Press Releases

02.18.22

Cassidy, Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Biden to Support Medicare Advantage Program

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) led 62 colleagues today urging President Biden to support for the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to 27 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. "The Medicare Advantage program enables plans to take a holistic approach to care, including by addressing social determinants of health to meet seniors' needs and improving health equity," said the senators. "Access to these benefits an… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Cassidy Statement on FERC Policy Limiting Access to U.S. Natural Gas

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) new policy that will hinder Louisiana's oil and gas industry and reduce approvals of U.S. natural gas infrastructure permits. "Our nation depends on clear-minded, nonpartisan policy, not activists carrying out an ideological and political agenda. Yesterday, FERC said it will defy the Natural Gas Act by no longer considering only whether a project is "needed" when granting… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Cassidy, Schatz Bill to Fund Research of Minority Health Disparities to Become Law

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the John Lewis National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Endowment Revitalization Act. Introduced to the Senate by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), the legislation would increase investments in universities conducting critical research into minority health disparities. Cassidy's bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in April and now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. "The leg… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Cassidy, Cruz Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitic Terrorist Attack in Texas Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution condemning the anti-Semitic terrorist attack that occurred at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Cassidy cosponsored the resolution with 55 of his Senate colleagues. "We support the Jewish community and reject terrorism and anti-Semitism. We will always stand united behind our fellow Americans targeted for their race, religion or merely living out their lives,"… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Senate Sends Message of Support for Ukraine Against Russian Aggression with Cassidy-Supported Resolution

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) applauded the U.S. Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution to support Ukraine in the face of increased Russian aggression. The resolution sends a bipartisan message of fierce support for the United States' Ukrainian ally. The resolution passed by a voice vote with overwhelmingly support late Thursday. Cassidy introduced the resolution with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). "We stand with all freedom seeking people and those seeking … Continue Reading


02.18.22

Cassidy-Led Bipartisan Bill to Improve Health Care Provider Mental Health Heads to President’s Desk to Become Law

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded the final congressional passage of their bipartisan Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act to prevent burnout, suicide, and mental and behavioral health issues in health care workers. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Jack Reed (D-RI) also cosponsored the bill, which now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. "Doctors, nurses and health care workers shoulder the responsibility of saving lives and hav… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Cassidy Announces $2.8 Million for Cognitive Aging Research

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant Tulane University $2,822,728 to expand research on female cognitive aging. The Tulane Center for Aging is one of the nation's leading institutions on geriatrics and aging research. "As a physician, we need to ensure our seniors are taken care of, especially with cognitive health" said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding keeps Tulane at the forefront of aging research, helping Louisian… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Cassidy Announces $75 Million in Natural Disaster, COVID-19 Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $74,751,566.40 in natural disaster and COVID-19 relief. A total of $32,575,317.83 will go towards relief for the Great Flood of 2016 and $11,556,913.37 will go towards COVID-19 relief. There is $8,153,832.65 for Hurricanes Laura relief, $2,297,612.17 Hurricane Zeta relief, and $20,167,890.38 for Hurricane Ida relief. "Louisiana has taken a beating over the past … Continue Reading


02.17.22

Cassidy Introduces Bipartisan American Offshore Worker Fairness Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced the American Offshore Worker Fairness Act. This bill provides a level playing field between U.S. flagged vessels and foreign-flagged vessels working in offshore energy activities in U.S. waters. The changes also improve the oversight of foreign-flagged vessels and the mariners who work on these vessels. The legislation is also cosponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and John Garamendi (D-C… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Cassidy Leads 26 Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Increase LNG Exports, Undermine Russian Influence

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) led a group of 26 colleagues urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate the increase of liquified natural gas (LNG) exports to supply our European allies with energy in the midst of increasing tensions with Russia. This was in response to a February 2nd letter signed by 10 Democratic senators calling for the Biden administration to curb LNG exports. "We are concerned by recent attempts to restrict liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the Unite… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Cassidy, Rubio, Rounds Introduce Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Exports to U.S. Partners

