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Cassidy Comments on Louisiana Recovery Funds in FY 2017 Appropriations Bill

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the legislative text for the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This bill includes vital funding to help Louisiana recover from recent natural disasters. Dr. Cassidy released the following statements: "Our sheriffs and law enforcement agencies are always on the front lines when disaster hits. This funding will ensure those agencies are restored to full capacity so they can continue protecting our state. "This bill also ensures that … Continue Reading


Media Advisory: Cassidy to Attend Presidential Executive Order Signing on Offshore Drilling

Today, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review moratoriums and future lease plans for offshore drilling. US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) will travel to the White House to attend the signing. "Placing moratoriums and restrictions on American energy production hurts our workers and energy security," said Dr. Cassidy. "President Trump's executive order fulfills his promise to bring good-paying jobs to Louisiana and American fa… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on White House Tax Plan

Today, the White House released a tax reform plan to provide historic tax relief for middle-income families and small business owners. This plan intends to simplify the tax code, create jobs and incentivize investment and growth. US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement on the White House proposal: "Our complex tax code inhibits growth," said Dr. Cassidy. "We have the opportunity to develop pro-growth legislation that will create better jobs for working Americans… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduces Legislation Supporting Offshore Drilling

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Supporting Offshore Drilling WASHINGTON-Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Outer Continental Shelf Energy Access Now (OCEAN) Act in the US Senate. The OCEAN Act revises the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Antiquities Act so they may no longer be used by presidents to block offshore energy production. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) has introduced companion legislation in the US House of Representatives. … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Gillibrand Release National Flood Insurance Extension Draft Legislation for Comment

Cassidy, Gillibrand Release National Flood Insurance Extension Draft Legislation for Comment WASHINGTON-Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) released draft legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. "The National Flood Insurance Program gives essential coverage for many," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation extends this critical program, ensuring that Lou… Continue Reading


Cassidy Advocates for National Flood Insurance Extension

Cassidy Advocates for National Flood Insurance Extension WASHINGTON-Yesterday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) advocating for the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) coauthored the letter. "The Nation… Continue Reading


Cassidy Letter on Russian Influence on US Energy Industry

Recently, US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) coauthored a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) monitor the potential acquirement of critical oil infrastructure by a Russian owned company with close ties Vladimir Putin. Venezuelan state-owned oil company Ptroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PdVSA), parent company of Citgo Petroleum, used 49.9 percent of Citgo shares as collateral for a loan from Rosneft, a Russian gove… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comment on Confirmation of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy released a statement following the Senate's confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court. "The American people will be well served by this eminently qualified jurist of whom commentators across the political spectrum say is richly deserving of this appointment," said Dr. Cassidy.… Continue Reading


Louisiana Delegation Announces $10 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation

Dr. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) and Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) today announced a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help repair roads and infrastructure damaged in the August floods. "This federal aid assures the people of Louisiana that more help is on its way," said Dr. Cassidy. "Repairing our damaged infrastructure rep… Continue Reading


Cassidy Responds to Democrat Filibuster of Judge Gorsuch

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy released a statement following the Democrat's partisan filibuster of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch. "Jurists and lawyers from across the political spectrum endorse Judge Gorsuch. He is immensely qualified to be our next Supreme Court Justice," said Dr. Cassidy. "We should not hold the Supreme Court of the United States hostage to Senator Schumer's vision of how partisan politics should be played in DC."… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Carper Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Help Reduce Obesity

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced legislation to help lower health care costs and prevent chronic diseases by addressing America's growing obesity crisis. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act gives Medicare beneficiaries and their health care providers additional tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription drugs for chronic weight management. US Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Shelley… Continue Reading


Cassidy, King Reintroduce Bill to Protect Disaster Relief Volunteers

US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Angus King (I-ME) reintroduced the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to provide medical professionals with a limited, but consistent level of legal protection while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. "Volunteers were crucial in helping families begin recovering after last year's floods. Following Hurricane Katrina, medical professionals from across the US came to Louisiana to help." said Dr. Cassidy. "The Good Samaritan Health Prof… Continue Reading


In The News: Cassidy-Collins Provides Next Step on Health Care

Following the withdrawal of the AHCA, the Cassidy-Collins plan (Patient Freedom Act) provides the best path forward for health care reform. Roll Call: The Search for Intelligent Bipartisanship on Health Care "GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine will keep talking to senators and stakeholders about their bill, the Patient Freedom Act, which they believe is a rare avenue for bipartisan cooperation. 'I like to think the Cassidy-Collins bill is well-positione… Continue Reading


Senate Republicans Highlight Progress, Preferred Policy Changes to Medicare Advantage

Today, in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, Senate Republicans, led by Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), noted positive policy changes pertaining to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program and outlined a number of additional preferred policy modifications that would promote beneficiary access to the popular program. "We want to acknowledge that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services… Continue Reading


ICYMI Cassidy Oped: To Reduce Carbon Emissions, We Need More Manufacturing

By Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) Daily Caller Environmentalists lament the recent end of President Obama's "green" administration while wringing their hands in worry about the new administration. In reality, if the Trump administration succeeds in returning manufacturing to the United States, they will by far do more to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than either President Obama or the European Union Emissions Trading System. This is because, although not commonly discussed, th… Continue Reading


Cassidy Releases Statement on AHCA, Cassidy-Collins Plan Best Option

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act in the United States House of Representatives: "Obamacare was designed in a fundamentally flawed way that continues to hurt families through excessively high costs and deductibles. We still need to repeal and replace this failed law, which will collapse under its own weight. This is not over," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Cassidy-Collins plan would fulfill President Trump's pledg… Continue Reading


Sens. Peters, Cassidy, Boozman, Franken and Reps. Polis & Reed Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Make College More Affordable & Accesable

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR) and Al Franken (D-MN), and U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today announced they are reintroducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help make college more affordable and accessible by expanding opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would improve access to higher education by providing grants to eligible instit… Continue Reading


Cassidy Commends Keystone XL Construction Permit Authorization

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the Trump administration's permit authorization for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Senator Cassidy was an early advocate for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In 2014, then Congressman Cassidy introduced the Keystone XL authorization bill HR 5682, which passed the US House of Representatives. To read that legislation, click here. "Increasing our energy infrastructure creates well-paying jo… Continue Reading


Congress Overturns OSHA’s Power Grab

Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 83, disapproving the rule issued by the Department of Labor relating to "Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness," under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). H.J. Res. 83, passed the House earlier this week (231-191). This marks the first major legislative victory for the Louisiana delegation in the 115th Congress. The Occupational Safety and Health Act provides for a six… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Honors Life of Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Anderson

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor to recognize Sergeant Shawn Anderson, of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department, who recently lost his life in the line of duty, protecting his community. Senator Cassidy also recognized ten other Louisiana Police Officers who sacrificed their lives while serving. Watch Dr. Cassidy's full remarks here. Mr. President, This weekend the city of Baton Rouge was reminded how precious life is, an… Continue Reading

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