Luria condemns Trump plan to divert funding for border wall

Elaine LuriaCongresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voiced strong opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds, including by taking away more than $77 million in funding from four projects in the Hampton Roads region.

“Pulling funding from the military makes our nation less safe and more vulnerable,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Peak military readiness, critical modernization projects, and disaster recovery are top national security priorities in Hampton Roads and beyond. The administration should protect initiatives that keep Virginia and America safe.”

According to Department of Defense communications to Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, the Trump administration plans to take away funding from several Virginia military construction projects in the Hampton Roads region.

At Joint Base Langley-Eustis, a cyber operations facility is slated to lose $10 million, and a Naval Station Norfolk project to replace a hazardous materials warehouse stands to lose $18.5 million; additionally, a Navy Ships Maintenance Facility in Portsmouth will lose $26.1 million and a project to replace a hazardous materials warehouse in Portsmouth $22.5 million, the Senators said.

Since initial plans were revealed earlier this year, Congresswoman Luria has been outspoken in rejecting the Trump administration’s plan to move military funding toward wall construction at the Southern Border. A 20-year Navy veteran, she has signed on to legislation that would limit the Executive Branch’s ability to make uniliteral funding decisions like this one.

uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.


Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.


augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news