proposed Relocation

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Today Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on a bicameral letter led by the Senator to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The letter is also signed by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin … 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes for a Smart and Strong National Defense

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which builds a strong national defense and prioritizes American servicemembers. The bill includes an amendment authored by Congresswoman Wexton to support intelligence servicemembers transitioning into the public sector workforce. “This year’s defense bill meets our national security challe… 

 

Wexton Amendment to Support Servicemembers’ Transition Into Intelligence Workforce Passed Into NDAA Bill

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Today, the House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), which would support military intelligence members as they transition into the public sector. Final passage of the NDAA will be voted on tomorrow afternoon. The amendment directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the feasibility of establishing… 

 

Wexton Statement on Special Session Adjournment

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In response to the decision by the GOP-controlled General Assembly to adjourn after 90 minutes, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “Today, the Virginia General Assembly had an opportunity to put partisanship aside and pass common sense gun safety legislation that would make our Commonwealth a safer place to live for everyone. Instead, Republicans in Richmond are so behol… 

 

Rep. Wexton: Lawsuit to Overturn ACA Would Devastate Virginia

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Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Texas v. U.S., Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) responded to the Trump administration’s latest efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act by trying to overturn the law in its entirety. If the administration is successful, millions of Americans will lose coverage, protections for the 130 million Americans with pre-existing co… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Secure American Elections

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted in favor of H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act of 2019. The SAFE Act, which passed the House this afternoon, is an election security bill that would help update our nation’s voting systems and bring American election security into the 21st century. It builds on the important election reforms that were included in H.R. 1… 

 

Wexton Amendment in Support of Leesburg Remote Tower Pilot Program Included in House-Passed Transportation Spending Bill

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Today, the House passed H.R. 3055, a package of five appropriations bills that includes an amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) in support of the remote tower pilot program located in Leesburg, Virginia. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) remote tower pilot program, the first of its kind, is based out of the Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia’s 10th Congressional… 

 

Rep. Wexton Introduces Gun Silencer Safety Legislation

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Empowering Law Enforcement for Safer Firearm Transfers Act. This bill would enable local law enforcement to block the sale or transfer of any weapon regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA), including silencers. “As we saw in Virginia Beach, silencers in the wrong hands pose a serious safety risk to the public,” said Congresswoman J… 

 

Wexton Bill to Expand Opioid Research Passes Out of Committee

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Today, H.R. 3153, the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act–bipartisan legislation introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA)–was reported favorably out of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unanimously by a voice vote. “Every year, more than one thousand Virginians die from opioid-related overdoses,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wext… 

 

Wexton to Host Gun Safety Town Hall

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Chantilly, VA — On Saturday, June 22, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) will host a Gun Safety Town Hall featuring a panel of experts from a broad range of backgrounds. Congresswoman Wexton’s Gun Safety Town Hall will provide an opportunity for members of the community to voice their opinions on gun violence, discuss potential solutions to this crisis, and hear from multiple gun safety expert… 

 

Wexton Bill to Ensure Access to Shelter for Transgender Americans Passes Out of Committee

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Today, H.R. 3018, the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), was reported favorably out of the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 33-26. The Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act would block a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people equal access to se… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Introduces EFFORT Act to Expand Research on Opioid Addiction

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) introduced H.R. 3153, the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act. This legislation would direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research on opioid addiction. “The opioid epidemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on families across America,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wext… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Protect Dreamers, Ensure Fair Pathway to Citizenship

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted in favor of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. H.R. 6, which passed the House with bipartisan support this evening, offers a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and other similarly situated immigrants who have spent much of their lives in the United States. Dreamers who are eligible for protection under the bill on average arrived in the U… 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton and Delegate Danica Roem Host Roundtable on HUD Rule Targeting Transgender Americans

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Manassas, VA — On Friday, May 31, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) hosted a roundtable on the importance of the Equal Access Rule, particularly the provisions of the rule that protect transgender people seeking accommodations at shelters receiving funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the roundtable, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton was joined by Virginia Delega… 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton Calls on Secretary Ben Carson to Resign

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‪“As a former prosecutor, I take Congressional testimony very seriously. “This week, in his testimony before Congress, Secretary Ben Carson lied to me and the American people about his plans to allow discrimination against transgender Americans seeking access to life-saving shelter. “He lied again when he called me the next day to ‘clarify’ his testimony. He has proven himself to be deceitful and … 

 

Wexton Introduces Bill to Block HUD’s Proposed Rule Targeting Transgender People

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, which would block a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people equal access to services. The proposal from HUD comes one day after HUD Secretary Ben Carson told Congresswoman Wexton and the House Financial Services Commit… 

 

Rep. Wexton Presses Sec. Mnuchin on Secret IRS Memo

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Today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned for a continuation of a Financial Services Committee hearing entitled, “The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System.” Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) pressed Secretary Mnuchin on the previously unknown draft IRS memo regarding the disclosure of tax returns and his defiance of a… 

 

Beyer, Connolly, Wexton Urge OPM To Expand Telework Flexibility During Upcoming Metro Shutdown

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May 20, 2019 Today Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Jennifer Wexton sent a letter urging the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to issue guidance to federal agencies expanding telework options during the upcoming Metro shutdown. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Platform Improvement Project will close six Yellow and Blue Line stations in Northern Virginia … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes for the Historic Equality Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted for H.R. 5, the Equality Act–sweeping legislation that would provide the full protections guaranteed by the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to LGBTQ Americans. The Equality Act passed the House with bipartisan support this afternoon. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Strengthen Affordable Care Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted in favor of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a major piece of legislation that addresses two top concerns of the American people–lowering prescription drug prices and defending vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions. H.R. 987 passed the House this evening and included two amendme… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Presses National Park Service for George Washington Memorial Parkway Update

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) wrote to National Park Service (NPS) Acting Director Dan Smith requesting an official update on the status of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) maintenance and repairs. The request comes after a 10-foot sinkhole appeared over the weekend, causing the shutdown of northbound lanes of the parkway between Chain Bridge Road and the Capital Beltwa… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton voted in favor of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019, which passed the House this evening. H.R. 986 would rescind the 1332 guidance issued by the Trump Administration which clearly weakens coverage and undermines the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. In doing so, the bill reinforc… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Receives Annual Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services

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Last night, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) received the annual Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services at the organization’s 18th Annual Hope Awards Dinner. The event is meant to honor leaders who uplift and empower women, and celebrate the success of women at Calvary who are achieving their goals and moving out of homelessness. Calvary Women’s Services is committed to ending homelessness,… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Hosts Reception for Congressional Art Competition Participants

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a reception last night for the students of Virginia’s 10th district who submitted entries into the annual Congressional Art Competition. The reception was hosted at George Washington University’s campus in Ashburn, where the artwork is currently on display. “I’ve been so incredibly impressed to see all of the beautiful work created by the 191 young artis… 

 

National Capital Region Congressional Delegation Reintroduce the Metro Accountability and Investment Act

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined the National Capital Region Congressional Delegation in Supporting Legislation to Reauthorize PRIIA Funding, Adopt Metro Reforms and Add Federal Operating Funding Today, all members of the National Capital House Congressional Delegation, led by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), reintroduced the Metro Accountability and Investment Act. The legislation re… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Takes Bold Action to Confront Climate Crisis

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, a bold step forward in addressing the threat of climate change to our nation and our planet. H.R. 9 passed the House this afternoon. “I believe in science, and it’s clear that climate change is an urgent threat to our public health, infrastructure, economy, and national security,” said Congresswoman J… 

 

An Early and Vocal Critic, Congresswoman Wexton Hails Withdrawal of Stephen Moore From Consideration for the Federal Reserve

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Today, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that Stephen Moore has withdrawn his name from consideration to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, has been an early and outspoken critic of Moore’s nomination‒first drawing attention to some of Moore’s long held and outlandish economic views at a House F… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Advocates for VA-10 Infrastructure Needs

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) submitted a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure highlighting a number of district-specific transportation and infrastructure priorities. The letter was sent as part of the Committee’s Members’ Day hearing, which provides Members of the House of Representatives an opportunity to share issues of importance as the Committee d… 

 

Wexton Amendment to Measure Economic Impact of Ocean Acidification on Chesapeake Bay Businesses Approved by Committee

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Congresswoman Wexton’s amendment would ensure an accurate assessment of the impact ocean acidification will have on Virginia’s robust commercial fishing industry and outdoor recreation An amendment offered by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) during the Science, Space, and Technology Committee markup of H.R. 1716, the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2019, passed unanimously. The … 

 

Schneider, Brooks, Wexton, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Extending Housing Protections for LGBTQ Individuals

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– Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL), Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced legislation to extend clear and consistent non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing. H.R. 2402, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019 would include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected characteristics under the Fair Hous… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Holds Roundtable On Price of Diabetes Drugs for VA-10

