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Afghan Refugee Family Reunites in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Today at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Mrs. Latifa Ekhteiary reunited with her husband, Mr. Bostan Rizaye, her sons Mohammad and Abdussalam Rizaye, and her sister Ms. Shahr Bano Ekhtiyari. The family had been separated while fleeing Afghanistan over two years ago following the administration’s botched withdrawal from the country. With Latifa was her one-year-old daughter, who was born in the United States and met her father, brothers, and aunt for the first time. U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Scott, Colleagues Demand Schumer Reverse Absurd Senate Dress Code Rules

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Rick Scott (R-FL) and 44 Republican colleagues urged Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to reverse his recent announcement loosening the Senate dress code to no longer require business attire for members on the Senate floor. “The Senate is a place of honor and tradition, and the Senate floor is where we conduct the business of the American people,” wrote the senators. “The world watches us on that floor and we must protect the sanctity of that place at… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Barrasso, Westerman Challenge Biden Administration Unilateral Decision to Remove Acreage from Gulf Lease Sale

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY), and House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04) filed an amicus brief in a case concerning the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (Bureau) decision to alter the terms of “Lease Sale 261,” an oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, set to take place September, 27, 2023. The members of Congress assert that the Bureau’s actions undermine th… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Brown Introduce Bill to Modernize Social Security Disability Program

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Improving Employment Options for DI Beneficiaries Act to make it easier for Americans with disabilities to apply for the Social Security Disability Program and cut waste in the program by improving vocational data and eligibility criteria. “Individuals with disabilities should not be unfairly penalized because of outdated data,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Current job classifications include nut sorters and seal hunters, occ… Continue Reading


ICYMI: A Prescription for Americans Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and his health fellow Sunjay Letchuman, a medical student at Mount Sinai, co-authored a Viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association on patients jointly enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. The Viewpoint asserts that poor payment coordination between Medicare and Medicaid drives uncoordinated care and worse outcomes for a majority of the 12.2 million low-income and older or disabled people in the United States who are jointly enrolled in Medic… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Shell’s Decision to Remain in Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today applauded Shell for its announcement that the company headquarters will remain in New Orleans. The headquarters will move to a new building on the Mississippi River. “This is great news for Shell and New Orleans. It shows that with the resources in New Orleans, our state is one of the best places for an employer such as Shell to locate,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This is a win-win.”  Shell has been a long-time member of the New Orleans business community, … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $5 Million for Louisiana Solid Waste Infrastructure from his Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will grant Louisiana $4,979,199.00 from his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for solid waste infrastructure. The City of New Orleans will receive $3,982,000.00 to expand its current residential curbside recycling program and develop a 10-year Solid Waste Master Plan. The City of West Monroe will receive $997,199.00 to expand covered space and storage for receiving, processing, and storing… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $6.9 Million for Louisiana, Largest & First Ever Resilience RLF from His Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced Louisiana is receiving $6,900,000.00 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for a Resilience Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program. The program supports mitigation projects at the local government level to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters. Louisiana will receive the largest amount of any state in this round of Resilience RLF Program funding. “This is exactly the type of prog… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Brown Announce First Update to Social Security Income Program for Disabled, Elderly Americans Since 1980s

 - U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the first bipartisan, bicameral push in decades to reform the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which has not been updated in nearly 40 years and currently punishes older and disabled Americans for saving for emergencies and their futures. The senators’ bipartisan SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act would update SSI’s asset limits for the first time since the 1980s to ensure disabled and elderly Americans are… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Coons Introduce Resolution to Recognize 9/11 as a National Day of Service

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, encouraging the American public to volunteer in a charitable service of their choosing on or around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “On September 11, 2001, Americans stood still as the country we love was attacked,” said Dr. Cassidy. “In the face of evil, patriotism prevailed as Americans answered the call to protect and defend our country. We remember … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1 Million for Parks in Louisiana

