Press Releases

08.13.21

Cassidy, Klobuchar, Ossoff Demand Information about Amazon’s Biometric Data Collection Practices

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) requested information about Amazon's data collection practices involving biometrics in a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. The senators expressed concerns about the company's use of data gathered by Amazon One, the company's palm-print recognition and payment system. The letter follows reports of Amazon offering credits to consumers to share their biometric data with Amazon One. Amazon has also announced that i… Continue Reading


08.13.21

What They Are Saying: Support for Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Grows

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a historic investment in our roads, bridges, ports, waterways, airports, broadband, and coastal resiliency in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Support for the bill has been growing in Louisiana and nationally. Here's what people are saying: Baton Rouge Round Table (BRAC): "BRAC thanks @SenBillCassidy for his incredible leadership to get a bipartisan infrastructure bill passed through the US Senate this week. Baton Rouge desp… Continue Reading


08.11.21

Cassidy Releases Statement on Biden Plea to OPEC to Increase Oil Production

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released the following statement on President Biden urging the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to boost oil production to combat skyrocketing gas prices: "The Biden administration needs to admit that killing American energy jobs is backfiring. Begging our adversaries like Iran to bail them out from high gas prices instead of putting Americans back to work is totally unacceptable," said Dr. Cassidy. Background:Cassidy has cri… Continue Reading


08.11.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Provide Medicaid Due Process for Americans Awaiting Trial

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Due Process Continuity of Care Act. The bill amends Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) to ensure that pre-trial detainees are not kicked off Medicaid prior to ever being found guilty of a crime. MIEP denies federal benefits to individuals who are incarcerated and applies both to those who have been found guilty of a crime and those held pending adjudication who are still presumed innocent (Pret… Continue Reading


08.11.21

Cassidy, Republican Colleagues Refuse to Bail Out Democrats’ Reckless Spending

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and 45 Senate Republican colleagues promise they will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, "whether that increase comes through a stand-alone bill, a continuing resolution, or any other vehicle," in a letter to the American people. A debt ceiling increase would be a catastrophic consequence of Democrats' proposed $3.5 trillion reckless spending spree contained in the budget resolution now before the Senate. "Because Democrats are re… Continue Reading


08.11.21

Cassidy Votes Against Democrats’ Reckless $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spending Spree

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted against democrats' partisan $3.5 trillion tax and spending spree. "Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree is nothing more than sugar-high spending that will send inflation soaring," said Dr. Cassidy. "There is no real infrastructure in their $3.5 trillion spending extravaganza, just a liberal wish list that will bankrupt our country." Background:Cassidy has been working with a bipartisan group of senators for months to craft a hard infrast… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Cassidy Pens Op-Ed on Louisiana’s Infrastructure Needs in The Advocate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) published an op-ed in The Advocate on Louisiana's infrastructure needs and the benefits from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "I came to Washington to get a job done. That's what Louisiana sent me here to do. This bill will shorten your commute time, lessen the chance of flooding in your home, create jobs, and extend broadband internet to schools, families and businesses. It does this all in a fiscally responsible way. The Infrastructure Invest… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Senate Passes Cassidy’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Building Roads, Bridges, Strengthening Coastal Resiliency in Louisiana

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by a vote of 69-30. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) was one of the five lead Republican negotiators and a member of the bipartisan Group of 22 Senators for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which is the largest investment in infrastructure and coastal resiliency in the history of Louisiana. "This legislation will create tens of thousands of new jobs," said Dr. Cassidy. "The new bridges and repaired h… Continue Reading


08.06.21

Cassidy, Kaine Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Promote Health Care Provider Mental Health

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation to prevent burnout, suicide, and mental and behavioral health issues in health care workers. The bicameral Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act now awaits action in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Doctors, nurses and health care workers shoulder the responsibility of saving lives and have worked overtime during the pandemic," said Dr. Cassidy. "Passing this … Continue Reading


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

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