Boustany Welcomes Prime Minister Abe to Washington

Apr 29, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington ahead of the Prime Minister’s address to a joint session of Congress. Boustany serves as co-Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Caucus in the 114th Congress.

Boustany said: “I’m pleased to welcome Prime Minister Abe to Washington at a critical juncture in relations between our two countries on three major issues: trade negotiations, defense reforms, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.

“As negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership continue, now is the time for Japan to present its best and final offer. Time is of the essence. Congress’ strong movement toward a bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority agreement proves we are serious about economic engagement with Asia.

“I am also looking forward to hearing the Prime Minister’s thoughts on defense reforms that will reshape the Asian landscape and empower Japan. A robust Japanese military able to defend not only itself but its regional allies is an important policy development that I strongly support.

“Additionally, I hope to hear the Prime Minister address the continuing importance of LNG exports from my home state of Louisiana to Japan. Currently, over $80 billion has been pledged in new project development in my district alone, meaning more jobs in Louisiana and more potential for growth in both of our nations. Exporting this product to Japan carries tremendous potential for both of our nations.

“I look forward to a productive visit for the Prime Minister and a bright future fueled by increased trade and cooperation between our two nations.”