News from Representative Luria

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April 2, 2019

I’m headed back to Washington after another nice weekend back home in Coastal Virginia, and I wanted to update you on our busy last week in Congress. (Miss our first two newsletters? Click here for the first one and here for the second!)

Fighting to Save the USS Harry S. Truman

One of the most important parts of my job in Congress is working on House committees, where we get to the heart of policy issues and drill down into granular detail.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I pay close attention to military issues that affect the Hampton Roads region.

Lately, much of my focus has been on the Navy’s proposal to prematurely decommission the Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman -- a ship on which I served during my 20-year military career.

Last week at a hearing of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Subcommittee, where I serve as Vice Chair, I challenged top Navy leaders on their attempt to decommission the USS Harry S. Truman halfway through an expected five-decade service life.

Bottom line: If something breaks out in the world, I don’t think the President turns to the Secretary of Defense and says, "Where are my unmanned surface vessels?" He says, "Where are my aircraft carriers?"

Combatant commanders have told me there are significant gaps between combatant commanders’ requested presence levels and the actual presence levels. Why would we decommission the USS Harry S. Truman?

I join my colleagues in bipartisan opposition to this effort, and I continue to meet with military leaders and stakeholders to obtain as much information as possible during the budget process.

Good News for Joint Base Langley-Eustis

The Air Force announced excellent news for Hampton Roads -- a recommendation to permanently relocate the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Unit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis!

As the Air Force worked through its selection process, I was proud to advocate for the Hampton Roads region because our military families and defense assets are second to none.

There is no better place than Joint Base Langley-Eustis to support this critical national security mission.

Keeping Our Troops Safe in the Pacific and Advocating for Veterans

At another House Armed Services Committee hearing, I drew on my military experience to emphasize the Navy’s need to protect U.S. territories in the Pacific and maintain a fleet capable of peak lethality and responsiveness. You can see the video here.  

Finally, on Friday, I announced my bill that would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study and submit a plan to Congress that would make VA websites accessible for disabled veterans.

Disabled veterans sacrificed for America. They deserve equal access to the benefits they have earned, and I am honored to champion their cause in Congress.

Want to Work in Our Virginia Beach Office?

Congresswoman Luria’s office is seeking a motivated, professional individual to work as a Staff Assistant in her Virginia Beach office.

Duties include staffing the Flagship Office front desk to greet constituents, answering the phone and relaying messages in a timely manner, assisting with providing exceptional constituent services, and maintaining the district office staff schedule.

If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to VA02.DistrictOffice@mail.house.gov. Please forward this opportunity to anyone you think may be interested!

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Enjoyed meeting with AIPAC delegates at my office this week! Always happy to highlight the importance of a strong relationship between America and Israel.
 
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I was honored to speak at the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) congressional breakfast in Washington. Aircraft carriers expand the competitive space outside our borders and allow us to bring sustained power anywhere on Earth.
 
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Last week I was delighted to visit WPS in Hampton to learn about the work more than 280 #VA02 constituents do to support veterans’ health care. Thank you for helping those who serve!
 
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Great meeting with the American Flood Coalition! Sea level rise and recurrent flooding are real-life issues in Virginia, and I'm committed to seeking out solutions for Congress.
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I was honored to meet six widows who are subject to the Military Widows’ SBP-DIC Offset. We need to eliminate this offset and honor their spouses’ sacrifice.
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Thank you to the Moorish Science Temple of America for sharing your concerns and describing your impressive work in our community.
 
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Thankful to meet with the wonderful people of CASA in Action to discuss how local, state, and federal officials can join together to promote diversity, safety, and inclusiveness in Hampton Roads.
 
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I was pleased to speak with 200 sailors and civilians during Commander, Surface Force Atlantic’s Women's History Month 2019 celebration in Norfolk. Appreciating our history helps us chart our future!
 
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Finally, a wonderful moment from a recent weekend -- as Passover is just around the corner, I joined my daughter, Violette, and her religious school class in decorating Seder plates. She did a great job!

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It’s the honor of my lifetime to serve you and Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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