"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 to ensure that Louisiana's needs are properly reflected in the Farm Bill.
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 processing plants, landscaping, and tourism 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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This week, 25 Members of Congress, many from rice-producing states and districts, signed on to letters encouraging the U.S. and Iraqi governments to work together towards the issuance of a tender for U.S. rice, preferably under the U.S.-Iraqi memorandum of understanding (MOU).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller, urging him to work with Iraq’s Minister of Trade to announce and execute a U.S.-specific rice tender under the terms of the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Since the first MOU was signed in 2016, the U.S. has shipped 390,000 tons of American rice to Iraq.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter today to President Biden objecting to the administration's regulatory freeze on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR): Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments and relief for America’s farmers and ranchers.
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement of support after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service announced that North Lake Charles and Opelousas have been selected for the Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA). Congressman Higgins voted in support of the USMCA trade deal in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 19, 2019.
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: