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Ranking Member Cassidy, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Support Charter School Students

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Equitable Access to School Facilities Act to ensure access to public property and provide federal grants to states for charter school facilities. The grants, available from the Federal Charter Schools Program, can be used by charter schools to acquire and renovate existing facilities, cover ongoing facilities costs, or crea… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Scott, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Celebrating National Charter School Week

– Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Tim Scott (R-SC), and 25 colleagues introduced a resolution celebrating National Charter School Week and commending charter schools for their contributions to education. “When parents have the option to send their child to a charter school, they are empowered to choose the best education for their child’s needs,” said Dr. Cassi… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Lee, Senate Republicans Oppose Raising Debt Limit Without Substantive Spending, Budget Reforms

– U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), and 42 Senate Republican colleagues expressed a collective commitment to oppose raising the debt ceiling without substantive spending and budget reforms in a letter to Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “It is now clear that Senate Republicans aren’t going to bail out Biden and Schumer, they have to negotiate. I thank my colleagues for joining my effort to emphasize this point in the clearest possible terms… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cortez Masto, Grassley Reintroduce Legislation to Boost Investments in Local Police Departments

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and colleagues reintroduced legislation to increase access to funding for small law enforcement agencies in Louisiana and across the country. The Invest to Protect Act would set aside $250 million to help local police invest in training, mental health support, and recruitment and retention. "Every day our men and women in blue put their life on the line to protect our communities," said Dr. Cassidy. "… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senate Finance Republicans Call for Investigations of Alleged IRS Misconduct

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and their Senate Finance Committee Republican colleagues are calling on the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to investigate recent allegations of unjust targeting and preferential treatment in high-profile cases by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). "Americans have a right to know whether the serious allegations described above are being investigated. We urge TIGTA to open investigations immediately into… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Two Louisiana Carbon Capture Demonstrations Projects Selected from His Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the Department of Energy selected two Louisiana projects for carbon capture demonstration awards from his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). "Louisiana is uniquely situated to lead the world in low-emission manufacturing and carbon capture projects," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is a major investment from the infrastructure law to support the future of job creation and economic development in our state. I'm proud to have included the prov… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Cassidy Requests Information on Impact of TikTok on Louisiana Students

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, requested information from Louisiana educators regarding the impact of TikTok on the physical and mental health of Louisiana students. This comes after reports of Louisiana schools experiencing incidents arising from TikTok "challenges," including acts of vandalism on school property and an assault on a disabled teacher. Cassidy hopes to use the input to better und… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Budd, Colleagues Question the U.S. Navy’s Use of TikTok Drag Queen for Recruitment

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ted Budd (R-NC), and Republican colleagues requested more information regarding the Navy's use of a TikTok drag queen to help reach potential recruits on social media in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro. "As you know, Congress passed the No TikTok on Government Devices Act, which President Biden signed into law on December 29, 2022. This is in response to legitimate concerns that China could use its legal and regulatory powers to obtain … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Next Step for Landmark Americas Act

 – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) will join his Americas Trade and Investment Act, or Americas Act, as co-lead in the Senate. Cassidy and U.S. Representative Maria Salazar (R-FL-27) introduced the discussion draft in January. The Americas Act would create an ever-expanding and permanent trade partnership of Western Hemisphere countries and counter China’s growing control over global manufacturing and geopolitics by uniting dem… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $2.3 Million in Hurricane Laura Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Lake Charles will receive $2,319,096.60 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will be used for management costs as a result of Hurricane Laura. "Years after Hurricane Laura, we still see blue tarps on roofs in Lake Charles," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will aid with the recovery and return communities to wholeness." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Markey Reintroduce COPPA 2.0 to Protect Online Privacy of Children and Teens

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) reintroduced the Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0), legislation to update online data privacy rules for the 21st century to ensure children and teenagers are protected online. COPPA 2.0 would stop the data practices fueling today's youth mental health crisis. "Children and teenagers are going to use the internet. Parents should be confident their children are safe when doing so," said Dr. Cassidy. "This… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Thune, Scott, Colleagues Fight Back Against Radical Environmental Agenda

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Thune (R-SD), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Republican colleague raised concerns with the Federal Insurance Office's (FIO's) efforts to force the Biden administration's unrealistic environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda onto the state-regulated insurance industry in a letter to U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. This could result in state insurance regulators and insurers being coerced into adopting costly, one-size-fits-all … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Blumenthal, Blackburn, and Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and colleagues reintroduced the Kids Online Safety Act, comprehensive bipartisan legislation to protect children online and hold Big Tech accountable. "Parents understand our children are going to spend time online, but the environment should be safe for them to do so," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation will protect our children from watching inappropriate material and individuals with bad intentions.… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $700,000 for Alexandria Airport from his Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will grant the Alexandria International Airport $700,000.00 from his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The federal funding will go towards improving, modifying, and rehabilitating a Sponsor-Owned Tower. "Up-to-date airports attract new businesses and bring economic opportunities to Louisiana families," said Dr. Cassidy. "The infrastructure law provides funding to upgrade and repair our a… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $23.4 Million in Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Rita Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Louisiana will receive a total of $23,395,980.05 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in relief for Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Rita. "The damage from these hurricanes is still felt in Louisiana, but our communities remain strong," said Dr. Cassidy. "This federal funding will help prepare for the next storm." Grant Awarded Recipient Project Description $15,964,424.54 Office of Community Dev… Continue Reading


Cassidy Releases Statement on EPA Decision to Stop Stonewalling Louisiana Carbon Storage Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that they intend to grant Louisiana the authority to permit, site, and provide oversight of carbon storage wells in the state. "Capturing and storing carbon is the next phase of job creation and economic development in Louisiana. Louisiana being able to permit wells independently of the EPA while implementing EPA standards gives us an edge over other states and p… Continue Reading


ICYMI: As Possible Social Security Benefits Cut Looms, GOP Senator Says Lawmakers Are Working on a ‘Big Idea’ Fix

A recent article by CNBC highlighted a fireside chat U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) participated in with the Bipartisan Policy Center. The piece reiterates the urgency to address the 24% cut Social Security beneficiaries will receive under current law when the Social Security Trust Fund goes insolvent and outlines Cassidy's "big idea" to create a separate investment fund to build a bridge to solvency. "Social Security's trust funds have a new projected depletion date that is about a d… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $18.3 Million for Hurricanes Laura, Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Louisiana will receive a total of $18,327,817.62 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in relief for Hurricanes Laura and Ida. "Years later, our communities are still repairing damages from these hurricanes," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will aid in the rebuilding and bring back a sense of normal." Grant Awarded Recipient Project Description $4,849,917.47 Calcasieu Parish School Board … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Scott, Colleagues Introduces Bill to Bolster Border Security

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA),Tim Scott (R-SC), and colleagues today introduced the Securing Our Border Act to redirect $15 billion of funding passed by Democrats to hire 87,000 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and utilizes it to bolster security measures along our southern border. "We still have a crisis at the border, and the Biden administration has refused to take it seriously for over two years," said Dr. Cassidy. "Congress should not have to twist President Biden's arm into… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $6.3 Million in Flood Mitigation Assistance

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Louisiana will receive a total of $6,293,558.00 in flood mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The City of Slidell will receive $3,397,731.00 from the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant for the elevation of 19 properties and Jefferson Parish will receive $2,895,827.00 for the elevation of 18 properties. "Preparing for the next storm is top of mind for all Louisianans," said Dr. Cassidy. "These grants give fami… Continue Reading

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