Press Releases


Cassidy, Crapo, Senate Finance Committee Republicans Demand Accountability for Continued Late Release of Medicare, Social Security Trustees Reports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Senate Finance Committee Republicans sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency monitor the Managing Trustee's flagrant disregard for statutory deadlines. Required by law, the Medicare and Social Security Trustees reports are to be issued no later than April 1, yet the 2021 and 2022 reports were issued August 31 and June 2, respectively. "With respect to reporting on the financial conditions… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $21.7 Million to Combat Opioid, Mental Health Crises

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant Louisiana $21,654,633 in grants to combat the opioid and mental health crises. Specifically, the funding will enhance existing statewide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals with or at risk for opioid addiction. Additionally, the grant invests in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC's), which provide access to quality mental heal… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize National Estuaries Week

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and a bipartisan group of senators introduce a resolution to make the week of September 17 through September 24, 2022, known as "National Estuaries Week''. "Louisiana's coastline is vital to protect the communities, businesses and wildlife that help our state flourish," said Dr. Cassidy. "Protecting our estuaries is essential to preserve Louisiana's way of life." In addition to Cassidy, the resolution is sponsored by Senators Whitehouse (D-RI), Baldwin (D… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cornyn, 31 Senate Republicans Call for Hunter Biden Prosecutor to be Given Special Counsel Authority

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and more than 30 other colleagues to send a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that U.S. Attorney David Weiss be extended special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the investigation into Hunter Biden. "There is no way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including, but not limited to, tax frau… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.6 Million for Alexandria International Airport from his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) will grant Alexandria International Airport a total of $1,616,469 from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Specifically, the funding will go towards runway rehabilitation to establish safe airfield operations at the airport. With this grant, Louisiana airports have received a total of $45,705,479 in IIJA funding, with more expected over the next five years. "Investment in our … Continue Reading


Cassidy Takes Action on Fentanyl, Holding Dealers Accountable for Murder and End Their Use of Social Media to Sell to Kids

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today introduced a bill to charge illicit fentanyl drug dealers with murder. The Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act would add the distribution of fentanyl, resulting in death, to the list of crimes that are eligible to be charged as felony murder. "Criminals poisoning Americans with fentanyl should be treated the same as someone pulling … Continue Reading


Cassidy to CDC Head: Why Should the American People Trust the CDC?

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) once again demanded answers and transparency from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. Cassidy pressed Dr. Walensky over CDC's own internal reporting from July that 78% of CDC employees are working fully remote or only come into the office part-time, which the CDC only reluctantly revealed after a FOIA request from The Epoch Times. T… Continue Reading


Senate Unanimously Passes Cassidy Legislation to Support Veterans During Their Transition to Civilian Life

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the Senate passage of his bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Solid Start Program, which assists veterans with their transition to civilian life by helping them connect with the VA programs and benefits they earned. Cassidy joined U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) in introducing the Solid Start Act last year. "The transition to civilian life is not always easy. … Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Another Month of Skyrocketing Food and Utility Prices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement after the August 2022 Consumer Price Index (CPI) revealed inflation rose 13.2% since Joe Biden took office in January 2021. "Ironically, the White House is celebrating another month of rising food, rent, and utility bill prices. People aren't dumb, they're still paying 11.4% more for food than last year," said Dr. Cassidy. "Washington Democrats have no plan to bring prices down." The CPI rose 8.3% in August 2022 from a year ago. This… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Casey Introduce Bill to Invest in Life-Saving Sepsis Research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Casey (D-PA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced the Sepsis Data Trust, Outcomes, and Innovation Act. This bipartisan bill would create a voluntary, privacy-protected sepsis data trust to collect information related to sepsis-the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection-and track the spread of infection-causing strains. This information will then be used to improve treatment… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $9.6 Million in Disaster, COVID Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $9,577,550.75 in relief for Hurricanes Ida & Laura, and the COVID-19 pandemic. "Through COVID-19 and multiple natural disasters, Louisiana families remain resilient," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding gives our local communities the tools they need to bounce back and be better prepared for the next crisis." Communities that will benefit include the City of New Orleans,… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Capito, Introduce Comprehensive Regulatory and Permitting Reform Legislation

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and 37 senators to introduce the Simplify Timelines and Assure Regulatory Transparency (START) Act. This comprehensive federal regulatory permitting and project review reform legislation includes needed permitting and process review reforms, provides regulatory certainty, and expedites permitting of key projects. "Delayed permitting by the administration delay… Continue Reading


Cassidy Delivers Video Address on 21st Anniversary of 9/11

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following video address recognizing the 21st anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. "[W]e will attempt to honor you by making sure that this never happens again, remaining vigilant against any enemies of the American way of life," said Dr. Cassidy addressing our service members. "We shall never forget." The full transcript is below. "Today is the 21st anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. And for those of us who were alive then, we… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $59 Million From His Infrastructure Bill for Baton Rouge Highway, Transportation Expansions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the City of Baton Rouge will receive $59,619,429 from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for highway expansion and improvements to existing infrastructure. "When negotiating and writing the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the need to improve our roads in the Capitol Region and around the state was a top priority," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is welcome funding that will reduce traffic and make our roads safer to drive on." This grant c… Continue Reading


Cassidy Releases Statement After Queen Elizabeth’s Passing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the world's longest-serving Monarch. "For 70 years, the Queen has demonstrated civility, class, and compassion for all," said Dr. Cassidy. "My condolences to the royal family, the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth. Her loss is immense, but her legacy is even greater." Since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952, 14 different U.S. Presidents have held office. The Queen cel… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $2.6 Million for Motor Carrier Safety from His Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Louisiana will receive $2,570,000 from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to strengthen safety measures for large motor carriers. Specifically, the funding will expedite safety screenings and measures as well as support research for crash prevention. The State of Louisiana and Louisiana State University will benefit from this funding. "Motor carriers are essential to growing Louisiana's transit economy," said … Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Biden Administration Wasting $1.3 Billion on Stimulus Checks for 1.1 Million Prisoners

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the release of internal data by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the government paid out at least $1.3 billion to more than 1.1 million prisoners through government COVID stimulus checks. Cassidy's amendment to prohibit these payments from going to prisoners was blocked by Senate Democrats in March 2021. "When given the opportunity to stop one million prisoners from receiving government-funded checks, Senate Democrats … Continue Reading


Cassidy Discusses Rural Broadband at Broadband Solutions Summit

ALEXANDRIA - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke at the Broadband Solutions Summit about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and the money it provides to extend high-speed Internet access to towns and villages across Louisiana. "For Louisiana to reach its potential, everyone in the state needs access to high-speed Internet," said Dr. Cassidy. "The bipartisan infrastructure bill and other federal and state money will bring access to everyone. Those at this conferen… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with Area Leaders in West Monroe, Tallulah

MONROE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with state legislators, mayors and other elected officials to discuss their goal to prevent flood damage and improve the economy in West Monroe and Northeast Louisiana. The host for the meeting was West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell. "The City of West Monroe sincerely thanks Senator Cassidy for taking time out of his schedule to visit with community leaders," said Mayor Mitchell. "Senator Cassidy spoke on several issues impacting our reg… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $3 Million for Louisiana Broadband Improvements through Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, First State to Receive Funding

ALEXANDRIA - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Louisiana is the first state to receive broadband funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) he helped author and pass into law last year. This $2,941,542.28 grant is for the deployment and adoption of affordable and reliable high-speed internet throughout the state. During the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill negotiations, Cassidy pushed for a fair broadband formula that would benefit Louisiana's needs and ens… Continue Reading

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