Press Releases

03.03.20

Cassidy, Warren, Blumenthal Press Giant Health Systems Provider Ascension on Patient Data-Sharing with Google

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Ascension, the second largest health systems provider in the United States, regarding the company's information-sharing partnership with Google--also known as Project Nightingale--that provides Google with the health records of tens of millions of Americans. The senators' inquiry follows a November 2019 letter to Google in which they asked the tech giant to explain how and why it… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Cassidy, Richmond, Scalise Announce $7.3 Million for Port of New Orleans Rail Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Representatives Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded about $7.3 million to the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation (NOPB). The Port of New Orleans will use the funds to upgrade switches and expand three regional rail yards to provide capacity for storage and sorting an additional 500 rail cars. The enhancements will move freight through the port faster and improv… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Cassidy Secures 4 Provisions in Bipartisan Senate Energy Package

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, has secured four of his energy priorities into the bipartisan Senate energy package announced Thursday by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). Three of Cassidy's bills made the package in their entirety, including the Small Scale LNG Access Act, the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act, and the Technology Transition Act of 2019. Key provisions of Cassidy's LEADING Act, a natural gas carb… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Cassidy, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Expand Coverage for Seniors’ Kidney Transplant Drugs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation to provide seniors who received kidney transplants with extended Medicare Part B to help cover lifesaving medication. U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Todd Young (R-IN) joined as cosponsors of the legislation. Transplant recipients require immunosuppressive drugs to keep the body from rejecting a new organ. Current law only covers Medicare Part B kid… Continue Reading


02.25.20

Cassidy Supports 2 Bills to Protect Babies; Democrats Block Both

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked two bills to protect babies who can feel pain from abortions and babies who survive abortions. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that medical services be provided for babies who survive abortions. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans abortions after 20 weeks when babies can feel pain inside the womb. Cassidy cosponsored both bills. "Life is precious. This … Continue Reading


02.21.20

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Dedicating Mansfield Post Office for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. C.O. Simpkins

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) will introduce legislation designating a post office in Mansfield for Dr. C.O. Simpkins, Sr., a lifelong Louisianan, veteran, and civil rights icon. "Dr. Simpkins was a civil rights icon not only for Louisiana but for the entire nation during the civil rights movement," said Dr. Cassidy. "He dedicated his life to fighting for freedom for all Americans, and we are honored to pay tribute to Dr. Simpkins through this designation." "O… Continue Reading


02.20.20

Cassidy Announces $11.4 Million For Louisiana Airport Improvements

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) this week announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $11.4 million in federal grants to 19 different airports across Louisiana for general infrastructure improvements. "Louisiana is receiving more than $11 million to improve our airports. This is huge. This funding will allow our airports to upgrade their infrastructure to better connect our state's workers and travelers to the rest of the world." said Dr. Cassidy. Airports that will rec… Continue Reading


02.19.20

Cassidy, Schatz, Rubio, Durbin, Smith, King Introduce The Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act, S. 3309. This bipartisan legislation will create a permanent fund to enable quick and effective responses to future public health emergencies. "Future public health emergencies like the coronavirus are bound to occur. As the coronavirus epidemic shows - an early, fast and effective r… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Cassidy Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution Vote

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released the following statement regarding his vote on the War Powers resolution: "This resolution protects our constitutional system of checks and balances while allowing presidents to defend our country from attacks. If this resolution was in effect at the beginning of the year, President Trump would have still been able to carry out strikes against Iran and General Soleimani (which I supported). The founders gave Congress the power to declare war … Continue Reading


02.11.20

Cassidy, Shaheen, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Close Orphan Drug Loophole

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation today to close the orphan drug loophole that drug companies use to keep competition off the market and rake in profits. Drug companies can get seven years of market exclusivity if it proves to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a new drug would not be economically viable without that exclusivity. If granted, that exclusivity persists for seven years even if the drug beco… Continue Reading


