Press Releases

05.10.22

Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Bill to Improve, Reauthorize Historic Mental Health Reform Act Before Expiration

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced legislation to reauthorize the historic federal mental health and substance use disorder programs that were signed into law in 2016 as part of their Mental Health Reform Act before they are set to expire in September. The Mental Health Reform Reauthorization Act of 2022 also addresses COVID-19's devastating impact on the national mental hea… Continue Reading


05.07.22

Cassidy Speaks to Xavier University College of Pharmacy Graduates

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) participated in Xavier University's 95thcommencement ceremony at their convocation center. Cassidy spoke to graduates from their College of Pharmacy and was joined by University President C. Reynold Verret, Provost Anne McCall and College of Pharmacy Dean Kathleen Kennedy. "In your career, you will not know if someone is rich or poor, but they will need your professional skills to restore them to good health," said Dr. Cassidy. "We … Continue Reading


05.05.22

Cassidy Discusses Energy Operation Warp Speed, Climate Policy at Council of Foreign Relations Forum

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and Senate Finance Committees, joined the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss the energy security crisis, addressing climate, trade policy, and other matters related to U.S. national security. Watch Cassidy's conversation with Wall Street Journal reporter Vivian Salama and members of the Council on Foreign Relations here. On Energy Operation Warp Speed… "So we've called for what we call a… Continue Reading


05.05.22

Cassidy Blasts High Gas Prices, Biden Icing Out Domestic Energy Producers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today blasted President Biden's Energy Secretary, Jennifer Granholm, for spearheading the administration's assault on domestic energy production during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the president's Department of Energy budget request for fiscal year 2023. Cassidy expressed concerned over domestic energy producers being iced out of the financial system and losing access to capital because of the administration's push to kill all … Continue Reading


05.03.22

Cassidy Leads Colleagues to Introduce Resolution Calling on Congress to Combat Illicit Trade, Money Laundering Crimes

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) led a group of seven bipartisan colleagues to introduce a resolution urging Congress to combat international criminal organizations, illicit trade, and the use of trade-based money laundering (TBML), which pose a significant threat to U.S. national security. Cassidy is joined by Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). "Trade-based mo… Continue Reading


05.02.22

Cassidy Releases Statement After Antifa Rioters Target Republicans in Portland

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement after violence erupted in Portland this weekend when Antifa rioters allegedly hurled "smoke grenades, paint-filled balloons and fireworks," at Republican gubernatorial candidate and supporters during an event, reportedly injuring two people. "The Antifa criminals in Portland had the clear goal of violence. They attempted to thwart the democratic process by suppressing free speech and our First Amendment right to peacefully assemble," s… Continue Reading


05.02.22

Cassidy, King Introduce Resolution Marking Voter Registration Day for High School Seniors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Angus King (I-ME) today introduced a resolution designating May 3rd, 2022 as National High School Seniors Voter Registration Day. The resolution encourages school districts across the country to help register high school seniors, of voting age, to vote. "Graduation from high school is the advent of adulthood, and with this comes the responsibility to contribute to our community," said Dr. Cassidy. "This resolution encourages young Americans to engage … Continue Reading


04.29.22

Cassidy Announces $112 Million in GOMESA Coastal Restoration Funding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) will allocate Louisiana a total of $111,822,094.65 in Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funding. GOMESA requires Louisiana, along with Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas, to use the dollars for coastal restoration and hurricane protection projects as well as for projects important for conservation of fish, wildlife, or other natural resources. "Our state and coastal communities understand the imp… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Cassidy Applauds House of Representatives Introduction of 21st Century Dyslexia Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), author of the 21st Century Dyslexia Act, applauded Representatives Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04), Larry Bucschon (R-IN-08), Steven Palazzo (R-MS-04), Julia Brownley (D-CA-26), and Jim McGovern (D-MA-02) for introducing the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cassidy's legislation aims to bring our modern, scientific understanding of dyslexia to federal statute and prevent the harm inflicted on young students when their dyslexia goes unidentified. "Eve… Continue Reading


04.27.22

Cassidy, Thune, Burr, Braun, Marshall Introduce the Stop Reckless Student Loan Actions Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Thune (R-SD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Roger Marshall (R-KS) today introduced the Stop Reckless Student Loan Actions Act, legislation that would end President Biden's untargeted, budget-busting suspension of repayments on qualifying federal student loans, following 24 months of non-payment and six executive actions extending the payment pause. The bill would still allow the president to temporarily suspend repayment for low- and mi… Continue Reading


