Press Releases

03.09.21

Cassidy, Coons Celebrate AmeriCorps Week as Members Deliver Community-driven Pandemic Response Across the Country

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and U.S. Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) celebrate AmeriCorps Week with the introduction of an annual resolution honoring the invaluable contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni. Every year, AmeriCorps enrolls more than 270,000 individuals to serve in communities across America, totaling more than one million alumni since the program's founding in 1994. "AmeriCorps members devote a significant chunk … Continue Reading


03.06.21

Cassidy: $1.9 Trillion COVID Bill Rammed Through by Democrats Wastes Billions on Pet Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted against the Biden Administration's highly partisan $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package. "We passed five bipartisan COVID relief bills; there is no reason we could not do a sixth. I wanted to support a bill that targeted aid to those impacted by the pandemic. Instead, Democrats rammed through a bill that wastes hundreds of billions of dollars on pet projects that have nothing to do with the pandemic and puts our economy at risk of inflation," said D… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Senate Democrats Block Cassidy Amendment to Improve Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools

Today, Senate Democrats blocked an amendment introduced by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to improve the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) program. The EANS program allows schools to receive reimbursement for expenses incurred over the past year to combat the pandemic. The program requires states to prioritize schools that serve low-income students. Reimbursable expenses include disinfectant supplies, educational technology, lea… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Democrats Block Cassidy, Cotton, Cruz Amendment to Target COVID Relief Spending, Stop Stimulus Checks to Prisoners

Today, Senate Democrats blocked an amendment introduced by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to prohibit Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to "any individual who is incarcerated in a Federal or State prison." If adopted this amendment would have saved taxpayers approximately $1.9 billion. "Prisoners do not pay taxes. Taxpayers pay for their every need. Inmates cannot stimulate the economy. But, under this bill they receive stimulus checks. This is a … Continue Reading


03.05.21

Cassidy Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Suicide, Support Mental Health for Health Care Workers Amid COVID-19

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-PA) announced the reintroduction of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals. "Doctors, nurses and health care workers shoulder the responsibility of saving … Continue Reading


03.04.21

Cassidy Votes Against Advancing Haaland’s Nomination in Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today, in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, voted against advancing the nomination of Representative Deb Haaland to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). "This vote is to represent those families in Louisiana being ignored by this president, whose jobs are being sacrificed for a political agenda," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Biden administration's energy policies are not guided by science or logic. They will push production… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Cassidy, Senators Denounce Biden for Failing to Impose Sanctions on Russia

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Barrasso (R-WY) led a group of 40 senators in sending a letter criticizing the Biden administration for failing to follow the law and impose sanctions on entities involved in the Nord Stream II pipeline. The Nord Stream II pipeline would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. If completed, the pipeline would make American allies and partners in Europe more susceptible to Moscow's coercion and malign influence. In… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Cassidy, Carper Reintroduce Bill to Combat Obesity with Medicare-funded Treatment Options

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, today reintroduced legislation to unleash federal Medicare dollars for treatments against obesity, a growing epidemic impacting an estimated 42 percent of Americans and costing the nation almost $150 billion in additional health care costs every year. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) expands Medicare to cover evidence-based obesity treatment options by: (1) Allowing the Centers fo… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Cassidy, Menendez, Rubio, Kaine, and Cardin Introduce IDB General Capital Increase Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), was joined today by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ranking Member and Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, as well as Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) in reintroducing legislation authorizing the tenth general capital increase for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the hemisphere's leading international financial institution. At a moment… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Cassidy, Shaheen, Bennet, Rubio Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today reintroduced their legislation to lower prescription drug prices. The Ensuring Timely Access to Generics Act of 2021 would tackle exorbitant prescription costs by increasing competition from generic drugs through better oversight of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) citizen petition process. Helping families afford life-saving prescriptions is crucial to help those at-risk, i… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Cassidy, Cramer, Colleagues Introduce Fair Access to Banking Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) led their colleagues in introducing the "Fair Access to Banking Act" today, a bill to prevent discrimination by banks and financial service providers against constitutionally-protected industries and law-abiding businesses. "It's unacceptable for banks to target people and industries," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation ensures critical employers in Louisiana like oil and gas development are treated fairly." "Fairness matters," s… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Cassidy Votes Against Advancing Becerra’s Nomination in Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today, in the Senate Finance Committee, voted against advancing the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "If a doctor were nominated for Attorney General, everyone would say 'he's not qualified.' Apparently, however, it is okay to nominate an Attorney General for HHS Secretary. A HHS Secretary should have some expertise in the subject matter. Previous appointees have been governors, a… Continue Reading


