Press Releases

07.09.21

Cassidy Announces $57 Million in FEMA Funding for Hurricane Laura Emergency Shelter Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant $56,766,773.29 to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) for the Louisiana non-congregate shelter program that housed those effected by Hurricane Laura last year. This grant reimburses GOHSEP for the costs of housing 11,654 evacuees across 42 hotels. At its peak, the Louisiana non-congregate shelter program for Hurricane Laura sheltered 21,510 e… Continue Reading


07.09.21

Cassidy Announces $1 Million to University of Louisiana at Lafayette for Hydrogen Technology Research

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) to advance clean hydrogen technologies. ULL will develop high-performance metal-supported solid oxide electrolysis cells and innovative diagnostic methodologies to achieve net-zero or negative emissions. ULL is one of 31 projects using the nation's vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity productio… Continue Reading


07.08.21

Cassidy Announces $1.3 Million Grant to Develop Biotech Labs in New Orleans

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.3 million grant to the New Orleans Business Alliance to develop two wet labs and a clean room for the Information Technology Center at the University of New Orleans (UNO) Research and Technology Park. This EDA grant is expected to create 39 jobs and generate $5.1 million in private investment. It will also be matched with $370,000 in local funds. "Investing… Continue Reading


07.01.21

Cassidy Announces $25.2 Million to Rebuild Louisiana’s Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced airports in 12 parishes will receive $25,190,364 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for drainage system improvements, taxiway construction, pavement rehabilitation, and more. Airports in Allen, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Catahoula, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Orleans, Ouachita, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Richland, and Terrebonne Parishes will benefit directly from these grants. "Having a good airport is critical to draw bu… Continue Reading


07.01.21

Cassidy, Gillibrand Push to Fund Centers of Excellence to Fortify Emergency Response Preparedness and Build Resiliency Against Future Pandemics

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are pushing for funding to establish a COVID-19 and Pandemic Response Centers of Excellence Program to designate academic medical centers as research and communication hubs that will improve the United States' ability to swiftly respond to emerging public health threats and to continue battling COVID-19. Academic medical centers have been at the forefront of our nation's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and have historicall… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Cassidy Announces $3.6 Million for Hurricane Preparedness in Baton Rouge

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is granting $3,638,001 for hurricane mitigation in Louisiana. The grant will fund the construction of a hurricane community safe room and training center for first responders in East Baton Rouge Parish. "Making sure Louisiana's first responders are prepared for hurricane season saves lives," said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant gives our first responders the infrastructure they need to keep our commu… Continue Reading


06.30.21

ICYMI: Cassidy Explains Need for Natural Disaster Safety Board

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today penned a letter to the editor in The Advocate explaining the need for Congress to establish a Natural Disaster Safety Board (NDSB) to strengthen our response and recovery efforts to natural disasters. "This bipartisan legislation makes sure that lessons learned benefit Louisiana and every other state hit by natural disasters. We should not be reinventing the wheel every time there is a natural disaster. We need to be listening to local leaders and th… Continue Reading


06.29.21

Cassidy Cosponsors TRUST Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and a bipartisan group of colleagues to cosponsor the Time to Rescue United States' Trusts (TRUST) Act. The bipartisan and bicameral bill would create a process to rescue endangered federal trust funds and rein in the national debt. "We must get serious about saving Social Security and Medicare from bankruptcy," said Dr. Cassidy. "This bill modernizes and preserves these programs for our children and grandchildren." "Ther… Continue Reading


06.29.21

Cassidy, Smith Lead Bipartisan Push for Senate HELP Committee to Hold Hearing on Global Vaccine Distribution

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) are leading a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling on leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee-on which they serve-to continue the series of important and productive conversations on COVID-19 by holding a hearing to examine global vaccine production and distribution. "We are at a moment now when expanding worldwide access to vaccines is central to controlling this virus and dangerous va… Continue Reading


