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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana


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

September 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Three bills to restrict oil drilling off the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts, in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and on federal lands in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, mostly along party lines. Those voting in favor were seemingly unphased by the fact that the bills would actually cause the climate impacts they claim to prevent.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that the City of Baton Rouge will receive a federal, Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) grant through the U.S. Department of Justice. The $699,831 reward will help Baton Rouge law enforcement implement new tactics and emerging technology to fight crime and improve safety across our community.  

September 6, 2019 Press Release

Graves Announces Funding to Enhance Fire Protection in Terrebonne Parish


Thibodaux, LA – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that the Bayou Cane Fire Protection District in Houma will receive a $278,027 federal grant to hire new staff. The grant will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.


August 7, 2019 Press Release

East Baton Rouge Flood Risk Reduction Project

-Joint Statement-

Governor John Bel Edwards

Congressman Garret Graves

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome


August 5, 2019 In The News

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BATON ROUGE - Congressman Garret Graves discussed national and local topics during an interview on 2une In Monday morning. 

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Louisiana Congressmen Cedric Richmond and Garret Graves introduced legislation in the House of Representatives today that would boost the share of offshore energy revenues for Gulf Coast states, providing a substantial increase in funding for Louisiana’s coastal restoration and flood protection projects.

June 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court opinion in Department of Commerce v. New York:

“As a product of immigrants who is amazed to be part of such a great and diverse nation, I am incredibly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to block the reinstatement of a citizenship question for the 2020 census.

June 12, 2019 Blog Post

May 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation are urging President Donald Trump to act in coordination with state, parish, levee district, and emergency officials in Louisiana and to grant the state’s disaster declaration request in response to record-breaking high water on the Mississippi River.

March 22, 2019 In The News

FEMA is now considering adding flooding from heavy rains when defining flood zones


NEW ORLEANS — Flood insurance premiums could rise while property values fall under a plan to change the way risk is calculated under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Right now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses flood zone maps as the primary tool to determine rates.