News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

It was another busy week! I traveled to the Middle East to visit our troops, presided over a hearing to help our veterans, stood up for our allies, and more. Here's a recap:

Promoting American Security While Abroad

 

Last weekend I had the privilege of traveling to the Middle East with a high-level bipartisan delegation. We visited Afghanistan, Jordan, and Qatar, where we heard directly from active-duty troops defending our country, received briefings from top military and diplomatic officials, and visited with key leaders in the Middle East.

In Afghanistan our delegation stopped by Camp Morehead to thank Resolute Support Mission troops for their service. We then spoke with top U.S. military commanders and diplomats on reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. During our discussions, I pushed for the inclusion of the women of Afghanistan in reconciliation efforts.

We also traveled to Jordan, where we had a meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II and other senior officials. Our dialogue centered on regional stability, counterterrorism, security cooperation, Middle East peace, economic development, and other shared priorities.
 
This is a critical time as our military fights for security and stability in the Middle East. Hearing directly from our troops and diplomats allows Congress to conduct sharp oversight of American missions around the world. As a 20-year Navy veteran, it was my honor to meet with the brave men and women serving in harm’s way. I look forward to applying the lessons I learned so I can best advocate for the safety of our nation.

 

Leading Efforts That Help American Veterans


On Tuesday, I led a bipartisan legislative hearing at the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) to explore new ways to serve our bravest men and women.

During the hearing, we discussed 10 bills that would benefit veterans. Among those bills was Congressman Ro Khanna’s (CA-17) Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Act, which I am co-leading. This bill would identify barriers and benefit disparities between veterans who served in the Guard, Reserve, and special programs such as the nuclear field. It also requests recommendations for overcoming those barriers so Congress can help all veterans receive the benefits they earned.

I have heard from veterans and their families on the importance of getting timely and accurate decisions on their claims for VA benefits. I’ve heard how devastating it can be for veterans and their families when they are victims of fraud. Without pause, I know that Congress and the VA must do more to serve our veterans and protect them from fraudulent practices. I am grateful to my colleagues for their bipartisan efforts to work toward that goal.

 

Condemning the Abandonment of Our Allies

 

After pressing administration officials for answers on the President’s sudden military withdrawal in Northeast Syria, I voted for a bipartisan resolution opposing the President’s decision.

Our bipartisan resolution - which 129 House Republicans supported - opposes the administration's decision to end efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces. It urges Turkish President Erdogan to immediately cease military action in Northeast Syria and the U.S. to provide humanitarian support to Syrian Kurdish communities affected by violence.

 

The unexpected withdrawal of U.S. forces from Northeast Syria is a betrayal of the Kurds, our ally in the ongoing fight against ISIS. Now the President is leaving our friends vulnerable and in danger with no solution in sight. Democrats and Republicans alike oppose the President’s unexplained decision. Congress is right to demand answers.

 

Learn to Serve Our Community

 

From November 19th to 20th, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host its 2019 Grant Management Workshop: Advancing Virginia Communities Together at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. This workshop will provide attendees with training on a variety of state development programs, including Community Development Block Grants and Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation. Click HERE to learn more!

 

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, click HERE.

 

ImageIt was great to spend time with Virginians who are deployed in Afghanistan. 

 

ImageCongresswoman Davis and I had the pleasure of meeting Afghan special forces trainees at Camp Morehead.

 

ImageI enjoyed seeing Virginian servicemembers at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

 

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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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