5th District

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An open U.S. House seat representing northeastern and central Louisiana is attracting strong interest from candidates. At least seven contenders had signed up for the race Thursday as Louisiana reached the second day of its candidate registration period.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham isn’t seeking reelection to a fourth term in the 5th Congressional District. The highest-profile and best-funded candidates vying to fill the vacancy on the Nov. 3 ballot are two Republicans: Abraham's chief of staff, Luke Letlow, and state Rep. Lance Harris. Abraham is supporting Letlow.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says a tax reform package will pass in the next few days. The Republican congressman explained that tax reform was passed by the Congress and now must be approved by the Senate. If approved, the two plans will be merged into a conference bill and will ultimately be sent to President Trump for approval. 

Abraham believes the tax overhaul could supercharge the economy and benefit most tax payers by doubling the standard deduction and lowering tax rates.

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President-elect Donald Trump is signaling Congress he is going to make the most of his time in office.  

Congressman Ralph Abraham says, "They want things done and they want it in a hurry." 

Abraham says the new president will make revamping The Affordable Care Act a priority.  Syria and the Middle East are also pressing issues along with the U.S. debt and tax reform.

He says his Democrat colleagues think they can work with a Trump administration.  Abraham says,  "I have seen a change in their mood in the few weeks since the election."