Congresswoman Elaine Luria Votes to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

July 6, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) Act (H.R. 2), which would deliver critically needed federal investment into our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The INVEST Act also includes Congresswoman Luria’s amendment, which would give priority for grant funds to localities planning to expand or build transportation in low-income areas.

“For too long, Coastal Virginians have been plagued by failing infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Luria. “That’s why I supported this investment in rural broadband, local schools, tunnels, bridges, roads, and ports to ensure they are safe, efficient, and operational. This comprehensive plan will improve the country’s existing infrastructure and create more than 10 million jobs.”

This legislation provides $494 billion over five years to make transformative infrastructure investments in surface transportation. Specifically, the bill would provide $319 billion for highways, $105 billion for transit, $10 billion for passenger and commercial safety, and $60 billion for rail.

In addition, the INVEST Act will:

  • Deliver over $300 billion to rebuild roads and fix structurally deficient bridges.
  • Provide $130 billion for school infrastructure to assist high-poverty schools rebuild facilities that are outdated and have the potential to harm both students and faculty.
  • Enable affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to all parts of the country—specifically rural areas like the Eastern Shore— by investing $100 billion to promote competition for broadband internet infrastructure to unserved and underserved rural, suburban, and urban communities
  • Safeguard access to safe drinking water by investing over $25 billion to help remove dangerous contaminants like PFAS from local water systems.

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.