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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Graves Statement on 5th Circuit Decision

March 3, 2017
Press Release

US Congressman Graves (R – South Louisiana) released the following statement regarding the decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a 2015 ruling dismissing the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East suit:

"The appeals court's decision to dismiss the suit -- just like the district court did -- was the right decision under the law.  This has been nothing more than a distraction to flood protection and coastal restoration efforts.  Anyone that takes the time to read the legal contract between the flood board and the trial lawyers will quickly recognize this is one of the worst contracts for taxpayers in Louisiana history. It never should have been approved. While liability may exist, this is neither the way to solve the problem nor the people to solve it. It is far-time to end this ill-informed treasure hunt and spend time on more constructive efforts protecting our community from floods and restoring Louisiana's eroding coast."