Press Releases


Cassidy Announces Veteran Educational Assistance Legislation

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced the introduction of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 in the US Senate. This bill improves education assistance programs offered to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Cassidy is an original cosponsor of this bill. This legislation expands the Yellow Ribbon Program-extending eligibility for additional educational assistance to the children and spouses of service members who die in the line of duty after S… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Additional Recovery Aid for Louisiana

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), announced $6 million in federal grants from FEMA to aid the Louisiana Capitol Region recover from last year's flooding. "Almost a year later, we can still feel the effects of The Great Flood of 2016," said Dr. Cassidy. "These grants help us continue our progress in returning our families and communities to wholeness."… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Senate Banking Committee Introducing Text to Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the introduction of the Senate Banking Committee's legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so it is more affordable and sustainable. Cassidy applauds the Senate Banking Committee for taking the next step in reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program with the introduction of base text that includes many provisions from the Cassidy-Gillibrand Flood Insurance Affordability & … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Federal Grants for Flood Prevention

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Louisiana will receive $7,740,341 in federal funding to assist in flood prevention and reconstruction projects. The announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants Jefferson Parish funding to elevate and reconstruct severe repetitive loss (SRL) structures that face a high risk of flood damage in the future. "Flood prevention projects greatly reduce the chance of future flood damage," said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant will help protect… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Graham Announce Amendment to the BCRA

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced their intention to offer an amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on CNN At This Hour. The new plan would return to the conservative principal of federalism by granting funds to states and giving them the flexibility to design their own systems to take care of the unique needs of patients in their state. "Obamacare took power from states-this returns that power," said Dr. Cassidy. "It allows the peo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Americans Plan for Debilitating Illness or Condition

70% of Americans have thought about their preferences if they face a debilitating illness or condition, but only one-third have completed an advance directive Legislation is the first of its kind to be endorsed by the Right to Life Committee Republicans, Democrats work together to encourage Americans to complete 'advance directives,' plans for life-sustaining health decisions US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and US … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Federal Grants for Flood Relief

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Louisiana will receive federal funding to assist in the ongoing flood recovery efforts. The announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants allow Ascension Parish to remove long-standing debris and Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to construct temporary facilities in place of school buildings affected by flood and storm damage. "Grants like these are crucial to continuing disaster recovery efforts across Louisiana,"… Continue Reading


Cassidy to Appear on Fox News Sunday

This Sunday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) will join Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, FOX's premier weekend public affairs program, to discuss the current state and path forward on health care reform. This is the third weekend in a row Senator Cassidy has appeared on one of the five major network Sunday news shows. For local listings click here. Click here to watch Senator Cassidy's July 2nd appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday. Click here to wat… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Infrastructure Investment Award for North Louisiana

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Ouachita Parish will receive a $1,500,000 investment award to help stimulate new commercial and industrial development in Northeast Louisiana, as well as job growth. The Economic Adjustment Assistance Award from the Economic Development Association (EDA) will increase infrastructure projects and save 94 jobs, create 80 new jobs, and leverage $20 million in private investments. "This investment will help provide long-term benefits to the fam… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces LNG Now Act to Remove Unnecessary Restrictions on LNG Exports

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act to remove barriers placed on US exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand of natural gas. This legislation would revamp the current system put in place by the Department of Energy decades ago and establish market growth of US exports without any delays. "The previous administration created hurdles that stalled LNG projects that benefit the economy, environment and Louis… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Release of Senate Health Care Legislation

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the release of the Senate health care legislation. "I was just briefed on the newly released health care legislation. The bill includes elements of the Patient Freedom Act and the MAC Act-which is positive. I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates."… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Lack of Bipartisanship in Health Care Reform

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor regarding the refusal of Democrats to engage in health care discussions and about families who can't afford their rising health care premiums becoming "collateral damage." In his speech, Cassidy said: "The Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, condemned our bill before we filed it, meaning before he had a chance to read it. Without reading our bill, he condemned it even though his state, New York, would have been allowed to co… Continue Reading


Zinke Commits to Working with Cassidy on Addressing GOMESA Funding

Today, US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke committed to working with US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) to address GOMESA funding and improve the Gulf. This came during Secretary Zinke's testimony at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the President's FY18 proposed budget. At the hearing, Senator Cassidy expressed the importance of Louisiana's coastal restoration projects to reduce the severity of potential damage, caused by future storms, to local communities an… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Red Snapper Season Extension

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) commented on the US Department of Commerce's announcement yesterday to extend the federal red snapper season for private recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to yesterday's announcement, the federal red snapper season was three days (June 1st-3rd). "While we welcome this decision, there is still a need for long-term solutions," said Dr. Cassidy. "NOAA says the number of red snapper is increasing, yet shortened the season. We need to make… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Amended Sugar Agreement

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement on yesterday's US Department of Commerce announcement of the Amended Sugar Agreement between the United States and Mexico. The Commerce Department is now seeking public comment on the agreement. "I commend Secretary Ross for his efforts, and for working closely with us, in negotiating a deal that protects Louisiana sugar workers," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is a positive development for US sugar growers, processors and refiners. Thi… Continue Reading


Cassidy Speaks on Shooting and Scalise

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor to offer his prayers and support for US Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA), his family, and all of those injured in today's attack. To watch the full speech, click here. Remarks as delivered below: Mr. President, This morning an unbalanced individual carried out a cowardly attack not only against members and staff of this Congress, but against Democratic institutions. This terrorist, and he is a terrorist… Continue Reading


Cassidy Amendment Enacted by BSEE

Today, The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced a rule that would double the amount of time offshore oil and gas operators will have to coordinate development operations and retain their leases in federal waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf from 180 days to a year. Dr. Cassidy offered the following amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, which was signed into law. Sec. 121. Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Se… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Delay of EPA Ozone Standards

This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would delay the implementation of the 2015 ground-level ozone standards to give states more time to comply. Those regulations would require states to meet a 70-parts-per-billion (ppb) standard by October of this year. The EPA's decision pushes back those requirements to 2018. "The EPA is working to ensure clean air and that jobs for Americans are preserved. This decision reflects those goals," said Dr. Cassidy. Kyle Zer… Continue Reading


National Seersucker Day Photo

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and fellow US Senators took an official photo in celebration of National Seersucker Day. From left to right: US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) US Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) To see more photos from National Seersucker Day, click here. A part of Louisiana's heritage, the original seersucker suit was created in Louisiana. Former Senator Tr… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Gillibrand, Capito Introduce National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Bill

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. "This is a product of listening to those affected, finding from stakeholders those policies that would address affordability and sustainability within the NFIP," said Dr. Cassidy. "The goal of this bipartisan bill is to bring peace of mind… Continue Reading

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