VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Vice Chair and 20-year Navy veteran Congresswoman Elaine Luria has a proven record of securing investments that strengthen our national security, grow the Navy to counter China, and support active-duty military personnel.
Congresswoman Luria blasted the Biden Administration’s defense budget and the Navy’s plan to decommission ships in a series of tweets. That’s why she introduced a $37 billion amendment to the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which provides $7.4 billion to combat inflation, more than $4 billion for ship procurement and maintenance, over $1.6 billion in research and development funding, and $550 million for security assistance to Ukraine.
In 2021, Congresswoman Luria joined HASC Republicans in supporting an amendment that added $25 billion to the defense budget for significant investments in public and private shipyards and the industrial base, building three destroyers, protecting three cruisers and other seapower platforms that will counter threats from China, Russia, and Iran.
She recently received an endorsement from National Security Leaders for America (NSL4A), a bipartisan organization dedicated to supporting strong national security and democracy. NSL4A is comprised of more than 500 former senior leaders from the military and national security-related government agencies, as well as elected officials at the state and local levels
The Congresswoman also recently received the Navy League’s Congressional Sea Services Award for her tireless a city to grow our nation’s maritime forces, bipartisan commitment to a strong national defense, and support for our servicemembers and military families in September.
Congresswoman Luria also introduced and secured amendments to improve the quality of life for sailors assigned to USS George Washington that address housing, mental health and resiliency support, access to parking manning hours, and tour lengths. Her amendments also require the Navy to thoroughly examine support for sailors currently assigned to USS George Washington and other ships going through the RCOH process.
In April, Congresswoman Luria demanded answers from the Navy about conditions aboard USS George Washington after seven service members assigned to the ship died within the past year. She toured USS George Washington, met with Navy and ship leadership and heard directly from sailors aboard about their concerns. Congresswoman Luria also urged the Navy to expand mental health services and support aboard the ship.
Congresswoman Luria is one of the leading voices on both sides of the aisle in Congress to invest in defense in our national defense and counter the threat that China poses. She has advocated for ending strategic ambiguity and called on the Pentagon to end the ‘divest to invest’ strategy.
Congresswoman Luria also voted for the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act to stand up to China, and strengthen our economic and national security by ending our dependence on foreign-made semiconductors. The legislation ends our dangerous dependence on foreign manufacturers and brings critical semiconductor manufacturing back to America instead of overseas where it can be threatened by China and other adversaries.
Last year, Jen Kiggans plagiarized an op-ed written by Congresswoman Luria taking direct language from the Congresswoman’s piece, which advocated for increased defense spending to grow the Navy and counter China. Experts called Kiggans’ email “really bizarre.”
Paul Plante says
If nothing else, and yes, thanks for your service, candidate Luria, I always get a lot of enjoyment from reading the spin that candidate Luria is able to put on things, which means she either has great literary talent herself, or she has some talented script writers on her staff writing this stuff for her.
It is almost as entertaining on a Sunday morning, cup of coffee in hand, as my favorite – the ASSES & VILLAINS column, or the story of Democrat Rule in America in the 21st Century as Joe Biden and his pack of Democrats including candidate Luria, fight the good fight as they struggle to win the RACE FOR THE 21st CENTURY, as well as the WAR FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA!
I especially liked how either she or her script writers were able to get in this slam of her opponent, “Experts called Kiggans’ email ‘really bizarre,’” who represented sanity and rationality in their televised debate while candidate Luria won huge points for her portrayal of a hysterical, out-of-control candidate who was yelling at the audience all the myriad reasons they should not vote for her, which made for a really great and entertaining “television moment” in American television history.
And in addition to that “a star is born” moment in American television history, which could lead to candidate Luria having her own late-night infomercial peddling the “SHAMWOW,” she also recently played a starring role in an Associated Press article titled “Democrats cautiously campaign on Jan. 6, democracy threats” by Mary Clare Jalonick on 28 October 2022, as follows:
In a debate earlier this month, Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., defended her work as a member of the House Jan. 6 panel by saying it is “the most important thing that I have done or ever will do” professionally, beyond her military service.
Her campaign later ran an ad showing footage of her opponent, Republican Jen Kiggans, refusing to say whether Biden was fairly elected.
“I’m not your candidate if you stand with insurrectionists,” Luria said at the debate.
“I’m not your candidate if you’d rather have Donald J. Trump as president again.”
Great lines, people, and very powerful stuff indeed, especially about candidate Kiggans being truthful and factual about Joe Biden not having been legitimately elected president of the United States because of Constitutionally-flawed elections in FIVE ROGUE DEMOCRAT STATES that repudiated our Constitution, a de facto act of secession like the last time the Democrats seceded from our Union, and instead held elections in accordance with their own perverted standards intended to make America a one-party “state” where the Democrats rule in perpetuity.
That, people is what is at stake on November 8 – the fate of OUR Republic!
Think it over while you still can!
Will America really be better off with two more long hard years of these same people in Congress like Elaine Luria, Nancy Pelosi’s pet poodle, who have been obsessed to the point of distraction with Donald Trump, while our economy melts down, and we face a diesel shortage that will cripple our economy, along with a heating oil shortage that may well take people’s minds off the fact that they can’t afford to feed their families, because they are faced with freezing, instead?
Ask yourselves this question, people – WHAT HAS ELAINE LURIA REALLY
ACCOMPLISHED FOR AMERICA?
Has she made us stronger?
Or are she, Nancy Pelosi and the out-of-control, lost in space Joe Biden making us look weak and foolish in the eyes of the candid world?
Her support of the military is only one aspect. What about the fact that she has voted in support of this disastrous President and VP at every turn
Bill Smith says
Luria votes with Pelosi 99% of the time. Nuff said!! Vote republican to save America from the socialist democrat party!
Paul Plante says
In the interests of promoting good citizenship as we head into the all-important November midterms that will determine the fate of OUR Republic for anyone interested in watching the whole televised debate between candidate Luria and her opponent Jen Kiggans, here is the YouTube link to it:
Virginia Elections 2022: Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria and Republican Jen Kiggans full debate
If you don’t have the time to watch the whole thing which runs for about an hour and a half, and you want to hear a crusty, battle-hardened, salty old seadog made of the same stern stuff as a “Bull” Halsey or Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar barking out orders like a true fighting admiral on the bridge of a warship in the Battle of the Coral Sea or Leyte Gulf, move the cursor on the bottom of the screen to 1:28:14 for the closing arguments of Elaine Luria, which will have you shouting to your family, “TEN-HUT, ADMIRAL ON THE BRIDGE,” so forcefully does she come across in laying out all the myriad reasons people should not be voting for her come November, and as an added bonus, which I personally thought was a great added touch for the sake of drama, which is all important in power politics as Elaine Luria plays the game, at 1:29:44, Ms. Luria appears to “pull a Joe Biden,” forgetting for a moment who she was, where she was, and why she was there in the first place, although she did not go “FULL JOE,” in that she didn’t start wandering around on the stage aimlessly, shaking hands with people who weren’t really there.
Where I want to go in THE GREAT DEBATE between Elaine Luria and Jen Kiggans as a LOYAL AMERICAN CITIZEN who was in combat in Viet Nam five years before Elaine Luria was born upholding my personal oath to defend OUR Constitution, is to 1:29:50, where we have Elaine Luria shouting at the audience as follows, to wit: “And I’m certainly not your candidate if you don’t believe that America continues to have the strongest military in the world.”
And being a combat veteran who saw combat up close and personal as it was in the jungle, or bamboo, or elephant grass, Elaine Luria is NOT my candidate because I don’t believe that at all, nor does Elaine Luria if you really bother to read all her many posts about how weak our Navy is compared to China, which nation, the merest mention of, seems to scare the **** right out of Elaine Luria.
IF we really had the world’s strongest military, we would not have seen them staging a modern-day reenactment in Afghanistan on 31 August 2021 of the BLADENSBURG RACES, the name given to a superior number of American troops at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, on Aug 24, 1814 running from an inferior number of invading British soldiers who went on to burn such symbols of American democracy as the presidential mansion, the Capitol, the Treasury and the War Office, like the devil himself was after them from Bladensburg in Maryland the ten miles to Washington and beyond, with Jemmy Madison himself joining the rout and pulling foot to get his *** out of Dodge before the Brits got there.
Joe Biden had Elaine Luria’s “world’s strongest miliary” running like hell from Afghanistan in August of 2021, leaving behind their arms and armaments in their rush for the exits, running not from a well-trained modern army, but from some poorly-armed TENTH CENTURY TRIBESMEN without the modern technology and communications ability and destructive power of Joe Biden’s army, which got run out of town by the TENTH CENTURY TRIBESMEN!
WHAT AN EMBARASSMENT FOR AMERICA, people!
But we hear nothing about that EMBARASSING AND HUMILIATING ROUT from Elaine Luria because she is a Biden apologist who covers for Joe no matter how stupid his actions and policies are, like his panicked exit from Afghanistan.
