Press Releases

08.05.21

Cassidy, Peters, Boozman, Kaine Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Higher Education More Accessible, Affordable

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Gary Peters (D-MI), John Boozman (R-AR), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit in an effort to make higher education more accessible and affordable. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would help improve high school and college graduation rates by expanding the use of existing grants to institutions of higher education to support dual o… Continue Reading


08.03.21

I-14 Authorization Added to Infrastructure Bill in Another Big Win for Louisiana

Today, thanks to an amendment cosponsored by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), an authorization of an I-14 corridor that would extend through Central Louisiana was added to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Should the legislative package led by Cassidy pass Congress, this authorization will be a crucial first step in the process to allow for the future construction of an interstate highway running through central Louisiana. "Great news for Central Louisiana. An ame… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Cassidy Releases Infrastructure Wins for Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released the following one pagers on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Highways, Bridges, Broadband, and Airports; Louisiana: Leading in Energy; Strengthening Weather Resiliency for Louisiana Citizens; Strengthening Coastal Protection and Restoration; and Improving Water, Wastewater, and Environmental Remediation. "The infrastructure package, it is about roads and bridges and highways, ports and waterways, increased access to broadband in … Continue Reading


08.03.21

Senate Committee Advances Cassidy, Casey Legislation to Protect Pregnant Workers Against Workplace Discrimination

Today, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH), landmark legislation to protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination. The bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which is closely modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), would require employers to make reasonable accommodations to allow pregnant workers to continue working safely. It will ensure t… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Cassidy, Menendez Introduce Legislation to Remove Financial Penalties for Individuals, Get Families Back on Their Feet After from Natural Disasters

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced a bill to expedite relief to those impacted by natural disasters. With this bill, individuals impacted by hurricanes, floods, wildfires, etc. are able to access their retirement benefits without being forced to pay any withdrawal fees or penalties or wait for Congress to take action. They will have access to their benefits in order to cover emergency costs stemming from natural disasters. "When disaster hits, fami… Continue Reading


08.02.21

Cassidy, G10 Senators Release Statement on Finalized Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement Legislative Text

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Warner (D-VA), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jon Tester (D-MT) issued the following statement after releasing full legislative text for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: "Over the last four days we have worked day and night to finalize historic legislation that will invest in our nation's hard infrastructure and crea… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Cassidy Announces $2 Million Grant to Catholic School in Lake Charles Devastated by Hurricane Laura

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is granting $2,168,492.24 to the Society of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Lake Charles as reimbursement for the cost to construct and lease temporary classrooms after Hurricane Laura devastated the St. Louis High School. "Almost a year later, we still have work to do to make sure Lake Charles is back on its feet," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding helps children continue to learn de… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Cassidy Announces $7 Million in Grants for Pediatric Medical Education, Overdose Prevention

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced $6,860,764 in two grants to improve medical services in Louisiana. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted $4,217,650 for overdose surveillance and prevention to the Louisiana Department of Health. HHS also granted $2,643,114 for graduate medical education at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. "With overdoses on the rise, this is a crucial step in saving Louisiana lives," said Dr. Cassidy. "Our priority should be having … Continue Reading


07.29.21

Cassidy, Casey, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Remove Unnecessary Barriers for Students with Disabilities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Todd Young (R-IN), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act to help ease the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities. The legislation would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) and clarify that students with previous documentation of a disability would be able to continue using that documentation as proof when they transition to higher education. This would … Continue Reading


07.29.21

Cassidy, Hyde-Smith, Wicker, Colleagues File Amicus Brief to Protect Unborn Babies

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and 41 Senate colleagues today filed an amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization urging the court to uphold Mississippi's law to protect unborn babies after 15 weeks of pregnancy. "All life is sacred. Mississippi's law protecting the lives of unborn children must be upheld," said Dr. Cassidy. "This brief lends our support as the Supreme Court considers this case." "In taking up Mississippi… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Cassidy, Smith Legislation Paves Way for FDA’s Approval of First interchangeable biosimilar Insulin Product

