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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week led a bipartisan letter to leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, urging them to authorize the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) at $100 million in the Fiscal Year 2020 Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
WASHINGTON – When Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) recently toured Naval Air Station Oceana, she asked for the top issue at the East Coast Master Jet Base. The blunt answer? “Infrastructure.”
With most of the base infrastructure built in the 1950s, Oceana’s Commanding Officer, CAPT Chad Vincelette, highlighted the pressing need to renovate or replace aging facilities.
VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voiced strong opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds, including by taking away more than $77 million in funding from four projects in the Hampton Roads region.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of more than $75 million in funding she requested for important infrastructure priorities, including more than $15 million for operations and maintenance at Norfolk Harbor.
“I am glad to see the Norfolk Harbor receive necessary resources for operations and maintenance,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Coastal Virginia needs a clean environment and strong infrastructure to thrive economically and beyond.”
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is cosponsoring legislation to restore net neutrality and reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to eliminate it.
“At its best, the internet is America’s one-stop shop for innovation, enlightenment, and entertainment,” Congresswoman Luria said. “We need net neutrality protections so people have the power to succeed online.”