"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.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after it announced an additional $3.025 million in funding for the Port of Morgan City. The funds will be used to dredge the Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and Black.
It's no secret there have been some issues for folks trying to board early morning flights at Lafayette Regional Airport lately. Those not making their flights despite arriving hours early have vented their frustrations on social media.
The issue, which seemed to arrive overnight, is an unintended consequence of a change in an airline flight schedule, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Lafayette's terminal-to-be.
Lafayette Regional Airport is moving forward with plans for an expansion.
Thursday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new terminal with a greater sense of why it’s so important.
The groundbreaking of the new Lafayette terminal brings excitement for economic growth.
Folks "flying Lafayette" could be going through a brand-new, 120,000-square foot terminal in just two years.
Construction on the more than $80 million project is estimated to be complete in 24 months or just after, Lafayette Regional Airport Executive Director Steven Picou said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony.
The new structure will replace the existing terminal, which opened Nov. 29, 1930.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that Lafayette Consolidated Government will receive $1,250,000 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hazard mitigation grant will finance the acquisition of eight residential properties that have suffered repetitive flood losses. This is part of flood mitigation efforts designed to prevent future losses and save taxpayer money.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted to pass the House Amendment to S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) projects that improve our ports, waterways, and flood protection infrastructure. Congressman Higgins authored two amendments that were included in the final bill, requiring the Corps to prioritize the Southwest Coastal Louisiana project and to improve the land acquisition process for new projects.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will receive $3,364,520 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hazard mitigation grant will finance the acquisition and elevation of several residential properties as part of flood mitigation efforts.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins is aware of the upcoming Nov. 6 election to retain his 3rd District seat, but he said he remains focused on “working and serving.”
Higgins, R-Port Barre, told the American Press editorial board on Thursday that initial projections show him “winning soundly” in the general election. If re-elected, he said he wants to “further advance the conservative agenda” in the House.
LAKE CHARLES - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) recently joined officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for a joint aerial mission to observe the USACE’s construction progress and monitor barge congestion on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Michael Clancy, commander of the New Orleans District, led the mission.