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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Security

National security is perhaps the most important role of the federal government. Indeed, I believe in peace through strength, which means that maintaining a powerful military is the best path toward securing peace. 

The current Obama Administration policy is to reduce our Armed Forces to pre-World War II levels, which I believe is unacceptable. Congress must do its part to protect and promote the national defense, which is why I will support funding and policies that preserve our force as the strongest, most lethal force in human history. 

In Louisiana fifty percent of all Brigade Combat Teams train at Fort Polk before going to theater. Barksdale Air Force Base is the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force nuclear command. The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base is home to the largest Army Reserve command in the U.S. and the air base for some of the most valuable training air space in the entire Department of Defense. The Marine Corps Reserve Command is headquartered in New Orleans. And the Louisiana National Guard is comprised of many of the most battle-tested troops in American. We know the importance of a strong national defense. We in Louisiana are reminded of it every day. Therefore, I will remain steadfastly committed to those men and women who demonstrate regularly their commitment to us. 

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July 5, 2018 Press Release

$1.4 BILLION IN NEW FUNDING
More than $600 million for Comite & EBR Flood Projects;
Up to $2.0 billion available for Capital Region flood protection;
$760 million for West Shore Hurricane Protection

June 29, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced the Creating Opportunity and Sustainability Through Science (COASTS) Act, which will help ensure that our coastal communities are more resilient and sustainable in the face of coastal degradation.

Specifically, this legislation:

June 26, 2018 In The News

Houma-Thibodaux area congressman is praising President Donald Trump’s proposal to move the Army Corps of Engineers out of the Department of Defense.

Rep. Garret Graves, Baton Rouge, has long criticized the corps, a key agency responsible for hurricane protection and levee work in Louisiana, as slowing progress through excessive bureaucracy and permit requirements.

June 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) made the following remarks today after meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen at the White House, and following the president’s signing of the executive order, Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation:

June 11, 2018 Press Release

House Water Resources Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that the US Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Construction Work Plan will provide $14 million of federal funding toward the Comite River Diversion Canal project, along with $1.5 million for East Baton Rouge, $1 million for Ascension Parish and $750,000 for Livingston Parish Environmental Infrastructure projects.

June 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Water Resource Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) bolstered tonight’s House passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, comprehensive legislation that authorizes the nation’s water resources infrastructure projects and programs.  WRDA 2018 builds on efforts focused on making the Army Corps of Engineers work for the American people so our communities are more resilient against hurricanes, storms and floods while ensuring the long-term viability of our nat

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Several policies authored by Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) earned approval in the U.S. House with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA).  The defense bill provides funding authorization and policies to ensure America’s warfighters have the resources and support needed to ensure a strong national defense.

May 24, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced legislation today directly impacting Louisiana’s flood protection, maritime, coastal, environmental and other water resources-related interests.

May 23, 2018 In The News

In today’s DC Current, US Congressman Garret Graves talked about moving the US Army Corps Of Engineers into another cabinet level department, and on bringing back the Farm Bill.

Click here to listen.

May 18, 2018 Press Release

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders today introduced the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, legislation that provides for improvements to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure.