Press Releases


Cassidy, Vitter Announce Satellite Office Hours

MONROE - U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and David Vitter will hold staff satellite office hours for residents of Morehouse, West Carroll and East Carroll Parishes on April 21st and April 22nd. Residents can meet with a member of Dr. Cassidy's staff to discuss difficulties or issues they may have with any federal government agency or issues. MOREHOUSE PARISH OFFICE HOURS WHEN: April 21, 2015 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (CST) WHERE: Bastrop Town Hall, Mayor… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Gillibrand Improve Access to Care for Huntington’s Disease Patients

— U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced legislation to help individuals with Huntington’s Disease (HD) have better access to Social Security Disability benefits and Medicare coverage. The Huntington’s Disease Parity Act would direct the Social Security Administration (SSA) to revise its outdated medical criteria for determining who is eligible for disability benefits and waive the two-year Medicare wait period once an individual is disabled by HD. … Continue Reading


Cassidy Stops Common Core, Pushes for Education Reform

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. introduced a series of amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 to scale back the federal government's role in education and return the decision making power to parents, educators and state and local officials. Dr. Cassidy helped secure language to block the Obama Administration from coercing states into adopting Common Core standards. This will forbid the federal government from intervening in a state's education standards, curricula, and assessments t… Continue Reading


Cassidy Protects Louisiana Students’ Access to AP, Accelerated Learning Programs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. applauded the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for passing a bipartisan initiative to strengthen and protect Louisiana students' access to AP courses and other accelerated learning programs. Introduced with Sen. Franken (D-MN) as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, it protects funding to cover part or all of the costs of accelerated learning examinations (AP, IB tests) for low income students. It also increases the n… Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy to Host World Experts on the Science of Dyslexia

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host a luncheon on Friday, April 24, 2015 with special guests Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, founders and directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. The event is free and open to the public. WHO: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity WHAT: Luncheon to discuss "The Science of Dyslexia: Aligning Education with Sci… Continue Reading


Cassidy Joins Bipartisan Senators to Stop H-1B Visa Program Abuse

— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators today to urge the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor to investigate abuses within the H-1B visa program. The H-1B visa program allows employers to employ high-skilled foreign workers, typically in the engineering and high-tech industries. There have been recent concerns that U.S. companies are using the H-1B visa program to cut costs by laying off American workers and … Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Sabine Pass LNG Expansion

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after FERC announced it granted approval of Cheniere Energy's proposal to expand its Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana: "Expanding the Sabine Pass LNG terminal will create direct and indirect jobs in Louisiana and across the country. Its processing capacity will increase by 50 percent. However, there are still billions of dollars of investments in LNG projects waiting for the president's approval. Let's move forward policies t… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Iran Deal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after the president released parameters of a deal [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] reached with Iran on their nuclear program. The final details are expected to be written between now and June 30. "Iran is a great threat and cannot be allowed a pathway to obtain or create a nuclear weapon. Congress needs to review and approve the deal to ensure it is in the best interest of Americans. Until Congress can confirm these n… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murphy Add Comprehensive Mental Health Reform In Senate Budget

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) applauded their Senate colleagues for unanimously passing the Cassidy-Murphy budget amendment that sets the stage for a comprehensive reform of our nation's mental health system. Over the last several months, Sen. Murphy and Dr. Cassidy have been working together to develop bipartisan mental health legislation. They are members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. "More than 11 million people s… Continue Reading


Cassidy Pushes for Energy, Medicaid Amendments

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. highlighted three of the amendments he filed to the Senate budget proposal to help encourage domestic energy exploration, improve Medicaid and stop the EPA's costly regulations that are hurting jobs. Watch his remarks HERE and read excerpts below. A full list of amendments can be found below. #341: Encouraging Offshore Energy Production "A principal challenge in our society today is how do we create better jobs with better benefits for working families? Th… Continue Reading


Cassidy Joins Fellow Freshmen Senators on 5th Anniversary of Obamacare

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) to deliver remarks on the 5th anniversary of Obamacare and discuss its failed promises. Dr. Cassidy, who has worked in the public hospital system treating uninsured and underinsured patients for nearly 30 years, is committed to replacing Obamacare with patient-centered solutions. Watch Dr. Cassidy's remarks HERE and see excerpts… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Lease Awarded for New VA Clinic In Lafayette

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. announced a 20-year lease has been secured to expand and replace the existing VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Lafayette. Dr. Cassidy is a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and has been working with the Louisiana delegation to help secure the clinic's authorization. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: "Replacing the existing clinic is a step in the right direction and is good news for our veterans. Until the clinic opens and start… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments On Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after the Obama Administration issued a rule today to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and American Indian lands: "Millions of jobs have been created because of hydraulic fracturing-thousands in Louisiana alone because of the Haynesville Shale. More regulations will hinder production and hurt these jobs, making the goal of creating American energy independence even harder to achieve. The administration should be focused … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Alexander, Roe Push To Protect Millions of Workers From Losing Health Care Plans

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) joined Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) to introduce the Self-Insurance Protection Act (SIPA) in the U.S. Senate and the U.S House of Representatives. This bill would ensure that employers can continue providing quality health benefits to their employees through self-insured group health plans. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Barrasso, Burr, Coats, Isakson, Roberts and Rubio. Many employers who choose … Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Amendment to Help Stop Human Trafficking

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. introduced the Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, to help medical professionals identify and stop human trafficking. The amendment, first introduced in the Senate with U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), will provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care professionals to recognize victims of trafficking and respond effectively. The U.S. H… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Discusses Senators’ Letter to Iran on CNN

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer today to discuss an open letter sent to Iranian leaders on a potential nuclear agreement. The letter lays out Congress’ role in considering international agreements. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding interna… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murkowski, Cornyn, Vitter, Cruz, Sessions, Wicker Vow To Protect GOMESA

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) led a letter with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Cornyn (R-TX), David Vitter (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) to President Obama opposing his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal to deprive Gulf Coast states of revenue promised under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006. President Obama's proposal would redirect the distribution of revenue payments from Gulf Coast states. Senators also state they will work… Continue Reading


Cassidy Questions Jewell on Unfair Off Shore Leasing, GOMESA

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. followed up to his Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing questions last week, asking U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today why other states will have more control over offshore revenue sales under the President’s Draft Proposed Program, while Gulf Coast states would have no say in revenue that is promised under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006. Secretary Jewell testified on the president’s proposed budget… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Discusses King v. Burwell, Obamacare on Fox And Friends

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined Fox and Friends this morning, before attending the Supreme Court oral arguments in King v Burwell, to discuss conservative ideas to replace Obamacare if the outcome of King v. Burwell leaves millions of individuals without health care. Dr. Cassidy is additionally discussing his ideas in a series of op eds: Part I, A Better Vision of Healthcare, Part II: King v. Burwell: The Right(s) Response He has practiced medicine for more than 30 years.… Continue Reading


Cassidy Welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress: "The Iranian nuclear threat and ISIS are issues that affect the U.S. and Israel. Israel is frontline on these issues. It’s important for Americans to hear Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s perspective. Israel is one of America’s closest friends and allies. The prime minister deserves our attention.” ###… Continue Reading

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