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Since first elected to Congress, I have been a voice for rural America. Too often, rural communities get left out of funding opportunities. In February I introduced a bill to provide rural areas with access to more than $2 billion in grant funding for infrastructure improvements.

The Revitalize Rural America Act creates a $2.1 billion grant program administered by the Secretary of Transportation to fund rural infrastructure projects such as improving and expanding federal-aid highways, tunnels and bridges; expanding broadband internet access; water and wastewater projects; navigation projects; and electrical grid projects in rural areas.

States, local governments and other public and private entities would be eligible to apply for the grants, and awards would go directly to the winning entity, rather than funneled through state governments for distribution.

The grant program will be funded by redirecting money earmarked for beautification and recreational programs in the FAST Act, the five-year transportation funding bill passed in 2015, and reducing funding for the Capital Investment Grant, a program that builds streetcars and trams mostly in large urban areas in California, New York and Florida.

No American should see brown water coming out of their faucets while the federal government is building gardens and bike trails in cities. My bill redirects federal funds currently going to urban wish-list projects and sends them back to local communities where rural Americans can make the investments their towns need to grow and succeed.

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March 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., today voted to support President Trump's national emergency declaration.

Abraham has been a steadfast supporter of building the border wall. He previously voted against the resolution to overturn President Trump's emergency declaration.

March 18, 2019 In The News

Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to consider Louisiana as the home for a proposed Space Force headquarters. He commended the president for his efforts to advance the U.S. Space Command, and expressed his support for additional defense funding in the president’s recent budget proposal.

March 17, 2019 In The News

As an oil executive, I appreciate the jobs that the oil & gas industry provides to our region. I also understand that we need to actively recruit all avenues of job creation for Bossier Parish. There is one such opportunity in the bid to become the home for the newest military branch, the U.S. Space Force.

March 13, 2019 In The News

Major improvements continue at the Winnsboro Municipal Airport, said Terry Shirley, airport manager.

Some $215,000 will be spent on apron and taxiway improvements. The improvements are funded in part by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

“With this grant, 90 percent was paid by the federal government and 10 percent was paid by the state government,” Shirley said. “This cost the town of Winnsboro nothing.”

March 12, 2019 In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., wrote a letter to President Donald Trump pitching Louisiana as the future headquarters for the new United States Space Command.

March 12, 2019 In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-Louisiana) is pushing for Louisiana to be a major part of America's future in space. Abraham's office says the congressman sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that Louisiana be home to the future headquarters of the United States Space Command.

March 1, 2019 In The News

The City of Tallulah got some good news coming out of a bad situation. Congressman Ralph Abraham announced he was able to help get the city $22,000 through a USDA grant.

"We've already set up the account at Delta Banks here in Tallulah. It's already ready to go," Mayor Gloria Hayden said.

It goes toward research late Mayor Paxton Branch kicked off last year. Specifically, it will help pay for an engineering and environmental report the city needs to fix the failing water system's infrastructure. 

December 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. R-Alto, today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced a new definition of “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” to replace the failed Obama-era definition.

December 9, 2018 In The News

Louisiana legislators at their 2019 fiscal session should increase the state’s 20-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, but the odds of that happening are slim to none. Those taxes haven’t been increased since 1989, and that 20 cents is worth only about 7 cents in today’s money.

Meanwhile, the Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads is kicking off a $500,000 campaign to force another debate on the gasoline tax issue in 2019.

December 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. R-Alto, today announced that nine projects in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will receive more than $27 million in combined loans and grants from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The investments will help upgrade, install or construct nine water system projects in Caldwell, Grant, Jackson, Winn, Catahoula, La Salle, St. Landry and West Feliciana.