Press Releases

11.09.21

Cassidy, Sasse, Colleagues Call for Digital Trade Negotiations with Indo-Pacific, Combat China Influence

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) led all Senate Finance Republicans in calling for the Biden administration to begin digital trade negotiations with our allies and partners in Asia. "[D]uring your Administration, the United States continues to sit on the sideline," wrote the senators. "Our refusal to get into the game to set the rules for trade in the Indo-Pacific encourages potential partners to move forward without us and ensures China will hold the reins of the gl… Continue Reading


11.09.21

Cassidy, Fischer Introduce Bill to Prevent Government Payouts to Illegal Immigrants

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and six Senate Republicans introduced the Judgment Fund Accountability Act last week to bar the Treasury Department from using the Judgment Fund, a Treasury fund used to pay court settlements in lawsuits against the government, to provide payments to migrants who entered the country illegally. This legislation comes after reports that the administration plans to offer migrants who broke the law to come into the U.S. settlement payment… Continue Reading


11.08.21

Cassidy Addresses Bayou Industrial Group, Tours St. Anne Hospital in Lafourche Parish

METAIRIE - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) addressed the Bayou Industrial Group in Thibodaux. Cassidy pledged his support for the Bayou Region's recovery from Hurricane Ida. He also highlighted provisions in his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was approved by Congress and will be signed into law, that will support this effort. "Had a chance to speak to the Bayou Industrial Group regarding the bipartisan infrastructure bill," said Dr. Cassidy. "This region … Continue Reading


11.08.21

Cassidy Participates in Town Hall with St. John Parish President in Reserve, LA

METAIRIE - This morning, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) participated in a town hall meeting with members of Beech Grove Baptist Church in Reserve, Louisiana. Cassidy was welcomed by Pastor Cory Batiste of Beech Grove Baptist Church, and was joined by Jaclyn Hotard, President of St. John Parish. They discussed how Hurricane Ida impacted St. John the Baptist Parish and what needs to be done to complete their recovery. "Securing long-term recovery in St. John the Baptist Parish depends … Continue Reading


11.08.21

Cassidy, Risch, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Calling Out Fraudulent Elections in Nicaragua

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), today led a bipartisan group of senators in denouncing the sham elections in Nicaragua on November 7th. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Cassidy, Risch, and Menendez in releasing the following statement: "We strongly condemn the Ortega-Murillo regime's fraudulent attempt to maintain power in Nicaragua through th… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Congress Passes Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment in Broadband, Flood Protection, Coastal Resiliency, Roads & Bridges

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in a bipartisan stand-alone vote separate from Democrats' tax and spending spree: "This is a major victory for Louisiana and our nation. This infrastructure package will rebuild our roads and bridges, increase access to high-speed internet, strengthen our electric grid, add levee protection, and improv… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Cassidy Tours Ida Damage, Discusses Flood Insurance in New Orleans Area

METAIRIE - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured the offices and training facilities of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) New Orleans/Bayou Chapter in St. Rose. The chapter sustained serious damage from Hurricane Ida, primarily to their administrative offices. However, within one month of Hurricane Ida's landfall, they were able to start training workers again. "Toured the damage to the Association of Builders and Contractors home office with the ABC board,… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Cassidy Speaks to Tulane Students about Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

METAIRIE - This morning, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke to students at Tulane University about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and its benefits for Louisiana's economy and workers. Students from the Engineering and Science School and the Energy Law Center were in attendance. Cassidy outlined the bill which includes new funding for roads, bridges, ports, waterways, and flood mitigation projects. He also discussed the thousands of new jobs the legislation will create, i… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Cassidy, Durbin File NDAA Amendment 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 an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 amendment consists of the text of H.R. 5502, which represents the most recent negotiated version of The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Cassidy Announces $17 Million in Severe Weather, Hurricane Laura Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $17,049,653.24 to the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), West Feliciana Parish, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for severe storm and Hurricane Laura relief. Cassidy had recently contacted FEMA on behalf of West Feliciana Parish regarding their request. "It has taken far too long for relief to reach southwest Louisiana. And w… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Cassidy, Wicker, Colleagues Demand Government Return to In-Person Operations

