The new Republican-controlled House has thus far failed six separate times to elect a House Speaker—the first time such a debacle has occurred since 1923. Until the new Congress elects a speaker, the House cannot assign members to committees, introduce or vote on legislation, help constituents, or even swear in members.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who represents Virginia's 7th District, is calling for greater transparency when it comes to elected officials’ finances. She first raised concerns after 2020 spending practices by some colleagues appeared to show a connection to potential pandemic-related profits.
No parent ever wants to think about the possibility of their child going missing, but whether a toddler gets lost in a crowd, a child explores beyond their boundaries, or a natural disaster displaces a family, it’s beneficial to have a plan in place.