Abraham, Babin create I-14 Caucus
WASHINGTON - Congressmen Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, and Brian Babin, R-Texas, have created a bipartisan I-14 Caucus with the goal of expanding Interstate 14 through Central Louisiana
This caucus provides members with a better way to collaborate and communicate with each other and local stakeholders to advance HR 6111, the bill Dr. Abraham cosponsored to expand I-14. It would bring existing highways into the I-14 corridor to connect communities from Midland, Texas, to Laurel, Miss.
The bill also improves military readiness by connecting bases like Fort Polk and Camp Beauregard with quicker access to the deployment port in Beaumont, Texas.
“Expanding I-14 would give many communities throughout Central Louisiana with direct interstate access, which will lead to more economic growth. This project is a great opportunity to enhance the state of Louisiana, and I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Babin and other members of Congress to see that it gets done,” Dr. Abraham said.
Babin added, “Our interstate highway system truly connects our nation from coast to coast and represents American ingenuity at its best, but as populations shift and new economic and military centers emerge, the need to strengthen those connections requires action.”
HR 6111 would bring portions of LA 8, LA 28 and US 84 into the I-14 corridor. Community leaders from the CenLa Chamber of Commerce, Fort Polk and the England Air Authority have celebrated Dr. Abraham’s co-sponsorship of the bill and his continuing efforts to advance the project.
Joining Dr. Abraham and Babin as charter members of the I-14 Caucus are U.S. Reps. Drew Ferguson, R-Ga.; Roger Williams, R-Texas; Mike Conaway, R-Texas; Bill Flores, R-Texas; Mike Johnson, R-La.; Gene Green, D-Texas; and John Carter, R-Texas.
The bill is currently pending before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.