Press Releases

08.29.22

Cassidy Op-Ed: A Year After Hurricane Ida

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) published an op-ed in The Advocate marking the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Ida. In the op-ed, Cassidy highlights the passage of his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a multi-billion dollar investment in Louisiana's infrastructure that will, among other things, make coastal communities more resilient to future storms. Specifically, he discusses investments in stabilizing the power grid, improving roads and bridges, and strengtheni… Continue Reading


08.26.22

Cassidy Visits PERTT Lab, Discusses Louisiana’s Energy Future with LSU Officials

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where among other stops, he toured the LSU Petroleum Engineering Research, Training and Testing (PERTT) Laboratory. The laboratory is an industrial-scale facility with full-scale equipment and instrumentation used for research and to train future petroleum engineers on modern petroleum technologies. "For Louisiana to prosper, we need to adapt to the new economy," said Dr. Cassidy. "… Continue Reading


08.26.22

Cassidy Announces $18.7 Million in Disaster Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will grant Louisiana a total of $18,743,619 in relief as a result of Hurricanes Laura and Ida. Specifically, this grant will help repair critical highway infrastructure that was damaged in the storms. This funding comes from the DOT's Emergency Relief Program in fiscal year 2022. "We still see the scars from Hurricanes Laura and Ida," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding, along with money from the Bipa… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Cassidy Meets with Rotary Leaders in New Orleans

METAIRIE - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited the Rotary Club of New Orleans, and discussed issues of importance to their city, including infrastructure and flood insurance. "Everyone in Louisiana wants to see our state be safe, secure, and prosperous," said Dr. Cassidy. "We talked about how the bipartisan infrastructure bill helps achieve this, to decrease the risk of flooding, help coastal restoration and to create more and better-paying jobs. These Rotarians wer… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Cassidy Meets with Industry Leaders on Infrastructure

METAIRIE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with business leaders in the construction industry and related trades, on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the opportunities it provides. Cassidy co-wrote the legislation, which passed the Senate in November of 2021. "The bipartisan infrastructure bill will not only position our state for the modern economy but also create jobs directly and indirectly," said Dr. Cassidy. "Those direct jobs are related to constru… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Cassidy Statement on Biden’s Unilateral Student Loan Forgiveness Action

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following President Biden's unilateral decision to forgive the student loan debt of some borrowers and extend the pause on payments through December 31, 2022. "President Biden didn't 'forgive student debt,' he chose to shift the burden of the well-off onto the backs of the 87 percent of Americans who chose to not go to college, already paid off their loans, or saved to not take them out in the first place," said Dr. Cassidy. "This dec… Continue Reading


08.23.22

Cassidy Discusses Opioid Addiction Treatment and Prevention at Odyssey House

METAIRIE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with the leadership of Odyssey House Louisiana to discuss how they are treating people with opioid addictions. They also discussed federal efforts to stop the flow of opioids into the United States. "The United States lost 100,000 people from overdoses last year," said Dr. Cassidy. "Southeast Louisiana has been particularly hard hit. This group discussed how federal resources can be used by state and local leaders to better address … Continue Reading


08.23.22

Cassidy Announces $20 Million to Address Louisiana Health Disparities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will grant Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center $20 million to address health disparities and improve health outcomes in underserved communities in Louisiana. Specifically, this funding will go towards expanding chronic disease research at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center. "As a doctor who worked in Louisiana's charity hospital system, addressing health disparities in un… Continue Reading


08.23.22

Cassidy Discusses Risk Rating 2.0 with River Region Leaders

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with Parish Presidents, Mayors, legislators and chamber leaders from across the River Region on Risk Rating 2.0, and its impact on flood insurance policyholders in the region. He discussed his efforts to stop the Biden administration from implementing Risk Rating 2.0. "The only way our workers can keep goods flowing down the Mississippi River is if they can afford to live here," said Dr. Cassidy. "We will work every day to fix Risk Rati… Continue Reading


08.23.22

Cassidy Announces $33.4 Million in Hurricane Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $33,392,985.73 in relief for Hurricane Ida. "Almost a year later, Louisiana families are still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Ida," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding gives our coastal communities the tools they need to get back on their feet." Communities that will benefit include the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness, Lafourche Parish, and the St. James… Continue Reading


