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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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June 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (R-LA) released the following statements regarding today’s proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the Obama Administration’s flawed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, and to commence a new rulemaking to better clarify the definition of “waters of the United States”:

June 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) recently introduced the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Reform Act of 2017 to require the program to do more to connect the unemployed with existing job placement and job training opportunities so that more people who are able to work can. Graves introduced the bill to fight poverty, support families and promote self-sufficiency while helping stem the tide of government dependence.

June 12, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) and Congressman Richmond (D-LA) have introduced legislation to help Louisiana flood victims financially recover from the historic flooding events that ravaged the state in 2016.  H.R.

May 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Garret Graves (R - South Louisiana) announced today highlights of the Fiscal Year 2017 “Work Plan” of Corps of Engineers projects in South Louisiana, including $6.7 million for the Comite River Diversion Canal. Using funds made available by the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations of 2017, the Corps allocated resources to these notable projects:

April 11, 2017 In The News

Washington, D.C. – April 6, 2017 – The recreational fishing and boating community praised the introduction of a bill that addresses critical challenges facing saltwater recreational fishing at the federal level. Led by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America’s federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth.

March 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DCA bill offered by Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) to directly address the frustrations disaster victims experience regarding the status of federal assistance administered through FEMA earned approval today by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, moving it one step closer to passage in the House of Representatives.  Graves worked with local flood victims and parish and state officials to address challenge

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.