Press Releases

04.16.21

Cassidy Announces $1.3 Million Grant for Coastal Restoration in Plaquemines Parish

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) Office of Gulf Coast Restoration is awarding a $1,258,917.50 million grant to Plaquemines Parish for the Bay Adams Headland Restoration and Marsh Creation project. The grant will support the planning, engineering, and design activities of the restoration and habitat creation project. "Louisiana knows the importance of building a more resilient coastline," said Dr. Cassidy. "This restoration protect… Continue Reading


04.16.21

Cassidy, Coons, Wicker, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Expand National Service to Bolster COVID-19 Recovery

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and 15 bipartisan colleagues reintroduced the Cultivating Opportunity and Response to the Pandemic through Service (CORPS) Act, legislation that would expand national service programs significantly to help the country recover and rebuild from COVID-19. The CORPS Act would increase the number of AmeriCorps positions available with the goal of creating 250,000 new service opportunities nationwide. These positions cou… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Senators Cassidy, Hassan, Cramer Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support New Veterans During Transition to Civilian Life

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), all members of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Solid Start program, created by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2019, to contact every veteran three times by phone in the first year after they leave active duty to check in and help connect them to VA programs and benefits. The newly reintroduced bipartisan legislation includes specific… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Cassidy, Ernst Introduce Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

As the Biden Administration works to reverse a rule that prevents Title X funds from going to abortion providers, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 32 of their colleagues introduced legislation to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to the nation's single largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood. The Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act prohibits taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. Instead, the bill redirects those funds to other eligib… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Cassidy Statement on Democrats Dangerous, Reckless Supreme Court Packing Plan

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement in response to legislation introduced by House and Senate Democrats to pack the Supreme Court. "This court packing plan is as dangerous as it is reckless," said Dr. Cassidy. "These Democratic members of Congress are not even waiting for their own party's commission to investigate the idea before proposing a law to destroy the Supreme Court as we know it. This sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents and puts judicia… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Cassidy, 100 Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Retain the Protect Life Rule on Title X Funding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined 100 of his House and Senate colleagues in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and the White House to reverse their plans to abolish the Protect Life Rule, which prevents American tax dollars from being used to fund abortion. "A decision to rescind the Protect Life Rule would not only damage the integrity of Title X, but reverse needed reforms that allowed this program to work for all Americans. We urge you to retain th… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Cassidy Announces $824,000 Grant to Support Improvements at National World War II Museum

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $824,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the National World War II Museum, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana. The grant will allow for campus site improvements and audio and visual technical systems. "Tourism is critical to economic opportunity in our state, especially in New Orleans, which has felt the deep impact of COVID-19 and lockdowns," said Dr… Continue Reading


04.14.21

VIDEO: Two Bipartisan Cassidy Bills to Lower Prescription Costs Head to President’s Desk

(Click here to download Senator Cassidy's video or here to watch on YouTube.) WASHINGTON - Two pieces of bipartisan legislation, the Advancing Education on Biosimilars Act and the Ensuring Innovation Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and aimed at lowering prescription drug costs passed the U.S. House of Representatives today and now heads to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. "Passing these bills in Congress has the potential to lower prescription costs for … Continue Reading


04.14.21

Cassidy, Schatz Bill to Fund Research of Minority Health Disparities Passes House

A bill from U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), the John Lewis National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Endowment Revitalization Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. Introduced in February, the legislation would increase investments in schools conducting critical research into minority health disparities. The bill passed the U.S. Senate in March. "Passing this bill increases investment in schools conducting critical resea… Continue Reading


04.14.21

Cassidy Highlights Failing Track Record of NCIL Grant Holder in Public Comments to Education Department

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) provided public comments on the U.S. Department of Education's Proposed Priority, Requirement, and Definitions-National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL). Cassidy outlined issues with the current NCIL grant holders, highlighting their track record of failing to produce a trustworthy work product. Cassidy also called for NCIL's funding to be abolished or awarded to another group, and reminded the Department that "these grants are not welfare … Continue Reading


