Infrastructure

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

December 2, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria today urged House leadership to prioritize defense spending and avoid a year-long Continuing Resolution, which would have disastrous consequences for Coastal Virginia’s economy and America’s national security. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Luria said failing to pass appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2022 jeopardizes a pay raise for servicemembers and would cost the U.S. Navy $14 billion.
November 19, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria today voted for the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), which represents the largest effort to combat climate change in American history, secures child care for roughly 500,000 Virginian children, and expands preschool access for every 3- and 4-year old in the Commonwealth. The legislation also cuts taxes for Virginian families, lowers prescription drug prices, and creates good-paying jobs without adding to the national debt.
November 19, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria today voted for the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), which represents the largest effort to combat climate change in American history, secures child care for roughly 500,000 Virginian children, and expands preschool access for every 3- and 4-year old in the Commonwealth. The legislation also cuts taxes for Virginian families, lowers prescription drug prices, and creates good-paying jobs without adding to the national debt.
November 4, 2021 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Elaine Luria (D-VA-02) and Steve Womack (R-AR-03) today introduced the American Telecommunications Security Act, bipartisan legislation prohibiting the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds to purchase telecommunications equipment manufactured by the Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE.
October 4, 2021 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced that schools and libraries can apply for additional funding from the American Rescue Plan to increase high-speed internet services through October 13, 2021.
October 9, 2020 Press Release
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.
September 30, 2020 Press Release

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.

August 31, 2020 Press Release

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.

August 19, 2020 Press Release

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.

August 1, 2020 Press Release

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.