Boustany Says BP Spill Settlement ‘Allows Us to Turn the Page’

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-South Louisiana), issued the following statement after officials in five Gulf States announced they had reached a settlement agreement with BP for $18.7 billion after the BP oil spill in 2010. The settlement will go toward resolving Clean Water Act penalties and damage claims as well as settling outstanding economic claims. In a press conference today, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell estimated Louisiana would be able to recover approximately $10 billion.

Boustany Responds to Supreme Court EPA Ruling

Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., MD (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court struck down the Obama Administration's restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

Abraham Amendment to protect public from increased flood insurance rates passes House

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, passed an amendment to the energy and water development appropriations bill around midnight Friday that defunds the President’s executive order that changed the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard.

Boustany Video: “If there’s anyone worth fighting for, it’s those who fought for us”

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-South Louisiana), released a video address reacting to news from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) that it has awarded a contract for construction of a new community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) in Lafayette without announcing any forward progress in Lake Charles. Boustany securedauthorization for both clinics during last year’s landmark VA reform legislation.

Boustany Presses Obama to Expedite Port Projects in Louisiana

Washington, DC - July 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. M.D. (R-South Louisiana) released the following statement after sending President Barack Obama a letter expediting port projects in the state while addressing dredging issues across the country. Coming on the heels of the President’s recent announcement of 7 nationally and regionally significant infrastructure projects being expedited to expand 5 major ports across the country, Boustany’s letter seeks to expedite port projects throughout the state of Louisiana

Boustany Announces $94k+ HUD Grant for Lafayette Housing Authority

Washington, DC - April 2, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-South Louisiana), released the following statement after the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette received a grant of $94,818.00 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

Scalise receives ‘Champion of the Merit Shop’ award and ‘Defender of Economic Freedom’ award

Washington, DC - July 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Steve Scalise was recently named a Champion of the Merit Shop by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and a Defender of Economic Freedom by the Club for Growth in its latest round of Congressional scoring.

Scalise: IRS Announces Tax Relief for Homeowners with Toxic Chinese Drywall

Washington, DC - October 1, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement after the Internal Revenue Service announced it would allow homeowners with toxic Chinese drywall to treat the damages incurred from toxic drywall as a casualty loss for tax purposes.

Scalise Testifies on NFIP Reform Bill

Washington, DC - April 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Steve Scalise testified today before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity on H.R. 1264, the Multiple Peril Insurance Act

Rep. Melancon, St. Bernard Fire Chief Warn of Chinese Drywall Dangers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 6, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) --Today, Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) toured St. Bernard Fire Chief Thomas Stone’s home in Chalmette, inspecting the extensive damage caused by toxic Chinese drywall. They discussed how the toxic substances in the wallboard can create a fire hazard. Congressman Melancon also gave an update on pending legislation he is working for in Congress that would help homeowners cope with defective Chinese drywall.

Rep. Melancon Urges Passage of Gulf Coast Affordable Housing Provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Charlie Melancon (La.-03) has sent a letter to committee leadership urging them to support an important Gulf Coast affordable housing provision as they work to finalize legislation extending various tax credits. This provision would boost the construction of affordable housing along the Gulf Coast. It could help rebuild more than 6,000 homes along the Gulf Coast – resulting in $715 million in local income and more than 13,500 local jobs in the region. Specifically, the provision would extend by two years the length of time tax incentives are available for rebuilding affordable housing in hurricane-damaged communities in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Rep. Melancon Announces $8.7 Million Recovery Investment for St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) announced today that the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $8,742,938.22 in federal reimbursement grants. This investment, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will reimburse the sheriff’s office for utility costs for their temporary housing facilities incurred from July 2008 through August 2009. Storm surge and flooding from Hurricane Katrina caused such extensive damage to St. Bernard Parish that the sheriff’s office has been providing temporary housing facilities since the storm for essential law enforcement personnel as the community continues to rebuild

Scalise Helps Pass Resolution to Assist Homeowners Affected by Toxic Chinese Drywall

Washington, DC - December 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Steve Scalise successfully worked to pass legislation today that encourages banks and mortgage servicers to work with families affected by toxic Chinese drywall to allow temporary leniency without penalty on payments on their home mortgages. Scalise is a co-sponsor of H.Con.Res. 197 which passed by a vote of 419 – 1.

Rep. Melancon Comments on New Report Linking Chinese Drywall to Corrosion in Homes

Sends Letter to Federal Agency Urging Quick Action on Establishing Repair Guidelines for Homes. WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) commented today on a new report from a federal agency finding a strong association between defective Chinese drywall and corrosion of pipes and electrical wiring in homes. The report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also found a possible link between the drywall and health problems reported by homeowners

Rep. Melancon Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits, Homebuyers’ Tax Credit

Supports Bill After Fighting to Include Louisiana’s Unemployed Workers. WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) voted today to help Louisiana families hit hardest by the recession by extending unemployment benefits, the homebuyers’ tax credit, and tax relief for military families and businesses. The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548) passed the House today by a strong bipartisan vote of 403 to 12 and will now go to the President for his signature.


T & I Committee Passes Graves’ Legislation to Improve Disaster Recovery

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced a slate of bills today, including a bipartisan disaster relief bill authored by Reps. Garret Graves (LA-6) and Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.). The legislation, H.R. 1311 is designed to help communities recover from disasters and increase disaster program transparency and oversight