Press Releases

07.16.20

Cassidy Applauds Private-Sector COVID-19 Anti-Fraudulent Goods Campaign in Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today applauded a private-sector initiative's launch in Louisiana to raise awareness of the trade in fraudulent personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 crisis and spotlight the resources available to combat the trade in these goods. The advertising campaign, which began on July 13 and will run for two months across the U.S., is led by Philip Morris International (PMI) and supported by other private industry brand integrity leaders and organization… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Cassidy Announces $141 Million for Louisiana Rural, Safety Net Hospitals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that rural specialty hospitals and safety net hospitals are receiving $141 million in coronavirus relief payments from the Department of Health and Hospitals (HHS). Safety nets are receiving $88 million, and rural specialty hospitals are receiving $53 million. The combined total is the second-highest amount any state is receiving. The funding is part of a $4 billion relief package released this week by HHS. "Rural and safety net hospitals … Continue Reading


07.14.20

Cassidy Issues Statement on Pence Visit to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spent today with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Baton Rouge. He released the following statement on the visit: "Vice President Pence and I both want universities and schools to reopen safely. Students are losing invaluable learning time, which can never be recovered. Today's discussion is an important step forward to developing and implementing strategies to resume educations while protecting health," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


07.09.20

Cassidy, Durbin: Amazon Right to List Seller Info, More Action Needed

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today offered the following statements on Amazon's decision to add more seller information for goods sold on their website. Beginning in September, Amazon will display business names and addresses of sellers in the U.S. marketplace. "Consumers are safer when they know from where and from whom they are shopping. While Amazon's decision is a step in the right direction, more needs to be done to crack down on the sale of illicit, count… Continue Reading


07.02.20

Cassidy, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Benefits for Near Retirees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Protecting Benefits for Retirees Act, legislation that would protect the annual retirement benefits of those set to receive Social Security in a few years. The Social Security Administration uses the Average Wage Index (AWI) in the year the worker turns 60 to adjust past earnings and calculate a worker's retirement benefits. The AWI is meant to account for wage growth over time; however, due to a flaw in how the f… Continue Reading


07.02.20

Cassidy, Smith Lead Bipartisan Effort Calling on Nation’s Health Agencies to Continue Expanded Telehealth Services After Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senators Tina Smith Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) continued their bipartisan work on health care by leading over 35 of their Senate colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Congress with a written plan and timeline about any potential changes to Medicare rules governing telehealth.Through the coronavirus relief package, Congress provided HHS with the authority … Continue Reading


07.01.20

United States Mayors Endorse Cassidy’s State and Local Funding Bill

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) endorsed a bipartisan bill written by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to provide states and local governments with assistance to recover from COVID-19 and avoid mass layoffs of essential workers. The USCM represents 1,400 cities across the country. The organization passed the resolution during its annual meeting this week. Louisiana's parish presidents, the Louisiana Municipal Association, and Louisiana's chambers of … Continue Reading


06.30.20

Cassidy Leads Bipartisan Letter Calling for Safe Harbor Extension for Offshore Wind Production

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, led a bipartisan letter of nine senators who wrote the Treasury Department asking for a safe harbor extension for energy projects that qualify for the production tax credit (PTC) and the investment tax credit (ITC). The extension would help projects that have been delayed due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter asks Treasury for broader guidance that can help industries better adapt to… Continue Reading


06.29.20

Cassidy Issues Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court struck down Louisiana's law that required abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges: "Women who use a clinic without hospital admitting privileges are in danger of complications and death should the procedure go badly. The Supreme Court ensured this danger remains," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Cassidy, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help School Districts, Colleges Safely Reopen this Fall

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday to help schools and colleges cover the costs of protecting students and educators from COVID-19. The Reopen Schools Safely Act will establish a major federal grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to help school districts and colleges reopen this fall. A conservative analysis by the School Superintendents Association found that an average school district needs up to $1.8 million t… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Cassidy, Fischer, Colleagues Ask USDA to Fund ‘Last Mile’ of Food Delivery to People in Need