06.26.21

Cassidy Presents Purple Heart to Mr. Johnnie A. Jones

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today presented the Purple Heart to Mr. Johnnie A. Jones, for serving in Operation Overlord (known as the invasion of Normandy) during World War II, despite being injured during the battle. Mr. Jones is a 101-year-old resident of Baton Rouge who served as a Warrant Officer (Junior Grade) in the 494th Port Battalion, 6thEngineer Special Brigade. He took part in the third wave of Operation Overload when he was injured on Omaha Beach. Mr. Jone… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Cassidy, McConnell, Colleagues Call on Biden Administration to Withdraw Gun Braces Ban

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Leader McConnell (R-KY) and 47 other Republican senators called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to withdraw their proposed rule banning the use of stabilizing braces on firearms. "We write to express our grave concern regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives' (ATF) Proposed Rule 2021R-08," wrote the senators. "The way the proposed rule is written makes clear that ATF intends to bring the most common us… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Cassidy Visits Café Reconcile, Addresses American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

METAIRIE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today visited Café Reconcile in New Orleans, where he spoke with their staff and interns and ate a local, New Orleans-style meal they cooked. Café Reconcile is operated by Reconcile New Orleans, an organization in the Central City neighborhood which trains young adults aged 16-24 to work in the hospitality industry, and for alternative employment pathways. Reconcile New Orleans also teaches them basic independent living skills, and… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Cassidy, Manchin, Collins Lead Bipartisan Push to Allow Relief Funding to Cover State Matches for Federal Grants

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) called on U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to allow local governments to use funds from the American Rescue Plan to satisfy the local match requirement for federal discretionary grant programs. The American Rescue Plan, which… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Cassidy, Rosen National Cybersecurity Education Week Resolution Passes the Senate

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement after their bipartisan resolution designating National Cybersecurity Education Week unanimously passed the Senate. The resolution designates the week of June 21 through 25 as National Cybersecurity Education Week. The resolution also commits the Senate to raising awareness about cyber education and taking legislative actions to address cybersecurity education expansion and address the cybersecurity wo… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Cassidy, Senators’ Joint Statement, Framework on Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

U.S. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and 20 colleagues issued the following statement alongside their bipartisan infrastructure framework: "Today, we're proud to advance this bipartisan proposal to make a historic investment in America's critical infrastructure needs, advance cleaner technologies, create jobs, and strengthen American competitiveness, without raising taxes. This agreement shows that the two parties can still come together, find common ground, and get things done that matter to everyda… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Cassidy, Wyden, Larson, Buchanan Introduce Know Your Social Security Act

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and House Ways and Means Committee Members John Larson (D-CT-01) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL-13) introduced the Know Your Social Security Act. This legislation will clarify the requirement for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to mail a yearly Social Security Statement to eligible workers. Since 2011, SSA has only mailed annual Statements to a limited group of workers: those who are age 60 years or older, are not receiving So… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Cassidy, Cortez Masto Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Peer Counseling

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Promoting Effective and Empowering Recovery Services (PEERS) in Medicare Act of 2021 to expand access to peer support services for mental health and substance use disorders. The legislation would ensure that primary care physicians can bill peer support treatment to Medicare to make this service more accessible. "COVID has been tough on people's emotions. This legislation allows peer support to be added to… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Cassidy, Warren Call for Hearing on New Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Aduhelm

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, called for a hearing to examine questions and challenges arising from the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent approval of Biogen's Aduhelm, the first new drug approved to treat Alzheimer's disease in nearly two decades. "This is a historic, watershed moment in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, but a… Continue Reading


06.23.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Call on Haaland to Hold a Lease Sale, Answers on Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) led Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and John Kennedy (R-LA) in calling on the Biden administration to conduct lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico. In a letter sent to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, they also question the timing of future sales and status of the development of the 2022-2027 National Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program. "As we approach 100 days past the scheduled date of th… Continue Reading


06.23.21

What They Are Saying: Growing Support for Cassidy Bill to Strengthen Gulf Revenue Sharing Program

Last week, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies & Ecosystems (RISEE) Act with nin colleauges. The RISEE Act would both amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) and create a new dedicated stream of funding from future offshore wind development for coastal protection and resiliency. This will allow for more equitable resource sharing between states, the federal government and conservation programs. Here's what people are saying:… Continue Reading

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