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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana


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November 5, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto; Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans; and Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill.; introduced a bill Thursday, Nov. 5, that seeks to prevent deaths of high school football players.

October 29, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, joined an overwhelming majority of Republicans in electing Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as the next Speaker of the House.

Dr. Abraham joined 235 other Republicans in voting for Ryan, who garnered the support of all major Republican caucuses in Congress, including the very conservative House Freedom Caucus.

October 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, on Tuesday called the announced budget deal “an assault on rural America” because of provisions within the bill that would gut the Federal Crop Insurance program.

October 16, 2015 Press Release


WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto and chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, issued the following statement about the resignation of Allison Hickey, the undersecretary of benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

October 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, praised the ruling from the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati today that placed on hold President Obama’s controversial Waters of the US rule (WOTUS).

October 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Bill Cassidy, M.D. R-La., and Reps. Ralph Abraham, M.D. R-Alto, Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D., R-Lafayette, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Garret Graves, R-La., offered their support to the National Guard by supplying written testimony to the National Commission on the Future of the Army in Washington on Wednesday.

October 7, 2015 Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, is supporting fellow Louisianan and current Majority Whip Steve Scalise for Majority Leader.

September 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted against a funding bill passed by the House on Wednesday because it preserved funding for Planned Parenthood.

The House approved the funding bill, called a continuing resolution, by a vote of 277-151.

September 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides abortion services in clinics across the nation.

September 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, that a number of Louisiana parishes have been declared natural disaster areas by the United Sates Department of Agriculture due to drought.


In The News

May 1, 2018 In The News

On Tuesday, Congressman Ralph Abraham visited the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank in Monroe. He said one and every five people go hungry in the community. He said he wants to change that, especially for the little ones.

"If a child is hungry, he or she is not going to learn. You gotta have a full belly before you worry about arithmetic and English," Abraham said.

April 25, 2018 In The News

Democratic lawmakers and civil rights organizations are turning to churches, community groups and college campuses to help pressure Congress to reverse the Trump administration’s decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.

April 24, 2018 In The News

Syria has been wracked by civil war since 2011 and its president, Bashar al-Assad, pilloried by some for terrorizing his own people. More than 5.5 million have fled the country, many of them seeking asylum in the U.S.

April 21, 2018 In The News

About 80 percent of the spending from the Farm Bill is for nutrition programs, better known as SNAP. The Farm Bill, as presented to the House Agriculture Committee, includes work requirements for people who receive SNAP benefits.

Louisiana 5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham is the only member of the state's delegation to sit on the committee.

April 17, 2018 In The News

With seven months until House Republicans possibly elect their next top leader, some experts and allies of Rep. Steve Scalise say he still could be a contender.

“I’ll be behind him 110 percent,’’ said Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La. “If he asks me, I’ll be leading the charge."

Abraham said that as whip Scalise has had to also lobby Democrats to pass some major bills. 

April 14, 2018 In The News

Tell the truth, which means more to you -- something you earned through hard work and effort or something you were given for little or no effort?

We believe the majority of readers would say the first option, something earned. We can think of examples at many levels.

April 14, 2018 In The News

Late Friday night into early Saturday morning, the U.S. launched an airstrike on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack from the Syrian government on Syrian civilians.

On Saturday, Congressman Ralph Abraham and Senator John Kennedy reacted to the airstrike.

April 13, 2018 In The News

The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump spoke from the White House.

April 13, 2018 In The News

The proposed Federal Farm bill working its way through Congress contains work requirements for able-bodied 18- to 59-year-olds who receive SNAP benefits. A beneficiary would have to work or be enrolled in a work training program at least 20 hours a week. 

April 12, 2018 In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham has praised the new work requirements for able-bodied adult SNAP beneficiaries that are outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill introduced on Thursday.