Congresswoman Elaine Luria Secures Funding for Important Defense Priorities in House-Passed Bill

June 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of nearly $10 billion in funding that she requested for important defense priorities, including aircraft and submarine procurement, scientific and medical research, and community support.

“As a 20-year Navy veteran who represents a district with eight major military installations and a high concentration of active-duty and veteran constituents, I know the importance of keeping America safe and assisting our military families,” Congresswoman Luria said. “I’m proud to stand behind a funding bill that prioritizes our significant military and veteran presence in Hampton Roads.”

Congresswoman Luria played a key role in securing the funding by formally requesting the House Appropriations Committee include the following items in the Defense funding bill that passed the full House of Representatives on Wednesday as part of H.R. 2740, the first “minibus” package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. (FY2020 spans from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.)

  • $1.7 billion for 16 additional Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps
  • $3 billion for continued development of the B-21 Raider bomber, the nation’s next heavy strategic bomber
  • $4.3 billion for two VIRGINIA class submarines and advanced procurement for a third submarine
  • $151.9 million for the Navy’s University Research Initiatives to maintain our military’s technical edge
  • $50 million for DoD Impact Aid to support public school districts with more than 20% military child enrollment, including $10 million to provide education for military children with severe disabilities
  • $200 million for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP) to continue to provide a program to serve at-risk youth (Virginia’s ChalleNGe program is based at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach)
  • $459 million to research cures and treatment for diseases such as Gulf War Syndrome, ALS, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Congresswoman Luria also was proud to announce her support for the following additional items in the Defense funding bill:

  • $1.28 billion for the detail design and construction of the first FFG frigate
  • $83.7 million for four LCU-1700s
  • Additional $350 million in naval weapons procurement, including the first Technical Insertion 1 variants of the Mk48 heavyweight torpedo and additional Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missiles
  • Fully funds the fleet’s request for ship and submarine depot level maintenance
  • $70.7 million to upgrade military childcare facilities
  • Funding to provide installation of the necessary government housing personnel to implement thorough oversight and planning measures
  • Moves $98 billion from OCO to base budget to provide consistency and certainty for future budgets

The bill also provides full funding to provide a proposed 3.1% military pay raise and includes funds for:

  • Key Readiness Programs$1.05 billion
  • Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities$970 million
  • Public Schools on Military Installations$270 million

“Smart defense investments are critical to addressing readiness requirements, meeting the needs of servicemembers and their families, confronting threats, and keeping our nation safe. We have provided strong funding for Defense priorities like procurement in our fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills thanks to the hard work and advocacy of Congresswoman Luria and her colleagues,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey said. “Elaine will continue to be a valuable partner as we make investments in the priorities and needs of her district and of communities across the nation.”

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.