04.26.22

Cassidy Honors the Life of Johnnie Jones on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) delivered a speech on the Senate floor recognizing the life and legacy of Mr. Johnnie Jones, a World War II veteran and civil rights leader who passed away over the weekend at the age of 102. Last year, Cassidy presented a Purple Heart to Mr. Jones for his service during the D-Day invasion and his injuries sustained during the battle. "Louisiana, and the entire country, should both mourn the loss and celebrate the life of an American hero and dedicated c… Continue Reading


04.22.22

Cassidy Meets Small Business Owners at Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

METAIRIE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) participated in a panel discussion on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and related matters, which was sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. He heard from small business owners about their needs and concerns. The IIJA, which was signed into law last November, will provide millions of dollars to build roads and bridges, strengthen flood protection systems, expand broadband deployment, and boost Louisiana's… Continue Reading


04.19.22

Cassidy Announces $9.9 Million in Hurricane Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $9,925,220.32 in relief for Hurricanes Zeta and Ida. Jefferson Parish, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness will all benefit from this funding. "Even after multiple natural disasters, Louisiana families remain strong" said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant helps coastal communities pick up the pieces and prepare for th… Continue Reading


04.14.22

Cassidy Meets Local Officials to Discuss Lake Pontchartrain Restoration

NEW ORLEANS - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with Parish Presidents and officials with the Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program's Executive Committee and the University of New Orleans' Research and Technology Foundation to discuss ongoing restoration efforts of the Pontchartrain Basin, which will receive over a 500% increase in annual funding for the next five years thanks to Cassidy's bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Over the next five years, the … Continue Reading


04.14.22

Cassidy Addresses West Baton Rouge Chamber

BATON ROUGE - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke with the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the benefits that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will provide to their community. Among other benefits, the IIJA will potentially help fund a new Mississippi River bridge. It devotes $9.55 billion for port and waterway improvements via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and another $2.25 billion for the Port Infrastructure Development Program.… Continue Reading


04.13.22

Cassidy Addresses State Legislature, West Baton Rouge Chamber

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) addressed both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature, where he thanked them for his service and work to better Louisiana. "If we work together to solve the problems we face, our friends and neighbors will have a better future here in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "That should be what we're all working towards." Cassidy was welcomed by Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez. "Bill Cassidy has been a cha… Continue Reading


04.13.22

Cassidy Marks One Year Since Seacor Power Tragedy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement marking the one year anniversary of the Seacor Power tragedy. "There is a child or a wife waking up today who is still missing their loved one. This tragedy is as fresh for them as it was a year ago. We should be thankful for them and those working people who get up every day, make our economy, state and nation work, and at times, pay for it. They sacrifice to make life better for the rest of us. And if the Coast Guard inquiry o… Continue Reading


04.12.22

Cassidy Highlights Benefits of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill at Shreveport Rotary

SHREVEPORT - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke to the Rotary Club of Shreveport on what he's doing to improve Northwest Louisiana. Specifically, he highlighted his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which already is benefitting Shreveport and Northwest Louisiana. In January, it was announced that money from the IIJA would go toward replacing the Jimmie Davis Bridge. Last December, it was also announced that the Shreveport Regional Airport would receive an extra $2.… Continue Reading


04.12.22

Cassidy, Hirono Urge Transparency on Opioid Treatment for Veterans

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), members of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today urged the Biden administration to provide greater transparency on its efforts to reduce opioid overdose-related deaths. Specifically, the senators asked the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough about how effective the VA's Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) has been at combatting the opioid epidemic among veterans. They also asked the secretary to identify … Continue Reading


04.12.22

Cassidy Announces Louisiana to Receive an Additional $82 Million for Bridges from Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

ALEXANDRIA - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Louisiana will receive an additional $82,095,555 in bridge funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $16,419,111 this fiscal year. This is in addition to the previously announced $202.6 million in bridge funding for this year, bringing the total amount of 2022 bridge funding to more than $219 million from Cassidy's infrastructure law. Louisiana will receive approximately $1 billion over five ye… Continue Reading

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