03.02.21

Cassidy Calls for Action to Protect Social Security Benefits

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) led several of his Senate colleagues in urging Senate leadership to take up legislation to protect the social security benefits for millions of Americans. Without action, a deficiency in the Social Security Average Wage Index (AWI) caused by the pandemic could prevent millions of Americans from receiving their full retirement benefits. "If Congress does not act on a fix, millions of Americans could see thousands of dollars less in lifetime Social Security … Continue Reading


02.26.21

Cassidy, Rosen Bill Mends Major Hole in Health Data Privacy Protections

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) reintroduced legislation to prevent data mining of Americans' personal health data stored on wearable personal devices, such as smartwatches. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects all interactions between patients and their doctors. HIPAA does not protect health data recorded on personal devices which puts this data at significant potential risk. The Stop Marketing And Revealing the Wearables And … Continue Reading


02.26.21

Cassidy Announces $33.4 Million for Hurricane Laura Debris Removal and Generation Services, More to Come

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $33,379,317.52 in federal funds for debris removal and emergency generator services provided following the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura. Today's payments are being made under the standard 75 percent federal and 25 percent state cost share. Due in part to Cassidy's work with Presidents Trump and Biden, FEMA announced this week that Hurricane Laura has been approved for a 90/1… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Announces $4.1 Million Investment in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to Boost Broadband Capacity and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Efforts in Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $4.1 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to help the state of Louisiana prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. "Broadband internet is essential to economic development. This is true in Acadiana and it is true in the rest of our state," said Dr. Cassidy. "Bringing investment to Farmerville is crucial to create jobs in the region. If… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Fund Research of Minority Health Disparities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the John Lewis National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Endowment Revitalization Act to the U.S. Senate. The legislation would increase investments in schools conducting critical research into minority health disparities. "As a doctor who worked in Louisiana's charity hospital system and now a senator, providing quality health care to underserved communities is a priority," said Dr. Cassidy. … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Stands Up for Louisiana Rice, Shrimp Producers During Tai’s Nomination Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today advocated on behalf of Louisiana rice and shrimp producers during the Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing for Katherine Tai to be United States Trade Representative (USTR). During the hearing, Cassidy requested her assistance in addressing the following: "A couple of issues important to my state," said Dr. Cassidy. "We'd love to sell a lot of Louisiana rice in the UK, turns out they love it. The issue, of course, is 25% countervailing tariffs… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Votes Against President Biden’s Secretary of Energy Nominee Jennifer Granholm

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted against the confirmation of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy. "The Biden administration has already begun killing oil and gas jobs," said Dr. Cassidy. I voted no to protest the lack of compassion this has for Louisiana workers. This set of policies will increase global greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen our enemies." Cassidy questioned Granholm about the devastating effects of President Biden's recent e… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Announces $10.7 Million to Elevate Homes in New Orleans, Erath

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $10,670,283.60 in federal funds to elevate properties to prevent flood damage in New Orleans and Erath. "Louisiana families should not worry about their homes flooding every time there is a heavy rainfall," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding helps communities continue to thrive in south Louisiana." FEMA is providing $8,438,022 to elevate 31 historic properties in New Orleans. All of t… Continue Reading

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