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October 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today released the following statement in response to news that White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in security assistance to pressure Ukraine to investigate the President’s political rivals.
September 23, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) called for the House to move forward with impeachment.
September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced details about her upcoming town hall meeting in Virginia Beach.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for a continuing resolution to fund the government through November 21, preventing a government shutdown.

Although she voted for this measure to keep the government open, she reiterated that she prefers regular order to promote responsible budgeting, certainty for our troops, and stability for Hampton Roads’ regional economy.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Noting that short-term government funding hurts Hampton Roads and America, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today issued a statement calling on the Senate to quickly pass spending bills so the House and Senate can agree on a final bill that funds the federal government for the entire upcoming fiscal year – not just a few weeks.

August 26, 2019 Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) appeared at the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula on Sunday, discussing her background, describing her support for Israel, and answering a wide range of questions from the audience.

August 24, 2019 Press Release

HAMPTON, Va. – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today attended and spoke at the commemoration ceremony and dedication of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center.

This event included cultural demonstrations, tours, and activities highlighting the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in British North America.

Congresswoman Luria gave remarks focused on the history of Fort Monroe and the bravery shown there.

August 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that President Trump signed into law her bill naming a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan Keith Cox.

August 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s comments that American Jews who vote for Democrats “[show] either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

August 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02) today issued the following statement after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to deny U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) entry into Israel.

August 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week joined 47 members of Congress to call on House and Senate leadership to take immediate action to address the rising threat of white supremacist terrorism.

August 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Two months after a mass shooting killed 12 in Virginia Beach and days after 31 died in weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week urged the Senate to reconvene and pass commonsense gun safety legislation passed by the House in February.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WILLIAMSBURG – To celebrate the birth of representative democracy in America, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Tuesday spoke at the Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy. Text of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks are below, and photos from the evening are attached to this email.

Good evening! It’s my pleasure to join in welcoming you to the Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy. My name is Elaine Luria and I have the pleasure of representing Williamsburg in the U.S. Congress.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate last night passed legislation mirroring Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s House-passed bill to name a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan “Keith” Cox, a hero of the May 31 mass shooting.

Cox was one of 12 people killed in the shooting, the worst in America so far this year. He sacrificed his own life to save others during the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

July 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria this week voted to pass the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, a bill she cosponsored to bring necessary relief to Americans threatened and irritated by abusive robocall practices.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) and Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) praised the House Foreign Affairs Committee for unanimously passing a bipartisan resolution opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it a key step in voicing congressional support for Israel.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Weeks after tragedy struck Virginia Beach, the House today passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s (VA-02) bipartisan bill that would name a city post office in honor of Ryan “Keith” Cox, a hero who died while protecting others.

Cox was one of 12 people killed in the May 31 mass shooting, the worst in America so far this year.

July 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House will vote this week on a bipartisan bill that would name a Virginia Beach post office in honor of Ryan “Keith” Cox.

July 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – A strong advocate of the U.S.-Israel alliance, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of a bipartisan amendment as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require an investigation of Hezbollah’s influence on the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of more than $2 billion in funding she requested for important NASA priorities, including a critical project at NASA Langley Research Center that would improve climate modeling abilities and better predict flooding and other damaging weather events in military and coastal communities.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of more than $75 million in funding she requested for important infrastructure priorities, including more than $15 million for operations and maintenance at Norfolk Harbor.

“I am glad to see the Norfolk Harbor receive necessary resources for operations and maintenance,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Coastal Virginia needs a clean environment and strong infrastructure to thrive economically and beyond.”

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of nearly $13 billion in funding she requested for important health, labor, and education priorities, including increased funding for the Head Start program and career and technical education.

June 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Following the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Congresswoman Elaine Luria will introduce a bipartisan bill tomorrow that would name a Virginia Beach post office in honor of Ryan “Keith” Cox. The post office is located at 2509 George Mason Drive. Virginia’s entire U.S. House delegation has cosponsored the bill.
June 14, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Responding to a request for clarification from Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) in the wake of the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that payments “that individuals receive … from members of the public in response to a disaster or emergency hardship” are not considered taxable income for recipients.
June 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) has introduced a resolution honoring the 12 Virginia Beach mass shooting victims, heroic first responders, brave city officials, and resilient broader community as Virginia’s full U.S. House delegation joined in bipartisan support.
June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Joined by members of Virginia’s House delegation from both sides of the aisle, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Tuesday night led a moment of silence on the House Floor to honor and remember those lost in the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this morning spoke on the House Floor to honor and remember the Virginia Beach shooting victims lost last Friday. Later today, she will lead a moment of silence on the House Floor.

