Congresswoman Elaine Luria Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Congress to Fund Infrastructure Projects in Military Communities
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).
Last year Congress created the DCIP, which provides grants to assist state and local governments in addressing deficiencies in community infrastructure projects; however, Congress did not appropriate any funds for DCIP. Congresswoman Luria and the letter’s other signers called DCIP “a long-overdue investment in our nation’s defense infrastructure that will support readiness and family welfare.”
DCIP grants would be used for projects outside of military installations, but that support military installations. Such projects include transportation development to ease traffic congestion and upgrades to schools, hospitals, utilities, and more.
Virginia’s Second Congressional District is home to eight military installations covering all branches, and they are an integral part of our community. The DCIP will help improve infrastructure in Hampton Roads and enhance readiness in the region.
“As a Navy veteran representing Hampton Roads, I know America’s military communities desperately need funding for infrastructure projects to promote readiness,” Congresswoman Luria said. “The Defense Community Infrastructure Program amounts to a critical investment for our country. These projects are vitally important to the strength of our national security infrastructure, as well as the welfare of our servicemembers and their families.”
Signing the letter were Representatives:
Elaine Luria (VA-02)
Bobby Scott (VA-03)
Paul Cook (CA-08)
T.J. Cox (CA-21)
Joe Cunningham (SC-01)
Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)
Denny Heck (WA-10)
Katie Hill (CA-25)
Will Hurd (TX-23)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)
Richard E. Neal (MA-02)
Christopher H. Smith (NJ-04)
Steve Watkins (KS-02)
The letter can be seen here.
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.