Press Releases

03.29.21

Cassidy, Murkowski, Hassan, Rosen Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Give Patients Safe, Timely Access to Treatment

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Safe Step Act of 2021, legislation to put reasonable limits on step therapy. Currently, when a physician prescribes a particular drug treatment for a patient, the patient's insurance company may require them to try different medications and treatments before they can access the drug originally prescribed by their physician, a protocol known as "step therapy" or "fail first." … Continue Reading


03.29.21

Cassidy Tours Bristow Heliport in Houma, Vists Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport

Metairie - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured the Bristow Group's heliport in Houma and visited Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport. "Louisiana leads the nation in boat building and helicopter support for the offshore industry. We need to build on the talent of these craftsmen and this skill set," said Dr. Cassidy. At the Bristow Group's heliport in Houma, Cassidy received a tour and learned more about how Bristow provides crucial air transportation to ensure workers can get to… Continue Reading


03.26.21

Cassidy Tours Winter Storm Damage in Northeast Louisiana, Visits Foster Farms Facility

Monroe - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured winter storm damage in Northeast Louisiana, visiting Donald Farms in West Monroe and Butch Farm Service in Farmerville. Donald Farms produces alligator meat and Butch Farm Service supplies the Foster Farms Poultry Plant in Farmerville. "These farms feed America and support jobs in Northeast Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "I will work to support these farms and other small businesses in Louisiana as they recover from the winter storm of… Continue Reading


03.26.21

Cassidy, Senators Urge EPA to Waive Restrictions on Oil-Refining States

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) along with Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Jim Risch (R-ID), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan requesting a waiver of restrictions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to relieve the economic burden on … Continue Reading


03.25.21

Cassidy, Risch, King, Colleagues Urge Energy Department: Don’t Downgrade Cybersecurity

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Angus King (I-ME) today sent a bipartisan letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm voicing their support for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and urging the Department to maintain CESER's current leadership structure. Presently, CESER is led by an assistant secretary, underscoring the importance of a strong U.S. cybersecurity strategy. In the letter, the Senators wr… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Cassidy Issues Statement on Extension of Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act of 2021. The legislation extends the deadline for small business owners to apply for PPP from March 31 to May 31, 2021 and provides an additional 30 days - through June 30 - for the Small Business Administration to process loans. "Programs like the Paycheck Protection Program provide a lifeline to small businesses, churches, and charities as we recove… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Cassidy, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Greater Transparency for Third-Party Sellers of Consumer Products Online

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to combat the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products by ensuring transparency of high-volume third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act would direct online retail marketplaces that include third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate the identity of "high-… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Cassidy Calls for Extension of Red Snapper Season Highlighting New Population Assessment

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today issued the following statement in response to new research that found 110 million red snapper in a population assessment from the Great Red Snapper Count. In 2018, the most recent estimate from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the population assessment was about 36 million. "This study shows that there is three times more red snapper in the Gulf than previously thought. This new information should translate into greater acces… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Cassidy Announces $3.6 Million to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $3,623,101 in federal funding for cleaning and disinfecting 11 airports across south Louisiana to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. "We know that COVID-19 can spread easily where large numbers of people gather. This funding ensures Louisiana's airports are kept clean and safe for our travelers," said Dr. Cassidy. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental App… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Cassidy Announces $163 Million for Flood Mitigation Projects Throughout Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced $163 million in federal funding for several flood mitigation projects across Louisiana. "Louisiana experienced devastating floods in recent years that accelerated the need to develop infrastructure projects for flood-prone communities," said Dr. Cassidy. "These funds deliver protection to residents and businesses and will considerably reduce the risk of flooding." The money released is part of the $1.2 billion in flood mitigation funding f… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Cassidy Announces $22.7 Million for LDH Following Hurricane Laura Assistance

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $22,668,321.98 to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) for providing emergency services in response to Hurricane Laura's devastating impacts upon the state. "LDH stepped up to ensure Louisiana's most vulnerable would not be left behind when Hurricane Laura slammed into our state," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding covers those necessary costs to provide care for patients." The L… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Cassidy Announces $9.5 Million in Federal Funding for HIV Care in New Orleans, Baton Rouge

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $9,481,337 in federal funding to the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge for HIV/Aids emergency care and relief. "New Orleans and Baton Rouge residents have suffered from the effects of HIV for decades," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding helps address the HIV epidemic and delivers quality care to low-income families in need." The city of New Orleans is receiving $6,029,527 to pro… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Cassidy, Senators Demand Answers from DOI on Federal Oil and Gas Virtual Forum

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) along with Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jim Risch (R-ID), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Debra Haaland on the virtual forum the Department of the Interior (DOI) is hosting this week regarding the federal oil and gas program. The "public forum" notably excludes representation of energy states like Louisiana that are set to be severely impact… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Cassidy Announces $61.5 Million in Federal Funding for Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced $61,491,476.88 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness. This funding will be used for both COVID-19 protective measures and Hurricane Laura recovery. "Louisiana faced multiple emergencies last year that threatened not only public health but homes, businesses and livelihoods," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding helps our state recover from multiple blows of a pandemic and… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Address Hazing on College Campuses

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) reintroduced legislation to address hazing on college campuses. The Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act would require hazing incidents to be reported as part of a college's annual crime report and establish a definition of hazing to clarify what constitutes a reportable offense. The legislation would also require institutions to establish a campus-wide, research-based program … Continue Reading


03.19.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Huntington’s Disease Parity Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) reintroduced the Huntington's Disease Parity Act, which will make Medicare coverage and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) available to people with Huntington's Disease immediately after qualifying for federal disability. "As a doctor, I've seen how Huntington's Disease can affect a person and their family," said Dr. Cassidy. "An over 30… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Cassidy, Warren, Scott, Whitehouse Reintroduce College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today reintroduced the College Transparency Act (CTA), bipartisan legislation to ensure students and families have clear and absorbable information as they consider higher education opportunities. The CTA modernizes the college reporting system for postsecondary data by providing accurate reporting on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college earnings across col… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Bipartisan group introduces nation’s first comprehensive CO2 infrastructure bill

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and U.S. Representatives Marc Veasey (D-TX) and David McKinley (R-WV) today introduced the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act. The landmark bill will help develop CCS infrastructure as a critical means of reducing emissions of CO2 - or carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas - while creating regional economic opportunities and jobs. The SCALE Act is the first comprehensive CO2 infrastructure package to be introduced in Congress.… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Cassidy Votes Against President Biden’s Health and Human Services Nominee Xavier Becerra

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted against the confirmation of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "We would expect someone who's the U.S. Attorney General to have a legal background pertinent to being Attorney General. Similarly, we should expect a health care background for HHS secretary. Becerra's qualification to be HHS Secretary seem to be minimal beyond suing the department he wants to lead,"… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Cassidy, Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Connected MOM Act to Improve Health Care for Expectant Mothers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined by U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Todd Young (R-IN) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at improving health care for expectant mothers. The Connected Maternal Online Monitoring Services (MOM) Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to provide coverage recommendations for remote devices such as those that can check for irregularities in blood pressure, blood glucose and pulse rate… Continue Reading

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