Press Releases


Cassidy Issues Statement on Death of Former Gov. Mike Foster

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement on the death of former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster. "The death of former Gov. Mike Foster could be seen as one more tragedy of 2020. But his life and service are to be celebrated. He invested heavily in higher education, greatly expanded the community college system, and worked to make Louisiana an opportunity state. He will be missed, but his achievements endure," Dr. Cassidy said. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a native of Louisiana. Cassidy issued the following statement after the meeting: "Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptional lawyer and judge who will make a terrific Supreme Court justice. I chock that up to her Louisiana upbringing. She has a deep appreciation of the Constitution and will interpret our laws fairly. She will serve our country well," said Dr. Cassidy.… Continue Reading


Cassidy Supports NFIP Extension in Spending Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted in favor of a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and renewed the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for a full year. Cassidy championed the inclusion of the extension and has been a leading advocate of the NFIP, which provides vital protection for people in Louisiana who live in flood plains and other low-lying areas. "This NFIP extension means that those who flood will have support to recover. I will continue to wo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $21.3 Million in COVID Funding for Our Lady Health System

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $21.3 million the Franciscan Ministries of Our Lady Health System for emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The Our Lady system has been a lifeline for many during this pandemic. This federal funding supports the system's mission of saving lives and providing for the wellbeing of those they serve," said Dr. Cassidy. The Franciscan… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.7 Million for Family Violence Prevention, Child Service Programs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $1.7 million in federal funds to several family-based organizations for family violence prevention and strengthening child service and sexual risk avoidance programs. "Louisiana's youth deserve to live in healthy homes and grow up in safe and secure environments," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding ensures more children and young adults will have the resources they need to protect themse… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Trump’s SCOTUS Pick: Barrett Is Terrific Choice

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement on news that President Trump will nominate Louisiana native Amy Comey Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Cassidy intends to meet with Barrett, though, a date has not been set. "Reports are that Louisiana native Amy Barrett is President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. She is a terrific choice. She has the right legal mind and experience to serve on the Court. Judge Barrett would be only the second Supreme C… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $777,110 Grant for Tulane Research on Maternal Mortality and Cancer Detection

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $777,110 to Tulane University for maternal mortality and cancer research. "Tulane University has already conducted groundbreaking scientific research on COVID-19, and now with this award - the opportunity to find innovative solutions to defeat cancer and lower the maternal mortality rate in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. Tulane is receiving $630,957 for a research project on digital na… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Pending $5.9 Million Coastal Restoration Project for St. Bernard Parish

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is considering providing a nearly $6 million grant to install shoreline protection and reforestation measures near Delacroix. "This project is needed to help restore Louisiana's natural buffers to hurricanes and protect coastal communities from the threat of storm surge," said Dr. Cassidy. "I urge the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to swiftly approve this project and deliver St. Bernard Paris… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on Surprise Medical Billing Executive Order

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order on surprise medical billing: "President Trump is right: Congress must pass legislation to end surprise medical bills. The solution to this problem is already before us. Last year, Sens. Hassan, Bennet and I introduced legislation to protect patients from surprise bills. Since then, I have worked with Chairman Alexander to come to a legislative agreement that is supported by a robust… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Coons introduce bipartisan, bicameral bill to support commercialization of clean energy research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced the Energizing Technology Transfer Act, legislation that will help deploy American clean energy innovations based at the Department of Energy (DOE). Companion legislation introduced by Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) is expected to pass the House of Representatives today as part of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The United States is a world leader in energy rese… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $39 Million for New Orleans Airport

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is receiving $39 million in federal funding for taxiway construction. The sum is the total of two grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is one of Louisiana's main gateways to the rest of the world. These projects enhance the airport's infrastructure so that it better address runway traffic, improving effi… Continue Reading


Cassidy Asks Trump, FEMA to Cover 100% of Hurricane Laura Damages

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) wrote to President Donald Trump and an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking that they waive the local cost-share percentage (25 percent) and cover 100 percent of the costs associated with damage from Hurricane Laura. Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, making it the strongest to hit Louisiana in more than 150 years. It is also the first hurricane in memory t… Continue Reading


Cassidy, BRF Secure $2 Million to Support Air Force Global Strike Command Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) secured a $2 million appropriation from the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the Air Force Global Strike Command headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB). "Global Strike Command is an essential part of the United States' national security strategy. Louisiana is proud to be its home. Continued investments ensure that the command has the capacity needed to keep our nation safe," said Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy requested the appropriation, with BRF'… Continue Reading


Cassidy: U.S. Should Ban Chemical Abortions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today spoke on the Senate floor in favor of the Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act. Chemical abortions occur when a drug is used to terminate a pregnancy. These drugs can be prescribed without a physical consultation by a health care provider and can be sent through the mail. They are known to cause severe complications for the mother, including death. "The total absence of medical support is a total absence of care. Using these danger… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $5.4 Million for Early Childhood Education in St. Martin Parish and Mental Health Research Funding at UL-Lafayette

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $5.4 million to fund early childhood education programs in St. Martin Parish and mental health research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette(UL-Lafayette). "Louisiana's youth are the future of our state, and this funding invests in our children's education as well as their mental health over the next generation," said Dr. Cassidy. The St. Martin Parish School Board is receiving… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $6 Million for Lafayette, Leesville Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the airports in Lafayette and Leesville are receiving a combined $6 million in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Construction projects at the Lafayette and Leesville airports improve their ability to meet passenger and freight needs. This federal funding invests in Louisiana's economic future," said Dr. Cassidy. The Lafayette Regional Airport is receiving $5.5 million to construct a 100,000 square foot ter… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $6.7 Million for Public Health Initiatives at Louisiana Institutions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $6.7 million in federal funds to boost Louisiana's public health institutions and develop innovative strategies to combat COVID-19. "Louisiana's public health institutions play a critical role in improving the nation's public health system and ensuring our most vulnerable patients receive quality health care," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding is vital to research effective medical solut… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senators Call for Removal of Trade Program’s Rice Tariff Barriers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and other members of the U.S. Senate are urging the Trump Administration to reform our largest and oldest trade preference program to level the playing field for American rice producers. The program in question-the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)-provides duty-free treatment to goods from developing countries to promote economic growth in those nations. In recent years, highly-subsidized rice growing competitors have taken advantage of this progra… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Nearly $7 Million for Vernon Parish Schools

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Defense is awarding $6.8 million to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) to construct technology-enriched laboratory and learning spaces at several schools in Vernon Parish that support military families at Fort Polk. "Our military families deserve exceptional educational opportunities for their children," said Dr. Cassidy. "This federal funding invests in their future and improves the quality of life of … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $30.7 Million for State Criminal Justice System Improvements

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Justice (DOJ) is awarding more than $30 million in federal funds for nine state programs to improve crime victim services, support criminal and juvenile justice system enhancements and combat violent crimes in Louisiana. "It is our priority to ensure the criminal justice system in Louisiana is fair and protects victims of all types of crime," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding promotes victim safety and supports initiatives t… Continue Reading

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