To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor in the Jan. 30 edition by Bob Ryan reminded us that every vote will count in November.

On that much he was correct, but the remainder of his letter was less accurate. He claimed that Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger had done “nothing of substance” during her first term.

In fact, she has been very active, sponsoring legislation that would make discounts on prescription drugs more transparent to consumers, use our intelligence agencies to make elections safer from foreign intervention and strengthen the military intelligence services’ ability to stop child sexual exploitation.

Ryan also claims the new House members have only “played partisan politics,” but the opposite is true. By the end of their first year, Rep. Spanberger and her fellow members had passed some 400 bills addressing issues such as lowering prescription drug costs, protecting health coverage for preexisting conditions, enacting moderate gun violence protections like universal background checks, rejoining the Paris climate accords, and supporting anti-corruption and pro-democracy efforts.

But 80 percent of those bills have stalled on the floor of the Senate, where Mitch McConnell refuses to bring them to a vote.

Even on bipartisan issues like the reauthorization of the longstanding Violence Against Women Act, passed last spring by the House—Democrats’ bills are stalled.

Ryan says that Pelosi has 31 “freshman followers” in Congress. In fact, Rep. Spanberger was one of 39 women and 25 men elected to their first terms. As a former federal law enforcement officer and CIA operative, she is also one of five women with national defense experience.  

Rep. Abigail Spanberger is not Nancy Pelosi. She is not AOC. She is a moderate Democrat trying to make a real difference. She is very representative of the 7th District and she deserves to be reelected.

Stan Maupin

Midlothian

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