Press Releases

12.11.18

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Put Doctors Back in Control of VA Health Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, legislation to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs' system for purchasing medical and surgical supplies so that veterans can receive the best quality care. "As a doctor, I know effective treatment to patients requires the right tools," said Dr. Cassidy. "Government bureaucrats with no clinical experience have no busines… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Cassidy: Farm Bill Helps Louisiana Agriculture Succeed

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill), which includes his amendment to help create rural jobs. "This legislation empowers Louisiana farmers and sugar producers to succeed," said Dr. Cassidy. "The bill's investments in telemedicine and rural community treatment facilities helps improve health outcomes for Louisianans and fight opioid addiction. And it also includes my provision creati… Continue Reading


12.11.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: It Blows My Mind Democrats Support Open Borders

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), appeared on Fox Business today to highlight Democrats' willingness to shut down the government in support of open borders that encourage the flow of illegal immigration and deadly drugs into our country. In 2006, 26 Democrats-including Senators Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama-voted to build the wall. Cassidy has been fierce in his support for border security and anti-drug trafficking measures,cracking down on sanctuary cities,… Continue Reading


12.06.18

WATCH: At Cassidy’s Invitation, Baton Rouge Pastor Tommy Middleton Opens U.S. Senate in Prayer

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced Baton Rouge Pastor Dr. Tommy Middleton on the Senate floor and invited him to open the Senate in prayer. Dr. Cassidy's remarks and Dr. Middleton's prayer are transcribed below. CASSIDY: I rise today to speak to my friend, Dr. Tommy Middleton, the executive director of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, who just opened us prayer. Dr. Middleton oversees 100 churches and missions, which include services in six languages, Chine… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Cassidy Announces BUILD Grants for I-12, Port Fourchon Improvement Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced two grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvement projects in Louisiana. The state will receive $25 million for widening I-12 and $16.2 million for transportation improvements for Port Fourchon. Cassidy wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in July in support of both grant applications. "These resources will go toward critical infrastructure projects in Louisiana that will create jobs and su… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal Reaches 55 House Cosponsors

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5499) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal is now supported by 56 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA). The bill (S. 2652) passed the Senate unanimously in June after garnering 73 cosponsors in just two… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Cassidy Announces Support for Trump Backed Criminal Justice Reform Bill

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined the growing list of cosponsors of the new First Step Act (S. 3649). They join a bipartisan group of senators sponsoring the legislation-endorsed by the president-to reform America's criminal justice system. "I agree with President Trump. This reform makes society safer. Equipping non-violent and low risk parolees to re-enter society, get a job and stay out of trouble can break the cycle of recidivism and crime. This also saves… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Cassidy, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Expedite FERC Review of Energy Infrastructure Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act, legislation to help reduce the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects, including LNG projects. A shortage of highly specialized engineers, scientists, and mathematicians tasked with reviewing construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a backlog of projects waiting to receive approval, and Cassidy's bil… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Cassidy: Short-Term Extension of National Flood Insurance Program Sets Stage for Long-Term Reform

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding his efforts to keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from expiring November 30. "As much as possible, we must prevent the National Flood Insurance Program from lapsing. Then set the stage for long-term reforms," said Dr. Cassidy. "A short-term extension is frustrating but necessary to achieve our longer goal. We must create a more accountable, affordable and sustainable system that is good for Louisian… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Cassidy, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Save Taxpayers Money

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Reform Act, bipartisan legislation to allow the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to save taxpayers money by leasing unused storage capacity at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The added revenue will support SPR maintenance and its long-term operational readiness. "If the tanks are empty, let's put them to use," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is crucial f… Continue Reading


11.13.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces Western District Judge Nominee at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana (Lake Charles) nominee James D. Cain at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Lake Charles has not had a sitting federal judge for over a year. Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees Kurt Engelhardt, Barry Ashe, Terry Doughty, Michael Juneau, Kyle Duncan, Wendy Vitter, and Robert Summerhays at their respective hearings. A full transcript of Dr. Cassidy's remark… Continue Reading


