Press Releases

April 16, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine yesterday today voted for the bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), which closes loopholes that allow pay disparities between men and women to continue unchecked.
April 16, 2021 Press Release
Yesterday, House Committee on Armed Services (HASC) Vice Chair Elaine Luria stressed the importance of the U.S. military presence in the Arctic. In a HASC hearing on national security challenges in Europe, Vice Chair Luria pressed General Tod Wolters, Commander, EUCOM, about force allocation in the Arctic and the need for increased naval presence to counter Russian aggression.
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.
April 14, 2021 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for key priorities in Coastal Virginia.
April 14, 2021 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced that many Coastal Virginians who receive VA benefits could expect Economic Impact payments to begin arriving this week. Many Coastal Virginians have already received Economic Impact Payments, which were part of the American Rescue Plan, which Congresswoman Luria voted to pass in March.
April 14, 2021 Press Release
H.R. 2368 will secure benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving overseas

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Elaine Luria today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives urging Congress to pass the Conceding Our Veterans’ Exposure Now and Necessitating Training (COVENANT) Act, landmark legislation securing benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving overseas.

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April 2, 2021 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocated $2,624,138 in federal COVID-19 relief grants to the City of Virginia Beach and Virginia Port Authority. These grants come from FEMA’s Disaster Fund, which received $45 billion from the CARES Act, which Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for last year.
April 1, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria today introduced legislation to secure benefits for military veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, East Africa, and the Philippines. The Conceding Our Veterans’ Exposure Now and Necessitating Training (COVENANT) Act is the first bill addressing toxic exposure to include both a comprehensive list of overseas locations that would qualify a veteran for earned benefits, as well as a comprehensive list of presumptive illnesses contracted as a result of airborne exposure.
March 31, 2021 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria penned an op-ed for The Hill about the country’s urgent need for a maritime-focused National Defense Strategy. She also sent a letter asking the Biden Administration to develop a National Defense Strategy that acknowledges and prioritizes the maritime nature of the current strategic environment.
March 31, 2021 Press Release
ONANCOCK, VA — Congresswoman Elaine Luria today announced that Eastern Shore Rural Health System received $5,704,750 in funding as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act. The funding is part of a $10 billion effort within in the $1.9 trillion economic recovery package to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines and build vaccine confidence in hardest-hit and highest-risk communities.

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