Press Releases

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


10.01.19

Cassidy Applauds Agreement to End Taxpayer Subsidies of Mail from China, Other Foreign Countries

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today commended the Trump administration for securing an agreement with the United Nations' Universal Postal Union (UPU) that puts an end to U.S. taxpayers being forced to subsidize international postal shipments from foreign countries to the United States. The new agreement allows the United States to self-declare the rates the U.S. Postal Service can recoup from foreign trading partners. Previously, the UPU set the fee each member country must pay for a … Continue Reading


09.26.19

Senate Passes Bipartisan Cassidy-Hassan Legislation to Protect Taxpayers and Close $3.1B Medicaid Rebate Loophole

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), announced today their Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing (AMP) Act passed the Senate and is now headed to the president's desk. The bipartisan legislation closes a loophole in the Medicaid rebate program which allows big pharma companies to overcharge taxpayers; it will save the taxpayers approx. $3.1 Billion over the next ten years. This legislation was included in the continuing resolution budget package passed by the Senate tod… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Cassidy’s Legislation to Speed FERC Review Process Passes Committee

Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) to reduce long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. 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. Cassidy's bill would improve the FERC's ability… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Cassidy Announces Approval of Louisiana Fisheries Emergency Declaration

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has approved an emergency declaration for Louisiana fisheries due to the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. As result of high water levels on the Mississippi River, opening of the spillway caused hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of fresh water to pour into Lake Pontchartrain each second. This announcement comes after Cassidy and the Louisiana delegation sent a letter to Secretary Ross in July urgi… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Cassidy, Murkowski, Jones Introduce Legislation to Give Patients Timely and Safe Access to Treatment

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Doug Jones (D-AL) today introduced the Safe Step Act of 2019. This legislation would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to require group health plans to provide an exception process for any medication step therapy protocol, tools used by health plans to control spending on patient's medications, to help ensure patients are able to safely and efficiently access treatment. Additional cosponsors of the legisl… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Cassidy, Ross Announce $4 Million Department of Commerce Grant for Belle Chasse Water Treatment Plant

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Belle Chasse Water Treatment Plant will receive a $4 million grant from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will fund the construction of a new raw water intake pump station and is expected to help create 625 jobs and retain 6,000 jobs. "Building up our infrastructure in preparation for the next natural disaster is of national importance," said Dr. Cassidy. "T… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Cassidy: Ukraine Transcript Doesn’t Support Democrats’ Accusations

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement to address the transcript regarding Ukraine and the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. "Democrats started an impeachment process before they knew the facts. Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats' accusation that there was a quid pro quo. But there is a harm to this. Instead of talking about how to lower the price of medication, what to do about surprise medical billing, or getting better pay for our men and women … Continue Reading


09.24.19

Cassidy Issues Statement on Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announcement of House Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry. "Democrats have called for impeachment since President Trump won the election. The Mueller investigation went nowhere, so they're trying something new. President Trump said he will release the transcript of the call with Ukraine on Wednesday, and the readout will speak for itself. In the meantime, I hope they foc… Continue Reading

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