News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

It is great to be back in Coastal Virginia for the District Work Period. I’m honored to tell you about everything that’s happened in the last week.

Calling on the Senate to Finish the House’s Work to Prevent Gun Violence

In the wake of awful mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I signed a letter urging Senator Mitch McConnell to reconvene the Senate and pass commonsense gun safety legislation passed by the House in February.

Our communities cannot continue to grieve while Senator McConnell refuses to allow a vote on commonsense measures to address gun violence. In the 162 days since the House passed legislation requiring universal background checks, 196 lives have been lost to mass shootings in our country.

It is a dereliction of duty for the Senate to remain in recess while our communities live in fear of the next mass shooting.

 

Honoring Keith Cox’s Sacrifice

I was happy to hear that the Senate unanimously voted to pass my bill to name a Virginia Beach post office in honor of Ryan “Keith” Cox.

During our community’s darkest hour, Keith made us all proud. He heroically sacrificed his own life to save his fellow colleagues during the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Keith showed the world the grit, bravery, and selflessness that defines our community.

I thank Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine for expediting the passage of this bill. I urge the President to quickly sign this bill into law so we can properly remember a true hero. This is our chance to tell Keith’s story and to showcase his bravery to our community, Commonwealth, and nation.

 

Working to Find Solutions to Health Care Challenges in our Community

Last week, I traveled to Williamsburg to visit and tour Riverside Doctors’ Hospital. During the tour, I visited and learned about the hospital’s Crisis Intervention Team and Assessment Center and I met with hospital leadership and staff to discuss pressing health care issues.

Some of these issues included reducing drug prices, expanding access to quality and affordable care, and hospital rehabilitation partnerships with law enforcement and other community stakeholders.

I thoroughly enjoyed the productive dialogue I had with the Riverside Doctors’ Hospital staff and leadership. Visits like these are critical to in helping policymakers better understand health care challenges in their communities.

 

Williamsburg Forum on Democracy

It was good to attend and speak at the Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy in Williamsburg. This forum commemorated the 400th anniversary of the start of representative democracy in North America.

I enjoyed listening to all of the renowned speakers and learning about the past, present, and future of representative democracy in America. This was a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of representative democracy in our nation!

 

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It was wonderful to worship with the congregation of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. It was great to catch up with constituents.

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It was great to attend the Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy with my fellow state and federal lawmakers from both parties. Our Commonwealth meets across party lines and finds common ground!

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At the Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy, I gave remarks about the origins of our 400-year-old system of government.

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It was fantastic hearing Norfolk Police Department Chief Larry D. Boone’s thoughts about reducing gun violence in the area. I look forward to working with him and other Hampton Roads chiefs and sheriffs to make our communities safer.

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I loved meeting with the leadership and staff at the Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg! I thoroughly enjoyed our productive conversations about the health care challenges 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.

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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! 

Sincerely,
 

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