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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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Luria urges Biden administration to appoint advisor to improve health of Chesapeake Bay

Second District Congresswoman Elaine Luria led a letter to the Biden administration this week urging the appointment of an EPA senior advisor focused on the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia River. “The Chesapeake Bay generates $33 billion in economic value annually, and its health directly impacts Coastal Virginians’ livelihoods and the culture of our community,” Luria …

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Luria convenes first Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board meeting of the 117th Congress

Second District Congresswoman Elaine Luria convened a Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board meeting this week to discuss environmental issues critical to Coastal Virginia’s economy and way of life. The meeting marked the first of the 117th Congress and its sixth during Luria’s tenure. “In Hampton Roads, addressing environmental and conservation concerns is critical to our way …

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House passes CASH Act: Increases direct payments from $600 to $2K

“Throughout this public health emergency, I have heard from families throughout Coastal Virginia that they are struggling and need additional economic relief,” said Virginia Democrat Elaine Luria, who represents the Second District. “Tonight, I voted to increase direct economic impact payments to families throughout Virginia because Congressional support must match constituents’ needs in order to …

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House of Representatives passes historic marijuana reform bill

The House of Representatives voted 228-164 Friday to pass historic reform legislation that decriminalizes marijuana on the federal level. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R. 3884) will permit states to more effectively regulate marijuana. “I am pleased to join my colleagues in the House in voting to pass the MORE Act to …

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Luria pushing SBA for answers on PPP, EIDL loans

Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA-02) is pushing the SBA for answers on how it responds to questions on Paycheck Protection Program loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. In a letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, Luria posed six questions designed to gain clarity on why constituents are experiencing delays in having their questions answered by the SBA. How …

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Luria bill seeks to expand internet access to SNAP families

A bipartisan bill introduced by Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA-02) would help households that benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to receive relief for phone and internet costs through the FCC Lifeline Program. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, reliable internet access is no longer a luxury, but a crucial piece of infrastructure that people depend on …

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Elaine Luria cosponsors Justice in Policing Act

Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced her support of historic policing reform legislation that will ensure we build trust between law enforcement and our communities, hold police accountable, and enhance public safety. Luria joined this bicameral effort by cosponsoring the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (H.R. 7120). “Only by enacting corrective policies will we be able …

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