Press Releases


Cassidy, Kennedy Ask FEMA to Extend Hurricane Katrina Recovery Deadline

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) and Representative Troy Carter (D-LA-02) today requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extend the August 2023 deadline for the city of New Orleans to use the public assistance it received in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The city received nearly $2 billion in relief from FEMA to repair roads and pipes damaged during the storm. "Families in New Orleans had their lives uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. It changed the c… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $47 Million in Hurricanes Ida and Laura Aid

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $47,374,646.44 as a result of Hurricanes Ida and Laura. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative Inc., the Town of Iowa, the City of Monroe, Cameron Parish, Livingston Parish, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, and the City of Covington will all benefit from this funding… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Middle Class Savings as Inflation Soars

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT), and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a bill to protect the savings of middle-class families being crushed by historic inflation. The Middle-Class Savings and Investment Act would provide tax relief to lower- and middle-income families and retirees as inflation outpaces the growth of their savings. "American families are having their savings wiped out by inflation, and it's clear the Biden … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Scott, Daines, Young Introduce Educational Choice for Children Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Educational Choice for Children Act. The legislation expands education freedom and opportunity for millions of students by providing a charitable donation incentive for individuals and businesses to fund scholarship awards for students to cover expenses related to K-12 public and private education, amounting to $10 billion on an annual basis. U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Nomination of Dana Douglas for Fifth Circuit Judge

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following President Joe Biden's nomination of the Honorable Dana Douglas of Louisiana to fill the Fifth Circuit Judge vacancy. Douglas currently serves as a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. "Judge Douglas will undergo a thorough and fair review of her qualifications and judicial philosophy," said Dr. Cassidy."It's clear that she is an active member in her legal community and ha… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Wyden, Crapo, Carper Release Youth Mental Health Discussion Draft

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Tom Carper (D-DE) today released a discussion draft for youth mental health care policies as a part of the committee's ongoing work to improve mental health care across the nation, which has included a public call for comments and four hearings to help develop these initiatives. "There has been a massive rise in youth mental health issues in the wake of the pandemic," said Dr. Cassidy. "This bill ensures children … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $6.1 Million in Hurricane Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $6,160,056.71 in Hurricane Ida relief. Specifically, this funding will reimburse the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and the city of Thibodaux for costs related to emergency protective measures and debris removal. "Communities like Thibodaux were devastated by Ida, but Louisiana is resilient," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding is an important step towar… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Coons, Cornyn introduce Civics Secures Democracy Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), and colleagues introduced legislation to expand access to civics education with a $1 billion investment across K-12 and higher education. The Civics Secures Democracy Act will expand educational programming in history and civics, with funding available for state education agencies, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education and research. Senators Angus King (I-ME), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) are … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Louisiana Delegation Urge Bureau of Prisons to Ensure Staff Levels at FCC Oakdale

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Louisiana's congressional delegation urged the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to address staffing shortages and roles at Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Oakdale in Allen Parish. FCC Oakdale houses approximately 2,000 federal inmates and faces unsustainably low staffing levels that is nearing crisis. There are approximately 116 staff vacancies, including 65 vacancies for correctional services staff, at the facility. These vacancies force FCC Oakdale to rely… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Announces Agreement

U. S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the announcement of a bipartisan agreement in the aftermath of Uvalde, Texas. "I joined these negotiations to ensure any agreement addressed illegal gun violence while upholding due process and protecting law-abiding Americans' 2nd Amendment rights," said Dr. Cassidy. "This agreement upholds that commitment." Cassidy joined U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Inhofe, Colleagues Introduce Keep Our Communities Safe Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and colleagues introduced the Keep Our Communities Safe Act, legislation that would close the legal loophole that requires immigration authorities to release back into the United States illegal aliens who have not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being detained for six months - a practice also referred to as "catch and release." "Law enforcement and the judicial system are overwhelmed by the crisis at our souther… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Barrasso, Colleagues Urge Administration to Transition from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), and 24 Senate colleagues urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to provide Congress, patients, and providers with additional insight on the Department's plans for transitioning out of the COVID-19 public health emergency. "As the American people return to normalcy, workers, families, frontline health care providers, and a range of other stakeholders need transparency and certainty regarding … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Stop Gun Criminals Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Steve Daines (R-MT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Stop Gun Criminals Act, legislation to increase penalties for felons who illegally possess or use firearms. "Criminals who illegally use a gun to commit murder and other crimes must face stronger penalties," said Dr. Cassidy. "Repeat gun offenders must know if they use a gun … Continue Reading


Cassidy Celebrates National Seersucker Day in the Senate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today was joined by eight Senate colleagues in celebrating the ninth annual National Seersucker Day in the U.S. Senate. "It's great to be back in seersucker," said Dr. Cassidy. "Seersucker is a uniquely American and beloved New Orleans invention. I'm honored to be sharing this Louisiana tradition with my colleagues." Cassidy invited fellow senators, Senate staff, and Americans from all over the country to don their warm weather finest on this Nationa… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio Urge Biden Administration to Put Maximum Pressure on Ortega-Murillo Regime in Nicaragua

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to increase the United States' response against the brutal authoritarian regime of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo in Nicaragua. The senators called for the administration to increase the use of targeted sanctions and economic tools to continue to isolate members of the Nicaraguan regime. This call to action occurs on the one year anniver… Continue Reading


Report: Cassidy’s No Surprises Act Has Stopped Two Million Surprise Medical Bills in Two Months, Estimates 12 Million Could be Stopped in 2022

A recent study conducted by America's Health Insurance Plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found that the now-law No Surprises Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), prevented two million surprise medical bills during January and February of 2022. "Over two years ago, we set out to end patients being blindsided by expensive surprise medical bills," said Dr. Cassidy. "With over two million surprise medical bills stopped in just two months, this solution is … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Presses Treasury Secretary Over Administration’s Anti-Energy Policies, Strategy to Limit Russian Oil Profits

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) pressed President Biden's Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on inflation, the administration's proposal to limit tax incentives for the production of American oil and gas, and a strategy to combat Putin's profits off of Russian oil production during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. A recent reported Russia received more than $6 billion in extra oil revenue in June. "The administration has proposed decreasing tax incentives for the production… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rosen, Garbarino, Clarke Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution to Designate June as National Cybersecurity Education Month

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and U.S. Representatives Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-02) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09) today introduced a resolution to designate June as National Cybersecurity Education Month. The resolution also aims to educate Americans on the essential role of cybersecurity education and to support federal, state, and local efforts. "Cyberattacks affect all aspects of life and demonstrate the need for stronger protections," said Dr. Cassidy. "We need … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $14.8 Million for emergency Coastal Resilience

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), will grant Louisiana a total of $14,761,299 in relief for Emergency Coastal Resilience aid. Specifically, this funding will help Lake Chien, Dularge Marsh, and Bayou Grand Chenier better withstand natural disasters. "Louisiana knows the importance of protecting and restoring our coastlines," said Dr. Cassidy. "… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $44.4 Million in Disaster, COVID Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $44,430,971.59 in relief for COVID, the Severe Winter Storm of 2021, and Hurricanes Katrina, Laura, Ida, and Zeta. Specifically, this funding will help the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital - New Orleans East, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development - District 3, Louisiana Department of Transportation… Continue Reading

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