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and 42 colleagues today requested the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) take immediate action to transition federal workers back to in-person operations. The senators cited the "widespread lack of responsiveness and accessibility across the federal government on account of current agency work plans," which have kept workers out of the office a… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Cassidy Joins Effort to Overturn Biden Vaccine Mandate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined a group of his congressional colleagues in supporting a Congressional Review Act to nullify President Biden's newest vaccine mandate, released today, on private employees. Biden's mandate would force businesses with 100 or more employees to require employees get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing and wear a face covering in the workplace if they are not vaccinated. The rule, which will affect more than 80 million Americans, imposes $14,000 fines on empl… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Cassidy, Daines Lead Effort to Block Biden Administration from Paying Illegal Immigrants $450K

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), and 12 Senate Republicans, introduced a bill to block President Biden's reported plan to pay $450,000 per person in taxpayer money to illegal immigrants separated from their families at the border when detained. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Mike Braun (R-IN) joined Cassidy and Daines in introducing the bill. "It is absurd the … Continue Reading


11.03.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite Small-Scale LNG Exports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rick Scott (R-FL), and James Inhofe (R-OK) reintroduced the Small Scale LNG Access Act, legislation expediting the approval of natural gas exports equal to or less than 51.1 billion cubic feet per year. These small-scale exports would be deemed consistent with the public interest and granted without modification or delay. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule to expedite the approval of sma… Continue Reading


11.02.21

Cassidy, Cramer Pen Op-Ed on Biden Climate Policies Hurting American Workers, Failing to Reduce Global Emissions

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) penned an op-ed in The Hill on the Biden administration's counterproductive energy policy that is putting Americans out of work and strengthening geopolitical rivals. It will also increase global greenhouse gas emissions by sending production and manufacturing to countries like China with worse environmental standards. The U.S. is a proven leader in decreasing our nation's greenhouse gas emissions through our use of cleaner burning … Continue Reading


11.02.21

Cassidy, Kennedy, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Reauthorize and Reform NFIP

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and six Senate colleagues reintroduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years and reform the program to cut waste, abuse and mismanagement. The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act improves the accountability, affordability, and sustainability of the NFIP. The bill will also place guardrails on FEMA's new Risk Rating 2.0. system t… Continue Reading


11.02.21

Cassidy, Blumenthal, Nunes, Larson Introduce Legislation to Support Quality, Affordable Outpatient Surgical Care

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA-22) and John B. Larson (D-CT-01) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation, the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act, to improve access to lower-cost outpatient surgical care. Ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) provide quality services, often at lower costs than hospital outpatient departments, and are forecasted to save Medicare billions of dollars over the coming year… Continue Reading


11.01.21

Cassidy Demands Answers on Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today demanded answers from the Biden administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Risk Rating 2.0, the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) new risk rating system that will raise insurance premiums on 80% of Louisianans in the first year. "FEMA's plan to implement the program first and provide details later is causing havoc. It has left policyholders in the dark without the basic information they need to prepare for the future… Continue Reading


10.29.21

Cassidy, Senate Veterans Affairs Republican Members Seek Answers on How the VA Vaccine Mandate Will Impact Veteran Services

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and all the Republican members of the committee sought answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough on the vaccine mandate and how the mandate will impact the VA's ability to provide services to veterans if it terminates employees who choose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. "With the November 22, 2021, vaccination deadline for all other VA employees approaching, Congress must assess the impact… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Push Administration to Adopt Bipartisan Plan to Improve Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage Plans

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Thune (R-SD) led a bipartisan group of senators in requesting an update on the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) efforts to streamline prior authorization protocols across programs, including Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The senators encouraged the administration to take additional steps to strengthen prior authorization policies and make them more efficient for all Americans, including MA beneficiarie… Continue Reading

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