Press Releases


Cassidy, Johnson Meet With Guatemalan Ambassador on Detained Shreveport Resident

US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and US Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA) met with Manuel Espina, Ambassador of Guatemala, to discuss the case of Zack Wilson of Shreveport, Louisiana. Wilson traveled to Guatemala in March for a mission trip with the Word of God Church and is currently being detained by Guatemalan authorities. When attempting to return to the US after his mission trip was complete, authorities discovered hunting ammunition in Wilson's bag and placed him under arrest. Wilson su… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Short-Term NFIP Reauthorization included in CR

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) released a statement on the short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until December 8, 2017, which was added to the Continuing Resolution. The Continuing Resolution also includes $15.25 billion in emergency spending for Hurricane Harvey and Irma, $7.4 billion for FEMA, $7.4 billion for CDBG funding for areas most affected by 2017 disasters, and $450 million for the Small Business Authority disaster loan program. "The three… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Conway Confirms Trump Will Sign Graham-Cassidy

Today, Kellyanne Conway spoke on Fox News confirming President Trump would sign the Graham-Cassidy health care reform legislation into law if it passes through Congress. To watch the video, click here… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Request Extension of National Flood Insurance Program Proof of Loss Deadline

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) sent a letter to FEMA, requesting the September 1st deadline for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders to file a Proof of Loss (POL) claim be extended. Policyholders have faced delays in filing original and supplemental POLs associated with the Great Flood of 2016 that affected thousands of Louisianans. "This was a disaster. Some homeowners have been unable to get their records in a timely fashion from contrac… Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy to Host Veterans Conference

LAFAYETTE -August 24, 2017, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD will host and address a "Here's to Your Service" Veterans Conference, with presentations by the U.S. and Louisiana Departments of Veterans' Affairs. The conference will connect veterans with resources available to them, and will begin at 10:00 AM with opening remarks from Senator Cassidy. Details on the event and how to RSVP are below. After Senator Cassidy delivers opening remarks, he will hold a brief media availability outside the … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.9 Million in Pre-Apprenticeship Grants to Hammond and Convent, LA

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced the US Department of Labor will award $1,933,175 to YouthBuild programs in Hammond and Convent. YouthBuild is a pre-apprenticeship program for at-risk individuals ages 16-to-24. "Every young person should have the opportunity to succeed and contribute to their communities," said Dr. Cassidy. "This money will help disadvantaged youth in Louisiana get the education and skills they need to thrive." YouthBuild is a recognized pre-apprentice… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with HUD Secretary Carson

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA) and US Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) joined local business leaders and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for a roundtable meeting in Baton Rouge. Senator Cassidy released the following statement: "I thank Secretary Carson for coming to Louisiana. There are ongoing issues with flood recovery, as well as affordable housing, in our state," said Dr. Cassidy. "His unique life experience and cu… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Anniversary of The Great Flood of 2016

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) issued the following statement on the one-year-anniversary of The Great Flood of 2016. "Following the devastating flood, the people of Louisiana came together to help those in need. A year later, we can still feel the effects from The Great Flood of 2016, but we continue toward full recovery," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Louisiana delegation will stay committed to ensuring that in the event of disaster, Louisiana families and businesses have the resources they n… Continue Reading


Cassidy Sends Letter to White House on Potential Venezuelan Energy Sanctions

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) sent a letter to President Trump, urging the administration to protect Gulf refiners from indirect harm caused by potential Venezuelan energy sanctions. US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) coauthored the letter. The Senators wrote: "…We urge a coordinated, multi-lateral approach that deprives the Maduro regime of all funding options, rather than simply closing the door to the United States' marke… Continue Reading


Cassidy Congratulates First Asst. Sec. for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement congratulating Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz on her confirmation as the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the Department of Health and Human Services. This position was created by legislation introduced by Cassidy and US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)-The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016-which passed into law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. "The confirmation of Dr. McCance-Katz is one more step in fixing… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Address Mismanaged Red Snapper Fisheries

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Red Snapper Act of 2017 to address long-term solutions for red snapper recreational management in the private recreational sector. Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a three-day red snapper season for private, recreational anglers. The US Department of Commerce later extended the federal season an additional 39 days. "A long-term solution is overdue. While th… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with White House, Sec. Price and Governors on Health Care

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) traveled to the White House to meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and governors to discuss a path forward on Obamacare repeal and replace. "We had a productive meeting. All involved want a path forward," said Dr. Cassidy. "There are many ideas in Graham-Cassidy-Heller and the Patient Freedom Act that can be next steps. I will continue to discuss these ideas with the administration, governors and folks back home, because the Ameri… Continue Reading


Cassidy Releases Statement Following Motion to Proceed Vote

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the passage of the motion to proceed to debate on the repeal and replace of Obamacare in the United States Senate. "Nothing changes until the first step is taken. This is the first step. There will be many others. But we must replace Obamacare with something which fulfills President Trump's campaign pledges to maintain coverage, protect those with preexisting conditions, and lower premiums without mandates. Power needs … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Graham Discuss Health Care Proposal with Republican Governors

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) held a conference call with Republican governors and health policy advisors on their proposal for health care reform. Graham and Cassidy released this statement following today's call: "We had a productive discussion today with a number of Republican governors on the Graham-Cassidy proposal. We're thankful for their time and input. "The governors understand that no two states are the same. What works for health c… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Veteran Educational Assistance Legislation

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced the introduction of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 in the US Senate. This bill improves education assistance programs offered to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Cassidy is an original cosponsor of this bill. This legislation expands the Yellow Ribbon Program-extending eligibility for additional educational assistance to the children and spouses of service members who die in the line of duty after S… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Additional Recovery Aid for Louisiana

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), announced $6 million in federal grants from FEMA to aid the Louisiana Capitol Region recover from last year's flooding. "Almost a year later, we can still feel the effects of The Great Flood of 2016," said Dr. Cassidy. "These grants help us continue our progress in returning our families and communities to wholeness."… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Senate Banking Committee Introducing Text to Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the introduction of the Senate Banking Committee's legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so it is more affordable and sustainable. Cassidy applauds the Senate Banking Committee for taking the next step in reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program with the introduction of base text that includes many provisions from the Cassidy-Gillibrand Flood Insurance Affordability & … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Federal Grants for Flood Prevention

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Louisiana will receive $7,740,341 in federal funding to assist in flood prevention and reconstruction projects. The announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants Jefferson Parish funding to elevate and reconstruct severe repetitive loss (SRL) structures that face a high risk of flood damage in the future. "Flood prevention projects greatly reduce the chance of future flood damage," said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant will help protect… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Graham Announce Amendment to the BCRA

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced their intention to offer an amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on CNN At This Hour. The new plan would return to the conservative principal of federalism by granting funds to states and giving them the flexibility to design their own systems to take care of the unique needs of patients in their state. "Obamacare took power from states-this returns that power," said Dr. Cassidy. "It allows the peo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Americans Plan for Debilitating Illness or Condition

70% of Americans have thought about their preferences if they face a debilitating illness or condition, but only one-third have completed an advance directive Legislation is the first of its kind to be endorsed by the Right to Life Committee Republicans, Democrats work together to encourage Americans to complete 'advance directives,' plans for life-sustaining health decisions US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and US … Continue Reading

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