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) today introduced the Expediting Natural Gas Exports to Allies Act to expedite approval for natural gas exports to supply allies and U.S international partners in response to tensions with Russia and China. Under the Natural Gas Act, approval for natural gas exports can take up to several years. The bill would expedite approval for Free Trade Agreement (FTA) nations who are being affected by the current energy cri… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Cassidy, Marshall, Colleagues Urge Biden to Withdraw Anti-Energy Fed Nominee

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) led 8 colleagues today urging President Biden to withdraw the nomination of Sarah Raskin to be Vice Chair of Supervision and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Raskin has previously advocated for the Federal Reserve to use its monetary policy making power to punish banks that do business with U.S. oil and natural gas companies and drive capital away from the industry that employs hundreds of th… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Cassidy Places Holds on EPA Nominees over Delays in Permitting of Louisiana Carbon Capture

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke today with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan regarding the State of Louisiana's application to obtain the ability to permit, site and monitor carbon sequestration wells. The conversation followed Sen. Cassidy's decision to block all EPA nominees from moving forward in the U.S. Senate due to unnecessary delays in EPA's handling of Louisiana's application. "Louisiana is the ideal location to store carbon underground and… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Cassidy, Risch, Menendez Introduce Legislation to Mitigate Risks of El Salvador’s Adoption of Bitcoin

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador (ACES) Act to require the State Department to write a report on El Salvador's recognition of Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, as an accepted currency within the country. The State Department report would study the dangers of this law regarding cybersecurity, economic stability, and democratic governance in El Salvador, as well as the potential risks t… Continue Reading


02.16.22

DOE Misses Deadline—Cassidy, Risch, Colleagues Demand Answers on Shutdown of Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jim Risch (R-ID) led 9 colleagues today demanding the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) release a report detailing the total job loss as a result of the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This report was mandated by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to study the economic effects of President Biden's Executive Order that shut down construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. By law, the report was due to Congress 90 days aft… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Cassidy Meets with NBA Star Enes Kanter Freedom, Human Rights Advocate Who Has Criticized China for Uyghur Genocide

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today met with NBA player and outspoken China-critic Enes Kanter Freedom to discuss the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) genocide against ethnic minority population, the Uyghurs, and the Beijing Winter Olympics. "Enes is an important voice highlighting genocide," said Dr. Cassidy. "Some athletes and some NBA owners willfully ignore the CCP's human rights abuses while courting China for higher league profits. We need to amplify those who risk their liveliho… Continue Reading


02.15.22

VIDEO: Experts Commend Cassidy’s College Transparency Act at Senate HELP Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke on the importance of passing the College Transparency Act (CTA) at a Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Hearing on "Supporting Quality Workforce Development Opportunities and Innovation to Address Barriers to Employment". Cassidy's bill ensures students and families have clear and absorbable information as they consider higher education opportunities. The College Transparency Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, F… Continue Reading


02.15.22

FEMA Confirms its internal study shows R.R. 2.0 will drive out up to 20% of policy holders

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following FEMA publicly acknowledging an internal study finding that the implementation of Risk Rating 2.0 to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) could cause 20% of policyholders to drop out of the program due to skyrocketing premiums. This was in response to a bipartisan, Cassidy led letter to FEMA in September, demanding a delay in Risk Rating 2.0, which will harm homeowners. Despite repeated requests beginning in Oct… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Cassidy, Manchin, Colleagues Urge for Efficient Use of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Broadband Funds

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 18 colleagues today urging the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to implement broadband funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in a timely manner according to Congressional intent. Of the $65 billion allocated in Cassidy's infrastructure bill for broadband expansion, $48 billion will be implemented by the NTIA, using coverage maps from the Federal Communications C… Continue Reading


02.14.22

Cassidy Announces $4.2 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Louisiana Seafood Industry

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will grant the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority $4,229,669 to assist Louisiana seafood processing facilities as a part of the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS), which provides COVID-19 relief funding for seafood processors and processing facilities. "Louisiana is the second largest seafood producer in the country," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding hel… Continue Reading

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