Cassidy: 2016 Flood victims getting tax relief

Today, I joined several Senate Republican colleagues at a press conference to ure Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite floor consideration of funding bills and nominees in order to make substantial progress on the Senate’s work before the end of the fiscal year, September 30.

We should work nights, weekends, and through the August state work period if it is necessary to confirm President Trump’s nominees and avoid last-minute funding battles.

Improving the Flood Insurance Program

During a trip to Livingston Parish I discussed my work to improve the National Flood Insurance Program.

We are building a coalition of Northeast and Gulf Coast lawmakers to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.  Additionally, we allowed those with uncompensated flood-related losses of more than $500 in 2016 to refile their 2016 tax return to receive a refund.  Losses from 2017 can also be carried over to 2018 tax returns for businesses and families, and the penalty for withdrawing from a 401K fund was also waived.

Solving the Opioid Crisis

recently toured the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Bossier City.

I’m trying on a federal level to bring resources to our state to help folks get the treatment they need.  I have sponsored legislation to combat the opioid crisis and address mental health, and I will continue that work.

Confirming Judges Who Will Uphold the Constitution

The Senate recently confirmed the nomination of New Orleans native Kurt Engelhardt to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 62-34.

Judge Engelhardt received strong bipartisan support because of his stellar experience and qualifications.  I know he will do a great job upholding the Constitution as written, and I’m proud to see him join Kyle Duncan on the U.S. Fifth Circuit.