From Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07)’s reelection campaign:
NBC12: Yesli Vega “Proud” of Voting Against Police Funding Three Times as Prince William County Supervisor
Vega: “I Have a Voting Record Over the Last Three Years that I’m Proud of”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA — On Friday, Yesli Vega made clear that she is proud of voting against funding Prince William County law enforcement three times.
In an interview with NBC12, Vega said:
“I have a voting record over the last three years that I’m proud of. One that reflects the wishes and the desires and the needs of my constituents.”
As a Member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, repeatedly voted against funding the police — three times.
Additionally, Vega abstained from resolutions honoring police officers and public safety employees — including abstaining from voting to proclaim National Police Week and from voting to commend Prince William County officers for their years of service. Vega was also the only Member of the Board of Supervisors to vote against Fire Prevention Week.
“Yesli Vega voted three times against funding the men and women who keep Prince William County safe — while Abigail Spanberger has consistently led the charge to make sure local police departments have the tools, training, and resources they need,” said Justin Chermol, Press Secretary, Abigail Spanberger for Congress. “Yesli Vega has a record on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors that has led to endorsements from Corey Stewart, former President Trump, Ted Cruz, and Louie Gohmert. And if elected to Congress, she has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, shut down the government, support a nationwide abortion ban, and vote to raise drug prices on Virgina’s seniors. Virginians know that’s nothing to be proud of.”
Vega has a long record of attacking, disrespecting, and voting against funding for law enforcement.
Last week, reports highlighted Yesli Vega’s promise to “sponsor legislation” to “release and seek compensation” for the January 6, 2021 rioters who attacked U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers. And at an April 2022 GOP Candidate Forum, Vega sympathized with the January 6 insurrectionists, who she claimed have been “persecuted” for attacking the U.S. Capitol.
Additionally, after the FBI searched former President Trump’s estate in Mar-a-Lago to collect classified documents – which reportedly held U.S. secrets about Iran and China – Vega bashed the FBI as “CORRUPT” and “DEEP STATE.”
As a Member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Vega also abstained from voting on multiple measures related to crime and victims of crime, including:
- Sexual Assault Survivor Awareness Month (April 2021),
- National Crime Prevention Month (Sept 2021), and
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Oct 2020 & Oct 2021)
U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger — a former federal law enforcement officer — has a record of working with both parties to protect the men and women of law enforcement and increase their funding.
Spanberger was a cosponsor of and voted to pass the bipartisan Invest to Protect Act, which would make critical investments in local police departments for recruitment, training, and retention. And earlier this year, the President signed into law her bipartisan Better Cybercrime Metrics Act — which would make sure law enforcement departments have the tools they need to prevent, detect, and prosecute cybercriminals.
Spanberger has also introduced and championed the bipartisan Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on the Beat Program Reauthorization and Parity Act — which would increase officer pay, fund community policing initiatives, and help police departments hire more officers. This legislation is endorsed by local police chiefs and sheriffs in Virginia — and it received backing from the National Fraternal Order of Police.
Earlier this year, Spanberger was ranked the most bipartisan Member of Congress from Virginia and one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress overall.