Press Releases

03.15.22

Cassidy Responds to “Infuriating” VA Proposal to Close Alexandria Veterans Hospital

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, today released a statement following the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) announced proposal to shut down the VA medical center in Alexandria, Louisiana. "This abrupt proposal is infuriating for many. I spoke with an official at the VA, and they assured me that there will continue to be a VA presence in Alexandria," said Dr. Cassidy. "If the administration' proposal goes into effect, provisions I worked … Continue Reading


03.15.22

Cassidy Discusses His Energy Operation Warp Speed Plan for a Russia-Free Energy Future on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) yesterday delivered a speech on the U.S. Senate floor outlining the need for a global Russia-free energy future by implementing an Energy Operation Warp Speed to streamline federal permitting and increase domestic energy production. Cassidy explains that his plan will not only grow the American economy, but help our allies become less dependent on Russian oil and decrease carbon emissions worldwide. "We are at a point in time where it is clear that there i… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Cassidy, Hagerty, Colleagues Urge Biden to Take Measures to Lower Fertilizer Prices

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and 17 other Republican senators today urged President Biden to implement certain measures to lower fertilizer costs, which have been on the rise due to the supply chain bottleneck and the current energy crisis. These measures include increasing domestic natural gas production, approving pending LNG permits, eliminating cross-border vaccine mandates, working with stakeholders to prevent a Canadian Pacific Railway strike, and expeditin… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Cassidy Announces $26.5 Million in Hurricane Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $26,512,481.29 in relief for Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Ida, and the 2016 floods. The Baker School System, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the City of Gonzales, Washington Parish, the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness, and Jefferson Parish will all benefit from the relief. "Louisiana has been battered by storm after storm," said Dr. Cassidy. "Funding n… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Cassidy, Menendez, Colleagues Urge IRS to Address Ongoing Delays

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) led a group of 40 Senate colleagues and 65 members of the House of Representatives in urging the IRS to provide much needed relief as the agency struggles to address customer service and processing issues. The IRS's lack of action is causing unnecessary confusion, as the current tax filing season is underway. "We remain concerned that the IRS does not have a comprehensive plan to remedy the numerous problems affecting taxpayers, de… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Cassidy, Republican Colleagues to President Biden: We Oppose Revived Iran Deal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and 48 of his Republican colleagues released the following statement telling President Biden they will not support a renewed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran if talks are successful: "According to press reports, the Biden Administration may soon conclude an agreement with Iran to provide substantial sanctions relief in exchange for merely short-term limitations on Iran's nuclear program. "By every indication, the Biden Administration appears … Continue Reading


03.14.22

Cassidy, Murkowski, Manchin, and Risch Urge for Mineral Independence

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Jim Risch (R-ID) today urged President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase the production and processing of critical minerals such as lithium and graphite. They argue that becoming mineral independent will relieve our current supply chain crisis and ensure American industries use minerals that are ethically and responsibly-produced. "The United States relies almost exclusively on foreign n… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Cassidy, Gillibrand Introduce Bipartisan Flood Insurance Pricing Transparency Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced the Flood Insurance Pricing Transparency Act. Cassidy's bill requires Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to publish the formulas used to calculate mitigation credits for policyholders under Risk Rating 2.0. It also requires FEMA to release a toolkit that could be used to estimate the cost of insurance for new construction, without compromising proprietary information. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) is a c… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Cassidy, Brown Respond to Biden’s Call for End to Trade Relations with Russia

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement in response to President Biden publicly supporting the removal of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia: "This is a critical step consistent with our bipartisan bill and increases the economic consequences for Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Together with our allies, we're sending a clear signal to Russia: if you continue, you will be a pariah. If you invade your neighbor, starting an unprovok… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Cassidy, Lankford, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Require Ultrasound Before Abortion