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Sterling, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) held a roundtable with constituents, health care providers and counselors to discuss their personal experiences with the high costs of diabetes drugs and how it affects patient health. “No one should have to choose between buying insulin or paying their rent or putting food on the table,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “There are Vir… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on the Release of the Redacted Mueller Report

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In response to Attorney General William Barr’s press conference and release of the redacted Mueller Report, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “The Mueller investigation has already resulted in the public indictment of 34 individuals and three companies, seven guilty pleas, and one conviction following a jury trial—including the president’s campaign advisor and national … 

 

Trump Tax Law Hurts Virginia Homeowners According to Report Released by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

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Sterling, VA — On Tax Day, many homeowners in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District will take a hit under the new law passed by Congressional Republicans according to a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released today by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). “Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress chose to prioritize outsized and irresponsible tax cuts for large corporat… 

 

Wexton at Work: 100 Days of Accomplishments

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Today marks 100 days since Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) took office on January 3rd. Congresswoman Wexton was sworn in during what would become the longest government shutdown in history. The Congresswoman spent her first month in office fighting to reopen the government and assisting constituents impacted by the 35 day shutdown. Since her swearing in, Congresswoman Wexton has demonstrated… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers From Shutdowns

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act. This legislation would require federal financial regulators to issue guidance encouraging banks and other financial institutions to work with consumers and businesses affected by a federal Government shutdown. This legislation was drafted by the Congresswoman in response to correspondence f… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Restore Net Neutrality, Introduces Amendment to Improve Data to Make Universal Broadband Access a Reality

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) voted for H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act. This bipartisan bill would restore net neutrality protections that were previously in place under the Obama Administration. Notably, the Save the Internet Act includes an amendment from Congresswoman Wexton that requires the FCC to submit to Congress within 30 days a plan for how the Commission will evalua… 

 

New Democrat Coalition Condemns the Administration’s Recent Federal Court Filing

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New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.Res. 271 yesterday, a resolution condemning the Administration’s recent federal court filing asking the courts not only to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but also to eliminate every last protection and benefit provided by the Affordable C… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Reauthorize and Expand Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted for H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. H.R. 1585 is a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that passed the House today. Since its original passage in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has helped millions of women fight back against domestic violence and sexual assault by … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes to Condemn the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of H. Res. 271, a resolution Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care which passed the House this afternoon. Last week, the Trump administration asked federal courts to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. If President Trump gets his way in court, this could result in over 20 … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Cosponsors Sweeping New Healthcare Legislation to Lower Health Premiums, Reverse GOP Health Care Sabotage

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) cosponsored sweeping new healthcare legislation that will lower Virginians’ health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump administration’s healthcare sabotage. The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act was introduced th… 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton Celebrates Transgender Visibility Week

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton commemorated Transgender Visibility Week, an international recognition of the strength and pride in the transgender community. Members of Congress were invited to display the transgender flag during the week of March 25th through March 29th in celebration of Transgender Visibility Day on March 31. Congresswoman Wexton has displayed the transgender flag outside… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on House Passage of H. Res. 124, Resolution Opposing a Transgender Military Ban

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Today, the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of H. Res. 124, Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals. “Not a single transgender soldier, willing to put their life on the line for our freedoms, should be forced to hide who they are in order to serve this country,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “We can and must do bette… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Votes for Landmark Paycheck Fairness Act

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House of Representatives, 242-187 this afternoon. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work. “When women succeed, America succeeds. The Paycheck Fairne… 

 

Beyer, Wexton, Norton, Connolly Blast FBI, Justice Department For Refusal To Answer Questions In Ghaisar Case

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Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) condemned the FBI’s failure to answer a series of basic questions posed by former Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley about its 16-month investigation into the shooting of Bijan Ghaisar. The Members of Congress said: “It boggles our minds that the FBI took three months t… 

 

National Capital Region Congressional Delegation Request Full Funding for WMATA

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Today, members of the National Capital Region Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development requesting $150 million in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This funding is part of a federal-state partnership between the federal government, Virginia, Maryland, and the Distri… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Announces Support for the Save the Internet Act

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) co-sponsored the bicameral Save the Internet Act, which restores popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses. “The Trump Administration’s decision to repeal net neutrality protections that had been in place since 2015 exposed American consumers to the risk of higher prices, slower streaming speeds, and restrictive ac… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton On Attorney General Barr’s Summary of the Mueller Report

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In response to the release of Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “The United States House of Representatives voted unanimously, 420-0, urging the Special Counsel and Attorney General to make the Mueller Report public to the fullest extent of the law. “The full report and underlying documents must be made public … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Holds Women Veterans Roundtable

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During Virginia Women Veterans Week, Congresswoman Wexton hosted a roundtable focused on issues specific to women veterans at the VFW Post 1177 in Leesburg Leesburg, VA — Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a Women Veterans Roundtable at the VFW Post 1177. Several veteran support and service organizations from across the district were present, including: Loudoun County Community… 

 

Details and Rules for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition

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The office of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) is now accepting submissions for the 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition. Students grades 9-12 are invited to participate for an opportunity to have their artwork hung in the U.S. Capitol. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition to highlight and encourage artistic talent from all across the nation…. 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Holds First Town Hall in VA-10 Since 2014

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton held her first town hall in Aldie, Virginia today with over 250 constituents in attendance Aldie, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) held the first in-person town hall Virginia’s 10th Congressional District has seen since 2014. The event was Congresswoman Wexton’s first town hall since her swearing in. The Congresswoman addressed a crowd of over 250 cons… 

 

Rep. Wexton Co-Sponsors the Equality Act of 2019

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined nearly 240 other Members of Congress in proudly introducing the Equality Act of 2019. This historic legislation says, unequivocally, that LGBTQ Americans deserve the full protections guaranteed by the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education,… 

 

House Passes Congresswoman Wexton’s Bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act

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Congresswoman Wexton’s legislation would better empower the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to combat emerging methods of terrorism and illicit financing, like cryptocurrency. Today, H.R. 1414, the bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act, introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote. The legislation would help modernize the… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton On Historic House Passage of H.R. 1, The For the People Act

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In response to the historic passage of H.R.1, a massive voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics reform package, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “Today’s historic passage of the For the People Act is a watershed moment for our democracy. This legislation will ensure clean and fair elections, end the dominance of dark money in politics, and make certain that public … 

 

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton Presses CFPB Director on Predatory Car Title Lending Rule

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton questioned the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kathy Kraninger, on the Bureau’s efforts to block a rule meant to protect consumers from predatory payday and car title lending Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) participated in the Financial Services Committee hearing, ‘Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financi… 

 

Wexton, Maloney, Hoyer, Beyer, Introduce Bill to Provide Paid Family Leave for Federal Workers

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) joined with federal employees, workers’ rights advocates and unions to introduce legislation that would provide 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees. The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) would guarantee paid leave for all insta… 

 

New Democrat Coalition Members Urge Committee Leadership to Strengthen the ACA, Paving the Way for Affordable Universal Coverage

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Today, Members of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) sent a letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone, and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Scott, urging the Committees to prioritize strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continue the path toward affordable universal coverage. “Our constituents elected a Democratic majority in the… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Introduces The Bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act Of 2019

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Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Denver Riggleman (R-VA) introduced the bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act of 2019. The legislation would amend the duties of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to ensure FinCEN works with tribal law enforcement agencies, protects against all forms of terrorism, and focuses on virtual currencies. “I’m proud to introduce … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on House Passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

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Following the passage H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “Today, the House took a historic first step in pursuit of our bold gun safety agenda. Passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, will save lives and make our communities safer. “For years, our country has suffered from a gun violence epidemic… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on Loudoun County Public Schools’ New Nondiscrimination Policy

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In response to the Loudoun County Public Schools’ new nondiscrimination policy, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “I’m proud of the activists and changemakers who fought hard to expand protections for LGBTQ students and staff. Everyone, no matter who they love or how they identify, deserves to feel safe in our schools. “I commend the school board members who voted for … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on the Bipartisan Passage of Resolution Terminating Trump’s Emergency Declaration

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Following the passage of H.J. Res 46, a privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful emergency declaration, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton released the following statement: “President Trump failed to secure funding for a wall through the constitutionally defined legislative process. After negotiations with Congress failed, the President decided to put the financial security of mil… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on Trump Declaring a National Emergency

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In response to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “This is a reckless abuse of power by the President. The United States is not a dictatorship, and the President cannot declare a national emergency simply because he was unsuccessful in his negotiations with Congress. “The legislative branch is a separate and coequal… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton on Bipartisan Agreement to Fund the Government

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In response to the passage of the bipartisan funding bill, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “This was not a perfect deal, but I’m glad that Democrats and Republicans were able to work together and come to consensus in order to prevent another disastrous shutdown. “During these negotiations, common sense prevailed. We did not give in to the President’s demand for $5.7 … 

 

