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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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.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Elaine Luria today praised House passage of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, keeping her promise to fight for servicemembers and military families in Hampton Roads and beyond.

The 20-year Navy veteran urges the President support this legislation to address defense spending and other fiscal issues to avoid continuing resolutions and other stopgaps that could impede future projects and negatively impact military readiness.

July 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this month, the House Armed Services Committee marked up the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, during which Congresswoman Luria advocated for Hampton Roads and a bipartisan approach to the most important national security legislation of the year. The bill passed the committee unanimously, emphasizing the bipartisan nature of the bill and the need to fully support national security in our country.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee unanimously passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that expressed Congressional support for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). The amendment reiterates the importance of the MFO for regional security in the Sinai Peninsula and encourages continued United States Military support for the MFO.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee unanimously passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that requires the Navy to answer serious questions about its shipbuilding practices.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee unanimously passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that will require the Secretary of the Navy to report to Congress on interoperability challenges among combatant ships and between AEGIS combatants and 5th Generation tactical aircraft.

June 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. On Thursday Congresswoman Elaine Luria participated in a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces hearing to hear perspectives from outside the Navy about future force structure requirements and ship capacity and employment.