The Beltway Beat

— ABRAHAM: “Certainly these are divisive times. I get that, and I get that people have a right to protest. But the flag is about more than politics; it's about veterans like Villanueva who risked everything for this country. We should stand for the flag and the anthem because to not do so disrespects everything that our troops fought and died for.”

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy talks “middle class tax relief” on the floor. VIDEO

— Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, and Congressmen Ralph Abraham and Mike Johnson have asked the Barksdale Air Force Base not to end its annual air show: “The Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show is not only a showcase for the U.S. Air Force but also a massive economic driver for Louisiana. The show attracts over 150,000 visitors a year, with out-of-town visitors contributing millions in direct spending to the local economy, and tens of millions downstream of that.” THE LETTER.

— Congressman Ralph Abraham will be at Rayville High School on Friday at 8:30 a.m. to talk about the Farm Bill reauthorization. ABRAHAM: “The current Farm Bill has worked well for the most part, but it isn’t perfect. I wanted to gather the top agriculture experts from throughout Louisiana to hear what they say is working and what needs improving so that we in Congress can draft the best Farm Bill possible for our farmers.”

— SIDE BAR: Sounds like it may be the only listening session scheduled in the entire lower Mississippi Delta… Greg Hilburn has your background.

— Kennedy Wire: “U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) secured assurances from Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton today that possible insider trading at Equifax will not be ignored.  Sen. Kennedy earlier called for a federal investigation after it became known that Equifax executives sold stock before publicly announcing the breach.”

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