News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

This week, I advocated for several consensus-building initiatives to help our nation prepare for future national public health emergencies, support our frontline health care workers and first responders, and more. Scroll down for a recap!


Protecting Our Medical Supply Chain


The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities and limitations of our medical supply chain. We must ensure that we are prepared to mass-produce medication, PPE, ventilators, a vaccine, and other critical supplies during a future national emergency. That is why I am cosponsoring the Strengthening America’s Supply Chain and National Security Act.

This bipartisan and bicameral bill aims to reduce our dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals and identify weaknesses in our medical supply chain. The Strengthening America’s Supply Chain and National Security Act would direct the Department of Defense to assess its dependence on foreign entities for drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and pharmaceutical components and give the FDA authority to oversee the volume of active pharmaceutical ingredients used in pharmaceuticals. This data will enable us to assess and rebuild our domestic production capacity so that we have adequate levels of supplies in a crisis.


Advocating for Frontline Workers & Emergency Responders


Our first responders and health care workers are risking their health and safety to protect our communities during this pandemic. It is vital that we expand access to testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for these brave men and women, so they can continue their important work. Recently, I joined two bipartisan efforts to ensure that our first responders and frontline health care workers receive the supplies they need to stay safe and healthy.

I signed a bipartisan letter calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert R. Redfield to include first responders in the top priority for COVID-19 testing, along with frontline health care workers. Also, I cosponsored the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act. This bill would direct the President to utilize the Defense Production Act to increase the manufacturing of ventilators, N-95 respirator masks, face shields, gloves, and surgical gowns to expand access to PPE for health care professionals. In Congress, I will work across party lines to support initiatives that assist our frontline health care workers and emergency responders during this difficult time.


Supporting Bipartisan Solutions to Address COVID-19


Congress has a responsibility to work together to deliver results, especially during this public health emergency and economic crisis. Last week, my colleagues from the For Country Caucus and I encouraged Congressional leaders to focus on commonsense and consensus-building solutions to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Our initiative sent several bipartisan proposals to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to deliver results during this pandemic. Examples of these include reducing our medical supply chain’s dependence on foreign ingredients, improving servicemembers’ access to medicine by eliminating copays on mail order prescriptions through TRICARE, making much-needed improvements to the Maritime Security Program, and more.

I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow veterans in the For Country Caucus as we advocate for bipartisan proposals to promote national unity, grow the American economy, and ensure national security. I urge Congress to consider these proposals that aim to address many of the pressing issues that we are facing during this national emergency.


Hearing Directly from Constituents


On Tuesday, I joined Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) for a tele-town hall with members of the Greater Williamsburg Business Council. During this town hall, I had the opportunity to hear from constituents and learn about how my office can best advocate for them during these trying times. We discussed resources available to business owners, my support for local aquaculture and fishery industries, and the importance of Virginia’s delegation working together. I look forward to continuing working with Congressman Wittman to serve the Williamsburg community and ensure the next relief package paves a path for economic recovery for small businesses and their employees.

 

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Last week, I joined my fellow members of the Women Veterans Task Force in a virtual roundtable. Click here to watch me participate!

 

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Please know that my team and I stand ready to assist our community during this time of need. For resources to help you and your family navigate through COVID-19, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our offices via the phone numbers below.

 

Sincerely,

 

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