Editorial: Boustany has track record of serving Southwest Louisiana well

Charles Boustany Jr. has proven track record over the past eight years of providing exemplary representation for Southwest Louisiana in Congress.

That’s why the American Press recommends that area voters re-elect Boustany and return him to the House of Representatives

in Washington, D.C.

Boustany has been an effective voice for area interests in Congress.

He passionately and successfully argued

during redistricting debate in Baton Rouge — trumping Gov. Bobby Jindal

and five of

his colleagues in the state’s U.S. House delegation — that the

former Seventh Congressional District which he has represented

since 2005 should remain intact as much as possible and not be

carved up with Calcasieu Parish being thrown into a district

that would have included Shreveport and stretched to the Arkansas

border. His work led to the new Third Congressional District

that kept Lake Charles and Lafayette in the same district.

Among the five candidates in the race, Boustany has the best knowledge of the local issues that affect area residents.

He has been a compelling advocate for

the Port of Lake Charles, arguably the most vital component in Southwest

Louisiana’s

economic engine. Boustany has also authored the Realize America’s

Martime Promise (RAMP) Act, which seeks to put an end to

congressional raids on taxes paid by shippers that is intended to

fund dredging of vital shipping lanes by the U.S. Army Corps

of Engineers.

As a former heart surgeon, Boustany has also been a creditable voice of experience and reason when it has come to the passage

of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, consistently pointing out the foibles in the plan.

Area rice, sugar cane and soybean farmers have also benefited from Boustany’s advocacy regarding subsidies and environmental

policies and trade initiatives with foreign markets.

The five-term congressman has also effectively voiced residents’ disgust in the maddening delays of construction of permanent

veteran clinics in both Lake Charles and Lafayette.

The American Press has steered away from making recommendations in individual elections over the past few years. But we believe

that Charles Boustany Jr. represents the mainstream interests of Southwest Louisiana residents.

That’s why we unequivocally recommend his re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Ken Stickney,

Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.