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“People who commit heinous crimes against women need to be held accountable. This program will help Louisiana implement successful prevention strategies and deliver justice. This funding will support a vital community-based initiative to combat violence against women.” 

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,328,643 from the Department of Justice to support the Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program through the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

“People who commit heinous crimes against women need to be held accountable. This program will help Louisiana implement successful prevention strategies and deliver justice. This funding will support a vital community-based initiative to combat violence against women,” said Kennedy.

The STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program works to strengthen the criminal justice system’s response to violent crimes against women and improve victim services.

“The first responders and other heroes who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 exemplify the American spirit. We must always reflect on their sacrifice and on the reverence for life and liberty anchored in our Constitution. Patriot Week helps tell America’s story, a story that we can’t afford to forget,” said Kennedy.

“Many Louisianians are facing tough times through no fault of their own. Government shut down the economy, and people are struggling to afford housing. I’m grateful for HUD’s work to quickly disperse these funds as we walk the path of economic recovery.”

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $27,028,842 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide financial assistance to Louisianians having trouble meeting rental obligations and facing the risk of eviction. 

“Many Louisianians are facing tough times through no fault of their own. Government shut down the economy, and people are struggling to afford housing. I’m grateful for HUD’s work to quickly disperse these funds as we walk the path of economic recovery,” said Kennedy. 

This funding is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. These funds can be used toward rental obligations for up to six months.

Lafayette will benefit greatly from this investment in our infrastructure. I’m thankful that the DOT has prioritized building and revitalizing Louisiana roadways, especially as we work to recover from both a pandemic and Hurricane Laura.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement in response to the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s decision to award a BUILD grant to the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government. The $10 million grant will fund two components of the University Avenue Corridor Project.

“Lafayette will benefit greatly from this investment in our infrastructure. I’m thankful that the DOT has prioritized building and revitalizing Louisiana roadways, especially as we work to recover from both a pandemic and Hurricane Laura,” said Kennedy.

As part of the funding for two phases of the University Avenue Corridor Project, the grant will build a multi-lane roundabout at the Willow Street intersection and make the five-lane University Avenue into a four-lane road with a raised median between Walker Road and Wilshire Lane. The project will also construct a multi-lane roundabout at Alcide Dominique Drive. Additional improvements will include a landscaped pedestrian zone.

Kennedy wrote to the DOT in May in support of the Lafayette Consolidated Government’s application. His letter is available here.

To create thousands of jobs, save billions of dollars and safeguard the environment, we must invest in alternatives to HFCs. I’m thankful that Chairman Barrasso and Sen. Carper are championing this plan to bring American manufacturing into the future—a plan that both business and environmental groups support.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today joined Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), the committee’s ranking member, in announcing a bipartisan agreement on changes to a hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) amendment to the American Energy Innovation Act.

“American jobs are on the line, and we can protect them by keeping the United States competitive in global industry. To create thousands of jobs, save billions of dollars and safeguard the environment, we must invest in alternatives to HFCs. I’m thankful that Chairman Barrasso and Sen. Carper are championing this plan to bring American manufacturing into the future—a plan that both business and environmental groups support,” said Kennedy.

“This agreement protects both American consumers and American businesses. We can have clean air without damaging our economy. These chemicals are in every home—from our refrigerators, to our cars, to our air conditioners. I insisted on changing this legislation so costs don’t skyrocket for American families. This agreement safeguards the critical uses of these chemicals when substitute chemicals do not work—including in bear spray that protects hikers and fire suppression systems on planes that protect travelers. Now, this legislation will help protect our air while keeping costs down for the American people. I want to thank Senators Kennedy and Carper for working with me and I look forward advancing the legislation in the Senate,” said Barrasso.

“With this agreement, we now have a clear path in Congress to enact and implement a nationwide phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons, known as HFCs. HFCs are the coolants and refrigerants that keep our homes cool and our groceries cold in the fridge. They can be found in almost every household in America—but they have a global warming effect thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. Fortunately, with the ingenuity and innovation of American industry, the next generation of climate-friendly HFC replacements are already being made in this country and sold throughout the world. It’s time we build on those investments and phase down these potent greenhouse gases out of our economy. With this bipartisan agreement, we can and we will. This amendment would spur billions of dollars of economic growth in domestic manufacturing and create tens of thousands of new jobs, all while helping our planet avoid half a degree Celsius in global warming. At a time when we could all use some good news, this is great news for our economy and our planet. Let’s get it done,” said Carper.

