Congresswoman Elaine Luria Urges Senator McConnell to Hold Vote on Bill to Help Gold Star Families

September 27, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan Letter Calls for McConnell to Hold Vote on SECURE ACT

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week led a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to immediately bring up the House-passed SECURE Act for a vote on the Senate floor.

The SECURE Act contains an important provision that Congresswoman Luria introduced to provide urgent relief to Gold Star Families that experienced drastic tax increases due to the 2017 tax law. Following the passage of the tax law, many Gold Star Families saw their tax rates jump from 12 to 15 percent to as high as 37 percent.

Gold Star Families are the immediate relatives of servicemembers who died while serving their country.

“It is wrong that the 2017 tax law caused Gold Star Families to see a tax hike,” Congresswoman Luria said. “The House did its job when it passed the SECURE Act with overwhelming support. Senator McConnell must stop stalling America’s most heroic families and immediately schedule a vote for the SECURE Act.”

Last May, Congresswoman Luria introduced the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act to fix a mistake in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Her bill, which has 168 cosponsors, would fix that mistake by classifying survivor benefits as earned income, significantly reducing the tax burden. This fix for Gold Star Families was incorporated as a provision within the House-passed SECURE Act.

“These families have already made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Congress must act to prevent this unintended outcome before Gold Star families are again burdened unfairly,” the letter states. “Passing the SECURE Act could deliver tax relief and certainty to Gold Star families in a matter of days.”

Joining Congresswoman Luria in signing the letter are Representatives:

Don Bacon (NE-02)

Jason Crow (CO-06)

Jared Golden (ME-02)

Seth Moulton (MA-06)

Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)

Max Rose (NY-11)

Greg Steube (FL-17)

Van Taylor (TX-03)

Michael Waltz (FL-06)

PDF iconThis letter can be seen here.

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.