Wexton, Cummings, and Connolly Investigate Delayed Back Pay and Payroll Problems for Furloughed and Excepted Federal Employees

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Yesterday, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management after reports of delayed back pay and other payroll inconsistencies experienced by furloughed and excepted … 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Announces State of the Union Guest: Linda McCray, Furloughed Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center Employee

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced today that she will be bringing constituent Linda McCray, an employee of the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center who was recently furloughed during the 35 day federal shutdown, as her guest to the 2019 State of the Union. “Just days ago, the longest government shutdown in history finally came to an end. But its devastating impact will be felt … 

 

ICYMI: Rep. Wexton Participates in Substance Abuse Roundtable in Winchester

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Washington, D.C. ‒ On Thursday, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition for their monthly meeting, speaking about the importance of increased federal funding to addiction and treatment programs in the region. The roundtable consisted of treatment providers, school administrators, law enforcement, prosecutors, and recovering addicts. Wex… 

 

Rep. Wexton Co-leads Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Benefits for Furloughed Federal Employees

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Washington, D.C. ‒ Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Representative Don Young (R-AK) are co-leading new legislation to ensure that federal employees furloughed during a shutdown can continue to accrue annual and sick leave. Current federal guidance allows for excepted employees to accrue leave during a shutdown, however furloughed employees do not accrue annual and sick leave once they hav… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Statement on Passage of H.R. 790

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 790, the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act: “I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of H.R. 790, a bill that gives a long overdue pay raise to our civil servants. Federal employees are the people who make sure Social Security checks are mailed on time each m… 

 

House Republicans Vote Down Wexton Resolution Condemning Government Shutdowns

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Today a House Resolution offered by Rep. Jennifer Wexton to condemn government shutdowns was defeated when Republican leaders surprisingly turned against the measure on the House floor. Though Wexton pointed out that she had altered the legislation’s text in cooperation with requests by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the resolution failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed to pass under sus… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton statement on Trump’s Shutdown Announcement

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement on Trump’s announcement to end the shutdown: “Hundreds of thousands of Americans will never recover from Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell’s petty power play. They should apologize for all suffering they inflicted on federal workers, contractors, and everyone who was impacted by their senseless shutdown. This debacle acco… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Invites Secretary Ross To A Food Bank To Learn How Federal Employees Have Been Affected By The Government Shutdown

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. inviting him to the Capital Area Food Bank this weekend to meet with and help serve federal employees who have been affected by the government shutdown. The letter is in response to Secretary Ross’ comments that “[he doesn’t] really quite understand why” federal workers have been lining up outside food bank… 

 

Lawmakers to Virginia House of Delegates: Bring the Equal Rights Amendment for a vote on the House floor

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led lawmakers in sending a letter to Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox urging for a vote on the Equal Rights Amendment. The letter commends the Virginia Senate’s approval of the Equal Rights Amendment by a bipartisan vote of 26-14 and calls for a full House of Delegates vote, as it is clear it would pass the Chamber with bipartisan support – … 

 

Wexton Appointed to Science, Space and Technology Committee

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Washington, D.C. ‒ Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced today that she has been appointed to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Speaking on the appointment: “I’m honored to be appointed to the broad-reaching Science, Space and Technology Committee, representing Northern Virginia’s voice on issues that will benefit our local communities and businesses. My district is home to the… 

 

Members of Congress Deliver Shutdown Stories to McConnell, Urge Him To Allow A Vote on Good Faith Legislation To Reopen Government

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Members of Congress, led by newly-elected Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), today sent a message to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding the current government shutdown and the Senate’s failure to consider compromise legislation to reopen the government. Hoping to move the top Congressional Republican, Members attached dozens of personal stories submitted to them by constituents d… 

 

Newest Members of Congress

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The freshman class will be sworn in on January 3rd, 2019 when the First Session of the 116th United States Congress convenes. 

 
 
 

Rep. Wexton’s EFFORT Act to Expand Opioid Addiction Research Headed to President’s Desk

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Washington, DC — Today, the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act was passed by the House of Representatives, after being amended and passed by the Senate last week. The EFFORT Act is bipartisan legislation authored by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and co-sponsored by Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN). The Senate companion bill was carried by Senators Chris C… 

 

Wexton Applauds Passage of CASH Act

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the CASH Act, to ensure Americans receive $2,000 in the next round of stimulus payments in the wake of the impact of COVID-19. “The House took an important first step to help Americans get some of the desperately needed support they deserve,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “I’ve been advocating for greater direct reli… 

 

Wexton, Beyer, Perlmutter Urge OCC to Delay Rushed Fair Access to Financial Services Rulemaking

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Washington, DC — Today, Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) urged the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to delay its misguided Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Fair Access to Financial Services. In a letter the Members urged acting Comptroller Brian Brooks to extend the deadline for public comment by at least 30 days to allow the incomin… 

 

McEachin-Wexton Joint Statement on the Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue from U.S. Capitol

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In response to the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from the U.S. Capitol crypt earlier this morning, U.S. Representatives Donald McEachin and Jennifer Wexton released the following statement: “This is a historic and long-overdue moment for our Commonwealth. “The Robert E. Lee statue honors a legacy of division, oppression, and racism — a dark period in the history of our Commonwealth and our … 

 

Wexton Votes to Provide Urgent COVID Relief

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Washington, DC — Today Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass a bipartisan compromise package that delivers emergency relief to Virginia families and small businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Included in the package is also a $1.4 trillion deal to fund the government through September. “The American people have been waiting months for relief, and today Congress did our job … 

 

Wexton Appointed to Serve on House Appropriations Committee

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee for the 117th Congress by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. “I am honored to receive an appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, and thrilled that Virginia and the 10th Congressional District will once again be represented on this important committee,” said Congresswoman… 

 

Wexton’s Bipartisan Yellow Ribbon for Overseas Education Act Passes House and Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

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Washington, DC — Today, the House passed the bipartisan Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, which includes the Yellow Ribbon for Overseas Education Act introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA). The legislation removes barriers that prohibit student veterans from using the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Progr… 

 

McEachin and Wexton Statement on Commission’s Recommendation of Barbara Johns to Replace Robert E. Lee Statue in U.S. Capitol

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In response to today’s announcement from the Virginia Commission For Historical Statues In The United States Capitol recommending Barbara Johns to replace Robert E. Lee as one of Virginia’s two statues in the U.S. Capitol, Representatives Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “Virginia deserves to be represented in the U.S. Capitol by a figure who embo… 

 

Rep. Wexton Statement on New Report Showing Extent of Forced Labor in Xinjiang Cotton Production

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In response to a new report from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation providing new evidence of systemic forced labor in Xinjiang cotton production, implicating all global supply chains that involve Xinjiang cotton, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “Cotton supply chains in Xinjiang are corrupt down to the root, and all cotton coming out of the region m… 

 

House Democrats Propose Roadmap for Biden Administration on Fighting Disinformation

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Washington, DC — Today, members of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden proposing a roadmap for how his administration can confront the threat of disinformation and misinformation and work to counter the danger they pose to our democracy. The letter was led by U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), and David Cicilli… 

 

Defense Department to Review Retail Supply Chains for Uyghur Forced Labor

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) successfully secured a provision in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) targeting products imported from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and sold in military commissaries and exchanges. “The forced labor of Uyghurs has reached global supply chains, making its way into the products we use every day,” said Congresswom… 

 

Wexton-Led Effort to Protect Federal Workers’ Annual Leave Benefits Included in NDAA

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Washington, DC — As a result of a 7-month long effort led by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) to protect the earned benefits of federal workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, most federal employees would be allowed to carry over an additional 60 hours of unused leave into 2021. The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which is being voted on by the House of Representatives today, incl… 

 

Wexton Bill to Modernize FinCEN, Support National Security Included in NDAA

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Washington, DC — The bipartisan FinCEN Improvement Act, H.R. 1414, introduced by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Denver Riggleman (R-VA), was included in the final text of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released last week. The legislation would modernize the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), including enhancing the bureau’s authorization to pr… 

 

Task Force on Digital Citizenship Leaders Applaud Measure to Combat Foreign Disinformation Campaigns Included in NDAA

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Washington, DC — Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and members of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship released the following statement as the House of Representatives approved the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes an amendment requiring U.S. Intelligence agencies to review and report on foreign disinformation campaigns target… 

 

Rep. Wexton Applauds Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Conference Report on the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes five provisions authored by the Congresswoman as well as other critical priorities for the U.S. Military and Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. “This year’s defense authorization is an important bipartisa… 

 

Wexton’s Bill to Rename Leesburg Post Office After Norman Duncan Headed to President to be Signed into Law

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Washington, DC — Yesterday evening, the U.S. Senate passed a bill authored by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) to rename the downtown Leesburg post office in honor of Norman Duncan, a longtime Virginia resident, World War II veteran, and advocate for caregivers. “I’m so pleased that my legislation to recognize beloved Loudouner Norman Duncan by renaming a post office in his honor has clear… 

