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Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the Approval of a Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will approve a temporary and targeted Jones Act Waiver in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints.  


“In the interest of national defense, I have approved a temporary and targeted waiver request to an individual company. This waiver will help provide for the transport of oil products between the Gulf Coast and East Coast ports to ease oil supply constraints as a result of the interruptions in the operations of the Colonial Pipeline. The decision to approve the waiver was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partners across the federal government. The Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense were consulted in order to assess the justification for the waiver request and ensure the approval of the waiver is in the interest of national defense.” 


The Jones Act is vital to maintaining the strength of the American shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring all maritime cargo transport between U.S. ports to occur on U.S. flagged vessels. When U.S. flagged vessels are not available to meet national defense requirements, the Department of Homeland Security may grant a waiver to the Jones Act only if the proposed shipments are in the interest of national defense and after careful evaluation of the issue. 


Earlier this week, President Biden directed a whole of government response to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shut down. This limited waiver is part of that effort. 



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FAA Awards $898.9 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the award of more than $898.9 million in infrastructure and safety projects through the FY2021 Airport Improvement Program (AIP). This total includes $113.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to award all grants at a 100-percent federal share.

“Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is how our country helped spark an aviation industry that now supports millions of jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “These Airport Improvement Program grants will help modernize America’s airports and ensure that our air transportation system remains the safest and most efficient in the world.”

Grant projects funded through the Airport Improvement Program promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure, and security at the nation’s airports. Today’s announcement includes 488 grants to 447 airports in 49 states and American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. Today also marks the 75th anniversary of the legislation that established federal investment in our Nation’s airport infrastructure.

“These grants represent the legacy and vital role of airport infrastructure grant programs in helping the air transportation system operate safely,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “Investing in our nation’s infrastructure through AIP grants is a cornerstone of our commitment to safety.”

Examples of airports receiving grants for projects in this round include:

Glendale Municipal, Glendale, Arizona, $1.4 million – To rehabilitate 3,500 feet of the existing southern portion of Taxiway A pavement to extend its useful life and enhance safety by  minimizing foreign object debris.

Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, more than $18.9 million – To resurface and seal the pavement for the airport’s primary Runway 16R/34L. This project will extend the useful life of the runway pavement. Van Nuys airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States in terms of aircraft operations. Work is scheduled to begin in February 2022 and be completed in November 2022.

Bradley International, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, almost $11.3 million  For reconstructing the Taxiway S and to bring the connector taxiways to current federal design standards.

Denver International, Denver Colorado, nearly $26.7 million – To rehabilitate the pavement and lighting systems on Runway 16L/34R to enhance safe airfield operations during low-visibility conditions and to rehabilitate a taxiway.

Valdosta Regional, Valdosta, Georgia, nearly $5.7 million – To rehabilitate 8,000 feet of Runway 17/35 maintaining the structural integrity of the pavement and minimize foreign object debris.  Additionally, this project enhances safety by removing vegetation obstructions from the Runway 35 approach and departure paths. 

Scott AFB/MidAmerica, Belleville, Illinois, more than $12.6 million – For expanding the terminal building to accommodate existing passenger demand and meet security and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The airport has seen an increase in enplanements from 20,000 in 2015 to more than 150,000 in 2018. The security checkpoint is being relocated to the first floor of the terminal and expanded by an additional lane to meet Transportation Security Administration design requirements.

Frederick Municipal, Frederick, Maryland, more than $4.8 million – For extending Runway 05/23 to meet the operational needs of the airport. Additionally, this project relocates the parallel taxiway to meet federal design standards for separation between runways and taxiways.

President Harry Truman established the first program to provide federal investment for airport infrastructure and development of the nation's civil airports when he signed the Federal Airport Act of 1946. The first grant was awarded to Twin Falls, Idaho, to help construct an airport. Since 1946, the FAA has issued more than 89,000 grants totaling $96 billion.

The Airport Improvement Program receives approximately $3.2 billion in congressional funding each year. The FAA will award more than 1,500 grants this year. A complete listing of grants (PDF) and an interactive map of airport recipients is maintained on the FAA website.


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Coast Guard closes portion of Lower Mississippi River near I-40 bridge

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard issued a waterway restriction to all vessel traffic on the Lower Mississippi River Tuesday near the I-40 bridge in Memphis, Tennessee. 

The waterway restriction closes the river to all vessel traffic between mile marker 736 and mile marker 737 on the Lower Mississippi River and was put into place due to a crack discovered by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on the I-40 bridge near the center span.

