Graves Guest Speaker at Zachary Chamber Lunch
U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, from Louisiana’s 6th congressional district, was the guest speaker at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Lunch and Learn networking event March 31 at the Americana YMCA.
“America is a neat country. People look to America as being the most successful in terms of work ethic,” Graves said. “But I’m concerned about the future of the United States. I think we’re deviating from the principles that made us successful.” Graves spoke on issues concerning offshore energy production, clean air and ozone standards, recreational fishing, maritime concerns, the petrochemical industry and ports development.
“These are the foundations of Louisiana’s economy but they’re being challenged at times,” said Graves, who serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. “Both committees represent policy priorities that are important to south Louisiana — safe and efficient transportation, flood control, hurricane protection, maritime commerce, coastal restoration, ports development and energy production.”
The congressman, who also is vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, spoke about the nation approaching a national debt of $18 trillion.
“We’re really going to handicap future generations,” Graves said. “We shouldn’t be investing in things that are not working.”
Graves said he plans on working on the national debt and policies that help local economies and small businesses.
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