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) have long pushed to bring lower-cost insulin to market, and today the senators highlighted the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of the first generic insulin product that will rein in costs after years of significant increases. Wednesday's approval by the FDA is due in part to Sens. Smith and Cassidy's bipartisan bill the Protecting Access to Biosimilars Act enacted in 2019. "There are heartbreaking stories of people forc… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Cassidy, Duckworth Introduce Legislation to Expand Charitable Deduction Rules for Veterans Organizations

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Charitable Equity for Veterans Act to overturn a provision that prohibits veteran organizations from accepting tax-deductible donations if their membership contains over 10 percent peacetime veterans. "Those who served in the armed forces should be treated equally whenever they served! This legislation will fairly treat millions of peacetime veterans who were willing to serve our nation," said Dr. Cassidy. "Veter… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Cassidy, Republicans Strike Infrastructure Agreement with Democrats, White House

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), one of the five lead Republican negotiators and a member of the bipartisan Group of 22 Senators, and the White House reached an agreement today to invest in American's critical infrastructure needs. During negotiations Cassidy brought to the table, pushed for, and secured funding for resiliency and energy, which will directly benefit the Pelican State. Cassidy released the following statement on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act after striking the… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Cassidy, G22 Senators Release Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and the Group of 22 Senators released the following statement on today's bipartisan infrastructure agreement: "We are proud to announce we have reached a bipartisan agreement on our proposal to make the strongest investment in America's critical infrastructure in a generation. Our plan will create good-paying jobs in communities across our country without raising taxes. Reaching this agreement was no easy task-but our constituents expect us to put in the… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Cassidy, Stabenow Release Draft Legislation Addressing Medicare Advantage Care in Last Year of Life

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released discussion draft legislation following a concerning U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report conducted at the request of the Senators and published today. The report shows Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries in the last year of life disenrolled to join Medicare fee for service (FFS), or "original Medicare," at more than twice the rate of all other MA beneficiaries. The report stated, "Stakeholders told GAO t… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Cassidy, Schatz Introduce the Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act, legislation to create a permanent fund to allow quick and effective responses to future public health emergencies. "We may not know when the next infectious disease outbreak will happen, but we can be better prepared. This bill provides immediate funding and takes lessons learned from COVID-19 to quickly and effectively respond to future public health emergenc… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Cassidy Statement on Passing of Senator Mike Enzi

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement on the passing of former Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi. "Mike was an exemplary human being, a man of quiet faith in God and country. If senators are either show horses or work horses, he was a double down work horse. He worked for Americans and also to extend our values worldwide. We once had a long talk discussing one of his proudest achievements, PEPFAR. Trips to Africa convinced him of the need and the George W. Bush administ… Continue Reading


07.23.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Commend the Service of Hamilton-Class Coast Guard Cutters

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D., Roger Wicker (R-MS), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced a resolution to commend the service of Hamilton-class Coast Guard Cutters and crew who served on them. These vessels were constructed at Avondale Shipyards in Louisiana. "These ships, mostly built in Avondale, Louisiana, are a symbol of the prestige and power of the United States … Continue Reading


07.23.21

Cassidy, Schatz, Collins, Young, Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Disaster Recovery

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Todd Young (R-IN), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation to help communities plan for and recover from major disasters. The Reforming Disaster Recovery Act would strengthen the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's disaster recovery grants for states, local governments, and tribes. It would also improve coordination at the federal level by establishing an office within the U.S. Department o… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Cassidy Announces $2.2 Million for Natchitoches Regional Airport

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will grant $2,222,222 to the Natchitoches Regional Airport to repave 4,000 feet of existing runway. "Having a good airport is critical to draw businesses, investors, or even families to move to your community," said Dr. Cassidy. "This federal funding invests in Natchitoches' economic future." This grant is funded by the bipartisan CARES Act, which was passed in March 2020, and provided funding for econom… Continue Reading

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