Press Releases

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


04.06.21

Cassidy, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Veterans Service Organizations for Supporting Veterans Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), along with a group of 11 Senators including Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) for their work supporting veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Boozman (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), joine… Continue Reading


04.05.21

Cassidy, Bipartisan Senators Question Online Ad Exchanges on Sharing Americans’ Data with Foreign Companies

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) questioned eight digital advertising exchanges about the possible sale of Americans' personal information to foreign-owned companies, in a letter sent with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The senators are seeking information about the sharing of Americans' data through "real time bidding" - the auction process used to place many targeted digital advertisements. For… Continue Reading


04.05.21

Cassidy, Republican Senators Demand Investigation into PPP Loans to Planned Parenthood

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined a group of 24 Republican Senators in demanding that Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabel Guzman open an investigation into Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans awarded to Planned Parenthood affiliates. The Senators pledged to monitor the situation in addition to the demanding an investigation. The group sending the letter also included U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cynthia Lummi… Continue Reading


04.01.21

Cassidy Announces More Than $13 Million in Grants for Airports Throughout Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced a total of 11 grants totaling $13,146,304 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve airports throughout Louisiana. These projects will reconstruct taxiways, rehabilitate taxiway lighting and runways, conduct airport wildlife hazard assessment/management plan, update airport master plans, construct terminal buildings, and improve airport drainage and erosion control. "Airports are the gateway to a city and are one of th… Continue Reading


03.31.21

Cassidy Visits with Nursery Farmers in Forest Hill and Students at LaGrange High School, Tours LSU-Eunice

Lafayette - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today visited with nursery farmers in Forest Hill whose businesses were impacted by the winter storm of 2021, and celebrated the LaGrange High School 2020-21 Girls 4A State Basketball Championship in Lake Charles. He also visited LSU-Eunice. "Through the challenges faced in 2020, Louisianans have persevered," said Dr. Cassidy. "The resilience of nursery farmers in Forest Hill through storms and high school basketball players winning championsh… Continue Reading


03.30.21

Cassidy Announces $109 Million in Energy Revenue Sharing for Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced that Louisiana is receiving $109,948,761.59 in revenue from the Department of Interior from energy produced in the Gulf of Mexico during Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), which was signed in to law in 2006, created a revenue sharing program between the federal government and the States of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development activities off their coasts t… Continue Reading


03.30.21

Cassidy Tours LIGO, Highlights Cutting-Edge Science in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory in Livingston. He learned about their progress in detecting gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. "LIGO, based in Livingston Parish, is an example of investment in science and education benefitting Louisiana and the world," said Dr. Cassidy. "We at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston P… Continue Reading


03.30.21

Cassidy Tours Liberty Magnet High, Visits MyHy Company

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured Liberty Magnet High in Baton Rouge and visited MyHy's headquarters. "The pandemic challenged teachers and students. One of the lessons taught and learned at Liberty Magnet has been and is overcoming adversity," said Dr. Cassidy. At Liberty Magnet High School, Cassidy visited with students and teachers. Liberty Magnet offers pathway courses in engineering, biomedical sciences, digital design and media, and computer science t… Continue Reading

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