02.11.20

Cassidy Announces $13.4 Million for Port of South Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding a $13.4 million grant to the Port of South Louisiana in LaPlace to fund the Globalplex Multi-Modal Connections Project. Cassidy wrote a letter of support for funding for the project, which was awarded through the new, highly competitive Port Infrastructure Grant Program. This Louisiana project was one of just 55 awarded throughout the nation. The project is expected to bring major repairs… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Cassidy Issues Statement on Citgo 6 Being Moved Back into Prison

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on news that the Citgo Six, a group of Americans imprisoned in Venezuela, have been removed from house arrest and put back into prison. Lake Charles resident Tomeu Vadell is among those being held. "We all need to pray, hope and work for Tomeu's release. My office has contacted the State Department, the Organization of American States, the Vatican trying to secure Tomeu's release. We would like to see him back home with his… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Cassidy, Hassan Statement on Proposals to Address Surprise Medical Bills from Two House Committees

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statement on the surprise medical billing proposals from the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. In December, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee - on which both Senators serve - and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bipartisan, bicameral compromise that incorporated considerable feedback and work from the two Senators. "The st… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Prohibit Teleabortions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) this week introduced legislation to protect the sanctity of human life by prohibiting chemical abortions from being performed without the supervision of a healthcare provider. U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), James Lankford (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Cassidy as original cosponsors of the bill. The Teleabortion Prevention Act would make it a federal offense for healthcare providers … Continue Reading


02.07.20

Cassidy Year in Review, Legislative Accomplishments

The United States continues to benefit under Republican leadership in the White House and Senate. 2019 ended with the lowest U.S. national unemployment rate in history at 3.5 percent. Illegal border crossings dropped for six straight months following Republicans' push to secure the southern border. The Senate has confirmed President Trump's 187th conservative judicial nominee. Beyond these, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today released a list of his Top 25 Accomplishments in 2019. Lowe… Continue Reading


02.05.20

Cassidy Votes to Acquit President Donald Trump

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted to acquit President Donald Trump, who will remain the president after a majority of senators voted not-guilty on both articles. Cassidy released the following statement after the trial concluded: "I voted to acquit. Congress must now work together to solve the issues concerning Americans, like lowering the cost of medication and ending surprise medical billing," said Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy delivered a speech on the Senate floor yesterday detaili… Continue Reading


02.05.20

Cassidy, Kennedy call for increased scrutiny over Swiss bank involvement in Stanford scheme

Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) sent a letter to Societe General Private Banking ("SocGen") regarding its participation in the Stanford Ponzi scheme. "Thousands of people lost everything in this scheme. SocGen's failure to provide oversight of the Stanford accounts contributed to the victims' losses. SocGen must make things right for the victims," said Cassidy. "It's time for SocGen to take responsibility for their role and repay the thousands of victims who lost their life… Continue Reading


02.05.20

Trump Touts Cassidy’s Paid Family Leave Bill in State of the Union

President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to endorse the Advancing Support for Working Families Act, the paid family leave bill by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). "As we support America's moms and dads, I was recently proud to sign the law providing new parents in the federal workforce paid family leave," said Trump. "Now, I call on the Congress to pass the bipartisan Advancing Support for Working Families Act, extending family leave to mother… Continue Reading


02.04.20

Cassidy to Vote for Acquitting President Trump

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced his intention to vote against both articles of impeachment, thereby acquitting President Trump. Cassidy argued that the House failed to make its case beyond a reasonable doubt and that the American people should decide who they want to be their president. He explained his reasoning in a speech delivered on the floor of the United States Senate earlier this morning. Excerpts of his speech can be found below, and a link to download the full… Continue Reading


01.30.20

Cassidy Joins Trump Health Officials in Unveiling Innovative Medicaid Funding Model

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today joined Trump administration health officials in rolling out the Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO) program, which will allow states to craft state-specific policies to deliver better care for Medicaid-eligible able-bodied adults. Cassidy spoke during the plan's unveiling at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) alongside HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verna, and Oklahoma Governor… Continue Reading

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