Environment

I am fighting to ensure all Americans can breathe clean air, drink clean water, and have access to pristine natural environments. Protecting our local natural treasure, the Chesapeake Bay, is among my top priorities in Congress. The Bay generates $33 billion in economic value annually and hosts one of the most important sites for ecological diversity in North America. Without full support for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, however, the progress made in restoration will remain fragile.

I introduced the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, which would authorize more funding for crucial EPA cleanup efforts in the Bay watershed. My bill passed the House unanimously on February 5, 2020. Its text has also been included in the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, a bipartisan bill that would invest in wetland conservation throughout North America, proving how important this legislation is to the Commonwealth and our region.

In addition to preserving our waterways, we must also protect and conserve public lands and wildlife. That is why I cosponsored and voted for the Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law on August 4, 2020. This legislation will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as improve and make necessary upgrades to our renowned national parks. Over the last four decades, Virginia has received nearly $360.8 million from the LWCF, supporting projects in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge, and Virginia battlefields like Yorktown. Permanently funding the LWCF was a major bipartisan win for Virginia’s national parks and battlefields.

I am also fighting to preserve cultural and historic monuments like the Fort Monroe National Monument. I am proud to have introduced the Fort Monroe National Monument Land Acquisition Act, which would unify two divided sections of Fort Monroe, creating an unbroken and federally managed coastline along the Chesapeake Bay. Unifying these sections would help ensure that future generations can continue to learn and understand the full scope of our nation’s history.

More on Environment

October 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced her support for the Flood Resiliency and Taxpayer Savings Act (H.R. 8462). This bipartisan bill will ensure that federal agencies invest in coastal resiliency measures when working in Hampton Roads and Coastal Virginia.

October 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria supported passage of the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (S. 3051), which included the text of her bill, the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1620).

September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted in favor of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (H.R.

August 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Luria announced she has cosponsored H.Res.1078, which would designate the week of September 19 through September 26 as National Estuaries Week. This bipartisan resolution seeks to draw attention to the vital economic, environmental, and recreational roles of estuaries to communities throughout Coastal Virginia and our nation.

August 26, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA— Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria met with her Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board to brief our region’s key stakeholders about her legislative efforts to protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay.

August 21, 2020 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Recently, Congresswoman Luria joined Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) to call on House leadership to hold a vote on H.R. 925, the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act. This bipartisan bill contains provisions that would help restore and clean the Chesapeake Bay, including the Congresswoman’s bill, the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act.

July 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) extension. In 2014, President Obama announced the creation of the NDRC, which awarded $1 billion in competitive grants to states and localities. Under federal law, Virginia must use its NDRC grant funds by 2022. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for the Commonwealth to finish its resiliency projects by that deadline.

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its findings and recommendations for how Congress should address the challenges posed by climate change, such as sea level rise and recurrent flooding. The report highlighted the need to support research and development for next-generation nuclear technology, specifically citing Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s bill, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (H.R. 3306).

February 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House voted to pass Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act.

H.R. 1620 would fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program at a level of $455 million over the next five years. The bill also provides funding for local projects.

January 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today announced the House passage of the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535). This bipartisan bill, which Congresswoman Luria cosponsored, would take critical steps to clean sites contaminated by hazardous per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across Coastal Virginia and America.

January 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Over the past year, Congresswoman Luria has fiercely advocated for Coastal Virginia’s environment by fighting for several legislative initiatives such as the health of the Chesapeake Bay and common-sense initiatives for addressing coastal resiliency.  

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) voted for two Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations packages advancing key priorities for Coastal Virginia and national security interests.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced House passage of the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729). This bipartisan bill contains her amendment advancing the coastal resiliency of military communities.

“Rising sea levels and recurrent flooding present immense challenges to communities throughout Hampton Roads as well as our nation’s military readiness,” Congresswoman Luria said. “My amendment improves H.R. 729 to better position military communities in Coastal Virginia.” 

November 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) has submitted testimony to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis regarding the effects of climate change in Coastal Virginia. Her testimony provided guidance to members of the Committee as they prepare critical policy recommendations to address climate change.
November 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) and other members of the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force this week condemned President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would begin the withdrawal process from the Paris Climate Accord, leaving America as the only nation to abandon the global effort to combat climate change.

The four task force leaders stressed the importance of the United States’ recommitment to the agreement and our nation’s role as a global leader in combatting climate change:

October 11, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week met with her office’s Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board to brief our region’s key stakeholders about her legislative efforts to protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay.

September 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s (VA-02) bipartisan bill to protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay, recommending the legislation for a vote in the full House of Representatives.
September 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force, today joined her fellow co-chairs, environmental advocates, and labor advocates in formally announcing policy principles and coalition-endorsed legislation to combat climate change, including her Nuclear Energy Leadership Act.
September 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for Congressman Joe Cunningham’s (SC-01) Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which would permanently ban offshore gas and oil drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

August 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Climate Change Task Force Co-Chair Elaine Luria (VA-02), along with NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters (CA-52), and the other Co-Chairs of the NDC Climate Change Task Force, Reps. Don Beyer (VA-08), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Susan Wild (PA-07), have released policy principles to combat climate change with the seriousness and urgency it demands.

August 1, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Highlighting one of the most pressing environmental issues facing coastal communities, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Wednesday participated in a town hall to discuss her strong opposition to offshore drilling.

July 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved her amendment as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would compel the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on how the Department of Defense (DoD) can enter into more energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs).

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week secured language in a House-passed funding bill directing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies to prioritize important issues related to military readiness, renewable energy, and veteran assistance.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke on the House Floor and commended the passage of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.’s (NJ-06) amendment to prohibit federal spending to advance oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean. Congresswoman Luria cosponsored the Pallone amendment.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of more than $2 billion in funding she requested for important NASA priorities, including a critical project at NASA Langley Research Center that would improve climate modeling abilities and better predict flooding and other damaging weather events in military and coastal communities.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of $110 million in funding she requested for important environmental priorities, including $85 million for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program – a $12 million increase over the last fiscal year.

May 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today pushed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to consider projects important to Virginia’s Second Congressional District as the panel develops its legislative agenda.
March 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, members of the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the impacts of climate change on military installations and operational readiness.

The hearing, titled “Ensuring Resiliency of Military Installations and Operations in Response to Climate Change,” convened expert witnesses to provide testimony on the immediate and long-term effects climate change will have on the military.

March 7, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that she is leading bipartisan House legislation that would fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program for the next five years, ensuring that states get the resources they need to comply with their obligations to protect and preserve the Bay.
January 8, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Representatives Elaine Luria (VA-02), A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), and Walter B. Jones (NC-03) co-introduced the bipartisan Defend Our Coast Act to prohibit the Department of Interior from issuing leases for the exploration, development or production of oil or gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware). This is Rep. Luria’s first co-sponsorship of congressional legislation.