Press Releases


Bishop T. F. Tenney of Alexandria Opens US Senate Floor with Prayer

This morning, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD invited Bishop T. F. Tenney of Alexandria, Louisiana to open the US Senate floor with a prayer. Bishop Tenney has ministered in the United Pentecostal Church International for more than 65 years, including in several churches in Louisiana. Before retiring in 2005, Bishop Tenney led the UPCI church in Louisiana as the District Superintendent (Bishop). He now serves as the Bishop Emeritus of the Louisiana District. Bishop Tenney and his wife, Thetu… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Honors Vitter's Career in the US Senate

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor celebrating the career of retiring US Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and the positive work he has done for Louisiana and the nation. "Sen. Vitter has always cared deeply about our state, constantly looking for what he could do that would benefit our state not just in the short-term, but doing that which is consistent with his principles to help Louisiana and the United States thrive in the long-term," said Dr. Cassidy. … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Speaks on Mental Health Reforms in 21st Century Cures Act of 2016

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the US Senate floor to bring attention to the mental health reforms included in the 21st Century Cures Act. Many reforms from Dr. Cassidy and US Senator Chris Murphy's (D-CT) Mental Health Reform Act were included in the 21st Century Cures Act. Watch the speech here. Find his full remarks below: I thank Senator Alexander for yielding. I thank you for your leadership and Senator Murray's leadership, and I thank S… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Magnolia LNG Exportation Authorization

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauds the approval of the Magnolia LNG (LLC) exportation authorization by the Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "The Department of Energy made the right decision to approve the Magnolia LNG exportation authorization to non-free trade agreement countries. This approval will bring investment and good high-paying jobs to Louisiana. "There is a tremendous global demand for American natural gas. US LNG should be… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Rep. Tom Price’s Nomination as HHS Secretary

WASHINGTON-US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement on President-Elect Trump's nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services "As a fellow physician, Dr. Price understands the problems of Obamacare and is committed to fulfilling the promise of repealing it. I look forward to working with Tom on what comes next for health care." During his time in the … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Inclusion of Mental Health Reform to the 21st Century Cures Package

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced the inclusion of comprehensive mental health reform in the 21st Century Cures Act. "Our mental health system is broken-the inclusion of the pillars of my mental health reform bill in the 21st Century Cures Act is the next step in getting it fixed," said Dr. Cassidy. "By making resources available for patients and families, we can help prevent more promising lives from being destroyed by untreated mental illness." Dr. Cassidy has been a leader… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Administration's Plan to Halt Arctic Resource Exploration

WASHINGTON-US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement in response to the US Department of Interior's plan to halt resource exploration in the Arctic. "Once again the Obama administration is hindering America's global competitiveness and energy security, allowing other countries to take the lead on energy production," said Dr. Cassidy. "Halting resource exploration in the Arctic, after already banning exploration in the mid-Atlantic, … Continue Reading


Cassidy Continuing the Fight for Offshore Revenue Sharing Bill

WASHINGTON-US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) today announced the continuance of the fight to pass the American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016, which received the majority of Senate support in a 51-47 vote. "This bill would create 280,000 new jobs and generate $51 billion in government revenue. This makes sense for our economy and for the well-being of middle-class Americans," said Dr. Cassidy. "Getting today's floor vote was a victory. The majority of t… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Speaks on the American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor advocating support for his bill, the American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016, which will be voted on Thursday in the Senate. This legislation provides for more equitable offshore revenue sharing for energy producing states and makes investments in important conservation and coastal restoration projects. Watch Dr. Cassidy's full remarks here. Dr. Cassidy's remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Than… Continue Reading


Cassidy's Offshore Revenue Sharing Bill to Receive Vote on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON-The American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016, originally introduced in June by US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), will be voted on this week on the floor of the US Senate. This legislation provides for more equitable revenue sharing for states involved in existing, new or future energy production from both onshore and offshore leasing areas. It also makes funds available for various conservation and coastal restoration activities. "One-fourth of our nation's energy supply… Continue Reading