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and a bipartisan group of 26 of their colleagues in a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allocate $50 million in funding from the Farmers to Families Food Box program towards addressing "last mile" needs. The "last mile" involves getting food from a food bank or other nonprofit to the people in need. "Whether in the heartland, the south, or o… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Cassidy: Democrats Are Scared to Debate JUSTICE Act, Confront ‘Defund Police’ Movement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) delivered a fiery speech on the Senate floor today to call out Democrats for blocking consideration of the JUSTICE Act, a bill that reforms the policing practices in the wake of national protests demanding change. Cassidy is a cosponsor of U.S. Senator Tim Scott's (R-SC) bill to bring real, practical changes to policing practices to address police brutality and build trust between police and disenfranchised communities. Republicans planned an open amendmen… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Cassidy: Senate NDAA Includes $73 Million for Barksdale, Fort Polk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes $73 million for Louisiana military bases including Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force Base. Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier Parish would receive $48 million for construction of an entrance road and new gate structure. The project will allow base access from Interstate 220 and is part of the base's ultimate plans to build a nearly $300 million weapons storage facility. … Continue Reading


06.24.20

Parish Presidents, LMA, Chambers of Commerce Support Cassidy’s SMART Act

Louisiana community leaders are urging Congress to pass a bill written by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) that supports state and local governments that have seen their budgets bottom out because of COVID-19. Cassidy's SMART Act creates a fund to assist state and local governments avoid layoffs of essential workers such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and sanitation workers. It has received support from 22 parish presidents, more than 80 mayors and the… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Cassidy, Cornyn, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Help Protect U.S. Energy Jobs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) is an original cosponsor of a bill introduced today by John Cornyn (R-TX) to provide relief to America's energy industry during the coronavirus pandemic. The SAVE Jobs Act aims to promote liquidity and flexibility for domestic energy companies so that they may maintain their workforce through the pandemic's economic downturn. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), James Lankfo… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Cassidy: VA Benefits Under Secretary to Host Town Hall for Louisiana Veterans

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, today announced that Louisiana veterans can participate in a town hall today (June 23) with VA officials to learn more about benefits during COVID-19, the launch of the Blue Water Navy Act, and the Solid Start program. The event is only open to veterans and their families. WHO: Louisiana veterans; Paul Lawrence, VA undersecretary for benefits WHAT: Telephone town hall about COVID-19, the Blue Water Na… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Cassidy Issues Statement on DACA Ruling

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "The President offered to extend citizenship to DACA recipients if Democrats would agree to secure the southern border. That would still be a good deal. I ask Democrats to stop blocking the security of the southern border and take President Trump up on this deal," Dr. Cassidy said. ###… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Cassidy, Hassan Lead Bipartisan Paid Leave Roundtable

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), co-chairs of the Senate Finance Paid Leave Working Group, held a roundtable discussion today on the importance of paid leave amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To watch the full roundtable discussion, click here. "Too many Americans face the tough choice of caring for their new child or returning to work for essential income. Covid-19 has compounded this problem. Today's roundtable serves as a positive step forward in the debate ov… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Cassidy Announces $225 Million in COVID-19 Funds for Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $225 million in funding to assist in Louisiana's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. "Louisiana was among the hardest-hit states from Covid-19. This funding is badly needed and a welcomed," said Dr. Cassidy. "Congress did whatever it could to help families and small businesses through this crisis. Our work continues so that America can fully recover and be stronger than ever be… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Cassidy, Smith, Sullivan, Jones Introduce ‘Enhancing Preparedness Through Telehealth Act’

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Doug Jones (D-AL) today introduced legislation that directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to inventory telehealth programs across the country to learn how telehealth can be used more effectively in future health emergencies. "Telehealth has been instrumental in connecting patients and health care professionals during Covid-19. It saves lives, allows doctors to spend more time with patients, a… Continue Reading

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