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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Jobs and Economic Growth

Small business is the backbone of our country’s economic success. Louisiana has seen an explosion of economic growth in recent times and to continue this progress we need to minimize Washington’s interference . As your Congressman, I have prioritized regulatory relief  and comprehensive tax reform designed to unlock the nation’s economic potential and reward the hard work of everyday Americans.

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February 1, 2017 In The News

Louisiana leaders are voicing frustration with the federal bureaucracy tied to $1.6 billion that Congress has set aside for the state's flood recovery, as the state's Congressional delegation pushes for more money.

"It's not nimble. It's not efficient," U.S. Rep. Garret Graves' Chief of Staff Paul Sawyer told state lawmakers of the federal government's approach to disaster recovery during a hearing at the State Capitol on Thursday.

Had that been different, Sawyer said, "then I think the recovery would look a lot different today."

January 31, 2017 In The News

GONZALES — Five parish presidents in the Baton Rouge area have reached a consensus on three priority drainage projects in the wake of the August floods, Ascension Parish government said Monday.

The Comite River Diversion Canal, the West Shore Levee Protection system and the clearing and dredging of Bayou Manchac are the top projects officials agreed upon after a recent drainage summit, a parish government news release says.

January 31, 2017 In The News

DENHAM SPRINGS — Inefficiency on the government level has played the biggest role in the sluggish recovery of Livingston Parish and other areas following the August flood, Congressman Garret Graves said last week.

Graves, who spoke Jan. 18 at the annual meeting of the Livingston Economic Development Council at Forest Grove Plantation, said south Louisiana parishes need more than the $1.6 billion to make a significant recovery.

“There’s no doubt we lack the resources available for a full recovery,” said Graves, R-Baton Rouge.

January 26, 2017 Blog Post

The Comite River Diversion Canal should be built to provide flood protection for area residents and improve our regional resiliency. While it will not solve all flood risk, Comite would benefit the most people in the shortest time.

January 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Garret Graves (R – Baton Rouge) today was named Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, which oversees water resources development and regulatory programs administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with other agencies and water-related programs.

January 17, 2017 In The News

A Houma-Thibodaux area congressman has introduced a bill that aims to curb the number of federal regulations he says are strangling small businesses in Louisiana and across the U.S.

January 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the PROVE IT Act – a bi-partisan regulatory reform bill Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) introduced in 2016 and that was included in the Regulatory Accountability Act – earned passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

December 21, 2016 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Obama took unprecedented unilateral action to block future mineral exploration and development of 118.8 million offshore acres in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) and caucus members Congressman Don Young (AK-At large) and Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06) issued the following statements in response:

December 14, 2016 Press Release

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves (R – Capital Region) released the following statement regarding the resignation of Charlie Melancon as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

December 8, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) boosted House passage of S.612 - the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which included Graves’ provisions to reverse the US Corps of Engineers’ culture of delay, expedite completion of critical flood protection projects in areas like Livingston, Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parishes, and accelerate funding toward the completion of the Comite and Amite River flood protection projects.