News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

Last week, I led efforts to protect our Chesapeake Bay, stood up for our rural veterans, fought for compassionate marijuana laws, and much more. I have a lot to tell you and I am excited to give you a recap of my week!

 

Leading the Charge to Protect a National Monument

 

Last week, I introduced the Fort Monroe National Monument Acquisition Act to help us preserve and protect Hampton’s historic Fort Monroe.

Fort Monroe was the site of many defining moments of our nation’s history. I am introducing this bill to ensure that we can properly remember Fort Monroe’s rich history and keep it accessible for future generations.

Our bipartisan and bicameral legislation initiates a long overdue transfer of coastal land needed to preserve our history and protect this national monument.

 

Virginia Beach Town Hall in October

 

Last week I announced I will host a Town Hall on Oct. 3 at New Hope Baptist Church in Virginia Beach! I am so excited to visit with fellow Coastal Virginians and hear about the issues that matter most to our community.

Town Halls are among my favorite events to host because they allow me to connect with those I serve in Congress. I eagerly await the chance to answer your questions, connect residents with federal agencies, and help in any way I can.

For more information and to register, please click HERE.

 

Fighting for Compassionate Marijuana Laws


I testified before the House Judiciary Committee where I told the story and described the struggles of Madison, a young Hampton girl with brain cancer.

During the hearing, I pushed the committee to endorse compassionate marijuana policies so that we can stand up for children like Madison in our communities.

As a mother, I refuse to stand on the sidelines while our outdated marijuana laws cause undue hardship on our children and our families. That’s why I made sure that my colleagues heard the impact of Congress’ inaction in reforming our marijuana laws.

 

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Watch as I testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

 

Preserving a Natural Treasure


On Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed my bipartisan bill to protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay, recommending it for a vote in the full House of Representatives.

The Chesapeake Bay Reauthorization Act would fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program by authorizing an injection of $455 million over five years. This funding would help the Program coordinate data collection and distribute grants to states for Bay restoration efforts. In addition, it would provide funding for local projects.

Our beautiful Chesapeake Bay is a critical economic and recreational resource that we must protect and preserve for future generations to enjoy. It has been a privilege to lead this effort, gather support from both parties, and push this bill through committee.

 

Being a Voice for Rural Veterans

 

It was good to lead another House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs oversight hearing last week.

At the hearing, we examined the VA’s contract exam process, specifically emphasizing how it impacts rural veterans’ ability to receive the benefits they’ve earned. We also focused on the VA’s ability to fix gaps in processes related to contracted compensation-and-pension (C&P) exams for veterans. Many veterans must receive these exams to receive their disability claims.

Too often, these exams are conducted in non-ideal locations. I heard stories of these exams being conducted in nail salons or buildings not equipped with ramps, which creates difficulties for veterans with mobility issues. In rural areas, such as our Eastern Shore community, veterans must travel long distances for these exams.

The VA’s oversight of contract vendors is key to making sure each veteran receives excellent and convenient care. It’s clear we still have lots of work to do, but I am hopeful that in the future, the VA will continue to improve the contract exam program to guarantee better results for veterans and their families.

 

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Watch as I lead a DAMA oversight hearing.

 

Voting to Fund the Government and Sending a Clear Message to Senate

 

Although I much prefer long-term federal funding to promote responsible budgeting, certainty for our troops, and stability for our Hampton Roads’ regional economy, I voted for a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown.

While the House has passed critical spending bills, the Senate has yet to pass a single one. This fact leaves us with the unenviable task of passing stopgap funding legislation that will only fund the government for a few weeks.

Short-term funding creates uncertainty that harms our Navy, shipbuilding industry, and overall workforce. The Senate must pass spending bills so we can jointly pass a bill that fully funds the government for Fiscal Year 2020.

 

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It was an honor to welcome future Americans signing their naturalization petitions on AILA’s National Citizenship Day!

 

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I stopped by Northside Park where the “Ice Cream Patrol” and the Norfolk Police Foundation treated our community to free ice cream and fun for the kids. It was an uplifting site to see!

 

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Thank you to the Anheuser-Busch Team for organizing the Brew Across America Competition. Our entry, the Commander Mermaid Brew, is a dark ale brewed in Williamsburg that features Virginia wildflower honey and a full-bodied malty finish.

 

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Many thanks to the congregation of The Historic First Baptist Church in Norfolk for inviting me to worship with you. Pastor Murray’s message of friendship and unity was moving and meaningful.

 

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I had a great time attending the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Leads Town Hall. I’m thankful for service organizations that work hard to engage our community!

 

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It was great to attend the Cox vs. First Colonial game on Friday evening! Made new friends and caught up with old ones on both sides of the field as high school football season kicked into high gear.

 

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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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