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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.
October 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Days after probing administration officials for details on a hastily announced military withdrawal, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted to oppose President Trump’s decision to end U.S. efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.
October 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) is requesting clarification from the White House about how and why the President decided to withdraw U.S. forces from the Syria-Turkey border and effectively abandoned our Kurdish partners in the process.

As Turkish forces conducted an offensive military campaign into northeastern Syria, Congresswoman Luria joined more than 50 fellow lawmakers in demanding answers on what the administration’s plans are going forward.

September 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week led a bipartisan letter to leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, urging them to authorize the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) at $100 million in the Fiscal Year 2020 Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

September 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran who retired in 2017 at the rank of Commander, issued the following statement today.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today participated in the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force’s Forum on the Urgent Need for Senate Action, where she was joined by dozens of colleagues urging Senate Republicans to vote on commonsense, House-passed background check legislation.

At the hearing, members of Congress asked witnesses questions to highlight the need for action on gun safety legislation.

Witnesses present at today’s hearing were:

September 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – When Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) recently toured Naval Air Station Oceana, she asked for the top issue at the East Coast Master Jet Base. The blunt answer? “Infrastructure.”

With most of the base infrastructure built in the 1950s, Oceana’s Commanding Officer, CAPT Chad Vincelette, highlighted the pressing need to renovate or replace aging facilities.

September 4, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voiced strong opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds, including by taking away more than $77 million in funding from four projects in the Hampton Roads region.

August 24, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) spoke Friday at a meeting of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (HRCMOAA), describing her efforts to help servicemembers, military families, and veterans to an audience of local retired military officers, spouses, and guests.

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.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved a pair of her amendments as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers and their families.

These include an amendment to ensure that the men and women who educate the children of military families are not subject to unfair taxation and another to encourage continued research that is occurring within the Navy’s Wound Care Research Program.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted in support of a bipartisan budget agreement that would permanently end the threat of sequestration, protect the full faith and credit of the United States, and promote military readiness in Hampton Roads and beyond.

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 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today praised House passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), keeping her promise to fight for servicemembers and military families in Hampton Roads and beyond.

The 20-year Navy veteran urged both houses of Congress and the President to come together on defense spending and other fiscal issues to avoid continuing resolutions and other stopgaps that could impede future projects and negatively impact military readiness.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of $343 million in funding she requested to advance important local priorities including maritime security, shipbuilding, and veteran services.

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week secured language in a House-passed funding bill directing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies to prioritize important issues related to military readiness, renewable energy, and veteran assistance.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke on the House Floor and commended the passage of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.’s (NJ-06) amendment to prohibit federal spending to advance oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean. Congresswoman Luria cosponsored the Pallone amendment.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that she is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act of 2019, partnering with lead sponsor Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-01).

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of nearly $10 billion in funding that she requested for important defense priorities, including aircraft and submarine procurement, scientific and medical research, and community support.

June 13, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, key priorities for the Hampton Roads region were included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), following nearly 20 hours of debate in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and weeks of advocacy by Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Vice Chair Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02).
May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Using data published by The Virginian Pilot and the United States Naval Institute, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week called attention to the “unacceptable” child care options for military families in Coastal Virginia, specifically citing the lack of child care to support the U.S. Navy facility at Wallops Island.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This afternoon at a House Committee on Armed Services hearing, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) challenged a top Navy official on the fact that he could not adequately answer questions about the lack of diversity in the Navy officer corps and why the Navy has the lowest rate of female officer retention.

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 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – In a House Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, Congresswoman Elaine Luria highlighted gaps between the administration’s goal of keeping drugs away from the Southern border and how many Navy ships are being assigned to do the job.
April 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran and Vice Chair of the HASC Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today issued a statement on the administration’s intention to abandon its proposal to decommission the USS Harry S. Truman decades ahead of schedule.
April 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a Navy veteran who retired at the rank of Commander, today questioned top Navy leadership on a range of issues, citing excessive “change and churn” as an obstacle to effective strategic planning.

April 9, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) and a 20-year Navy veteran who retired at the rank of Commander, was sworn in Monday to serve on the USNA’s Board of Visitors. She was appointed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith.
April 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today at a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congresswoman Elaine Luria asked top Air Force leaders about their familiarity with the Independent Review of the Department of Defense Nuclear Enterprise, conducted in 2014.

April 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today sent a letter to key House appropriators urging $30 million for 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.
March 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today at a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) questioned the Navy’s top leader in the Western Pacific region about the fight to protect U.S. territories and maintain a fleet capable of peak lethality and responsiveness.
March 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today released the following statement after the Air Force announced that it recommends permanently relocating the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Unit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads.

March 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Contrasting military budget requests with the dictates of federal law, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Vice Chair Elaine Luria (VA-02) today challenged top Navy leadership on its attempt to decommission the Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman halfway through an expected five-decade service life.
March 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today highlighted new Defense Department data revealing the potential effects of the President’s national emergency declaration on military families and communities in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

March 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, members of the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the impacts of climate change on military installations and operational readiness.

The hearing, titled “Ensuring Resiliency of Military Installations and Operations in Response to Climate Change,” convened expert witnesses to provide testimony on the immediate and long-term effects climate change will have on the military.

March 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – During a House Armed Services Committee hearing today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) called for increased American coordination with NATO allies in the face of more Russian and Chinese maritime presence in European waters.

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 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – At a hearing focused on military readiness in the wake of sailor deaths due to recent collisions at sea, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces Vice Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today called for stronger action and accountability to better protect our Navy.
February 22, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today criticized President Trump’s national emergency declaration because it could potentially steal up to $131.7 million worth of urgently needed Department of Defense funds for Virginia military construction projects that are critical to national security and the well-being of our armed forces.
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 29, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year veteran and retired naval commander, today questioned top officials at the first House Armed Services Committee hearing of the 116th Congress. The hearing focused on military support and continuing deployments along America’s southern border.
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 17, 2019 Press Release
“The President’s comment that lawmakers visiting Afghanistan is a ‘public relations event’ is an insult to the brave men and women serving in harm’s way,” Congresswoman Luria said. “As a 20-year Navy veteran, new member of the House Armed Services Committee, and new member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, it is my duty to support our troops and learn everything I can about their mission. Oversight is the responsibility of Congress, and it is inappropriate for the President to interfere with our constitutional duties.”