An Update from Washington: Positive Legislation is Moving Forward
The House of Representatives has been busy passing positive legislation, some of which has been signed into law over the past month.Sometimes the good news gets lost in the noise. The headlines are often about gridlock in Washington, and while it’s true that hundreds of bills have now stalled in the Senate, the House of Representatives has been busy passing positive legislation, some of which has been signed into law over the past month. I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of these efforts.
Just a few days ago, the House passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, or the “Farm Bill.” This bill affects all aspects of America’s agricultural industry. From programs for farmers and ranchers and improving rural broadband connectivity to conservation efforts and nutrition assistance, the Farm Bill is a vital piece of legislation that touches every single American. The Senate also recently passed their version of a Farm Bill, and I look forward to working out the differences between proposals and getting this important measure signed into law.
Pediatric cancer has sadly affected many Virginia families. More research is needed on both this disease and potential treatments for young patients. On June 5th, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act – the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation Congress has ever passed – was signed into law. For the more than 15,000 children in the United States diagnosed with cancer each year, this bipartisan effort will help improve access to treatments and hopefully change lives.
Another good bill that’s now law is the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act, introduced by fellow Virginian, Barbara Comstock. Virginia has been particularly hard-hit by the rise in gang activity and violence. Last year, Raymond Wood, a Lynchburg teenager, was killed by suspected members of MS-13. This new law establishes a grant program to provide much-needed resources for state and local law enforcement agencies to prevent and stop gang activity within their communities.
Finally, I want to address an issue that happened in one of our Sixth District communities that has become a topic of discussion on the national stage. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was recently asked to leave the Red Hen, a dining establishment in Lexington, by the owner because of her service in the Trump Administration. The events that unfolded that evening in Lexington are very unfortunate, and I do not believe these actions accurately reflect the kind and caring people of Lexington that I know. It’s a reminder of the need for all of us to interact with one another in a civil manner, regardless of our differences of opinion. I’ve spoken to Ms. Sanders since the incident, and extended an invitation to her to return to the Sixth District and visit the many great and innovative businesses in our part of Virginia whenever she would like. I’m happy to welcome her.
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