Press Releases


Cassidy Resolution Recognizes September as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced a resolution recognizing September as Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Awareness Month. "While much progress has been made in the fight to cure sickle cell disease, more education, research and treatments for this disorder are needed," said Dr. Cassidy. "This designation encourages those advancements." SCD is a genetic disorder that affects approximately 100,000 Americans, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. About 80 infa… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $10 Million for Lafayette Road Construction Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Lafayette is receiving $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to finish construction of the University Avenue corridor. DoT Secretary Elaine Chao notified Cassidy this morning about the grant. "Anytime we get federal funds for Louisiana roads, it's a good thing. This project allows traffic to flow more smoothly while creating jobs. I appreciate Sec. Chao and the Trump administration for investing in Lafayette," sa… Continue Reading


Cassidy Votes for Senate COVID Stimulus Package; Democrats Block Aid to American Families

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted in favor of a COVID-19 relief package offered by Senate Republicans. The bill failed to reach the 60 votes needed to proceed after every Democratic senator voted against it. "Democrats blocked extended unemployment benefits, another stimulus check, $100 billion for schools, and money for more testing. Republicans have repeatedly tried to negotiate, and each time the other side refuses. Democrats are playing politics while lives are being lost, … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $2.1 Million for Shreveport Airport

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that the Shreveport Regional Airport is receiving more than $2.1 million in federal funding to make security enhancements and to rehabilitate a taxiway. "The Shreveport airport is a critical transportation hub for northwestern Louisiana and the surrounding area. This funding makes needed improvements to make the airport safer for travelers," said Dr. Cassidy. The airport is receiving about $1.75 million (including about $175,000 in CARES A… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $9.4 Million for Lafayette Airport Improvements

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Lafayette Regional Airport is receiving $9.4 million in federal funding from the Department of Transportation to construct new apron pavement. "Airports are the gateway to a city. It is the first impression for employers coming to a city, making decisions as to where to invest. Lafayette taxpayers are supporting this renovation through local taxes and Americans are supporting through federal taxes. It is an investment for the future of… Continue Reading


Cassidy Recovers from COVID-19

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced he will begin normal congressional activity following his recovery from COVID-19. According to CDC guidelines, someone who tests positive for Coronavirus should isolate for 10 days and not have any symptoms for 24 hours before leaving isolation. This is the case with Dr. Cassidy. "I thank everyone for their concern and prayers. I was lucky and blessed," said Dr. Cassidy. "Now the focus is Hurricane Laura recovery and relief a… Continue Reading


Cassidy Tests Positive for COVID-19

- Upon being notified last night that he'd been exposed to an individual with coronavirus, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) was tested today for COVID-19. That test was positive. Cassidy contacted his physician and is strictly adhering to all CDC recommendations, including quarantining for 14 days and notifying those with whom he may have come into contact. "I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Senate Confirmation of Louisiana's Christian Weiler to US Tax Court

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today celebrated the confirmation of Christian Weiler from New Orleans as judge on the United States Tax Court. The U.S. Senate confirmed Weiler by voice vote. Weiler's term runs for 15 years. "Christian Weiler's experience in tax law makes him an exceptional choice to be on the Tax Court," said Dr. Cassidy. "I applaud the Senate for confirming him today as judge and am confident he will serve our nation faithfully. To my knowledge, he is the first from Lo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $32.5 Million for New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Baton Rouge and Lafayette airports are receiving more than $25.5 million in combined federal funding to improve their facilities. Cassidy supported the cities' requests for funding, and the grants were rewarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Airports keep commerce flowing. It is important that Louisiana's airports are in the best shape possible to further support the economy and provide for better passenger experien… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $3.2 Million in COVID Relief Funding for Economic Development Organizations across Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that eight regional economic development organizations across Louisiana are receiving a combined $3.2 million in federal COVID relief funds authorized by the CARES Act. Each of the eight entities is receiving $400,000 grants from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support redevelopment and revitalization to diversify and strengthen their respective regions. "The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for work… Continue Reading


