Press Releases

09.23.21

Cassidy, Whitehouse, Hyde-Smith, King Request Committee Hearing on Bill to Strengthen Gulf Revenue Sharing Program

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Angus King (I-ME) requested a hearing to consider S. 2130, the Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems (RISEE) Act. In a letter sent to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY), the Senators explain the RISEE Act would both amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) and create a new dedicated stream of funding from fu… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Demand DOJ Investigation on Illegal Fetal Tissue Research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Josh Hawley (R-MO), James Lankford (R-OK), and Steve Daines (R-MT), alongside Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-03) and Lisa McClain (R-MI-10), asked for a complete investigation into the University of Pittsburgh's abortion procedures and research in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and NIH Director Francis Collins. Recent reports from the NIH show the university may have violated federal law by altering ab… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Cassidy, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Group on Senate Resolution Supporting Venezuelan Women and Children

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing Congress's alarm over the growing humanitarian needs of women and children inside Venezuela. Over 5,400,000 Venezuelans have fled their homeland since the start of the crisis. President Nicolas Maduro's oppressive dictatorship has disproportionately hurt women and children, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerb… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Cassidy, Menendez Lead Colleagues Demanding FEMA Delay Risk Rating 2.0

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today lead a bipartisan group of colleagues urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) to delay its new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rating system, known as Risk Rating 2.0. The new rating system, scheduled to go into effect October 1st, is expected to raise premiums on 80% of NFIP policyholders nationwide. Hurricane Ida ravaged parts of Louisiana and New Jersey earlier this month, causing widespread damage … Continue Reading


09.21.21

Cassidy Calls for Risk Rating 2.0 Delay, Hurricane Disaster Relief on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor renewing his calls for disaster supplemental relief in the wake of Hurricane Ida. He also spoke about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is set to expire while it's in the midst of rolling out new policy-Risk Rating 2.0-that will raise premiums for hardworking Louisiana families. "Pass the bill for the people of Lake Charles. Pass the bill for the people of Terrebonne, Lafourche parishes and sout… Continue Reading


09.21.21

Cassidy, Rubio Introduce Bill to Extend National Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) introduced the NFIP Extension Act of 2021 to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through December 3, 2021. NFIP is currently set to expire at the end of this month. "People in Louisiana need the National Flood Insurance Program to be there for them after a disaster," said Dr. Cassidy. "Ida has shown us that we need to make sure NFIP is affordabl… Continue Reading


09.21.21

Cassidy, Warnock Introduce Bill Supporting Forest Landowners Following Natural Disasters

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) introduced legislation to help America's landowners recover from the loss of timber after natural disasters. The Disaster Reforestation Act amends and makes improvements to the tax code to allow forest owners to deduct the value of their timber prior to the loss caused by a natural disaster. "Louisianans are no stranger to natural disasters. This tax fix provides much needed relief and certainty to landowners when livelihoods ar… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Cassidy Announces $4 Million Grant to LSU for Clean Chemical Manufacturing Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the Louisiana State University (LSU) a $3,999,960 grant to lead a project to determine the economic viability of CO2 Electrolyzers, a process which converts CO2 into the precursor chemicals used in items such as detergents, anti-freeze, and tennis shoes. The project aims to improve the sustainability of the chemical manufacturing sector, one of America's largest manufacturing sectors. "Louisiana i… Continue Reading


09.20.21

ICYMI: Cassidy Makes Conservative Case for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal making the conservative case for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "The infrastructure bill offers the nation a vision of responsible stewardship. It was negotiated rigorously over the course of months between House and Senate members, Democrats and Republicans. While the reconciliation bill steals from our children's future by burdening the next generation with debt and weakening free enterpr… Continue Reading


