Law & Crime
"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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 8356, the Combating University Research Theft Act, which would help prevent foreign nations from stealing intellectual property from American universities and research institutions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is cosponsoring H. Res. 1138, which condemns Democrats’ threats to expand the number of Supreme Court justices for partisan gain. This is commonly referred to as “court-packing.”
Read the resolution here.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced today the Emergency Services Access Act, which makes blocking an ambulance from accessing a hospital or rendering emergency medical treatment a federal crime.
Violators would face up to 5 years in prison, fines, or both. If death results, violators would face imprisonment terms comparable to a first or second-degree murder charge.
As Democrats hold their nominating convention, America is reminded just how far left the Democratic Party has moved. The radical left has become the Democratic mainstream. Extreme policies like defunding and dismantling police departments have been embraced, and socialist forces are threatening our nation from within.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception. The court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 7120, Democrats’ partisan policing bill.
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to sign four pro-gun bills that passed through the Louisiana State Legislature.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 2339, a bill that would ban flavored tobacco products.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) invited local officials to apply for federal grant programs assisting law enforcement organizations and first responders.