Press Releases

10.30.19

Cassidy Votes Against Democratic Effort to Increase Insurance Premiums

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted against a Democrat-backed resolution that would have overturned a Trump policy that is helping lower health care premiums for American families. The Senate rejected the Democratic effort to repeal the use of 1332 reinsurance waivers using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a legislative tool Congress can use to override rules crafted by the president. These waivers give states the flexibility to craft policies to reduce premium costs specific … Continue Reading


10.30.19

Cassidy, Murphy Applaud FDA Recommendations to Tackle Drug Shortages in Response to Their Request

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), both members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Wednesday released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued their report, "Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions." This report was issued in response to a request from Cassidy and Murphy for the FDA to examine the root causes of drug shortages and recommendations the government can take … Continue Reading


10.27.19

Cassidy on Death of al-Baghdadi

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement in response to the announcement by President Trump that U.S. special forces carried out a successful operation killing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. "Terrorists are on notice, U.S. Special Forces will find you, however long, however hard." Said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Cassidy Announces $101M in Energy Revenue Sharing for Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, announced that Louisiana is receiving more than $101 million in revenue sharing from energy produced in the Gulf of Mexico during FY19. The funds are part of $11.69 billion in total revenue sharing funds that are being distributed to states that produce energy on federal, American Indian-owned lands and offshore areas. The total amount represents a 31 percent increase over last year and a 66 percent increase… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Cassidy, Casey Introduce 'End All Hazing Act'

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) have introduced a bill to provide parents and prospective students with better information about universities' histories of hazing in an effort to eliminate hazing nationwide. The "End All Hazing Act" would require colleges and universities to post on their websites incidents of hazing that took place on campus or within a student organization. Providing this information would improve transparency and assist students in making the bes… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Cassidy: Mark Zuckerberg Has Zero Credibility on Cryptocurrency

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) said today that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has "zero credibility" when it comes to his cryptocurrency venture. Facebook plans to establish its own cryptocurrency, known as Libra. Under the plan, Facebook will lead its development before ceding control to a Switzerland-based governing body. Facebook would keep Libra's digital wallet, known as Calibra. Zuckerberg spoke during a Congressional hearing today in an attempt to win back the trust of lawmake… Continue Reading


10.22.19

Cassidy, Grassley Op-Ed: A Bipartisan Way To Make Prescription Drugs Affordable

A Bipartisan Way to Make Prescription Drugs Affordable By U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. and Chuck Grassley Americans are concerned about the high price of drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has become a system rife with gaming. Profits are regularly prioritized over patients. Laws meant to encourage innovation, recoup private investment, and ensure patient access are too often manipulated to suppress competition and increase prices. These unscrupulous industry practices can take many forms,… Continue Reading


10.22.19

Cassidy, Murphy Resolution Recognizes October as Dyslexia Awareness Month

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today introduced a resolution recognizing October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. "One in five children has dyslexia. Raising dyslexia awareness assists our schools in identifying it earlier, which means getting resources to children in need sooner," said Dr. Cassidy. "I hear from parents in Connecticut who tell me how they struggle to get their children with dyslexia the attention and special instruction they need," said Murphy. "We… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Trump Picks Louisiana Native for Energy Secretary

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Energy, today applauded President Trump for nominating Louisiana native Dan Brouillette as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Brouillette is originally from Paincourtville, La., in Assumption Parish. He is currently the Deputy Secretary of Energy and will succeed outgoing Secretary Rick Perry, pending confirmation in the Senate. He has served as Perry's No. 2 since August 2017. He was also previo… Continue Reading


10.18.19

While Democrats Focus on Impeachment, Cassidy Saves Taxpayers $3.1 Billion on Drug Prices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that despite the political noise and the partisan backlog in our nation's capital, Washington is still delivering for the American people. Cassidy recently saved taxpayers $3.1 billion on drug prices with President Trump signing his Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing (AMP) Act into law. The bipartisan legislation closes a loophole which allows drug companies to overcharge taxpayers for drugs purchased through Medicaid. "Even though Democrat… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Cassidy, Cardin, Collins, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Historic Tax Credit

