Press Releases

09.14.21

Cassidy, Lankford Lead Push to End Government Shutdowns, Hold Congress Accountable

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senators James Lankfrod (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and seven colleagues to introduce the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2021, which would take government shutdowns off the table by setting up an automatic continuing resolution (CR) if government funding has not been enacted on time and requiring Congress to stay in town until the job is done. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-… Continue Reading


09.13.21

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduces Bill Extending National Flood Insurance Program for Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Extension Act of 2021 to extend the program for one year, to Sept. 30, 2022. Without that extension, the NFIP will expire at the end of this month. "We cannot let flood insurance expire as Louisianans are dealing with flooding from Hurricane Ida," said Dr. Cassidy. "This extension ensures those who flood will have support to … Continue Reading


09.13.21

Cassidy Meets Local Officials in St. John, St. James Parishes to Discuss Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard in LaPlace, and St. James Parish President Pete Dufresne, Sheriff Willy Martin, and other parish officials in Convent. They discussed what their parishes need to recover from Hurricane Ida. "I met with St. John and St. James officials this morning," said Dr. Cassidy. "There are deep needs but progress is being made. My goal is to obtain the federal aid needed to address Hurricane Ida… Continue Reading


09.11.21

Cassidy Delivers Video Address on 20th Anniversary of 9/11

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following video address recognizing the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. "To the patriots, who brought justice to those who plotted and executed the attacks, and who protected us from further attacks, to their families who supported these service men and women, and those in the clandestine services-we humbly thank you," said Dr. Cassidy. The full transcript is below. "Today is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The tragedy o… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Cassidy, Hassan, Ernst, Warnock Lead Bipartisan Group Calling on VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Veterans’ Mental Health

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) led a bipartisan group of 31 additional senators calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to swiftly develop and conduct outreach to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism-especially those who served in Afghanistan-providing them with mental health resources. Their call for action comes as reports find calls to veterans' suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of Ka… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in Terrebonne Parish, Meets St. Charles Parish President

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage and visited a food and water distribution site in Terrebonne Parish. He also met with local officials at the Parish Emergency Operations Center in Houma. This comes after his visit to the Bayou Region on Wednesday. Additionally, he visited with St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell in Hahnville. They discussed the damage in that parish and what St. Charles residents need to recover. "Ida hit Terre… Continue Reading


09.09.21

Cassidy Announces $1 Million Grant to Establish Alexandria Resiliency Center

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning and Development District in Alexandria, Louisiana. The grant will provide funding to purchase and renovate an existing building to create a new Resiliency Center that will support economic development in the region. This project is expected to protect 891 jobs. The bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Rel… Continue Reading


09.07.21

Cassidy Announces $5 Million Hurricane Ida Grant for Emergency Highway Repairs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation is granting $5 million to Louisiana in emergency funds to repair federal highways damaged by Hurricane Ida across the state. "This is good news for our state after being devastated by Hurricane Ida," said Dr. Cassidy. "This emergency funding is critical to making sure our roads are safe to drive on." This funding comes hours after Cassidy secured a formal disaster relief request from the White House. … Continue Reading


09.07.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage in Lafourche Parish. He met Parish President Archie Chaisson at the Lafourche Parish Emergency Operations Center in Mathews, followed by visit to a food and water distribution center in Larose and the Port Fourchon Emergency Operations Center. He also reviewed hurricane damage in several communities in Lafourche Parish, including Galliano and Golden Meadow. With local officials, he discussed what they need… Continue Reading


09.07.21

Cassidy Releases Statement After White House Issues Formal Disaster Relief Request

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to the White House budget office's formal request to Congress for supplemental disaster relief in response to Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta, and other natural disasters in 2020. "Today's formal request is long overdue for southwest Louisiana. We must make sure that everyone is cared for after Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta from 2020 and Ida from last week. But recovery is a two pronged approach. We need to pass … Continue Reading


09.03.21

Cassidy Discusses Hurricane Recovery with Biden in St. John Parish

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with President Joe Biden in St. John Parish. They discussed recovery assistance for Louisiana and are touring hurricane damage together. During their visit, Cassidy emphasized the need for emergency assistance for those affected by Hurricane Ida. He also stressed the need for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) supplemental assistance for needs related to Ida, and the 2020 hurricanes that affected Louisian… Continue Reading


