Press Releases

02.15.19

Cassidy, Kennedy, Johnson, Abraham: Louisiana’s Cyber Innovation Center is Helping Keep Our Country Safe

Defending against intrusions in cyberspace By U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, and U.S. Representatives Mike Johnson and Ralph Abraham February 13, 2019 Washington Times | Share on Twitter The Digital Age demands a workforce capable of defending us from modern threats. Americans today face cyber threats not only from hostile foreign nationals, but also from hackers, child pornographers, spies and thieves invading our homes and businesses through our computers. Louisiana is w… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Cassidy, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Boost Renewable Wind Energy, Protect Coral Reefs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Offshore Wind for Territories Act, bipartisan legislation authorizing offshore wind energy development in the exclusive economic zone adjacent to U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Currently, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) does not allow the U.S. secretary of the interior to lease areas offshore U.S. territories for renewable energy… Continue Reading


02.15.19

After Cassidy’s Urging, Trump Makes Drug Cartels Pay for the Wall

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after President Trump signed an emergency declaration that, along with the funding bill Cassidy voted for yesterday, will give the administration access to roughly $8 billion that can be used to build bollard steel barriers on America's southern border. Of that money, $600 million will come from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Forfeiture Fund, which includes money seized from Mexican drug traffickers. Cassidy h… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Cassidy Votes to Build New Physical Barriers on the Southern Border

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after the Senate passed by a vote of 83 - 16 legislation to strengthen border security and avoid another government shutdown. "Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't give a dollar, but this bill includes billions for border security," said Dr. Cassidy. "Liberal activist judges will no doubt try to stop the president's national emergency declaration, but there's no disputing the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Cassidy Releases White Paper Making the Case for Pro-Jobs Approach to Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate subcommittees on energy and economic growth, today released the following statement and white paper making the case for a pro-jobs approach to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Cassidy's white paper explains how increased use of natural gas lowers emissions while furthering American economic success, and comes after Democrats proposed the Green New Deal, which would cost trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans out of work… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold VA Providers Accountable

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the VA Provider Accountability Act, bipartisan legislation strengthening accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A troubling 2017 GAO report revealed an unacceptable trend of VA facilities failing to report providers who made major medical errors to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the relevant state licensing boards responsible… Continue Reading


02.13.19

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

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) nominee Greg Guidry at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees, James D. Cain, Jr., 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 remarks are transcribed below. Mr. Chairman, Here … Continue Reading


02.13.19

PHOTOS: Cassidy, Ernst, Rubio, Lee Discuss Paid Family Leave with Ivanka Trump

U.S Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statements today after meeting with Senior Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump to plot the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation. Staff from the offices of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) also attended the meeting. "Today we had a productive conversation about paid family leave policy focused on the bip… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Urge Trump Administration to Strengthen Medicare Advantage Program

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) joined many of their Senate colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to stabilize the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to 21 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. "Millions of our constituents depend on Medicare Advantage for quality, patient-centered health care," the senators wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma. "Beneficiary enthus… Continue Reading


02.07.19

WATCH: Cassidy Talks Border Security on Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), recently sat down with The Epoch Times' Jan Jekielek to discuss the crisis at America's southern border for the video series "American Thought Leaders." Asked about those who claim it's a "manufactured crisis," Dr. Cassidy responded, "if you're somebody whose son, daughter, spouse died from a fentanyl overdose, maybe it's not so good. I would also add, if you're a child from Central America who's being trafficked because you're brought here by a coyote, i… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Cassidy Applauds Committee’s Approval of Louisianans Donald Washington, Wendy Vitter, James Cain, Jr.

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement today after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved three of President Trump's nominees from Louisiana, Donald Washington to serve as director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Wendy Vitter to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans), and James D. Cain, Jr. to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana (Lake Charles). "Confirming qualified nominees for the bench and executive b… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Cassidy Named Chairman of Senate Subcommittees on Energy, Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced that in the 116th Congress he will serve as chairman of two key Senate subcommittees, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. Cassidy will continue to serve on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Senate Joint Economic Committee. "Tackling the debt and deficit, growi… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Town Talk: Cassidy Pushes Plan to Secure the Border, Make Drug Cartels Pay for It

Sen. Cassidy: Make drug lords pay for wall By Greg Hillburn February 4, 2019 Town Talk | Share on Twitter / Facebook U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has filed a bill he believes could "break the logjam" of America's southern border controversy by making Mexican drug lords and cartels pay for a wall - sort of. Cassidy, R-La., wants to use the nearly $1 billion seized annually from illegal drug trafficking at the border to build a physical barrier as well as finance other improvements. He introdu… Continue Reading


02.05.19

WATCH: Cassidy on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement in response to President Trump's State of the Union address to the nation. A transcript of Dr. Cassidy's remarks is below. CASSIDY: The president's theme was choosing greatness. I think we've chosen greatness with the economic policies that we have, the record low unemployment for veterans, for people of color, for high school dropouts, for women. An economy that's been growing as it hasn't for the previous eight ye… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Bipartisan Group of Senators Seek Answers from Health Care Providers and Insurers on Surprise Medical Bills

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Tom Carper (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are seeking answers from health care providers and insurers as part of their ongoing effort to develop bipartisan legislation to end surprise medical bills. The senators' latest questions for the health care industry seek more detailed information to supplement the input they received regarding draft legislation released in September 2018 by Senat… Continue Reading


02.04.19

Cassidy on Democrats Blocking Legislation to Protect Abortion Survivors: History Will Not Look Kindly Upon This Barbaric Evil

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a doctor and member of the Senate health committee, released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130), legislation protecting babies who survive abortions and are born alive by requiring they receive proper medical care and are admitted to a hospital. "Babies who survive abortion and are born alive should receive proper medical care, not be tossed in the trash," said Dr. Cassidy. "Ki… Continue Reading


02.04.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation to Protect Adoption and Foster Care Providers from Religious Discrimination

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)joined colleagues in the House and Senate in introducing the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act(H.R. 897 and S. 274), legislation to ensure faith-based adoption and foster care providers can continue to provide child welfare services. Because of a regulation instituted by the Obama Administration in January 2017 and somestate laws, some faith-based organizations are blocked from providing child welfare services in a w… Continue Reading


02.01.19

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Secure the Border, Make Cartels Pay for it

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced the Securing the Border and Making Drug Cartels Pay for It Act (S. 293), legislation to pay for stronger border security measures using money seized, in part, from drug cartels. "This money would have lined the pockets of criminals and international drug lords, but we can use it to secure our border and stop the flow of drugs," said Dr. Cassidy. "It won't be the American people paying for the wall, it'll be the Mexican cartels, and that i… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Sarah's Law on Third Anniversary of Her Death

On January 31, 2016, the night of her graduation, 21-year-old Sarah Rootwas struck and killed in Omaha, Nebraska,by Edwin Mejia, a drunk driver who was in the U.S. illegally. Following state criminal charges of motor vehicle homicide and outreach by local law enforcement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used its discretion to decline to issue a detainer on Mejia, Sarah's killer. Subsequently, Mejia posted bond, disappeared, and now, three years later, still remains at-large. Tod… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Cassidy Blasts Virginia Governor’s Defense of Infanticide: “They’re Beholden to Groups Like Planned Parenthood”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a doctor and member of the Senate health committee, responded today to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's defense of infanticide and Virginia Democrats' legislation to make it legal to abort a completely healthy baby up until the moment of birth. Last night, a pro-abortion Democrat said it was a "mistake" for her to support the legislation, because what the bill's sponsor said it would allow is classified as "partial birth infanticide" and "a crime." "'Fir… Continue Reading

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