Press Releases


Cassidy Issues Statement on House Democrats’ Latest Assault on Offshore Drilling

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to House Democrats' latest assault on offshore energy jobs. The bill, introduced by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) would ban offshore drilling, resulting in the loss of thousands of American energy workers' jobs. "House Democrats want to ban offshore drilling, a direct attack on energy jobs, which only sends these jobs to other countries with lower environmental standards. T… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.8 Million for Public Health Initiatives at Louisiana Law Enforcement Agencies

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Justice is awarding $1.8 million in federal funds to several Louisiana law enforcement agencies for substance abuse treatment programs, intellectual property protections and police department reform efforts. "Law enforcement does so much for us, and we should invest in their health and safety," said Dr. Cassidy. "This federal funding provides essential improvements for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs a… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Nearly $4 Million for East Baton Rouge Parish Drainage

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced today that East Baton Rouge Parish is receiving nearly $4 million to develop a comprehensive "Stormwater Master Plan" to alleviate flooding in the area. "A city shouldn't flood after every heavy rain. Modernizing drainage systems allows reduces flood events and allows storm water to drain properly. This is certainly needed in East Baton Rouge Parish," said Dr. Cassidy. This funding, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is used to evalua… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Schatz to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Independent Board to Investigate Major Natural Disasters, Make Policy Recommendations, Save Lives

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced that they will introduce The Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act of 2020. The bipartisan legislation will create a new permanent and independent board to study the underlying causes of disaster related fatalities and property damage nationwide. The National Disaster Safety Board (NDSB) will make recommendations to all levels of government on how to improve the resiliency of communities across the country. "Americ… Continue Reading


Cassidy: New Orleans Selected for COVID Antigen Test Pilot Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that New Orleans has been chosen to participate in a COVID-19 antigen testing pilot program designed to ensure that K-12 schools can safely reopen during the pandemic. "By participating in this program, New Orleans school children can receive faster testing results, improving health and safety for all. Further, the data gathered during this program can hopefully provide a model for reopening other aspects of society," said Dr. Cassidy. Th… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on Death of Former Gov. Mike Foster

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement on the death of former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster. "The death of former Gov. Mike Foster could be seen as one more tragedy of 2020. But his life and service are to be celebrated. He invested heavily in higher education, greatly expanded the community college system, and worked to make Louisiana an opportunity state. He will be missed, but his achievements endure," Dr. Cassidy said. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a native of Louisiana. Cassidy issued the following statement after the meeting: "Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptional lawyer and judge who will make a terrific Supreme Court justice. I chock that up to her Louisiana upbringing. She has a deep appreciation of the Constitution and will interpret our laws fairly. She will serve our country well," said Dr. Cassidy.… Continue Reading


Cassidy Supports NFIP Extension in Spending Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted in favor of a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and renewed the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for a full year. Cassidy championed the inclusion of the extension and has been a leading advocate of the NFIP, which provides vital protection for people in Louisiana who live in flood plains and other low-lying areas. "This NFIP extension means that those who flood will have support to recover. I will continue to wo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $21.3 Million in COVID Funding for Our Lady Health System

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $21.3 million the Franciscan Ministries of Our Lady Health System for emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The Our Lady system has been a lifeline for many during this pandemic. This federal funding supports the system's mission of saving lives and providing for the wellbeing of those they serve," said Dr. Cassidy. The Franciscan… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.7 Million for Family Violence Prevention, Child Service Programs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $1.7 million in federal funds to several family-based organizations for family violence prevention and strengthening child service and sexual risk avoidance programs. "Louisiana's youth deserve to live in healthy homes and grow up in safe and secure environments," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding ensures more children and young adults will have the resources they need to protect themse… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Trump’s SCOTUS Pick: Barrett Is Terrific Choice

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement on news that President Trump will nominate Louisiana native Amy Comey Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Cassidy intends to meet with Barrett, though, a date has not been set. "Reports are that Louisiana native Amy Barrett is President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. She is a terrific choice. She has the right legal mind and experience to serve on the Court. Judge Barrett would be only the second Supreme C… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $777,110 Grant for Tulane Research on Maternal Mortality and Cancer Detection

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $777,110 to Tulane University for maternal mortality and cancer research. "Tulane University has already conducted groundbreaking scientific research on COVID-19, and now with this award - the opportunity to find innovative solutions to defeat cancer and lower the maternal mortality rate in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. Tulane is receiving $630,957 for a research project on digital na… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Pending $5.9 Million Coastal Restoration Project for St. Bernard Parish

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is considering providing a nearly $6 million grant to install shoreline protection and reforestation measures near Delacroix. "This project is needed to help restore Louisiana's natural buffers to hurricanes and protect coastal communities from the threat of storm surge," said Dr. Cassidy. "I urge the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to swiftly approve this project and deliver St. Bernard Paris… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on Surprise Medical Billing Executive Order

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order on surprise medical billing: "President Trump is right: Congress must pass legislation to end surprise medical bills. The solution to this problem is already before us. Last year, Sens. Hassan, Bennet and I introduced legislation to protect patients from surprise bills. Since then, I have worked with Chairman Alexander to come to a legislative agreement that is supported by a robust… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Coons introduce bipartisan, bicameral bill to support commercialization of clean energy research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced the Energizing Technology Transfer Act, legislation that will help deploy American clean energy innovations based at the Department of Energy (DOE). Companion legislation introduced by Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) is expected to pass the House of Representatives today as part of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The United States is a world leader in energy rese… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $39 Million for New Orleans Airport

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is receiving $39 million in federal funding for taxiway construction. The sum is the total of two grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is one of Louisiana's main gateways to the rest of the world. These projects enhance the airport's infrastructure so that it better address runway traffic, improving effi… Continue Reading


Cassidy Asks Trump, FEMA to Cover 100% of Hurricane Laura Damages

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) wrote to President Donald Trump and an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking that they waive the local cost-share percentage (25 percent) and cover 100 percent of the costs associated with damage from Hurricane Laura. Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, making it the strongest to hit Louisiana in more than 150 years. It is also the first hurricane in memory t… Continue Reading


Cassidy, BRF Secure $2 Million to Support Air Force Global Strike Command Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) secured a $2 million appropriation from the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the Air Force Global Strike Command headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB). "Global Strike Command is an essential part of the United States' national security strategy. Louisiana is proud to be its home. Continued investments ensure that the command has the capacity needed to keep our nation safe," said Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy requested the appropriation, with BRF'… Continue Reading


Cassidy: U.S. Should Ban Chemical Abortions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today spoke on the Senate floor in favor of the Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act. Chemical abortions occur when a drug is used to terminate a pregnancy. These drugs can be prescribed without a physical consultation by a health care provider and can be sent through the mail. They are known to cause severe complications for the mother, including death. "The total absence of medical support is a total absence of care. Using these danger… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $5.4 Million for Early Childhood Education in St. Martin Parish and Mental Health Research Funding at UL-Lafayette

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $5.4 million to fund early childhood education programs in St. Martin Parish and mental health research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette(UL-Lafayette). "Louisiana's youth are the future of our state, and this funding invests in our children's education as well as their mental health over the next generation," said Dr. Cassidy. The St. Martin Parish School Board is receiving… Continue Reading

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