Press Releases

09.26.22

Cassidy, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Cut Bureaucratic Waste, Save Taxpayer Dollars

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by improving management of how the federal government purchases and uses software. The legislation builds on a law written by Cassidy to reduce duplicative software purchases called the MEGABYTE Act. Since being signed into law, this legislation has saved taxpayers more than $450 million. "By requiring the federal government to keep track of its software licenses, we… Continue Reading


09.23.22

Cassidy, Daines, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Use of Traditional Ammo & Tackle

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), and 21 colleagues today introduced the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act, which stops federal agencies from banning the use of traditional ammo or tackle on public lands without approval from scientific institutions and state wildlife agencies. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service passed a rule that bans the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on federal land. "Every Louisianan knows how important outdoor r… Continue Reading


09.23.22

Cassidy to VA Secretary: It Shouldn’t Take a FOIA Request From Congress to Get Information on VA Health Care Effectiveness for Veterans

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, grilled Biden administration VA Secretary Denis McDonough over the VA's lack of transparency regarding data on the efficiency of VA health care for veterans and their families. Further, Secretary McDonough had no answer regarding reports that since the introduction of the VA's Opioid Safety Initiative, suicide among veterans in rural areas increased by 75%. "My staff requested information regarding veter… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Cassidy, Finance Committee Republicans Urge IRS to Use Massive Funding Boost to Fix Numerous Existing Problems

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) led a group of senators urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner to spend the massive $80 billion injection of mandatory funding recently granted to it under Democrats' latest reckless spending spree to fix numerous problems within the IRS. The senators requested a detailed plan on how the IRS will fix existing problems while satisfying the critical need for improved custom… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Cassidy Announces $16.4 Million for Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) will grant Louisiana a total of $16,424,603 to improve and modernize local airports in South Louisiana. Specifically, the Houma-Terrebonne Airport, Lafayette Regional Airport, and Thibodaux Municipal Airport will all benefit from this grant. The funding is a result of Cassidy's bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "Quality airports are essential to any successful economy," said Dr. Cassid… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy Votes in Support of Next Generation Coolant Manufacturers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released a statement after voting in support of the ratification of the Kigali Amendment, a treaty that reduces American usage of hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in air-conditioners and refrigerators. This treaty supports Louisiana's leadership in the manufacturing transition towards next-generation coolants pioneered by the state's workforce and industry. "This treaty recognizes the leadership of Louisiana workers and the companies for which they work," said D… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy Announces $59.3 Million in Hurricane Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $59,321,852.74 in relief for Hurricanes Katrina, Laura, and Ida. "Years of natural disasters has taken a toll on our coastal communities," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding helps South Louisiana continue its recovery and prepare for the next storm." Louisiana Facility Planning and Control (FP&C), Allen Parish, the Calcasieu Parish School Board, the Louisiana Office of … Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy, Murphy, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Improve Neurological Health Research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced legislation to reauthorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System (NNCSS) program, which collects data which collects privacy-protected data on neurological conditions to inform research and help advance better treatments and cures. Specifically, the legislation would reauthorize the NNCSS for another five years and incr… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy Announces $1.7 Million to Expand Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will grant Louisiana up to $1,660,827 to expand and improve Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, LA. Specifically, the grant will fund 240 columbarium niches, a water treatment plant, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure on approximately 17 acres of land. This funding comes from the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP). "Louisianans have proudly fought and given their lives to d… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy, Marshall, Colleagues to FDA Commissioner: Quit Ignoring Baby Formula Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and 11 of their Senate Republican colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the agency's ongoing strategy to replenish the supply of baby formula across the country. "Despite the numerous flexibilities and resources provided by Congress and temporary import flexibilities outlined in your letter, the infant formula crisis persists nationwide… American families need permanent long-… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Cassidy Releases Statement on Decrease in Veteran Suicides

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the veteran suicide rate fell 9.7 percent from 2018 to 2020. "Veteran suicide is still too high, but we are making progress," said Dr. Cassidy. "There is still work to do so that one day we are speaking of veteran suicide in the past tense." In 2020, there were 6,146 veteran suicide deaths, down 343 deaths than in 2019. Background Earlier this month, the Senate unanimously passed Ca… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Cassidy, Crapo, Senate Finance Committee Republicans Demand Accountability for Continued Late Release of Medicare, Social Security Trustees Reports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Senate Finance Committee Republicans sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency monitor the Managing Trustee's flagrant disregard for statutory deadlines. Required by law, the Medicare and Social Security Trustees reports are to be issued no later than April 1, yet the 2021 and 2022 reports were issued August 31 and June 2, respectively. "With respect to reporting on the financial conditions… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Cassidy Announces $21.7 Million to Combat Opioid, Mental Health Crises

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant Louisiana $21,654,633 in grants to combat the opioid and mental health crises. Specifically, the funding will enhance existing statewide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals with or at risk for opioid addiction. Additionally, the grant invests in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC's), which provide access to quality mental heal… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Cassidy, Cornyn, 31 Senate Republicans Call for Hunter Biden Prosecutor to be Given Special Counsel Authority

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and more than 30 other colleagues to send a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that U.S. Attorney David Weiss be extended special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the investigation into Hunter Biden. "There is no way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including, but not limited to, tax frau… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Cassidy Announces $1.6 Million for Alexandria International Airport from his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) will grant Alexandria International Airport a total of $1,616,469 from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Specifically, the funding will go towards runway rehabilitation to establish safe airfield operations at the airport. With this grant, Louisiana airports have received a total of $45,705,479 in IIJA funding, with more expected over the next five years. "Investment in our … Continue Reading


09.15.22

Cassidy Takes Action on Fentanyl, Holding Dealers Accountable for Murder and End Their Use of Social Media to Sell to Kids

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today introduced a bill to charge illicit fentanyl drug dealers with murder. The Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act would add the distribution of fentanyl, resulting in death, to the list of crimes that are eligible to be charged as felony murder. "Criminals poisoning Americans with fentanyl should be treated the same as someone pulling … Continue Reading


09.14.22

Cassidy to CDC Head: Why Should the American People Trust the CDC?

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) once again demanded answers and transparency from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. Cassidy pressed Dr. Walensky over CDC's own internal reporting from July that 78% of CDC employees are working fully remote or only come into the office part-time, which the CDC only reluctantly revealed after a FOIA request from The Epoch Times. T… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Senate Unanimously Passes Cassidy Legislation to Support Veterans During Their Transition to Civilian Life

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the Senate passage of his bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Solid Start Program, which assists veterans with their transition to civilian life by helping them connect with the VA programs and benefits they earned. Cassidy joined U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) in introducing the Solid Start Act last year. "The transition to civilian life is not always easy. … Continue Reading


09.13.22

Cassidy Statement on Another Month of Skyrocketing Food and Utility Prices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement after the August 2022 Consumer Price Index (CPI) revealed inflation rose 13.2% since Joe Biden took office in January 2021. "Ironically, the White House is celebrating another month of rising food, rent, and utility bill prices. People aren't dumb, they're still paying 11.4% more for food than last year," said Dr. Cassidy. "Washington Democrats have no plan to bring prices down." The CPI rose 8.3% in August 2022 from a year ago. This… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Cassidy, Casey Introduce Bill to Invest in Life-Saving Sepsis Research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Casey (D-PA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced the Sepsis Data Trust, Outcomes, and Innovation Act. This bipartisan bill would create a voluntary, privacy-protected sepsis data trust to collect information related to sepsis-the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection-and track the spread of infection-causing strains. This information will then be used to improve treatment… Continue Reading

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