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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 economic prosperity."

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.




More on Jobs & the Economy

September 30, 2019 Press Release

LAKE CHARLES, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced today that Chennault International Airport will receive $202,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will help reconstruct 750 feet of the existing taxiway pavement.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced that the West Calcasieu Port in Sulphur, LA will receive a $4.2 million grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to make the facility and the regional economy more resilient to natural disasters. The grant will be matched with $1.1 million in local investment and is expected to help create 400 jobs.

August 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to the Lafayette Airport Commission in Louisiana, to help construct and rehabilitate parking facilities at the Lafayette Regional Airport. The grant, to be matched with $3.38 million in local investment, is expected to help create 82 jobs.

August 6, 2019 Press Release

BROUSSARD, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) recently joined the Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA) and association member M&M International for a tour of the company’s facilities in Broussard.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter urging Governor John Bel Edwards and LADOTD to prioritize replacement of the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge so that Southwest Louisiana can fully reap the economic benefits of rapid LNG and industrial expansion.
The letter requests Governor Edwards' help to “remedy the remaining state and local government issues that are delaying this important project.” This includes pending litigation and an environmental assessment that has been ongoing for nearly two decades.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Homeland Security Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Clay Higgins (R-La.) today introduced H.R. 3719, the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Reauthorization Act of 2019 to update Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) flagship international supply chain security program. The CTPAT Reauthorization Act of 2019 would reauthorize the program for the first time in more than 13 years, improve information sharing and collaboration with industry, and improve program management.

May 13, 2019 Editorial

    Louisiana will soon welcome President Donald Trump for a visit to Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility. With over $100 billion in announced energy projects and $65 billion in projects already underway, Southwest Louisiana has a story worth sharing.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $10,526,064 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The grant will be used to finance taxiway improvements.

May 6, 2019 Press Release

LAKE CHARLES, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) released the following statement after the White House announced that President Trump will tour Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish on May 14.

April 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized the Driftwood LNG and pipeline projects for construction.

“Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG and pipeline project is a $30 billion investment that will create jobs and further American energy dominance. Advancing this project is a huge economic win for Louisiana. My office will continue working with FERC to ensure that Driftwood LNG and other planned LNG projects move toward completion.”