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Virginia’s U.S. Senators Kaine and Warner back statehood for D.C.

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have joined Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and other colleagues in introducing legislation to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would grant D.C. citizens full congressional representation.

Feds to give PWC $10 million+ for critical infrastructure and community support projects

Congressional representatives deliver &10 million in federal funds for six projects in Prince William County.

US Rep. Gerry Connolly says House Democrats will oppose GOP efforts to dismantle US workforce

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, says the GOP's rules package would "dismantle the federal workforce and carry out political vendettas at the expense of career civil servants."

Cherokee Indians in NC sign first pact with US Forest Service

The tribal agreement reduces fire risk, restores oak forests, improves wildlife habitat, creates early successional habitat, promotes cultural tourism and recreation, and reduces risk to tribal trust lands. Most similar tribal agreements involve lands in th western US.

HHS National Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can give immediate crisis counseling

The Disaster Distress Helpline, at 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling in 100+ languages and ASL, to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects of disaster or distress such as Tuesday night’s mass shooting (Tuesday, Nov. 22) in a Chesapeake, Va. store.

AgriStress Helpline now open to provide Virginia farmers with mental health support

The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has interpretation services for 160 languages. Farmers can call or text 833-897-2474 to speak directly with a healthcare professional. Crisis specialists have access to a Virginia-specific database of agricultural and health resources. “Stress on a farm never ends,” said Dana Fisher, chair of the VFBF Safety Advisory Committee, which is spearheading the organization’s mental health support efforts. “Stress and mental health issues are always a problem in the agriculture community, and stress can lead to costly mistakes on the job.

NATO official and PWC Congressman Gerry Connolly reiterates support for Ukraine

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who represents part of Prince William County and who is President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement in support of Ukraine. Connolly joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Crimea Platform Summit in Zagreb, Croatia.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake drill Oct. 20; 40 million+ to practice earthquake safety plans

The annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place tomorrow, Oct. 20, across the United State. Staff at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 3 wants to encourage the Whole Community to participate and learn the simple, but critical, safety steps to preparing for and staying safe during an earthquake. More than 40 million people are registered to practice earthquake safety plans, FEMA said.

Rep. Wexton to hold student debt relief forum Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.

Making higher education more affordable and easing the burden of student debt on Virginia families has been a top priority for me in Congress. Over the past year, there have been two major actions taken to make it easier for those most in need to have their debt forgiven – reforms to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and President Biden’s targeted student debt relief plan.To help constituents navigate the application process for these opportunities and have your questions answered, I’m hosting a Student Debt Relief Webinar next Thursday, October 20th at 2 p.m.

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