News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

From fighting for veterans to remembering and honoring Virginia Beach hero Ryan “Keith” Cox, it was another productive week in Washington. Here is a recap.

Being a Voice for America’s Blind Veterans

Last week, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unanimously passed my amendment to ensure that blind veterans receive the housing adaptations they need to live independently at home.

Currently, only veterans who meet one or more of seven categories are eligible for VA-administered Specialty Adapted Housing grants. These grants fund renovations such as ramps, handrails, grab bars, and sliding doors.

I knew it was time to act when I heard that blind veterans are only eligible for these grants only if they lost use of one or both legs. That is why I introduced this amendment.

Our blind veterans served America valiantly and made sacrifices. They deserve equal access to opportunities for growth and independence. I am honored to champion their cause.

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Ryan “Keith” Cox

I was touched by the House’s unanimous passage of the bill that I introduced to name a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan “Keith” Cox, a victim of the May 31st mass shooting. I thank the entire Virginia delegation for cosponsoring our bipartisan bill.

Keith Cox was a hero who laid down his life to protect his coworkers. During the shooting, Keith led several of his colleagues to safety. He then refused to take refuge and courageously checked on other colleagues, voluntarily exposing himself to a deadly line of fire.

I praise the House for passing this bill, and it was an honor to remember Keith’s life during a Capitol floor speech.

When we walk by that post office, we’ll remember Keith’s sacrifice and the lives he saved. I urge the Senate to honor Keith’s sacrifice by immediately passing this bill.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Passes the House

As a 20-year Navy veteran, I understand the importance of keeping America safe and giving our troops the resources they need to succeed. I’m a proud member of our Coastal Virginia community, so I know the critical role that Hampton Roads plays in securing America.

That is why I was so glad that the House passed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier this month. This important bill protects our nation, helps military families, and ensures that Hampton Roads continues to be a focal point of American security.

There were several provisions of the NDAA that I was proud to help secure. Among these were a 3.1% pay raise for servicemembers, a tenant bill of rights to protect families in military housing, and $121 million to clean drinking water on or near bases. Read more here!

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I had the pleasure of meeting with Virginia Beach tourism leaders at the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau to discuss how we can grow and maintain our tourism industry. Tourism is a vital part of our economy. I will work tirelessly ensure that our tourism industry continues to thrive.

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On a recent rainy day, I had the pleasure of showing Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-14) some of the sites in our community that are most impacted by recurrent flooding and climate change. This tour was eye-opening for both of us and brought media attention to our community’s challenges.

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I had a wonderful time meeting up with students and leadership staff at Horizons Hampton Roads. This organization invests in our future by providing a wonderful summer program that strengthens our community and brings new opportunities to great kids!

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Thank you, Dr. Jayme Oliveira, for organizing a meet-and-greet with Latinos for Action. I learned a lot by hearing the group’s thoughtful perspectives about immigration, our Southern border, and how we can all make a difference in our community.

I enjoyed telling you about my week and I look forward to telling you about many more! Please follow my official Facebook and Twitter pages, and check out our website.

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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