Cape Charles Mirror: Congresswoman Luria Marks One Year Serving Coastal Virginia in Congress

January 10, 2020
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Congresswoman Luria Marks One Year Serving Coastal Virginia in Congress

January 5, 2020 | By Wayne Creed

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Luria has delivered for Coastal Virginians in her first year in office by maintaining a strong emphasis on a commitment to quality constituent service, prolific outreach, and significant legislative achievements.

“From securing a much-needed raise for veterans’ disability benefits to championing the health of our Chesapeake Bay, I will continue to make sure that our community’s priorities are heard throughout the halls of Congress,” Congresswoman Luria said.

During her first year, Congresswoman Luria and her constituent service team helped recover more than $1.5 million owed to constituents from federal agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. Additionally, Congresswoman Luria’s constituent services team resolved 105 cases for constituents.

For example, Otis Taylor of Hampton contacted the Congresswoman’s staff for help recovering VA benefits after a decade of bureaucratic paralysis.

“Congresswoman Luria’s office got me the answers and the back pay I was due in less than three months,” Mr. Taylor said. “The staff’s willingness to listen to my complaint and follow up with different agencies made all the difference!”

Congresswoman Luria and her staff have and will continue to maintain a heavy presence in Coastal Virginia. They have hosted or attended 1,195 meetings with constituents and continue to be active in local events.

“Being an effective resource for Coastal Virginia means maintaining an active presence in our community and providing constituents with outstanding service,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Over the past year, I have had the honor of meeting with countless constituent organizations and helping connect people to important government agencies. I’m excited to continuing to serve the hardworking people of Virginia’s Second Congressional District at the same high level in 2020.”

On the legislative front, Congresswoman Luria has introduced 12 bills, including three that became law as standalone bills, four that passed the House, and one that became law as part of a larger legislative package. In addition, Congresswoman Luria had 11 other legislative initiatives signed into law, such as funding requests and amendments incorporated into other bills.