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"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

December 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Colonel Clancy of the Army Corps of Engineers announced that the New Orleans District has concluded its environmental assessment and will issue necessary permits to Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC.

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.


September 2, 2017 In The News

Air Force One landed at Chennault International Airport in Southwest Louisiana Saturday afternoon, met on the air strip by politicians intent on showing the president their state needs his help.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump met with Louisiana's governor and congressional delegation, law enforcement, emergency responders and members of the National Guard and Cajun Navy in Lake Charles.

Lake Charles and much of Louisiana near the Texas line experienced flooding last week as Harvey made landfall yet again as a tropical storm.


August 30, 2017 In The News

With swaths of Houston underwater, the faltering federal flood insurance program is likely headed for another short-term extension — a step lawmakers took 17 times between 2008 and 2012 before agreeing on a five-year reauthorization.

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.