"Agriculture is the backbone of Louisiana’s economy. Having been raised on a ranch, I know that for those who work in it every day, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries are more than a business. As Congress moves forward, I will work tirelessly behalf of our farmers and producers to provide Louisiana’s agricultural industry critically needed financial, trade, and labor support."
Louisiana’s agriculture commodities contribute significantly to our state’s economy. With difficult weather conditions, floods, and low commodity prices, it is more important than ever that we keep a watchful eye on the 2018 Farm Bill, which provides safety net programs like crop insurance, revenue protection, and incentive-based conservation programs.
As Congress considers much-needed changes to our immigration policy, it is important that we support H-2A and H-2B visas, while instituting a returning worker exemption for the H-2B unskilled worker visa program. A returning worker exemption will align H-2B visas with H-2A visas, improving the likelihood that our sugar mills, seafood peeling plants, landscaping and tourist industries will have the labor they need.
Additionally, it is imperative that the new administration review burdensome and unnecessary regulations regarding herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide use to provide our farmers as many tools available as possible.
Furthermore, although the U.S. House of Representatives has no legislative oversight of international trade negotiations, I understand the strong need for ensuring international trade agreements provide an even playing field for American exports, and I strongly support efforts to strengthen fair trading relationships with foreign countries.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement on the signing of the United States and China Phase One trade pact. The agreement increases access to markets, benefits American farmers, and strengthens intellectual property rights, protections, and enforcement mechanisms.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting to pass the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade deal that’s projected to generate more than $68 billion in new economic activity and 176,000 additional jobs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted against H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. The bill would effectively grant amnesty and a path to citizenship to over one million currently illegal immigrants.
More specifically, the bill would:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Trump Administration has reached an agreement with South Korea on market access for American rice.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) hand-delivered a letter to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release additional visas under the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program.
Congressman Higgins will meet with Secretary Nielsen next week to discuss the importance of H-2B visas to the seafood and ag processing industries in South Louisiana.
The full text of the letter is below:
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in support of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, which extends and improves Farm Bill provisions.
The 2018 Farm Bill:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Trump announced that the European Union (EU) agreed to lower tariffs on American-produced goods and increase LNG and soybean exports to Europe.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in support of the 2018 Farm Bill today, which passed the House and ended a multi-week delay that had caused uncertainty for American farmers.
The 2018 Farm Bill also includes significant welfare reform measures and modest job-search or work requirements for food stamp recipients. Congressman Higgins advocated for the elimination of wasteful spending and fraud within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) spoke on the House floor today, urging his colleagues to protect American sugar farmers and farm families in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Congressman Higgins’ remarks are below:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today on behalf of the American farmer.