04.14.21

Cassidy, Hassan Reintroduce Bipartisan Bills to Increase Vaccination Rates for Expectant Mothers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today re-introduced two bipartisan bills to increase maternal vaccination rates and ensure that these vaccines are free of cost for Medicaid enrollees. "As a doctor who worked in Louisiana's charity hospital system, we provided vaccinations to children in Baton Rouge at no cost because they saved lives and boosted the community's health," said Dr. Cassidy. "These bills removes barriers to immunization that improve the health of e… Continue Reading


04.13.21

ICYMI: Cassidy Pens Op-Ed Calling for Border Security

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today published an op-ed calling for the Biden Administration to secure the southern border in Gannett's Louisiana papers including The Daily Advertiser, The News-Star, Opelousas Daily World, and The Town Talk. Click here or read below for the full op-ed. It's time to secure our border There is a crisis on the southern border. The Biden administration's reversal of the Trump border policies is incentivizing thousands of migrants to put their lives at … Continue Reading


04.13.21

Cassidy, Cornyn, Colleagues Ask Biden to Support Initiatives to Increase U.S. Semiconductor Production

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of colleagues in urging President Biden to support initiatives to restore semiconductor manufacturing to American soil from the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that were signed into law as part of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act. "The United States cannot wait to provide these resources over the years ahead. The halted production lines for con… Continue Reading


04.12.21

151 Organizations Endorse Bipartisan College Transparency Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced an overwhelming show of support for the College Transparency Act (CTA) from 151 organizations representing everything from educational institutions, student organizations, and employers. The bipartisan legislation ensures students and families have clear and absorbable information as they consider higher education opportunities. The CTA modernizes the college reportin… Continue Reading


04.09.21

Cassidy Warns Education Department Against Establishing Arbitrary Threshold in COVID Funds for Low Income Students at Private Schools

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) urged Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona against the creation of an abritrary threshold for private schools in the use of their COVID relief funds. In Decmeber 2020, Cassidy led efforts to make sure make sure dedicated funding were available for private and parochial school relief in the form of the Emergency Assistance to Non-public Schools (EANS) Program. The $2.75 billion made available through EANS ensured that services and assistance rela… Continue Reading


04.09.21

Cassidy Announces $140 Million Grant to Louisiana Department of Health to Combat Infectious Disease

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $140,019,396 million in federal funding to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) to address emerging infectious disease threats. "The best way to combat a pandemic is preventing it from happening," said Dr. Cassidy. "COVID-19 demonstrates the need to increase research to reduce the threat of infectious diseases. This grant supports such research here in Louisiana to protects p… Continue Reading


04.08.21

Cassidy Announces $2.2 Million for Infrastructure Improvements in the Baton Rouge Health District

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.2 million grant to the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to improve Pump Station 299 and increase capacity to support business development in the Baton Rouge Health District. "Upgrading water infrastructure is an investment in our communities," said Dr. Cassidy. "This money for the Baton Rouge Health District improves health care access, creates jobs… Continue Reading


04.08.21

ICYMI Letter to the Editor: Sen. Bill Cassidy Explains His Inquiry into PPP Loans for Planned Parenthood

On March 25, 2021, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to open an investigation into Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans awarded to Planned Parenthood affiliates. This week he penned a letter to the editor published in the Houma Courier explaining his inquiry and reiterating the call for an investigation. Click here or read below for the full letter. "Last year, the press reported that 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates received over $80 m… Continue Reading


04.08.21

Group of 10 Republican Senators Release Joint Statement in Response to Comments from President Biden

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the rest of the group of 10 Republicans who met with President Joe Biden at the White House in an attempt to negotiate a sixth bipartisan COVID-19 relief package released a statement in response to President Biden's comments attempting to rewrite history to justify his Administration's abandonment of bipartisanship on COVID relief. The group of 10 Republican Senators released the following statement: "In good faith, our group of 10 Republicans worke… Continue Reading


04.07.21

Cassidy Announces Nearly $5 million to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced a total of 18 grants totaling $4,953,903 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for cleaning and disinfecting airports across Louisiana to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. "This funding ensures Louisiana's airports are kept clean and safe for our travelers. It also provides needed economic relief as the country reopens," said Dr. Cassidy. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2… Continue Reading

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