When Jennifer Wexton campaigned for her first election to the U. S. House of Representatives in 2018, she was motivated by the spate of school shootings and vowed to bring forth gun control legislation to stop the needless violence and loss of innocent life. In her first term she definitely did that. Now in her second term representing the 10th District of Virginia, she is still making gun control of focal point. But what else is important to Rep. Wexton? What else is on her agenda for the current U. S. Congress?
The Pulse co-editor Jeana O’Connor had the opportunity to pose of few questions to our Representative and here’s what she found out:
Jeana O’Connor: Congresswoman Wexton, we are honored to have you representing us in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. We are excited to hear about your time in the House of Representatives, working hard for the residents of our district. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for the members of the Winchester-Frederick County Democratic Committee.
Tell us about something you’ve accomplished for our district that we might not know about.
Congresswoman Jnnifer Wexton: It’s certainly been a busy first few years in Congress, and I’m proud of all that I’ve been able to accomplish during that time. One of the things I’m particularly proud of is my Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment — or EFFORT — Act. My EFFORT Act expands research into opioid addiction to help fill gaps and promote interdisciplinary work between the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. This important bipartisan legislation was signed into law by President Trump late last year.
The opioid crisis has hit our community hard, and it’s only gotten worse during COVID. I’m hopeful that this new research will help us care for those struggling with addiction and help them overcome this disease.
O’Connor: What are you most excited to be working on in this term?
Rep. Wexton: We’ve made it a top priority to finally take long-overdue action to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and create new, good-paying jobs. We’re hard at work in Congress right now putting together the pieces of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan — including funding for key projects right here in Virginia’s 10th District.
Our bold infrastructure plans will help ensure that every Virginia family builds back strong from the COVID crisis. We’ll also be using this opportunity to develop green infrastructure and green jobs because tackling the climate crisis is an urgent priority.
O’Connor: How are you able to get things done for the 10th District during such divisive times in Congress?
Rep. Wexton: It’s true that these are divisive times in Congress, but there are also a lot of issues where we can find strong bipartisan cooperation. For example, one bill I’ve worked hard on this Congress is my bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0. This legislation would provide a new, expanded source of funding for childhood cancer research.
The stories of those living with childhood cancer are heart wrenching, and unfortunately the disease can affect anyone. This has been an area where I’ve worked closely with my colleagues across the aisle to move this bill forward, even though I may not agree with them ideologically on many other issues.