Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s Bill Funding Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Passes the House

February 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House voted to pass Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act.

H.R. 1620 would fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program at a level of $455 million over the next five years. The bill also provides funding for local projects.

“I am pleased the House passed my bill that will ensure that our Chesapeake Bay will be clean and thriving for future generations,” Congresswoman Elaine Luria said. “In Coastal Virginia, our economy and livelihood depend on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. I urge the Senate to quickly pass this critical legislation that protects this invaluable economic and recreational resource.”

The Chesapeake Bay Program helps coordinate restoration efforts and distributes grants to states for efforts that restore the Chesapeake Bay. By fully funding the Program, Congress will help states, including Virginia, get the resources they need to clean and preserve this natural treasure. Although Congress has continuously provided funding for the Program, it has not been formally reauthorized in law since 2005.

Original House cosponsors of the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act include Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01), and Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-03). Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) are leading the effort in the Senate.

Prior to the passage of the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, Congresswoman Luria gave remarks about the legislation. Click here for footage of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks.

Click above to watch footage of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks.

Since taking office in 2019, Congresswoman Luria has been a vocal advocate for the Chesapeake Bay. In an appropriations bill last December, she secured $85 million in funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program for Fiscal Year 2020. This is a $12 million increase from the previous fiscal year and the highest level of funding that the program has received.

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.