Boustany to speak in Crowley Monday

CROWLEY -Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-South Louisiana), announced he will be hosting a town hall in Crowley on Monday, July 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the LSU AgCenter in Crowley located on 157 Cherokee Drive.

Boustany encourages constituents to attend and discuss the latest events affecting South Louisiana. The Congressman will answer questions while giving a brief update on the latest news coming out of Washington.

Boustany has been an outspoken critic of Obamacare, the IRS (following its recent scandals) and the delays on building veteran clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.

He has been fighting hard to move forward with the construction of the KXL Pipeline which President Barack Obama announced he will not approve if its construction leads to greenhouse gas emissions.

“President Obama continues to jeopardize America’s economic growth by using the Keystone XL pipeline as a political bargaining chip,” said Boustany. “This latest announcement adds to the needless delays this Administration has employed to stonewall the progression of this pipeline.

“The construction of the pipeline will create over 20,000 jobs while injecting millions of dollars into local economies across the country. In South Louisiana, we value the oil and gas industry and the contributions it makes to America’s future. The President should not allow for politics to trump policy. I encourage him to move forward allowing completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, it’s in the country’s best interest.”

As for the IRS scandal, Boustany has pulled no punches.

“I have zero confidence in the ability of IRS chief Danny Werfel to lead the organization,” he said. “The 30-day report reflected more of the same behavior the IRS illustrated from the outset of these investigations. In the time Mr. Werfel has served as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the IRS, he has failed to act in a manner showing me the leadership needed to change the culture at the IRS.

“After meeting with Chairman Dave Camp and I and assuring us he would comply with congressional investigators, Mr. Werfel failed to reveal an IRS dance video with no training content and paid for by taxpayers existed,” he continued.

“Werfel compromised my trust yet again by failing to stop or delay over $70 million in non-merit based IRS bonuses. Despite all of this, he continues to ask for more than $1 billion in additional funding for the IRS.

“Mr. Werfel is as out of touch with the American people as his predecessors. It’s time for the Administration to appoint someone willing to reform the abusive and bureaucratic culture at the IRS.”

Mayor Greg Jones said he is looking forward to welcoming Boustany back to Crowley.

“It’s always great to hear from Congressman Boustany and to hear about the work he does in Washington to support those of us in South Louisiana,” said Jones. “Charles has always looked out for our best interests and it’s always nice to have him visit Crowley and speak directly with his constituents.”

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