09.02.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in St. Tammany and Livingston Parishes

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage in St. Tammany and Livingston Parishes. He also met with local officials to determine their needs in the aftermath of Ida, the fifth-most powerful storm ever to hit the United States. This follows Cassidy's renewed demand for Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) supplemental assistance for damages sustained from Hurricanes Laura and Delta last year, as well as for Hurricane Ida. "Loui… Continue Reading


09.02.21

Cassidy, Louisiana Delegation Urge Disaster Relief Aid in Wake of Hurricane Ida

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA-1), Garret Graves (R-LA-6), Mike Johnson (R-LA-4), Clay Higgins (R-LA-3), Julia Letlow (R-LA-5) and Troy Carter (D-LA-2) today emphasized the need for disaster relief funding to President Joe Biden after Hurricane Ida devastated southeast Louisiana. "Hurricane Ida moved slowly through Louisiana causing catastrophic wind damage and flooding in numerous parishes and leaving nearly 1,000,0… Continue Reading


09.02.21

Cassidy Announces $69 Million in Grants for Hurricanes Laura and Delta Relief, Debris Removal, Flood Mitigation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding 11 grants worth $68,804,905.38 to state and local governments as reimbursement for costs related to Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta and future flood mitigation. The grants include funding for debris removal, structure elevation, relocation of classrooms, and emergency resources such as generators and meals. "Unfortunately, we know from experience how long disaster aid can be hel… Continue Reading


09.01.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in Southeast Louisiana

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage in Jefferson Parish. He also discussed with local officials what must happen for Southeast Louisiana to fully recover. This follows Cassidy's renewed demand for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) supplemental assistance dating back to Hurricane Laura and Delta, over a year ago. This need was multiplied when Hurricane Ida struck the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm with winds as hi… Continue Reading


09.01.21

Cassidy Statement on President Biden Visit to Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement on President Biden's planned visit to Louisiana on Friday to survey Hurricane Ida damage and recovery efforts. "We thank President Biden for coming down to help him understand the magnitude of the situation here in southeast Louisiana. We know from bitter experience with Hurricane Laura that aid can be delayed too long," said Dr. Cassidy. "We thank the federal partners who are already here helping with the recovery, and we will a… Continue Reading


08.31.21

Cassidy Renews Demand for Disaster Supplemental: ‘Congress Cannot Continue to Ignore the Pleas of Louisiana Families’

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today renewed the demands of Louisianans in desperate need of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) supplemental assistance dating back to Hurricane Laura and Delta, over a year ago. This need was multiplied when Hurricane Ida struck the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm with winds as high as 150-mph, making it the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the United States. Hurricane Laura was the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in… Continue Reading


08.30.21

Cassidy, Graves Survey Hurricane Ida Damage from Air with U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA-06) joined the U.S. Coast Guard on a flyover of southeast Louisiana to survey damage from Hurricane Ida which made landfall on Sunday, August 29, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Hurricane Ida struck the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm with winds as high as 150-mph, making it the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the United States. "South Louisiana has been hit and hit hard," said Dr.… Continue Reading


08.29.21

Cassidy, Louisiana Delegation Urge President Biden to Approve Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Ida

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA-1), Garret Graves (R-LA-6), Mike Johnson (R-LA-4), Clay Higgins (R-LA-3), Julia Letlow (R-LA-5) and Troy Carter (D-LA-2) urged President Joe Biden to grant a major disaster declaration for Louisiana following Hurricane Ida, which made landfall along the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane. "The storm brought with it life-threatening storm surges, devastating rainfall, and 150 mph … Continue Reading


08.27.21

Louisiana Emergency Declaration Granted Following Cassidy, Delegation Request for Hurricane Ida

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation urged President Joe Biden to grant an emergency declaration for disaster assistance in anticipation of Hurricane Ida making landfall along the Louisiana coast as a major hurricane. "The National Weather Service anticipates Hurricane Ida will bring severe impacts to south Louisiana through storm surge, rainfall, and high winds. On August 26, 2021, Governor Edwards declared a statewide emergency and directed the exe… Continue Reading

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