Press Releases

06.09.21

Cassidy Announces $46.5 Million Grant to Lake Charles for Debris Removal After Hurricane

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $46,498,869 million in federal funding to reimburse the city of Lake Charles for debris removal in the wake of repeated natural disasters, including Hurricane Laura. "Lake Charles has been pounded by natural disasters," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding is another step to get Lake Charles back on its feet." Last fall, Hurricane Laura made landfa… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Cassidy Announces $1.6 Million to the Water Institute to Establish the Lower Mississippi River SmartPort & Resilience Center

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Agency to the Water Institute of the Gulf for the development of a Lower Mississippi River SmartPort & Resilience Center (SmartPort). This EDA grant, to be matched with $1.4 million in state funds and $26,000 in local funds, is expected to create 31 jobs, retain 64 jobs, and generate $2 million in private investment. "With this grant funding, SmartPort is a… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Cassidy, Risch, Senate Republicans Introduce Bill to Save Keystone Jobs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Risch (R-ID) and 10 Senate Republicans today introduced the Defending Keystone Jobs Act, which would require the Department of Labor to submit a report to Congress on the number of jobs lost as a direct or indirect result of the Biden administration's move to cancel construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Cancelation of Keystone construction stands in contrast with the Biden administration's decision to waive sanctions on the company constructing Ru… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Cassidy, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Overhaul National Stockpile and Expand Domestic Manufacturing

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08) introduced the bipartisan Strengthening America's Strategic National Stockpile Act to improve the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to ensure access to critical medical supplies during public health emergencies. This bipartisan bill reduces America's dependence on foreign adversaries like China, boosts domestic manufacturing of medical suppli… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Cassidy, Murphy, Cardenas, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Compliance with Mental Health Parity Laws

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced legislation to enforce federal mental health parity laws that requires patients have the same access to mental health services as they do physical health services. The Parity Implementation Assistance Act would authorize $25 million in grants to states to support their oversight of health insurance plans' compliance with mental health parity requirements, as long as states collect and review comparative analyses from insu… Continue Reading


06.07.21

Cassidy Announces June 17 as National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 17. "Proud to share the unique, American tradition of seersucker, a New Orleans invention and fun summer staple," said Dr. Cassidy. "I encourage all to participate in the celebration of National Seersucker Day and look forward to continuing this tradition alongside my colleague Senator Feinstein." "Every summer the Senate recognizes National Seersucker Day, a decades-long traditio… Continue Reading


06.03.21

Cassidy Visits Port of Morgan City, Examines New Dredge and Bayou Chene Floodgate

LAFAYETTE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today visited the Port of Morgan City. While there, he toured the Bayou Chene Floodgate Project and viewed the port's new dredge. "The Bayou Chene Floodgate Project is a local solution to protect against flooding," said Dr. Cassidy. "Good for us all that the St. Mary Parish Levee District and Port of Morgan City got this done." The Bayou Chene Floodgate Project received $80 million from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), of whic… Continue Reading


06.02.21

Cassidy Congratulates Service Academy Appointees from Louisiana for 2021

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that 15 students he nominated to America's Service Academies have accepted offers of admission (appointments). These students will enter the Class of 2025 at the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force and Merchant Marine Academies. Upon graduation, they will become commissioned officers in the Armed Forces. "We're thankful for these students who have chosen military service and for their parents who provided an example of service," said Dr. Cassid… Continue Reading


06.02.21

Cassidy Visits Business Hurt by Biden Economic Policies in Port Allen

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited Deloach Marine Services in Port Allen. Deloach Marine Service operates towing vessels and pushing barges along the lower Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. They also provide shipyard repair services to the inland marine industry. While there, Cassidy learned about the difficulties Deloach Marine Services has had in hiring workers. Due to the enhanced unemployment benefit re-authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act… Continue Reading


06.01.21

Cassidy Meets Business Owner Harmed by Biden Economic Policies, Tours International High School of New Orleans

METAIRIE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today met with Mr. Richie Lewis, the owner of Gerald's Famous Burgers and Donuts and toured his Arabi location. Gerald's Famous Burgers and Donuts is one of many Louisiana small businesses negatively affected by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The extension of enhanced unemployment benefits by the bill has made it difficult for small business owners to hire workers. In May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy gained on… Continue Reading


