The office of U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Virginia) has issued the following news item, available on the congresswoman’s website HERE
Congresswoman Elaine Luria Urges HASC and SASC Chairs and Ranking Members to Include Crucial Jones Act Provision in NDAA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Luria led a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee, urging them include language in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization to clarify that federal laws, including the Jones Act, apply to offshore wind development
“The Jones Act ensures a level of maritime capability that is critical to our national security,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Language clarifying that the Jones Act and all federal law applies to offshore wind projects will strengthen the maritime sector and help readiness.”
In Congress, Congresswoman Luria has been a steadfast advocate for the maritime community. The Congresswoman sent a letter calling on House leadership to support MSP participants during the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging all government-generated cargoes to have 100% U.S.- flag cargo preference and to reject Jones Act waivers during the pandemic. She also called for economic relief for operators to cover costs associated with maintaining their vessels and keeping crews employed and safe during the pandemic. Last year, Congresswoman Luria fought to secure $300 million for the DOT Maritime Security Program to ensure that the United States has U.S.-flag commercial sealift capability and trained merchant mariners available in times of war or national emergencies.
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.