News from Representative Luria

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After a two-week District Work Period in Virginia’s Second Congressional District, I’m ready to hit the ground running in Washington with ideas I picked up from our open house, three town halls, and visits across our region.

Connecting With The Eastern Shore

Last week I was thrilled to welcome more than 60 constituents to my Open House at Onley Town Center. It always is wonderful to hear the stories and thoughts of Coastal Virginians to take back to Washington with me.

From climate change to infrastructure to health care, there were many insightful questions and ideas, and I am thankful that there are so many passionate members of the community who came out on a beautiful Tuesday evening to make sure I heard their concerns.

The event culminated a busy day on the Eastern Shore, during which I spoke at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs n’ Issues Breakfast and participated in several tours related to the local aquaculture.

Later Senator Mark Warner and I conducted a town hall in Melfa, and I stopped by several local landmarks, including Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Last but not least, I toured Dublin Farms and caught up with leaders of the Eastern Shore agricultural community.

If you were unable to attend our public events, you are always encouraged to call my offices in Washington, Virginia Beach, and Onley to request assistance, discuss upcoming congressional votes, and ask about any other federal needs!

Supporting Federal Civilian Workforce

I recently announced my introduction of new legislation to assist federal civilian employees with their relocation costs. In 2017 the tax law ended the federal government’s ability to cover the taxes on some reimbursements. As a result, moving cost reimbursements became recognized as taxable income for certain federal employees.

While the federal government typically reimburses employees for their relocation expenses, there are times when taxes on their reimbursements are not covered, and we need to close this gap. For example, civilian employees of the Department of Defense who transfer to teach at elementary, middle, and high schools on military bases across the world currently pay taxes on artificially inflated incomes due to the expense of their moves.

Moving should not be a burden on federal employees. Working with Sens. Kaine and Warner, our bill would eliminate an unnecessary worry for workers transitioning to a new location to serve America. Coastal Virginia relies heavily on federal civilian employees to support our military bases as well as NASA Wallops, and I will continue to fight for all our constituents.

Opening Soon: Peninsula Office!

A few days ago, I signed the lease on a new office that will be opening on the Peninsula. With this office opening we will have locations in Washington, on the Eastern Shore, in Virginia Beach, and on the Peninsula. Stay tuned for news about when and where the office will be opening!

I had the pleasure to attend the Norfolk State of the City event and to catch up with Mayor Alexander.

Coastal Virginia has so many wonderful natural resources and incredible national parks. It was an amazing experience to tour the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center and then receive a tour of Chincoteague from Refuge and Park Service leadership.

Signed the lease on our upcoming Peninsula Office. Stay tuned for more details!

One of my favorite opportunities this past week was to be able to participate in the Virginia International Tattoo and attend NATO Fest.

A wonderful moment to be acknowledged with fellow women veterans at Virginia International Tattoo. Thankful to represent a community that honors the value of service to our nation!

Exciting day on the water last week with discussing the aquaculture industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Boat trips on both the “Bayside” and “Seaside” of the beautiful Shore!

I walked the potato fields of Dublin Farms, a fifth-generation farming operation in northern Accomack County, meeting with local farmers and representatives from Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. #VA02 farmers grow delicious food and our economy!

My favorite opportunity this past week was meeting with constituents at our Eastern Shore open house town hall. Opportunities like these remind me of why I am a Congresswoman: to serve my constituents and most of all to listen to their concerns.

Answering thoughtful questions from Eastern Shore residents on climate change, infrastructure, health care, and more.

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I hope you will take some time to read the news articles below.

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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