Shipping items from China could get more expensive
Posted on 10/18/2018 4:35:00 AM.

Consumers could pay higher prices on goods shipped from China, if the United States goes through with President Trump's decision to pull out of the Universal Postal Union. Congressman Ralph Abraham applauds the decision, because he says under the current 144-year-old treaty, China receives shipping subsidies usually reserved for poor nations, giving their businesses an unfair advantage.

Universal Postal Union, Louisiana, Ralph Abraham, China, 2018, trade war

Iraq agrees to purchase 90,000 tons of US rice
Posted on 10/5/2018 11:57:00 AM.

Iraq is set to buy 90,000 tons of American grown rice in a deal that more than triples the tonnage of the original request pushed by Congressman Ralph Abraham and others, and that’s big for Louisiana, which produces more rice than any other state. Abraham says the Iraqi appetite is growing.

Iraq, Louisiana, 2018, Ralph Abraham, agriculture, trade, rice

Congressman Ralph Abraham honors Ruston veteran on the House floor
Posted on 9/27/2018 4:59:00 AM.

Congressman Ralph Abraham took time on the House floor to honor Ruston resident Adolf Wesselhoeft, who is now legally blind from exposure to agent Orange from flying bombers during the Vietnam War.

Abraham says the Ruston resident is the son of German immigrants. He and his family were forced into a US internment camp during World War II before being traded to the Germans in 1944 for American POW’s. Abraham says during that difficult time Wesselhoeft's love for his country did not fade.
Ralph Abraham, Ruston, Adolf Wesslehoeft

Congressman Abraham pushes for SNAP work requirements as Farm Bill discussions heat up
Posted on 9/5/2018 2:53:00 PM.
A conference committee has started discussions on a new Farm Bill on Capitol Hill, with Republicans pushing for major reforms to food stamp eligibility. Congressman Ralph Abraham from Richland Parish is on the committee and he supports a work or educational requirement for an able bodied adult to be eligible for SNAP.
Abraham says employers are desperate for labor, and this is a good step towards pushing the unemployed into the workforce.
Ralph Abraham, SNAP reform, Farm Bill, work requirements

Louisiana rice on it's way to Iraqi stomachs
Posted on 8/21/2018 5:21:00 AM.

The Iraqi government has agreed to purchase 15,000 tons of American rice in a deal that should relieve some pressure on Louisiana rice growers who are feeling the burn from an escalating trade war with China, and other nations.

Iraq, Louisiana, 2018, Ralph Abraham, agriculture, tariffs, trade war

717-billion dollar defense spending bill to boost investments in Louisiana military bases
Posted on 8/13/2018 1:03:00 PM.

President Trump has signed the 717-billion dollar defense spending bill that will fund the military for 2019. It includes pay raises for troops and substantial investments in Louisiana based military bases. Northeast Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham says it’s the biggest pay raise for the military in nearly a decade.

“A well-deserved raise, 2.6 percent, actually the second raise in the last couple years but this is the biggest in I think eight years.”

Donald Trump, Ralph Abraham, Belle Chasse, Defense spending

Report: Former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard rumored to run in Governor's race
Posted on 7/30/2018 3:27:00 AM.

Jim Bernhard rumors are swirling again as reports the former Shaw Group CEO is considering a run for the governor’s mansion in 2019.

Bernhard now operates energy investment firm Bernhard Capital Partners. Publisher Jeremy Alford says Bernhard has the capital on hand to make it a competitive race.
Jim Bernhard, Jeremy Alford, John Bel Edwards, Ralph Abraham

Congressional candidate arrested after qualifying
Posted on 7/21/2018 9:30:00 AM.
A congressional candidate was arrested Friday, shortly after he qualified to run against U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham in Louisiana's 5th district. Billy Burkette of Pride was taken away in handcuffs as there was a warrant out for his arrest for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Billy Burkette, Ralph Abraham, US Representative, arrested, impersonating a law enforcement officer

Congressman Abraham boasts benefits of Farm Bill passage in House
Posted on 6/21/2018 5:07:00 PM.

Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham calls the passage of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House a great day for America’s farmers. Abraham, who is the only member of Louisiana’s delegation on the agriculture committee, says it will help farmers recover from natural disasters.

Ralph Abraham, Farm Bill, food stamps, dairy farmers

Trump signs executive order to keep immigrant families together at the border
Posted on 6/20/2018 1:37:00 PM.

The separation of families coming into the United States illegally is causing a firestorm of controversy across the nation. President Trump now plans to sign an executive order to allow children to stay with parents attempting to cross the border unlawfully.

US Representative Ralph Abraham says he supports President Trump’s efforts.
Ralph Abraham, President Trump, Immigration

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