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Infrastructure

"The economic success of Louisiana and our nation is reliant on a robust and safe system of infrastructure, which is why maintaining and upgrading our roads, bridges, rail and waterways is one of my highest priorities in Congress."

The United States infrastructure has received an overall rating of a D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Nowhere are these deficiencies more prevalent than in the 3rd district of Louisiana.  

Southwest Louisiana is expected to receive nearly $120 billion in private endeavor funding for new and expanded industrial operations. This is the largest investment surge of its kind in the United States and world. However, these critical investments will be jeopardized without significant federal and state support.

In my district, the best example of our infrastructure needs is the dredging of the Calcasieu Channel (CC). The Lake Charles Port is completely reliant on the CC for access to the Gulf, and many new projects and endeavors are reliant on the Port to be financially successful. For years, the Army Corps of Engineers has failed to properly dredge the channel to the required dimensions of 400 feet wide and 40 feet deep. Annual maintenance of the CC is estimated to cost $40 million, which is a modest investment of tax dollars considering the $400 million in tax revenue that the Port sends to D.C. each year.

In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that every dollar invested in infrastructure results in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth anywhere between $1 and $2.50.  It is time to upgrade our state’s infrastructure and promote positive economic growth that with benefit businesses, communities, and families.

 

 

More on Infrastructure

July 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA) are leading a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce comprehensive, bicameral legislation today that reauthorizes and reforms the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), H.R. 3285. Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) are sponsoring “The Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017,” which is the Senate version of the bill.

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 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. 

June 6, 2017 In The News

Rep. Clay Higgins visited the Port of Lake Charles Monday to announce that, after rigorously lobbying in Washington to secure more funds for dredging the Calcasieu Ship Channel, he succeeded in getting an additional $10 million from the Army Corps of Engineers’ discretionary fund.

The extra $10 million combined with the $22 million already dedicated to channel dredging in the 2017 federal budget brings the total to $32 million — the most the channel has received in several years. Last year the total was $26 million. 

June 6, 2017 In The News

 

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Congressman Clay Higgins visited The Port of Lake Charles today to announce an additional $10 million of federal funding will now go to dredging the Ship Channel, bringing the total amount of funding to $32 million. 

May 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and the Louisiana congressional delegation sent a letter to President Trump yesterday, requesting that the President prioritize Army Corps of Engineers Operational and Maintenance funding in future appropriations requests and in an upcoming infrastructure package, stressing the importance of the Port of Lake Charles and the Calcasieu Channel to the local, national, and global economies.

April 23, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, said one of his biggest priorities is making sure the Calcasieu Ship Channel is dredged to its congressionally authorized depths so it can serve the megaprojects proposed for Southwest Louisiana that are relying on it.

Higgins told the American Press editorial board on Thursday that the ship channel “has gone undredged for decades.” He said the more than $100 billion in expansion projects planned and already under construction in the region need the channel dredged at its authorized dimensions of 40 feet deep by 400 feet wide.

April 21, 2017 In The News

Election to Congress was a step down from Sheriff's Office captain, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, told an Iota crowd last week.

Maybe he was kidding. But Higgins' schedule over Congress' Easter Recess wouldn't convince anyone he's a "fat cat" congressman yet.