Earlier this week, 50 AMAC members gathered in the Bluebonnet Public Library in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to hear from freshman Congressman, Garret Graves (R-LA). Elected to the House of Representatives in late 2014, Rep. Graves filled the seat previously held by now-Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
Congressman Graves spoke at length about a variety of significant issues facing America. Having recently returned from a congressional sponsored trip to Israel for freshman Members, Rep. Graves shared about his experience meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as his opposition to President Obama’s Iran Deal. On domestic policy, Rep. Graves was upfront about the need to balance the budget and to make responsible adjustments to programs like Social Security and Medicare that are straining the American budget and taxpayer dollars. The Congressman also discussed several issues unique to South Louisiana, including the Baton Rouge traffic problem – the worst of any city its size – and how EPA regulations stand to adversely impact the Louisiana oil industry.
During the Q&A portion of the meeting, AMAC members engaged the Congressman in a conversation about how best to thwart President Obama’s efforts to make America less democratic and more socialistic. Congressman Graves indicated that one way to check the power of the executive branch is for Congress to pass laws that foster economic growth and encourage job creation – providing a hand-up and not another hand-out. AMAC members also urged Rep. Graves to continue to take a bold stand for conservative principles even when that may conflict with the goals of Republican leadership in the House and Senate. With regard to what Congress has been able to accomplish this year, Rep. Graves noted that in 2015, the House has passed 190 bills, 31 of which were sent to the president’s desk and 29 of which were signed into law.
AMAC Delegate in LA-06, Dick Juneau, along with the members of the AMAC Committee that has been formed to meet on a quarterly basis and to direct AMAC’s grassroots effort in the district, will be working to schedule more meetings with Congressman Graves in the future.