July 18, 2023

Cassidy Secures $28 Million in Annual Appropriations Bills for Local Law Enforcement, Agricultural Research Center, More

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced he has secured $28,365,000.00 for Louisiana in the annual appropriations bills for fiscal year 2024. The funding includes $5 million for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sugarcane Research Facility in Houma, as well as $4.5 million to provide law enforcement with the equipment they need to keep our communities safe. 

“Louisiana deserves a fair shake at getting the funding we need just like every state,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This funding will be a difference maker for communities who have police working with decades-old equipment and students in the research lab alike.”

The bills will ultimately be part of a year-end funding package and will receive a Senate vote soon.

Funding Amount


Project Description


USDA – Agriculture Research Service Sugarcane Research Facilities

This funding will be used to complete construction of the USDA Sugarcane Research Facilities in Houma, Louisiana.


City of New Orleans Criminal Justice Coordination Office

This funding will be used for equipment to outfit the New Orleans Crime Lab.


St. Landry Parish Law Enforcement

This funding will be used for parish-wide law enforcement technology and equipment upgrades.


Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office

This funding will be used for police radios and emergency communications equipment.


Town of Livingston

This funding will be used for the renovations and re-purposing of the Livingston Parish Courthouse.


Barksdale Air Force Base

This funding will be used for the construction of a medical facility to accommodate the growing training mission at the base.


Biomedical Research and Innovation Park

This funding will be used for lab equipment and building upgrades to facilitate the development of Business Incubators.


University of Louisiana at Lafayette Bio-Medical Innovation Center

This funding will be used for the purchase of equipment and facility upgrades to enable the facility to attract start-up companies.


Louisiana Tech University

This funding will be used for semiconductor technology equipment and infrastructure upgrades.


Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

This funding will be used for the installation of four new current meters along the Mississippi River Ship Channel.


Covenant House New Orleans

This funding will be used for the expansion of services for survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault.


Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

This funding will be used to deploy and harden gauges/data along the east and west side of the Mississippi River.