08.22.22

Cassidy Discusses Domestic Energy Development with Bayou Industrial Group

NEW ORLEANS - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke to the Bayou Industrial Group on the need to ramp up energy production and improve infrastructure in Louisiana. The Bayou Industrial Group is comprised of business leaders throughout the Bayou Region, including from the oil and gas sector. "We need to boost energy production at home, and these companies have employees who are trained and ready to go." said Dr. Cassidy. "We've funded infrastructure that will keep them competiti… Continue Reading


08.19.22

Cassidy Addresses LegisGator Luncheon

LAKE CHARLES - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) addressed the 2022 LegisGator Luncheon, where he spoke about the importance of helping southwest Louisiana fully recover from Hurricane Laura. "Southwest Louisiana continues to recover from Hurricane Laura, despite enormous challenges," said Dr. Cassidy. "We will work in Washington to secure the money this region needs to finish that recovery." Since Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana, Cassidy has aggressively pursued the aid necess… Continue Reading


08.19.22

Cassidy Announces Health Education Grant at LSU-Eunice

LAFAYETTE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Louisiana State University Eunice (LSUE) has been granted $1 million dollars in funding from Congress, via the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. The money will upgrade LSU-Eunice's Allied Health laboratory equipment, in order to improve student learning outcomes. "LSUE is doing an essential job training our future doctors and nurses, and this grant will help them enormously," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's good for the … Continue Reading


08.19.22

Cassidy Announces $81 Million in Hurricane, COVID-19 Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $80,969,430.78 in relief for Hurricanes Ida and Laura, and the COVID-19 pandemic. "Louisiana has been devastated by disaster after disaster, but our families remain resilient," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will help South Louisiana rebuild and prepare for the next storm." Communities that will benefit include the Louisiana Children's Medical Center, West Jefferson Med… Continue Reading


08.12.22

Cassidy, Hassan Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Dental Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced legislation that would increase access to affordable dental care. Currently, the federal health insurance marketplace does not offer stand-alone dental plans without the purchase of health insurance on the federal exchange. This legislation would allow consumers to purchase a stand-alone dental plan on the federal health insurance marketplace by consumers. "Dental care is a pent-up need in our society," said Dr. C… Continue Reading


08.11.22

Cassidy Announces $4.9 Million for Drug Overdose Prevention

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant the Louisiana Department of Health $4,861,204 to improve response efforts and preventative measures for fatal drug overdoses in Louisiana. This funding comes from the federal program Overdose Data to Action (OD2A). "Louisiana's drug overdose deaths have been hitting record highs," said Dr. Cassidy. "We need to give first responders the tools they need to save lives." Last … Continue Reading


08.09.22

Cassidy Announces $63.1 Million for Louisiana from His Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Louisiana will receive a total of $63,143,406 from funds increased by his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This funding will go towards constructing and rehabilitating our state's highways, bridges, and public transportation infrastructure. "Our transportation infrastructure has suffered from neglect and lack of funding for decades," said Dr. Cassidy. "Louisiana is seeing the benefits of the Bipartisan Infrast… Continue Reading


08.08.22

Cassidy Announces $9.8 Million in Hurricane Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Jefferson Parish a total of $9,817,358.83 in Hurricane Ida relief. Specifically, the funding is reimbursement for debris removal. "Hurricane Ida devastated families across South Louisiana, many of whom lost everything," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will help Jefferson Parish as we bounce back and prepare for the next natural disaster." ###… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Cassidy Votes Against Tax and Spending Spree

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following his vote against the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. "This legislation does nothing to decrease inflation, but raises the tax bill falling on everyday Americans. It is another hit to a Louisiana family's pocketbook. I proudly voted no," said Dr. Cassidy. "It is now up to House Democrats to listen to the American families that know this legislation will only add to their economic struggles." The Congressional Budget Offic… Continue Reading


08.05.22

Cassidy, Senators Praise Resolution to Designate August as National Catfish Month

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and colleagues applauded Senate passage of a resolution they sponsored to designate August 2022 as National Catfish Month. "A fried catfish po' boy, dressed, with ketchup, my mouth waters to think of it," said Dr. Cassidy. "Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for the rest of us to enjoy great catfish dinners. We recognize National Catfish Month." "Catfish represents more than 50 percent of the United States aquaculture industry… Continue Reading

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