Press Releases

09.17.21

Cassidy Announces University of Louisiana at Lafayette to Lead $6 Million Carbon Capture and Utilization Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) a $6 million grant to lead a carbon capture and utilization project. The project aims to improve infrastructure by establishing a "Tri-State Institute of Manufacturing" to advance carbon capture, utilization, and storage technology. "Louisiana is a leader in energy and innovation and ULL's cutting edge research is leading the way. This is an invest… Continue Reading


09.17.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in Grand Isle

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage in Grand Isle to assess damages and learn what the island needs to recover. "Good tour of Grand Isle. We saw what works and what needs to be worked on," said Dr. Cassidy. "Areas of the island with breakwaters, beach restoration, and housing built to code survived. Those areas of the island without those things did extremely poorly. We have to build resiliency." On Wednesday, Cassidy spoke on t… Continue Reading


09.17.21

ICYMI: Cassidy Pens Op-Ed on Investing in Infrastructure Before the Next Hurricane

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) penned an op-ed in the Daily Advertiser discussing how major investments in infrastructure now will better prepare Louisiana for when the next hurricane hits. "If anything highlights the importance of evacuation routes, hardening the grid, improving sewer and water, flood mitigation, coastal restoration - of infrastructure - it's a storm like Hurricane Ida. Let's ensure access to safe evacuation routes by investing in our roads and bridges. Let's use natur… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Cassidy Reviews Hurricane Damage in Tangipahoa Parish

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) reviewed hurricane damage in Tangipahoa Parish with Parish President Robby Miller. They discussed what Tangipahoa Parish needs to recover from Hurricane Ida. "Great tour of Tangipahoa Parish with Parish President Robby Miller and his staff. Saw the tree damage, the damage to the power lines, but also saw the recovery taking place. Challenges before us include completing recovery but building in resiliency. Tangipahoa Parish needs d… Continue Reading


09.16.21

ICYMI: Cassidy Discusses Infrastructure Needs Exposed by Hurricane Ida

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today penned letter to the editor in The Advocate discussing how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) addresses Louisiana's hard infrastructure needs and vulnerabilities, which Hurricane Ida exposed last month. "Hurricane Ida gave us a harsh reminder that we need to strengthen the infrastructure that protects us from storms - improving highways and evacuation routes, hardening our electric grid and investing in flood mitigation," wr… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Cassidy Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Reform Section 230, Expose Big Tech Bias

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) co-sponsored the bipartisan Platform Accountability and Transparency (PACT) Act, originally introduced by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Brian Schatz (D-HI). The PACT Act would increase accountability for big internet platforms and enhance transparency regarding content moderation for online consumers. It would preserve the benefits of Section 230, which has governed internet development for more than 20 years, while making significant reforms to better pro… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Cassidy Calls for Hurricane Disaster Relief, Infrastructure Investment on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor renewing his calls for disaster supplemental relief in the wake of Hurricane Ida, the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the United States. "Recovery is two-pronged approach. It starts with aid and finishes with the bipartisan infrastructure bill. A bill that helps our communities rebuild from past storms and better prepares our communities for future storms. Louisianans are strong. Louisianans are resilient.… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Cassidy, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Emergency Stockpile of Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Shore Up Essential Medicine Supply Chain

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced their bipartisan Promoting Readiness and Ensuring Proper Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Reserves of Essential Medicines (PREPARE) Act of 2021. The PREPARE Act would create an emergency supply of key ingredients used in essential generic medicines and incentivize domestic manufacturing of these ingredients to build a more resilient domestic supply chain. "COVID reminded us that we are too reliant on foreign cou… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Cassidy, Crapo Introduce Bill to Protect Taxpayer Rights and Privacy

Seeking to protect taxpayers against Democrats' campaign to monitor Americans' bank accounts, place taxpayer finances in a surveillance dragnet, and provide massive, additional mandatory funding to IRS for an army of IRS agents, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) and U.S. House Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX-08) introduced the Tax Gap Reform and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Enforcement Act. "Taxpayers should never be… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Cassidy, Lankford Lead Push to End Government Shutdowns, Hold Congress Accountable

