Press Releases


Cassidy Votes Against Budget Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after voting against the $1.149 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill: "My goal is to advance policies that help working families-this bill does not do that. Although there were some good things in the bill, like lifting the crude oil export ban, one of the reasons I voted against it was that it continues Obamacare and gives a $30 billion tax break that greatly benefits groups that forced Obamacare on the rest… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Bennet Introduce the Waterway LNG Parity Act of 2015

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Waterway LNG Parity Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would ensure that excise taxes on liquefied natural gas (LNG) for marine transportation on the inland waterways are levied at a rate consistent with their energy output relative to diesel and gasoline, respectively. LNG is a cheaper, cleaner, domestic energy source and the current financing mechanism for the inland waterways system puts its use at a disadv… Continue Reading


Cassidy Recognizes International Human Rights Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement recognizing International Human Rights Day 2015, calling attention to the plight of prisoners of conscience worldwide who suffer cruel punishment for peaceful dissent: "Today we honor the courageous men and women around the world who peacefully fight to protect the human dignity of others. Let us also not forget those who are languishing behind bars for speaking their conscience, like Vietnamese dissident Bui Thi Minh Hang. Mrs. H… Continue Reading


Cassidy Supports Education Bill, Stops Common Core

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. commented on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which scales back the federal government's role in education and returns the decision making power to parents, educators and state and local officials. The bipartisan legislation to replace No Child Left Behind is expected to be signed by the president this week. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Chairman of the Senate Dyslexia Caucus, Dr. Cassid… Continue Reading


ICYMI Cassidy Oped: Obama's climate hypocrisy

Obama's climate hypocrisy By Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. The Hill As the Paris climate talks continue, President Obama has repeatedly made clear his belief that no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. The president and his administration have attempted to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by limiting domestic oil and gas production on federal lands, continuing the 40-year-old crude oil export ban (presumably to decrease oil co… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets Frank Levingston of Louisiana, Oldest Known WWII Veteran

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. had the honor of meeting Frank Levingston of Louisiana, the oldest known World War II veteran, and thank him for his service. Frank was born on November 13, 1905 in north Louisiana and recently celebrated his 110th birthday. He was an Army private and served in the Naples-Foggia Campaign, or when the Allies invaded Italy, which lasted from September 1943 to January 1944. He was honorably discharged following the campaign in 1945. Frank currently resides in Lake Ch… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Peters Introduce Legislation to Reform IT Management Systems, Save Taxpayer Dollars

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act of 2015 to reform the federal government's management of information technology (IT) software licenses. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that implementing oversight and management policies of federal software licenses saved a single agency $181 million tax dollars per year. If implemented, the MEGABYTE… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Vitter and Boustany Applaud Opening of Lake Charles Interim VA Clinic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., U.S. Senator David Vitter, and U.S. Representative Charles Boustany, M.D. applauded the opening of the Lake Charles VA Interim Clinic on 814 W. McNeese St. The VA is holding an open house to celebrate the clinic's official opening today from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. "Securing a lease for a permanent VA clinic and opening the interim clinic are steps in the right direction. Until the clinic opens and starts seeing patients, we must continue to ensure our veterans have ac… Continue Reading


Cassidy Shares Stories of Obamacare's Impact on Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to discuss the problems of Obamacare, including its impact on low-wage workers and small businesses, its high deductibles, failing co-ops and fewer choices for patients. The Senators shared stories of how Obamacare has impacted their states. Watch the video here and read excerpts from the narratives below: In Baton Rouge, A Worker Said, "My First Employer Reduced My Hours So Now I Have Ha… Continue Reading


Cassidy Looks at Safety Measures for Offshore Oil and Gas Production

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. questioned officials in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Well Control Rule and other regulations related to offshore oil and gas production. Dr. Cassidy questioned whether the 20 new receptacles would create more possibility for leaks and safety hazards, the Well Control Rule shifting command and control authority from rig to shore, and cautioned against rushed-over prescriptive regulations that could lead to unintended safety risks… Continue Reading


Democrats Oppose EGO Act - Would Have Banned Taxpayer-Funded Oil Paintings of Government Officials

