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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 businesses, 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

October 16, 2020 Press Release

LAKE CHARLES, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) met with officials at the Port of Lake Charles today to discuss the Port’s state of emergency and hurricane-related navigation closures on the Calcasieu Ship Channel. 

Congressman Higgins has had extensive communication with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, river pilots, and other local stakeholders on efforts to remove obstructions and restore full navigation to the waterway. 

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

August 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) after the announcement of $800,000 in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants for economic development organizations in Louisiana’s 3rd District.

The Acadiana Planning Commission will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to help provide technical assistance to business and community partners to support long-term recovery strategies.

August 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that crawfish will be covered under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Farmers can apply for relief funds at farmers.gov/cfap.

August 4, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will receive $300,000 in funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help support regional economic development efforts in response to COVID-19. The funding is provided as part of EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance program.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the House unanimously passed H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Program.

July 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) amendment expediting access to viable dredge fill sites for the Calcasieu River & Pass project was added to the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) during a House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee markup today. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the full bill later this month.

July 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement in support of the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the nationwide injunction on pipeline construction activity under Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Pipeline infrastructure is critical for America’s energy industry. This decision allows pipeline projects across the country to move forward. That means new jobs, greater economic growth, and a more energy independent America.”

June 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $7,792,300 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
 
$779,230 of the funding is provided through the CARES Act, and the remaining portion consists of entitlement and discretionary allocations. The grant will support the reconstruction of the airport apron.
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

May 22, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) joined members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt requesting expedited royalty relief for America’s energy producers.
 

May 14, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement of support after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service announced that North Lake Charles and Opelousas have been selected for the Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) program.