Cassidy Highlights Veterans Mental Health Bill in Floor Speech

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today spoke on the floor of the United States Senate to highlight the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, a bill that provides broad reforms to improve veterans' access to mental health services. The Senate passed the bill on Aug. 5. It included three provisions authored by Cassidy, who serves on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. In his speech, Cassidy called on the House to pass the bill so it can be signed by Pre… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Crawfish Producers Now Eligible for Relief Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved his request to include crawfish in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP began to provide direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19, though, crawfish had previously been ineligible for the program. Cassidy and other members of the Louisiana delegation wrote to USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue in July requesting that crawfish b… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $13.9 Million for New Orleans RTA to Purchase New Buses, Other Transportation Equipment

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $13.9 million in federal funds to the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to purchase new buses, paratransit vehicles and equipment. "Public transportation remains a critical method of travel for many New Orleans residents to get to and from work or to meet other essential needs," said Dr. Cassidy. "These funds ensure the transit authority's fleet is efficient and will meet the dem… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Baldwin Lead Bipartisan Effort to Protect Seniors from Scams During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are leading a group of senators to call on Senate leadership to include in the next relief package bipartisan legislation to protect seniors who have fallen victim to financial scams and ensure they can get paid back. Reports continue to show that American seniors are being targeted by COVID-19 scammers. U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Bob Casey (D-PA) also signed the letter to Majority Leader Mit… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $7.1 Million for Lafayette City-Parish COVID Relief Efforts

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Lafayette City-Parish government is receiving more than $7.1 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. Lafayette will use the grant funds for normal and extraordinary operating expenses, purchase of rolling stock, and paratransit services. The total amount of the grant is $7,129,789. It was rewarded by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA). "Local government budgets are suffering due to lost revenue and extra costs associated with … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Urge DOJ, FBI to Investigate Planned Parenthood for Illegal Trafficking and Sale of Fetal Tissue

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined a coalition of 27 senators in sending a letter calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide an update on their investigation into Planned Parenthood's illegal trafficking and sale of fetal tissue as well as wrongfully receiving loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) despite knowing they were ineligible to apply. "As we have seen from invoices from certain Planned Parenthood affiliates,… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on Trump COVID Relief Executive Orders

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in support of President Trump's executive orders to extend COVID-19 relief to Americans. "President Trump is doing what Nancy Pelosi won't do: provide direct aid to Americans who need it. Republicans have repeatedly offered to extend unemployment; she refuses each time, preferring instead to use this lifeline for political leverage to advance liberal special interests. Ms. Pelosi should put politics aside and work for the c… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $13.5 Million for COVID Relief in Shreveport

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Oschner LSU Health System of North Louisiana based in Shreveport is receiving nearly $18 million in COVID-19 relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "The Shreveport area was among the hardest-hit in the state. Oschner LSU has been a critical lifeline for many in need of care. This federal funding allows the hospital to better serve patients during the pandemic and buy personal protective equipment for its doctors an… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Louisiana Seafood Industry Receives Support from Federal COVID Relief Efforts

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. today announced that the Louisiana seafood industry can expect to benefit from two federal COVID-19 relief measures. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is purchasing $30 million worth of U.S.-produced shrimp to distribute to communities in need. The shrimp will go to federal nutrition aid programs through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Separate from the USDA's action, $14 million from the CARES Act has been made available for those in Louisiana's… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Smith, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Eliminate COVID Testing Shortages, Allow for State Compacts

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday to provide states with more resources to increase testing, provide faster results, and allow states to enter into interstate compacts to maximize efforts to eliminate the spread of COVID-19. The Suppress COVID-19 Act appropriates $25 billion for states to purchase tests and testing supplies, and it authorizes states to enter into interstate compacts and regional agreements that allow them t… Continue Reading

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