Press Releases

12.08.21

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


12.07.21

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


12.07.21

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


12.07.21

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


12.06.21

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


12.03.21

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


12.02.21

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


12.02.21

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


12.02.21

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


12.01.21

Cassidy, Energy Committee Republicans Introduce Bill to Bolster Strategic Petroleum Reserve

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Hoeven (R-ND), James Lankford (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) today introduced the Strategic Production Response (SPR) Act to prioritize American energy production. The bill prohibits the Secretary of Energy from tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for reasons other than a severe energy supply interr… Continue Reading


11.30.21

Cassidy Speaks on Mississippi Abortion Law Ahead of Supreme Court Oral Arguments

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today spoke about the sanctity of life as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The case is ruling on the Mississippi legislature's "Gestational Age Act" (HB 1510), which limits abortion to 15 weeks' gestation except in a medical emergency and in cases of "severe fetal abnormality." "The reason we speak of 15 weeks and knowing whether or not it's a male or female, already you begin… Continue Reading


11.29.21

Cassidy Announces $61 Million in Hurricane Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $61,307,611.21 to the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury, and City of DeQuincy in relief for Hurricanes Laura and Katrina. "While it has taken far too long to receive, this funding is crucial to rebuilding our state after countless storms," said Dr. Cassidy. Grant Awarded Recipient Project Description $30,732,… Continue Reading


11.22.21

Cassidy Announces $9 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 $9,087,127.03 to the Plaquemines Parish School Board, the East Baton Rouge School Board, and St. Charles Parish in relief for Hurricane Katrina, the Great Floods of 2016, and Hurricane Ida. "Schools should be one of the first places we invest when rebuilding after a major storm. Some of these reimbursements have taken far too long," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding is welc… Continue Reading


11.19.21

Cassidy Announces $6.5 Million for HIV/AID Treatment and Services

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services will grant the Louisiana Department of Health $6,591,965 in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to fund HIV drugs and services for uninsured patients. The Ryan White Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, essential support services, and medications to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard-to-reach populations. "As a doctor, I treated uninsured… Continue Reading


11.19.21

Cassidy Releases Statement on House Passage of Democrats’ Reckless Tax and Spending Spree

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed Democrats' reckless $1.75 trillion tax-and-spending spree, which he has consistently opposed. "This reckless tax-and-spending spree is going to further ignite inflation and torch Americans' savings. It is more focused on cementing their unpopular agenda than helping American families," said Dr. Cassidy. "It is a Bad Bad Bad bill." The massive spending package is already facing… Continue Reading


11.18.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Urge IRS to Investigate EnQ’s Pay-for-Service Scheme

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Todd Young (R-IN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Mark Warner (D-VA) today urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate recent reports suggesting a private company is charging taxpayers a premium to speak to an IRS representative or face potentially hours-long wait times. A company called EnQ, has allegedly been flooding the IRS with robo-calls and selling slots at the front of the hold line to paying customers, taking advantage of an already straine… Continue Reading


11.18.21

Bill to Preserve Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Passes Senate Committee

Today, members of the Louisiana congressional delegation released the following statements after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed their effort to reauthorize the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) in the Senate, and U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) in the House of Representatives, reauthorizes the Atcha… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Cassidy: Gulf Lease Sale Highlights Significance of Gulf of Mexico to U.S. Energy Security and Climate

Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement after the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale conducted by the Department of Interior following a court order overturning Biden administration's efforts to halt oil and gas leasing. Total lease sales generated $192 million on Wednesday. "This is a massive win for the U.S. energy industry and for the Gulf, one of the lowest carbon intensity oil-producing regions in the world," said Dr. Cassidy. "If the administration is committed to … Continue Reading


11.17.21

Cassidy Critical in Helping Music School Escape from Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan

Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement after the last group of students and teachers from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and their families safely reached Qatar after escaping Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Since seizing the country in August, the Taliban have outlawed non-religious music andplaced restrictions and largely barred girls from attending school. "Symbolizing women's rights and freedom of expression, these young musicians represented the h… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Cassidy on Official Report Showing Democrats Tax-and-Spending Spree Raises Taxes on Middle Class, Adds to Debt

Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement after the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released a new analysis on Democrats' reckless tax-and-spending spree confirming it gives significant tax cuts to the wealthy, provides fleeting and limited tax relief to low- and middle-income earners, and violates the president's promise to not raise taxes on anyone earning below $400,000 a year. The non-partisan analysis found Democrats' plan will pay for tax cuts on the rich by raising ta… Continue Reading

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