 

Northern Virginia Delegation, Norton Hail Full Reopening Of Memorial Bridge

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Washington, D.C. – Over five years after corrosion and structural weakness led to lane closures and the imposition of a weight limit, Memorial Bridge fully reopened today with all lanes open to traffic. The historic bridge, which connects Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia and the Lincoln Memorial in the District of Columbia, was repaired with a $227 million rehabilitation project se… 

 

Rep. Wexton Votes to Pass MORE Act to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) voted to pass the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act to end the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana. “I am proud to support the MORE Act’s passage to federally decriminalize marijuana and address the toll criminalization has taken, particularly on communities of color,” said Congresswoman J… 

 

Wexton Statement on Cuts in New WMATA Budget Proposal

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In response to a budget proposal released Monday night by WMATA detailing drastic cuts to service and layoffs of an additional 2,400 employees, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) released the following statement: “Severe cuts to service and layoff of thousands of employees proposed by WMATA would be disastrous for our region, local economy, and especially for working families. “Essential work… 

 

Wexton Encourages Virginians to Take Advantage of 2021 Health Insurance Open Enrollment

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Sterling, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) is encouraging Virginians to take advantage of the ongoing Open Enrollment period to sign up for affordable health insurance coverage. Virginians looking to get covered or change their plan can do so at HealthCare.gov now through December 15. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored just how critical it is that all Virginians are able t… 

 

Rep. Jennifer Wexton Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

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In response to the Senate’s vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) released the following statement: “Senate Republicans have rammed through an extreme Supreme Court Justice just in time to hear a case that could rip away health care from millions of Americans. Yet, for more than five months, they have refused to… 

 

Joint Statement on Charges Filed Against U.S. Park Police Officers in the Killing of Bijan Ghaisar

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In response to Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano announcing charges filed against the two U.S. Park Police officers for the 2017 killing of Bijan Ghaisar, U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement: “After nearly three years of stonewalling, lies, and cover up, this is a major lea… 

 

Northern Virginia Representatives Urge Extension Of Voter Registration Deadline

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Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) today called for a court order to extend Virginia’s voter registration deadline following extended disruptions of the Virginia Department of Elections website on the final day of registration. Their statement came as the Virginia Information Technologies Agency said it could provide “no estim… 

 

Wexton Roundtable Highlights Importance of Affordable Care Act to Virginia Families

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Sterling, VA — At a virtual roundtable today hosted by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10), participants discussed the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and accessing health care, especially during COVID-19. Wexton and her guests discussed what overturning the ACA would mean for Virginia families. Next month, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, a … 

 

Wexton Announces $4.5 Million Returned to Taxpayers, Over 3,000 Cases Closed, and 100,000 Constituent Responses

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Sterling, VA — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) announced today that her office has helped recover $4.5 million owed to constituents from federal agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service. Her team has resolved a total of 3,275 cases in service to the people of Virginia’s 10th District and responded to over 100,00… 

 

National Capital Region Delegation Statement On White House Coronavirus Outbreak

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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD), and David Trone (D-MD) in issuing the following statement today: “We represent the people of the National Capital Re… 

 

House Passes Wexton Bill to Rename Leesburg Post Office After Norman Duncan, WWII Vet and Community Leader

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Washington, DC — The House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after Norman Duncan, a World War II veteran and longtime Loudoun community member. “I’m proud that we are taking an important step to honor the life of the late Norman Duncan, a beloved member of our Loudoun County community,” said Congresswoman Jennife… 

 

Wexton Joins Kilmer, Colleagues in Introducing Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) joined Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), along with Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA-08), Ed Case (D-HI-01), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), in introducing the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over the leave they have accrued when a national pandemic prevents employees from ta… 

 

House Passes Wexton’s Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s (D-VA) Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act passed the House of Representatives today on a bipartisan vote. Wexton’s legislation would require U.S. publicly listed companies to review and actively audit supply chains for forced labor. Recent reports implicate a number of U.S. companies in the Chinese government’s forced labor scheme carried out again… 

 

WATCH: Wexton Demands Justice for Bijan Ghaisar and Pushes for Greater Transparency in Federal Law Enforcement

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) pressed President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Larry Cosme today about the misconduct of U.S. Park Police officers in the 2017 fatal shooting of Bijan Ghaisar. Mr. Cosme admitted to Congresswoman Wexton that the tactics used by the two Park Police officers who killed Bijan — including drawing their firearm wh… 

 

Wexton Statement on the Governor and First Lady of Virginia Testing Positive for COVID-19

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“My thoughts are with the Governor and First Lady and the member of their household staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. I wish them all good health and a speedy recovery. “As the Governor said this morning, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious. It has not gone away and I continue to urge all Virginians to abide by public health guidelines, get tested if you’re experiencing symptoms o… 

 

Wexton, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Direct Study on Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) introduced the COVID-19 Disinformation Research and Reporting Act. The new legislation would examine the role of disinformation and misinformation on the public response to COVID-19 and the role that social media has in promoting the spread of false information. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Ric… 

 

Lawmakers Request Virginia Be Added to Offshore Drilling Ban

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, A. Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, and Abigail Spanberger (all D-VA), in a letter to President Trump requesting that he extend a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This letter follows the… 

 

Rep. Jennifer Wexton Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“As a woman who studied and practiced law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a ‘shero’. “I, along with so many others, admired Justice Ginsburg because of her devotion to fighting for a cause that was greater than just herself. The impact she had on our society and our system of justice will live on for generations to come. “Words cannot truly do justice for this loss that so many of us feel so personally. … 

 

Wexton Votes to Guarantee Protections for Pregnant Workers

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) voted to pass the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure that all pregnant workers have the right to reasonable accommodations so they can continue working without jeopardizing their pregnancy. The protections guaranteed in this bill are all the more crucial as pregnant people may be at increased risk for severe illness f… 

 

Reps. Wexton, Axne Urge Inclusion of Child Care Savings Fixes in Government Funding Extension

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) and Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) urged congressional appropriators to include bipartisan legislation aimed at preserving child care savings in any extension of government funding later this month. Dependent care flexible spending accounts (DCFSAs), also known as dependent care assistance plans (DCAPs), allow working parents to set aside pre-… 

 

UPDATE: Wexton, DeFazio, and Lipinski, Applaud Amtrak President and CEO William Flynn for Committing to Not Send Jobs Overseas

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) joined Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) today released the following statements in response to Amtrak President and CEO William Flynn’s commitment to keep jobs in the United States and n… 

 

Wexton, DeFazio, and Lipinski Call Out Amtrak for Attempting to Send Work Overseas

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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) joined Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) in calling on Amtrak’s President and CEO to change course after learning Amtrak’s current Request for Proposal (RFP) for work on its eCommer… 

 

Wexton Joins National Capital Region Members in Urging Administration to Let Federal Workers Opt Out of Mandatory Payroll Tax Deferral

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) joined Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) and their National Capital Region colleagues in urging the Administration to make President Trump’s payroll tax deferral program optional rather than mandatory for the nation’s 1.3 million federal workers. Since President Trump’s August 8th announcement of the mandatory payroll tax deferral, federal… 

 

Wexton Leads National Capital Region Delegation in Urging USDA to Suspend Rushed and Unsafe Plans to Return Employees to the Office

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led her National Capital Region colleagues in a letter to Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the agency put a pause on their rush to return employees to the office without sufficient safety protocols in place or clear guidance as to which employees would be impacted. Wexton and the other Members have… 

 

Wexton Votes to Block Sabotage of the Postal Service, Provide Critical Emergency Funding

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) voted to pass the bipartisan Delivering for America Act to block the Trump administration’s sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and provide $25 billion in critical funding — the same level of funding requested by the Trump-appointed USPS Board of Governors. “I heard from thousands of my constituents this week who depend on ou… 

 

Wexton Joins 174 House Democrats in Calling on Postmaster General to Reverse Assault on Postal Service

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Washington, DC — In a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and 172 other House Democrats yesterday calling for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered… 

 

Bipartisan Group of Virginia Representatives and Senators Urge USDA to Ensure Virginia Children Have Access to Meals During COVID-19

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) along with U.S. Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Robert Wittman (R-VA), and U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that USDA extend and approve a number of waiver requests made by the Commonwealth that woul… 

 

Wexton Urges Department of Education to Rescind Rule Preventing Emergency Funding from Reaching Public Schools in Need

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Washington, DC — This week, on Thursday, July 30, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton submitted a public comment letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to rescind a rule that could divert federal emergency aid funding intended for public schools to private schools, in violation of requirements included in the CARES Act. “Students in the Commonwealth of Virginia will lose $26,161,946 du… 

 

Wexton Leads Bicameral Response to Trump Administration’s Anti-Trans Equal Access Rule Change

