News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

It was great to be back home last week, where I appeared at Independence Day events across Hampton Roads. Congress may have left Washington for a brief District Work Period, but I continued to represent you by advocating for veterans, touring flood-stricken areas of our community, standing up for affordable health care, and more. Here’s a recap!

Seeing the Effect of Recurrent Coastal Flooding

On a rainy day early this week, I had the pleasure of showing Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-14) some of the sites in our Hampton Roads community that are impacted by recurrent flooding and climate change. Congresswoman Castor is the Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

The tour was eye-opening to both Congresswoman Castor and me. There is a high price to pay for neglecting our flooding problems.

I hope that this visit puts our community’s challenges on the map so that we can create new momentum to push for solutions. You can watch local news coverage of our visit here and here.

Standing Up Against Attacks on Our Health Care

Last Tuesday, we heard the first oral arguments of Texas v U.S., a lawsuit whose verdict has the potential to dismantle the life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions that we fought so hard for. The whole Affordable Care Act is at risk.

I believe this lawsuit would represent a multi-generational attack on our Commonwealth, harming young people, seniors, and everyone in between. As a vocal opponent of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, I will continue to fight back against attempts to derail our health care.

Helping Veterans Continue Their Education

Last week, I worked with Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) to introduce a bipartisan bill to make it easier for our veterans to continue their education.

Specifically, this bill would make in-state tuition rates for higher education available to student veterans regardless of when they were discharged.

Investing in education creates lifelong advantages. Congress should keep finding ways to make it easier for our bravest men and women to continue their education.

Bringing Coastal Virginia Our Fair Share

Over the last few weeks, Congress has been voting on its annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government.

I have been fighting hard to secure funding for priorities in our community, ranging from NASA to national defense to our environment

I am proud to announce the House has passed many of the requests for funding that I requested! Specifically, I was able to secure funding for maritime security, the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, the CLARREO Pathfinder, which is partly based at NASA Langley, and many others!

It's a pleasure amplifying the concerns of our community to Washington. As the funding process continues, I will continue to find ways to make sure that Congress prioritizes Coastal Virginia.

Advocating for the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful and vital resource, both to our environment and economy. I believe that it is our responsibility to give our Bay the proper care and attention it deserves so future generations can experience all it has to offer.

I was happy to help secure recent House passage of funds for EPA programs to protect our Bay and other waterways in our community. This bill is a step in the right direction and I will continue being a staunch advocate for the Bay.

Remembering Our Veterans in Need

Our veterans put themselves in the line of fire to safeguard the freedoms that we enjoy every day. As a Navy veteran, I strongly believe we in Congress must lend a helping hand to these brave men and women when they need it the most.

Last week, I stood up for our veterans who are in times of need. I am proud to announce that in a funding bill, the House passed language I requested to help these veterans.

The House passed language that would require the Veterans Crisis Line to provide immediate assistance from trained professionals to our veterans in need. Also passed was $40 million in funding for the VASH Program to combat homelessness among veterans.

As the proud representative of a district with eight major military installations, I will continue to find ways to assist our bravest men and women.

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Hampton Roads!

Throughout the weekend of July 4th, it was great meeting with constituents, attending and speaking at celebrations, and watching fireworks. My first Independence Day as your representative in Congress was one to remember, and I’d love to tell you about it!

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My Fourth of July celebrations actually began on July 3rd! That morning, I visited NATO headquarters in Norfolk to speak about the importance of our allies. My message was that we could not have secured our independence without our allies. We all have a common commitment to protecting democracy, a task much too large for a single nation to handle.

ImageI began my Independence Day in Williamsburg to participate in their July 4th celebration. It was great taking in all the history. We even read the Declaration of Independence at the same spot where it was read hundreds of years ago! I had the honor of speaking about the rich history of Williamsburg, as well as the sacrifice of our troops past and present.

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My next stop was Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. I had a great time visiting with so many awesome people and participating in the festivities. There, I spoke to the crowd about the resiliency that we showed the world in the aftermath of May 31. We are Virginia Beach Strong and I am proud of the strength we showed as a community.

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To end the day, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Oceanfront Fireworks celebration in Virginia Beach. What a great time! I can’t think of a place where I’d rather be to watch fireworks than the beach.

ImageMy July 4th festivities didn’t end on July 4th! The very next day, I got to speak at Fort Monroe’s Fourth of July Celebration. There, I spoke about the complex history of our nation. We can proudly look back on the progress we have made, but we must also recommit ourselves toward a more perfect Union. I even ran into my Naval Academy classmate!

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And that wrapped up my first Fourth of July as your congresswoman. Thank you to everyone who attended the celebrations and worked to make them possible. You all made this an Independence Day to remember!

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I hope that 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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