Press Releases


Cassidy Speaks at Denham Springs Elementary School Grand Reopening

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke at the grand reopening and ribbon-cutting of Denham Springs Elementary School, which was rebuilt following the Great Flood of 2016. Cassidy secured more than $1.8 billion in flood relief via continuing resolutions to help Louisiana recover from the Great Flood of 2016, and from floods in North Louisiana that same year. Two years later, Cassidy included a measure in the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act that waived the portion of t… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Improve Mental Health in Coast Guard

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today introduced the Guarding Mental Health Act, which would mandate the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to establish behavioral health standards that allows members to seek treatment for mental health without automatically being processed for discharged. This would align the Coast Guard with the rest of Department of Defense (DoD) standards regarding mental health treatment. "Addressing potential mental health issu… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces, Questions Xavier President Reynold Verret at Senate HELP Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced Dr. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University, at today's Senate HELP Subcommittee Hearing on "Recruiting, Revitalizing & Diversifying: Examining the Health Care Workforce Shortage". Dr. Verret has been called as a witness to discuss the lack of diversity in the medical and health sciences workforce. Before Xavier University, Dr. Verret served in various leadership roles at high-level academic institutions across the country, and is an … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Carper, Graves, Blunt Rochester Introduce Legislation to Combat Coastal Erosion

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE-At Large) today introduced the Shoreline Health Oversight, Restoration, Resilience, and Enhancement Act (SHORRE) Act. The SHORRE Act would restore America's coastlines and riverbanks and make communities across our country more resilient to coastal erosion and severe flooding. "We've got to protect and restore our coastlines," said Dr. Cassidy. "This leg… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Ossoff, Trahan Introduce Bill to Protect Americans’ Online Privacy and Data

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Representative Lori Trahan (D-MA-3) today introduced the Data Elimination and Limiting Extensive Tracking and Exchange (DELETE) Act to protect Americans' private online data. The DELETE Act would create a system for individuals to request all data brokers, companies that collect personal data for commercial use, delete any personal data the broker may have collected and to not collect it in the future. "People expect privacy and … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Relocate Chimps to Louisiana

Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Chimp Sanctuary Act to relocate chimpanzees being held at any U.S. military installation to the Chimp Haven facility in Louisiana. Located in Keithville, Louisiana, Chimp Haven offers chimpanzees a safe place where they can receive quality medical and behavioral care. Currently, there are 34 chimpanzees being held at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, even though they are no longer n… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Begin Modernization of Health Privacy Laws

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced the Health Data Use and Privacy Commission Act to begin the process of modernizing our outdated health privacy laws and regulations. The presence of technology companies is increasing in health care, and health information is expanding beyond the reach of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA is an over 25-year-old law that protects all interactions between patients and their doctor… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with Xavier President, Discusses Bomb Threats Against HBCUs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following his meeting with Xavier President Reynold Verret. "Good meeting with President Verret. We spoke about many things including his vision for the future of Xavier, like how do we have more Xavier students involved in health sciences," said Dr. Cassidy. "We also discussed the recent bomb threats which his school and other HBCUs received. He assured me that the FBI is perusing this, and he assured me that all faculty, staff … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cruz, Colleagues Demand Transparency on Potential U.S.-Iran Treaty

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and 31 colleagues today demanded President Biden submit any negotiated treaty between the United States and Iran to the Senate for approval and follow all rules and procedures in accordance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA). "[W]e are committed to using the full range of options and leverage available to United States Senators to ensure that you meet those obligations, and that the implementation of any agreement… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Within a Year We Went from American Energy Independence to Groveling before OPEC

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today had stern words with Laura Daniel Davis, the Biden administration's nominee to be the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) about the administration's backwards energy policies that are undermining not only American energy independence, but efforts to reduce global emissions. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, the nominee also refused to say whether DOI takes int… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Crapo, Colleagues Raise Concerns with Intrusive IRS Identity Verification Measures

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and others raised serious questions and concerns with the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) announcement of a major expansion of its collaboration with that will require taxpayers to have an account to access key IRS online resources. In order to register with, taxpayers will need to submit to a trove of personal information, including sensitive biometric data, starting in the summer of 2022. In a letter to IRS C… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $119.9 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 $119,937,456 for Hurricane Ida and Laura relief. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will receive $118,244,712.74 fordebris removal in the wake of Hurricane Laura, and Jefferson Parish will receive $1,692,744.80 for state management costs after Hurricane Ida. "Months, and even over a year later, folks are still recovering from Ida and Laura," said Dr. Cassidy. "Ther… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds House Passage of his College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a statement following U.S. House of Representatives passage of the College Transparency Act (CTA). Cassidy's bipartisan legislation ensures students and families have clear and understandable information as they compare higher education opportunities. The legislation passed by a vote of 238 to 193 in the House of Representatives. It now will move to the Senate where it is already cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 33 senators. The CTA modernize… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Action to Address Hazing on College Campuses

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today led a group of Senate colleagues in urging the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to address hazing on college campuses in future legislation regarding mental and behavioral health. "Hazing is a dangerous-and at times deadly-problem on college campuses. Not only can it be physically and emotionally damaging to students in search of a sense of belonging at school, it also undermines the mission of… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Opposition to Biden Anti-Energy Federal Reserve Nomination

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced his opposition to President Biden's nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin, an avid anti-U.S. energy activist, to be Vice Chairman for Supervision and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. "President Biden has nominated someone for the Federal Reserve who has made clear she wishes to use the power of the central bank to effectively destroy the U.S. oil and g… Continue Reading


Cassidy-Sponsored Bill to Provide Health Care for Post-9/11 Toxic-Exposed Veterans Unanimously Passes VA Committee

Today, the United States Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) unanimously passed legislation to offer Post-9/11 combat veterans, including those suffering from conditions caused by toxic exposures, such as burn pits, access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jon Tester (D-MT) led the committee in introducing the Health Care for Burn Pit Veterans Act yesterday. "Veterans should not be denied health care beca… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Scott, Burr Introduce the Kids in Classes Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Kids in Classes Act. The bill would allow families with children in Title I schools to put unused federal education funds toward in-person education, should their school close due to COVID-19 or a teachers union strikes. "When teachers unions have more say in a child's education than that child's own parent, we have a problem," said Dr. Cassidy. "The science is clear, kids need to be in the classro… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Bennet, Welch, Burgess Introduce Legislation to Extend Technical Support Program for Small, Rural Health Practices

-U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), and U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced the Small Practice, Underserved, and Rural Support Program Extension Act of 2022 (SURS Extension Act). The SURS Extension Act would reauthorize the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) technical assistance initiative that assists small health care practices in rural and underserved areas with completing the reporting requirements of t… Continue Reading


Cassidy Speaks Out on False Claims Against Israel

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement after Amnesty International released a report falsely claiming that Israel is an apartheid state which has implemented "cruel policies of segregation, dispossession and exclusion across all territories under its control." "This report from Amnesty International is the latest in a long line of propaganda attempting to demonize and delegitimize the Nation of Israel and undo the advances of peace in the region. Israel has made a co… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Grassley, Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Criminalize Dangerous Drone Activity

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) Bill introduced the Drone Act of 2022. The bipartisan bill seeks to criminalize dangerous drone activity - including by drug and human traffickers who have embraced drone technology to facilitate their operations. Alarmingly, criminals have started attaching weapons to drones, posing significant national security and public safety concerns. "From the southern border to cities across the country, criminals are … Continue Reading

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