News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

This week, I took action to support our local fisheries and aquaculture industries, shed light on the maternal mortality crisis, and advocated for economic relief for our Commonwealth and localities. Scroll down for a recap!


Demanding Additional Funding for Our Local Fisheries Industries


In March, I voted for the CARES Act, which provided $300 million to assist the fisheries and aquaculture industries. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled its plan to allocate this funding. In this plan, Virginia will only receive approximately $4.5 million, or 1.5 percent, of the total allocation. This undervalues our Commonwealth’s contribution to the national seafood and fisheries industries. Virginia’s fisheries industries account for 7.4 percent of our nation’s aquaculture sales, which is significantly more than the 1.5 percent of the allocation they received.

It is unacceptable that the NOAA’s allocation does not reflect the dramatic losses that our watermen face during the pandemic and does not accurately calculate the contribution of Virginia’s fisheries industries to the national seafood industry. Recently, I led several of my Virginia delegation colleagues in calling for a more equitable allocation of funding to Virginia’s fisheries. I urge NOAA to immediately revise its allocation formula to provide Virginia at least $10 million in CARES Act fisheries funding.


Fighting for Mothers Across America


Throughout our nation, maternal mortality and pregnancy-related deaths have been on the rise. Since 1987, these deaths have increased by an intolerable 139 percent. The trend of rising maternal mortality is marked by racial inequalities. African American women are three to four times more likely to die while giving birth than their white counterparts. Women of color also have poorer access to quality reproductive services and experience higher rates of discrimination.

On Mother’s Day, I announced my support of  H. Res. 853, a resolution recognizing the maternal health crisis in the United States and the importance of reducing mortality and morbidity among all women, and honoring mothers. This resolution highlights this troubling trend, calls for expedited federal action to fight it, and promotes actions to raise awareness of rising maternal mortality rates.

It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, women across America are suffering from rising maternal mortality rates. This public health crisis requires a robust national response. I am supporting this resolution to send a message that we must raise awareness of this ongoing public health crisis and work together to reduce disparities in maternal care.


Exploring Options to Assist Veterans


Veterans across Coastal Virginia are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress must work with the VA to ensure that veterans have the resources they need to retain their homes. On Thursday afternoon, I participated in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (HVAC)'s Economic Opportunity Subcommittee’s virtual roundtable on VA home loans to discuss this issue. During this roundtable, we were joined by Jeffrey London, Executive Director of the Loan Guaranty Service at the VA. My colleagues and I explored solutions to help our bravest men and women during this trying time.


Standing Up for State & Local Governments


State and local governments are facing unprecedented economic pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, public and private employers must give their employees paid sick leave relating to COVID-19. However, private companies can claim a payroll tax credit, equal to the cost of a sick day, while public employers cannot. Expanding these payroll tax credits to public employers can give local and state governments much-needed assistance. That is why I cosponsored the Supporting State and Local Leaders Act (H.R. 6643).

H.R. 6643 would allow state and local governments to access payroll tax credits for emergency paid sick and family leave. This is a necessary step to correct oversights in previous legislation and provide economic relief to our Commonwealth and localities.


Calling on USDA to Assist Virginia’s Fishery & Aquaculture Industries


The commercial fishery and aquaculture industries are integral to the health of our regional Coastal Virginia economy. Due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, these industries are suffering from a severe loss in markets and demand. If the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not act now, we will risk wasting millions of pounds of fresh seafood and severe economic consequences.

That’s why I led a bipartisan effort urging USDA to support aquaculture growers and commercial fisheries in its recent $19 billion pandemic relief package. My letter urges USDA to include aquaculture growers and commercial fishery producers in its $16 billion in direct support to farmers and ranchers. With a significant increase in demand for food banks, I am also calling on USDA to work with industry stakeholders to develop solutions to include shellfish and other seafood products in USDA’s $3 billion commodity purchase and distribution program. 


Supporting an American Ally


Last week, I led a bipartisan initiative with Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08) to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to halt its politically motivated investigations into the United States and Israel. Recently, the ICC authorized formal investigations into Israeli military personnel for war crimes during the 2014 conflict with Gaza and of American military personnel for war crimes in Afghanistan. The ICC made these political decisions even though neither the United States nor Israel is a party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC.

The ICC is intended to be a venue of last resort for the most serious international crimes. Unfortunately, this is yet another example of the international community’s disproportional attacks on Israel. I appreciate the resounding bipartisan support from over 260 of my House colleagues on this urgent matter.

 

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It was a pleasure to join Pastor R. Perez Gatling from Ebenezer Baptist Church to participate in their free meal distribution with World Central Kitchen. I enjoyed serving our community and connecting with constituents!

 

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Please know that during this trying time, my team and I stand ready to serve our community. For helpful resources to help you and your family navigate through this public health emergency, please see here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our offices via the numbers below.

Sincerely,

 

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