The Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “If you try to design a more irrational immigration program than the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, you couldn’t do it. It’s stupid. It’s nonsense on a stick.” READ or WATCH

— Congressman Steve Scalise: “Right now, America’s dead last in the industrialized world because we have the highest tax rate. That needs to change. Let’s make America competitive again—that’s what our bill does.” WATCH or READ

— Scalise on Fox & Friends: NYC terror attack and more tax reform. WATCH or READ

— Congressman Clay Higgins on tax reform: “More money in the pockets of working Americans shouldn't be a partisan issue, and I hope my Democrat colleagues will work in a bipartisan manner to get this thing done. The American people aren't stupid...It's a win for the middle-class.”

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy: “This is an important step forward in our effort to reform the outdated tax code. I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues, as a member of the Finance Committee, to ensure we bring tax relief to working families.”

— Read Congressman Cedric Richmond’s insurance application guide.

— Scalise introduced the SECURE American Energy Act: “Our bill empowers states and optimizes onshore resource management by delegating certain permitting functions to state regulatory agencies instead of Washington.” BILL

— FYI: “SECURE” stands for “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand.”

— President Donald Trump has nominated Brandon Fremin for U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.

— The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is pushing a bill on care reform. Higgins: “This is about providing timely, quality care when and where veterans need it.” 

— Cassidy: “I thank Whip Scalise and Chairman [Jeb] Hensarling for making progress towards a comprehensive, long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program..”

— Congressman Ralph Abraham on Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization"Protecting our most vulnerable class of young people should not even be up for debate.”

Abraham on Community Health Centers funding: "As a physician, I want to ensure that everyone has access to good, quality medical care, and CHCs help provide that access.”

— Higgins: “Both CHIP and community health centers provide health services to low-income and under-served populations.”

— Congressman Mike Johnson: "Ensuring the ill-effects of Obamacare do not adversely harm children’s access to care is paramount. FLOOR SPEECH

— The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority earned an extra $9.6 million for Calcasieu Parish wetlands. PRESS RELEASE.

— ICYMI: Cassidy introduced Western District of Louisiana Judicial Nominee Terry Doughty to Senate Committee on the Judiciary. WATCH: DOUGHTY and CASSIDY

— National Federation of Independent Business says House tax bill “leaves too many small businesses out.” READ

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Feeling Special: Day 2 Down, 15 To Go

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ALFORD: Is Constitutional Convention Chatter Peaking?

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Political History by Mitch Rabalais: When Duke and Shaq Clashed

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Political Chatter

— The Legislative Black Caucus has new officers: Rep. Randal Gaines was elected chair, Rep. Ted James is vice chair, Rep. Jeff Hall is first

Gamard’s Beltway Beat

Congress is in recess this week, but plenty has happened since we went on hiatus for the Gras. As folks down in Louisiana reveled in and


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LOWDOWN: What NOT to Do When Reporters Come Knocking

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HASHTAG LOUISIANA: Policing Chatrooms and Mastering Newsfeeds

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SPONSORED: What to Expect This Time Around

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Alford: Defining The Louisiana Mood

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Rabalais: That Year There Was No Mardi Gras

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Political Chatter

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “How do you catch a unicorn? Unique up on it!” (P.S. Happy Mardi Gras!) —

Gamard’s Beltway Beat: Another Shutdown?

It’s a good thing our congressional delegation got their Carnival fill at the 65th Parish a couple of weeks ago, because pending votes on


— Tuesday 02/06: Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Laura Veazey, Stephen Waguespack, Kellee Hennessy, Tom Fitzmorris and Cindy

JBE SAVES MARDI GRAS: Not-so-special session delayed

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5 Hard-Hitting Campaign Ads

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POD: Liz & The Supremes

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SPONSORED: A Congress Divided

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Lowdown: Your German-Born Governor

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Capitol Gains: JBE, Re-Election Politics & Chicken Stuff

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Hashtag Louisiana: Todd Graves & One Love For Mardi Gras

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LaHistory: Foster and Buddy’s Comeback Bid

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A Very Looziana SOTU (and Other Chatter)

— In case you missed it last night, the Bayou State owned the first five minutes… — U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got one of the