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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Security

National security is perhaps the most important role of the federal government. Indeed, I believe in peace through strength, which means that maintaining a powerful military is the best path toward securing peace. 

The current Obama Administration policy is to reduce our Armed Forces to pre-World War II levels, which I believe is unacceptable. Congress must do its part to protect and promote the national defense, which is why I will support funding and policies that preserve our force as the strongest, most lethal force in human history. 

In Louisiana fifty percent of all Brigade Combat Teams train at Fort Polk before going to theater. Barksdale Air Force Base is the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force nuclear command. The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base is home to the largest Army Reserve command in the U.S. and the air base for some of the most valuable training air space in the entire Department of Defense. The Marine Corps Reserve Command is headquartered in New Orleans. And the Louisiana National Guard is comprised of many of the most battle-tested troops in American. We know the importance of a strong national defense. We in Louisiana are reminded of it every day. Therefore, I will remain steadfastly committed to those men and women who demonstrate regularly their commitment to us. 

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More on Security

January 11, 2019 In The News

Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation say planned flood and hurricane risk reduction projects in the state would not be in jeopardy under a White House proposal to divert money and other resources from the Army Corps of Engineers to build a 315-mile barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

September 15, 2018 In The News

Louisiana and several other Gulf states would receive more offshore oil money to help preserve and restore their coasts under a measure headed to the U.S. House.

September 15, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Garret Graves advanced legislation out of the House Committee on Natural Resources Thursday that would increase the share of offshore energy revenues for Gulf Coast states. 

Graves’ bill would provide a substantial increase in funding for Louisiana’s coastal restoration and flood protection projects.

“After working on this for 20 years I can tell you:  what happened today is historic,” said Graves, R-South Louisiana. “Moving this bill is a big deal and has enormous implications for South Louisiana.”  

September 13, 2018 In The News

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) released the Domestic Offshore Energy Reinvestment Act of 2018. It was voted out of the House Committee on Natural Resources this morning. The bill proposes to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (more commonly known as GOMESA) by increasing the percentage of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues that will get directed to Gulf producing states and removing the cap that currently exists on revenues.

September 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) advanced legislation out of the House Committee on Natural Resources today that would increase the share of offshore energy revenues for Gulf Coast states.  Graves’ bill would provide a substantial increase in funding for Louisiana’s coastal restoration and flood protection projects. 

“After working on this for 20 years I can tell you:  what happened today is historic,” said Graves. “Moving this bill is a big deal and has enormous implications for South Louisiana.”  

July 5, 2018 Press Release

$1.4 BILLION IN NEW FUNDING
More than $600 million for Comite & EBR Flood Projects;
Up to $2.0 billion available for Capital Region flood protection;
$760 million for West Shore Hurricane Protection

June 29, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced the Creating Opportunity and Sustainability Through Science (COASTS) Act, which will help ensure that our coastal communities are more resilient and sustainable in the face of coastal degradation.

Specifically, this legislation:

June 26, 2018 In The News

Houma-Thibodaux area congressman is praising President Donald Trump’s proposal to move the Army Corps of Engineers out of the Department of Defense.

Rep. Garret Graves, Baton Rouge, has long criticized the corps, a key agency responsible for hurricane protection and levee work in Louisiana, as slowing progress through excessive bureaucracy and permit requirements.

June 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) made the following remarks today after meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen at the White House, and following the president’s signing of the executive order, Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation:

June 11, 2018 Press Release

House Water Resources Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that the US Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Construction Work Plan will provide $14 million of federal funding toward the Comite River Diversion Canal project, along with $1.5 million for East Baton Rouge, $1 million for Ascension Parish and $750,000 for Livingston Parish Environmental Infrastructure projects.