Press Releases


Cassidy, Hassan Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Dental Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced legislation that would increase access to affordable dental care. Currently, the federal health insurance marketplace does not offer stand-alone dental plans without the purchase of health insurance on the federal exchange. This legislation would allow consumers to purchase a stand-alone dental plan on the federal health insurance marketplace by consumers. "Dental care is a pent-up need in our society," said Dr. C… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $4.9 Million for Drug Overdose Prevention

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant the Louisiana Department of Health $4,861,204 to improve response efforts and preventative measures for fatal drug overdoses in Louisiana. This funding comes from the federal program Overdose Data to Action (OD2A). "Louisiana's drug overdose deaths have been hitting record highs," said Dr. Cassidy. "We need to give first responders the tools they need to save lives." Last … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $63.1 Million for Louisiana from His Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Louisiana will receive a total of $63,143,406 from funds increased by his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This funding will go towards constructing and rehabilitating our state's highways, bridges, and public transportation infrastructure. "Our transportation infrastructure has suffered from neglect and lack of funding for decades," said Dr. Cassidy. "Louisiana is seeing the benefits of the Bipartisan Infrast… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $9.8 Million in Hurricane Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Jefferson Parish a total of $9,817,358.83 in Hurricane Ida relief. Specifically, the funding is reimbursement for debris removal. "Hurricane Ida devastated families across South Louisiana, many of whom lost everything," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will help Jefferson Parish as we bounce back and prepare for the next natural disaster." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Votes Against Tax and Spending Spree

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following his vote against the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. "This legislation does nothing to decrease inflation, but raises the tax bill falling on everyday Americans. It is another hit to a Louisiana family's pocketbook. I proudly voted no," said Dr. Cassidy. "It is now up to House Democrats to listen to the American families that know this legislation will only add to their economic struggles." The Congressional Budget Offic… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senators Praise Resolution to Designate August as National Catfish Month

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and colleagues applauded Senate passage of a resolution they sponsored to designate August 2022 as National Catfish Month. "A fried catfish po' boy, dressed, with ketchup, my mouth waters to think of it," said Dr. Cassidy. "Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for the rest of us to enjoy great catfish dinners. We recognize National Catfish Month." "Catfish represents more than 50 percent of the United States aquaculture industry… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $69 Million in Hurricane Ida, Laura Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $69,021,708.91 in relief for Hurricanes Laura and Ida. "Louisiana communities have been hit by disaster after disaster. Many families are still recovering from Ida after almost a year," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is a massive step towards fully rebuilding our communities." Communities that will benefit include the City of Sulphur, the Calcasieu Parish School Board, the Lafo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $700K for Alexandria International Airport from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Alexandria International Airport will receive a total of $700,000 from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This funding will go specifically towards the replacement of the airport's air traffic control equipment. With this grant, Louisiana airports have received a total of $44,089,010 in IIJA funding. "Communities across Louisiana are seeing the positive impact of the bipartisan infrastructure law," said Dr. C… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds $135 Million For Louisiana Infrastructure Through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) applauded the $135 million in funding coming to Louisiana to protect roads, bridges, and infrastructure from natural disasters, flooding and coastal erosion. This funding was made possible by Cassidy's bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Louisiana will receive at least $135 million throughout the next five years with $25 million this fiscal year. "We know the devastation hurricanes and coastal erosion can cause to our infrastructure,"… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Graves, Colleagues Urge U.S. Department of Commerce to Improve Access to Red Snapper Fishing Opportunities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Representative Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and nearly 40 Members of Congress to urge U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Secretary Gina Raimondo to direct the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to allow better science and improved access to red snapper fishing opportunities. "Management of the red snapper recreational fishery was built off legislation Congressman Graves and I introduced," said Dr. Cassidy. "Once it became clear the Gulf Council coul… Continue Reading


Cassidy Reacts to Recession News, Blames Biden’s “American Recession Plan” for Economic Disaster

