Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s Bills Passed Out of Veterans’ Committee Markup

May 8, 2019
Press Release
Rep. Luria’s Legislation Would Support Veterans Via Income and Accessibility

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today participated in her first full-committee bill markup as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

During the markup, the committee passed 18 bills – including two sponsored by Congresswoman Luria – recommending them for a vote in the full House of Representatives.

“Our veterans put their lives on the line to keep America safe, and I remain committed to ensuring they receive the benefits they’ve earned,” Congresswoman Luria said. “As a Navy veteran myself, it’s been an honor and a privilege introducing these bills, gathering bipartisan support, pushing them through subcommittees, and now getting them through full committee.”

Video of Congresswoman Luria speaking at today’s markup can be seen HERE.)

Among the bills that the committee recommended to the floor were two bills that have been introduced by Congresswoman Luria:

  • H.R. 1200, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019, which would provide cost-of-living increases for veterans on a host of items – wartime disability compensation; compensation for dependents; clothing allowance; dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses; and dependency and indemnity compensation to children.
  • H.R. 1199, the VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019, which advocates for a study into the accessibility of Department of Veterans’ Affairs website resources for veterans with disabilities. Congresswoman Luria introduced this bill after meeting with blind veterans in order to ensure that all VA online resources are accessible to every veteran.

Congresswoman Luria also was proud to see the committee pass two bills that she is cosponsoring:

  • A.N.S. to H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which recognizes the diseases that were caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Congresswoman Luria is fighting for this bill to help those veterans who had complications develop from their service be recognized and receive treatment and compensation.
  • H.R. 95, the Homeless Veteran Families Act, which assists the dependents of homeless veterans, including those dependents in per diem grants.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.