"I have no clue why the Democratic Leader objects… It is an incredible insensitivity to working families… They look at people in Washington like a new version of The Hunger Games. It is the capitol of this country and all the riches of this country are brought to the capitol to paint paintings of government officials to be hidden away-while they struggle to make their mortgage and their car note and to make sure that their child is properly fed." WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. … Continue Reading


Cassidy Supports Vitter Legislation to Stop Influx of Syrian Refugees

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced he is a cosponsor of Senator David Vitter's (R-LA) legislation to stop the influx of refugees from Syria until verification safeguards are in place to confirm that each refugee arriving is not a threat to the United States. At least one of the terrorists in the Paris attacks was confirmed to have entered France by posing as a Syrian refugee. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "The President might not think this is a War on Terror-but … Continue Reading


Cassidy: Stop Obama's Syrian Refugee Plan

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Louisiana: "The President has zero credibility when he claims Syrian refugees will be screened. He's ignoring the genocide of Christians and other religious groups, and still refuses to say 'radical Islam.' Hours before the attacks in Paris he said ISIS is contained, minimizing the seriousness of the threat they pose. Top FBI officials said there's no way to adequately screen all th… Continue Reading


Cassidy Honors Louisiana Veterans

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. thanked veterans for their service in honor of Veterans Day. He recounted the stories of two World War II heroes from Louisiana and thanked staff members who served. Watch his speech here and read his remarks below: "In commemoration, celebration and honor of Veterans Day, I'd like to share the stories of two Louisiana heroes who served in World War II: Lucius Forsyth and Robert "Emmett" Stanley - two Louisianans who answered the call to serve and di… Continue Reading


FDA Tightens Safety Regulations on Imported Seafood Following Cassidy Concerns

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) questioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August regarding the FDA's oversight of imported seafood. Studies show the amount of bacteria or antibiotic residue is alarmingly high in imported seafood, specifically shrimp. Today, the FDA responded to Dr. Cassidy's inquiry, explaining their efforts to improve the safety of seafood. This includes screening 100 percent of import entries prior to the products entering the country, inspections of s… Continue Reading


Cassidy Advocate OpEd: Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion will not Work for Louisiana

I received a text this past weekend from a friend whose relative broke a bone. The relative was seen in the ER, but because their "insurance" was Medicaid, they were having problems finding a physician for follow-up. Since Medicaid doesn't cover the cost of a doctor's utilities, rent, employees and malpractice insurance, most doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they see. This is the problem with the Obamacare Medicaid expansion: high cost with limited access, hurting patient outcomes. … Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on President's Keystone Rejection

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline: "The president's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline shows his allegiance to his supporters, not the American people. He rejected more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs that the American people want created. He ignored the 60 percent of Americans who want the pipeline built. Keystone could save workers' lives because transporting oil by pipeline means fewer accid… Continue Reading


Louisiana Awarded College Football National Championship Game Following Cassidy's Urging

Today, it was announced that the 2020 College Football Playoff title game will be played in New Orleans on January 13, 2020, following the urging of Dr. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA). In March, Dr. Cassidy wrote a letter to The Playoff Group's Bill Hancock supporting the proposal of hosting the game in New Orleans. Read the letter HERE and below: March 27, 201 Bill Hancock Executive Director The Playoff Group 545 East John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1025 Irving, TX 75062 Dear Mr. Hancock: I… Continue Reading


ICYMI - Cassidy: Louisiana should not take Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, and instead should look for better ways for health care

Louisiana should not take Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, and instead should look for better ways for health care By Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. The Advocate I received a text this past weekend from a friend whose relative broke a bone. The relative was seen in the ER, but because their "insurance" was Medicaid, they were having problems finding a physician for follow-up. Since Medicaid doesn't cover the cost of a doctor's utilities, rent, employees and malpractice ins… Continue Reading


Cassidy Pushes Back on EPA's WOTUS Rule

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a cosponsor of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, S.1140, released the following statement after voting to push back on the Obama administration's "Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule," which defines what streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands, ditches, and waterways are subject to federal oversight under the Clean Water Act: "When I'm in Louisiana, I consistently hear about the impacts this rule could have on private property, private property deve… Continue Reading

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