Congresswoman Elaine Luria Secures Funding for Important Maritime and Veteran Priorities in House-Passed Bill
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of $343 million in funding she requested to advance important local priorities including maritime security, shipbuilding, and veteran services.
“As a Navy veteran who proudly serves a community with a high concentration of active-duty and veteran constituents and a thriving shipbuilding economy, I know the importance of promoting measures that strengthen our maritime security and assist thousands of veterans in need,” Congresswoman Luria said. “I am proud to back a bill that will simultaneously boost our local economy and national security while lending a helping hand to our veterans who need it the most.”
Congresswoman Luria played a key role in securing the funding by formally requesting the House Appropriations Committee include the following items in the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development funding bill that passed the full House of Representatives last week, as part of H.R. 3055, the second “minibus” package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. (FY2020 spans from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.)
- DOT Maritime Security Program: $300 million to ensure the United States has U.S.-flag commercial sealift capability and trained U.S citizen merchant mariners available in times of war or national emergencies
- Maritime Administration Ship Financing Program: $3 million to encourage improvements and expansion of shipyards and growth of U.S. merchant marine
- HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH): $40 million to programs that work to combat homelessness among veterans
“Keeping our nation safe and caring for our veterans are two of Congress’ most important responsibilities,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey said. “Because of the advocacy of Congresswoman Luria and her colleagues, we have been able to fund both maritime security and veterans’ homelessness initiatives in our fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. I look forward to continuing to work with Elaine to keep our nation safe and strong.”
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.