Press Releases

09.22.22

Cassidy, Finance Committee Republicans Urge IRS to Use Massive Funding Boost to Fix Numerous Existing Problems

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) today led a group of senators urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner to spend the massive $80 billion injection of mandatory funding recently granted to it under Democrats' latest reckless spending spree. The senators requested a detailed plan on how the IRS will fix existing problems while satisfying the critical need for improved customer service, transparency and accountability. "With an infusion of $80 bill… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Cassidy Announces $16.4 Million for Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) will grant Louisiana a total of $16,424,603 to improve and modernize local airports in South Louisiana. Specifically, the Houma-Terrebonne Airport, Lafayette Regional Airport, and Thibodaux Municipal Airport will all benefit from this grant. The funding is a result of Cassidy's bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "Quality airports are essential to any successful economy," said Dr. Cassid… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy Votes in Support of Next Generation Coolant Manufacturers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released a statement after voting in support of the ratification of the Kigali Amendment, a treaty that reduces American usage of hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in air-conditioners and refrigerators. This treaty supports Louisiana's leadership in the manufacturing transition towards next-generation coolants pioneered by the state's workforce and industry. "This treaty recognizes the leadership of Louisiana workers and the companies for which they work," said D… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy Announces $59.3 Million in Hurricane Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $59,321,852.74 in relief for Hurricanes Katrina, Laura, and Ida. "Years of natural disasters has taken a toll on our coastal communities," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding helps South Louisiana continue its recovery and prepare for the next storm." Louisiana Facility Planning and Control (FP&C), Allen Parish, the Calcasieu Parish School Board, the Louisiana Office of … Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy, Murphy, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Improve Neurological Health Research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced legislation to reauthorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System (NNCSS) program, which collects data which collects privacy-protected data on neurological conditions to inform research and help advance better treatments and cures. Specifically, the legislation would reauthorize the NNCSS for another five years and incr… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy Announces $1.7 Million to Expand Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will grant Louisiana up to $1,660,827 to expand and improve Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, LA. Specifically, the grant will fund 240 columbarium niches, a water treatment plant, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure on approximately 17 acres of land. This funding comes from the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP). "Louisianans have proudly fought and given their lives to d… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Cassidy, Marshall, Colleagues to FDA Commissioner: Quit Ignoring Baby Formula Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and 11 of their Senate Republican colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the agency's ongoing strategy to replenish the supply of baby formula across the country. "Despite the numerous flexibilities and resources provided by Congress and temporary import flexibilities outlined in your letter, the infant formula crisis persists nationwide… American families need permanent long-… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Cassidy Releases Statement on Decrease in Veteran Suicides

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the veteran suicide rate fell 9.7 percent from 2018 to 2020. "Veteran suicide is still too high, but we are making progress," said Dr. Cassidy. "There is still work to do so that one day we are speaking of veteran suicide in the past tense." In 2020, there were 6,146 veteran suicide deaths, down 343 deaths than in 2019. Background Earlier this month, the Senate unanimously passed Ca… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Cassidy, Crapo, Senate Finance Committee Republicans Demand Accountability for Continued Late Release of Medicare, Social Security Trustees Reports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Senate Finance Committee Republicans sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency monitor the Managing Trustee's flagrant disregard for statutory deadlines. Required by law, the Medicare and Social Security Trustees reports are to be issued no later than April 1, yet the 2021 and 2022 reports were issued August 31 and June 2, respectively. "With respect to reporting on the financial conditions… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Cassidy Announces $21.7 Million to Combat Opioid, Mental Health Crises

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant Louisiana $21,654,633 in grants to combat the opioid and mental health crises. Specifically, the funding will enhance existing statewide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals with or at risk for opioid addiction. Additionally, the grant invests in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC's), which provide access to quality mental heal… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize National Estuaries Week

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and a bipartisan group of senators introduce a resolution to make the week of September 17 through September 24, 2022, known as "National Estuaries Week''. "Louisiana's coastline is vital to protect the communities, businesses and wildlife that help our state flourish," said Dr. Cassidy. "Protecting our estuaries is essential to preserve Louisiana's way of life." In addition to Cassidy, the resolution is sponsored by Senators Whitehouse (D-RI), Baldwin (D… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Cassidy, Cornyn, 31 Senate Republicans Call for Hunter Biden Prosecutor to be Given Special Counsel Authority

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and more than 30 other colleagues to send a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that U.S. Attorney David Weiss be extended special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the investigation into Hunter Biden. "There is no way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including, but not limited to, tax frau… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Cassidy Announces $1.6 Million for Alexandria International Airport from his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) will grant Alexandria International Airport a total of $1,616,469 from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Specifically, the funding will go towards runway rehabilitation to establish safe airfield operations at the airport. With this grant, Louisiana airports have received a total of $45,705,479 in IIJA funding, with more expected over the next five years. "Investment in our … Continue Reading


09.15.22

Cassidy Takes Action on Fentanyl, Holding Dealers Accountable for Murder and End Their Use of Social Media to Sell to Kids

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today introduced a bill to charge illicit fentanyl drug dealers with murder. The Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act would add the distribution of fentanyl, resulting in death, to the list of crimes that are eligible to be charged as felony murder. "Criminals poisoning Americans with fentanyl should be treated the same as someone pulling … Continue Reading


09.14.22

Cassidy to CDC Head: Why Should the American People Trust the CDC?

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) once again demanded answers and transparency from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. Cassidy pressed Dr. Walensky over CDC's own internal reporting from July that 78% of CDC employees are working fully remote or only come into the office part-time, which the CDC only reluctantly revealed after a FOIA request from The Epoch Times. T… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Senate Unanimously Passes Cassidy Legislation to Support Veterans During Their Transition to Civilian Life

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the Senate passage of his bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Solid Start Program, which assists veterans with their transition to civilian life by helping them connect with the VA programs and benefits they earned. Cassidy joined U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) in introducing the Solid Start Act last year. "The transition to civilian life is not always easy. … Continue Reading


09.13.22

Cassidy Statement on Another Month of Skyrocketing Food and Utility Prices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement after the August 2022 Consumer Price Index (CPI) revealed inflation rose 13.2% since Joe Biden took office in January 2021. "Ironically, the White House is celebrating another month of rising food, rent, and utility bill prices. People aren't dumb, they're still paying 11.4% more for food than last year," said Dr. Cassidy. "Washington Democrats have no plan to bring prices down." The CPI rose 8.3% in August 2022 from a year ago. This… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Cassidy, Casey Introduce Bill to Invest in Life-Saving Sepsis Research

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Casey (D-PA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced the Sepsis Data Trust, Outcomes, and Innovation Act. This bipartisan bill would create a voluntary, privacy-protected sepsis data trust to collect information related to sepsis-the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection-and track the spread of infection-causing strains. This information will then be used to improve treatment… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Cassidy Announces $9.6 Million in Disaster, COVID Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant a total of $9,577,550.75 in relief for Hurricanes Ida & Laura, and the COVID-19 pandemic. "Through COVID-19 and multiple natural disasters, Louisiana families remain resilient," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding gives our local communities the tools they need to bounce back and be better prepared for the next crisis." Communities that will benefit include the City of New Orleans,… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Cassidy, Capito, Introduce Comprehensive Regulatory and Permitting Reform Legislation

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and 37 senators to introduce the Simplify Timelines and Assure Regulatory Transparency (START) Act. This comprehensive federal regulatory permitting and project review reform legislation includes needed permitting and process review reforms, provides regulatory certainty, and expedites permitting of key projects. "Delayed permitting by the administration delay… Continue Reading

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