On the Hill with Denver Riggleman - Weekly Update - July 3, 2020
Tomorrow we will celebrate the 4th of July holiday. On this day in 1776, America declared its independence from Great Britain. I hope you all remain safe and healthy this weekend, and have a happy 4th of July.
I am excited to be back in Washington this week representing you and the 5th District.
On Tuesday, I gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today in strong opposition to H.R. 5332 and in defense of consumer protections. The “Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2019” would create a database compiling the three major credit reporting agencies and would put consumer data at risk.
Creating a one-stop-shop for the credit report, personal information, and social security number of every individual would be disastrous in the event of a cyber hack or data breach. We need to find targeted solutions that focus on increasing the cybersecurity capability at credit reporting agencies, increase competition and increase access to credit for consumers and businesses rather than put forward proposals that undermine the consumer reporting system and further empower unelected bureaucrats at the expense of the free market.
You can watch my speech here.
On Wednesday, I joined the China Task Force Members Day Hearing to discuss the growing threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party and what we in Congress can do it combat it. Right now, the greatest generational challenge we face is the threat of the Chinese Communist Party. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic America has woken up the fact that the CCP is our strategic adversary.
Earlier this week we learned of disturbing reports that the Russian government was offering bounties to Taliban affiliates to kill American service members.
All Members of Congress should be briefed immediately on the possible Russian bounty program targeting American service members. We all have soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines from our districts serving in harm’s way. We need to know the sources of this intelligence. We need to know what courses of action are needed to mitigate the threat, if there is a threat at all. Leaks and hearsay are an unacceptable way for Members of Congress to receive information. The information leaked also calls into question the reliability and professionalism of certain members of the intelligence community. Service before self does not mean leaking finished or unfinished intelligence to the media.
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, including the National Zoo, are temporarily closed to the public. Additionally, tours of the White House, US 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.
Congressman Riggleman has launched a webpage to help address questions and concerns relating to the COVID-19 virus. You can view that webpage here.
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