"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) 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent the following letter to President Donald J. Trump asking him to consider the potential impact of Chinese tariffs on U.S. agricultural products.
April 12, 2018
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) praised the 2018 Farm Bill, which was released yesterday by the House Agriculture Committee. Congressman Higgins worked with the committee to advance key policy wins for Louisiana farmers.
The 2018 Farm Bill:
Congressman Higgins recently introduced legislation to repeal the rum tax cover-over program. Learn more about the cover-over, and how it is hurting rum producers in the continental United States.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 3476, a bill that repeals the cover-over of federal excise tax revenue from rum production and allows rum producers in the continental United States to better compete with producers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).
Federal excise taxes collected on rum in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are returned to the treasuries of Puerto Rico and the USVI. This revenue transfer is referred to as the cover-over.