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Law & Crime

"As a law enforcement officer for more than a decade, I committed myself to fairly and compassionately enforcing the laws enacted by our elected officials. In Congress, I will use that experience to enact laws that bring much-needed change to our criminal justice and penitentiary systems, which often fail to help those who most need our support."

The United States ranks first among all nations with the largest percentage of citizens incarcerated, and Louisiana consistently has the highest crime rates in the United States, as well as one of the highest rates of recidivism.

For too long our judicial system has punished the less fortunate for crimes of survival. The penitentiary system was never designed to be a punishment – it was instead intended to be a means of rehabilitation, providing a penitent person the means to become a productive member of society.

I will continue to strongly advocate for the much-needed reform of America’s prisons.

Additionally, I am committed to promoting programs that build communities’ trust in local law enforcement. Attacks on police have sharply increased in recent years, and in 2016 Louisiana ranked third in police fatalities nationwide.

To keep our communities safe, this matter must be addressed from all sides, by patriot Americans of every color and creed. In the U.S. House of Representatives, I will be a loud voice for my brothers of the thin blue line and their families, who sacrifice so much to protect and serve.

 

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April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) led 11 other members of the House Freedom Caucus on an official letter to President Joe Biden defending law enforcement and countering leftist anti-police rhetoric.

The letter reads, in part, “The narrative of ‘systemic racism’ dominating America's police forces is false. The overwhelming majority of law enforcement's men and women are solid Patriots who perform increasingly dangerous, heroic work. American law enforcement professionals have had enough of the broad condemnation of police coming from the Democrat Party.”

April 8, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Biden announced several executive actions on gun control. 

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 1691, the Second Amendment Protection Act, which affirms the right to bear arms and strengthens protections for law-abiding gun owners.
 
The bill would make gun sales an essential service, enable firearm sales across state lines, strengthen protections for members of the U.S. Armed Services, protect concealed carry gun owners, support states with Constitutional Carry, and create gun safety tax credits.
 

March 16, 2021 In The News

During a Tuesday interview on FNC’s “Fox & Friends First,” Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) discussed his trip with Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX) to the United States-Mexico border.

Higgins outlined how cartels have maxed out their pipelines by “frontloading the children” across the border because they know their parents will be “desperate to follow.” He described the crisis at the border as an “unmitigated disaster.”

March 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, which impose new restrictions on firearm purchases and infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1280, Democrats’ misguided police reform bill.

February 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Biden and Congressional Democrats released a legislative proposal that would provide over 11 million illegal immigrants with amnesty and a pathway to citizenship.

February 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced three amendments today that would prevent COVID relief funds from being used to support the implementation of the Paris Climate Accords, bans on oil and gas exploration, or government entities that have cut law enforcement funding. The House Oversight & Reform Committee will consider the amendments during a Friday legislative markup on part of Democrats’ $1.9 trillion budget reconciliation package.
 

January 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) along with his Republican Study Committee (RSC) colleagues introduced the Save Democracy Act, which reforms and secures our federal election system. The bill focuses on the three key areas below.

Voter Registration:

December 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) H.R. 4761, the DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act of 2019, passed the U.S. Senate this week via unanimous consent. The bipartisan legislation now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.