Press Releases

03.04.21

Cassidy, Carper Reintroduce Bill to Combat Obesity with Medicare-funded Treatment Options

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, today reintroduced legislation to unleash federal Medicare dollars for treatments against obesity, a growing epidemic impacting an estimated 42 percent of Americans and costing the nation almost $150 billion in additional health care costs every year. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) expands Medicare to cover evidence-based obesity treatment options by: (1) Allowing the Centers fo… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Cassidy, Menendez, Rubio, Kaine, and Cardin Introduce IDB General Capital Increase Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), was joined today by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ranking Member and Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, as well as Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) in reintroducing legislation authorizing the tenth general capital increase for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the hemisphere's leading international financial institution. At a moment… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Cassidy, Shaheen, Bennet, Rubio Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today reintroduced their legislation to lower prescription drug prices. The Ensuring Timely Access to Generics Act of 2021 would tackle exorbitant prescription costs by increasing competition from generic drugs through better oversight of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) citizen petition process. Helping families afford life-saving prescriptions is crucial to help those at-risk, i… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Cassidy, Cramer, Colleagues Introduce Fair Access to Banking Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) led their colleagues in introducing the "Fair Access to Banking Act" today, a bill to prevent discrimination by banks and financial service providers against constitutionally-protected industries and law-abiding businesses. "It's unacceptable for banks to target people and industries," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation ensures critical employers in Louisiana like oil and gas development are treated fairly." "Fairness matters," s… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Cassidy Votes Against Advancing Becerra’s Nomination in Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today, in the Senate Finance Committee, voted against advancing the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "If a doctor were nominated for Attorney General, everyone would say 'he's not qualified.' Apparently, however, it is okay to nominate an Attorney General for HHS Secretary. A HHS Secretary should have some expertise in the subject matter. Previous appointees have been governors, a… Continue Reading


03.02.21

Cassidy Calls for Action to Protect Social Security Benefits

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) led several of his Senate colleagues in urging Senate leadership to take up legislation to protect the social security benefits for millions of Americans. Without action, a deficiency in the Social Security Average Wage Index (AWI) caused by the pandemic could prevent millions of Americans from receiving their full retirement benefits. "If Congress does not act on a fix, millions of Americans could see thousands of dollars less in lifetime Social Security … Continue Reading


02.26.21

Cassidy, Rosen Bill Mends Major Hole in Health Data Privacy Protections

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) reintroduced legislation to prevent data mining of Americans' personal health data stored on wearable personal devices, such as smartwatches. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects all interactions between patients and their doctors. HIPAA does not protect health data recorded on personal devices which puts this data at significant potential risk. The Stop Marketing And Revealing the Wearables And … Continue Reading


02.26.21

Cassidy Announces $33.4 Million for Hurricane Laura Debris Removal and Generation Services, More to Come

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $33,379,317.52 in federal funds for debris removal and emergency generator services provided following the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura. Today's payments are being made under the standard 75 percent federal and 25 percent state cost share. Due in part to Cassidy's work with Presidents Trump and Biden, FEMA announced this week that Hurricane Laura has been approved for a 90/1… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Announces $4.1 Million Investment in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to Boost Broadband Capacity and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Efforts in Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $4.1 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to help the state of Louisiana prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. "Broadband internet is essential to economic development. This is true in Acadiana and it is true in the rest of our state," said Dr. Cassidy. "Bringing investment to Farmerville is crucial to create jobs in the region. If… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Fund Research of Minority Health Disparities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the John Lewis National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Endowment Revitalization Act to the U.S. Senate. The legislation would increase investments in schools conducting critical research into minority health disparities. "As a doctor who worked in Louisiana's charity hospital system and now a senator, providing quality health care to underserved communities is a priority," said Dr. Cassidy. … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Stands Up for Louisiana Rice, Shrimp Producers During Tai’s Nomination Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today advocated on behalf of Louisiana rice and shrimp producers during the Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing for Katherine Tai to be United States Trade Representative (USTR). During the hearing, Cassidy requested her assistance in addressing the following: "A couple of issues important to my state," said Dr. Cassidy. "We'd love to sell a lot of Louisiana rice in the UK, turns out they love it. The issue, of course, is 25% countervailing tariffs… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Votes Against President Biden’s Secretary of Energy Nominee Jennifer Granholm

