Jobs & the Economy
"The COVID-19 pandemic and oppressive economic lockdowns have greatly injured America. We must rebuild our economy and get Americans back to work."
While it is not the role of government to create jobs, Congress must ensure that our economic policies empower private industry growth. That includes eliminating burdensome regulations, maintaining competitive tax rates, and prioritizing workforce development efforts.
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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) co-sponsored a zero-for-zero resolution, which would zero out foreign sugar subsidies and help protect U.S. and Louisiana sugar growers from marketplace distortions.
The resolution promotes a sound sugar policy protecting domestic producers against foreign abuses and ensuring that future agriculture trade deals are fair and free.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the announcement of a new 120,000-ton U.S. rice tender with Iraq, the first in nearly two years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has approved a $2.75 million grant for McNeese State University Foundation to construct an LNG Center of Excellence. The funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today Conrad Shipyard and Bollinger Marine Fabricators will receive over $1.5 million for equipment and infrastructure upgrades at their facilities in Amelia, LA. The funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program.
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter today urging Governor Edwards to utilize federal funding from the latest COVID-19 package to address Louisiana's infrastructure backlog. The recent budget reconciliation package provides Louisiana with over $5 billion in federal funding and broad discretion on how funds can be spent.
LAKE CHARLES, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Chennault International Airport will receive over $3.438 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The funding will be used to finance reconstruction work on the taxiway and rehabilitation of taxiway lighting.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that six 3rd District airports will receive over $3.4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
This week, 25 Members of Congress, many from rice-producing states and districts, signed on to letters encouraging the U.S. and Iraqi governments to work together towards the issuance of a tender for U.S. rice, preferably under the U.S.-Iraqi memorandum of understanding (MOU).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller, urging him to work with Iraq’s Minister of Trade to announce and execute a U.S.-specific rice tender under the terms of the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Since the first MOU was signed in 2016, the U.S. has shipped 390,000 tons of American rice to Iraq.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter today to Governor John Bel Edwards urging him to fully reopen Louisiana’s economy and cease all state-level COVID-19 mandates.