DOES AMERICA NEED SOMEONE IN CONGRESS LIKE ELAINE LURIA WHO IS READY AND WILLING TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS AND TWIST HERSELF INTO A PRETZEL MAKING EXCUSES FOR AN INCOMPETENT EXECUTIVE?
The choice is yours, people, make it wisely!
Don Green says
I have little to add to the incisive comments on the campaign blog for Ms. Luria, with which I disagree completely. She’s a tax-and-spend leftist, using her support for “the military” to camouflage her statist domestic legislative record. I particularly abhor her use of the ad hominem attack–“election denier”. Of course, like all leftists with records they’re trying to defer attention from, she raises what she considers the “ogre” of Mr. Trump, the most successful President since Ronald Reagan.
Paul Plante says
As to this “election denialism” horse**** that candidate Luria is peddling because she has nothing positive to offer, this Washington Examiner article titled “Hillary Clinton: It’s a stolen election if the Democrats lose” by Peter Cordi on 27 October 2022 gives us another more proper perspective on that subject to counter the bull**** of candidate Luria on the subject, to wit:
After liberals spent almost two years denouncing “election deniers” as domestic terrorists, Hillary Clinton sounded the alarm on so-called “far right extremists” whom she says “already have a plan to literally steal the next presidential election.”
Yes, there we have it, people, Hillary Clinton, who as a failed Democrat presidential contender who lost to Donald Trump in 2016 is all-knowing, and all-seeing, with her omniscience that even God him or herself is said to be envious of, knows two years in advance that something that hasn’t happened is really going to happen, and since Hillary knows it, then Elaine Luria knows it, too, because she too is a Democrat and they operate as a “group mind.”
Going back to the story, we have:
Liberal pundits and politicians have used the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to advance the narrative that anyone who questions the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election is a threat to our democracy.
In a September 2022 speech, Biden said that “denying the results of an election is absolutely a threat to democracy” and specifically called out “MAGA Republicans,” those in support of former President Donald Trump, as an “extremist threat to our democracy.”
Clinton, already preparing to deny the results of the next presidential election, detailed the latest “vast right-wing conspiracy” in a promotional video for progressive advocacy organization Indivisible Guide, alleging that “the right-wing controlled Supreme Court may be poised to rule on giving state legislatures the power to overturn presidential elections.”
She proposed, “If that happens, the 2024 presidential election could be decided not by the popular vote or even by the anachronistic Electoral College, but by state legislatures, many of them Republican-controlled.”
Denying election results isn’t new to Clinton and other Democrats.
One might recall that in 2002, Clinton proclaimed that former President George W. Bush was “selected, not elected.”
She additionally called Donald Trump an “illegitimate president” in 2019 after she lost to him in the 2016 election.
The Washington Examiner previously reported on Biden agreeing with similar sentiments at a 2019 campaign event, citing unfruitful investigations into the purported Russian interference in the 2016 election after the Democrats lost the presidency.
Stacey Abrams, a Georgia Democrat who ran for governor in 2018 against Brian Kemp, made waves in the media after she refused to admit her own defeat.
The Washington Examiner reported on numerous occasions of Abrams denying the results of Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election.
There exists an inexplicable double standard when Democrats such as Clinton, Biden, and Abrams can deny the results of just about any election that doesn’t go their way while maintaining the status quo, yet Republicans are ostracized, shamed, and labeled “extremists” and “terrorists” for daring to question the integrity of the 2020 election.
Either every election is open to scrutiny, or no election can be, but if “denying the results of an election is absolutely a threat to democracy,” as Biden maintains, then Clinton’s recent allegations of a right-wing conspiracy to steal the 2024 election should be disavowed by the Democrats, if they have any interest in consistency.
Stay tuned for a reasoned response from candidate Luria which should be coming along any minute now, so stay tuned!
Paul Plante says
As to all of the campaign talking-points of candidate Luria flopping with the voters in America who see her WITCH HUNTERS COMMISSION as a threat to OUR Republic, this article in The Hill captures the moment quite nicely:
“Democrats’ democracy alarmism flops with voters”
Opinion by Liz Peek, Opinion Contributor
27 OCTOBER 2022
Several months ago, Democrats rolled the dice.
They chose the issues they thought would help them prevail in the midterm elections, and they chose badly.
Some of their decisions were, to be fair, inescapable.
But their other picks were entirely voluntary and, ultimately, wrong-headed.
They decided to continue hammering former President Trump for every conceivable misstep, and to prolong the Jan. 6 hearings to remind voters not only that Trump was a menace but that his attempts to overthrow the 2020 election proved our very democracy is in peril.