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following news that America has officially entered an economic recession. The numbers released this morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce show that the U.S. economy shrank for a second consecutive quarter. "These economic numbers confirmed what most Americans already knew. We are officially in a recession," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Biden administration does not have a real plan. What's worse, Washington Democrats are pushing for mor… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Menendez, Kaine Call on Meta, Twitter, Telegram to Address Russian Spanish-Language Disinformation Efforts Targeting Western Hemisphere

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) called on the CEOs of Meta, Twitter, and Telegram to substantially increase efforts to moderate content by Russian state media services RT en Español and Sputnik Mundo - the cornerstone of the Kremlin's Spanish language disinformation and propaganda system - as Putin's illegal war against Ukraine rages on. The senators' call comes against the backdrop of persistent and growing efforts by Russia to target th… Continue Reading


Senate Commerce Committee Passes Cassidy Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement on the Senate Commerce Committee passing his Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act through the committee. The bipartisan Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act now awaits full Senate consideration. Cassidy joined Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) in introducing the bill. "As a parent and grandparent, I want our kids to be safe online and for parents to feel confident that their child's information is protected,"said D… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.1 Million in Funding for Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) will grant Louisiana a total of $1,101,788 to improve and modernize several local airports. Specifically, $511,938 will be awarded to the Leesville Airport for additional taxilane construction, $288,900 will be awarded to Acadiana Regional Airport to rehabilitate and add on to the existing taxilane, $117,000 will be awarded to DeQuincy Industrial Airpark for improvements to the concrete and drainage sys… Continue Reading


Cassidy Co-Leads Senate HELP Hearing on Fighting Fentanyl Crisis

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) co-led today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on fighting fentanyl. During the hearing, Cassidy laid out a strategy to combat the surge in fentanyl and overdose deaths. He urged the passage of his legislation, the HALT Fentanyl Act, to permanently make fentanyl a Schedule I drug. Additionally, Cassidy called on the Biden administration to address the growing border crisis and focus on going after the illicit financing … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $34.5 Million in Hurricane Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Lafourche Parish School Board a total of $34,532,561.91 in disaster relief as a result of Hurricane Ida. Specifically, the funding will go towards emergency water extraction for 27 school campuses and 15 support facilities, totaling 400 buildings within the Lafourche Parish school board district. "Hurricane Ida dealt a blow to coastal communities across South Louisiana," said Dr. Cas… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senate Doctors Release Fentanyl Awareness PSA

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined his fellow physicians serving in the U.S. Senate, Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY), John Boozman, O.D. (R-AR), and Rand Paul, M.D. (R-KY) released a public service announcement (PSA) warning about the dangers of illicit fentanyl that is wreaking havoc in communities throughout the nation and killing Americans at record rates. "I come to you today, not only as a U.S. Senator, but as a physician concerned for the health and safe… Continue Reading


Senate Energy Committee Advances Cassidy Bill to Send Louisiana Billions for Coastal Restoration

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy's (R-LA) Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies & Ecosystems (RISEE) Act on Thursday, which would increase funding from offshore energy revenue sharing that Louisiana uses for coastal restoration. The bill would also amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to, among other things, remove the revenue sharing cap which could bring billions of additional dollars to Louisiana and the Gul… Continue Reading


Cassidy Brings Louisiana Voices on High Gas Prices to Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on historic gas prices hurting Louisiana families. Cassidy read several messages he has received from Louisiana residents expressing the pain high gas prices have caused. "I hear from families in Louisiana every day that they are struggling to keep up with gas prices at historic heights," said Dr. Cassidy. "And the Biden administration doesn't really seem to be listening, so I am here to make their voices heard… Continue Reading


Cassidy Leads Bipartisan Group Urging Biden to Implement Grant Program in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as Congress Intended

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and nine colleagues today urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to implement the Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hub Program established under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act the way Congress intended. Currently, DOE is imposing onerous, one-size-fits-all requirements on grant applicants, limiting the program's ability to work. Cassidy was joined by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mitt Romney (R-… Continue Reading

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