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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

July 12, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will be used to finance construction of the new airport terminal.

June 27, 2018 In The News

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.3 million grant to the Port of West St. Mary to help build an industrial training facility.

According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 120 jobs.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) FY 2018 Work Plan will provide significant funding increases for waterway projects in Louisiana’s 3rd District.

June 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted to pass H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA 2018), which authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) projects that improve our ports, waterways, and flood protection infrastructure. Congressman Higgins secured language in the bill to require the Corps to prioritize completion of the Southwest Louisiana Coastal Project and make improvements to the land acquisition process for new projects.

May 9, 2018 In The News

Dredging funds keep flowing in to the Port of Morgan City.

Just three months after learning that the port’s annual funds to dredge its waterways will double in 2019, port leaders learned they will get another $28 million in dredging funds to use during the next two years.

Officials received news last week that the port should receive $20 million in supplemental dredging funds through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Atchafalaya River and Bar Channel, Port Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade said.

May 7, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) after announcing that it is releasing over $141 million in funds for projects in Louisiana’s 3rd District, part of a $205 million total for the state of Louisiana. The funding is part of a disaster recovery package supported by Congressman Higgins earlier this year.

The following 3rd District projects are included on the USACOE priority list:

April 27, 2018 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which provides a 5-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and includes important reforms to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that prioritize pre-disaster mitigation and promote efficiency.

March 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) recently authored a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), urging full funding for the Freshwater Bayou Lock, which is located in Vermilion Parish.

February 23, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins said he will “kick down any bureaucratic wall” to get a new Interstate 10 bridge built. But he said officials in Baton Rouge must agree on a plan that includes input from local residents and officials.

February 21, 2018 In The News

President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress are helping the oil and gas industry make a comeback with increased drilling opportunities and fewer burdensome regulations, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins said Tuesday.

Higgins, R-Port Barre, spoke to the Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City.

He represents Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes St. Mary Parish, and took office in January 2017.

“The oil and gas industry is set for a renaissance in the Gulf of Mexico,” Higgins said.