News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

This past week was my last week in Washington before heading home to Hampton Roads for a District Work Period. From fighting for blinded veterans to voting to prevent devastating budget cuts to our nation’s military, there’s a lot I want to tell you. It was another busy and productive week! Here’s a recap.

Securing Victories for Blinded Veterans

 

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of meeting with a group of blinded veterans and learning about the unique struggles they face every day. When I heard that many of them were not eligible for VA-administered home renovations they need to live at home, I knew it was time to act.

 

I commend the House for passing the Ryan Kules Adaptive Housing Improvement Act last week. This bill includes my amendment to expand the pool of veterans eligible for VA-administered Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grants to include blinded veterans. These grants fund home renovations such as ramps, handrails, grab bars, and sliding doors.

Our blinded veterans fought hard and sacrificed for our country. I am proud to champion their cause and I look forward to continuing to be a voice for them.

 

Visiting the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

 

I recently had the privilege of touring and visiting the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. While there, I had the opportunity to meet with hospital leadership, medical personnel, and other staff members to learn more about children’s health challenges in our community.

This visit was eye-opening and allowed me to better understand what we can do to provide better health care in our community and beyond. We owe it to our children to explore improvements to and investments in mental health care.

 

Ensuring Stability in the Military

 

Last week, I voted for a bipartisan budget agreement that would end the threat of mandatory budget cuts and promote military readiness in Hampton Roads and across America.

As a retired naval commander, I know that military readiness requires methodical planning and stable funding. Our Hampton Roads community plays host to many major military installations that depend on cooperation in Washington.  

I was glad to see the passage of this agreement that promotes responsible budgeting and allows Congress to make important investments in our nation’s people, military, infrastructure, and more. I urge the Senate to follow suit and pass this bill.

 

Census Jobs

 

Want to make some spending money while helping your community? Look into a temporary job at the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 Census! The census could dictate how many representatives our Commonwealth receives in Congress and how much funding is spent for our schools, hospitals, and roads. Currently, positions as a census taker are starting at $15 an hour. For more information, visit: https://www.2020census.gov/en/jobs/job-details.html.

 

ImageIt was an honor to be invited to tour the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. We had a productive discussion about mental health issues, funding, and other priorities. I thank the leaders of the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for giving me this opportunity!

 

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I was delighted to meet with the Sowers of Justice group last week. We discussed important issues such as health care and the environment. Our community is lucky to have so many civic organizations that are engaged in our community!

 

ImageI recently had the pleasure of recognizing Admiral Manfred Nielson’s contributions to NATO before he returned home to Germany. For the last three years, he served as deputy commander at the Allied Command for Transformation in Norfolk.

 

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.

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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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