Press Releases


VIDEO: Cassidy Advocates for Louisiana Shrimp, Rice Producers at Senate Finance Hearing

During a Senate Finance Hearing on "The President's 2022 Trade Policy Agenda," U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) questioned Katherine C. Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative, on the Biden administration's progress in preventing the "dumping" of shrimp and rice from India. Because the Indian shrimp and rice industries are highly subsidized, Indian producers are able to sell their products at a much lower rate than American producers, a trade practice known as "dumping." This practice hurts Ame… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $38 Million in Hurricane, COVID-19 Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $37,958,678.90 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricanes Katrina, Ida, and Laura. The City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections, the Louisiana Children's Medical Center, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), the City of Iowa, the Terrebonne Parish School Board, the City of Grand Isle, St. John the… Continue Reading


Cassidy Responds to Biden Invoking Defense Production Act to Increase Mineral Production

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) released the following statement in response to President Biden's announcement that he will invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) to increase the production and processing of critical minerals used to make batteries including lithium, cobalt, graphite, nickel, and manganese. This comes after a March 14th letter, where Cassidy and Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Jim Risch (R-ID) urged Biden to invoke the DPA to increase mineral pro… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Secure Health Care Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced the Protecting and Transforming Cyber Health Care (PATCH) Act, to ensure that the U.S. health care system's cyber infrastructure remains safe and secure for American patients. Over the course of the pandemic, there have been a number of ransomware attacks within medical devices and larger networks. These attacks affect patients, hospitals, and the medical device industry. "New medical technologies have incredible … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Risch, Colleagues Urge Biden to Work with OAS to Revoke Russia’s Observer Status

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jim Risch (R-ID) today led 7 colleagues urging President Biden to work with the Organization of American States (OAS) to revoke Russia's status as a permanent observer. "In February, Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked attack against Ukraine, which has resulted in thousands of innocent civilian casualties," wrote the senators. "The OAS General Secretariat immediately condemned the Russian invasion, and more than a dozen OAS member states issued a de… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Reports that Biden Plans to Release 1 Million Barrels a Day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released a statement following reports that President Biden's plans to release one million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas prices. "Releasing additional oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve must be accompanied by a plan to increase production and backfill the supply," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Biden administration must not put our future energy security … Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Bill to Protect Louisiana Crawfish Industry

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced the China Trade Cheating Restitution Act, which would direct Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to pay $38.5 million from the interest on anti-dumping duties received from Chinese imports to certain agricultural sectors harmed by Chinas illegal trade practices, including $10.6 million for crawfish producers. For years, Chinese producers have participated in trade practices… Continue Reading


Cassidy Named AAPA Port Person of the Year

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced that U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) will receive its Port Person of the Year award. Created in 1994, the award recognizes individuals whose outstanding work or service has made a significant contribution to public port authorities and/or maritime commerce in the Western Hemisphere. AAPA cites Cassidy's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and his efforts in including funding for ports and waterways as reasons for being recognized. "… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Klobuchar Introduce Resolution Honoring Journalists Covering War in Ukraine, Exposing Russian War Crimes

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced a resolution expressing the United States' gratitude for journalists and news staff risking injury and death to report on the ongo­ing war in Ukraine resulting from Russian Dictator Vladimir Putin's invasion. The resolution also condemns Putin, Belarus Dictator Lukashenko, and their officials for carrying out attacks on innocent civilians, which is a war crime. "We are thankful for those in the free press who… Continue Reading


Cassidy Endorses Effort to Restore NOPD Crime Fighting Tools

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) endorsed a push to repeal a New Orleans City ordinance barring the New Orleans Policy Department (NOPD) from using certain technologies to stop crime. "I go to New Orleans-I'm constantly hearing from folks that they're afraid to walk the streets in a city that they love," said Dr. Cassidy. "Privacy must be respected. The technology is not perfect. But always taking into account these concerns and limitations, law enforcement needs more tools to find and pr… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Outlines Energy Operation Warp Speed on FOX News

