Press Releases


Cassidy, LA Delegation Urge HUD Secretary to Quickly Distribute Flood Recovery Funds

Today, Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, along with the entire Louisiana congressional delegation sent a letter to Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), urging him to quickly distribute $500 million in recently appropriated flood recovery funds via the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Vitter and the delegation made the case that Louisiana deserves the bulk of the funding, and reminded HUD that the language of the law clearly states that … Continue Reading


FEMA Announces Federal Grants for Louisiana

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced two federal grants for the State of Louisiana for disaster relief. The two grants will provide a combined $128,516,850 to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) for the first portion of the Shelter At Home (SAH) Program and associated project management costs. The SOH Program enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged in the August flooding to take shelter in their ow… Continue Reading


Cassidy Secures Down Payment for LA Flood Victims

WASHINGTON - US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the passage of the Continuing Resolution and the flood relief aid included in the bill. The CR includes a $500 million down payment to help people affected by this year's flooding in Louisiana and in other areas. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "There are families with mud covering their living room floors and mold growing up their walls. I learned of one family that lost their home in New Orleans in Katrina. They relo… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Delegation Continue to Fight for Flood Relief

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD today announced the continuance of the fight to secure disaster relief funding for Louisiana after Democrats voted down the Continuing Resolution, which included a $500 million down payment in funding for the state and other areas impacted by flooding. "Federal dollars will come to help Louisiana's flood victims. We know the same amount of money has a greater impact if it comes sooner rather than later," Dr. Cassidy said. "I am sorry that those with other agendas … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Speaks on Need for Louisiana Flood Relief

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) rose on the Senate floor to bring further attention to the August flooding disaster in Louisiana and the relief the state desperately needs. Earlier today, Dr. Cassidy secured half a billion in initial flood relief aid in the Continuing Resolution and hopes for quick, bi-partisan approval. "We have thousands of families that were completely caught off guard, unprepared, by no fault of their own, caught by a freak of nature thousand year flood, and are n… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Delegation Secure Relief for Louisiana Families

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD announced the inclusion of half a billion dollars in disaster relief funding for Louisiana in the version of the Continuing Resolution released today. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "This is a down payment that will bring peace of mind to families that were faced with potentially leaving their homes. I'm grateful to my fellow senators, the governor and the entire delegation for moving so swiftly - receiving relief this quickly is unprecedented and… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Bill to Encourage Use of Natural Gas Vehicles

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the Natural Gas Truck Parity Act of 2016, a bi-partisan and bi-cameral bill, in the US Senate. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a partial exclusion for alternative fuel trucks from the excise tax imposed on heavy-duty trucks sold at retail. US Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) also introduced companion legislation in the US House of Representatives. The tax code currently imposes a 12 percent Federal Excise Tax… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Vitter Introduce Bill to Provide Relief to Flood Victims

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced S.3358 in the US Senate to waive the 10 percent penalty for early IRA withdrawals for those impacted by the August flooding. This bill will supplement the regulatory waivers to allow Louisianans impacted by the August flooding early access to retirement funds. "Whatever can be done to help your family rebuild, recover and prosper must be done," said Dr. Cassidy. "If your home is destroyed, if your living room is cover… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bill to Honor Late Shreveport Judge Tom Stagg

Last April, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD and US Senator David Vitter introduced a bill in the US Senate to designate the Shreveport Federal Building and United States courthouse as the "Tom Stagg United States Court House." Last Night, the bill passed in the Senate and now moves to the US House of Representatives for consideration. The Honorable Thomas 'Tom' Eaton Stagg Jr. of Shreveport, who passed away last June, served in the United States Army during WWII. He rose to the rank of Captain, e… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill, Reducing Future Flood Risk

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD applauded the passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) and the Louisiana initiatives included in the bill. WRDA authorizes many critical infrastructure, hurricane protection and flood control projects for Louisiana. "As we rebuild from the Louisiana floods, funding to prepare for future storms and to lower the risk for future flooding is important to every Louisiana family," Dr. Cassidy said. "This bill helps Louisiana prepare for future storm… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Delegation Meet with Governor Edwards to Discuss Flood Relief Funding Efforts