 U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the National Park Service will grant Louisiana $1,021,111.00 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The City of West Monroe will receive $770,161.00 to rehabilitate and expand existing amenities at Kiroli Park. The City of Thibodaux will receive $250,950.00 to rehabilitate and develop a ballfield at Peltier Park to meet Miracle League guidelines. “Parks serve as a great place for families to come together and enjoy the great outdoors,… Continue Reading


Cassidy Speaks to Lafayette Rotary, Tours South Louisiana Community College

BATON ROUGE - Today in Lafayette, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke to the Rotary Club of Lafayette, where he spoke about the benefits of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), including funds for flood mitigation and strengthening electrical grids. There’s also money available for Louisiana’s energy industry to capture and sequester carbon. “There’s going to prosperity in south Louisiana and throughout Louisiana because of the private investment being triggered by publ… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Appropriation for Communities in Schools, Speaks to Capital Region Home Builders

BATON ROUGE - Yesterday afternoon in Baton Rouge, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with officials from Communities in Schools (CIS) Gulf South, Inc. to announce a $1 million appropriation that will support their after-school and mentoring programs for at-risk students. “Met with Communities in Schools, which is connecting at-risk students with mentors and counselors,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This makes an enormous difference for keeping kids in school and helping them achieve their dream… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with Veterans in Lafayette

BATON ROUGE - This morning in Lafayette, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with veterans throughout Acadiana at a roundtable organized by the Veterans’ Coalition of Southwest Louisiana. They discussed issues important to veterans and their families throughout the region, including the implementation of the PACT Act, and several of Cassidy’s initiatives to help veterans. “Had a great meeting with Acadiana Veterans. Just like in the service, when they were there for each other, my staf… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Durbin, Colleagues Call for Fair Democratic Primaries in Venezuela Ahead of 2024 Presidential Elections

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and 14 colleagues expressed their concerns about ongoing efforts to undermine the pre-electoral and primary processes leading up to the critical Venezuelan presidential elections scheduled in 2024 in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.“The Venezuelan people cannot afford to see another fraudulent election, which will only bring further sufferi… Continue Reading


Cassidy Discusses Infrastructure at Ascension Chamber, Emery Equipment

BATON ROUGE - Today in Gonzales, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke to the Ascension Chamber of Commerce on how his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is benefitting Ascension Parish, and how they can obtain more money from the law. “No county in the nation is going to benefit as much from the bipartisan infrastructure bill as Ascension Parish,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Industry is taking advantage of our energy transition, seeking new markets and creating a lot of jobs for peopl… Continue Reading


Cassidy Releases Discussion Draft to Level Playing Field for Offshore Mariners for Feedback

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released discussion draft legislation regarding offshore manning and crewing for feedback. The discussion draft aims to create a level playing field between U.S.-flagged vessels and foreign-flagged vessels working in offshore energy activities in U.S. waters. The changes also improve the oversight of foreign-flagged vessels and the mariners who work on these vessels.“We need to ensure U.S. and Louisiana… Continue Reading


Cassidy Speaks to Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard Parish, Tours Trucking Innovation

METAIRIE - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited Trucking Innovation, a thriving minority-owned business that supports local construction projects via trucking, hauling and contracting services. Earlier, he spoke to the St. Bernard-Arabi Kiwanis Club about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and his vision for Louisiana.   “Just met with Otis at Trucking Innovation. He’s purchasing trucks and hiring workers, which is helping St. Bernard and us all,” said Dr. C… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $207.3 Million for Louisiana for Flood Mitigation from his Infrastructure Law

 - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced Louisiana will receive $207,331,570.00 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants and Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities (BRIC) grants. “The best way to recover from a storm, is never to flood at all and this resilience building is what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was created for,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This funding invests in mitigation to protect our communities, give… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Scalise Announcement

 - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after learning the news that House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA-01) has cancer: “I join with so many others in prayer for Steve and his family. The same faith, family support, and internal strength that made Steve such an inspiration to others after he was shot, will bring him through this illness and once more inspire us all,” said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading

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