Elaine Luria ~ U.S. House, District 2

On healthcare . . .

“Access to quality and affordable health care is essential to a good life in America. In that spirit, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded access to health insurance to more Americans than ever and helped millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions rest assured they could no longer be denied health care coverage. Nearly a decade later, Virginia went a step further and expanded Medicaid, insuring an additional 400,000 Virginians.
We still have more work to do. During my time in Congress, I have spoken out against efforts that would take health care away from Americans and their families. I will continue to work to improve health care access and affordability and strengthen the ACA to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health coverage.”

On the environment . . .

“Coastal Virginia can be a national and global leader in our clean energy future. As a co-chair of the New Democratic Coalition Climate Change Task Force, I have laid out a bold vision for cutting greenhouse gas emissions while investing in the jobs and infrastructure of the future. For Coastal Virginians, sea level rise, recurrent flooding, and extreme weather aren’t concerns for tomorrow; they are problems we deal with every day. That is why we must act now to expand our investments in new, clean technologies like wind, solar, and advanced nuclear power... I am also helping to lead the critical fight against drilling off the coast of Virginia. Offshore drilling threatens our national security by forcing our sailors to dodge oil platforms during training sessions. It also threatens our tourism economy by spoiling our beautiful beaches and shorelines.”

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Elaine served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer, deploying six times over the course of 20 years. She retired from the Navy in 2017 and remained in Norfolk, determined to serve her community closer to home. She had already started a family business - Mermaid Factory - which created jobs, infused money into the local economy, and continues to give back to organizations that support youth and the arts. In 2018, Elaine announced her candidacy for U.S. Congress and was elected to serve Virginia’s Second Congressional District. She leads the House Veteran’s Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs and is Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. During the past congressional term, she has been committed to fighting for the rights of Armed Forces Members, Veterans and others who uplift the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads community. She has introduced and cosponsored bills such as the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, the Housing Access for Blind Veterans Act, and the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Act of 2020.

Plans for Economy

“I am fighting to ensure all Coastal Virginians can make better lives for themselves and their families. In Congress, I voted for the Raise the Wage Act, which will gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour within six years. This could give nearly 109,500 workers in our district a much-needed pay raise, helping people make ends meet while working just one job. I am also fighting for the working women of our district by being an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill will help ensure women get equal pay for equal work. As a small business owner, I am also passionate about helping grow Coastal Virginia’s business community… That is why I am working to support apprenticeship programs, career and technical education, and access to broadband so workers can attain the skills they need to advance their careers.” “Infrastructure is the backbone of Virginia’s Second Congressional District. Improving maritime infrastructure is essential for our community, which is home to one of the largest ports on the East Coast, the world’s largest naval base, and numerous other major military installations… Another key component of infrastructure is the expansion of broadband access. High-speed internet breaks down the barriers of distance and time, allowing residents of rural areas to participate in economic and civic life far beyond Virginia’s Second District.”

Education Policy

“We must do more to help students succeed in school and become productive members of society. That is why I support expanding career and technical education and promoting college affordability. But our investment in education cannot stop there. We must provide adequate student loan forgiveness so it would not deter students from pursuing a college degree. No student should be deterred from seeking higher education because of the cost.”

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