News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

The last few weeks have been busy and fulfilling as your representative in Congress. I have been advocating for different groups of veterans, fighting to bring Hampton Roads our fair share of federal funds, honoring and remembering the victims of the May 31 mass shooting, and more.

So much has happened lately that we’ll be splitting this edition of our newsletter into two parts!

Look for Part 2 on Wednesday ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.

Washington Update for New Subscribers

I want to take a moment to welcome all of our new subscribers and thank you to all of you who participated in our recent survey! I appreciate all of your thoughtful feedback and suggestions for what I should focus on moving forward!

For those of you who are just joining us, I wanted to let you know what I have been doing for the past several months. Coming into office as a 20-year Navy veteran, I was honored to become a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, two of the most bipartisan panels in Congress. I serve in leadership positions on both committees, as well as serving as Vice Chair and founding member of the Service Women and Women Veterans Caucus.

We’ve already had success passing legislation through the House. One of my bills, the Cost-Of-Living-Adjustment Act, puts more money in the pockets of veterans, while another, my tax relief solution for Gold Star Families, was passed as part of a larger tax reform package. I’m proud to also have moved bipartisan bills to increase VA website accessibility, prevent offshore drilling off the Mid-Atlantic Coast, preserve the Chesapeake Bay, and help federal employees in case of another shutdown.

Recently I’ve presided over my first subcommittee hearings, where key veterans’ bills passed on their path to a full House vote. In committee, I have advocated for our heroic Blue Water Navy Veterans, challenged top military leaders to implement important reforms, questioned the logic behind the mothballing of the USS Truman, and called for better child care options for local military families.

One of my proudest accomplishments over my first six months has been in the district. We have now opened offices in Virginia Beach, Onley, and Yorktown, to meet constituents where they live. If you would like more information about our offices, services, or my actions since taking office, check out our website!

On Memorial Day

Memorial Day is about honoring and remembering the brave American men and women who have died while serving in our military.

On Memorial Day Weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at several services. As a recently retired Navy veteran myself, I emphasized that, across the world, young Americans continue to fight and die even now so we can live in peace here at home.

For Norfolk and the broader Hampton Roads region, we know these sacrifices better than most because of the presence of our active-duty military members, veterans, and military families. For so many of us, Memorial Day is close and personal.

We remember those who gave their lives for our country on days like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, but as your member of Congress, it’s my goal that the rest of the nation recognizes this important sacrifice not just when it’s convenient or a federal holiday, but every single day of the year.

Peninsula Town Hall

I recently held a packed town hall in Yorktown, where residents came to me with questions and comments about how I can best serve them. Every question that was put forward made me take a moment and think: “Is there a legislative fix here?”

Bills like our Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act come from the stories I hear during interactions with those I serve, and I look forward to continuing the conversations that started at our town halls.

Remembering the Virginia Beach Shooting Victims in House Floor Speech

Days after the mass shooting that struck our Virginia Beach community, I spoke on the House Floor to remember the 12 individuals we lost on the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach. It was an honor to bring their stories to Congress and a national audience.

Please click here to view the speech or click here to read my remarks.

Securing IRS Tax Guidance on Donations to Virginia Beach Shooting Victims

I recently announced that that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that payments that “individuals receive ... from members of the public in response to a disaster or emergency hardship” are NOT considered taxable income for recipients.

I was relieved that the IRS recognized the unfathomable hardships that our community experienced on May 31.

My focus remains with the families of the 12 wonderful people who were taken from us and those who were injured. I will continue to fight for the victims, their families, and our Virginia Beach community.

Honoring Ryan “Keith” Cox

Following the May 31 shooting, I had the privilege and honor of introducing a bipartisan bill to honor the life and actions of Ryan “Keith” Cox. Keith was a victim of the May 31 mass shooting who laid down his life to guide his fellow coworkers to safety.

Keith was a hero. This post office will remind us of Keith’s sacrifice and his immeasurable impact on our community.

I thank the entire Virginia delegation for cosponsoring this important legislation during a difficult time for our Commonwealth.

Bringing Hampton Roads Servicemembers and Families their Fair Share

I am excited to have taken a step toward fulfilling my promise to advance the priorities of our local service members. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) recently passed through the House Armed Services Committee. It includes several initiatives that are important to Hampton Roads.

Some of these priorities include a pay raise for our troops, a tenant bill of rights to protect local families in military housing, and public education funding to local school districts.

It is a privilege to fight for the Hampton Roads community and for our service members and their families. I will continue to make sure that we are heard and that we receive our fair share from the federal government.

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Our Virginia Beach community showed impeccable resiliency and unity during this difficult time. I had the honor of meeting with law enforcement and city officials and with loved ones of the victims.

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At our town hall in Yorktown, I was thrilled by the turnout and the opportunity to hear from constituents.

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In Washington, I recently had the honor of meeting with Mike and Victoria, a VA-02 resident. Victoria had been diagnosed with ALS and she hopes to use her story to power others fighting the same condition. Her story was uplifting, and her courage inspires me.

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Memorial Day is special to all veterans, to remember our fallen comrades. On this Memorial Day I attended several ceremonies, speaking about how important it is to honor those who gave their lives for our country.

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One of my stops on Memorial Day was a visit to the USS Wisconsin, where I spoke to a group of fellow veterans and heard what this day means to them.
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The health and natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay is very important to our district. Thank you, Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board, for giving me the time to meet and discuss our progress! I’ll continue to lead bipartisan legislation to protect and preserve our beautiful Bay!

Look for Part 2 on Wednesday! Please follow my official Facebook and Twitter pages, and check out our website!

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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