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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today an $11.7 million Health and Human Services grant to help combat the opioid crisis in Louisiana.

This funding will help states and local governments track opioid data and support their work in preventing overdoses and saving lives.

“Louisiana lost more people to opioid deaths than to car accidents last year,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “The opioid crisis is ruining lives and hurting families.  This grant will help Louisiana officials track overdose data and then use that data to help save lives.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and the nation’s drug czar, Jim Carroll, attended the ground breaking Wednesday for the anchor facility of the Safe Haven campus in Mandeville.  Located on the grounds of the former Southeast Louisiana Hospital, Safe Haven will be a 24-bed facility offering comprehensive behavioral health treatment.

“It’s no secret that we have a drug problem in this country that is destroying families.  All too often, mental illness is at the root of an addiction,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “Drug Czar Carroll is committed to helping us resolve this problem as a nation.  Safe Haven is a candle of hope in the battle against mental illness and addiction.  This is a fight that we have to win.”

“While the addiction crisis continues to take too many lives, we are making progress in getting more help to those who need it.  Today was an incredibly special day because it means more family members, friends, and neighbors right here in Louisiana will have the opportunity to get their lives back,” said Drug Czar Carroll.  “By working with true leaders like Senator Kennedy, and those on the frontlines of this fight, the Trump Administration will continue to be relentless in our efforts to save lives.”

“This is a remarkable day for St. Tammany, and our entire region.  Safe Haven is a unique investment in our future because our elected officials, health care providers, first responders, nonprofit organizations and countless other agencies are working collaboratively to make this vision a reality.  We are combining resources so every agency can focus on their field of expertise to provide healing to those who need it,” said St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s approval of Louisiana’s disaster declaration to release federal assistance for Hurricane Barry recovery.

Hurricane Barry didn’t wallop us like we expected, but it still caused significant property damage,” said Sen. Kennedy. “The president’s disaster declaration will help us recover and rebuild.”

This disaster declaration will make federal funding available to the parishes of Allen, Iberia, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermilion for all categories of public assistance.

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today an $8.3 million Army grant to fund dredging on waterways in south Louisiana.

The work will be performed on the New Orleans Harbor Reach of the Mississippi River, bays along the Gulf Intracostal Waterway, Bayou Lafourche, Houma Navigation Canal and Barataria Bar Channel.

“Historic rainfall throughout the country has resulted in massive loads of silt and soil being washed down the Mississippi River to south Louisiana,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “This grant will fund dredging to help keep our waterways clear for commerce and transportation.”

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) issued the following statement regarding the White House’s decision to require non-exempt refineries to increase their ethanol usage in order to reallocate unused ethanol from refineries that were granted small refinery exemptions. This requirement would take effect in 2021.

“I am thankful to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler for helping Louisiana’s small refineries by granting exemptions that keep them competitive and further America’s energy independence initiative.  However, we shouldn’t weaponize these exemptions and punish larger refineries,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “The decision to reallocate unused ethanol puts a huge burden on larger refineries and threatens Louisiana jobs.  It also undermines America’s quest for energy independence, and I predict it will further undermine the legitimacy of the ethanol program.  This is a punitive policy move.”

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a total of $204,100 in rural development grants to Amite, Basile and Athens, Louisiana.

The USDA awarded a $49,600 grant to Amite to purchase police vehicles and police equipment.  Amite also received an $18,800 grant for a new maintenance truck.

Basile received a $47,000 grant to help purchase public safety equipment and maintenance equipment.  This grant will be used to acquire six bulletproof vests, six body cameras and four portable radios for law enforcement in Basile. Basile received another $49,700 grant to purchase two police patrol cars that are better equipped to navigate the town’s gravel roads.

The USDA awarded $39,000 to Athens to purchase a police vehicle and improve public safety services in the town.

“Public safety is a priority for families and community leaders in every city and town across the nation,” said Sen. Kennedy. “The law enforcement in every community needs access to the proper resources to keep residents and their properties safe.  These grants will provide the resources necessary to improve and update public safety equipment in several of Louisiana’s rural communities.”

