Sen. Cassidy discusses recent developments in La. & Washington, D.C

Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 7:44 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 1:17 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - La. Senator Bill Cassidy took a moment from his busy schedule to talk with KSLA about some recent developments in the state on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Sen. Cassidy recently voted against the omnibus package, saying he objected to the fact that taxpayer dollars were reportedly being spent with little to no notice or public discussion.

“You’ve got to fund the government, number one. But here should be a process by which the American people can actually understand what you’re doing.”

He says the package would take power from a majority of Americans and give it to a handful of people in Washington.

Cassidy also discussed his support for the passing of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This act would allow employers to make reasonable accommodations per a doctor’s request for those who are far along in their pregnancy and still working.

“It’s based on a case out of Louisville, Ken. in which there was a police officer, eight months pregnant, you got to have a doctor’s note, the doctor said, ‘Give her a stool to stand on.’ The department was afraid they’d be sued if they didn’t give everybody a stool. It’s not that they didn’t want to do it right, they just were afraid of what would happen.”

With the 118th U.S. Congress convening and members not agreeing on a new speaker, there have been talks on La. Representative Steve Scalise running for the position.

“Ultimately in D.C., you’ve got to find common ground. There’s going to be somebody you disagree with, but none the less you’re going to work with, and that’s going to be the Speaker.”

Cassidy says Scalise may be a good compromise, but sooner or later everyone must agree.

Also on Wednesday, Cassidy met individually with the new mayors of Shreveport and Minden, Tom Arceneaux and Nick Cox. During these meetings, he talked about plans to improve infrastructure, reduce crime, and create new jobs.

“I was honored to be among the first official visitors of Mayor Arceneaux and Mayor Cox,” said the senator. “We spoke about how the bipartisan infrastructure bill can help meet the needs of their communities, including improved sewer and water systems, and high-speed internet.”

Sen. Bill Cassidy and Mayor Tom Arceneaux
Sen. Bill Cassidy and Mayor Tom Arceneaux(Sen. Bill Cassidy)

“I was honored Senator Cassidy would take time to come and visit with me on my second business day as mayor of Shreveport. My team and I hit the ground running, evaluating, and outlining concerns/project that needed out immediate attention. While I have many concerns, Senator Cassidy and I discussed several areas where we could use his help, including with water system infrastructure improvements, passenger train service, flood control, and the I-49 connector. I look forward to working with Senator Cassidy and his staff and continuing our dialogue on the hopes and dreams for our great city,” said Arceneaux.

Sen. Bill Cassidy and Minden Mayor Nick Cox
Sen. Bill Cassidy and Minden Mayor Nick Cox(Sen. Bill Cassidy)

“It was an honor to meet with Senator Cassidy this morning. We talked about using federal funds to improve our water system, make electricity more affordable, and connect our city and parish with high-speed Internet. We share a goal of making Minden better for our citizens. I look forward to working with Senator Cassidy on that goal,” said Cox.