Ralph Abraham

Search For Where All 533 Members of Congress Stand on Bump Stocks
Legislation comes to a halt along partisan lines

Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham, pictured on Tuesday, told Roll Call in a statement that he would oppose any additional restrictions on bump stocks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Oct. 31 at 12:35 p.m. | In the wake of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting — the deadliest in U.S. history — lawmakers from both parties were quick to call for a review of the bump stock attachments found on 12 of the rifles in the gunman's hotel room.

Most lawmakers have signaled they support more strictly regulating the devices. But GOP and Democratic leaders diverge on whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already has the authority under current gun laws to regulate them.

Warrant Issued for ‘Kissing Congressman’
Failed to appear in court for debt collection hearing

Former Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., finished fourth in the primary for his re-election bid in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister after he failed to appear in court for a debt collection hearing.

Earlier this year, banks and creditors began to collect debts McAllister owed. Among some of the banks and creditors McAllister was sued by were Wells Fargo, American Express, IberiaBank, Origin Bank and Richland State Bank, the Ouachita Citizen reported.

Roe Gets the Band Back Together in D.C.
Tennessee Republican plays guitar for a fundraising event and reunion of his bluegrass band

Rep. Phil Roe’s band that he formed in medical school more than 40 years ago got back together Monday.

The Tennessee Republican and three of his friends — Jim Arthur, Steve Barnes and Tom Eades — formed the bluegrass band The Pony Express when Roe was in medical school at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s.

Word on the Hill: POW/MIA Recognition Day
Bottomless rosé wines, and the future of health care

Arizona Sen. John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five and a half years. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which honors missing service members and their families.

Currently in Congress, there are two lawmakers who endured time as prisoners of war during the Vietnam War: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas.

Abraham to Garrett: Don’t Single out Louisiana for Charlottesville Violence
‘David Duke does not speak for Louisiana,’ one Republican congressman tells another

Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., said that Louisiana rejected former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard David Duke in his last run for elected office. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham took “affront” to Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett bringing up Louisiana when assigning blame for the weekend’s white supremacist march that ended in violence and killed three people.

In an interview with Fox News, Garrett blamed outsiders for the demonstration and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the march was made up of “people from Arkansas, Colorado, and Louisiana, and New York who all came to a bucolic town where Thomas Jefferson sat when he wrote the words ‘All men are created equal,’” plus “a small handful of local radical lunatics.”

Rep. Abraham Uses Pilot License to Give Back to Constituents
Louisiana Republican helps children with cancer and with military training

Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham boards an airplane to fly a mission for the Coast Guard Auxiliary collecting flood damage information. (Courtesy of Rep. Ralph Abraham’s office)

The sky’s the limit for Rep. Ralph Abraham.

The Louisiana Republican is a pilot, a physician, a veterinarian, and a farmer. He also helps out with the Coast Guard and wants to climb Mount Everest next year.

Rep. Abraham Saved Rep. Meadows’ Toy Poodle
Former vet took care of his colleague’s dog

Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., left a GOP caucus meeting to care for a pooch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows’ toy poodle Jolie got into some trouble when she was at work with him on Tuesday.

She jumped from someone’s arms and was injured. Thankfully, Ralph Abraham of Louisiana got a phone call, according to the News Star. The Republican congressman is a former veterinarian.

Word on the Hill: ‘From Home to the Dome’
Hispanic Heritage Month and 25 years as a Senate staffer

Sen. Grassley at 4:15 a.m. on Thursday after a 6.23 mile run. (via Instagram)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is turning 83 on Saturday and he celebrated in his favorite way: by running six miles.

The senator traditionally runs from his townhouse in Arlington, Va., to the Capitol on his birthday, The Des Moines Register reported in 2014. On Thursday morning, he posted a photo on Instagram of his running watch showing that he ran 6.23 miles in an hour and 31 minutes. That’s a little bit under 15 minutes a mile. At almost 83 years old.

Louisiana Flood Relief May Not Require Extra Federal Spending
Calamity still tests capabilities of state, federal officials

Mike Sittig, left, and Nelson Morgan Jr. bring supplies to Morgan's father's home to begin the process of cleaning up after flood waters inundated it on Friday in St Amant, Louisiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama makes a highly anticipated visit to flood-ravaged Louisiana on Tuesday with the federal government already busy repairing damage to a large swath of the state and drawing down disaster relief funds.

It appears unlikely that the flood recovery will require additional emergency spending by Congress to address the needs of victims, federal officials said.

Louisiana Delegates Shaken, Move Forward
Delegation copes with Baton Rouge shooting that left 3 police officers dead

Rep. Abraham, left, with Willie Robertson, right. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — Kevin Cavell's phone started going off while he was getting his credentials for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Texts from his friends back home told the retired police officer of a shooting in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.