An update from Congressman McEachin
Published 10:22 pm Monday, December 16, 2019
This is a big month for our office. We have passed the $2 million mark in returning money to constituents from federal agencies. Whether it’s a never-received tax refund or missed benefits from the Veterans Administration or absent Social Security checks, our office is diligent and devoted in trying to ensure my constituents get what they are owed. This milestone, more than $2 million back to VA-04 residents, is an important part of my service as your congressman.
If you have an issue or a problem with a federal agency, such as the examples listed above, my office is happy to help. Just go to my website, mceachin.house.gov, to get started. We are also happy to record your opinion on any news topic.
It’s also an important month because, having had surgeries recently, I am able to return to Washington, D.C., and to being out and about in the district. This recent illness has shown me, yet again, how critical access to affordable quality health care is for all Virginians. I go back to work recommitted to ensuring available health care, without regard for pre-existing conditions and with reasonably priced prescription drugs. Health care should never be a choice between paying a bill or a getting a prescription. I am determined to advocate every day for affordable and quality care.
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Just before Thanksgiving, I was in D.C. for revisions on a critical bill of mine — access to high-speed internet for rural and underserved communities — so very important for so many constituents in my district. Despite robust funding and bipartisan support, rural broadband deployment has continued to lag behind needs. This legislation can address that and help so many receive the service they need.
I was also proud to join my friend and colleague, Natural Resources Chairman Raul Grijalva, for the release of Environmental Justice principles. Environmental justice addresses the concern that environmental ills such as proximity to toxic waste sites, lack of access to potable water, and communities situated near polluting factories happen disproportionately to minority, rural and low-income communities. The principles we released come from the community and address their issues and their perspectives and will help us create a comprehensive environmental justice bill that prioritizes equity and justice for all.
Please let my office know about any events in which we can participate and be helpful. The nature of the job is that I spend significant time in Washington, D.C., but when possible, I want to be in the district, meeting and interacting with residents. Please request my attendance by filling out this form mceachin.house.gov/contact/request-appearance.
I hope you and yours have a lovely and peaceful holiday season, filled with the blessings of friends and family.
Congressman Donald McEachin represents Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. Contact him at mceachin.house.gov.