News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,


It was another big week in Washington!


The House passed my legislation, we founded a new caucus dedicated to servicewomen and women veterans, and I challenged naval leadership on the need to prioritize diversity and access to child care. Back home, we opened a new office on the Peninsula and announced our latest town hall!


Gold Star Fix and Veterans’ Bill Sail Through the House


I am so proud to announce that the House took action on two of my most important initiatives. First, my bipartisan Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (COLA) brings veterans’ benefits in line with a rising cost-of-living. COLA passed by voice vote and became my first bill to pass the House!


Secondly, as part of the larger SECURE Act, the House pushed through a legislative fix I first introduced that will provide urgent relief to Gold Star Families impacted by the 2017 tax law that caused many of those families to see drastic tax increases. It passed with 429 votes.


It has been an incredible journey shepherding this legislation through the House. By the end, my Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act received 155 cosponsors and the support of 20 major veterans and service organization groups.


Because of these efforts, I know that we are closer to improving the lives of thousands of heroic American families and veterans.


Founding the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus


As one of the four women veterans serving in Congress today, I helped create a new caucus to focus on issues important to servicewomen and women veterans’ because we don’t want to be the last to fill these shoes.

There are more than a dozen congressional caucuses that address issues facing service members and/or veterans, but,until now,none of that is geared toward the fastest growing cohort in our nation’s military: women.

As the number of women who serve our country grows, Congress must do more to support them. I look forward to seeing the next generation of women veterans in Congress.

                             Challenging Naval Leadership on Diversity and Child Care

At a recent hearing, I highlighted the unacceptable child care options for military families in Coastal Virginia, specifically citing the lack of child care to support the U.S. Navy facility at Wallops Island.

According to The Virginian Pilot, Naval Station Norfolk’s child care center is at capacity, and there are only 20 spots for overnight child care. If we truly want to support families and women serving in the military, we have to ensure that we provide child care for our service members.

I also took naval leadership to task over the lack of diversity in the Navy. The Navy has the lowest female officer retention of any service branch, and the selection of people for consideration for Aviation Command was under 5% in 2005. Having a diverse officer corps is vital to the integration of new ideas and flexibility, both keys to keeping a competitive military. I will continue to press our leaders for answers as to how they are looking to improve this situation.

 

                                                  New Office Open: Yorktown

With the opening of our most recent office, we now have offices open on the Peninsula, the Eastern Shore, and in Virginia Beach. I invite all Peninsula residents to visit the office and reach out to our Peninsula caseworker, Caleb Smith, who will be helping constituents in the area.

                                                  105 Professional Parkway, Suite 1512
                                                               Yorktown, VA 23693
                                                                    757-364-7634


                                               Upcoming Town Hall: Yorktown

Similar to my first town halls in Virginia Beach and on the Eastern Shore, I will be hosting a town hall on Tuesday, May 28th in Yorktown! I welcome all residents to have the chance ask questions and discuss what’s happening in Washington. I eagerly await what I know will be a productive dialogue!

Seating will be granted to constituents on a first-come, first-serve basis, and capacity is limited to 250.

                                                          The Mount Peninsula

                                              6406 George Washington Memorial Highway
                                                          Yorktown, VA 23692
                                                  6:00 to 7:30 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)

 

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It was an amazing honor to be able to meet with brave Gold Star Families ahead of the incorporation of my plan to fix the provisions of the 2017 law that increased the taxes on their benefits.

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On National Maritime Day I attended a Shipbuiding Caucus breakfast with RADM Busby, #MARAD Administrator. It was great to see RADM Busby on this wonderful celebration of our shipbuilding heritage.
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I had the pleasure of providing the commencement address to the graduating class of Virginia Wesleyan University. My message was my command philosphy: "Be Good and Do Good Work."

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So honored to have been the guest speaker at Ohef Sholom's Armed Services Shabbat to honor our current and past military members.
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I will be serving Vice Chair of the newly founded Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus. I look forwared to seeing the next generation of women veterans in Congress. 

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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. 

Happy Memorial Day, and please be on the lookout for our next newsletter June 3!

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