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“Opioid addiction has impacted thousands around Louisiana, and this funding will support critical services to help our communities battle substance abuse.”

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,984,910 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to support drug treatment projects around Louisiana.

“Opioid addiction has impacted thousands around Louisiana, and this funding will support critical services to help our communities battle substance abuse,” said Kennedy.

Projects supported by this funding include:

  • $4,984,910 to support the Overdose Date to Action program through the Louisiana Department of Health.

  • $1,000,000 to support the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program through Louisiana Primary Care Association, Inc.

“Louisiana’s wetlands protect our state from hurricanes and other serious storms. For years, nutria have devoured miles of our marshes, and some areas have no chance of growing back. This bill would help prevent these invasive swamp rats from further destroying Louisiana’s marshland.”

WASHINGTON – Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation to amend the Nutria Eradication and Control Act.

The legislation would authorize an additional $6 million a year to increase assistance for states participating in the Nutria Eradication Program, which provides funding to states that implement initiatives to eradicate the invasive species. The measure also makes financial assistance proportional to the total area of a state that is affected by nutria.

“Louisiana’s wetlands protect our state from hurricanes and other serious storms. For years, nutria have devoured miles of our marshes, and some areas have no chance of growing back. This bill would help prevent these invasive swamp rats from further destroying Louisiana’s marshland,” said Kennedy.

“The explosive population growth of the nutria rodent could overwhelm our farms and wetlands if we don’t take aggressive action now. In California, there could be as many as 250,000 nutria within five years that could cause more than $1.2 billion a year in agriculture losses and eradication costs. Our bill will make all states eligible for federal funds to control this invasive species and stop its spread before we lose control of the situation,” said Feinstein.

“Fighting HIV and promoting the health and education of Louisiana’s youngest kids are priorities for our state, and I’m glad to see HHS award these grants to Louisiana.”

 WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $8,029,141 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support health projects around Louisiana.

“Fighting HIV and promoting the health and education of Louisiana’s youngest kids are priorities for our state, and I’m glad to see HHS award these grants to Louisiana,” said Kennedy.

Projects supported by this funding include:

  • $3,417,182 to support the Early Head Start program through the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

  • $3,232,231 to support integrated programs to combat the HIV epidemic through the Louisiana Department of Health.

  • $1,379,728 to support the Head Start program through Regina Coeli Child Development Center, Inc.

 

WASHINGTON – Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today praised the confirmation of David Joseph as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

“David Joseph has served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana since 2018 and is well-respected in the Louisiana legal community. I’m confident he will serve our state well as a district court judge, and I am proud to have supported his nomination,” said Kennedy.

“David Joseph’s intelligence, integrity, and experience make him an ideal federal judge. He will serve the Western District of Louisiana and our country well. I’m very happy for David and his family. I thank him for serving our country,” said Dr. Cassidy.

“Whether hurricane season is here or on the way, Louisiana must prepare to protect residents from flooding. These funds will help support critical flood management projects to safeguard our communities.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,467,805 in FEMA funding to support flood management projects around Louisiana.

“Whether hurricane season is here or on the way, Louisiana must prepare to protect residents from flooding. These funds will help support critical flood management projects to safeguard our communities,” said Kennedy.

Projects supported by this funding include:

  • $2,037,145 to help implement flood mitigation projects as a result of repetitive damage.

  • $1,430,660 to support repair and replacement of the Reach K levee in Lafourche Parish, which was damaged by Hurricane Barry.

 

“For months, state and local governments have been working under the weight of an incredible health crisis. Giving those governments the flexibility to help their communities weather this pandemic—by using money they already have—is a no-brainer. I’m glad to see this commonsense provision in the Senate’s relief package.” 

WASHINGTON– Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-La.) Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility for State and Local Government Act has been included in the Senate’s coronavirus relief package. The bill would give state and local governments more flexibility as they use funds provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“For months, state and local governments have been working under the weight of an incredible health crisis. Giving those governments the flexibility to help their communities weather this pandemic—by using money they already have—is a no-brainer. I’m glad to see this commonsense provision in the Senate’s relief package,” said Kennedy.

The Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility for State and Local Government Act would allow states and local governments to use CARES Act funding for operating expenses unrelated to the coronavirus. This bill does not allow officials to spend this CARES Act money on shoring up their pension funds.

The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which has provided payments to state, local and tribal governments to help them respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Every state received at least $1.25 billion from this allocation.

“Louisiana’s future depends on the next generation of problem solvers, and this funding will help support important research and education projects to give our students the resources to succeed.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,076,892 in grant funding to help support education and research projects around Louisiana.

“Louisiana’s future depends on the next generation of problem solvers, and this funding will help support important research and education projects to give our students the resources to succeed,” said Kennedy.

Projects supported by this funding include:

  • $2,715,141 from the Department of Health and Human Services to help support the Head Start program through the Iberville Parish School Board.

  • $1,361,751 from the National Science Foundation to support the purchase of a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer to help train Louisiana State University students in spectroscopy, chemical and structural biology, microbiology, plant biology and biomaterial research.

“This funding will give the doctors and nurses in Plaquemines Parish the additional resources they need to treat those most in need. I’m also grateful to see the Office of Behavioral health receive resources to help prevent suicide during this difficult time."

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,720,833 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for Plaquemines Parish Hospital and the Louisiana State Office of Behavioral Health. 

“Health centers care for the most vulnerable populations and are facing serious challenges while fighting the coronavirus. This funding will give the doctors and nurses in Plaquemines Parish the additional resources they need to treat those most in need,” said Kennedy.

“I’m also grateful to see the Office of Behavioral Health receive resources to help prevent suicide during this difficult time.”

This funding includes $920,833 for health centers that are part of Plaquemines Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 and $800,000 for the Louisiana State Office of Behavioral Health.

“John Lewis made America better. He believed in, and espoused in word and deed, the ideal of America as a color-blind meritocracy. Becky and I mourn his passing. Thank you, Congressman Lewis, for giving so much to our great country.”

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) released the following statement on the passing of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.):

“John Lewis made America better. He believed in, and espoused in word and deed, the ideal of America as a color-blind meritocracy. Becky and I mourn his passing. Thank you, Congressman Lewis, for giving so much to our great country.”

“Medical professionals have gone above and beyond to mitigate this pandemic, and this $224 million in CARES Act funding will help give health care providers resources to continue saving lives in Louisiana.”

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on $223,580,330 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help 47 hospitals respond to the coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana.

“Medical professionals have gone above and beyond to mitigate this pandemic, and this $224 million in CARES Act funding will help give health care providers resources to continue saving lives in Louisiana,” said Kennedy.

These payments are part of HHS’s delivery of $10 billion to hospitals with more than 161 coronavirus admissions between January 1 and June 10, 2020. These funds are provided under the authority of the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

This funding includes $45,312,748 to Ochsner Medical Center. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is receiving $43,843,357, while its children’s hospital is receiving an additional $800,000 in federal aid.

Additional information about this CARES Act funding is available here.