09.17.21

Cassidy Announces University of Louisiana at Lafayette to Lead $6 Million Carbon Capture and Utilization Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) a $6 million grant to lead a carbon capture and utilization project. The project aims to improve infrastructure by establishing a "Tri-State Institute of Manufacturing" to advance carbon capture, utilization, and storage technology. "Louisiana is a leader in energy and innovation and ULL's cutting edge research is leading the way. This is an invest… Continue Reading


09.17.21

Cassidy Tours Hurricane Damage in Grand Isle

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured hurricane damage in Grand Isle to assess damages and learn what the island needs to recover. "Good tour of Grand Isle. We saw what works and what needs to be worked on," said Dr. Cassidy. "Areas of the island with breakwaters, beach restoration, and housing built to code survived. Those areas of the island without those things did extremely poorly. We have to build resiliency." On Wednesday, Cassidy spoke on t… Continue Reading


09.17.21

ICYMI: Cassidy Pens Op-Ed on Investing in Infrastructure Before the Next Hurricane

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) penned an op-ed in the Daily Advertiser discussing how major investments in infrastructure now will better prepare Louisiana for when the next hurricane hits. "If anything highlights the importance of evacuation routes, hardening the grid, improving sewer and water, flood mitigation, coastal restoration - of infrastructure - it's a storm like Hurricane Ida. Let's ensure access to safe evacuation routes by investing in our roads and bridges. Let's use natur… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Cassidy Reviews Hurricane Damage in Tangipahoa Parish

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) reviewed hurricane damage in Tangipahoa Parish with Parish President Robby Miller. They discussed what Tangipahoa Parish needs to recover from Hurricane Ida. "Great tour of Tangipahoa Parish with Parish President Robby Miller and his staff. Saw the tree damage, the damage to the power lines, but also saw the recovery taking place. Challenges before us include completing recovery but building in resiliency. Tangipahoa Parish needs d… Continue Reading


09.16.21

ICYMI: Cassidy Discusses Infrastructure Needs Exposed by Hurricane Ida

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today penned letter to the editor in The Advocate discussing how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) addresses Louisiana's hard infrastructure needs and vulnerabilities, which Hurricane Ida exposed last month. "Hurricane Ida gave us a harsh reminder that we need to strengthen the infrastructure that protects us from storms - improving highways and evacuation routes, hardening our electric grid and investing in flood mitigation," wr… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Cassidy Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Reform Section 230, Expose Big Tech Bias

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) co-sponsored the bipartisan Platform Accountability and Transparency (PACT) Act, originally introduced by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Brian Schatz (D-HI). The PACT Act would increase accountability for big internet platforms and enhance transparency regarding content moderation for online consumers. It would preserve the benefits of Section 230, which has governed internet development for more than 20 years, while making significant reforms to better pro… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Cassidy Calls for Hurricane Disaster Relief, Infrastructure Investment on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor renewing his calls for disaster supplemental relief in the wake of Hurricane Ida, the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the United States. "Recovery is two-pronged approach. It starts with aid and finishes with the bipartisan infrastructure bill. A bill that helps our communities rebuild from past storms and better prepares our communities for future storms. Louisianans are strong. Louisianans are resilient.… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Cassidy, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Emergency Stockpile of Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Shore Up Essential Medicine Supply Chain

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced their bipartisan Promoting Readiness and Ensuring Proper Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Reserves of Essential Medicines (PREPARE) Act of 2021. The PREPARE Act would create an emergency supply of key ingredients used in essential generic medicines and incentivize domestic manufacturing of these ingredients to build a more resilient domestic supply chain. "COVID reminded us that we are too reliant on foreign cou… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Cassidy, Crapo Introduce Bill to Protect Taxpayer Rights and Privacy

Seeking to protect taxpayers against Democrats' campaign to monitor Americans' bank accounts, place taxpayer finances in a surveillance dragnet, and provide massive, additional mandatory funding to IRS for an army of IRS agents, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) and U.S. House Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX-08) introduced the Tax Gap Reform and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Enforcement Act. "Taxpayers should never be… Continue Reading


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

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