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senators James Lankfrod (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and seven colleagues to introduce the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2021, which would take government shutdowns off the table by setting up an automatic continuing resolution (CR) if government funding has not been enacted on time and requiring Congress to stay in town until the job is done. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-… Continue Reading


09.13.21

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduces Bill Extending National Flood Insurance Program for Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Extension Act of 2021 to extend the program for one year, to Sept. 30, 2022. Without that extension, the NFIP will expire at the end of this month. "We cannot let flood insurance expire as Louisianans are dealing with flooding from Hurricane Ida," said Dr. Cassidy. "This extension ensures those who flood will have support to … Continue Reading


09.13.21

Cassidy Meets Local Officials in St. John, St. James Parishes to Discuss Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard in LaPlace, and St. James Parish President Pete Dufresne, Sheriff Willy Martin, and other parish officials in Convent. They discussed what their parishes need to recover from Hurricane Ida. "I met with St. John and St. James officials this morning," said Dr. Cassidy. "There are deep needs but progress is being made. My goal is to obtain the federal aid needed to address Hurricane Ida… Continue Reading


09.11.21

Cassidy Delivers Video Address on 20th Anniversary of 9/11

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following video address recognizing the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. "To the patriots, who brought justice to those who plotted and executed the attacks, and who protected us from further attacks, to their families who supported these service men and women, and those in the clandestine services-we humbly thank you," said Dr. Cassidy. The full transcript is below. "Today is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The tragedy o… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Cassidy, Hassan, Ernst, Warnock Lead Bipartisan Group Calling on VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Veterans’ Mental Health

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) led a bipartisan group of 31 additional senators calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to swiftly develop and conduct outreach to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism-especially those who served in Afghanistan-providing them with mental health resources. Their call for action comes as reports find calls to veterans' suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of Ka… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in Terrebonne Parish, Meets St. Charles Parish President

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage and visited a food and water distribution site in Terrebonne Parish. He also met with local officials at the Parish Emergency Operations Center in Houma. This comes after his visit to the Bayou Region on Wednesday. Additionally, he visited with St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell in Hahnville. They discussed the damage in that parish and what St. Charles residents need to recover. "Ida hit Terre… Continue Reading


09.09.21

Cassidy Announces $1 Million Grant to Establish Alexandria Resiliency Center

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning and Development District in Alexandria, Louisiana. The grant will provide funding to purchase and renovate an existing building to create a new Resiliency Center that will support economic development in the region. This project is expected to protect 891 jobs. The bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Rel… Continue Reading


09.07.21

Cassidy Announces $5 Million Hurricane Ida Grant for Emergency Highway Repairs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation is granting $5 million to Louisiana in emergency funds to repair federal highways damaged by Hurricane Ida across the state. "This is good news for our state after being devastated by Hurricane Ida," said Dr. Cassidy. "This emergency funding is critical to making sure our roads are safe to drive on." This funding comes hours after Cassidy secured a formal disaster relief request from the White House. … Continue Reading


09.07.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage in Lafourche Parish. He met Parish President Archie Chaisson at the Lafourche Parish Emergency Operations Center in Mathews, followed by visit to a food and water distribution center in Larose and the Port Fourchon Emergency Operations Center. He also reviewed hurricane damage in several communities in Lafourche Parish, including Galliano and Golden Meadow. With local officials, he discussed what they need… Continue Reading


09.07.21

Cassidy Releases Statement After White House Issues Formal Disaster Relief Request

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to the White House budget office's formal request to Congress for supplemental disaster relief in response to Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta, and other natural disasters in 2020. "Today's formal request is long overdue for southwest Louisiana. We must make sure that everyone is cared for after Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta from 2020 and Ida from last week. But recovery is a two pronged approach. We need to pass … Continue Reading


09.03.21

Cassidy Discusses Hurricane Recovery with Biden in St. John Parish

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with President Joe Biden in St. John Parish. They discussed recovery assistance for Louisiana and are touring hurricane damage together. During their visit, Cassidy emphasized the need for emergency assistance for those affected by Hurricane Ida. He also stressed the need for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) supplemental assistance for needs related to Ida, and the 2020 hurricanes that affected Louisian… Continue Reading

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