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Washington, DC — Today, Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) submitted a public comment letter signed by 145 members of the House and Senate to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson urging him to rescind the proposed rule change to the Equal Access Rule that would allow federally funded emergenc… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan $50 Billion Child Care Stabilization Fund, Including $985 Million for Virginia

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Child Care is Essential Act to create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization fund and invest in child care across Virginia in order for providers to have the resources needed to safely reopen. Wexton also voted to pass the bipartisan Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, which provides ongoing federal invest… 

 

Reps. McEachin and Wexton Applaud Commission’s Recommendation to Remove Virginia’s Robert E. Lee Statue from U.S. Capitol

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Donald McEachin (D-VA-4) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) issued the following statement, applauding the unanimous vote by the Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol recommending the removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from National Statuary Hall. “The past few months have laid bare to the nation just how far we… 

 

Wexton Statement on Publishing of HUD Rule Targeting Trans Americans

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Washington, DC — In response to the imminent publishing of a new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule change targeting transgender people seeking access to emergency and temporary shelter, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) issued the following statement: “This vehemently anti-trans proposal is a total departure from the mission of HUD and it will put lives at risk at a time when access to … 

 

Wexton Hails Passage of Great American Outdoors Act to Invest in Virginia’s Public Lands and Create Jobs

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, one of Congress’ most significant investments in environmental conservation in a generation. The legislation would direct much-needed funds to help address $337,178,843 in deferred maintenance costs at National Park sites in Virginia’s 10th District, and is estimated to help crea… 

 

Wexton Amendment to Target Uyghur Forced Labor Included in NDAA

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) will vote yes on the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes an amendment authored by Wexton to ensure goods made in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) imported into the United States and sold in the military commissary and exchange systems are not made with forced labor. “The forced labor of … 

 

Wexton Applauds Efforts Led by Members of Task Force on Digital Citizenship to Combat Disinformation in NDAA

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), founder of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship, applauded amendments included in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to confront the national security threat posed by disinformation, including her own which would require a new standing report on foreign campaigns to spread disinformation and undermin… 

 

House Passes Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation prioritizes the needs of those in uniform, strengthens our security, and advances America’s leadership in the world. The bill includes 12 amendments authored or cosponsored by Wexton. “This year’s defense authorization ensures that … 

 

Wexton Amendment to NDAA Would Target Uyghur Forced Labor

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would ensure goods made in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) imported into the United States and sold in the military commissary and exchange systems are not made with forced labor. “American companies that import from the XUAR have a legal a… 

 

Wexton Amendment to NDAA Would Screen for Hate-based Extremism in Security Clearance Process

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would close gaps in the security clearance process to prevent those involved with hate and violence based extremist groups from accessing sensitive intelligence. The amendment is cosponsored by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Chair of the House Arm… 

 

Wexton, Norton, Beyer Call Out Park Police for Stonewalling Investigation into 2017 Killing of Bijan Ghaisar

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Washington, DC — Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Don Beyer (D-VA) announced that they received a response this week from the National Park Service (NPS) to their November 2019 letter to the United States Park Police (USPP) asking for an update on the investigation into the 2017 killing of Bijan Ghaisar, who was unarmed, by USPP officers. In last November’… 

 

Wexton Joins Bipartisan Letter in Support of Pay Parity for Federal Employees

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, in sending a bipartisan letter to House Appropriators urging them to match the 2021 pay increase for civilian federal employees to the raise given to service men and women proposed in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authoriza… 

 

Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship Hosts Briefing on Safeguarding Digital Democracy with the German Marshall Fund

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Washington, DC — Today, the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship hosted a briefing for Members and staff featuring a presentation from the German Marshall Fund to discuss their recent report, “Safeguarding Digital Democracy: Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative Roadmap.” The presentation was led by two authors of the report, Karen Kornbluh and Ellen P. Goodman. “The dangers of d… 

 

Wexton Helps Secure FEMA Grant to Support Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System’s COVID-19 Response

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Sterling, VA — Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Award of $253,551.82 for Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System. The Grant would allow the department to purchase equipment and supplies to aid their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including individual PPE kits and decontamination systems for the approximately 1,500… 

 

Wexton and Van Hollen Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Ensure Transparency in Federal Agency Relocations

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Conducting Oversight to Secure Transparency (COST) of Relocations Act which would require federal agencies seeking to relocate to conduct and make public a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the proposed change. “The Trump administration’s hollowing out of our federal agencies and a… 

 

Wexton Votes for Sweeping Bipartisan Legislation to Rebuild and Modernize America’s Infrastructure

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton voted to pass the bipartisan Moving Forward Act, legislation to invest in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying green jobs, combatting the climate crisis, and addressing disparities in urban, suburban, and rural communities across Virginia and the country. “Improving our infrastructure systems here in Virgin… 

 

Wexton Applauds House Extension of Paycheck Protection Program Deadline

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Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which expired on June 30, with unanimous support. The extension would run through August 8, 2020. “PPP loans have been a lifeline for Virginia small businesses during this difficult time,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “Even as we cautiously implement a phased reopeni… 

 

Wexton Announces DOT Grant to Winchester Regional Airport

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Winchester, VA — Today the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a grant of $180,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to the Winchester Regional Airport Authority. The funds will help construct a taxiway to assist in meeting the operational needs of the airport. Funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs and Prescription Drug Prices

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs. The vote on this legislation comes just days after the Trump administration filed their brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down the ACA in its entir… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass DC Statehood Legislation

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass H.R. 51, to designate Washington, DC as the 51st state. “The disenfranchisement of the more than 700,000 residents of Washington, DC is an issue of racial, economic, and democratic injustice,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “DC residents, the majority of whom are Black and brown, pay the highest per-capita federal inc… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted for the bipartisan George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, historic and sweeping legislation to reform policing in America, that passed the House of Representatives this evening. “Americans — led mostly by young people — in all 50 states and every part of my district have taken to the streets to demand change,” said Congre… 

 

Wexton Leads House Democrats in Call for PPP Loan Disclosures as Mnuchin Finally Concedes Need For Transparency

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led 34 of her colleagues in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Jovita Carranza urging the immediate disclosure of information about Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans distributed to businesses with multiple employees and to require the collection of demographic… 

 

Wexton Hosts Virtual Reception for Congressional Art Competition Participants, Announces Judges’ Favorite

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Sterling, VA — Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted a virtual reception over Facebook Live to celebrate high school students in Virginia’s 10th District who participated in the Congressional Art Competition. This annual nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute and hosted by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It serves as an … 

 

Wexton Statement on Trump Administration Rule to Gut Protections for Transgender Americans Seeking Emergency Shelter

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In response to the Trump administration’s proposed rulemakeing to allow federally funded housing providers to deny transgender Americans access to emergency shelter, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) issued the following statement: “Amid a pandemic, unprecedented economic turmoil, and historic civil unrest, the Trump administration is moving forward with its all-out attack on the rights of tran… 

 

Wexton Statement on Trump Administration Rule to Rollback Transgender Protections in ACA

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In response to the Trump administration issuing a final rule that rolls back Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which protects transgender individuals seeking health care service, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) issued the following statement: “During a pandemic when access to affordable, quality health care is absolutely crucial, the Trump administration is fighting to rescind protect… 

 

Rep. Wexton Announces Support for Justice in Policing Act of 2020

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) signed on as a co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. This legislation would provide sweeping reforms that address the discriminatory and excessive policing practices that have impacted Black communities across America and led to the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. “The horrifying murder of George Floyd a… 

 

Wexton Joins Top Democrats in Introducing Law Enforcement Identification Act

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and a delegation of U.S. Representatives including members from the national capital region in introducing the Law Enforcement Identification Act. The legislation would require uniformed federal officers policing First Amendment assemblies to wear plainly visible identification noting the officer’s name and … 

 

Reps. Wexton and Raskin Hold Roundtable Discussion on Families and Screen Time

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Washington, DC — Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), members of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship, hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on screen addiction and the pressures felt by many to be part of virtual communities, especially children and young adults. Wexton and Raskin were joined in the roundtable by Jon Hyatt, Director… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan Reform to Improve PPP Flexibility

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act to make the terms of PPP loans more flexible and accessible for small businesses in need. “PPP loans have been a lifeline for small businesses in America, but I’ve heard from too many mom and pop shops in my district who have faced difficulty accessing these … 

 

Wexton Presses SBA for Transparency on PPP Loan Distribution, Seeks Greater Flexibility for Independent Contractors

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent two letters to Small Businesses Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza. In her first letter, Wexton presses for greater transparency into the loans distributed through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to inform congressional oversight efforts and to ensure that no small business is left behind in the response to th… 

 

National Capital Region Delegation Strongly Opposes Trump Plans For July Fourth Military Parade In D.C. During Pandemic

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Washington, DC – Members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today wrote to the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior to state their strong opposition to President Trump’s plans to hold a second military parade in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Despite public health and social distancing precautions in the nation’s capital, which has seen one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the… 

 