11.08.18

Cassidy: Polish Natural Gas Deal Will Weaken Putin

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding Cheniere Energy's announcement of a long-term agreement to sell liquefied natural gas to Polish oil and natural gas company PGNiG. "This LNG deal with Poland is a major step forward for our ally's effort to become less reliant on Russian natural gas, which Vladimir Putin has used to bully and intimidate the Polish people," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's also… Continue Reading


10.31.18

Cassidy Supports Ending Split-Jury Decisions

BATON ROUGE-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his support for the proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 in Louisiana, which would require unanimous jury verdicts for felony convictions. Currently, Louisiana and Oregon are the only states to allow 10-12 "split-jury" decisions to convict defendants. "Innocent until proven guilty is a fundamental principle of our society, and a split-jury law undermines that principle," said Dr. Cassidy. "Louisiana should join Texas, Arkans… Continue Reading


10.30.18

WATCH: Cassidy Hosts Louisiana Mental Health Summit

Baton Rouge-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today hosted the Louisiana Mental Health Summit in Baton Rouge, bringing together federal, state, and local leaders to discuss and promote the implementation of proven methods to improve mental health care in Louisiana and the country. "This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue because you can approach it from any angle you wish and it comes down that it is better for the patient, it is better for their family and it is better for s… Continue Reading


10.30.18

Cassidy Coauthors JAMA Article on ‘Truly Disruptive Approach to Improve Access and Reduce Long-Term Costs’ of Treating Hepatitis C

The "Netflix Model" might represent a truly disruptive approach to improve access & reduce long-term costs of treating Hepatitis C, while maintaining innovation incentives using a market-based mechanism. From @peterbachmd, Mark Trusheim & me @JAMA_current: https://t.co/ro5r8Q6lYr pic.twitter.com/ZK6V7uH99Z - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) October 30, 2018 WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health committee, today published wit… Continue Reading


10.26.18

Cassidy Congratulates Louisiana Students Appointed to U.S. Service Academies

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today congratulated the eight Louisiana students he nominated to America's service academies who accepted appointments and are on the path to becoming commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Forces upon graduation in 2022. "We're thankful for these students who have chosen military service. We're thankful for their parents who provided an example of service to their children. And we're thankful for all those who wear our nation's uniform," said Dr. Cassi… Continue Reading


10.25.18

Doctors Bill and Laura Cassidy: What Our Family Learned about Overcoming Dyslexia

Dyslexia is more common than society realizes. Here's what we can do to help children struggling in the shadows. By U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., and Laura Cassidy, M.D. October 25, 2018 TheHill.com | Share on Twitter | Facebook Seeing your child struggle in school has to be one of the worst feelings as a parent. For us, it was heartbreaking. Our daughter could not read. It was first grade, but things were not clicking. Her self-esteem plummeted, and pretty soon she didn't want to go to s… Continue Reading


10.24.18

WATCH: President Trump Signs Cassidy-Backed Legislation Targeting Opioid Crisis into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined President Trump at the White House today as he signed into law the Opioid Crisis Response Act (H.R. 6), bipartisan legislation that includes several provisions authored by Cassidy to combat the opioid crisis. "Just went to a White House ceremony with President Trump and Melania Trump, she also spoke regarding how do we address the issue of opioids. A big bill, by giving states and communities the resources to hopefully make lives better and to decr… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Cassidy: Germany’s LNG Concession to President Trump is Great News for Louisiana Workers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly agreeing to move forward on building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping terminal in northern Germany that will enable the country to buy more American natural gas. "President Trump's advocacy appears to be working, and that's great news for Louisiana workers," said Dr. Cassidy. "If Germany buys more Ameri… Continue Reading


10.23.18

NEXT WEEK: Cassidy Hosts Louisiana Mental Health Summit

Baton Rouge-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), will host the Louisiana Mental Health Summit on Tuesday, October 30, bringing together federal, state, and local leaders to discuss and promote the implementation of proven methods to improve mental health care in Louisiana and the country. Members of the media wishing to attend and receive information regarding media availabilities must RSVP to Ty_Bofferding@cassidy.senate.gov. Guest speakers for the event include City of Baton Rouge/EBRP Pa… Continue Reading

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