Press Releases


Cassidy Announces $5.4 Million in Disaster Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $5,390,297.15 to the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government in relief for Hurricanes Gustav, Isaac, and Delta. "These reimbursements are a reminder that recovery from hurricanes is a long journey. Louisianans should not have to wait years to get back on their feet," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding is welcome aid, b… Continue Reading


Cassidy Votes to Support Louisiana Service Members, Military Bases

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today supported our nation's service members and Louisiana's military bases by voting in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is a bipartisan bill that authorizes funding for our military, increases training and readiness for service members, and strengthens our ability to combat adversaries. This year's NDAA authorizes millions in funding for Barksdale Air Force Base, Fort Polk, Camp Minden, and the construction of the Lake Char… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $35.7 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Funding for Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced Louisiana's airports will receive $35,689,010 million in funding this year from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This amount is in addition to Louisiana's annual funding under the Airport Improvement Program because of the IIJA. "This is just the beginning of the billions in resources coming to Louisiana and would not have happened without passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill," said Dr. Cassidy. "Improving… Continue Reading


Cassidy Releases Statement on Democrats’ $2.5 Trillion Debt Ceiling Increase

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement regarding the Democrats' $2.5 trillion debt ceiling increase. "Democrats plan to add $2.5 trillion to the debt in just one year," said Dr. Cassidy. "Inflation is at a 40-year high and gas and food prices are skyrocketing. Reckless spending will not fix our problems." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Support Domestic Medical Supply Manufacturing

Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (R-WI) today introduced the Medical Device Integrity Act to better prepare the U.S. for future pandemics and support Made in America medical supplies. The bipartisan bill would ensure our communities and frontline workers have high-quality medical devices, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), and address counterfeit devices by giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to request records and require that device manufac… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Whitehouse, Colleagues Release Statement on GAO Trade-Based Money Laundering Report

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report outlining the need for better information sharing and collaboration to address Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML), the system criminal organizations use to hijack international trade markets to launder money through rule-of-law countries. The practice involves transferring funds through thousands of shell compan… Continue Reading


Cassidy Discusses Energy Policy in New Orleans

METAIRIE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke in New Orleans with legislators and industry leaders from across the country at the Global Energy and Environmental Issues Conference, sponsored by the Energy Council. The Energy Council is a non-partisan legislative organization comprised of members from 14 energy-producing states in the United States and two provinces in Canada. "Spoke today to the Energy Council about the future of energy, about bringing Louisiana and other s… Continue Reading


Cassidy Visits Thibodaux Regional Cancer Institute

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) gave remarks at a luncheon celebrating the opening of the new Thibodaux Regional Cancer Institute, which will serve as the destination for the region's oncology needs. The Thibodaux Regional Cancer Center treats more than 95% of cancers and has patient outcomes better than the national average. It also treats five times more breast cancer patients than any other facility in the region, and offers the latest technologies in radiation treatment to mit… Continue Reading


Cassidy Delivers Speech on Senate Floor Honoring Fallen Navy SEAL Commander, Louisiana Native

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate today honoring fallen Navy SEAL, Commander Brian Bourgeois. "We lost a SEAL, a dedicated patriot, a son, a husband, a father, a hero," said Dr. Cassidy. "During his two-decade-long career Commander Bourgeois served honorably, led his men bravely and made our country proud." Bourgeois was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana before moving to Katy, Texas, to finish high school. Bourgeois received his … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Scott, Colleagues Urge Social Security Administration to Reopen Field Offices to the Public

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and 13 colleagues urged the Social Security Administration (SSA) to immediately reopen their field offices to the public after being closed for nearly 21 months. "Social Security is a bedrock of our nation's social safety net, especially for our nation's seniors aged 62 or older who comprise more than four-fifths of all Social Security beneficiaries," wrote the senators. "On March 17, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) suspe… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senate Pass Resolution to Overturn Biden Vaccine Mandate on Private Businesses

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution late Wednesday night to overturn President Biden's vaccine mandate on private businesses. The resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 52-48 with all Senate Republicans and Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT) voting in favor. The resolution now awaits a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) was a cosponsor of the resolution. "President Biden's vaccine mandate on private businesses … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Combat Illegal Fentanyl, Improve Research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Bob Latta (R-OH-05) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09) today introduced the Halt Lethal Trafficking (HALT) Fentanyl Act. This legislation makes permanent the temporary classification of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs as Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). With fentanyl overdoses at an all-time high, making up 64 percent of total U.S. overdose deaths, its current Schedule I classification is set to e… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $275 Million for New Orleans Water Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will allocate $275 million to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans for water infrastructure improvements. The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan will help the city modernize its aging sewer system and protect historically underserved communities from the impacts of future storms. "Protecting our communities from future storms and flooding is a priority in New Orleans… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Senate Action on US-Chile Tax Agreement

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and 11 colleagues today urged Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member, Jim Risch (R-ID), to hold a committee vote on the U.S.-Chile Bilateral Tax Treaty. "[T]he U.S.-Chile Bilateral Tax Treaty was negotiated between the U.S. and Chile in 2010, but the Senate has yet to give its consent to ratification," wrote the senators. "The Treaty is vitally important to U.S. foreign direct investment … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Strengthen Ties Between US and Dominican Republic

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a Senate resolution reaffirming the partnership between the United States and the Dominican Republic. The bipartisan resolution recognizes the enduring diplomatic, economic and cultural ties that bind the two nations and calls for furthering relations to advance mutual prosperity and security interests. "The United States' friendship with Dominican Republic is based upon prox… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $3.6 Million for Hurricane Laura Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant the Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corp. $3,554,489.88 for permanent electric grid repairs after Hurricane Laura. "It is about time Southwest Louisiana gets the resources they need to make permanent repairs after Hurricane Laura," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is welcome aid, but there is still more work to be done to get places like Lake Charles back on their feet. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Extend Economic Support to Haiti

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill to reauthorize the Haitian Hemisphere Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act and the Haitian Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act. The HOPE Act, introduced as a response to an economic downturn in Haiti in 2005, removes duties from Haitian apparel exports to the United States. The HELP Act, passed by Congress following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, broadens the types of goods eligible for duty free sta… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce 21st Century Dyslexia Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced the 21st Century Dyslexia Act. This legislation aims to bring our modern, scientific understanding of dyslexia to federal statute and prevent the harm inflicted on young students when their dyslexia goes unidentified. "Dyslexia has no impact on a student's intelligence," said Dr. Cassidy. "We know how to teach a student with dyslexia how to read and reach… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $101 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Funding for Louisiana Clean Drinking Water

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will allocate Louisiana $101,243,000 this fiscal year for drinking water infrastructure improvements across the state. This marks the first major investment of funds Louisiana will receive from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Cassidy was a key architect of the proposal and helped shepherd the law through Congress. "Across the state, local officials prioritize investment… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Crapo, Colleagues Press IRS on ProPublica Data Leak

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) led Senate Finance Committee Republicans in pressing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on their weak response to a massive data leak earlier this year, which compromised private taxpayer data. Nearly six months after ProPublica began disclosing confidential, private and legally-protected taxpayer information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Biden Administration continue to show little regard about the haphazard handling… Continue Reading

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