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Tyrone Glover, Field Representative for Congressman Clay Higgins, was the Rotary Guest Speaker. On hand for event were Glover, left, and Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard.
Higgins’ rep addresses Crowley Rotary Club
The Crowley Rotary Club recently was honored to have Tyrone Glover, Field Representative for Congressman Clay Higgins, as a guest speaker.
Glover, a familiar face around Crowley, is an Opelousas native. He is also a reserve officer for the Crowley Police Department
During the luncheon meeting at The Town Club, Glover updated Rotarians on recent happenings in Congress.
Higgins currently serves on the House an Homeland Security Committee as well as the House Oversight and Reform Committee. He is a ranking member on the subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations.
Eight pieces of legislation have been introduced in the 116th Congress by Higgins. Some of those pieces of legislation include:
• Bipartisan bills to address school safety.
• Legislation to address staffing issues of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
• A bill to increase access to foster homes for disabled veteran’s who are unable to live independently.
Higgins also cosponsored the Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset, both of which he said unfairly reduces Social Security for public servants.
Public servants include educators, police officers, firefighter and others.
Glover pointed out that Higgins recently voted against three bills. Those bills — H.R. 1, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112.
Higgins voted no to H.R. 1 (For the People Act of 2019) because he said it tried to limit political speech and increase the power of the federal government to control political speech.
The issue with H.R. 1, according to Glover, is that limiting political speech violates the constitutional right under the First Amendment.
H.R. 8 (Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019) and H.R. 1112 (Enhanced Background Checks of 2019) imposed new restrictions on firearm purchases but did nothing to prevent criminal acts of violence, Glover explained.
He said Higgins felt the two bills were “simply power grabs by the federal government that punish and restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Higgins commended the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) following the announcement of their final approval for Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal.
According to the DOE website, “The U.S. Department of Energy announced the issuance of a long-term order authorizing the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Venture Global Calcasieu Pass, LLC (Calcasieu Pass) from an LNG export project site being built in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Under the order, Venture Global Calcasieu Pass will be able to export up to 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas as LNG to any countries that do not have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States and that are not prohibited from trading with the United States under U.S. law or policy (known as non-FTA countries).”
Glover went on to explain this announcement comes just two weeks after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) cleared the Calcasieu Pass LNG project for construction.
The project is expected to create 1,500 construction jobs and 13 permanent jobs in Cameron Parish.
Glover said Congressman Higgins’ office will continue working closely with FERC and DOE officials to expedite permit approvals and move these projects towards completion.