This proved a bust.
Most voters made up their minds about the riots at the Capitol months ago; the endless partisan congressional hearings into the matter have attracted a dwindling audience.
Millions of Americans considered the hearings a political show trial, with no due process and no balance.
Meanwhile, the Biden White House delivered such a disastrous performance on the economy, the border, crime and inflation that Trump, despite his misdeeds, began to look better in hindsight.
Ironically, he looked especially appealing because his social media presence was severely curtailed.
Many voters began to forget why they rejected him in 2020.
Approval of the former president has actually increased while Speaker Pelosi’s chosen few rail on about the “insurrection” on Jan. 6.
In a recent New York Times/Siena poll, Trump beats Joe Biden.
Pelosi’s hearings into the Jan. 6 riot not only served to keep Trump in the foreground, they also propped up the ongoing Democratic campaign theme that American democracy itself is under attack.
Ever obliging, the media have perpetuated this alarmism, tying together charges that the GOP aims to suppress voting, that various candidates tried to overturn the 2020 election and that the very structure of our government – the Electoral College and makeup of the Supreme Court, especially – puts our democracy in peril.
The public isn’t buying it.
Political pundit Blake Hounshell recently wrote in the New York Times that “democracy is not shaping up to be the driver of votes that many on the left hoped it would be.”
Clearly disappointed, he concedes that inflation is more top of mind.
Yup, when 82 percent of the country says they are having to cut back on food, the soaring cost of living is probably a more compelling issue.
Hounshell is undeterred, claiming that voters’ disregard for Democrats’ warnings is “yet more confirmation that American democracy is indeed in trouble.”
He cites the recent Times poll, writing that “even though 71 percent of voters agreed that democracy was at risk, only 7 percent” picked the issue as their number one concern.
Here’s the problem for Democrats: Not everyone sees the threat to democracy the same way.
In fact, more respondents to the Times poll cited Democrats as a “major threat” to democracy than Republicans.
President Biden and Democrats combined ranked about the same on the threat scale as did Trump and Republicans.
Respondents named the mainstream media as the single biggest threat to democracy, topping Donald Trump.
Some 59 percent saw the media as a major threat to democracy, and another 25 percent considered it a minor threat.
That’s probably why a recent Gallup survey showed only 7 percent of Americans have a “great deal of trust and confidence” in the media.
Many, including myself, think the left-leaning mainstream media and social media exert far too much control over what voters see and hear.
Censorship, for example of COVID-19 treatments and policies or the Hunter Biden laptop story, is threatening to our country and our democracy; free speech is the bedrock of a free people.
Many of us are also alarmed that justice does not seem to be blind in our country.
When the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicts people for entering or obstructing abortion centers but not pro-life pregnancy care centers; when Steve Bannon may go to prison for contempt of Congress but former Attorney General Eric Holder, also held in contempt for similar behavior, gets off scot-free; when DOJ instructs the FBI to investigate parents outraged by woke schools — well, people lose confidence in our justice system.
Hounshell dismisses such concerns, writing: “Most serious experts on democracy… would say that election deniers [aka MAGA Republicans] are the real danger.”
Naturally, he includes ominous references to Nazi Germany, echoing other liberals like Mathew Dowd, who recently likened Republicans promising to attack inflation to Hitler in 1930, coming to power during a time of high inflation.
It is perhaps worrisome that the Times poll shows 29 percent of respondents think Donald Trump was the legitimate winner of the 2020 election.
But that response probably reflects varied concerns about the 2020 election, and not that 29 percent think Trump got more votes than Biden.
Our democracy prevailed; Joe Biden is the president, for better or worse.
If he had wanted to quell doubts about his election, and bolster our democracy, he should have asked Congress to hold open and bipartisan hearings into the many claims of voter fraud.
That would have helped heal our country, as Biden promised to do.
Instead, Democrats, including Biden, have portrayed Republicans as the enemy not just of their policies but our democracy itself.
Shame on them.
Paul Plante says
“Exaggeration is an expected part of campaigning.”
“Hyperbole is the bedrock of political speech.”
– Democratic strategist Tom Cochran, a partner at 720 Strategies.
ELAINE LURIA: Congresswoman Luria also voted for the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act to stand up to China, and strengthen our economic and national security by ending our dependence on foreign-made semiconductors.
The legislation ends our dangerous dependence on foreign manufacturers and brings critical semiconductor manufacturing back to America instead of overseas where it can be threatened by China and other adversaries.
