News from Representative Luria

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Dear Andrew,

 

I am excited to tell you about this past week in Congress! From advocating for a bill to clean our drinking water to voting to secure our telecommunication networks, there is so much to tell you. Scroll down for a recap!

 

Championing Legislation to Protect Our Drinking Water

 

Earlier this week, I voted for the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535). This bipartisan bill, which I cosponsored, would take steps to clean sites contaminated by hazardous per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across Coastal Virginia and America. 

 

The PFAS Action Act will require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list several categories of PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund program. It also requires the EPA to set enforceable limits on the levels of certain PFAS in drinking water and direct federal resources to clean sites contaminated by PFAS. Within five years of the bill's enactment, it would instruct the EPA to make a final decision on the safety status of all remaining categories of PFAS. This bill also authorizes $800 million in appropriations for entities that help fund infrastructure upgrades that reduce PFAS exposure. 

 

In Hampton Roads, PFAS are a clear and present threat to our servicemembers and their families. The PFAS Action Act is an important step toward addressing this public health issue with the attention and urgency that it demands. I am pleased to vote for this legislation, and I will continue to prioritize the long-term health of Coastal Virginians by protecting our drinking water from this carcinogenic contaminant.

 

Safeguarding American Telecommunications from Foreign Threats

 

On Wednesday, I voted to secure our telecommunications infrastructure from foreign privacy and security threats, a growing problem as our nation transitions to 5th generation telecommunications (5G). I was pleased to announce the House passage of several bills that promote our national security interests by ensuring that America sets the international standards for 5G telecommunications. 

 

The implementation of 5G telecommunications will revolutionize the way Americans communicate, send, and receive valuable information. As these technologies are rolled out, America must implement international standards to protect the security of our nation and our allies from foreign interference. I am proud to vote to expand America’s role as a key leader in setting these international regulations.

 

Engaging with Constituents

 

Over the past year, I have had the honor of meeting and connecting with countless constituent organizations.

 

During 2019, my office and I hosted 1,195 constituent meetings. This was the second most constituent meetings held by a freshman representative. I am proud of our active presence in the community and I am looking forward to meeting with many more constituents!

 

Mobile Office Hours in Virginia Beach and Nassawadox

 

This week, our team is hosting mobile office hours in Virginia Beach and Nassawadox. We are eager to assist you with federal issues including Social Security, veterans' affairs, Medicaid, and more. For more information, please see below!

 

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Virginia Beach Mobile Office Hours

 

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Nassawadox Mobile Office Hours

 

AmeriCorps Community Service in Chincoteague

 

I am happy to announce that the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) has begun important work on the Eastern Shore.

 

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full time residential service program that strengthens communities through community service. Last Friday, an NCCC team began a project at the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge to replace 17 miles of fencing that holds 150 horses. The team's work will prevent overgrazing and support the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. 

 

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On Wednesday, our office held mobile office hours in James City County. I was excited to hear that a constituent visited to thank us for our help. In June, Nancy contacted our office and we were able to save her money in social security benefits! 

 

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I enjoyed stopping by Corey’s Chicken Shack in James City County! I always enjoy touring small businesses, meeting constituents, and the delicious food was a great bonus! 
 

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!

Sincerely,

 

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