U.S. Senator John Kennedy speaks at Chamber Luncheon in Natchitoches

August 24, 2022, Natchitoches, Louisiana

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U.S. Senator John Kennedy presented a congressional update to a crowded room for the Natchitoches Chamber’s Luncheon on Aug. 24. Kenedy said that together with his staff he’s done a lot in 5 years. Overall in the legislature, there’s been around $20 billion in disaster relief over the last 5 years.

“A lot of bad things happen to a lot of good people,” he said. “My job is to try and get them a little financial help.”

There was also $3.5 billion dispersed for roads and bridges in the state.

Here in Natty:

  • $65 million total ($17 million RAISE GRANT)
  • $2 million for the airport
  • $164 million in disaster loans
  • $71 million for farmers
  • $46 million for health centers

“I keep a close eye on my friends in Natchitoches,” Kennedy added. “I’m just a phone call away and I love our city.”

He went on to say that no one is completely free if they can’t express themselves and say what they think.

“I welcome other points of view,” he explained. “The truth is a result of the clash of competing ideas and that’s one of the things that make this country so great. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. When I vote I try to represent the values of the majority of Louisiana residents.”

Now 18 months into the Biden administration, Kennedy broke down the main things it believes in:

  • Bigger government
  • Higher taxes
  • More spending (another 300 billion today forgiving student debt)
  • More debt (the nation’s debt is now greater than national output)
  • More regulation
  • Open borders
  • Defund the police
  • Forfeit America’s energy independence

“I think this has hurt our country,” said Kennedy, referring to the Biden administration’s beliefs. “If you work hard and earn it you should get to keep most of it. I don’t believe you get to spend more money when there’s none left.”

He explained that there are two divisions in Washington. One group believes the federal government is what made America great. The other group believes it was made great by ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Kennedy is a member of the latter group, but the former group is in charge.

Kennedy touched on other subjects including crime, immigration, and education.

Crime: I believe in second chances, but I think there are some people in this world that are just antisocial and they hurt other people. Those people have to be separated from society. Without order, there can be no justice.

Immigration: We welcome 1 million immigrants every year- legal, not illegal. We have a legal immigration system to vet people to know what they’re bringing in with them. This will have an impact on the state over time.

Education: While I might not be able to name the first five presidents, I can name my elementary school teachers. I volunteer in the public school system. I support our teachers. A lot of our crime is committed by young offenders. Why are these young people more likely to grow up and go to prison than get married and buy a home? It’s because they don’t have an education. We’ve made a lot of strides in the state but we can’t let up. We need to find out which of our teachers can teach and pay them what they’re worth and either raise up or weed out the teachers that can’t teach.

In closing, Kennedy said, “The future of America can be better than our present or our past. I cannot promise you I’ll win every fight but until you tell me to come home, by God I’ll refuse to be beaten. Thank you for the meat pies.”


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