THE REALITY: In a word, the Biden CHIPS and Science Act backed by candidate Luria is nothing more than CORPORATE WELFARE on steroids.
The Biden CHIPS and Science Act backed by candidate Luria is a “wealth” transfer from the people of America to some of the richest corporations in America, and the world.
Intel, for example, has said it hopes to receive as much as $3 billion for each new fab it builds in the U.S.
For the twelve months ending September 30, 2022, Intel’s gross profit was $32.375B.
Intel annual gross profit for 2021 was $43.815B, a 0.47% increase from 2020.
Intel annual gross profit for 2020 was $43.612B, a 3.49% increase from 2019.
Besides Intel, other beneficiaries of the Chips Act are the chipmakers, Micron, in the 2022 fiscal year earnings call reporting a profit of $8.7 billion for its fiscal year, Samsung with profits of $34.3 billion in 2021, TSMC, the world’s largest chip maker which posted record net profit in the second quarter of 2022 on revenue of $18.16 billion, along with AMD, Apple, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm.
Paul Plante says
And as to Joe Biden’s so-called “deficit reduction” act which candidate Luria is a great champion of, the truth is that it really doesn’t reduce the deficit, as we see in the following news item from Reuters, to wit:
“U.S. Treasury to issue $550 billion in debt in Q4”
By Alden Bentley
OCTOBER 31, 2022
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury said on Monday it expects to issue $550 billion in debt in the fourth quarter, up $150 billion from an August estimate, primarily due to changes to projections of fiscal activity, weaker prices on marketable securities and lower non-marketable financing.
Oh, whoopsie-doodle, weaker prices on marketable securities!
Who’d a thought it!
Not Janet “TOODLES” Yellen, anyway, and that brings us back to 2020 when “TOODLES” was Joe Biden’s choice for treasury secretary, the position she now holds, and an article in Foreign Policy titled “Yellen’s Mandate: Massive Stimulus, Assuaging Fears of Inflation, New Treasury nominee hailed as the right woman for the moment” by Michael Hirsh on November 24, 2020, where we see the foundations being laid for the economical mess we now face today, to wit:
“Out of the box” is one of Janet Yellen’s favorite phrases, her fellow economists say — as in, think outside of it.
And now the Yale-educated economist who made history in 2014 by becoming the first female Federal Reserve chairman is expected to do so again — think outside the box as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Treasury secretary (also as the first woman in that post).
Because by the time she is sworn in early next year — her confirmation is considered highly likely — the U.S. and world economies might be facing a new wave of pandemic-induced unemployment.
“She’s a great choice.”
“She understands that the main challenge facing America is generating growth that includes everyone, and she has an evidence-based approach to making policy,” said economist Karen Dynan, a former Federal Reserve and Treasury official now at Harvard.
“Pushing through more fiscal stimulus is going to be a high priority on her agenda.”
“Pushing through” more fiscal stimulus is what raised out national debt and deficit so high, which takes us back to that story, to wit:
“The economic harm from the enormous job losses we’ve suffered since the pandemic began has been mitigated by the fiscal measures put in place last spring but the cushioning provided by those policies is rapidly playing out.”
Indeed the endless dickering between current Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has led to no subsequent program, suggesting that by Biden’s inaugural day Jan. 20 the need will be desperate if the $2 trillion CARES Act remains the lone response.
Yellen, 74, has primarily been a labor economist academically from the old progressive tradition of believers in Keynesian, counter-cyclical stimulus.
And many economists say she’s the right fit for the job ahead because she understands as well as anyone — especially due to her recent stint at the Fed — that the economy needs massive deficit spending right now, and that the fiscal side must rescue the monetary side, which is running out of tools.
MASSIVE DEFICIT SPENDING RESULTED IN A MASSIVE DEFICIT!
And back for more we go, to wit:
She also understands that the national balance sheet can sustain such stimulus spending: Federal budget deficits no longer are as dangerous because low interest rates make them more manageable and private sector lending isn’t being crowded out.
EXCEPT THERE ARE NO LOW INTEREST RATES TODAY, PEOPLE, WHICH BLOWS THE FISCAL MODEL OF “TOODLES” YELLEN RIGHT OUT OF THE WATER!
Going back to the article:
Inflation is not an immediate danger.
YEAH, RIGHT, “TOODLES!”
And then, there is this final bit of financial wisdom from “TOODLES,” to wit:
Yellen herself has warned in the past decade that fiscal stimulus plans were being dragged down by super-antiquated fears of debt and inflation.
SUPER-ANTIQUATED FEARS OF DEBT AND INFLATION, people!
Isn’t that a hoot?