Press Releases


Cassidy Visits St. Amant High School to Meets AP Civics Students, Tour Medical Assistant Certification Center

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) toured the medical assistant certification center at St. Amant High School and visited with AP Civics students Thursday. He was joined by Ascension Parish Superintendent David Alexander and St. Amant High School Principal Beth Templet. Cassidy, a doctor who previously worked in Louisiana's charity hospital system, toured the medical assistant center. This center trains students to become certified medical assistants, which boosts their chance… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Republican Senators: Democratic Threats to Independent Judiciary Won’t Be Tolerated

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined all Republican senators in urging the Supreme Court to ignore Democrat's political threats and remain independent while it considers cases regarding gun control and the Second Amendment. Cassidy and the senators wrote to the court in response to a brief filed by Democrats that threatens to pack the court if it strikes down a law imposing stricter gun control on New York City residents. Court-packing is the practice of adding seats to the court for p… Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges DEA to Respect Needs of Patients with Chronic Pain While Combating Opioid Crisis

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-LA) is urging the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to ensure patients with chronic pain, who use their prescriptions responsibly, continue to have access to their needed pain-management medication as policy is carried out to combat the opioid crisis. "…The 2016 Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain have been misinterpreted or misapplied, presenting a challenge to patients with chronic pain and those who treat them&hell… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $662,000 for Louisiana’s Main Street Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-LA) today announced that the National Park Service (NPS) is awarding $662,000 to Louisiana's Main Street program, part of a national effort to revitalize small-city downtowns and urban neighborhoods to foster economic growth. This is the first year the NPS is awarding grants through its Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP). Louisiana is one of just nine states receiving this grant this year. Funding for this grant is provided by the 2018 Historic P… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Senate Resolution Congratulating Eastbank Team for Winning Little League World Series

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) will introduce a resolution to the United States Senate recognizing and congratulating the Eastbank Little League baseball team from River Ridge for winning the Little League World Series (LLWS). It is the first team from Louisiana to win the LLWS title after defeating Curacao 8-0 in Sunday's championship game. "Facing elimination after an opening loss, these young men from River Ridge never gave up and battled their way to the cha… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces HUD Guidance for $1.2 Billion in Mitigation Funds

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published guidance for how Louisiana can use its $1.2 billion in flood mitigation funds. It marks the next step toward releasing funds to improve resiliency in Louisiana. Cassidy took a leading role in securing these funds as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. "Today's guidance from HUD is long overdue. Our congressional delegation prioritized securing these funds to … Continue Reading


Cassidy Visits Teche Action Clinic to Discuss Efforts to Combat Opioids

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited officials at the Teche Action Clinic in Franklin on Tuesday to discuss the clinic's efforts to combat opioids and how Congress can support local action. Earlier this month, Cassidy announced $7 million in federal funding for Louisiana to fight the opioid epidemic. The Teche clinic is receiving $167,000 of these funds to expand mental health and substance abuse treatment programs in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. "The opioid epidemic is killing… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $3.7 Million for New Orleans Rail Infrastructure Upgrades

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the city of New Orleans will receive about $3.7 million in grants from the Department of Transportation to fund upgrades to the water and electrical systems in the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. The grant is part of the Federal-State Partnership for the State of Good Repair Program that helps improve rail infrastructure in urban areas. "Solid infrastructure is the base of a strong economy. I thank the Department of Transportation for… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Passing of Former Governor Kathleen Blanco

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the statement below following the death of former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. "Governor Blanco conducted herself with class and grace. She loved and served Louisiana. She will be missed. Condolences to Coach and her children," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $24.8 Million for Coastal Restoration

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced $24,831,325 in grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana for three projects to create and nourish marsh habitat, build terraces and restore ridge habitat along Louisiana's coast. Altogether, 1,309 acres of marsh will be created or nourished. "It is vital that we protect local communities and industries along our coast," said Dr. Cassidy. "Securing fund… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Whitehouse, Hassan Raise Red Flag on Latest Scam Targeting Seniors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have called on Attorney General Barr and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to protect seniors being targeted by the latest scam targeting Medicare recipients. There have been recent reports that criminals are targeting seniors by offering genetic testing they claim is covered by Medicare. "…scammers are deceiving Medicare beneficiaries and inducing them to receive genetic test scree… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Lankford, Ernst Oped: Abolishing ICE would worsen child smuggling and other US-Mexico border problems

Abolishing ICE would worsen child smuggling and other US-Mexico border problemsBy: Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), and Joni Ernst (R-IA). Last month we visited the Rio Grande Valley sector of our southern border near McAllen, Texas. We toured the Hidalgo Port of Entry - a large pedestrian access and processing point for individuals, families and unaccompanied minors. We saw the Donna Holding Facility, a large temporary facility for processing families who cross the … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $2 Million Department of Commerce Grant for Lafayatte Airport Commission

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Lafayette Airport Commission will receive a $2 million grant from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to construct and rehabilitate parking facilities at the Lafayette Regional Airport. The project is expected to create 82 jobs. "This grant creates jobs and increases the ease of use for travelers at Lafayette Regional Airport. This is good for Lafayette's economy and community," said Dr. Cassidy. "Rev… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $7M in Grants For Louisiana to Combat Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced Louisiana will receive $6,887,155 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the opioid epidemic. Annual opioid deaths in the U.S. fell in 2018 for the first time in almost 30 years. Last year, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, comprehensive legislation Cassidy helped write to combat the opioid crisis. "While our action in Congress is reducing opioid deaths nationally, we also must support … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.2B in Flood Mitigation Funds Released to Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allowing the use of nearly $16 billion in mitigation funds that Senator Cassidy took a leading role in securing as part of the Balance Budget Act of 2018. The funds are to support mitigation activities in nine states that experienced presidentially declared disasters from 2015 through 2017. As previously announced, Louisiana will receive $1.2 billion of those funds. "This m… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Offshore Energy Revenue Sharing

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today led a group of senators in introducing the Conservation of America's Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act, legislation to strengthen the current offshore energy revenue sharing program under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) and to create a new revenue sharing program for future offshore ener… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Senate Confirmation of Lafayette Attorney Frank Neuner to Legal Services Corporation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the confirmation of President Trump's appointment to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Frank Neuner Jr. The LSC is the nation's single largest provider of legal assistance grants for low-income Americans. "Congratulations to Frank Neuner Jr. on his confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. Thanks to his hard work and passion for his community, low-income folks of A… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1.9 Million in HHS Grants to Improve Louisiana Health Care, Maternal Mortality

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced $1,916,692 in grants from the U.S. Health and Human Services for Louisiana to improve health care services. This includes over $1.1 million for rural health programs and nearly half a million dollars to reduce maternal mortality, the death of a mother due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth, a major priority for Cassidy. "In Louisiana, maternal mortality rates are high, rural health centers struggle. As a doctor and a senator, it … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Sinema Release Bipartisan Paid Leave Proposal

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today released the Cassidy-Sinema plan, Congress' first bipartisan paid leave proposal for American families. The solution gives new parents the option to bring forward their recently increased Child Tax Credit (CTC) to receive a $5,000 benefit, giving them flexibility to cover costs after having or adopting a child. "There is no bigger kitchen table issue than a mother and a father being able to care for their newborn," said Dr… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Inhofe, Blackburn, Cramer, Rounds, Hern Introduce Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01) introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives. This legislation will complement the President's work to build a wall by addressing immigration loopholes to strengthen the integrity of the asylum process, ensuring that it is only used by individuals who are genuinely seeking as… Continue Reading

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