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted against the confirmation of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy. "The Biden administration has already begun killing oil and gas jobs," said Dr. Cassidy. I voted no to protest the lack of compassion this has for Louisiana workers. This set of policies will increase global greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen our enemies." Cassidy questioned Granholm about the devastating effects of President Biden's recent e… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Cassidy Announces $10.7 Million to Elevate Homes in New Orleans, Erath

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $10,670,283.60 in federal funds to elevate properties to prevent flood damage in New Orleans and Erath. "Louisiana families should not worry about their homes flooding every time there is a heavy rainfall," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding helps communities continue to thrive in south Louisiana." FEMA is providing $8,438,022 to elevate 31 historic properties in New Orleans. All of t… Continue Reading


02.24.21

Cassidy, Smith, Marshall Introduce Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) today introduced the Ensuring Innovation Act, which will help lower prescription drug prices. The legislation will provide clarity for drug exclusivity to prevent awarding market exclusivity to products that do not represent true innovation and unduly delay cheaper generics from entering the market. Currently, the FDA grants five years of exclusivity to drug products that are determined to be a New Chemical En… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Cassidy, BRF Secure $5 Million to Support Air Force Global Strike Command Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) secured a $5 million appropriation from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to support the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) in North Louisiana. "Our state is proud to be home to the Air Force Global Strike Command. This funding supports our national security strategy and keeps our nation safe by establishing an innovation hub here in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy requested the $5 millio… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Cassidy Questions Qualifications of Biden’s Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Becerra at HELP Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today questioned Xavier Becerra at his confirmation hearing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Cassidy pressed Becerra on relevant issues under the purview of HHS including the 340B program and drug rebate structure where the nominee was unable to demonstrate a firm grasp on important health care policy questions. During the hearing, Cassidy stated t… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Cassidy Questions Biden’s Interior Secretary Nominee Haaland at ENR Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today questioned U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM-1) at her confirmation hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Cassidy pressed Haaland on the Keystone XL pipeline, greenhouse gas emissions, and the Biden Administration's prejudice towards fossil fuels. During the hearing, Cassidy stated the following: "Let me close by saying this: it's the future of those famil… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Cassidy Votes to Confirm Louisiana Native Thomas-Greenfield

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today voted to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Louisiana native and LSU graduate, as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. "Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who is from Baker, Louisiana, served our country well as a member of the State Department. I am confident she will continue to do so as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations," said Dr. Cassidy. "I'm proud she's from Louisiana, but I'm more proud of her service to our country." Thomas-Greenfield w… Continue Reading


02.22.21

Cassidy Announces Nearly $9 Million for Flood Mitigation Projects in Jefferson, Livingston Parishes

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $8,960,824.68 in federal funds for two flood mitigation projects in Jefferson and Livingston Parishes. "Preventing a flood is always better than picking up the pieces after," said Dr. Cassidy. "This federal funding ensures these communities are protected." FEMA is providing $6,647,466.30 to fund the elevation of 45 flood prone structures in Jefferson Parish. The project includes si… Continue Reading


02.19.21

Cassidy Announces $3.8 Million in HHS Funding for Cancer Biology Research, Pregnancy Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding $3,786,388 in federal funding for cancer biology research at Tulane University and pregnancy care for several Healthy Start programs across Louisiana. "All expectant mothers deserve an equal level of treatment and care throughout pregnancy and in the first years of their child's life after birth," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding also helps researchers make advancements in th… Continue Reading

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