Press Releases

04.08.21

ICYMI Letter to the Editor: Sen. Bill Cassidy Explains His Inquiry into PPP Loans for Planned Parenthood

On March 25, 2021, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to open an investigation into Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans awarded to Planned Parenthood affiliates. This week he penned a letter to the editor published in the Houma Courier explaining his inquiry and reiterating the call for an investigation. Click here or read below for the full letter. "Last year, the press reported that 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates received over $80 m… Continue Reading


04.08.21

Group of 10 Republican Senators Release Joint Statement in Response to Comments from President Biden

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the rest of the group of 10 Republicans who met with President Joe Biden at the White House in an attempt to negotiate a sixth bipartisan COVID-19 relief package released a statement in response to President Biden's comments attempting to rewrite history to justify his Administration's abandonment of bipartisanship on COVID relief. The group of 10 Republican Senators released the following statement: "In good faith, our group of 10 Republicans worke… Continue Reading


04.07.21

Cassidy Announces Nearly $5 million to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced a total of 18 grants totaling $4,953,903 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for cleaning and disinfecting airports across Louisiana to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. "This funding ensures Louisiana's airports are kept clean and safe for our travelers. It also provides needed economic relief as the country reopens," said Dr. Cassidy. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2… Continue Reading


04.06.21

Cassidy, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Veterans Service Organizations for Supporting Veterans Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), along with a group of 11 Senators including Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) for their work supporting veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Boozman (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), joine… Continue Reading


04.05.21

Cassidy, Bipartisan Senators Question Online Ad Exchanges on Sharing Americans’ Data with Foreign Companies

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) questioned eight digital advertising exchanges about the possible sale of Americans' personal information to foreign-owned companies, in a letter sent with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The senators are seeking information about the sharing of Americans' data through "real time bidding" - the auction process used to place many targeted digital advertisements. For… Continue Reading


04.05.21

Cassidy, Republican Senators Demand Investigation into PPP Loans to Planned Parenthood

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined a group of 24 Republican Senators in demanding that Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabel Guzman open an investigation into Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans awarded to Planned Parenthood affiliates. The Senators pledged to monitor the situation in addition to the demanding an investigation. The group sending the letter also included U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cynthia Lummi… Continue Reading


04.01.21

Cassidy Announces More Than $13 Million in Grants for Airports Throughout Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced a total of 11 grants totaling $13,146,304 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve airports throughout Louisiana. These projects will reconstruct taxiways, rehabilitate taxiway lighting and runways, conduct airport wildlife hazard assessment/management plan, update airport master plans, construct terminal buildings, and improve airport drainage and erosion control. "Airports are the gateway to a city and are one of th… Continue Reading


03.31.21

Cassidy Visits with Nursery Farmers in Forest Hill and Students at LaGrange High School, Tours LSU-Eunice

Lafayette - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today visited with nursery farmers in Forest Hill whose businesses were impacted by the winter storm of 2021, and celebrated the LaGrange High School 2020-21 Girls 4A State Basketball Championship in Lake Charles. He also visited LSU-Eunice. "Through the challenges faced in 2020, Louisianans have persevered," said Dr. Cassidy. "The resilience of nursery farmers in Forest Hill through storms and high school basketball players winning championsh… Continue Reading


03.30.21

Cassidy Announces $109 Million in Energy Revenue Sharing for Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced that Louisiana is receiving $109,948,761.59 in revenue from the Department of Interior from energy produced in the Gulf of Mexico during Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), which was signed in to law in 2006, created a revenue sharing program between the federal government and the States of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development activities off their coasts t… Continue Reading


03.30.21

Cassidy Tours LIGO, Highlights Cutting-Edge Science in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory in Livingston. He learned about their progress in detecting gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. "LIGO, based in Livingston Parish, is an example of investment in science and education benefitting Louisiana and the world," said Dr. Cassidy. "We at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston P… Continue Reading


03.30.21

Cassidy Tours Liberty Magnet High, Visits MyHy Company

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured Liberty Magnet High in Baton Rouge and visited MyHy's headquarters. "The pandemic challenged teachers and students. One of the lessons taught and learned at Liberty Magnet has been and is overcoming adversity," said Dr. Cassidy. At Liberty Magnet High School, Cassidy visited with students and teachers. Liberty Magnet offers pathway courses in engineering, biomedical sciences, digital design and media, and computer science t… Continue Reading


03.29.21

Cassidy, Murkowski, Hassan, Rosen Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Give Patients Safe, Timely Access to Treatment

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Safe Step Act of 2021, legislation to put reasonable limits on step therapy. Currently, when a physician prescribes a particular drug treatment for a patient, the patient's insurance company may require them to try different medications and treatments before they can access the drug originally prescribed by their physician, a protocol known as "step therapy" or "fail first." … Continue Reading


03.29.21

Cassidy Tours Bristow Heliport in Houma, Vists Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport

Metairie - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured the Bristow Group's heliport in Houma and visited Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport. "Louisiana leads the nation in boat building and helicopter support for the offshore industry. We need to build on the talent of these craftsmen and this skill set," said Dr. Cassidy. At the Bristow Group's heliport in Houma, Cassidy received a tour and learned more about how Bristow provides crucial air transportation to ensure workers can get to… Continue Reading


03.26.21

Cassidy Tours Winter Storm Damage in Northeast Louisiana, Visits Foster Farms Facility

Monroe - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today toured winter storm damage in Northeast Louisiana, visiting Donald Farms in West Monroe and Butch Farm Service in Farmerville. Donald Farms produces alligator meat and Butch Farm Service supplies the Foster Farms Poultry Plant in Farmerville. "These farms feed America and support jobs in Northeast Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "I will work to support these farms and other small businesses in Louisiana as they recover from the winter storm of… Continue Reading


03.26.21

Cassidy, Senators Urge EPA to Waive Restrictions on Oil-Refining States

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) along with Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Jim Risch (R-ID), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan requesting a waiver of restrictions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to relieve the economic burden on … Continue Reading


03.25.21

Cassidy, Risch, King, Colleagues Urge Energy Department: Don’t Downgrade Cybersecurity

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Angus King (I-ME) today sent a bipartisan letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm voicing their support for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and urging the Department to maintain CESER's current leadership structure. Presently, CESER is led by an assistant secretary, underscoring the importance of a strong U.S. cybersecurity strategy. In the letter, the Senators wr… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Cassidy Issues Statement on Extension of Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act of 2021. The legislation extends the deadline for small business owners to apply for PPP from March 31 to May 31, 2021 and provides an additional 30 days - through June 30 - for the Small Business Administration to process loans. "Programs like the Paycheck Protection Program provide a lifeline to small businesses, churches, and charities as we recove… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Cassidy, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Greater Transparency for Third-Party Sellers of Consumer Products Online

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to combat the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products by ensuring transparency of high-volume third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act would direct online retail marketplaces that include third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate the identity of "high-… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Cassidy Calls for Extension of Red Snapper Season Highlighting New Population Assessment

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today issued the following statement in response to new research that found 110 million red snapper in a population assessment from the Great Red Snapper Count. In 2018, the most recent estimate from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the population assessment was about 36 million. "This study shows that there is three times more red snapper in the Gulf than previously thought. This new information should translate into greater acces… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Cassidy Announces $3.6 Million to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at Louisiana Airports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $3,623,101 in federal funding for cleaning and disinfecting 11 airports across south Louisiana to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. "We know that COVID-19 can spread easily where large numbers of people gather. This funding ensures Louisiana's airports are kept clean and safe for our travelers," said Dr. Cassidy. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental App… Continue Reading

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