Press Releases

06.17.21

Cassidy Calls for Disaster Supplemental, Relief for Louisiana Communities on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered another speech on the Senate floor calling for a disaster supplemental to aid Louisiana communities recovering from 2020 storms. Last year set a record for the most named storms, 30 in a season, with five making landfall in Louisiana, also a record. The strongest of which, Laura a category 4 hurricane, devastated Lake Charles, Louisiana and was followed by Hurricane Delta, a category 2 hurricane, just over a month later. Louisiana farmers we… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Cassidy Celebrates National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. hosted National Seersucker Day today alongside Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Members of the U.S. Senate participating in this year's celebration include Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), an… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Cassidy, Wyden: Allow Americans with Disabilities to Work Without Worry

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced legislation to remove a Social Security work disincentive for Americans with disabilities. The Work Without Worry Act would allow Americans with disabilities to work to their full potential without causing them to lose out on higher Social Security benefits. "Government should encourage work. Americans with disabilities deserve the freedom to work, without, worry to secure their own financial future," said Dr. Cassidy… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Cassidy, 20 Senators Release Statement on Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and a group of 20 senators released the following joint statement on the bipartisan infrastructure package: "We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation's core infrastructure needs without raising taxes. We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America's critical infrastructure challenges." In addition to Cassidy, the group… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Cassidy, Bennet, Bacon, Larson Introduce Tax Relief for National Service Volunteers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Don Bacon (R-NE-02) and John Larson (D-CT-01) today introduced the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act. Currently, thousands of Americans serve their country through national service opportunities. In exchange for their service, they can take the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to make higher education more affordable and accessible. Currently, these benefits are treated as taxable income, and none… Continue Reading


06.16.21

TOMORROW: Cassidy to Host National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and colleagues will take an official photo TOMORROW at 12:30 PM ET in celebration of National Seersucker Day. WHO: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. and colleagues WHAT: Official National Seersucker Day Photograph WHEN: 12:30 PM ET June 17, 2021 WHERE: The Ohio Clock RSVP: Please RSVP to Molly Block molly_block@cassidy.senate.gov Cassidy invites Americans from all over ou… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Cassidy Announces $43 Million for Hurricane Laura Recovery

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is granting $42,788,180.98 for Southwest Louisiana to cover costs related to recovery from Hurricane Laura. "We are in the 2021 Hurricane Season, and we still have blue tarps on Southwest Louisiana roofs from last season-this is unacceptable," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is welcome recovery funding to assist getting our communities back to wholeness. My office is continuing to work to get a disaste… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Cassidy Statement on Judicial Action to Block Biden Administration from Pausing Oil and Gas Leasing, Calls for Offshore Lease Sale

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement in response to a ruling from Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe which suspended the Biden administration's pause on oil and gas leasing. "This is fantastic news for workers in Louisiana whose livelihoods are being threatened by the administration's thoughtless energy policy," said Dr. Cassidy. "The president should not be able to take away tens of thousands of jobs to fulfill a campaign promise. We nee… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Cassidy, HELP Committee GOP Leaders Push for Hearings on Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Susan Collins (R-ME), the three Ranking Members on all three Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittees, have sent letters to their respective subcommittee Chairs requesting appropriate hearings on the Biden Administration's proposed $6 trillion budget for fiscal year 2022. "Most authorizing committees hold budget hearings with their respective cabinet agencies so that the members of the authorizing committee… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Cassidy, Smith, Cardin, Thune Introduce Bill to Remove Barriers to Telemental Health Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tina Smith (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the bipartisan Telemental Health Care Access Act of 2021 to remove barriers to telemental health services for Medicare beneficiaries. "Over the pandemic, we've seen an increased need for telehealth services whether it's for substance use disorders, physical ailments or mental health issues. Medicare patients deserve direct access to telemental health services and this bill removes bar… Continue Reading


06.14.21

Cassidy, Finance Committee Republicans Demand Investigation into Massive, Illegal IRS Data Leak

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Senate Finance Committee Republicans demanded an investigation into the apparent massive leak of more than 15 years of legally protected, personal taxpayer information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the media outlet ProPublica. In a letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the senators note the nature of the information suggests it came directly from the IRS, constituting a serious breach of privacy and crimin… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Cassidy, Manchin, Moran, Collins, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Susan Collins (R-ME), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act to address the 2019 GAO Report that found the VA must take action to ensure its health care providers have the appropriate qualifications and clinical abilities to deliver safe, high quality care to Veterans. "Veterans who went to war for our freedom deserve quality care," said Dr. Cassidy. "Increasing acco… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Cassidy, Risch, Leahy, Colleagues: Biden Should Act to Restore Democratic Governance in Nicaragua

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) led a group of colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden encouraging the administration to hold the Ortega-Murillo regime accountable for undermining democracy, denying the right to free and fair elections, and committing gross human rights abuses in Nicaragua. "We write in support of immediate actions in response to the Ortega-Murillo regime's systematic dismantling of independent civil institutions, w… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Cassidy Statement on Lifting of COVID Workplace Restrictions for Federal Agencies

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that repealed limits on the number of employees allowed in the workplace. This replaces the previous 25 percent cap on capacity inside federal offices during the pandemic. "This is long overdue. The science knows it, the CDC knows it, and Americans know it. It's high time federal employees got back to work and serve the American people," said Dr. Cassidy. This ann… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Cassidy, Bipartisan Infrastructure Group Release Joint Statement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the group of 10 senators working on a bipartisan infrastructure package released the following joint statement: "Our group - comprised of 10 Senators, 5 from each party - has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation's infrastructure and energy technologies. This investment would be fully paid for and not include tax increases. We are discussing our approach with our respective … Continue Reading


06.10.21

Cassidy Secures $1.6 Million Investment in Bossier City to Build Economic Development Resource Center

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Coordinating and Development Corporation, Bossier City, Louisiana, to construct the Northwest Louisiana one-stop resource center, allowing for business development and growth. The bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law in March 2020. This EDA grant will be mat… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Cassidy, Cortez Masto, and Bipartisan Group Introduce Legislation to Boost Emergency Ambulance Service in Rural Areas

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and a group of four bipartisan senators today introduced legislation to ensure rural and underserved communities have access to quality emergency health care. The Protecting Access to Ground Ambulance Medical Services Act ensures ambulance providers are adequately reimbursed by Medicare for the cost of providing services, protecting ambulance and EMT services across the country and particularly in rural areas. "Emergency acc… Continue Reading


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

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