ICYMI: Congresswoman Luria Holds Press Conference on Jen Kiggans Vote Against Military and Military Families
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Today, Elaine Luria (VA-02), former small business owner and congresswoman, Navy veteran of 20 years, held a press conference with local leaders and veterans after he was revealed that Jen Kiggans took money from the predatory payday loan industry, then voted against a bipartisan bill that would crack down on exploitative industry practices that harm active duty personnel and military families.
The press conference took place outside the Republican National Committee for Veterans Affairs Community Center in Virginia Beach, which was closed at the time. Click here for the press conference livestream. Additional videos and images can be found here.
“Jen Kiggans took tens of thousands of dollars from a Republican PAC with substantial financial backing from the payday loan industry before voting against a bipartisan bill that would crack down on payday lenders who exploit our active duty personnel. , our veterans and our military families,” said MP Luria. “Whether it’s supporting a nationwide ban on abortion, refusing to say Joe Biden won a free and fair election, or taking money from a shady political organization and then voting against protecting of our military families, Jen Kiggans has proven time and time again that she cannot be trusted. She will say and do anything to get elected, including voting against the men and women who risk their lives for serve our country.
Kiggans voted against Senate Bill 421, the bipartisan party Virginia Fairness in Lending Actthat caps predatory interest on payday loans and expands access to credit.
After being asked by WAVY 10 about her vote, Kiggans ran sharply out of the interview with the station’s microphone still attached. Campaign finance reports show Kiggans took $20,000 in contributions of a Republican PAC funded by the payday loan industry before she voted against legislation as a state senator.
“There is nothing I value more as a legislator than fighting for our veterans,” said Virginia House Democratic Leader Don Scott. “Jen Kiggans needs to explain why she took $20,000 from our military and their families and then ran when asked about it.”