Wexton Introduces Bipartisan Yellow Ribbon for Overseas Education Act

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the bipartisan Yellow Ribbon for Overseas Education Act to remove barriers that prohibit student veterans from using the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Program to attend overseas colleges and universities. Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) joined Congresswoman Wexton in introducing this legislation. “The Yellow … 

 

Wexton Report to Study COVID-19 Disinformation and Misinformation Included in Heroes Act

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Washington, DC — Today, the House will vote on the Heroes Act, sweeping COVID-19 relief legislation which includes a provision led by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) directing a scientific study of the spread of COVID-19 related disinformation and misinformation online and on social media. “False information, whether it’s spread willfully by bad actors or unknowingly by well-meaning friends … 

 

Wexton Votes to Provide Critical COVID-19 Emergency Funding for States and Localities

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Heroes Act to address the continued COVID-19 pandemic with much-needed support for those on the frontlines, funding for our public health response to the crisis, and economic assistance for American families. “The Heroes Act delivers the urgent response required by this unprecedented public health and financ… 

 

Rep. Wexton Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine Research and Development with Leading Scientists

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) participated in a bipartisan roundtable on the opportunities and challenges confronting accelerated vaccine research and development for a COVID-19 vaccine held by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. The expert panelists in attendance included Dr. Jesse L. Goodman, Direct… 

 

Wexton Introduces Legislation to Protect Annual Leave Benefits for Frontline and Essential Federal Workers

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Federal Frontline Worker Leave Protection Act to ensure that the essential federal employees who have been working to aid the government’s response to COVID-19 do not lose their annual leave due to an inability to take time off as a result of the crisis. “During the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, our federal worker… 

 

Wexton Announces $3.1 Million Returned to Constituents, More than 2,000 Cases Closed

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Sterling, VA — Today Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) announced that her office has helped recover more than $3.1 million owed to constituents from federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. “Every day, my team and I are working to put the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District first, and the casework completed by my staff is… 

 

Wexton Announces “Caring for Those Who Care for Us” — Virtual Letter Writing Campaign for Virginia-10 Frontline Workers

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Sterling, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced the launch of “Caring for Those Who Care for Us,” a campaign to share messages of support and appreciation with health care professionals and first responders in Virginia’s 10th District via a virtual letter or illustration. “Our medical professionals and first responders are on the frontlines of this crisis, helping our familie… 

 

Northern Virginia Representatives Urge OPM To Maximize Telework During WMATA Station Closures

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Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Gerry Connolly, (D-VA), today wrote to the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) urging prompt guidance to federal agencies to maximize telework policies during upcoming Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) track work. The Platform Improvement Project and the ongoing Silver L… 

 

Rep. Wexton Participates in Teleconference on Serology Testing for COVID-19 

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Sterling, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) participated in a teleconference, held by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigation & Oversight, to discuss the importance of serological tests which can determine whether people were previously infected with COVID-19 and developed an immune response to the virus. During the teleconference, Wex… 

 

Wexton Launches Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton announced the launch of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship. Wexton’s task force will seek to promote policies that encourage good digital citizenship, which is the responsible use of technology when engaging with society, while providing a new forum to offer resources for families and begin an ongoing discussion on healthy and… 

 

Wexton Legislation Provides Support and Resources to Law Enforcement Responding to Surge of Domestic Violence Calls

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the bipartisan Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act, to provide guidance and resources to law enforcement agencies responding to increased levels of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we see a surge in domestic violence here in Virginia and across the country, protecting survivors starts wit… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan Emergency Funding Package for Small Businesses, Hospitals, and Testing

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass a COVID-19 interim emergency funding package that delivers relief for small businesses, provides critical resources for hospitals and health care providers, and expands testing capacity. “This emergency funding will deliver critical relief for Virginia’s small businesses and supply our frontline health care workers with re… 

 

Wexton Introduces the Bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) introduced the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0 which would redirect penalties collected from pharmaceutical companies that break the law to critical rare pediatric disease research. Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK-04), Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) joined Wexton in introducing the legi… 

 

Wexton Presses SBA on Progress of Aid Programs, Seeks Answers to Constituent Concerns

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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) wrote to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator, Jovita Carranza, seeking answers on behalf of small business owners in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Wexton’s letter comes after her office released a survey of nearly 200 small businesses in her district who detailed their experience applying for loans from SBA’s two larg… 

 

Wexton Releases Results of VA-10 Small Business Lending Survey

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Sterling, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the results of a survey her office conducted of VA-10 small businesses that have applied for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The survey asked respondents to provide feedback on their experience applying for loans and grants through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. … 

 

Wexton Statement on Unnecessary Delays in Disbursement of Stimulus Checks

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In response to reports that the Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name be printed on stimulus checks being mailed across the country, potentially delaying the process by several days, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “Unnecessarily postponing the disbursement of stimulus checks to feed the president’s ego or for political gain shows a callous d… 

 

Reps. Wexton, Dean, and Colleagues Send Letters to Student Loan Companies Requesting Immediate Relief to Private Student Loan Borrowers During Pandemic

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Washington, DC — Reps. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04) — Financial Services Committee members — led a series of letters to student loan companies requesting to know how they are taking steps to assist private loan borrowers during the COVID-19 outbreak. In their letters to Citizens Financial Group, CommonBond, Discover Financial Services, LendKey, the Higher Education Loa… 

 

Rep. Wexton Leads Bipartisan Call For Urgently Needed Funding to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led a bipartisan letter urging House and Senate Leadership to include the necessary funding for long-term care facilities in the next iteration of COVID-19 legislation. In her letter to Congressional leadership, Wexton outlines the desperate need for personal protective equipment as well as funding to attract and retain the necessary … 

 

Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Presses FEMA On Additional Medical Supplies For National Capital Region

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Washington, DC – A bipartisan congressional delegation today wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor urging the Administration to increase the federal government’s allotment of emergency medical supplies and equipment to the National Capital Region. The letter was signed by U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA… 

 

Wexton, Spanberger, Riggleman, Griffith Call on HHS to Distribute Emergency Funding to Nursing Homes & Long-Term Care Facilities

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Sterling, VA — U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), Denver Riggleman (R-VA-05), and Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09) today urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to swiftly distribute billions of dollars in federal funding signed into law as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to nursing homes and assisted l… 

 

Members of Virginia Delegation Urge Treasury to Provide the Commonwealth Flexibility to Use Federal COVID-19 Funds, Help Prevent Budget Cuts to Vital Services

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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Representatives Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, A. Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, and Jennifer Wexton sent a letter urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to provide Virginia maximum flexibility to use funding from the coronavirus economic relief package to help address budget shortfalls an… 

 

Wexton Urges DOL to Clarify Peace Corps, Americorps Volunteers Eligibility for COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, urging him to allow volunteers with the Peace Corps, Americorps, and other similar programs to be eligible for unemployment benefit programs passed in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “Peace Corps participants represent the best of America in over 100 coun… 

 

Northern Virginia Representatives Urge Lenders To Help Small Businesses In Face Of Chaotic Rollout Of National Assistance Program

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Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) this evening held a conference call with representatives of over a dozen Virginia lending institutions to discuss questions and concerns about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program tomorrow. The program, established by the CARES Act to support small businesses hurt by the COVID-1… 

 

Wexton, Connolly, Raskin, Holmes Norton Demand GSA Cease Plans to Abolish OPM

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry E. Connolly, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee Chairman Jamie Raskin, Committee Member Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton sent a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) demanding the GSA cease internal plans and operations to aid the Trump Administration’s plan to abolish the O… 

 

House Passes Coronavirus Relief Package to Support Workers and Small Businesses

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) supported the passage of a $2 trillion legislative stimulus package to provide direct relief for workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan legislation makes historic investments in public health care systems, provides urgently needed relief for families and small businesses, and will boost the nationwide p… 

 

Wexton’s Bill to Protect Retirement Savings Included in Major Congressional Stimulus Package

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Washington, DC — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed unanimously by the Senate this week and currently up for a vote in the House of Representatives, includes provisions from Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s Retirement Protection Act to safeguard Americans’ retirement savings from the financial crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Wexton introduced the leg… 

 

Virginia Congressional Delegation Urges Trump Administration to Approve Virginia National Guard Funding Request Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Ben Cline (R-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to swiftly approve federa… 

 

Wexton Introduces Legislation to Protect Retirement Savings During COVID-19 Crisis

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Retirement Protection Act to safeguard Americans’ retirement savings in the midst of the financial crisis brought on by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Americans’ hard-earned retirement savings plans are being devastated by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “… 

 

Wexton Introduces Legislation to Ensure Pandemic Preparedness and Safeguard U.S. Financial Security

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced legislation that would improve coordination and communication among financial regulators in order to better protect U.S. economic and financial systems in the event of a global pandemic. The Interagency Pandemic Guidance for Consumers Act would require swift interagency regulatory guidance for financial institutions, as wel… 

 

