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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Spending Cuts and Debt

The average American’s share of the national debt is around $57,000 and growing. The more than  $18 trillion debt concerns me more and more each day.  National security, transportation and infrastructure and all the national priorities most important to Americans are compromised as long as the federal budget is unbalanced.

 It is critical for Congress to lead the way toward a balanced budget, and I am committed to supporting policies that control federal spending and restore budget integrity.

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More on Spending Cuts and Debt

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.

July 29, 2016 In The News

Congressman Graves talks "Medical Waste" with Fox 8's Lee Zurik. The two discuss how some health insurers force customers to pay a premium on some prescription drugs - charging customers more than the actual cost of the medicine.  Pharmacists call it a "clawback" – insurers overcharge and claw back the money from the pharmacy and customer. Watch the full story below. 

May 25, 2016 Press Release

An amendment by Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) banning the use of taxpayer dollars to pay down Puerto Rico's debt passed today as the House Natural Resources Committee advanced legislation (H.R. 5278) to address the territory's financial crisis ahead of a potential default on July 1.

May 6, 2016 In The News

My job is to represent you, and that works best when you and I are interacting. That’s why I prioritize open communication. For example, folks in Ascension Parish had the opportunity to attend a Town Hall in Prairieville this week. We filmed a “postgame interview” so those of you who couldn’t make it can still be a part of the action. Watch the short video below, and 'like' my Facebook page to continue the conversation

April 27, 2016 In The News

BATON ROUGE – U.S. Rep. Garret Graves suggested how the Comite River Diversion Canal project could more quickly come to fruition.

“Take it away from the Army Corp of Engineers (COE),” the 6th Congressional District said in an address Monday at the weekly luncheon of the Baton Rouge Press Club.

The freshman GOP Congressman from Baton Rouge believes the project would much faster if the Amite River Basin Commission and the state Department and Transportation would oversee the work.

April 15, 2016 Blog Post

A number of people called our office this week to share their thoughts about Puerto Rico's financial crisis. I shared mine during a Facebook Q&A earlier this week. Watch the video below, and follow our Facebook page to participate in the next Live Q&A.