Video of Congresswoman Luria’s speech is here, and her full remarks can be found below.

I rise today grieving for Virginia Beach, a great city in our district where the year’s most devastating mass shooting happened last Friday.

June 2, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Following this morning’s press conference in Virginia Beach, Congresswoman Elaine Luria issued the following statement.

“Today we learned the names and record of civil service of the 12 people who were senselessly murdered in yesterday’s devastating act of violence in Virginia Beach.

May 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today issued the following statement regarding the shooting that took place at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced details about her upcoming town hall meeting in Yorktown.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today welcomed Pastor Perez Gatling of Virginia Beach’s Ebenezer Baptist Church to the United States Capitol to serve as Guest Chaplain of the House of Representatives.

Following a tradition that dates back to the Continental Congress, the House Chaplain opens each day with a prayer ahead of votes and debate on the House Floor. Members of Congress can sponsor a “Guest Chaplain” from their districts to give the opening prayer ahead of legislative business.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for the Equality Act, a bipartisan bill she cosponsored that would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and more.

May 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) announced she will serve as Vice Chair and co-founder of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus (SWWV).

Following the record-setting arrival of four women veterans in the House – the largest number ever – the formation of the caucus is intended to foster collaboration among House members and address issues facing America’s servicewomen and women veterans.  

May 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) has opened a new office in Yorktown.

Congresswoman Luria now has offices in Yorktown, Onley, Virginia Beach, and Washington.

The caseworker at the Yorktown office is Caleb Smith, a native of the Peninsula and graduate of Christopher Newport University. Smith provides constituent services and represents Congresswoman Luria at events on the Peninsula. 

May 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This Saturday, the offices of Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will host a “Hampton Roads Service Academy Day” in Chesapeake, Va.

May 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) last week announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

There was a full house at the Friday night awards ceremony at Virginia Wesleyan University, with approximately 80 people in attendance. Congresswoman Luria had the honor to introduce the overall winner, Kyra Moe from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, whose artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol building for a year.

May 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today pushed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to consider projects important to Virginia’s Second Congressional District as the panel develops its legislative agenda.
May 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) is excited to announce the winners of her first Congressional Art Competition for Virginia’s 2nd District. Students from 11 local schools submitted 40 pieces of art!
April 24, 2019 Press Release

ONLEY, Va. – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Tuesday held an open house event in Onley and took questions from more than 60 Eastern Shore constituents in attendance, addressing topics ranging from climate change to infrastructure to health care. 

April 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) has introduced House legislation to provide financial relief for certain federal civilian employees who have to relocate for work purposes. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia are championing an identical bill in the Senate.

April 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today marked 100 days in Congress, highlighting nearly 3 ½ months of outstanding constituent service to Virginians, prolific outreach in the Hampton Roads region, and significant legislative action.

April 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) will be welcoming Eastern Shore residents at an April 23 open house in Onley, where she and her team will be on hand to meet attendees, provide updates from Washington, and assist with any requests.

April 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is cosponsoring legislation to restore net neutrality and reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to eliminate it.

“At its best, the internet is America’s one-stop shop for innovation, enlightenment, and entertainment,” Congresswoman Luria said. “We need net neutrality protections so people have the power to succeed online.”

April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted to pass a bipartisan, robust, long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

March 21, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week added an Eastern Shore caseworker to her team and will open a new office in Onley on Monday, March 25.
March 13, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and more.
March 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today announced details about her first in-district town hall meeting in Virginia Beach.
March 8, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today voted for H.R. 1, a landmark bill that would demand stronger accountability and ethics from public officials, ensure better access to the ballot box, and help end the reign of big money in politics.
March 7, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today in a speech on the House Floor, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran, spoke in support of a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.
March 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – In the wake of the President’s declaration of a national emergency on America’s Southern border, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of a bipartisan resolution intended to restore proper constitutional balance between Congress and the Executive Branch.
February 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – In step with her commitment to working across the aisle to deliver for her district, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced joining the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus as she works with Democrats and Republicans to find solutions to America’s most pressing problems.
February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today issued the following statement in response to the President’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this evening voted to support a bill that – pending President Trump’s signature – will keep government open through Sept. 30 and fund important federal priorities.

