Press Releases

03.14.19

Cassidy, Rubio, Kennedy Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite Small-Scale LNG Exports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and John Kennedy (R-LA), today reintroduced the Small Scale LNG Access Act, legislation expediting the approval of natural gas exports equal to or less than 51.1 billion cubic feet per year. These small-scale exports would be deemed consistent with the public interest and granted without modification or delay. Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule to expedite the approval of small-scale exports of natural gas… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Meet with HUD Secretary Carson, Demand Action on Duplication of Benefits

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) met today with U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, M.D. to discuss their "holds" on two HUD nominees until the department releases long-delayed legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. Earlier this month, Cassidy and Kennedy wrote to Secretary Carson directly, urging HUD to "take immediate action" on issui… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Cassidy, Warren, Scott, Whitehouse Introduce Groundbreaking College Transparency Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and 11 other senators today introduced the College Transparency Act (CTA), bipartisan legislation to provide actionable and customizable information for students and families as they consider higher education opportunities. CTA modernizes the college reporting system for postsecondary data by ensuring accurate reporting on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college succe… Continue Reading


03.12.19

WATCH: Cassidy Stands Up for Louisiana Shrimpers, Seeks Action on Unfairly Subsidized Imports from Asia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), stood up for Louisiana shrimpers today during a Senate Finance Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Cassidy requested action to address foreign countries dumping government subsidized shrimp in the U.S. market, which drives down prices and hurts domestic producers in Louisiana. Cassidy secured Lighthizer's commitment to further pursue possible action to address dumping of foreign shrimp in U.S. markets. An excerpt from Cass… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Higher Education More Accessible & Affordable

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Gary Peters (D-MI), and John Boozman (R-AR) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit, making higher education more accessible and affordable. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would help improve high school and college graduation rates by expanding the use of existing grants to institutions of higher education to expand their dual and concurrent enrollment… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Financial Crime

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Jerry Moran (R-KA) introduced the FinCEN Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to combat money laundering and terrorism through financial intelligence. The bill bolsters national security by expanding the capacity of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to work with tribal law enforcement agencies, protect against domestic terrorism and focus on virtual currencies. "As terrorists a… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Cassidy Announces Department of Energy Approval for Calcasieu Pass LNG Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate subcommittees on energy and economic growth, today announced the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has given final export approval for Venture Global's Calcasieu Pass liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminal project, authorizing up to 1.7 billion cubic feet of LNG per day. Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the construction of the facility which will create over 1,500 construction and permanent jobs in… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help ALS Patients

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate committees on health and finance, joined 39 of his colleagues in introducing the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act (S. 578), bipartisan legislation eliminating the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. "ALS patients should not have to wait for months to receive this support," said Dr. Cassidy. "ALS is painful, it is degenerative, and on top of that, it is fi… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Urge HUD Secretary to Immediately Deliver Relief to Louisiana Flood Victims

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), are urging U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to "take immediate action" on issuing specific guidance regarding the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law in October. "It is unacceptable that bureaucracy is further slowing the recovery efforts of many homeowners impacted by flooding in 2016," write Dr. Cassidy and Kennedy. "Nearly 6,000 Louisianians are waiting … Continue Reading


02.28.19

Cassidy, Durbin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Leading Rehab Centers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act, bipartisan legislation to support rehabilitation facilities that lead the nation in medical research. The bill recognizes the unique role that a leading class of rehabilitation facilities play in our health care system by driving innovative research for the entire field, providing medical training to students, and serving the highest need patients across the coun… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Cassidy, Carper, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Obesity

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, bipartisan legislation addressing our nation's obesity crisis through Medicare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 27 million Americans are obese, and an estimated 300,000 deaths a year are attributed to t… Continue Reading


02.28.19

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

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (S 607), legislation aimed at reducing 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 rece… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Take New Action Against HUD to Force Progress on Duplication of Benefits Fix

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today announced they have placed holds on two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) nominees until the department releases long-delayed legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. The senators placed holds on Seth Appleton, nominee for HUD assistant secretary of policy development and research, and Robert Hunter Kurtz, … Continue Reading


02.26.19

Cassidy Legislation Restoring Property Rights to Lake Bistineau Residents to be Signed into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced the congressional passage of his legislation to restore and clarify property rights for over 100 private landowners near Lake Bistineau. This legislation passed as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S.47). "The federal government should honor its commitment to Louisiana and these homeowners," said Dr. Cassidy. "This solution is fair to all and is heading to the President's desk." In 1842, the U.S. government approved an 1838 or… Continue Reading


02.26.19

WATCH: Cassidy Questions CEOs about Drug Costs, Highlights Need for Price to Better Reflect Value

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today questioned pharmaceutical company executives about the high cost of prescription drugs, and highlighted the need for the value of a drug to be better reflected in its cost. Dr. Cassidy is leading the fight to unrig the system and lower prescription drug costs for patients. In May 2018 he released a white paper of ideas to make health care affordable again, and last year helped spearhead a new law eliminatin… Continue Reading


02.25.19

Cassidy: Babies Who Survive Abortion Should Receive Proper Medical Care

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


02.15.19

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

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