News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

After an active and fulfilling District Work Period, I am excited to be back in Washington to fight for our community! My first week back in Washington was busy and productive, and I’m excited to tell you about everything that happened.

Yorktown Post Office

A Yorktown resident, concerned that he couldn’t get his mail six days a week, let us know that the Historic Yorktown Post Office was no longer processing P.O. boxes on Saturdays. 

Caleb Smith, a determined caseworker on our team, reached out to the District Coordinator in Richmond to find out why. 

They discovered that mail — in fact — should be processed on Saturdays and that a USPS internal “glitch” was to blame. 

Thanks to the hard work of Caleb and the quick response of our USPS partners, the Historic Yorktown Post Office is now back to processing mail on Saturdays — problem solved!

Protecting Our Coasts from Offshore Drilling

Protecting and preserving our Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and other waterways for future generations is one of my top priorities.

As a 20-year Navy veteran, I know offshore drilling presents a clear threat to our national security, local economy, and coastal environment. That’s why I voted for Congressman Joe Cunningham’s (SC-01) Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act. This bipartisan bill would permanently ban offshore gas and oil drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

It was a pleasure to work with lawmakers from both sides to pass a bill that would comprehensively combat the threat of offshore drilling.

Remembering the 9/11 Attacks

Eighteen years ago, on September 11, I was standing watch in the reactor plant aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN in Norfolk Naval Shipyard. As news began to trickle down to us of the horrific attacks, I couldn’t wrap my head around what had happened until someone said, “we are at war.” These words resonate with every woman and man in uniform. That night, I tore up the letter of resignation I had recently written and spent the next 16 years fighting that same war. Never forget those innocent lives lost that day and the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen who have given their lives since to protect our freedom.

Telling the Senate to Protect Our Communities

Last week, I participated in a hearing where my colleagues and I listened to powerful testimony on gun violence and urged Senate Republicans to vote on commonsense, House-passed background check legislation. The failure of Senator Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to take any action on these bipartisan gun safety bills, while our communities live in fear of the next mass shooting, is a dereliction of their duties. The Senate must fulfill its duty and pass the bipartisan background check bills that the House passed many months ago.

Advocating for Resilient Infrastructure

 

I recently toured Naval Air Station Oceana, where I saw the urgent need for infrastructure modernization, replacement, and repair. During my visit, I saw issues such as leaky roofs, black mold, faulty plumbing, and others in the base’s aging facilities.

The House just passed a $733 billion defense budget, so there must be funding to address these foundational needs. In Hampton Roads, we understand how important our training and maintenance facilities are to prepare our forces for deployment. Congress and the Navy must prioritize these repairs. I’ll bring what I learned to Washington and fight for our strong military community.

 

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When I asked for the top issue at the East Coast Master Jet Base, I got the blunt answer: “Infrastructure.”

 

Standing Up for Our National Security

 

I voiced my strong opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to divert $3.6 billion from military construction funds. This includes taking away more than $77 million in funding from four projects in our Hampton Roads community.

As a 20-year Navy veteran, I know pulling funding from the military makes our nation less safe and more vulnerable. Peak military readiness, critical modernization projects, and disaster recovery are top national security priorities in Hampton Roads and beyond. The administration should protect initiatives that keep America safe!

 

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I spoke with CNN about my opposition to the administration's proposal. A Naval Station Norfolk project to replace hazardous materials warehouse stands to lose $18.5 million.

 

Sending a Message to Senate: Do Your Job, Fund the Government

Mere months ago, during the government shutdown, thousands of Department of Homeland Security employees, including hundreds of Coast Guardsmen, Customs and Border Protection Agents, and Transportation Security Administration officers in our district, were forced to work without pay.

Congress’ core function is keeping the government open and working for the American people. As of now, the Senate has yet to pass a single appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins on October 1st. In contrast, the House has already passed critical Defense and Military Construction spending bills, which are vital to our community.

That’s why I am telling the Senate that they need to get to work and do their jobs by passing their spending bills. Short-term spending bills hurt our Navy, local shipbuilding industry, and our overall workforce. We need to fully fund the government on time.

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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