Wexton to FAA: You’re Not Doing Enough to Protect Workers

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after receiving disturbing reports from constituents working at FAA facilities that little to no necessary precautions were in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 at their workplaces. Wexton is pressing the FAA to mandate telework for all non-essential employees and to prepare a sp… 

 

Virginia Small Businesses Now Eligible to Apply for COVID-19 Disaster Loans, Wexton Ready to Support Recovery Efforts

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Sterling, VA — Today, the Small Business Administration implemented a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration, following a request by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, which would provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Virginia businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small bus… 

 

Wexton Calls For Moratorium On Federal Contract Terminations

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) wrote to the Trump administration to urge a moratorium on all terminations of government contracts and to express her concern over the lack of clear guidance for the oversight of federal contracts during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) national emergency. “Small businesses across my district and around the country are in jeopa… 

 

Wexton Votes to Protect American Families and Bolster Federal Response to Coronavirus

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act to bolster the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and address the severe impacts of the coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security. “Today’s legislation will provide Americans with the financial support and resources they … 

 

Wexton Leads Call for Increased Funding to Address Shortage of School-Based Mental Health Professionals

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) led 69 of her colleagues in a bipartisan letter to congressional appropriators requesting additional funding for federal grants that help address the shortage of school-based mental health professionals. The increase in funding would create more opportunities for school districts across the country, and throughout the Commonwealth, to c… 

 

Wexton Introduces Legislation Requiring Disclosure of Imports Tied to Uyghur Forced Labor

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced legislation to increase transparency into how companies are profiting off forced labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Recent investigative reporting found that Uyghur detainees are being forced to work in labor camps and factories that feed into the supply chains of more than 80 well-known global brands…. 

 

Virginia Delegation Sends Letter to Secretary Chao in Support of Long Bridge Project

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Representatives Connolly, Scott, Wittman, Griffith, Beyer, McEachin, Cline, Riggleman, Wexton, Luria and Spanberger sent a letter to Secretary Chao in support of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s (DRPT) application for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Long Bridge Project… 

 

Wexton Urges OPM to Expand Paid Leave Options for Federal Employees with Families Who Have Complex Medical Needs

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Washington, DC — Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Dale Cabaniss, requesting that he issue updated guidance relating to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to provide expanded paid leave options for federal employees with family members who have complex medical needs and are unable to telework. Right now, the… 

 

Wexton Statement on Coronavirus Economic Fallout

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Washington, D.C. — In response to a 7% drop in the S&P and a 2,000 point drop in the Dow Jones on Monday, and a 18.9% total drop in the S&P since hitting a record high on February 19, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement: “As we continue to take precautions to keep our communities safe from coronavirus, it’s clear that we will need a proactive plan to respond to t… 

 

Va. Senators, Reps. Urge Dulles & Reagan Airports to Protect Employees, Travelers Amid Coronavirus Threat

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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), urged the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to protect airport employees and travelers amid reports of the first cases of the coronavirus in the national capital region. MWAA is the entity that manages Dulles Interna… 

 

Wexton, Connolly, Sarbanes Introduce Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) introduced the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, legislation to expand federal telework. “Our federal workforce performs incredibly important work on behalf of the American people—like caring for our veterans and getting Social Security checks out on time—that … 

 

Wexton Votes to Approve Emergency Coronavirus Funding to Ensure Robust Response to Crisis

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to approve a $8.3 billion supplemental funding package to address the scale and seriousness of the public health threat posed by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Coronavirus is a serious public health threat, and it is important for all Virginians to stay calm but be prepared,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “I’m committ… 

 

Rep. Wexton Hosts Agritourism 101 Briefing on Capitol Hill

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) hosted an Agritourism 101 briefing open to all congressional offices. As the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Agritourism Caucus, Wexton welcomed businesses from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District to share their perspective on the impacts of agritourism on local economies and communities to help spark a discussion about the … 

 

Rep. Wexton Congratulates Boulder Crest Retreat, Named a 2020 Citizen Honors Awards Finalist

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Washington, DC — Today, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced the top 27 finalists for this year’s Citizen Honors Awards, including the Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation based in Bluemont, Virginia. The finalists were selected through two rounds of judging by an independent panel, with the final round exclusively of Medal of Honor recipients. More than 110 nominations from around the … 

 

National Park Service Agrees to Conduct Study on Whether to Designate Dodona Manor as an Affiliated Area

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Leesburg, VA — In response to a letter from Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), the National Park Service has agreed to conduct a reconnaissance survey to evaluate the suitability of designating the George C. Marshall House in Leesburg, known as Dodona Manor, as an “affiliated area” under NPS, which would help protect the property. “We are pl… 

 

Wexton: Trump Budget Would Devastate VA-10 Families

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In response to the release of the President’s fiscal year 2021 budget, which would drastically cut popular and effective programs that are important to Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “The President’s newly released budget makes severe, unnecessary cuts to effective and popular programs that Virginians rely on — it would be dev… 

 

Wexton Presides Over Historic Debate, Votes to Eliminate Deadline on Equal Rights Amendment

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) presided as speaker pro tempore as the House of Representatives debated a resolution, introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), to eliminate the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment. The House passed the resolution, H.J.Res.79, with bipartisan support. In advance of the historic vote, Wexton issued a joint statement alongsid… 

 

Wexton Presides Over Historic Debate, Votes to Eliminate Deadline on Equal Rights Amendment

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) presided as speaker pro tempore as the House of Representatives debated a resolution, introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), to eliminate the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment. The House passed the resolution, H.J.Res.79, with bipartisan support. In advance of the historic vote, Wexton issued a joint statement alongsid… 

 

Wexton Condemns Trump Administration Plan to Allow Medicaid Block Grants

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Following the House of Representatives’ vote today on a resolution to condemn the Trump administration’s proposal that would allow states to block grant Medicaid, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) issued the following statement: “Instead of working with House Democrats to lower premiums and get more people covered, the Trump administration has waged an all-out war on health care. Their latest a… 

 

Wexton Statement on Senate Acquittal of President Donald Trump

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In response to the Senate’s vote today to acquit President Donald J. Trump of the Articles of Impeachment brought forward by the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) issued the following statement: “As a former prosecutor and attorney, I know that a trial without witnesses is not a fair trial — it is a sham. The Senate’s decision today to acquit the President after rejec… 

 

Wexton Highlights Importance of Affordable Health Care Before State of the Union Address

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In anticipation of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) released the following statement highlighting the importance of affordable health care: “I’m ready to work with this President to lower the cost of prescription drugs and make health care more affordable for our families, but I haven’t seen a willingness from him to do that. Instead, we’ve … 

 

Rep. Wexton Announces VA-10 Mom and Health Care Advocate as Guest to State of the Union

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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) announced Walewska Watkins as her guest for the State of the Union address on February 4, 2020. Watkins, a constituent from Ashburn, is the mother of an 8-year old boy named Aire. She and her family depend on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to get Aire the care he needs. The ACA’s affordability measures and protections from discrimination… 

 

Wexton Helps Pass the CREDIT Act to Protect Consumers

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to help pass the Comprehensive Credit Reporting Enhancement, Disclosure, Innovation, and Transparency (CREDIT) Act of 2020. The Comprehensive CREDIT Act is a package of bills to reform the credit reporting industry and provide greater protections for consumers. “A credit score can determine whether you can get a job, are able to r… 

 

Wexton Statement on Final Passage of the ERA

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In response to the final passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the Virginia General Assembly, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement: “Today, Virginia sent a powerful message to the rest of the country — that ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ is a constitutional right for women. “I was a sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment during my time in Richmond, and I am proud of my former… 

 

Wexton Votes to Overturn DeVos Rule that Denies Debt Relief to Defrauded Students

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass H.J.Res. 76, which would block a new Department of Education rule implemented by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos intended to deny debt relief to students who have been defrauded by predatory, for-profit colleges. Wexton is a co-sponsor of the resolution, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support…. 

