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"As a law enforcement officer for more than 13 years, 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 percent 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.

With both low high school graduation rates and a median income level well below the national average contributing to a high rate of poverty, Louisiana shows just why poverty should not be punished.

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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September 13, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement will receive more than $3.8 million to reimburse law enforcement agencies that responded to historic flooding in 2016.

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the funds, which total $3,849,826. The funds will be distributed to law enforcement agencies in southwest and south central Louisiana.

September 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that he is cosponsoring H.R. 2152, the Citizens’ Right to Know Act, by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX). The bill requires state and local governments that receive grant funds from the Department of Justice for pretrial services programs to submit a detailed report to the Attorney General.

July 31, 2017 In The News

Congressional lawmakers and federal agencies are reevaluating the federal government’s relationship with Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab over concerns about the company’s ties with Russian intelligence services.

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee sent letters to 22 U.S. government agencies July 27 asking them to turn over any documents and information they have on Kaspersky Lab and disclose whether they utilize the company’s software.

July 21, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, says his legislation to authorize the Department of Homeland Security will give Congress needed oversight powers that may yet trim the department's size and cost while improving its work product.

His congressional colleagues apparently agreed Thursday, passing the bill co-authored by Reps. Higgins and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, 386-41.

July 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) comprehensive bill H.R. 2825, “The DHS Authorization Act of 2017,” passed the House today with wide, bipartisan support (386 – 41). The bill was led by Chairman McCaul with Rep. Higgins serving as the only original cosponsor.

May 22, 2017 Press Release

During a week where the U.S. House of Representatives voted on significant legislation to honor and protect law enforcement officers, Congressman Higgins took to the House floor to commemorate National Police Week and vocalize support for the men and women of the Thin Blue Line.

April 12, 2017 In The News

ST. MARTINVILLE — U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, met with local ministers and others about re-entry into society by prisoners Tuesday afternoon in St. Martinville.

Higgins, who said he has been running from one engagement to another early this week, had about 10 minutes to speak to those attending the small event. The topic on everyone’s mind was Higgins’ position on re-entry for prisoners.

April 4, 2017 In The News

A four-day, weekend trek along the Mexican border has convinced U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, that America can protect its southern perimeter with a mix of resolve, reinforcements and existing technology.

February 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC - Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) has been appointed to serve on a bi-partisan, eight member Homeland Security Committee Task Force focused on denying terrorists entry into the United States. With the terrorist threat on the rise and immigration a key concern for the 115th Congress, this Task Force will play an important role in closing gaps in our counterterrorism screening and vetting procedures.