Press Releases

07.29.21

Cassidy, Duckworth Introduce Legislation to Expand Charitable Deduction Rules for Veterans Organizations

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Charitable Equity for Veterans Act to overturn a provision that prohibits veteran organizations from accepting tax-deductible donations if their membership contains over 10 percent peacetime veterans. "Those who served in the armed forces should be treated equally whenever they served! This legislation will fairly treat millions of peacetime veterans who were willing to serve our nation," said Dr. Cassidy. "Veter… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Cassidy, Republicans Strike Infrastructure Agreement with Democrats, White House

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), one of the five lead Republican negotiators and a member of the bipartisan Group of 22 Senators, and the White House reached an agreement today to invest in American's critical infrastructure needs. During negotiations Cassidy brought to the table, pushed for, and secured funding for resiliency and energy, which will directly benefit the Pelican State. Cassidy released the following statement on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act after striking the… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Cassidy, G22 Senators Release Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and the Group of 22 Senators released the following statement on today's bipartisan infrastructure agreement: "We are proud to announce we have reached a bipartisan agreement on our proposal to make the strongest investment in America's critical infrastructure in a generation. Our plan will create good-paying jobs in communities across our country without raising taxes. Reaching this agreement was no easy task-but our constituents expect us to put in the… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Cassidy, Stabenow Release Draft Legislation Addressing Medicare Advantage Care in Last Year of Life

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released discussion draft legislation following a concerning U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report conducted at the request of the Senators and published today. The report shows Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries in the last year of life disenrolled to join Medicare fee for service (FFS), or "original Medicare," at more than twice the rate of all other MA beneficiaries. The report stated, "Stakeholders told GAO t… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Cassidy, Schatz Introduce the Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act, legislation to create a permanent fund to allow quick and effective responses to future public health emergencies. "We may not know when the next infectious disease outbreak will happen, but we can be better prepared. This bill provides immediate funding and takes lessons learned from COVID-19 to quickly and effectively respond to future public health emergenc… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Cassidy Statement on Passing of Senator Mike Enzi

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement on the passing of former Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi. "Mike was an exemplary human being, a man of quiet faith in God and country. If senators are either show horses or work horses, he was a double down work horse. He worked for Americans and also to extend our values worldwide. We once had a long talk discussing one of his proudest achievements, PEPFAR. Trips to Africa convinced him of the need and the George W. Bush administ… Continue Reading


07.23.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Commend the Service of Hamilton-Class Coast Guard Cutters

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D., Roger Wicker (R-MS), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced a resolution to commend the service of Hamilton-class Coast Guard Cutters and crew who served on them. These vessels were constructed at Avondale Shipyards in Louisiana. "These ships, mostly built in Avondale, Louisiana, are a symbol of the prestige and power of the United States … Continue Reading


07.23.21

Cassidy, Schatz, Collins, Young, Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Disaster Recovery

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Todd Young (R-IN), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation to help communities plan for and recover from major disasters. The Reforming Disaster Recovery Act would strengthen the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's disaster recovery grants for states, local governments, and tribes. It would also improve coordination at the federal level by establishing an office within the U.S. Department o… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Cassidy Announces $2.2 Million for Natchitoches Regional Airport

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will grant $2,222,222 to the Natchitoches Regional Airport to repave 4,000 feet of existing runway. "Having a good airport is critical to draw businesses, investors, or even families to move to your community," said Dr. Cassidy. "This federal funding invests in Natchitoches' economic future." This grant is funded by the bipartisan CARES Act, which was passed in March 2020, and provided funding for econom… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Cassidy, Cruz, Colleagues Voice Opposition to Biden Administration Fossil Fuel Transportation Ban

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and John Kennedy (R-LA) expressed concern over the Biden administration's proposal to ban the Army Corps of Engineers from funding projects that facilitate fossil fuel transportation in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Shalanda Young. "This policy goes far beyond establishing priorities through the budget process and is instead an attempt t… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Cassidy, Graham, Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Increase Penalties for Robbing Gun Stores

