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Luria condemns Chinese crackdown on pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong

Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted Monday to condemn the latest steps taken by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to stifle dissent in Hong Kong and intimidate pro-democracy forces. H.Res. 130 calls on the PRC to release pro-democracy activists and politicians arrested under draconian national security laws enacted in June 2020 and to respect …

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Luria votes to protect financial institutions serving cannabis-related businesses

Second District Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted Monday for the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2021 (H.R. 1996), a bipartisan bill to create protections for banks and other lending institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses and service providers for such businesses. “These lawful businesses have as much a right to access …

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Veterans to receive $1,400 payments from American Rescue Plan beginning this week

Virginians who receive VA benefits should expect Economic Impact payments of $1,400 to begin arriving this week. The latest round of payments applies specifically to veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension benefit payments and do not normally file a tax return. Most payments will be automatically deposited into bank accounts or loaded …

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House passes two bills that would strengthen gun safety with enhanced background checks

The House of Representatives voted today to pass two bills that would close background check loopholes and make sure individuals prohibited from gun possession under federal law are unable to purchase firearms. The Background Checks Act, passed with a bipartisan majority of support today in the U.S. House, would close the loophole allowing individuals purchasing …

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Luria, Warner, Kaine advocate for offshore wind in Coastal Virginia

Second District Congresswoman Elaine Luria and U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to expedite regulatory processes for offshore wind development in Coastal Virginia. “Virginia’s diverse maritime industry, workforce, port assets, deep, wide channels, and no overhead obstructions have positioned the Commonwealth to become a hub for …

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House votes to pass George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: Police reforms hailed

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, an effort to improve law enforcement accountability and root out racial bias in policing, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill includes a ban on police chokeholds, a ban of no-knock warrants, an end to the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding …

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Luria-backed amendment protects 5,600 acres in George Washington National Forest

An amendment to the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act would add 5,600 acres within the George Washington National Forest in Bath County to two existing wilderness areas. The legislation, championed by Second District Democrat Elaine Luria, targets the Rough Mountain Wilderness Area and the Rich Hole Wilderness Area. This decision follows a 2014 …

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Luria announces committee assignments for 117th Congress

Second District Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced her full slate of committee and subcommittee assignments for the 117th Congress. In the 117th Congress, Luria will serve on the following House committees and subcommittees: -House Armed Services Committee, where she will serve as the committee’s Vice Chair and on the following subcommittees:Seapower and Projection ForcesReadiness -House Committee …

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Luria urges Biden administration to fund Colonial Parkway repair in 2021 budget

Second District Congresswoman Elaine Luria joined Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in sending a letter urging the Department of the Interior to use Great American Outdoors Act funding to repair Colonial Parkway in the President’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget request. Colonial Parkway is a 23-mile scenic roadway that connects Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Commuters …

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Luria urges Biden administration to invest in rural broadband

Congresswoman Elaine Luria and her colleagues on the bipartisan House Rural Broadband Caucus wrote a letter to the Biden administration Monday urging the president to include investments for rural broadband in his infrastructure proposal for Congress. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the necessity of broadband for gainful employment, distanced learning, and safely reopening small businesses. …

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