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) issued the following statement today on the death of former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco:

“Becky and I are deeply saddened by Gov. Blanco’s passing and extend our condolences to Coach and their children as well as to Kathleen’s mother.  Kathleen was a dedicated public servant and a loving mother, daughter and wife.  She led a remarkable life but wasn’t immune to tragedy.  She handled those tragedies with tremendous courage and unwavering faith.  True faith makes you fearless, and that faith was Kathleen’s solace and strength.  Louisiana has suffered a tremendous loss with her passing.”

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today thanked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler for granting 31 exemptions that will protect Louisiana’s small refineries from financial devastation. 

At issue are hardship waivers – called Small Refinery Exemptions – that give small refineries in Louisiana the ability to remain competitive against larger companies and further President Donald Trump’s initiative for the U.S. to be energy independent.  The waivers free refineries from biofuel blending requirements that are unaffordable.

“These exemptions are necessary to keep small refineries in business and protect tens of thousands of jobs across the U.S.,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Louisiana can only help this country achieve energy independence if our refineries are allowed to thrive.  These exemptions are a huge win, not just for the industry, but for workers and families across Louisiana.” 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today 31 Health and Human Services grants totaling $5.1 million for communities across Louisiana.

These grants will help fund Louisiana health centers that provide integrated behavioral health services such as prevention or treatment for mental health conditions and opioid addictions.

“Mental health is a growing concern across the country.  It affects the young and old, rich and poor, and if left untreated, it can ruin lives and devastate families,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “These grants will equip health centers across Louisiana to provide life-saving mental health services.”

 

Organization Name

City

Amount Of Award

New Orleans Health Department

New Orleans

$167,000

Excelth Inc.

New Orleans

$167,000

Rapides Primary Health Care Center, Inc.

Alexandria

$167,000

Southeast Community Health Systems

Greensburg

$167,000

Capitol City Family Health Center, Inc., Dba Care South

Baton Rouge

$167,000

Out-Patient Medical Center

Natchitoches

$167,000

St. Gabriel Health Clinic, Inc.

Saint Gabriel

$167,000

SWLA Center For Health Services

Lake Charles

$167,000

Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Ctr, Inc.

Opelousas

$167,000

David Raines Community Health Center, Inc.

Shreveport

$167,000

Primary Health Services Center

Monroe

$167,000

Teche Action Board Inc.

Franklin

$167,000

Innis Community Health Center, Inc.

Innis

$167,000

Access Health Louisiana

Luling

$167,000

Tensas Community Health Center, Inc.

Saint Joseph

$167,000

Primary Care Providers For A Healthy Feliciana

Clinton

$167,000

Jefferson Community Health Care Centers, Inc.

Avondale

$167,000

Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Inc

Bastrop

$167,000

Winn Community Health Center, Inc

Winnfield

$167,000

St. Thomas Community Health Center, Inc.

New Orleans

$167,000

Hospital Service District No. 1-A Of The Parish Of Richland

Delhi

$167,000

Marillac Community Health Centers

New Orleans

$167,000

CASSE Dental Health Institute

Mansfield

$167,000

Common Ground Health Clinic

New Orleans

$154,830

MQVN Community Development Corp

New Orleans

$167,000

New Orleans Aids Task Force

New Orleans

$167,000

Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc.

New Orleans

$167,000

HIV/AIDS Alliance For Region Two Inc

Baton Rouge

$167,000

Priority Health Care

Marrero

$167,000

Start Corporation

Houma

$167,000

Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center

New Iberia

$167,000

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is finalizing the delivery of $1.2 billion in disaster mitigation funding to Louisiana.  Congress originally appropriated this funding in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

“The people of Louisiana are no strangers to disasters, and this funding will help mitigate the destruction that disasters can cause,” said Sen. Kennedy. “I hope that HUD will work swiftly to allow our state to use this money on important disaster mitigation projects that will help protect our homes, families and businesses from future storms.” 

 

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