Senator Cassidy Congratulates CenturyLink on Acquiring Level 3 Communications

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, congratulates CenturyLink on the announcement of their acquisition of Level 3 Communications. The Monroe based communications company struck a deal with Level 3 Communications for $34 billion. "This is a great day for Louisiana business," said Dr. Cassidy. "This merger elevates CenturyLink amongst the top communications companies in the world and promotes Louisiana as a center for innovation and growth." Following the merger, the new company will be the secon… Continue Reading


MEDIA Advisory: Cassidy Announces Superdome to Light Up Red for Dyslexia Awareness Month

New Orleans -In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and US Senator Bill Cassidy's office have worked together to Light the Superdome Red this Sunday, October 23. "Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 people. Attention to and understanding of this issue is important so that those affected can get screened, diagnosed, and the evidence based instruction they need," Dr. Cassidy said. Dr. Cassidy's office is encouraging everyone to post photos of the Superdome and use the … Continue Reading


Cassidy, LA Delegation Urge HUD Secretary to Quickly Distribute Flood Recovery Funds

Today, Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, along with the entire Louisiana congressional delegation sent a letter to Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), urging him to quickly distribute $500 million in recently appropriated flood recovery funds via the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Vitter and the delegation made the case that Louisiana deserves the bulk of the funding, and reminded HUD that the language of the law clearly states that … Continue Reading


FEMA Announces Federal Grants for Louisiana

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced two federal grants for the State of Louisiana for disaster relief. The two grants will provide a combined $128,516,850 to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) for the first portion of the Shelter At Home (SAH) Program and associated project management costs. The SOH Program enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged in the August flooding to take shelter in their ow… Continue Reading


Cassidy Secures Down Payment for LA Flood Victims

WASHINGTON - US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the passage of the Continuing Resolution and the flood relief aid included in the bill. The CR includes a $500 million down payment to help people affected by this year's flooding in Louisiana and in other areas. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "There are families with mud covering their living room floors and mold growing up their walls. I learned of one family that lost their home in New Orleans in Katrina. They relo… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Delegation Continue to Fight for Flood Relief

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD today announced the continuance of the fight to secure disaster relief funding for Louisiana after Democrats voted down the Continuing Resolution, which included a $500 million down payment in funding for the state and other areas impacted by flooding. "Federal dollars will come to help Louisiana's flood victims. We know the same amount of money has a greater impact if it comes sooner rather than later," Dr. Cassidy said. "I am sorry that those with other agendas … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Speaks on Need for Louisiana Flood Relief

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) rose on the Senate floor to bring further attention to the August flooding disaster in Louisiana and the relief the state desperately needs. Earlier today, Dr. Cassidy secured half a billion in initial flood relief aid in the Continuing Resolution and hopes for quick, bi-partisan approval. "We have thousands of families that were completely caught off guard, unprepared, by no fault of their own, caught by a freak of nature thousand year flood, and are n… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Delegation Secure Relief for Louisiana Families

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD announced the inclusion of half a billion dollars in disaster relief funding for Louisiana in the version of the Continuing Resolution released today. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "This is a down payment that will bring peace of mind to families that were faced with potentially leaving their homes. I'm grateful to my fellow senators, the governor and the entire delegation for moving so swiftly - receiving relief this quickly is unprecedented and… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Bill to Encourage Use of Natural Gas Vehicles

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the Natural Gas Truck Parity Act of 2016, a bi-partisan and bi-cameral bill, in the US Senate. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a partial exclusion for alternative fuel trucks from the excise tax imposed on heavy-duty trucks sold at retail. US Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) also introduced companion legislation in the US House of Representatives. The tax code currently imposes a 12 percent Federal Excise Tax… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Vitter Introduce Bill to Provide Relief to Flood Victims

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced S.3358 in the US Senate to waive the 10 percent penalty for early IRA withdrawals for those impacted by the August flooding. This bill will supplement the regulatory waivers to allow Louisianans impacted by the August flooding early access to retirement funds. "Whatever can be done to help your family rebuild, recover and prosper must be done," said Dr. Cassidy. "If your home is destroyed, if your living room is cover… Continue Reading

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