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and 19 colleagues today reintroduced the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Protection Act of 2021 to address the rapid increase in the number of "smash-and-grab" thefts targeted at federally licensed gun dealers. The legislation increases the statutory maximum penalty for knowingly stealing any firearm in an FFL's business inventory from 10 to 20 years, imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 year… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Cassidy Brings Attention to ICE Drop Offs throughout Louisiana on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor on the drop off of migrants in Shreveport, Monroe, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with little to no notice to state and local officials. "This situation in Shreveport, Monroe and Baton Rouge shows the degree of failure of their policies. It's hard to believe they are the only communities dealing with this," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's unfair to every single person in… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Senate Unanimously Passes Cassidy, Kennedy Resolution Congratulating Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Zaila Avant-garde

Today, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 311, a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) to congratulate Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde. Miss Avant-garde is the first Louisianan and African-American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. "Zaila Avant-garde is an incredible 14-year-old young lady from Louisiana. Proud to see the Senate formally recognize her impressive national spelling bee victory," said Dr. Cassidy. "She … Continue Reading


07.21.21

Entire Louisiana Delegation Urges Administration to Support Supplemental Disaster Relief for Southwest Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prioritize Louisiana's request for supplemental disaster relief in response to Hurricanes Laura and Delta in a Louisiana congressional delegation letter. "Today marks 328 days since the disaster, and as we approach the one-year anniversary of these devastating storms, we are hopeful that OMB will acknowledge the extreme need for supplemental disaster relief and issue a formal request," wrote the Loui… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Cassidy, G22 Senators Release Statement on Infrastructure Vote

U.S. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the Group of 22 Senators released the statement below following the failed motion to proceed vote today: "We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement. We will continue working hard to ensure we get this critical legislation right-and are optimistic that we will finalize, and be prepared to advance, this historic bipartisan proposal to strengthen America's infrastructure and create good-paying jobs in the coming days. We appreciate our … Continue Reading


07.20.21

Senate Confirms Louisiana Native Kenneth Polite

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following the Senate confirmation of Kenneth Polite, a Louisiana native, to be Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. "From humble beginnings in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Polite has accomplished much due to his intelligence, hard work, and support from his family," said Dr. Cassidy. "Mr. Polite is well qualified to succeed in this position." Polite served as the U.S. Attorney for th… Continue Reading


07.18.21

Cassidy Statement on ICE Immigrant Dropoff in Shreveport

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the drop off of approximately 80 Haitian immigrants in Shreveport, Louisiana by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with little to no notice to state and local officials. "The White House cannot dump groups of Haitian refugees into Louisiana communities with nowhere to go, no photo ID, and no money. It appears Washington told ICE to just 'send them somewhere,' and apparently gave little to no notice… Continue Reading


07.14.21

Senate Energy Committee Advances Energy Infrastructure Bill, Cassidy Secures Wins for Louisiana’s Energy Future

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, voted to advance a bill to invest in the energy and outdoor infrastructure of the United States to deploy new and innovative technologies, update existing infrastructure to be reliable and resilient, and secure energy infrastructure against physical and cyberthreats, and for other purposes. The Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act was included as part of the larger energy in… Continue Reading


07.14.21

Cassidy, ENR Republicans Call on Biden to Withdraw Tracey Stone-Manning’s Nomination

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the other Republican members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) sent a letter to President Biden calling on him to withdraw the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to serve as director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In addition to Cassidy, the letter was signed by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of ENR, along with Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve … Continue Reading


07.14.21

Cassidy, Menendez Introduce Legislation to Lower Drug Prices for Seniors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the bipartisan Seniors Prescription Drug Relief Act to strengthen Medicare Part D and make it easier for seniors to afford their medication. "If someone on Medicare cannot afford their medication, they are going to get sicker or not get better. This bill takes on the root causes of high drug prices because we want to make it easier for seniors to pay for their prescriptions," said Dr. Cassidy. "Our bipartisan bill woul… Continue Reading

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