Press Releases

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


10.28.21

Senate Passes Cassidy-Led Resolution Recognizing October 2021 as National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the Senate passage of his resolution recognizing October 2021 as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. "Dyslexia impacts one in five Americans, and we need to do everything we can so these smart children aren't left behind and can reach their full potential," said Dr. Cassidy. "The passage of this resolution marks our commitment to taking on the challenges of dyslexia." "We must continue to raise awareness about dyslexia… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Cassidy, Coons, Cornyn Unveil Infrastructure Package to Support Hydrogen Technologies for Emissions Reduction

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan Hydrogen Infrastructure Initiative, a package of three bills to support the adoption of hydrogen in energy intensive sectors. The bills are also cosponsored by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM). Hydrogen is a high-energy fuel source that does not emit greenhouse gases at the point of use, properties that allow it to be used in intense and long duratio… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Cassidy Announces $5.3 Million for Electric Grid Repairs After Hurricane Delta

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant the Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corp. (SLEMCO) $5,301,281.57 for repairs to electric grid infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Delta. The grant is reimbursement for cost to replace over 150 electrical poles and 70 transformers. "Storms like Delta, and more recently like Ida, show us how crucial it is to restore power after a disaster and strengthen our electrical grid," sa… Continue Reading


10.27.21

Cassidy Announces $7.5 Million for Winter Storm, Flood Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness and West Feliciana Parish a total of $7,461,498.80 in aid for the severe winter storms that hammered Louisiana earlier this year and heavy flooding. The Louisiana Office of Risk Management will receive $5,878,923.49 as reimbursement for emergency response operations after the 2021 winter storms, including delivering portable power generat… Continue Reading


10.26.21

Cassidy Highlights Opioid Crisis on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor highlighting the nation's opioid epidemic and its impact on Louisiana. "Over 1,900 Louisianians lost their lives to drug overdose last year. 48 percent increase from 2019. These are not just statistics. These are human lives. Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, and friends losing their lives to addiction. This is a national crisis, but also personal," said Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy's speech as prepared for deliver… Continue Reading


10.26.21

Cassidy, Hagerty, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today led a group of Republican senators to introduce the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and block the Biden Administration's efforts to subvert the law. "The Jewish State of Israel is one of our greatest allies. The Biden administration must not threaten this relationship with a plan that is in clear conflict with U.S… Continue Reading


10.26.21

Cassidy Announces $595 Million in Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief Grants

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Housing and Urban Development will send the Louisiana Office of Community Development $594,931,000 in Community Development Block Grants for Hurricane Laura disaster recovery. Cassidy helped secure this supplemental disaster assistance last month as part of a clean continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until December 3rd, 2021. "It has been over a year since Louisiana was hammered by Hurricane Laura, and this r… Continue Reading


10.26.21

Cassidy, Cotton Force Chinese-Run TikTok Out of U.S. Cyber Games Sponsorship

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) successfully forced TikTok out as a sponsor of the U.S. Cyber Games after blasting the Biden administration last week. TikTok withdrew as a sponsor Monday after the senators condemned the Biden administration for allowing the Chinese state-owned company to be named the founding sponsor of the U.S. Cyber Games. "TikTok should have never been anywhere near the U.S. Cyber Games." said Dr. Cassidy. "The Biden administration continues the… Continue Reading


10.22.21

Cassidy, Schatz Lead Bipartisan Group to Bolster U.S. Leadership in Global Vaccination Distribution

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a bipartisan group of 12 senators today urging improved U.S. leadership to increase global access to the COVID-19 vaccine. "We urge you in the strongest possible terms to do more to lead global efforts to end this pandemic and increase global vaccine access. We also encourage you to place a stronger focus on development of and access to COVID-19 diagnostics and treatments and strengthening health systems worldwide," wrote the s… Continue Reading


10.21.21

Cassidy Joins Scott, Colleagues on Bill to Block Democrats’ IRS Spying Scheme

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and 47 other Republican colleagues in cosponsoring the Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act, a bill to block the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing Democrats' plan to spy on Americans' bank accounts. "The IRS does not have the right to spy on Americans' bank accounts," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is nothing less than mass, indiscriminate government surveillance on Americans. Giving IRS bureaucrats unfettered … Continue Reading


10.21.21

Cassidy Condemns Democrats’ IRS Spying Scheme

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor condemning Democrats' plan to direct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to spy on Americans' bank accounts. "The IRS does not have the right to spy on Americans' bank accounts," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is nothing less than mass, indiscriminate government surveillance on Americans. Giving IRS bureaucrats unfettered access to Americans' personal, private finances is a gross invasion of privacy and an abuse of pow… Continue Reading


10.21.21

Cassidy, Cotton Blast Biden Administration for Naming Chinese-Run TikTok as U.S. Cyber Games Sponsor

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) released the following statement condemning the Biden administration for allowing Chinese state-owned TikTok to be named the founding sponsor of the U.S. Cyber Games. As part of the deal, TikTok Chief Security Officer Roland Cloutier will join representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as members of the Cyber Games Ad… Continue Reading

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