News from Representative Luria

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From fighting for affordable health care to helping prevent violence against women to advocating for a special class of Vietnam Veterans, it was another active week in Washington!

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Protecting Health Care Benefits

The Affordable Care Act may have passed nearly a decade ago, but it’s still subject to attack despite covering more than 20 million Americans. This week, I proudly voted to condemn the latest attempted sabotage.

This followed one of my first votes in Congress that allowed the House of Representatives to throw its full legal weight against the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit that would destroy the entire ACA.

More than 500,000 Virginians, including beneficiaries of our historic Medicaid expansion, are covered through the Affordable Care Act. Many more rely on protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Let’s work to protect people’s care, not take it away. I will continue to seek ways to lower health care costs, expand access to health care, and protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Funding for NASA Langley Research Center

As a former nuclear engineer in the Navy, I am a passionate advocate for science. The Hampton Roads region is blessed with brilliant scientists and top-notch researchers.

That’s why I sent a letter to key House lawmakers urging funding for a critical project at NASA Langley Research Center that would improve climate modeling abilities and better predict flooding and other damaging weather events in military and coastal communities.

NASA Langley scientists do great work. Their cutting-edge research gives us a better understanding of climate change. Further funding would allow us to maintain our national security, economic prosperity, and international competitive edge.

The letter I led included signatures from 11 of my House colleagues. You can read it here!

Stepping Up for Blue Water Navy Veterans of the Vietnam War

This week, I repeated my request for clarity from top VA officials about the status of healthcare benefits for thousands of Blue Water Navy Veterans of the Vietnam War.

Blue Water Navy Veterans have spent decades wondering if they will get benefits for diseases related to herbicide exposure during their service in the Vietnam War.

They deserve clarity, and it’s inexcusable that they must wait another minute for an answer from the government.

This week I sent a letter to Secretary Wilkie asking for answers by April 12. I pledge to keep you updated on this important matter.

Fighting For Women

It’s our duty in Congress to protect millions of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. That’s why I voted to pass a bipartisan, robust, long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

First passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act is a landmark bill. It ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse and working to ensure all victims and survivors have the support they need.

This week’s reauthorization passed 263-158. I was proud to work in a bipartisan way to ensure all women in Virginia and across America have the necessary resources to seek justice, receive care, and thrive in their lives.

This vital reauthorization followed last week’s House passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This is the most diverse Congress ever, and we’re proud to look out for women.

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As the proud representative of Norfolk -- NATO’s home in North America -- it was a delight to welcome General André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), to Washington for a speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. America is stronger and safer when we honor our relationships with our friends and allies!

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Great meeting with American Association for Justice attorneys (some from Virginia Second Congressional District!) promoting a fair system for all Americans.

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Proud to meet with advocates passionate about defeating Alzheimer’s disease in Coastal Virginia and beyond.

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It was great catching up with my colleagues Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, and Rep. Jennifer Wexton on Capitol Hill.

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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. As always, you have my word that I will continue working hard each day, and I welcome your thoughts!

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