MONROE – Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke to the Monroe Chamber of Commerce on important national issues, including energy and gun crime. He also spoke about the benefits of his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which already has benefitted Northeast Louisiana.
Funds from the IIJA have already been dedicated to repair flood control structures in the Tensas Basin and Red River Backwater, and the I-20 Orange Street Overpass in Ouachita Parish. Orphan wells in the region will be plugged and restored, and last December, the Monroe Regional Airport received over 1 million dollars from the bill.
““We spoke today about the opportunity in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to bring high-speed internet to everyone in Northeast Louisiana, to strengthen infrastructure, to promote economic development, and improve people’s quality of life. It is a great working relationship between my office and the folks that work here,” said Dr. Cassidy.
While visiting the Chamber, Cassidy was welcomed by its President and CEO, Mr. Roy Heatherly.
“We appreciate how busy Senator Cassidy is and we are very thankful to have him join us today for our governmental luncheon,” said Mr. Heatherly. “His updates and thoughts on energy, infrastructure, inflation, and his bill to reduce gun violence are all very timely. We also thank Senator Cassidy for his service to our state and country.”
Additionally, Cassidy sat down with mayors throughout Northeast Louisiana, to discuss how they can leverage the IIJA to improve the region. The office of Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis hosted the meeting.
“My staff and I were honored to host Senator Cassidy’s mayoral round table. The opportunity for our region’s mayors to come together for a meaningful conversation about funding infrastructure projects through the federal level is priceless,” said Mayor Ellis.