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War in Ukraine spurs legislation here in U. S.

Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR

The threat of Russian misinformation and disinformation is worrying to Congressman Don Beyer, a Democrat from Alexandria. That's why he's introduced a bill to create a commission to promote media literacy.

"If we can just do something constructive to reign in the misinformation and disinformation and maybe even more importantly to educate all the American people how to be skeptical about what they hear and really test it to make sure that if they hear the vaccine is going to cause their face to become magnetic they go a little deeper and find out whether that's really true."

Congressman Gerry Connolly is a Democrat from Fairfax County who has a resolution that also speaks to the war in Ukraine. This week, the House approved his resolution calling on NATO to create a Center for Democratic Resilience.

"There are divisions and units within NATO dedicated to collective defense, terrorism, interoperability, hybrid warfare, cyber, climate change and a number of other security challenges," Connolly noted. "But after 72 years, there's not even a broom closet at NATO headquarters dedicated to the promotion of democratic institution building."

Connolly's resolution passed the House with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, although two Virginia Republicans voted against it: Ben Cline of Lexington and Bob Good of Campbell County.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He is the author of four books.