Infrastructure is the backbone of Virginia’s Second Congressional District. Improving maritime infrastructure is essential for our community, which is home to one of the largest ports on the East Coast, the world’s largest naval base, and numerous other major military installations. By deepening and widening our port, larger vessels can bring more goods and services into the Port of Virginia. Improvements to our maritime infrastructure benefits all users of the harbor and the U.S. Navy.
Another key component of infrastructure is the expansion of broadband access. High-speed internet breaks down the barriers of distance and time, allowing residents of rural areas to participate in economic and civic life far beyond Virginia’s Second District. Among other things, broadband expansion allows direct access to global markets, new streams of information, and online education options. Broadband access is also critical to make our farmers competitive as modern precision farming relies on internet access to use technology to monitor crops.
The long-term economic benefits of investing in our infrastructure includes job creation, economic investment, and the efficient flow of goods to Virginians. Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is vital to boosting not only our district’s economy, but the global economy.
More on Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria introduced the Ensuring Phone and Internet Access for SNAP Recipients Act of 2020. This bipartisan bill would help households that benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to receive relief for phone and internet costs through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lifeline Program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria joined Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) in sending a bipartisan letter urging House Leadership to allocate appropriate funding for workforce training programs that bolster coastal resiliency.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support of the Flexible Financing for Rural America Act of 2020 (H.R. 7483), which would allow rural electric and telecommunications providers to request an adjustment to their interest rate or loan under the Rural Utilities Service.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Luria announced House passage of significant funding for energy and infrastructure concerns, such as developing advanced nuclear energy programs and improving water infrastructure.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) Act (H.R. 2), which would deliver critically needed federal investment into our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The INVEST Act also includes Congresswoman Luria’s amendment, which would give priority for grant funds to localities planning to expand or build transportation in low-income areas.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Luria joined a coalition of nearly 90 House colleagues in advocating for the creation of a designated fund, administered through the E-Rate program, to equip students with online access for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency and help close the homework gap during this public health crisis. The Emergency Educational Connections Act (H.R.
Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Representatives Connolly, Scott, Wittman, Griffith, Beyer, McEachin, Cline, Riggleman, Wexton, Luria and Spanberger sent a letter to Secretary Chao in support of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s (DRPT) application for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Long Bridge Project.