Congresswoman Elaine Luria Supports Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

July 22, 2020
Press Release
This bipartisan and bicameral bill makes critical investment in conservation efforts and National Parks

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Luria voted for Congressman Joe Cunningham’s (D-SC-01) bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 7092), which would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and would create a National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund. The National Park Service estimates that the bill could support 100,000 jobs per year, $6.5 billion in labor income, and $17.5 billion in economic output. Over 10,000 jobs in Virginia alone are also expected to come from the Great America Outdoors Act. 

“Over the last four decades, Virginia has received nearly $360.8 million from the LWCF, supporting projects in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge, and Virginia battlefields like Yorktown,” said Congresswoman Elaine Luria. “We all benefit from these programs that support recreational opportunities, endangered species conservation, and land conservation. I am proud to be part of this historic bipartisan legislation that will help preserve our public lands for generations to come.” 

Congresswoman Luria has been a staunch supporter of conservation because, as the Representative for Coastal Virginia, she has seen firsthand the need to protect our environment and facilitate access to America’s 640 million acres of national public lands. In February, the House voted to pass Congresswoman Luria’s bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, which would authorize $455 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program over the next five years. Congresswoman Elaine Luria also introduced the Fort Monroe National Monument Land Acquisition Act which will allow Virginia to transfer over 40 acres of coastal land to the Fort Monroe National Monument, and recently Congresswoman Elaine Luria testified before the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on this bill. This bill would require the Secretary of the Interior to work with the Commonwealth to unify the two divided sections and manage several non-historic buildings on the land. It would ensure that the National Park Service can better coordinate the maintenance and development of educational opportunities on this historic site.

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.