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Sen. Cassidy on latest stimulus bill and ongoing hurricane recovery

Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 8:08 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -The massive stimulus package signed into law last week has been celebrated by many, but not everyone is on board.

The plan found opposition from Louisiana lawmakers like Senator Bill Cassidy. In a conference call Tuesday, Cassidy spoke candidly about a number of topics ranging from the debate surrounding distributing stimulus checks to inmates to Southwest Louisiana’s current battle with hurricane recovery.

Cassidy says this latest round of stimulus doesn’t specifically lay out plans to address recovery needs, but a future bill may.

“There will be a separate disaster package, and we’re still working on that and wish to get it through,” Sen. Cassidy said. “The good thing is now FEMA will have a 90-10 match. So, that’s very helpful.”

In this latest relief package, the National Association of Counties estimates that Southwest Louisiana will receive nearly $60 million in COVID relief funding.

CALCASIEU$39,455,159
BEAUREGARD$7,272,312
JEFF DAVIS$6,083,630
CAMERON$1,352,370
ALLEN4,970,199

Cassidy also said that while he and other Republicans support stimulus payments, the Democrats’ bill does much more than that. He noted that stimulus checks are going to people including inmates who do not stimulate the economy and who are already supported by taxpayers.

In the meantime, a Democratic-led infrastructure bill could gain his support but not if it mimics the latest round of stimulus.

”If the infrastructure package follows that pattern, yes, you build some bridges and roads, but there’s a heck of a lot in there that has nothing to do with roads and bridges. That’s a concern,” Cassidy said.

As for small businesses, Cassidy claimed that there is still enough money from the last relief bill to go towards the Paycheck Protection Program.

As for other items he’s working on, Cassidy and other lawmakers reintroduced the ‘End All Hazing Act’ Tuesday requiring colleges and universities to post acts of hazing on their website.

”Only if it’s established. Only if it’s proven,” Cassidy said. “Providing this information will improve transparency and help students make the best choices for their future. It will be a real comfort to parents.”

Cassidy first introduced the legislation in 2019 after LSU student Max Gruver died during a hazing incident at a fraternity.

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