Press Releases

04.26.22

Cassidy Honors the Life of Johnnie Jones on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) delivered a speech on the Senate floor recognizing the life and legacy of Mr. Johnnie Jones, a World War II veteran and civil rights leader who passed away over the weekend at the age of 102. Last year, Cassidy presented a Purple Heart to Mr. Jones for his service during the D-Day invasion and his injuries sustained during the battle. "Louisiana, and the entire country, should both mourn the loss and celebrate the life of an American hero and dedicated c… Continue Reading


04.22.22

Cassidy Meets Small Business Owners at Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

METAIRIE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) participated in a panel discussion on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and related matters, which was sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. He heard from small business owners about their needs and concerns. The IIJA, which was signed into law last November, will provide millions of dollars to build roads and bridges, strengthen flood protection systems, expand broadband deployment, and boost Louisiana's… Continue Reading


04.19.22

Cassidy Announces $9.9 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 $9,925,220.32 in relief for Hurricanes Zeta and Ida. Jefferson Parish, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness will all benefit from this funding. "Even after multiple natural disasters, Louisiana families remain strong" said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant helps coastal communities pick up the pieces and prepare for th… Continue Reading


04.14.22

Cassidy Meets Local Officials to Discuss Lake Pontchartrain Restoration

NEW ORLEANS - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with Parish Presidents and officials with the Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program's Executive Committee and the University of New Orleans' Research and Technology Foundation to discuss ongoing restoration efforts of the Pontchartrain Basin, which will receive over a 500% increase in annual funding for the next five years thanks to Cassidy's bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Over the next five years, the … Continue Reading


04.14.22

Cassidy Addresses West Baton Rouge Chamber

BATON ROUGE - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke with the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the benefits that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will provide to their community. Among other benefits, the IIJA will potentially help fund a new Mississippi River bridge. It devotes $9.55 billion for port and waterway improvements via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and another $2.25 billion for the Port Infrastructure Development Program.… Continue Reading


04.13.22

Cassidy Addresses State Legislature, West Baton Rouge Chamber

BATON ROUGE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) addressed both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature, where he thanked them for his service and work to better Louisiana. "If we work together to solve the problems we face, our friends and neighbors will have a better future here in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "That should be what we're all working towards." Cassidy was welcomed by Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez. "Bill Cassidy has been a cha… Continue Reading


04.13.22

Cassidy Marks One Year Since Seacor Power Tragedy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement marking the one year anniversary of the Seacor Power tragedy. "There is a child or a wife waking up today who is still missing their loved one. This tragedy is as fresh for them as it was a year ago. We should be thankful for them and those working people who get up every day, make our economy, state and nation work, and at times, pay for it. They sacrifice to make life better for the rest of us. And if the Coast Guard inquiry o… Continue Reading


04.12.22

Cassidy Highlights Benefits of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill at Shreveport Rotary

SHREVEPORT - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke to the Rotary Club of Shreveport on what he's doing to improve Northwest Louisiana. Specifically, he highlighted his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which already is benefitting Shreveport and Northwest Louisiana. In January, it was announced that money from the IIJA would go toward replacing the Jimmie Davis Bridge. Last December, it was also announced that the Shreveport Regional Airport would receive an extra $2.… Continue Reading


04.12.22

Cassidy, Hirono Urge Transparency on Opioid Treatment for Veterans

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), members of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today urged the Biden administration to provide greater transparency on its efforts to reduce opioid overdose-related deaths. Specifically, the senators asked the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough about how effective the VA's Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) has been at combatting the opioid epidemic among veterans. They also asked the secretary to identify … Continue Reading


04.12.22

Cassidy Announces Louisiana to Receive an Additional $82 Million for Bridges from Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

ALEXANDRIA - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that Louisiana will receive an additional $82,095,555 in bridge funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $16,419,111 this fiscal year. This is in addition to the previously announced $202.6 million in bridge funding for this year, bringing the total amount of 2022 bridge funding to more than $219 million from Cassidy's infrastructure law. Louisiana will receive approximately $1 billion over five ye… Continue Reading


