Press Releases

12.20.18

Congress Passes Bill to Rename Lake Charles VA Clinic After Medal of Honor Recipient Douglas Fournet

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lake Charles Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will be renamed in honor of Kinder, Louisiana, native Douglas Fournet, a U.S. Army first lieutenant who gave his life in the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970. Cassidy, Kennedy and Higgins introduced legislation in September to rename the clinic, which the Senate and House passed… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Senate Passes Cassidy Legislation to Prevent Terrorist Attacks Involving Vehicles

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act (H.R. 4227), legislation he spearheaded to better prevent terrorists from using vehicles to attack Americans. "This bill will help keep Americans safe by making sure our counterterrorism efforts are top-notch when it comes to preventing extremists from using vehicles to carry out deadly attacks," said Dr. Cassidy. "I look forward to the House passing this bill a… Continue Reading


12.18.18

Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal Reaches 246 Supporters in House

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5499) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal has gained 190 cosponsors in two weeks and is now supported by 246 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA). The bill (S. 2652) passed the Senate unanimously in Ju… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Cassidy Announces Dyslexia Screening Provision Included in New Criminal Justice Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health and education committee, today announced that his provision providing for the screening of inmates for dyslexia is included in the new version of the First Step Act(S. 3649), legislation endorsed by President Trump to reform America's criminal justice system. Cassidy announced his support for the legislationtwo weeks ago. "Having treated patients in prisons, I learned that illiteracy often leads someone to turn to a life of… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Cassidy Urges Trump Administration to Expedite Completion of Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined 43 other members of Congress today in urging President Trump to take action to expedite construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In November, a federal judge issued a decision that blocked construction of the pipeline. "The Keystone XL pipeline will bring nearly 6600 high paying jobs in the near-term and nearly $4 billion in new capital investment next year alone," states the members' letter. "[O]ne of your first actions as President was to expedi… Continue Reading


12.13.18

WATCH: Cassidy Honors Louisiana WWII Veterans on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor in honor of two WWII veterans in Many, Louisiana, Charles Davis and Doug Curtis, both 92 years old. Davis will celebrate his 93rd birthday this Saturday. Cassidy's office will be presenting both veterans with American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol in their honor. Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: Mr. President, I rise today to honor two people in our state, my state and yours, who served in World … Continue Reading


12.12.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Announces Support for New Legislation to Build the Wall

It's time we uphold our responsibility to secure the border. It's a national security priority, it's a health priority, it should be an American priority. Let's get it done. I'm proud to cosponsor the Wall Act. pic.twitter.com/cCdp17VbPc - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) December 12, 2018 WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement announcing he cosponsored the WALL Act (S. 3713), the first bill that will fully fund the wall alo… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Put Doctors Back in Control of VA Health Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, legislation to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs' system for purchasing medical and surgical supplies so that veterans can receive the best quality care. "As a doctor, I know effective treatment to patients requires the right tools," said Dr. Cassidy. "Government bureaucrats with no clinical experience have no busines… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Cassidy: Farm Bill Helps Louisiana Agriculture Succeed

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill), which includes his amendment to help create rural jobs. "This legislation empowers Louisiana farmers and sugar producers to succeed," said Dr. Cassidy. "The bill's investments in telemedicine and rural community treatment facilities helps improve health outcomes for Louisianans and fight opioid addiction. And it also includes my provision creati… Continue Reading


12.11.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: It Blows My Mind Democrats Support Open Borders

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), appeared on Fox Business today to highlight Democrats' willingness to shut down the government in support of open borders that encourage the flow of illegal immigration and deadly drugs into our country. In 2006, 26 Democrats-including Senators Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama-voted to build the wall. Cassidy has been fierce in his support for border security and anti-drug trafficking measures,cracking down on sanctuary cities,… Continue Reading


12.06.18

WATCH: At Cassidy’s Invitation, Baton Rouge Pastor Tommy Middleton Opens U.S. Senate in Prayer

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced Baton Rouge Pastor Dr. Tommy Middleton on the Senate floor and invited him to open the Senate in prayer. Dr. Cassidy's remarks and Dr. Middleton's prayer are transcribed below. CASSIDY: I rise today to speak to my friend, Dr. Tommy Middleton, the executive director of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, who just opened us prayer. Dr. Middleton oversees 100 churches and missions, which include services in six languages, Chine… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Cassidy Announces BUILD Grants for I-12, Port Fourchon Improvement Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced two grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvement projects in Louisiana. The state will receive $25 million for widening I-12 and $16.2 million for transportation improvements for Port Fourchon. Cassidy wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in July in support of both grant applications. "These resources will go toward critical infrastructure projects in Louisiana that will create jobs and su… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal Reaches 55 House Cosponsors

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5499) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal is now supported by 56 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA). The bill (S. 2652) passed the Senate unanimously in June after garnering 73 cosponsors in just two… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Cassidy Announces Support for Trump Backed Criminal Justice Reform Bill

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined the growing list of cosponsors of the new First Step Act (S. 3649). They join a bipartisan group of senators sponsoring the legislation-endorsed by the president-to reform America's criminal justice system. "I agree with President Trump. This reform makes society safer. Equipping non-violent and low risk parolees to re-enter society, get a job and stay out of trouble can break the cycle of recidivism and crime. This also saves… Continue Reading


11.30.18

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

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act, legislation to help reduce 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 receive approval, and Cassidy's bil… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Cassidy: Short-Term Extension of National Flood Insurance Program Sets Stage for Long-Term Reform

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding his efforts to keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from expiring November 30. "As much as possible, we must prevent the National Flood Insurance Program from lapsing. Then set the stage for long-term reforms," said Dr. Cassidy. "A short-term extension is frustrating but necessary to achieve our longer goal. We must create a more accountable, affordable and sustainable system that is good for Louisian… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Cassidy, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Save Taxpayers Money

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Reform Act, bipartisan legislation to allow the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to save taxpayers money by leasing unused storage capacity at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The added revenue will support SPR maintenance and its long-term operational readiness. "If the tanks are empty, let's put them to use," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is crucial f… Continue Reading


11.13.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces Western District Judge Nominee at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana (Lake Charles) nominee James D. Cain at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Lake Charles has not had a sitting federal judge for over a year. Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees Kurt Engelhardt, Barry Ashe, Terry Doughty, Michael Juneau, Kyle Duncan, Wendy Vitter, and Robert Summerhays at their respective hearings. A full transcript of Dr. Cassidy's remark… Continue Reading


11.08.18

Cassidy: Polish Natural Gas Deal Will Weaken Putin

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding Cheniere Energy's announcement of a long-term agreement to sell liquefied natural gas to Polish oil and natural gas company PGNiG. "This LNG deal with Poland is a major step forward for our ally's effort to become less reliant on Russian natural gas, which Vladimir Putin has used to bully and intimidate the Polish people," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's also… Continue Reading


10.31.18

Cassidy Supports Ending Split-Jury Decisions

BATON ROUGE-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his support for the proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 in Louisiana, which would require unanimous jury verdicts for felony convictions. Currently, Louisiana and Oregon are the only states to allow 10-12 "split-jury" decisions to convict defendants. "Innocent until proven guilty is a fundamental principle of our society, and a split-jury law undermines that principle," said Dr. Cassidy. "Louisiana should join Texas, Arkans… Continue Reading

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