Congresswoman Elaine Luria Defends Newly Vulnerable Virginia Military Projects

February 22, 2019
Press Release
Emergency Declaration Puts Commonwealth’s Construction Plans At Risk

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today criticized President Trump’s national emergency declaration because it 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.

In addition, Congresswoman Luria today announced she is cosponsoring a joint resolution to terminate the emergency declaration.

“Virginians deserve leaders who will respect the Constitution, prioritize our national security, and support our military,” Congresswoman Luria said. “The President’s emergency declaration is neither right nor the will of the people. Pulling funding from our military makes America less safe and more vulnerable.”

The President’s emergency declaration undermines the training, readiness, and quality of life of our military and their families by potentially targeting high-priority construction projects across America.

Funding data provided by the House Appropriations Committee shows that up to $131.7 million in construction funding – approved in a September defense funding bill – is now at risk in Virginia. According to the funding data, 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.