National Security

The United States has the finest military in the world, and it is critical to ensure the brave women and men who serve have the resources, support, and equipment they need. As a 20-year Navy veteran and Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am committed to supporting policies that will improve life for active duty military, support military families, build resiliency in defense communities, and ensure the Department of Defense spends your tax dollars as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Having a strong and ready military is only part of maintaining national security. Sending our troops into combat must always be a last resort. That is why I support diplomacy and encourage negotiations to resolve conflicts before they escalate. It is also important to support our allies, such as Israel, to protect U.S. interests around the world.

I am also fighting for Gold Star Families – those who have made the greatest sacrifice imaginable by losing an immediate relative in combat.

 

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December 7, 2021 Press Release
Today, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Vice Chair Elaine Luria (D-VA-02) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH-01), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation, introduced legislation aiming to counter Chinese maritime militia fleets in the South China Sea.
December 2, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria today urged House leadership to prioritize defense spending and avoid a year-long Continuing Resolution, which would have disastrous consequences for Coastal Virginia’s economy and America’s national security. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Luria said failing to pass appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2022 jeopardizes a pay raise for servicemembers and would cost the U.S. Navy $14 billion.
November 4, 2021 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Elaine Luria (D-VA-02) and Steve Womack (R-AR-03) today introduced the American Telecommunications Security Act, bipartisan legislation prohibiting the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds to purchase telecommunications equipment manufactured by the Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE.
October 21, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria, a member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, today voted to find Stephen K. Bannon in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. The matter will now be referred to the United States Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
October 20, 2021 Press Release
Chair Elaine Luria today presided over a hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, where testimony was heard on legislation to ensure care for victims of military sexual trauma (MST) and to improve the survivor and dependent programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
April 15, 2021 Press Release
Yesterday, House Committee on Armed Services Vice Chair Elaine Luria questioned the U.S. Navy’s plan to decommission the only 10-year old USS Freedom (LCS-1) despite its successful recent deployment to counter drug operations and illicit trafficking in South and Central America. Rep. Luria pressed Admiral Craig S. Faller, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, about the Navy’s decision to decommission the first four ships in this class despite the pressing need to grow the fleet against the backdrop of Chinese and Russian aggression, including in the Western Hemisphere.
February 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria received unanimous support for her bid to become the House Armed Services Committee’s Vice Chair for the 117th Congress. In this esteemed leadership position, Congresswoman Luria will play a pivotal role in shaping our national defense policy and ensuring that Hampton Roads maintains its regional supremacy in service to defending America. Additionally, Congresswoman Luria will serve on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

January 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Last week, the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) featured the insights of Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08) in a recently released “Sea Control” podcast. This podcast focused on commentary about the importance of investing in the Navy’s industrial base, meticulously developing shipbuilding plans, and how Congress should get involved in developing new force structures.

September 11, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria issued the following statement after Bahrain’s move to normalize relations with Israel.

"I am encouraged by today’s announcement that Bahrain is joining the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with Israel. As we reflect on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this decision brings us one step closer to a peaceful and secure Middle East. I applaud President Trump’s work to broker this agreement and urge other Arab nations to follow suit."

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C— Legislation introduced by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D, VA-2), the Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act of 2019, was just passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, requiring the Secretary of State to outline a strategy to best utilize U.S. foreign aid to stop the smuggling of arms and related materials into Lebanon, which are used by Hezbollah to attack Israel.