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Congressman Mike Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Louisiana

ICYMI: Rep. Johnson Advocates for Investment in Louisiana

March 13, 2017
Press Release
Rep. Johnson testified before the Appropriations Committee to advocate on behalf of funding for Louisiana’s water infrastructure, transportation & defense installations

Washington D.C. – Last week, Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04) testified before the House Appropriations Committee on three separate occasions to advocate for investment into Louisiana’s water infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and defense installations like Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force base. All three of these areas play an important role not only in Louisiana, but in our continued growth as a nation.


Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies


“I recently learned that Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District contains five of the nine Louisiana Department of Transportation’s (LA DOTD) state sectors, making it the largest. Within that area, my district contains 3,403 bridges and a total of over 20,000 miles of local and interstate roadway. It is also home to four shallow draft port authorities, with 485 miles of navigable waterways, seven freight railroads and 875 miles of railroad track. Every one of these areas are in need of attention.”


Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development


“Today I ask the committee to help fund dredging needs that will provide much needed resources related to flooding, navigation benefits, and not forget the tremendous benefit shallow-draft waterways and ports have in bringing jobs back to the United States. The role our inland waterway systems play is an integral part of our nation’s maritime system and is critically important to our prosperity as a country. In Louisiana’s Fourth District, some of our biggest challenges, and yet some of our greatest opportunities, revolve around port infrastructure and further development of the navigation of our rivers.”


Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense


“I have long been an advocate for the members of our military and their families, and I’ve made recent visits to both Ft. Polk and Barksdale to get the very latest assessments from the commanding officers at each installation. Their importance to our wider military mission cannot be overstated. The need for immediate action in restoring and maintaining their sometimes decades-old infrastructure and equipment is urgent.”