VIDEO: Congresswoman Elaine Luria Praises House Passage of Amendment to Prohibit Federal Spending to Aid Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic

June 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke on the House Floor and commended the passage of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.’s (NJ-06) amendment to prohibit federal spending to advance oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean. Congresswoman Luria cosponsored the Pallone amendment.

The amendment closely resembles the Defend Our Coast Act, the first bill Congresswoman Luria cosponsored after taking office. That bipartisan bill would specifically forbid any drilling, exploration, development, or production of fossil fuels in the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Virginia.

“I’m proud to announce the House has taken decisive action against offshore drilling along the East Coast,” Congresswoman Luria said. “A danger to our environment, military, and economy, offshore drilling presents a clear threat to our district. It’s an honor to reach across state and party lines to work toward banning offshore drilling in Coastal Virginia and beyond.”

Congressman Pallone’s amendment was included in the Commerce, Justice, and Science funding bill that passed the full House of Representatives Tuesday, 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.)

In 2017, the administration issued Executive Order 13795 to allow offshore drilling along the East Coast. Congressman Pallone’s amendment would prohibit federal spending from being used to advance offshore drilling and related activities throughout the Atlantic Ocean.

Please click here to view Congresswoman Luria’s House Floor speech. A transcript is below.

Today, I am happy to announce House passage of a common-sense amendment to prohibit federal spending for offshore drilling throughout the entire Atlantic Ocean.

Protecting our Coastal Virginia district from the threat of offshore drilling is among my top priorities.

One of my first actions in Congress was cosponsoring the Defend Our Coast Act.

This bipartisan bill would forbid any drilling, exploration, development, or production of fossil fuels off the Continental Shelf in the mid-Atlantic region.

As a 20-year Navy veteran who trained off the Virginia coast, I know that having to dodge oil platforms would impact military readiness and undermine our national security.

I also know what offshore drilling could do to Virginia’s beautiful shorelines and thriving economy.

This is why I proudly cosponsored and continue to support Congressman Frank Pallone’s amendment to protect and preserve the Atlantic coast from offshore drilling.

I urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead. Thank you.

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.