Watch Kennedy’s comments here.

WASHINGTON – The Senate today passed Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-La.) Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to stop the Biden administration’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from enforcing its Dodd Frank Section 1071 small business data collection rule. The resolution of disapproval now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

“Small business owners are already suffering too much under Pres. Biden’s inflation, and the CFPB’s rule only further burdens them and puts their personal data at risk. The House should move quickly to pass this resolution so that lenders can continue to support small businesses and avoid unnecessary compliance costs,” said Kennedy.

Section 1071 requires covered financial institutions to collect and report certain personal information on small business loan applicants and report that to the CFPB. This information includes an applicant’s race, ethnicity and sex and whether the business is minority-owned, woman-owned or LGBT-owned. The CFPB may then make certain parts of that information public, including data that could publicly identify the small business credit applicant.

In August, Kennedy led a letter to CFPB Director Rohit Chopra, urging the bureau to pause its 1071 data collection rule while the courts determine the validity of the Section 1071 rule.


  • Kennedy introduced the Small LENDER Act to protect Louisiana’s small businesses’ access to capital. The legislation would block the Biden administration’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from requiring community banks and lenders to collect and report social data—such as race, gender and ethnicity—from borrowers. 

The resolution is available here.

Video of Kennedy’s comments is here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) joined Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in introducing legislation to freeze the Biden administration’s transfer of $6 billion in assets to the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

“Just weeks after the Biden White House made shameful negotiations to transfer $6 billion to Tehran without congressional review, the Iranian regime sponsored a devastating terror attack on Israel, killing and taking American citizens hostage. Congress must ensure that the Biden administration freezes these assets before they flow to the Islamic Republic. Allowing the transfer to go through would further enable and embolden Iran’s proxy armies,” said Kennedy. 

“Iran is the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. In addition to funding Hamas’s devastating terrorist attacks against Israel, the regime’s proxies have attacked dozens of American targets in the region in recent years. The Biden administration’s decision to let Iran access the $6 billion immediately freed up other money for the regime to fund its attacks in Israel. The Biden administration should immediately re-freeze the funds,” said Cotton. 

“The path of resources, training, and lethal weapons from Tehran to terrorists throughout the Middle East is crystal clear. On Saturday, it enabled cold-blooded killers like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to perpetrate the deadliest day of violence against Jews in decades. The civilized world must re-impose serious consequences on the regime that aids and abets murderous evil against innocent Israelis. The United States must lead that effort by our example, and freezing Iranian assets is an important first step,” said McConnell. 

In August, Kennedy raised concerns to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about the administration’s move to circumvent congressional authority and potentially enter into a nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime by transferring assets in exchange for U.S. prisoners.

Bill text is available here


WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today introduced the No Dollars for Dictators Act to prevent perpetrators of genocide and state sponsors of terrorism from receiving special drawing rights through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) without congressional authorization.

In 2021, President Biden approved the largest-ever allocation of special drawing rights at the IMF totaling $650 billion. He did this without consent from Congress. Large portions of that allocation flowed to dictators and countries that actively oppose American interests and violate human rights.

“The Biden administration already green-lit a 2021 deal that sent $4.5 billion to Iran and another $54 billion to China and Russia. Congress can’t afford to let this White House and Secretary Yellen do it again.

“My bill would stop the Biden administration from making an end run around Congress on behalf of the world’s most oppressive and violent regimes. These countries work to undermine America’s security and success every day, and this White House shouldn’t be forcing U.S. taxpayers to line the pockets of terrorists and dictators,” said Kennedy.


The IMF distributes special drawing rights according to each country’s economic standing in the global economy. That means the world’s wealthiest countries received the most special drawing rights of all IMF members when the 2021 allocation became effective on Aug. 23, 2021. 

China alone received $38 billion in special drawing rights. Russia received $16 billion. In addition to sending billions of dollars to Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, the allocation sent billions in aid to Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Syria and Iran are state sponsors of terrorism.

While some have claimed that special drawing rights offer the U.S. a no-cost way to assist poor countries, this is demonstrably false. This IMF allocation requires the U.S. to issue debt in order to cover the loans issued through special drawing rights. The U.S. has to pay interest on that debt, and that interest would exceed any interest that the U.S. may receive on the loans it issues.

There is no requirement that countries that receive loans from the U.S. through special drawing rights ever repay the principal. As a result, the financial burden of these loans falls on the U.S. taxpayer.

Text of the No Dollars for Dictators Act is here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today made the following statement:

“Congratulations again to Louisiana Governor-elect Jeff Landry. He served our state passionately as attorney general, and I look forward to working with him as our new governor. Louisiana’s future can be better than our present and our past, and it's the responsibility of both state and federal officials to make that brighter, freer and more prosperous future a reality.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,920,262 in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Louisiana disaster aid.

“Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana’s hospitals hard, and I’m thankful to see this $1.9 million help southwest health care facilities recover from the damage,” said Kennedy.

The FEMA aid will fund the following:

  • $1,920,262 to the Southwest Louisiana Hospital Association for repairs to facilities resulting from Hurricane Laura.

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in issuing the following joint statement warning potential perpetrators against making any domestic threats inspired by Hamas’ attacks in Israel:  

“The Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel are despicable and depraved. As we mourn the hundreds of lives lost, including at least 27 U.S. citizens, we must also remain vigilant in our efforts to safeguard our communities at home. The first duty of government is to protect the national security of our citizens and keep Americans safe.

“To any bad actors who dare cross onto American soil seeking to exploit the crisis in Israel and wreak havoc domestically, our message is clear: Any threat to the United States will be pursued and suppressed swiftly, forcefully and to the fullest extent of U.S. justice. Your vile and hateful acts have no place here. The United States will relentlessly defend against domestic threats while supporting Israel as it fights to eradicate Hamas’ campaign of evil.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,014,539 in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Louisiana disaster aid.   

“Hurricane Laura hit Louisianians in Alexandria hard, with a lot of damage being done to their electrical power system. I’m grateful to see this $3 million help cover these necessary repairs,” said Kennedy.

The FEMA aid will fund the following:

  • $3,014,539 for the city of Alexandria to repair damages to the city’s electrical power system caused by Hurricane Laura.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,085,653 in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Louisiana disaster aid.  

“Hurricane Ida struck a blow to Louisiana, leaving debris throughout our state. I’m grateful to see that this $2.1 million will help dredging efforts in Lafourche,” said Kennedy.

The FEMA aid will fund the following: 

  • $2,085,653 to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission for channel dredging as a result of damages from Hurricane Ida.

Watch Kennedy’s comments here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) called for Congress to support his effort to install a Special Inspector General (IG) to monitor American aid to Ukraine during a speech on the Senate floor.

Kennedy explained that the United States does not currently have a dedicated IG focused exclusively on accountability for Ukraine and argued that the American people deserve the highest level of oversight and accountability on their aid to the country as it fights Russian aggression.

Key comments from Kennedy’s remarks include:

“One thing—regardless of what you think about Ukraine—I think we can all agree on is that we have to watch that money like a hawk. We cannot allow it to be stolen. We cannot allow it to be wasted. . . . Nothing in this world makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper upbringing, a strong set of values and witnesses. We need more witnesses.” 

. . .

“Just like we did in Afghanistan, we need one Inspector General—one woman or man—that we can hold responsible. Appointed by the president. Confirmed by the United States Senate. The Inspector General at the Department of Defense and the Inspector General of the State Department and the Inspector General of USAID can work under the people's Inspector General, under Sen. [Kyrsten] Sinema and I’s bill.

“We need one person to hold accountable, just like we did in Afghanistan. The American people—regardless of how they feel about funding in Ukraine—and members of the United States Senate—regardless of how they feel about the war in Ukraine—surely, we can agree that we will all rest easily, or at least easier, if we follow the money.”


  • On Sept. 21, 2023, the Chair of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency announced the selection of Robert Storch to be the Lead IG for Ukraine. Storch already serves as the IG for the Department of Defense, a role he must continue while trying to provide oversight in Ukraine. 
  • Kennedy’s bill would establish a Special IG for Ukraine with its own resources and staff that are independent of the Department of Defense or any other agency, unlike the current Lead IG.
  • Kennedy noted that Congress previously established a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction which proved to be an effective means of identifying corruption in Afghanistan. The Special IG for Afghanistan Reconstruction said installing a Special IG in Ukraine “would send a clear message—to Ukrainians, to bad contractors, to the U.S. government itself, to all the U.S. agencies—that we really take oversight seriously.”

Kennedy’s full remarks are available here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,148,857 in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Louisiana disaster aid.  

“I’m grateful to see this $5.1 million help Louisianians in Calcasieu Parish and all over our state recover from flooding and prepare for future disasters,” said Kennedy.

The FEMA aid will fund the following:

  • $3,362,076 to Calcasieu Parish for the elevation of 14 residential properties and the demolition of two structures.
  • $186,782 to Calcasieu Parish for management costs associated with the mitigation of 16 flood-prone structures.
  • $1,599,999 to the state of Louisiana to update the State of Louisiana Hazard Mitigation Plan.