There are currently 16 vessels with a total of 229 barges in the queue. 

“The Coast Guard is currently working with Arkansas Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and river industry stakeholders on this developing situation," said Capt. Ryan Rhodes, captain of the Port of Memphis. "Based on the current information available, we have closed a portion of the Lower Mississippi River out of an abundance of caution. The captain of the port is monitoring the situation and will continue to ensure the safety of the maritime environment and surrounding community.”

The Coast Guard captain of the port determines when to issue a river closure by following a waterways action plan, which provides marine industry, the U.S. Coast Guard, state and local governments with a coordinated plan for facilitating the safe and orderly movement of traffic. Media queries about the waterway restriction should be directed to Lt. Mark Pipkin of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River at 901-361-0003. 



2020 Census Total Population Counts Released


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Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the national and state total population counts from the 2020 Census which is the first data released from that census. Louisiana’s 2020 Census total population is 4,657,757 which is a population growth of 2.7% compared to the population at the time of the 2010 census (see table below and attached Percent Change in Population map). Total populations and population changes for all states can be found in the Apportionment 2020 Table E that is also attached as an Excel file



2020 Census Resident Population

2010 Census Resident Population

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U.S. Total








Every 10 years, population counts from the decennial census determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives through a process called apportionment. With the release of the total population figures released this afternoon, the U.S. Census Bureau also released apportionment counts for all states. Louisiana’s total number of representatives will remain unchanged at six; thus, Louisiana will not gain or lose a seat. There are 13 states that will either gain or lose a seat which are noted in the table below and depicted in the attached 2020 Census Apportionment map.



(APRIL 1, 2020)






Lost 1




Gain 1




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Lost 1




Lost 1




Gain 1

New York



Lost 1

North Carolina



Gain 1




Lost 1




Gain 1




Lost 1




Gain 2

West Virginia



Lost 1


Additional Resources

·         Historical Population Change 1910 to 2020

·         Historical Apportionment Data Map

·         Additional data tables released today





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May 11, 2021




Antitrust Division and Fellow Members of the Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force Seek Public Input

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is pleased to be a part of the Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force (Task Force), along with its counterpart competition enforcement agencies — the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Canadian Competition Bureau, the European Commission Directorate General for Competition, the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority, and Offices of State Attorneys General.

The Task Force, initiated by the FTC, seeks to identify concrete and actionable steps to refresh and update the analysis of pharmaceutical mergers. To facilitate a robust discussion of the ways to study the impact of pharmaceutical mergers, the Task Force requests public input, including from health policy experts, economists, attorneys, scientists, health care practitioners, academics, and consumers, on issues potentially implicated with pharmaceutical mergers. For more details about providing comments to the Task Force, including submission and timing information, please see the FTC’s Notice. Following public comment, the Task Force anticipates hosting a public workshop.

“The division is excited to participate in this initiative, and we encourage and welcome public input and feedback on this important topic,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Powers of the Antitrust Division. “We look forward to partnering with the Task Force members and engaging with consumers and other market participants in the development of future enforcement and policy efforts relating to pharmaceutical mergers.”



Audits by the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Transportation
Audit Initiated of FAA's Oversight of Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service
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On March 13, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a grounding order for the Boeing 737 MAX fleet after two accidents involving 737 MAX 8 aircraft raised significant safety concerns. At the request of the former Secretary of Transportation and members of Congress, our office has undertaken a series of reviews related to FAA’s certification of the 737 MAX 8 and its safety oversight. In this review—our third in the series— we will examine FAA’s actions following the two accidents, including FAA’s risk assessments, the grounding of the aircraft, and its subsequent recertification in November 2020. Accordingly, our objective is to evaluate FAA’s processes and procedures for grounding aircraft and implementing corrective actions, including for the Boeing 737 MAX.



Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Bridget Small
Division of Consumer & Business Education

The FTC is sending a total of almost $50 million to nearly 147,500 students of the University of Phoenix. The money comes from the University’s 2019 settlement with the FTC, when the FTC charged the school with using deceptive ads to attract students.

FTC sends refunds to University of Phoenix students. $50 million in refunds. 147,000+ students. Are you eligible?

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03/11/2021 12:00 AM EST


03/11/2021 12:00 AM EST
Two Louisiana men, former jail supervisors, were sentenced today to five years in prison and over four years in prison respectively for being
deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s serious medical needs.


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