February 21, 2024

Cassidy Speaks to Hammond Rotary, Visits Southeastern Louisiana University

BATON ROUGE – On Wednesday, Senator Cassidy spoke to the Hammond Rotary Club, where he discussed the ongoing situation at the southern border and other issues relevant to America’s national security. He also discussed flood insurance and the benefits Hammond and Tangipahoa Parish have reaped from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

“Rotarians in Hammond asked about the cost of prescription drugs, affordable flood insurance, closed primaries, and how to reduce our national debt,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Politicians should listen to them. If we all live by the Rotary Four-Way Test, we can address these challenges.”

As of November 2023, IIJA is funding improvements to roads and sidewalks, providing better lighting at interchanges and along interstates, and updating the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport. This is in addition to the millions of dollars Cassidy has secured for Tangipahoa Parish to recover from Hurricane Ida.

Cassidy has also been an advocate for securing the southern border and combating illegal immigration. He has introduced legislation to prevent liberal states from requiring Americans in other states to fund Medicaid benefits for illegal immigrants, and to allow border states to erect temporary barriers on federal land to deter such immigrants.

Cassidy was welcomed by Mr. David Bradley, President of the Hammond Rotary Club

“It was our distinct honor to have Senator Bill Cassidy speak at the Hammond Rotary Club today,” said Mr. Bradley. “The Senator spoke about all the exciting things that he has been able to accomplish on behalf of the citizens of Louisiana as well as the numerous upcoming projects that he is championing in the U.S. Senate. We always look forward to Senator Cassidy’s visits. He takes the time to connect with his constituents and is always happy to address their concerns and questions.”

Earlier, Cassidy visited Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU), meeting with representatives from the Colleges of Business and Science and Technology, the University Counseling Center and the Office of Military and Veteran Success, among others. He learned how Southeastern is addressing students’ mental health needs and playing a role in the community.

“Had a great conversation with the leaders at Southeastern,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Among the many good things happening is their work at Turtle Cove, where they’re monitoring Lake Maurepas as carbon capture sequestration is introduced. They’re also using telemedicine to expand access to healthcare via the Internet, and they have a nationally ranked business school. They serve our state and give people a reason to love, stay, and thrive in our state.”

Cassidy previously visited local elected officials at the SLU President’s House in 2023, and visited the SLU Head Start and Early Head Start Center in 2021. On this visit, he was welcomed by President Dr. Will Wainwright, who spear-headed today’s meeting.

“We were honored to have Senator Cassidy visit Southeastern Louisiana University,” said Dr. Wainwright. “His visit provided an opportunity for him to hear from student leaders and receive updates on university progress in the areas of healthcare, mental health, veterans affairs, and environmental monitoring research. We truly value his engagement and support of our mission.”