Press Releases

04.10.18

PHOTO: Cassidy Meets with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District Commander, Urges Funding for Critical Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement today after meeting with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District Commander Colonel Michael Clancy to discuss funding for the Comite River Diversion Canal and other important flood risk reduction projects. "I appreciate Commander Clancy's time and believe we had a productive discussion," said Dr. Cassidy. "With the Corps' funding decisions coming very … Continue Reading


04.10.18

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to End Taxpayer Subsidies of Mail from China, Other Foreign Countries

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced the Ending Needless Delivery Subsidies (ENDS) Act, legislation that would save U.S. taxpayers from having to subsidize international postal shipments from foreign countries to the United States. "The current system costs American jobs at the expense of American taxpayers," said Dr. Cassidy. "American taxpayers should not be subsidizing Chinese companies mailing items to the U.S., competing with our businesses." Currently, the United Nati… Continue Reading


04.10.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Higgins Request Full Funding for Freshwater Bayou Lock

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) are urging the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works to fully fund the Freshwater Bayou Lock. The full text of the members' letter to Lieutenant General Todd Semonite and Assistant Secretary of the Army R.D. James is below. Dear Secretary James and LTG Semonite, In the recently passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Consolidated Appropr… Continue Reading


04.10.18

Town Talk: Cassidy’s Health Care Price Transparency Idea “Makes Sense”

Patients Deserve Price Details By Editorial Board April 7, 2018 TheTownTalk.com U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy was in Alexandria this week. He was here to talk about the opioid epidemic and meet with local chamber of commerce board members to give a quick update on the happenings in Washington, D.C. … One such effort Cassidy cited as having a strong chance of moving forward involves price transparency. In short, price transparency is the idea that patients be told up-front what their … Continue Reading


04.10.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Welcome Nomination of U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today applauded President Trump's nomination of Scott Patrick Illing to serve as the U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana. "With his knowledge and experience, Scott Patrick Illing is a well-qualified choice for this role and I look forward to supporting him," said Dr. Cassidy. "President Trump is working diligently with us to ensure that Louisiana is served by qualified individuals. Mr. Illing has a lengthy law enfo… Continue Reading


04.06.18

Cassidy Calls for Review of Federal Anti-Gang Strategy to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Following discussions with Louisiana officials and local law enforcement this week, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), is asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the federal government's efforts to combat gang activity and violence in light of the ongoing opioid epidemic. "With an opioid epidemic gripping our nation, we must do all we can to crack down on the gangs contributing to the crisis," states Dr. Cassidy's letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro. "A 2… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Cassidy Statement on Omnibus

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released a statement regarding his no vote following the congressional passage of the omnibus spending bill. "The omnibus proves it is easy to spend money and hard to set priorities. Because of this, the debt and deficit increased dramatically. The Senate was given less than 24 hours to review, but this was clear," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


03.22.18

VIDEO: Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic, Institute Harsher Prison Sentences for Fentanyl Traffickers, Dealers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) held a press conference today, announcing their legislation to fight the opioid epidemic by ensuring penalties for fentanyl distribution and trafficking match the severity of the crime. U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) also cosponsored the legislation. Cassidy cosponsored this legislation as part of his "Safer Families, Healthier Com… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Cassidy Applauds Federal Waiver for Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a waiver of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) moratorium and prohibitions for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, Mid-Breton Sound Sediment Diversion, and the Calcasieu Ship Channel Salinity Control Measures projects, as selected in the Louisiana Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast: "This … Continue Reading


03.21.18

Cassidy-Sponsored Legislation to Stop Sex Trafficking Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after the Senate passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865), which includes bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and crack down on websites that knowingly facilitate these crimes. "Human trafficking is on the rise in Louisiana. It must be stopped," said Dr. Cassidy. "This bill holds websites accountable for helping sex traffick… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Higgins Urge Corps of Engineers to Fully Fund Freshwater Bayou Lock

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fully fund the Freshwater Bayou Lock in Vermilion Parish. The Freshwater Bayou Lock provides access from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Intracoastal City for the offshore oil supply and commercial fishing industries. The lock usually ranks in the top 10 in the nation in terms of commercial lockage, and also serves … Continue Reading


03.20.18

Cassidy Calls on Law School Admission Council to Accommodate Students with Disabilities, Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), is demanding the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) take corrective action after a federal judge ruled the organization "violated court-ordered rules meant to help disabled test takers gain accommodations on the Law School Admission Test" (LSAT). "Given the court's findings, I respectfully request that LSAC consider changing its procedures by hiring additional staff to process applications in a timelier manner, or changing your registration deadlines in … Continue Reading


03.20.18

Cassidy, Whitehouse Urge HHS to Focus on Improving How Americans Pay for Health Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to ensure the U.S. health care system continues to improve care quality and curb escalating health care costs, and does not backslide on the headway Medicare, private payers, and states have made implementing new payment models. The senators are also requesting the opportunity to discuss reforming the way Americans pay for and are delivered heal… Continue Reading


03.19.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: Momentum is Building for Price Transparency in Health Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Fox Business today to discuss the bipartisan effort he is leading to develop legislation to improve price transparency in the health care market and lower costs. Key excerpts of Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: We need to lower health care costs. We need to lower pharmaceutical costs. And one thing we've been promoti… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prohibit “Gag Clauses” That Cause Consumers to Pay Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined several of his colleagues in introducing two bipartisan bills to remove barriers that prevent patients from paying the lowest possible price for prescription drugs. These bills would prohibit health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers from using "pharmacy gag clauses"-an egregious practice that some companies use to conceal prices from patients at the pharmacy. This ca… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Call for Blocking Construction of Russian Natural Gas Pipeline to Europe

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined a bipartisan group of 39 senators in expressing opposition to the Nord Stream II pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, and urging "the Administration to utilize all of the tools at its disposal to prevent its construction." The senators are highlighting how this pipeline would negatively impact the European Union's energy security and "further reinforce Russia's near-monopoly as a natural gas supplier to the region." The sen… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Abraham, Colleagues Call for Stronger Protections for Most Vulnerable in International Negotiations

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), joined 27 of their congressional colleagues in urging the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN) to ensure the Trump Administration's commitment to pro-life values is upheld in all international negotiations. The members applauded President Trump's executive action to protect life through enacting the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance plan (PLGHA), and c… Continue Reading


03.16.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: To Lower Health Care Costs, Give Patients the Power of Price Transparency

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas this morning to discuss the bipartisan effort he is leading to develop legislation to improve price transparency in the health care market and lower costs. Key excerpts of Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: It should be like buying an airline ticket. You know where you want to go, the time … Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy Urges Department of Education to Provide Guidance on Most Effective Anti-Opioid Addiction Education

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's Subcommittee on Children and Families, is urging the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive review of states' efforts to educate children on the dangers of opioid abuse, and provide guidelines to states on how schools can most effectively implement anti-addiction education. Cassidy's request is part of his "Safer Families, Healthier Communities" initiative add… Continue Reading


03.15.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Confronts Hospital, Pharmacy Representatives Over 340B Abuse

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today questioned hospital and pharmacy representatives during a hearing regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) 340B drug pricing program. Citing established evidence and numerous studies finding the 340B program is being abused by providers pocketing 340B money, Cassidy repeatedly pressed America's Essential Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Bruce Siegel… Continue Reading

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