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Graves’ Social Security Fix Takes Another Step Forward – House Ways and Means Committee to Hold Hearing on WEP and GPO

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U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing in Washington, D.C. on the Windfall Elimination Penalty (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. In March 2024, Graves and Representative Abigail Spanberger (Virginia) called on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee to hold a markup on...

Graves Announces $156 Million in Energy Revenues for Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration, Hurricane Protection, and Flood Control Projects

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced that the State of Louisiana and several coastal Louisiana parishes will receive $156,329,442.65 in the Gulf of Mexico (GOMESA) energy revenues which are awarded to the four Gulf offshore oil and gas-producing states. The law was drafted and negotiated by Graves. Louisiana’s state constitution requires that the revenues from energy lease sa...

Graves and Peltola Urge Biden to Immediately Halt Unsafe Shrimp Imports

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and Congresswoman Mary Sattler Peltola (Alaska) sent a letter to President Biden urging him to immediately halt shrimp imports into the United States from India, following concerning reports of severe food and safety issues and labor violations in Indian shrimp processing facilities. The reports highlight that shrimp imported from India are farmed a...

Graves Secures Additional Funding Needed to Finish Construction on Comite, West Shore Projects in FY2024 Appropriations Package

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today he secured $575 million in reallocated federal spending to address the inflation-induced funding shortfalls affecting the Comite Flood Control Project and West Shore Hurricane Protection Project. Graves’ funding is included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 that was finalized after lengthy negotiations. "We’ve had to bai...

Graves, Carter Call for Immediate Assistance from USDA for Louisiana Crawfish Farmers

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U.S. Congressmen Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Troy Carter (Louisiana) led a formal request asking that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) funding to drought-affected crawfish producers in Louisiana. Congress has already granted the USDA discretion to provide assistance to farmers affected by severe weather ...

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...