News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

 

During a productive week, I advocated for an overlooked group of Vietnam veterans, shed light on important military readiness issues facing our community, and more! Here's a recap:

 

Standing up for Blue Water Navy Veterans

 

I led a hearing to ensure timely and accurate implementation of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Watch my opening statement HERE.

With my support, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act became law earlier this year. This reversed decades of neglect for Vietnam-era veterans. The new law, scheduled to take effect on January 1st, allows veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam to receive VA benefits based on Agent Orange exposure.

During the hearing, I pressed top VA officials on implementation efforts and identified gaps that must be filled. The focus of the hearing centered on correcting lingering issues that must be fixed before the New Year.

This was VA’s opportunity to tell Congress exactly what they need to accurately implement this critical law in a timely manner. While VA has done a lot of valuable work, I came out of this hearing with too many unanswered questions. Time is running out for these Vietnam veterans, and they’ve already waited far too long.

For the sake of our Blue Water veterans who have waited decades for this care and these benefits, VA must get it right. We look forward to a successful implementation in January and expect regular, timely updates on progress going forward.

 

Searching for Answers on Military Readiness Challenges

 

At a House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing, I questioned top Navy leadership on critical military readiness issues facing America and Hampton Roads.

I pressed Navy leadership for answers about the challenges facing the American aircraft carrier fleet. For example, there are too many carriers sitting in Norfolk that cannot be deployed. Meanwhile, the USS GERALD R. FORD, is scheduled to deploy six years past its original timeline.

 

The delay of the FORD's deployment places an incredible strain on the carrier fleet. Many of the FORD's elevators that carry munitions are not functional, which results in a carrier with no combat capability. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a detailed plan to fix the multitude of problems with these new technologies.

 

These problems present a threat to our military readiness and national security. I questioned Navy leadership and offered the House Armed Services Committee's support, so that we can provide the tools needed to get our carriers to deploy on time.

 

Supporting the Engine of Our Local Economy

 

On Monday, I voted to increase investments in critical harbor and port projects across America. The Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act would unlock the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. This would ensure that money intended to dredge coastal and inland commercial ports will truly go toward harbor maintenance. This is especially important to our Commonwealth, where 374,000 jobs depend on the Port of Virginia!

 

Upcoming Town Halls in Williamsburg & Cape Charles

 

I am excited to host town halls in Williamsburg on November 7th and in Cape Charles on November 9th!

During these events, you will have the opportunity to ask me questions about how I can best represent your interests in Congress.

Representing Virginia’s Second Congressional District means showing up and hearing the thoughtfulness of our community firsthand. It will be great to come back to Williamsburg and Cape Charles to connect residents to federal agencies and hear insightful questions about federal issues. I look forward to productive conversations!

To reserve a ticket and for more details of my Williamsburg town hall, please click HERE; for my Cape Charles Town Hall, please click HERE.

 

ImageOn Saturday, I had the privilege of speaking at the Seatack Black Tie Image Awards Gala. My message was about the importance of unity. When we stick together and learn to respect one another, everyone emerges stronger.

 

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I enjoyed meeting with so many leaders and difference makers at the New Journal and Guide Impacting Lives Breakfast. I commend all who were recognized for uplifting and empowering our community.

 

 

ImageI was honored to be the recipient of the George E. Minns Trailblazer Award. I thank the Seatack Community Civic League for continuing to make Hampton Roads a better place!

 

ImageIt was a pleasure to spend time with students from Hampton University and Liberty University at a leadership symposium. I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak to the next generation of leaders.

 

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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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