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, which would require abortion providers to perform an obstetric ultrasound and make the heartbeat of an unborn baby audible before a woman gives consent to an abortion. "The science doesn't agree with those who advocate for abortion up until death, so they resort to dehumanizing the child," said Dr. Cassidy. "Every unborn baby is a life deserving a future. This legislation ensures mo… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Cassidy, Hickenlooper Introduce The Modernizing Bio-Surveillance Capabilities and Epidemic Forecasting Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) today introduced the Modernizing Bio-Surveillance Capabilities and Epidemic Forecasting Act, a bill to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better track infectious diseases and enhance our epidemic forecasting capabilities to improve public health readiness and responses to future pandemics. "We need to start working and preparing now to combat the next pandemic. Our bill allows federal agencies to b… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Cassidy, Ernst Introduce Bill to Limit Foreign-Owned Debt, Protect National Security

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the National Debt is National Security Act to require that no more than one-third of the United States' national debt be foreign-owned and to bar particular countries from owning more than five percent of the national debt. "Allowing China and other adversaries to control large portions of our debt is a national security threat," said Dr. Cassidy. "We need to rein in spending and limit China's leverage… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Cassidy, Marshall, Luján Legislation Improves Public Health Communication and Response

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Ben Luján (D-NM), Tim Scott (R-SC), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced The Centers for Public Health Preparedness and Response Reauthorization Act to improve communication in public health preparedness and response. The bill designates regional academic and medical centers as research and communication hubs that disseminate public health information during a public health emergency. "This bill… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Cassidy Announces $1.7 Million in COVID Relief for Children’s Hospital

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant the Louisiana Children's Medical Center a total of $1,686,861.14 in Robert T. Stafford Act funding for COVID-19 relief. "As we work to move past the pandemic, this grant will allow the Louisiana's Children's Medical Center to continue providing safe, quality care to children around our state," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Cassidy, Ernst, Colleagues Urge for Military Aid to Ukraine

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and 40 other Republican senators urged President Biden to work with Poland and our NATO partners to expedite the transfer of aircraft, air defense systems, and other critical military supplies to Ukraine. "While we commend the lethal aid that your Administration has sent to Ukraine thus far, we strongly disagree with your decision to delay and deny Poland the option to transfer fighter jets to Ukraine," said the senators. "We cannot al… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Cassidy Responds to Senate Blocking Disaster Aid Amendment

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following the Senate blockage of his amendment, introduced with U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), to the FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill to add $2.5 billion for disaster aid, including $500 million to rebuild ports. After the September passage of $600 million in Hurricane Laura and Delta relief for Southwest Louisiana and $5 billion for states impacted by Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana delegation continued to push the Biden adminis… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Cassidy, Louisiana Delegation Urge Biden to Expedite $3 Billion in Disaster Relief

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA-1), Garret Graves (R-LA-6), Mike Johnson (R-LA-4), Clay Higgins (R-LA-3), Julia Letlow (R-LA-5) and Troy Carter (D-LA-2) today urged President Biden to address the administrative roadblocks over $3 billion in Louisiana disaster relief from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Due to an expired data-sharing agreement, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cannot… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Cassidy, Wicker, Colleagues Urge Biden to End COVID Travel Mandates

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and 30 other Republican senators today urged President Biden to lift all federal COVID-19 restrictions related to travel. Specifically, the senators call for an end to pre-departure COVID testing for travel to the United States and the federal mask mandate on public transportation. The federal mask mandate is set to expire on March 18, but could be extended by the Biden administration. "We believe current travel restrictions in place … Continue Reading


03.10.22

Cassidy, Kennedy Offer Amendment to Budget Bill to Provide $2.5 Billion in Disaster Relief

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today offered an amendment to the FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill to include $2.5 billion for disaster aid, including $500 million to rebuild ports. After the September passage of $600 million in Hurricane Laura and Delta relief for Southwest Louisiana and $5 billion for states impacted by Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana delegation continued to push the Biden administration and their congressional colleagues to deliver additional… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Cassidy, Merkley Introduce Bill to Prevent Stillborn Deaths

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced the Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act of 2022, which offers federal funding to support stillborn prevention services. Every year, 23,500 babies in the U.S. are stillborn, and studies show that nearly 1 and 4 stillbirths can be prevented. The bill would amend the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant of the Social Security Act to include grant funding for stillbirth prevention services. "E… Continue Reading

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