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced legislation to expand the Historic Tax Credit to foster economic growth and urban renewal. The Historic Tax Credit Growth & Opportunity (HTC-GO) Act creates a new 30 percent credit for projects that cost less than $3.75 million while maintaining the existing 20 percent credit. Credits are capped at $750,000. The bill lowers the threshold the cost of a project must mee… Continue Reading


10.09.19

Cassidy Seeks to Uncover China’s Access to Americans’ Data

Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), is requesting information from major credit card companies and data brokers in an effort to better protect Americans' privacy and prevent foreign entities or potentially bad actors from gaining access to their personal information. "Information sold by data brokers goes relatively unregulated in the United States. The possibility that actors with ill intentions can buy Americans' data to engage in nefarious activities against the United States is concerning," … Continue Reading


10.09.19

Cassidy, Google Host Workshop to Improve Digital Skills for Small Business Owners, Jobseekers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) cohosted and spoke at the 'Grow with Google' workshop at Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport on Monday. The workshop provided onsite instruction to local small businesses, jobseekers and nonprofit leaders on digital skills necessary to be competitive in today's online business environment. Grow with Google is the tech company's initiative program to help create economic opportunities for people across America. "Small businesses in Louisiana are crucial t… Continue Reading


10.04.19

Senators Cassidy, Hassan, Ernst, Sinema Raise Concerns Over VA Hiring Providers With History of Misconduct

Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to take action following a troubling report from the Government Accountability Office that found Veterans Health Administration facilities are hiring providers with a history of misconduct. "Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities lack adequate safeguards to ensure that veterans are not treated by providers who have a history of ad… Continue Reading


10.04.19

Cassidy Issues Statement on Supreme Court Taking Up Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement responding to news that the Supreme Court of the United States will hear Louisiana's law that requires abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges. The law in question requires that doctors who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges and higher standards of care at their clinics so that women using the facilities can have access to emergency medical care. Its implementation had been stayed during the… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Cassidy, Hassan, Kustoff and Spanberger Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Pill Presses

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Reps. David Kustoff (R-TN) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation to stiffen penalties for those who use pill press to make counterfeit drugs, including opioids. The Criminalizing Abused Substance Templates (CAST) Act modifies the Controlled Substances Act to define the criminal penalty for making counterfeit drugs using a pill press. Current law prohibits this practice but does not def… Continue Reading


10.02.19

Cassidy, Whitehouse, Hassan Applaud DOJ Action Against $2.1B Medicare Fraud Scheme

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today released statements applauding the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) action against 35 individuals for their alleged participation in a Medicare genetic testing fraud scheme involving $2.1 billion in losses, and the departments' new effort to target genetic testing fraud schemes nationwide. This action comes a month after the group of Senators contac… Continue Reading


10.02.19

HELP Committee Chairman Alexander Sponsors Cassidy’s College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate's education committee, is throwing his weight behind the College Transparency Act (CTA). Cassidy's bill is garnering broad bipartisan support with 27 senators cosponsoring the legislation. "Chairman Alexander's support is invaluable for the CTA to become law and provide our students with the transparency they deserve when choosing a school," said Dr. Cassidy, a member of the Senate… Continue Reading


10.02.19

Cassidy, Johnson, Peters, Senators Recognize October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with eight other senators, today announced a resolution recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019. The purpose of the resolution is to encourage education about cybersecurity and help all people of the United States be safer, more secure, and more aware while online and using connected devices. "Our daily lives are becoming increasingly online," said Dr. Cassidy. "National Cybersecurity Awareness Month highlights the importanc… Continue Reading


10.01.19

Cassidy Secures $1.4 Million for Lake Pontchartrain Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced $1.4 million will be awarded to the EPA's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program to restore the ecological health of the Pontchartrain Basin by developing and funding restoration projects. Due to Cassidy's efforts, Congress increased funding for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program for FY2020 from $948,000 to $1.4 million, the first increase in nearly a decade. "The impact of the opening of the Bonnet Carré spillway on… Continue Reading

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