News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

It’s great to be back in Hampton Roads for the District Work Period. During this time, I have enjoyed meeting with Coastal Virginians and visiting different community organizations.

Honoring a Hampton Roads Hero

 

This week the President signed into law my bill naming a local post office after the late Ryan Keith Cox, a hero of the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

According to witness accounts, Keith sacrificed his own life to save colleagues during the shooting. Rejecting coworkers’ calls to take refuge, Cox stood his ground in a hallway and said: “I’ve got to see if anybody else needs help.”
 
Virginia Beach and our entire Commonwealth will never forget Keith’s courageous efforts to save his fellow Virginians. 

Located at 2509 George Mason Drive, the post office building will serve as a permanent reminder of Keith’s bravery and sacrifice. I am honored to recognize a true community hero.

 

Leading the Fight to Preserve our Planet

 

In our Coastal Virginia community, the effects of climate change (sea level rise, recurrent flooding, and extreme weather) are not theoretical. They are challenges that we face every day. As a Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Climate Change Task force, I proudly worked with my peers to create principles that will reduce pollution, protect military assets and coastal communities, and spur innovation and growth.

These principles (read them here!) lay out a bold agenda: using our nation’s position as an economic leader to promote and execute future technologies that help the world combat climate change. I am excited to help our country lead this charge.

Protecting our environment remains a top priority of mine. I will continue to find commonsense solutions so that ensure future generations can enjoy all our environment has to offer.

 

Taking a Stand Against White Supremacist Terrorism

 

After the El Paso Shooting on August 3, the threat of white supremacist terrorism again became painfully clear. 

Terrorists motivated by white supremacist ideology continue committing deadly attacks against African-American, Jewish, Hispanic, Muslim, and other non-white communities in our country and around the world. 

They present a clear and present danger to our national security and our communities. 

I quickly joined 47 of my colleagues in Congress in calling upon House and Senate leadership to take immediate action to address this rising threat. 

Both parties have a chance to come together and do good work for millions of Americans. This is a test of our national character and I know Congress can and should rise to this challenge.

 

Congressional App Challenge for Coastal Virginia Students

 

Know a middle or high school student with a passion for computer science and coding? Have them check out our Congressional App Challenge!

I am excited to announce our district’s participation in the nationwide Congressional App Challenge. This is a competition for students to develop original apps and encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with computer science. 

Now more than ever, it is important to invest in STEM education to give our students the tools they need to succeed in our ever-changing economy. As a Navy-trained nuclear engineer, I hope that our competition inspires students to pursue STEM coursework.

For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, including rules, dates, and eligibility, click HERE.

 

Striped Bass Management Hearing

 

On September 9th at 6:30 p.m., the Virginia Marine Resource Commission will host a public hearing at 380 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia. The purpose of this hearing is to gather public input regarding regulations pertaining to commercial and recreational Striped Bass fishing. Regulations such as the mandatory use of circle hooks, minimum sizes, and bag limits will be discussed.

 

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.

 

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I had the honor of meeting with the Maritime Union Roundtable at Iron Workers Local 79 in Norfolk. These events are important because they allow labor unions to speak directly with elected officials about the issues that matter most to them.

 

ImageGreat visiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic Operation headquarters in Norfolk. The NOAA is a great neighbor that keeps our harbors, ports, and rivers safe by helping mariners navigate safely.

 

ImageIt was a pleasure meeting with the PRA Group in Norfolk! We had a productive discussion about the financial industry.

 

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I enjoyed attending the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association’s luncheon. I met with bankruptcy lawyers and judges and discussed how we can give people a fresh start after financial struggles.

 

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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