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined America Reports with John Roberts and Sandra Smith on Fox News to discuss his plan to implement an Operation Warp Speed to increase American energy production and address high gas prices. Earlier this month, Cassidy released a landmark energy and climate Policy outline for "Resetting American Energy and Climate Policy" through an Energy Operation Warp Speed. Cassidy's plan would include st… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Hyde-Smith, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Require Accountability from FEMA

ASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), John Kennedy (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the Homeowners Flood Insurance Transparency and Protection Act, which would allow National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders to maintain their current rates until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can meet certain accountability measures. This week, FEMA plans to implement Risk Rating 2.0, a new NFIP premium rate s… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Portman, Colleagues Urge Biden to End Israeli Bias at UN

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today led 68 colleagues urging the Biden administration to prioritize ending the United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) investigation into potential war crimes and human rights violations committed by the Israeli government towards Palestinians. Started in May of 2021, the investigation is the only country-specific initiative on the UNHRC's agenda. "This one-sided approach is consistent with UNHRC's continuing bias against Is… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $3.5 Million in Flood Protection Systems

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant the State of Louisiana a total of $3,495,473.00 to fund a regional gauge system to monitor flooding and rainfall from natural disasters. The system would give officials in coastal parishes real-time data on flood risks and allow residents more time to evacuate. "Storm flooding continues to devastate communities across South Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will allow cruc… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Shortfalls in Biden, European Commission Task Force on European Energy Independence, Offers Energy Operation Warp Speed as Solution

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement on President Biden's creation of the United States and European Commission's Task Force to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy. "To secure a Russia-free energy future, we need an Operation Warp Speed for permitting LNG facilities and pipelines," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Biden administration proposes more rhetoric and no measures to increase U.S. energy supply. As I've outlined, by expediting U.S. energy production and exports,… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $27.6 Million in Disaster Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $27,629,735.93 in relief for Hurricanes Laura and Ida. The Grant Parish Police Jury, the Society of the Roman Catholic Church, St. James Parish, Jefferson Parish, and Plaquemines Parish will all benefit from the relief. "As we have seen this week, Louisiana families continue to feel the brunt of natural disasters," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will help South … Continue Reading


Cassidy Surveyed Tornado Damage in Arabi, Offers Support to Community

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy surveyed tornado damage in Arabi with St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis and other local officials. They inspected damage near the corner of Friscoville Avenue and Janssen Street. Cassidy also spoke with homeowners on what they need to recover from the tornado. The tornado struck Arabi on Tuesday night, traveling over 11 miles with peak winds of 160 miles per hour. One person was reported killed. It is the strongest tornado on record to hit the New Orleans… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio, Colleagues Urge DOJ to Address CCP Influence

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) led 6 Republican colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to address the cancellation of the "China Initiative" amid concerns over the rising influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on American institutions. Created in 2018, the China Initiative worked to combat espionage and covert operations by the CCP on universities, government agencies, businesses, and other entities. Last month, the DOJ decided to disban… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rosen Introduce Bill to Improve Cybersecurity in Medical Industry

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Healthcare Cybersecurity Act, which would direct the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collaborate on how to improve cybersecurity measures in hospitals and other healthcare centers. In 2021, 46 million Americans had their health information breached as a result of a cyberattack, a threefold increase in three years. Cassidy and Rosen are bot… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Over $1.7 Billion in Additional Louisiana Disaster Relief for Laura, Delta and Ida

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced Louisiana will receive an additional $450,136,000 in supplemental disaster aid for Hurricanes Laura and Delta, as well as $1,272,346,000 for Hurricane Ida recovery. For the first time, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing direct allocations of CDBG-DR dollars to local communities with Lake Charles receiving an additional $10,776,000 and Baton Rouge receiving an additional $4,648,000. The funding for Hurricanes Laura a… Continue Reading

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