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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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October 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S House of Representatives today unanimously approved the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017 (H.R. 2763), sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.), vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and chairman of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce for the House Committee on Small Business. The bill includes amendments by Reps.

September 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement on the release of the Republicans’ Unified Framework for Tax Reform, which can be found at


September 19, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding two grants to Acadiana airports for infrastructure upgrades.

Lafayette Regional Airport will receive funding, totaling $2,089,786, that will finance an environmental assessment. The assessment is phase one of a seven phase project to construct a 100,000-square-foot terminal building.

September 11, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Chennault International Airport will receive more than $4.7 million in funding to rehabilitate and reconstruct the runway.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the funds, which total $4,737,695. The project will reconstruct 10,702 feet of specialized pavement on Runway 15/33.


August 22, 2017 In The News

On Aug. 18, The Daily Advertiser held a news forum for U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins to discuss his time in office and major issues, including the national debt.

“The size of our nation’s debt is colossal,” Higgins said. “It is certainly a serious threat to the future of our country and the stability of our republic.”

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.