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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

The Week In Review - Week of December 5, 2016

December 12, 2016
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Below is a snapshot of some of the recent legislation Congressman Graves has been working on in the US House of Representatives. If you have questions or comments regarding these or other legislative issues, contact our office today

This week revisited - on the Floor. 

On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 5143, the Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016, by a vote of 239-170 (See Roll Call #613). This legislation would provide greater transparency and congressional oversight of international insurance standards setting processes by establishing a series of requirements to be met before the Treasury Department or the Federal Reserve may agree to, accept, establish, enter into or consent to the adoption of a final international insurance standard.

On Thursday, the House passed S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, by a vote of 360-61. (See Roll Call #622). This legislation addresses the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure. The measure includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which passed the House in September, in addition to provisions to improve drinking water infrastructure, address control of coal combustion residuals, improve water storage and delivery to drought-stricken communities, address federal dam maintenance backlogs, and approve longstanding water settlement agreements.

Learn what Rep Graves had to say about it here! 

On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 2028, the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017, by a vote of 326-96  (See Roll Call #620). The CR extends funding for operations for most federal agencies, programs, and services until April 28, 2017. It maintains current budget cap levels of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011. The CR also provides $872 million in funding to carry out the 21st Century Cures Act, provides $170 million to address the infrastructure and health needs of communities impacted by contaminated drinking water, provides $4.1 billion in disaster relief funding to address damage caused by recent natural disasters, and $5.8 billion for the Department of Defense and $4.3 billion for the State Department to support military and diplomatic efforts to fight ISIS and terror around the globe, provide essential resources to ensure our national security, and increase the readiness of our troops.

Learn what Rep Graves had to say about it here