Kennedy and Carper offered the original HFCs amendment in March of this year. The amendment parallels the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, a bipartisan effort that brings together the manufacturing industry and environmental groups to preserve jobs in Louisiana and the rest of the nation.

The HFC industry employs 593,000 workers in the U.S. and generates annual sales of $206 billion. Globally, countries are moving away from using HFCs. The amendment will ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to ensure a smooth phasedown of the manufacturing of HFCs in the U.S. in order to support the next generation of technologies.

The evolution of technology impacts the Honeywell plant in Geismar, La. and Mexichem Fluor Inc. in St. Gabriel, La. This amendment will help preserve jobs at these plants.

The revised amendment will authorize a 15-year phasedown of HFCs at a national level for the first time, administered by the EPA. The amendment requires the EPA to implement an 85 percent phase down of the production and consumption of HFCs, so they reach approximately 15 percent of their 2011-2013 average annual levels by 2036. Under the agreement, the revised amendment will also:

  • Protect essential uses of HFCs, including ensuring there are sufficient supplies of HFCs for congressionally-designated essential uses of HFCs that currently have no substitute chemicals, including defense sprays, medical inhalers, semiconductor manufacturing, and mission-critical military uses;
  • Preempt state and local governments from regulating HFCs for the congressionally-designated essential uses for at least five years (which can be extended to 10 if there remains no substitute chemical for a particular use); and
  • Provide protection for consumers from cost increases by ensuring the EPA cannot accelerate the 15-year regulatory timeline faster than the HFC-consumption levels that the market is already achieving.

 

“To help people rebuild their homes and businesses, I’ve introduced a bill to make sure FEMA’s disaster funding doesn’t run dry. Louisianians have worked hard for our state and our country, and they’re not going to walk through recovery alone.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today introduced the Hurricane Laura Recovery Funding Act to provide $10 billion to the Disaster Relief Fund, which funds FEMA’s recovery efforts.

“Hurricane Rita did massive damage to our state, and it looks like Hurricane Laura may eclipse that devastation. To help people rebuild their homes and businesses, I’ve introduced a bill to make sure FEMA’s disaster funding doesn’t run dry. Louisianians have worked hard for our state and our country, and they’re not going to walk through recovery alone,” said Kennedy.

The Disaster Relief Fund has $58 billion, though the account is currently providing resources for a number of emergencies, including the coronavirus pandemic. Federal unemployment costs due to COVID-19 alone account for approximately $44 billion in emergency funding.

Kennedy is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, and the text of this bill is available here.

“As Louisiana begins to recover from Hurricane Laura, we must ensure residents have access to quality health care. This funding from HHS will support critical equipment and construction projects to help our health centers respond to and prepare for disasters.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,700,000 in funding to provide financial assistance to Louisiana health centers to ensure health care services for residents affected by Hurricane Laura. The Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides this Capital Assistance for Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts funding.

“As Louisiana begins to recover from Hurricane Laura, we must ensure residents have access to quality health care. This funding from HHS will support critical equipment and construction projects to help our health centers respond to and prepare for disasters,” said Kennedy.

Projects supported by this funding include:

  • $1,000,000 to support major construction at Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Inc. in Bastrop.

  • $1,000,000 to support major construction at Access Health Louisiana in Luling.

  • $250,000 to support construction at Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center Inc. in Opelousas.

  • $250,000 to support construction at Catahoula Parish Hospital District #2 in Sicily Island.

  • $100,000 to provide new equipment to Rapides Primary Health Care Center, Inc. in Alexandria.

  • $100,000 to provide new equipment to Primary Health Services Center in Monroe.

I look forward to working with you in my capacity as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to identify the appropriate resource needs for a new courthouse in Lake Charles and secure the necessary funding for this courthouse and other Federal facilities damaged by Hurricane Laura.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, wrote to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy to secure resources needed to build a new federal courthouse in Lake Charles. The Edwin F. Hunter, Jr. U.S. Courthouses suffered extensive damage when Hurricane Laura struck the coastal city.

“Following numerous conversations with court personnel and other Federal employees who work in the building, it has become abundantly clear to me that the devastating impacts of this storm warrant a new Federal courthouse in Lake Charles,” wrote Kennedy.

U.S. District Court operations for the Western District of Louisiana and other federal operations will not have suitable courtroom and office space for the foreseeable future.

“I look forward to working with you in my capacity as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to identify the appropriate resource needs for a new courthouse in Lake Charles and secure the necessary funding for this courthouse and other Federal facilities damaged by Hurricane Laura,” Kennedy told Murphy.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government has jurisdiction over GSA and the federal judiciary.

The letter is available here.