“The last six weeks reinforced what Virginians know to be true – shutdowns are unacceptable, unnecessary, and uncalled for,” Congresswoman Luria said. “I was proud to support a bill that pays our federal workers and invests in critical programs that keep America safe, healthy, and strong.”

The bill Congresswoman Luria supported:

February 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced additional staff hires as her team expands in Washington and in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

“I’m proud to grow our team so we can continue to provide exceptional constituent services and amplify our district’s priorities on Capitol Hill,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Each new staff member shares our commitment to make Coastal Virginia a better place, and I am honored to have them on board.”

February 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) and U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02) led a letter from 25 Members of the Democratic Caucus urging House Democratic leadership to address and condemn recent anti-Semitic rhetoric.

February 11, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) will be welcoming constituents at a Feb. 22 open house in her Virginia Beach office, where she and her team will be on hand to meet attendees and assist with any requests.
February 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Virginia Representatives Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, Jennifer Wexton, Don Beyer, and Gerry Connolly today issued the following statement.

“The past seven days have been some of the most painful we can remember. It has been very difficult to marshal the thoughts, let alone the words, to react.

February 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, A. Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton released the following statement:

February 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today issued the following statement.

“We need leaders who will bring us together instead of driving us apart. While it was proper for Governor Northam to apologize, there is no excuse for this type of photograph then or now,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Unfortunately, the existence of this photograph does not bring us together. I ask Governor Northam to resign. This isn’t about politics, this is about what is right and wrong.”

February 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today was named Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, a critical position for the Hampton Roads region.

“I’m proud to take leadership roles that will produce bipartisan solutions for active-duty military and veterans,” Congresswoman Luria said. “With jurisdiction over maritime programs, shipbuilding, and more, the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee is crucial to the Hampton Roads community, and I am honored to serve in this capacity.”

January 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – In a history-making appointment, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced her chairmanship of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
January 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Following the longest government shutdown in American history, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019, which would counter the administration’s pay freeze and bring a 2.6 percent raise to civilian employees. Members of the military received the same increase in a spending bill passed last year.
January 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives today.
January 28, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a retired naval commander, today announced she has been appointed to two subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee. The panels are the Subcommittee on Military Personnel and the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.
January 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today issued the following statement after the President’s speech at the White House.
January 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Leading a group of 29 fellow House members, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi proposing Congress immediately reopen government and initiate a transparent legislative process on border security.
January 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an effort to break an impasse that has led to the longest government shutdown in American history, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today is calling for bipartisan solutions in a letter to be sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

January 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today introduced the Shutdown Relief Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide relief to federal workers suffering from the financial repercussions of the government shutdown.
January 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran, secured a seat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she will fight for American veterans and perform oversight duties on the VA.
January 15, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a former U.S. Navy Commander, this week secured a coveted seat on the influential House Armed Services Committee, where she will bring an experienced Hampton Roads military voice and perspective to national security issues.
January 10, 2019 Press Release
“We rely on our brave Coast Guard to provide maritime safety, security, and stewardship,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Members of our maritime security service need to put food on the table, fill their gas tanks, and pay their rent or mortgage. They should never bear the burden of political breakdowns.”
January 4, 2019 Press Release
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – This evening, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) will welcome new Members of Congress from both political parties to her district for a bipartisan seminar designed to educate freshman representatives on the legislative process.
January 3, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – In one of her first votes on the House Floor, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) supported legislation that would reopen government and end the shutdown. At 13 days, the shutdown is the longest since the 16-day shutdown of 2013, affecting 800,000 federal workers and their families.
January 3, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Standing in solidarity with federal workers who keep America safe, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week directed the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to withhold her pay during the duration of the government shutdown.
January 3, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Joined by family and friends at the United States Capitol, Congresswoman Elaine Luria was sworn in to office today to represent Virginia’s Second Congressional District. Coastal Virginians elected Congresswoman Luria last November, and she was formally added to the rolls of the U.S. House of Representatives upon executing the oath of office.