News from Representative Luria

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Another active week representing Coastal Virginia in Washington!

Don’t forget the winners of our Congressional Art Competition and an upcoming meeting on the Eastern Shore to discuss the MISSION Act for veterans.


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Tax Relief for Gold Star Families


My Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act has nearly 100 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. The Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act also received a formal endorsement by the For Country Caucus, a bipartisan group of veteran House members.


Both parties agree we must fix a broken system and ensure Gold Star Families are not victims of a tax hike. I urge a vote on the House Floor as soon as possible.


Protecting Veterans’ Benefits


Last Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed two of my bills that would help our nation’s heroes after their service. The committee recommended both bills for a vote in the full House of Representatives.


My bills would put money in the pockets of veterans and help disabled veterans access the benefits they’ve earned.


It’s been an honor and a privilege introducing these bills, gathering bipartisan support, pushing them through subcommittees, and now getting them through full committee.


Next stop: House Floor!


Protecting Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions


I proudly voted in favor of a health care bill that would safeguard current protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.


What a privilege to fulfill an early promise and join my colleagues to pass a bill to protect access to lifesaving health care benefits for millions of Virginians and Americans with pre-existing conditions.


Fighting on Behalf of Blue Water Navy Veterans


This week on the House Floor, I spoke on behalf of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill I proudly supported. It would bring overdue VA benefits to a long-neglected group of Vietnam veterans.


Past Congresses too long ignored these heroic veterans, but hours after my floor speech, the House passed the bill unanimously.


Blue Water Navy Veterans are servicemembers who served at sea off the shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Until recently, Blue Water Navy Veterans were not eligible for VA benefits based on herbicide exposure that are currently available to those who served on land within Vietnam.


The House acted this week to pass legislation to secure VA benefits for Blue Water Navy Veterans.


Announcing Congressional Art Competition Winners


I recently had the honor to announce the overall winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Virginia’s Second District, Kyra Moe from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, whose artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol building for a year!


I also announced two regional winners, whose art will hang in our local district offices. The Peninsula winner was Faith Strickland from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, and the Southside winner was Taylor Greene, also from Salem High School. Congratulations to all!


With more than 40 submissions, this was a competition stacked with flair, and walking around the gallery on Friday, it was clear how much talent our students have here in Hampton Roads.


Community Meeting: Veterans’ Healthcare on the Eastern Shore


Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be coming to the Onley Town Center on Thursday, May 23, to discuss the new MISSION Act, which looks to streamline the process for veterans to access non-VA clinics.


Please RSVP to my Eastern Shore Caseworker Caroline Bott for the event at or call her 757-364-7631.



Onley Town Center – Oyster Room

25020 Shore Parkway

Onley, VA 23418

Thursday, May 23: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM



It was an amazing honor to be able to award these young women for their work in the Congressional Art Competition. Left to right: Overall Winner Kyra Moe (Salem High School / “Bold Boredom”); Southside Winner Taylor Greene (Salem High School / “Applying Pressure”); Congresswoman Luria; Peninsula Winner Faith Strickland (Kecoughtan High School / “Baby Faces”).



What an incredible opportunity to just be able to walk through the crowd and view the submissions for the Congressional Art Competition. So much talent in Coastal Virginia!



Thank you to Congressman Don McEachin for organizing the recent Women’s Forum in Chester. It was a special opportunity to spend time with Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Reba Hollingsworth from WTVR CBS 6 and all of our daughters. The sky is the limit for young women in America!



Amazed to see the innovative products Embody is creating in Norfolk. Small businesses are the engine of our economy!


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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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