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Jobs & the Economy

"The 115th Congress presents a new opportunity to peel back the onerous, job killing, regulations enacted by the previous administration and to set our nation on a path to achieve its true economic potential."

For too long burdensome regulations and the world’s highest corporate tax rate have stifled job creation, deterred the growth of small business, and limited many Americans from reaching their true potential. While it is not the role of government to create jobs, Congress must do a better job of fostering a climate for job creation, by streamlining the tax code, reducing the role of government agencies that have been crippling our energy and seafood industries, and encouraging the start of small businesses free of the restrictions set in place by Obamacare.

Improving our economy is not only reliant upon a strong business focused regulatory system, but also on the quality of education that is available to our children and those seeking to further their careers.  It is important that we have a renewed focus on providing students the skills they need to operate in the modern economy.  While funding for higher education plays a role, we must also ensure that vocational programs and technical schools are promoted.




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August 14, 2017 Editorial

For nearly a decade, Louisiana’s oil and gas industry has been targeted by ideologically-charged efforts to suppress fossil fuel energy production. The energy and fuel refining industries have long been the lifeblood of our state’s economy, but a sluggish market and burdensome regulations have suppressed domestic energy producers and cost thousands of local jobs.

For those of you reading this, rest assured – the tide is turning in Washington.

July 26, 2017 Video

Had the privilege to join my friend Congressman Jodey Arrington on the House floor last night, speaking about agriculture and rural America. Given a level playing field and opportunities to compete on a global scale – American farmers will always win.


July 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 3367, to remove barriers placed on U.S. exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand of natural gas. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) is sponsoring the License Natural Gas Now Act, which is the Senate version of the bill.

July 21, 2017 In The News

China has agreed to allow U.S. rice imports for the first time ever, opening a "massive market" for Louisiana farmers.

"It's huge," Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said in an interview with USA Today Network. "This opens up a massive market for us."

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the deal, which has been more than a decade in the making, on Thursday.

"This market represents an exceptional opportunity today with enormous potential for growth in the future,” Perdue said in a statement.

July 20, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) released the following statement after Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reached an agreement with Chinese officials to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission (IMCAL) will receive a $20,000 investment to establish an economic development planning framework.

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) anticipates that the funds will allow IMCAL to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy for Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis parishes.

The strategy will help support private capital investment, encourage job creation, and diversify the regional economy.

July 13, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport, Crowley Le Gros Memorial Airport, Jennings Airport, and Lake Charles Regional Airport will receive nearly $2.3 million in combined funding to rehabilitate and improve airport structures at each site.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded four grants, totaling a combined $2,294,110.

June 27, 2017 Press Release


Congressman Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) amendment to H.R. 2763, “The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017,” passed unanimously during a recent House Science, Space, & Technology Committee hearing.

The amendment identifies cybersecurity as a priority field for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

June 19, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins wants to support Louisiana tourism and economic development with "common sense legislation," which could mean rolling back regulations that are hurting the industry.

"From a legislative point of view, we have to explore what ways tourism has been injured by regulatory overreach," Higgins said Monday during a visit to Lafayette. "A big part of this congress has been (about) rolling back."

June 12, 2017 In The News

The artery of the area’s lifeline for industry — the Calcasieu Ship Channel — is getting a little less unclogged because of efforts by Rep. Clay Higgins. 

Last week, the congressman announced he had succeeded in getting an additional $10 million from the Army Corps of Engineers’ discretionary fund for dredging of the channel.

That’s no small feat.