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Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Helping Gig Economy Workers Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D., Mike Braun (R-IN), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and U.S. Rep. Caroline Miller (R-WV) introduce Thursday the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act, which will allow businesses to provide contractors with employee assistance without being penalized by mis-categorizing them as full-time employees. "Gig workers play a key role in our economy. Just like other workers, they should have access to COVID-19 relief, too, without sacrificing leg… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senators Propose Eliminating FEMA Cost-Share for 2020 Disasters to Help States, Cities During Pandemic

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) today introduced legislation to eliminate the cost-share payments required of states and communities included in federal disaster declarations in 2020. The Local Community Emergency Relief Act of 2020 is the second Senate proposal offered this week to mitigate coronavirus-related financial burdens affecting states and cities. Not limited to the COVID-19 emergency declaration, the bi… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Call for DOJ Investigation into Improper PPP Funding for Planned Parenthood

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined a coalition of 27 senators in sending a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether dozens of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country applied for and received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) despite knowing they were ineligible to apply. U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Urges Senators to Support SMART Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. today spoke on the floor of the United States Senate to urge his colleagues to support his SMART Act, a bipartisan bill that will deliver much-needed resources to states and local governments suffering from severe budget deficits due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Cassidy was joined in the colloquy by Democratic lead sponsor Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and cosponsors Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $20 Million for Louisiana Universities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding $20 million to the Louisiana Board of Regents and five universities in the state for research into 3D printing. LSU, Louisiana Tech, Southern, Tulane and UL-Lafayette are participating in a research project called Louisiana Materials Design Alliance (LAMDA). The project studies how 3D printing can be better used in manufacturing by strengthening materials used in the printing and removi… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Menendez Introduce Bipartisan SMART Fund to Help Frontline States, Communities in COVID-19 Fight

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today will formally introduce bipartisan legislation to deliver critical, federal resources to states and communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. The State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Act targets $500 billion in emergency funding to every state, county and community in the country, while prioritizing assistance to the areas with the greatest need. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Cindy Hy… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement After REC Report, Passage of Resolution Supporting SMART Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement after the Louisiana legislature's Revenue Estimating Committee found that Louisiana losses in revenue and employment is worse than those of Hurricane Katrina. "The REC's findings show losses greater than those of Hurricane Katrina. Even after the economy reopens, there's no way for Louisiana to regain this revenue. The report shows how important it is for Congress to pass my state and local funding bill so that state and loc… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $14.8 Million for Louisiana Fisheries

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Louisiana fisheries will receive $14.8 million in assistance to address economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many important parts of Louisiana's economy, including fisheries. This is welcomed funding that will help our fisheries address their losses and make it through these very challenging times. More needs to be done, but this is a great start," said Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy has been the … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Support for Fishermen and Seafood Processors

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined a bipartisan group of 25 lawmakers in pushing to make sure urgently needed federal assistance is delivered to America's fishermen and seafood processors, who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. In their letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators request that upcoming coronavirus relief legislation include funding and provisions to support this critical industry. "Our seafood processo… Continue Reading


Cassidy, GOP Colleagues Send Letter to FBI, ATF on Firearms Background Check System during Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Republican colleagues sent a letter today to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo encouraging them to protect public safety while respecting the Second Amendment and federal law related to the three business day waiting period for firearm purchases and seeking information on how the federal firearms background check system is responding during t… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Belle Chasse Naval Station to Receive $36 million to Proceed with Deferred Military Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) received word today that the Pentagon is funding two projects at the Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse. These projects had been put on hold after the Trump administration deferred some military construction funding to build the border wall. The base will receive $36 million to build a new alert apron and new alert facilities. The funds are expected to be released in November. "President Trump assured me that the deferral of these funds to the Belle Chas… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Manchin Lead Bipartisan Letter Calling for Financial Support for Main Street Trade Associations

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Joe Machin (D-WV) today led a bipartisan letter with 17 other senators asking that local trade and professional associations become eligible for assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in any future coronavirus stimulus bill. The letter to Senate leadership and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship requests support for 501(c)(6) associations, which are major drivers of Main Street economic development. These enti… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Bipartisan Colleagues Call for Relief for Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 73 other senators in a bipartisan letter calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all corners of the United States. In many rural areas, … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1 Million for Grambling, Southern Universities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that two of Louisiana's historically black universities, Grambling State and Southern, will receive a combined $1 million from the National Park Service. Each university will receive about $500,000 The money will be used to preserve historic structures on Grambling and Southern's respective campuses. Grambling will use its funding to renovate the health center, part of GSU's Historic Village. Southern will put its money toward preserving th… Continue Reading


Cassidy’s Legislative Efforts to Combat the Coronavirus

As the United States continues to battle the coronavirus, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) has worked around the clock to help flatten the curve and assist in the economic recovery of the state of Louisiana in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis. Cassidy has worked on a number of policy initiatives since before the epidemic began to ensure the safety of all Americans and provide critical support to those suffering from the impacts of coronavirus - both physically and financi… Continue Reading


Cassidy, GOP Colleagues Urge Against Release of Violent Criminals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) signed a letter with 27 of his Senate Republican colleagues in support of Attorney General William Barr's efforts to prioritize public safety as the Department of Justice seeks to address the consequences of the coronavirus in federal prisons. The senators wrote: "We understand that BOP is responding to address the impact of COVID-19 on correctional officers and inmates, and DOJ is using its authorities to allow for individualized releases at specific faci… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murphy Release Bipartisan Principles to Support Students with Disabilities During COVID-19

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT.), both members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, on Tuesday released bipartisan principles to support students with disabilities to ensure they receive full and equitable educational services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They included these principles in a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to ask for clear guidance to protect the needs of students with disabilities dur… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement After Senate Replenishes Coronavirus Relief Fund

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement after the Senate passed by unanimous consent a roughly $480 billion bill meant to replenish a vital coronavirus relief fund. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was designed under the CARES Act to provide funding resources to small businesses so that they can continue to pay employees and rent. The PPP ran out of money that is critical to keep the doors open for Louisiana businesses. After nearly a week of delays, Senate De… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Carper, Colleagues Call for CDC to Build Out Disease Framework to Track Coronavirus

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. and Tom Carper (D-DE) led a bipartisan letter with 16 total senators to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging the agency to build on its existing reportable disease framework to trace novel coronavirus infections to determine and log who has developed antibodies to novel coronavirus and track who may be immune. This is a bipartisan approach to safely reopening the economy. Coronavirus is… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Menendez Announce Bipartisan Breakthrough to Deliver Federal Resources to States, Communities on Frontline of COVID-19 Fight

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today announced a major bipartisan breakthrough to deliver critical, federal resources to the states and communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. Legislation, the senators will formally introduce when the Senate reconvenes, answers the bipartisan call for help from our nation's governors by creating a $500 billion fund to help states and local governments respond to the current public health and economic crisis, while… Continue Reading

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