06.01.21

Cassidy, Marshall Call on President Biden to Reopen Federal Offices to Better Serve the American People

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) led a group of colleagues in demanding President Biden immediately reopen all federal offices and facilities, and require federal employees to return to the office to better serve the American people. "Nationwide, the number of coronavirus cases has decreased more than 85% from its peak in January. The CDC has advised that fully vaccinated adults can now forgo masks both outdoors and inside, and vaccines are readily availa… Continue Reading


06.01.21

Cassidy, Schatz Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create New Independent Board to Investigate major Natural Disasters, Make Policy Recommendations, Help Save Lives

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) reintroduced the Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act. 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. "I just visited Cameron and Calcasieu… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Cassidy Fights for Louisiana Homeowners Following FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement in response to information from Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) on the implementation of Risk Rating 2.0 for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). "FEMA just announced plans to raise flood insurance on Louisianans, including on those hit by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. FEMA's decision will harm Louisiana's recovery. We are working with FEMA to prevent any excessive premium hikes," said Dr. Cassidy. Inste… Continue Reading


05.28.21

VIDEO: Cassidy Releases Statement on President Biden’s Budget

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden's budget. "The Biden Administration came out with their budget. Keep in mind this budget is on top of $7.1 trillion they have already proposed. That is more money than the United States spent fighting World War II. Now we're not going into the pandemic, we're coming out of the pandemic and the spending priority should reflect current reality. I ask for us all and I ask for those future gen… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Cassidy, Rosen, Lankford Lead Over Half the Senate in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Recent Global Surge of Antisemitism, Calling on Leaders to Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and James Lankford (R-OK), led a group of 58 Senators - evenly divided by party - in introducing a bipartisan resolution condemning recent antisemitic incidents in the United States and around the world. The Senators' resolution also calls on leaders to denounce antisemitism and take specific steps to address it and prevent it. "Resolved, that the Senate - unequivocally condemns the recent rise in antisemitic violence and harassment t… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Cassidy Releases Statement on January 6th Commission Vote

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the vote to establish an independent commission to investigate January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol: "This legislation was about forming an independent commission, separate from Congress, to investigate the January 6th attack, including the security failures at the Capitol and how to prevent a similar failure in the future. The legislation I voted for ensured Republicans had equal power over the commission and … Continue Reading


05.28.21

Cassidy, Moran Lead Introduction of Legislation to Address Gaps in Veteran Health Care

U.S. Senator Veterans' Affairs Committee members Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today introduced the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act that would address gaps in veteran health care to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is serving veterans in hard-to-reach places. This legislation works to codify programs that have been su… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Senate Finance Committee Passes Cassidy Amendment Prohibiting Import Renewable Energy Components Produced with Slave and Child Labor

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee adopted an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) that would prohibit the import of solar cells, wind turbines, or energy storage equipment or components into the United States until it can be certified by the United Nations that the components and manufactured equipment is not mined or manufactured using forced labor or child labor. "There is extensive documentation of inhumane labor practices including child slave labor in countries… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Cassidy Applauds Venture Global’s Carbon Capture Investment in Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today applauded Venture Global LNG's plans to capture and sequester carbon at its Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines LNG facilities in Louisiana. "There's no better place to sequester carbon than Louisiana. This project is a win for the environment, a win for jobs, and a win for infrastructure," said Dr. Cassidy. Venture Global estimates it will capture and sequester an estimated 500,000 tons of carbon per year from its Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines liquefac… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Democrats Vote to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Subsidize Luxury Purchases of Electric Vehicles by the Rich, Block Commonsense Cassidy Amendment

Today, Senate Finance Committee Democrats blocked an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) offered during the markup of the Clean Energy for America Act that would limit the proposed electric vehicle tax credit expansion to only include non-luxury vehicles, defined as those costing less than $47,500. "The federal government should not use working families' tax dollars to subsidize the purchase of luxury cars," said Dr. Cassidy. This amendment was also cosponsored by Senat… Continue Reading

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