04.11.22

Cassidy Announces Major Economic Development Project with Cleco

ALEXANDRIA - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined the leadership of Cleco to announce that they will receive $9 million from the federal government to perform a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) facility at Cleco's Brame Energy Center in Lena. Cassidy inserted those funds in the 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The study brings Cleco one step further to completing this project, known as Project Diamond Vault. When finis… Continue Reading


04.11.22

Cassidy Announces Broadband Grant at Ville Platte High School

LAFAYETTE - Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) informed students at Ville Platte High School that they would benefit from a $29.9 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that would connect most Evangeline Parish residents to broadband internet, including Ville Platte High School. Afterwards, Senator Cassidy joined area officials at the Evangeline Parish Courthouse to celebrate the grant. Last August, Cassidy wrote a letter to the NTI… Continue Reading


04.11.22

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Expand Research on COVID Impacts on Mental Health and Brain Function

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced the Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID-19 Cognitive Research Act, which would authorize the National Science Foundation to fund research on mental illnesses associated with both short-term and long-term COVID-19 infections among adults, children and adolescents. "The pandemic showed us the need to prioritize mental health and support those suffering," said Dr. Cassidy. "Our bill increases res… Continue Reading


04.11.22

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Promote Early Hearing Detection in Children

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) introduced the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2022, which would reauthorize current research and improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in newborns, infants, and young children for five additional years. The current funding for these programs is set to expire at the end of fiscal year 2022. "For all of us to do be… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Russian Oligarchs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Kleptocrat Liability for Excessive Property Transactions and Ownership (KLEPTO) Act, which gives law enforcement crucial information that helps them track down Russian oligarchs' luxury assets in the U.S. financial system. "Putin and his cronies move millions of dollars to buy yachts and fund Putin's war machine while the Russian people suffer. It's time the U.S. … Continue Reading


04.08.22

Cassidy Announces $51 Million in Disaster Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant Louisiana a total of $50,702,927.27 in relief for Hurricanes Laura and Ida. The City of Lake Charles, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Grant Parish, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District, the City of Slidell, Terrebonne Parish, and Plaquemines Parish will al… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Cassidy Honors Louisiana Radio Legend on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) delivered a speech on the Senate floor recognizing the career of Louisiana journalist and radio host, Robert J. Wright. Recently, Robert announced he was retiring after 50 years in radio. A Shreveport native, Robert has been a staple on Northwest Louisiana radio since 1996, with the last eight years hosting his daily morning show with longtime cohost Erin McCarthy on 710 KEEL. Robert officially retires on April 29th, a day after his 70th birthday. "Robert … Continue Reading


04.07.22

Cassidy Defends School Choice, Calls on Biden Administration to Rescind Anti-Charter School Policies on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling on the Biden administration to roll back its new proposal that imposes harmful regulations on the Charter School Program (CSP) and makes it harder for charter schools to receive federal grants. On March 14th, the Department of Education (DOE) proposed rules that require new charter schools to show an "unmet demand for the charter school" and an "over-enrollment at existing public schools" in order to be e… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Cassidy, Burr Urge Biden Administration to Counter Illegal Fentanyl, Support HALT Fentanyl Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) urged the Biden administration to support their Halt All Lethal Trafficking (HALT) of Fentanyl Act, which makes permanent the classification of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs as Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Its current Schedule I classification is temporary and set to expire later this year. The HALT Fentanyl Act was introduced by Cassidy and Burr in December of 2021. "Fentanyl is now the number one cause of de… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Cassidy, Burr, Colleagues Urge for Extension of Public Comment to Save School Choice

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tim Scott (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged the Department of Education to extend its 30-day public comment period following its recent decision to discourage Charter School Programs (CSP) from participating in federal grants. "The proposed requirements for the CSP are a blatant reversal of three decades' worth of bipartisan support for charter schools. In addition to being overly pres… Continue Reading

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