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Graves Announces $1.15 Million Grant to Reimburse Lafourche Parish for Hurricane Ida Facility Damage Costs

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that Lafourche Parish will be reimbursed by FEMA $1,152,303.75 for facility damage costs incurred due to Hurricane Ida. “It’s been three years since Hurricane Ida’s landfall and our communities are still feeling the impact. Lafourche Parish acted quickly to mitigate the severe damage caused by Hurricane Ida, and these funds only cove...

Graves Applauds Passage of Critical Water Permitting Bill

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (Louisiana) released the following statement in response to the passage of H.R. 7023 – the Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The legislation, offered by U.S. Congressman David Rouzer (North Carolina), builds upon earlier permitting reform modernizations signed into law and streamlines the permi...

Graves-Carter Fix for Disaster Victims Advances in House

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An amendment by U.S. Congressmen Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Troy Carter (Louisiana) was adopted today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that will finally get critical rebuilding funds to long-neglected 2016 Louisiana Flood victims. The amendment, offered as part of H.R. 7070, the Wildfire Response Improvement Act, extends Graves’ earlier Duplication of Benefits (DoB) reli...

Graves: Louisiana Will Receive Additional $27 Million in Fishery Disaster Funding

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (Louisiana) announced today that fishing communities will receive a total of $27,152,411 in fishery disaster funding to offset the impacts of both the 2020 and 2021 hurricane seasons on Louisiana's fisheries. The funding was allocated by Congress in the 2023 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act for multiple fisheries disasters. "South Louisiana fishing com...

Graves Statement on Biden Ban on LNG Exports

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (Louisiana) released the following statement today in response to the Biden Administration halting liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorizations: "The Biden Administration’s move today to block US LNG exports is historic. It kills Louisiana and American jobs by bottling up our abundant natural resources. It rewards global adversaries like Russia and Iran by creat...

Graves Statement on Top-Line Appropriations Agreement

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (Louisiana) released the following statement today on the top-line appropriations agreement: “The top-line appropriations agreement is a solid step forward that preserves the historic savings from the Fiscal Responsibility Act led by former Speaker McCarthy. The agreement announced today pulls forward $10 billion in IRS recissions from FY25 to FY24 and captures an ad...

Graves Announces 2023 Congressional App Challenge Winners

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U.S. Representative Garret Graves (Louisiana) announced today the winners of the Congressional App Challenge from Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District. Winning first place was Judah, Levi, and Rachel Garcia – their app, “Pelican Trivia,” aims to help third grade students study for the LEAP test using a game-like form. In second place was Abhinav Pathak with the app “NeuroScan,” which uses convol...

USDA to Purchase up to $36 Million Worth of Wild-Caught Gulf and Atlantic Shrimp, Graves Pushes for Fourth Deal to Help Industry

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U.S. Representative Garret Graves (Louisiana) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is purchasing up to $36 million of Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Wild-Caught Shrimp. This will alleviate pressure felt by Louisiana’s shrimp industry caused by natural disasters, higher fuel prices, labor and supply chain issues, and the effects of foreign governments flooding the mark...

Graves Co-Authors Legislation to Include Lafourche Parish in Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

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U.S. Representative Garret Graves (Louisiana) co-authored legislation to include Lafourche Parish in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA). Established in 2006, the Heritage Area currently spans 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana and provides support for the region’s cultural heritage, enhances the ecological habitats and wildlife species, and increases regional and national attention ...

Graves: Biden Offshore Energy Strategy a Win for Our Enemies

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The U.S. Department of Interior has finalized the country’s five-year plan for offshore energy development, offering just three sales in the Gulf of Mexico over the 2024-2029 period. The average number of lease sales in previous plans has been 24.5 lease sales over the five-year period. “Russia, China, Iran, and Venezuela are cheering on this Administration’s energy policies, which not only fatte...

Graves and Veasey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Critical Marine Habitat in Gulf of Mexico

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U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Marc Veasey (Texas) introduced legislation to preserve marine ecosystems and protect fishing access for anglers in the Gulf of Mexico by improving longstanding artificial reefing programs. Offshore energy infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico serves as prominent, biodiverse habitats for fish, corals, and crustacea to aggregate. Since 2000, over 60%...

Graves’ Bipartisan Duck Stamp Legislation To Become Law

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Earlier today, legislation authored by Congressman Garret Graves (Louisiana), the Duck Stamp Modernization Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 403-20. The legislation will immediately head to the President’s desk for signature. “This bill will expand access to Sportsman’s Paradise to make it easier for you to spend more early mornings in the duck blind,” Graves said. “Duck h...

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Streamline TSA Security Clearance Process for Transportation Workers

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U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (Chairman, House Aviation Subcommittee), Adam Smith (Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee), and Mark Green (Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security), along with U.S. Representatives Michael Guest, Dina Titus, and Salud Carbajal, have introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 5840 – the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act to eliminate the ...

Graves Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for Louisiana’s Law Enforcement

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves announced the award of seven grants to help improve and expand Louisiana’s law enforcement solutions from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The State of Louisiana will receive the largest, $3,893,810, to identify, arrest, and reduce violent gangs and drug dealers in our community. “We want to live and raise our kids in safe communities, but crime is one of the top rea...

Graves and Plaskett Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Kick-Start Recovery for Families After Natural Disasters

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U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Stacey Plaskett (U.S. Virgin Islands) introduced bipartisan disaster relief legislation to expedite immediate disaster recovery funds to states in the aftermath of a major disaster. Under the existing process, getting recovery funding to victims may take years. The bill changes the status quo and provides local and state governments with upfront f...