On the Hill with Denver Riggleman - Weekly Update - August 28, 2020
Although Congress is not in session this week I have been working hard to craft legislation for the 5th District. This past week I was proud to introduce several bills to help our farmers and healthcare workers.
On Monday I sponsored the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. Our healthcare workers are worthy of our support and endless thanks. Dr. Lorna Breen is a hero who did tremendous work helping to heal the wounded and care for the sick. This legislation will carry on Dr. Breens’ legacy by providing the tools and services healthcare workers need to prevent burnout and address the mental health struggles they face. I am proud to sponsor this legislation that can help save lives.
On Tuesday I sponsored a bipartisan resolution with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) to condemn QAnon. This radical online movement espouses conspiracy theories that are a danger and a threat. They have no place in our country’s politics. I condemn this movement and urge all Americans to join me in taking this step to exclude them and other extreme conspiracy theories from the national discourse.
This morning I introduced the Hemp Opportunity Zones Act of 2020. The legislation will create a program to provide tax incentives to farmers who grow and produce hemp in low income areas. It seeks to expand on Opportunity Zones which were a key component of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Opportunity Zones will incentivize investments into long neglected neighborhoods that will spur economic growth and combat poverty.
The Hemp Opportunity Zone Act is a huge win for farmers in the 5th District. Hemp farming is a new and thriving industry. By providing these tax incentives hemp growers in Virginia and the 5th District are primed to lead based on their historic production of tobacco.
My office has launched a webpage to help address questions and concerns relating to the COVID-19 virus. You can view that webpage here.
If you need help with a federal agency, please contact my Charlottesville Office at (434) 973-9631. At this time, all Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC, are temporarily closed to the public. The National Zoo has reopened by appointment. You can reserve a free entry pass online here. Additionally, tours of the White House, U.S .Capitol, FBI, and Library of Congress have been suspended to help contain the outbreak and prevent community spread.
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Congressman Riggleman announced the suspension of Mobile Office Hours until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
Both the Charlottesville District Office (434) 973-9631 and the Danville District Office (434) 791-2596 will remain open. Constituents wishing to receive assistance with issues involving federal agencies should call the district offices directly or visit the services section of Congressman Riggleman’s website at https://riggleman.house.gov.
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