Gamard’s Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has introduced the Stop Trafficking in Fentanyl Act, named after a synthetic drug found in heroin: “We are at war in this country with opioid addiction.” He also honored retiring New Orleans WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts on the floor this week.

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has two new bills, one on transplant surgery for veterans and another that funds security equipment, as well as student, school personnel, and law enforcement training, in an effort to prevent school shootings. He also met with with foreign allies to discuss U.S. assistance to Jordan and Israel. Cassidy: “Maintaining strong relationships with allies is crucial to making Americans safer at home and abroad.”

— Congressman Steve Scalise is still supporting the Goodlatte-McCaul immigration bill, but has spent most of his screen time talking guns. The Majority Whip appeared on Fox Business and on Fox News to discuss his gun control views versus President Donald Trump’s. Here’s his remarks after meeting with Florida students who went through the Parkland school shooting.

— Congressman Cedric Richmond retweeted a jab at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the Congressional Black Caucus, piggybacking on some cyber-criticism from President Donald Trump. Richmond also wrote on social media: “As #BlackHistoryMonth comes to close, it is important for us to continually remember and reflect on the contributions African-Americans have made to make our country great.”

— Congressman Clay Higgins met with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson to talk about the Barksdale AFB project and the Lake Charles I-10 Bridge (Congressman Johnson was part of the conversation, too). Higgins also met with the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.

— Congressman Mike Johnson has a new bill with Florida Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist to form a partnership between the U.S. and Israel to combat drone attacks. Johnson: “As technology develops, we too must adapt to ensure the safety and security of our nation now and for generations to come.”

— Congressman Ralph Abraham is lauding a new cost-share program for cotton farmers. He’s not happy with Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods for announcing new restrictions to their firearm sales. Abraham: “Once we start chipping away at the Constitution, then we as a nation have a very, very serious problem.”

— Congressman Garret Gravesnew Facebook Live video includes an overview of bills moving in Congress, President Donald Trump’s recent lashings against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, gun control and mass shootings, the FBI malfeasance memos, net neutrality, child discipline, duplication of benefits, carbon fees, climate change, flood infrastructure, and conversations he’s having with state lawmakers. Kevin O’Keefe, one of his legislative assistants, has won the Louisiana National Guard’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. Plus here’s Grave’s levee-focused cameo (he comes in around 4:25) on St. Charles Parish Today. Graves also met last week with Parkland high school students to talk about the mass shooting.

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