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) met with Governor John Bel Edwards and the rest of the Louisiana Congressional delegation to further coordinate efforts to secure additional federal funds for flood relief efforts. "Just like the people in Louisiana are working together, so too are Louisiana's senators, representatives, and governor to do everything possible to bring federal help to those who were flooded," Dr. Cassidy said. Last week, Dr. Cassidy and Gov. Edwards met with Senators… Continue Reading


Cassidy Leads Congressional Effort on Request to Administration

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, along with the entire Louisiana Congressional delegation, sent a letter to the president urging the administration to promptly submit a supplemental appropriations request to aid Louisiana families and businesses in flood recovery. The anomaly of two extraordinary floods occurring over a short period of time, in the same geographical region, has caused significant financial implications for the State of Louisiana and its citizens, making the combined flooding one of… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Edwards Meet with Senate Appropriators to Advocate for Flood Recovery Funds

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) facilitated meetings with Governor John Bel Edwards and senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) who chair the Senate Committee on Appropriations. "I'm glad I could facilitate meetings between Gov. Edwards and fellow Senate appropriators in DC," Dr. Cassidy said. "Louisiana's entire federal and state delegations are working together to make sure we have the resources we need to recover, rebuild and prosper. We will also need the coope… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Resolution Honoring Three Slain Law Enforcement Officers

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the floor to introduce a resolution honoring the memories of the three law enforcement officers who were killed in Baton Rouge, LA on July 17, 2016. Senators Ayotte (R-NH), Boozman (R-AR), Collins (R-ME), Cotton (R-AR), Hatch (R-UT), Inhofe (R-IA), Murkowski (R-AK), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Sullivan (R-AK), Tillis (R-NC), Toomey (R-PA), Vitter (R-LA), Moran (R-KS), Johnson (R-WI), Fischer (R-NE), Daines (R-MT), Enzi (R-WY), Perdue (R-GA)… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Speaks on Louisiana Flooding

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) delivered remarks to bring attention to the recent flooding disaster in Louisiana and the $8.7 billion in damage it caused. He also addressed his coordination with the Louisiana Congressional delegation to secure recovery assistance for the state. The delegation is working to secure a 90-to-10 recovery cost-share ratio between FEMA and the state, as well as expedited authorization and funding to build the Comite River Diversion, among other mitigation p… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Speaks on World’s Greatest Health Care Plan

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD spoke on the floor today detailing the failures of Obamacare and the need for Dr. Cassidy's improved bill, the World's Greatest Health Care Plan. Watch Dr. Cassidy's remarks here. Find the full bill for the World's Greatest Health Care Plan here.… Continue Reading


Louisiana Receives $60 Million DOTD Grant to Repair and Expand Interstate-10

Today, the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) finalized the awarding of a $60 million grant to the State of Louisiana, to be used for the repair and expansion of I-10 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The project will replace pavement and add an additional lane on I-10 in Lafayette, between the I-10/I-49 interchange and the Atchafalaya Floodway Bridge. This project includes the approximately seven mile west segment and approximately three mile east segment of the corridor; DOTD will c… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Vitter Introduce Resolution Honoring Louisiana Flood Victims

US Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) today introduced a Senate resolution honoring the memory and legacy of the thirteen citizens who died during the tragic flooding last month in Louisiana. Both senators are currently working to pass funding to help repair the significant damage the flooding caused and to increase the recovery cost-share between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Louisiana. "We must remember and honor those who lost their lives … Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with Capital Region Elected Officials, Flood Plain Managers, FEMA Officials

Yesterday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), along with flood plain managers, the president of Ascension Parish and local area mayors, met with FEMA and GOHSEP officials to clarify FEMA policies and understand how to better help South Louisiana recover from the floods. "Federal, state and local agencies must work together to help South Louisiana recover from these floods," said Dr. Cassidy. "It is important to make sure that the regulatory process, as it pertains to our recovery, is as clear… Continue Reading


Grassley, Vitter, Cassidy Seek Criminal, Immigration History of Bus Driver Following Fatal Louisiana Collision

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana today are seeking background information on the driver of a bus that collided with emergency personnel who were responding to another incident on a Louisiana roadway, killing two individuals and injuring scores more. The driver, Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, is allegedly in the country illegally and had a history of driving without a license. He was driving a bus allegedly full of o… Continue Reading

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