Congresswoman Elaine Luria Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution to Review National Emergency Declarations

March 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – In the wake of the President’s declaration of a national emergency on America’s Southern border, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of a bipartisan resolution intended to restore proper constitutional balance between Congress and the Executive Branch.

The resolution would amend the National Emergencies Act. Under the legislation, Congress would have to affirmatively authorize any new national emergency declaration within 60 days – similar to the War Powers Act. If Congress did not authorize a declaration in the 60-day timeframe, the President would have to terminate it.

Led by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05) and Tom Reed (R-NY-23), the resolution aims to stop the practice of governing by national emergency. At least 20 House lawmakers are backing the legislation.

“Congress is a coequal branch of government. It has the authority to stop presidential overreach,” Congresswoman Luria said. “I’m proud to support bipartisan legislation that reinforces our system of checks and balances.”

Congresswoman Luria recently voted in support of a joint resolution to terminate the President’s declaration of a national emergency. She has also noted that the President’s declaration could potentially steal up to $131.7 million worth of urgently needed Department of Defense funds for Virginia military construction projects that are critical to national security and the well-being of our armed forces.

According to funding data provided by the House Appropriations Committee, the President’s emergency declaration could jeopardize several initiatives in the Hampton Roads region:

  • $26.1 million for a ship maintenance facility in Portsmouth
  • $12.7 million for fuel facilities replacements at Joint Base Langley-Eustis
  • $10 million for a cyber operations facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis
  • $8.9 million for a special operations forces project at NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.