 

Wexton Votes to Restore Protections for Older Workers

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted in favor of the bipartisan Protect Older Workers Against Discrimination Act to rectify the changes established by a 2009 Supreme Court case that imposed higher burden of proof standards for claims of age discrimination in the workplace. In the 2009 case Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc., the Supreme Court imposed new and signif… 

 

Congresswoman Wexton Hosts REAL ID Event

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Sterling, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) partnered with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to host a REAL ID application and information event for constituents at the Congresswoman’s Sterling district office. Congresswoman Wexton was joined by DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb and DMV’s mobile operations team, which processed REAL ID applications for residents. “… 

 

Rep. Wexton Congratulates Participants in Congressional App Challenge, Announces District-wide Winner

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Sterling, VA — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) hosted a reception for the students from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District who participated in the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. “I am so impressed by the talented VA-10 middle and high schoolers who participated in Congress’ annual App Challenge,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “Each of these students has made their commun… 

 

Wexton Votes to Protect Public Health and Address PFAS Contamination

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Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the bipartisan PFAS Action Act of 2019 to regulate these harmful chemicals and clean up existing contamination. Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (referred to as PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals that are commonly referred to as “forever chemicals” because of their persistence in the environment and have been link… 

 

Wexton Statement on War Powers Resolution

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“The American people are not seeking a war with Iran, nor did Congress authorize one. Today’s vote makes clear that Congress — not the President — has the power to declare war and authorize military force, as laid out in the Constitution. “If American soldiers are going to be sent into harm’s way, then they and the American people deserve a credible explanation from our Commander in Chief and a … 

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Violence Against Women Act Signed Into Law, Expanding Local Resources to Support Survivors

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Washington, DC — Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as part of the bipartisan fiscal year 2022 appropriations omnibus, which was signed into law this week by President Joe Biden. Reauthorizing VAWA, which had lapsed in 2019, has been one of Wexton’s top priorities, as the legislation delivers critical resources for organizations that pr… 

 

One Year Later, Rep. Wexton Highlights Unprecedented Recovery Powered By American Rescue Plan

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Washington, DC – One year since Democrats’ American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) highlighted how this legislation changed the course of the pandemic, put working Virginians back on the path to financial security, and supported police officers, firefighters, health care workers, and other frontline heroes. “In the year since we passed the American Rescue Plan, bu… 

 

Wexton, Scanlon Successfully Secure Reimbursement for Airports Supporting Operation Allies Welcome in Appropriations Legislation

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Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) successfully secured a legislative fix in the bipartisan fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill to allow for Dulles International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport to be reimbursed for expenses incurred while supporting Operation Allies Welcome. The operation has successfully aided the evacu… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass Bipartisan Appropriations Bill, Including Millions of Dollars for Key Local Projects

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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass a fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations package which will help address challenges facing Americans at home and abroad, including lowering costs, providing support for working families, and confronting the unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m proud of our work to … 

Wexton Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to Congress: “Tonight, President Joe Biden told the story of a strong and resilient America that has faced a challenging two years of pandemic anxiety and financial hardship – and is coming back stronger than before. “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and Democrats in C… 

 

Wexton, Scanlon Seek Reimbursement for Airports Supporting Operation Allies Welcome

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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), requested a legislative fix to allow for Dulles International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport to be reimbursed for expenses incurred while supporting Operation Allies Welcome, which has successfully aided the evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees. Wexton and Scanlon, represe… 

 

Wexton Announces $15.7 Million In Electric Vehicle Funds Heading to Virginia Highways Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced that Virginia will receive $15,745,244 this year under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along key roads and highways. Passed by the Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Biden, these investments will improve charger access for Virginia drivers, help protect Virg… 

 

Wexton Leads Bipartisan Resolution to Designate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), along with co-leads Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), and Madeleine Dean (D-PA), introduced a bipartisan resolution that would designate February as “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.” Teen dating violence – which can include physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggress… 

 

Wexton Votes to Strengthen Postal Service and Ensure Reliable, On-Time Mail Service for Virginians

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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to improve mail delivery across Virginia and strengthen the U.S. Postal Service with the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. By saving billions in funding, increasing performance transparency, and creating new sources of revenue, this bipartisan legislation will strengthen the financial footing of USPS so that it can continue to del… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass Bill to End Forced Arbitration for Sexual Assault and Harassment

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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass bipartisan, bicameral legislation to end forced arbitration for sexual harassment and assault survivors nationwide. Wexton is a co-sponsor of the legislation. “Forced arbitration perpetuates a culture of silence that protects abusers and prevents survivors from seeking the justice they deserve,” said Congresswoman Jennifer … 

 

Wexton Launches Social Media Campaign to Spotlight Stories of Human Rights Abuse Victims Throughout Beijing Olympics

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Washington, DC – As the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics kick off today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) is launching a social media campaign to spotlight the brutal human rights atrocities committed by the Chinese government. While the world watches the spectacle of the Games, the Chinese government is waging a genocide campaign against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, cracking d… 

 

Wexton Votes to Pass America COMPETES Act to Boost U.S. Manufacturing and Innovation

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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass the America COMPETES Act to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and support good-paying jobs by ramping up domestic semiconductor production, making American businesses more competitive, investing in research and development, and addressing supply chain vulnerabilities. “For too long, American manufacturing has been on a downslid… 

 

Wexton Highlights Human Rights Abuses, Slams “Deeply Corrupt” IOC at CECC Hearing on Eve of Beijing Genocide Games

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Washington, DC – During a hearing this morning held by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) heard harrowing testimony from witnesses with personal connections to the Chinese government’s human rights abuses and sharply criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for failing to call out the atrocities as the Beijing Olympic Winter Gam… 

 

Rep. Wexton: New White House Guide Helps Virginia Communities Access Historic Investments Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Sterling, VA – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) touted a comprehensive new guide from the Biden Administration to help Virginia localities navigate all of the historic investments under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This guidebook, available here, highlights how local communities can take full advantage of urgently-needed infrastructure funding for road maintena… 

Wexton, Underwood, Fitzpatrick, Panetta Lead Bipartisan Effort to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis and Fund School-Based Mental Health Services

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Washington, DC — Today, Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led a bipartisan group of over 70 Members of Congress in urging House and Senate Appropriations leadership to prioritize funding for programs that address the severe shortage of school-based mental health professionals. In the bipartisan letter to leaders… 

 

Wexton, Waltz Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strip International Olympic Committee of Tax Exemption Status

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Washington, DC — On Wednesday, U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10-D) and Mike Waltz (FL-6-R) introduced the Irresponsible Olympic Collaboration Act that would strip the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of its 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. This follows repeated attempts from U.S. officials and numerous international human rights groups to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China due … 

 

Wexton Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Virginia Agritourism Businesses

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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the bipartisan Accelerating the Growth of Rural Innovation and Tourism Opportunities to Uphold Rural Industries and Sustainable Marketplaces (AGRITOURISM) Act. The bill would create an Office of Agritourism at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve as a dedicated voice for agritourism… 

 

Wexton Statement on Anniversary of January 6th Insurrection

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton issued the following statement marking the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021: “On this anniversary of one of the darkest days in our country’s history, I’m thinking about the bravery of those who defended our Capitol, the people from across our region who are still grappling with the trauma they experienced on Capito… 

 

ICYMI: Liebengood Family Statement on Anniversary of January 6th

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The family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howie Liebengood, who died by suicide days after defending our Capitol on January 6th, released the following statement this week ahead of the one year anniversary: “We are still mourning Howie’s untimely passing. We continue to honor his memory by supporting and promoting U.S. Capitol Police reforms and accountability. We also hope to elevate the conversa… 

Jeniffer Wexton on:

public Safety

Crime has vaulted near the top of voters’ concerns, just after the economy and inflation. According to Gallup, 80 percent of Americans worry “a great deal” or a “fair amount” about crime, the highest level in two decades.

 

Such fears pose yet another midterm election hurdle for Democrats, on top of public angst over soaring prices and President Biden’s dismal public approval ratings.

 

As a former prosecutor, substitute judge, legal advocate for children, state Senator, and as a legislator, Jennifer Wexton should be well aware that our society is a dangerous place. Wexton should understand that our children, the elderly, and everyone else in between needs to be protected from violent criminals and repeat offenders. She ignores this and advocates on their behalf with light sentences, “no cash bail”, Criminal Justice Reform, and Restorative Justice.

 

Do you recall the rape of a (15) year old girl in a Loudoun County High School bathroom in May 2021 by a transgendered student? If this wasn’t bad enough, “Criminal Justice Reform” allowed for the rapists sentenced to be reduced, removing him from the sexual assault registry and providing supervised probation. To make matters worse, the Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler IGNORED the federally mandated processes and procedures when incidents of this nature occur, and now Wexton is abolishing Title IX protections under HR5-Equality Act.

 

Jennifer Wexton got the ball rolling on the rapists lenient sentence by introducing Bill NO. 1082 in 2017, which passed (and she’s proud of it, see video during meeting with NAACP).

In 2019, Wexton proudly endorsed Buta Biberaj for Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney. Prior to being elected, Biberaj was the legal redress for the Loudoun NAACP; this is not an insignificant detail. Biberaj also belongs to the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors For Justice. The VPPFJ’s primary goal is “Criminal Justice Reform” or “Restorative Justice”.

 

Wexton, Biberaj are closely aligned Progressive ideologues and share questionable associations with a variety of organizations and people.

Who could forget the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020 over George Floyd. Wexton is so radical that she sponsored the “George Floyd Justice Policing Act” (defund the police) and the “Mental Health Justice Act” that allowed for increased funding for social workers that are meant to take the place of police officers around the country.

 

These are only a few examples of what Wexton and the Progressive Democrats “Criminal Justice Reform” and “Restorative Justice” look like for Public Safety:

 

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