Press Releases


Cassidy Attends Comite River Diversion Groundbreaking Ceremony

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today attended the ground breaking ceremony for the Comite River Diversion Project where he spoke about the successful effort in Congress to secure full federal funding for the project. "It was a battle in Washington to secure the $343 million to fully fund this project," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's been a decades-long process to begin construction, but we will keep working until it is completed. The Comite River Diversion is invaluable to protect Baton Rouge… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Financial Literacy Month Resolution

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a Senate resolution declaring April as Financial Literacy Month. They were joined in sponsoring the resolution by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), and Doug Jones (D-AL), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chr… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today reintroduced legislation (S. 1179) to reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through 2024. NFWF grants fund projects that protect and restore habitats for fish and wildlife, supporting local economies, tourism and ecology. "The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is critical to our efforts to preserve and restore Louisiana's waterways and habitats," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation ensures continued b… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Package of Legislation to Lower Drug Prices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced a package of three bills focused on reducing drug prices by getting generics to market faster. Cassidy introduced the Reforming Ever-greening and Manipulation that Extends Drug Years (REMEDY) Act with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Protecting Access to Biosimilars Act with U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and the Ensuring Timely Access to Generics Act with U.S. Senators Corey Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-… Continue Reading


Cassidy Presses Yale Law School on Religious Discrimination

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) sent a letter to Heather Gerken, J.D., Dean of Yale Law School, today urging the institution to uphold the First Amendment, and protect religious freedom in light of Yale Law School's new 'anti-discrimination' policy that prevents students from receiving school funding to work at religiously affiliated organizations. "By striving to be anti-discriminatory, Yale Law School is engaging in clear religious discrimination by infringing on the religious liberty of… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Baldwin Reintroduce Legislation Targeting Foreign Mail Containing Illicit Opioids

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are reintroducing the Search Now, Inspect for Fentanyl (SNIFF) Act to allow specially trained U.S. postal workers at U.S. International Service Centers to search mail from foreign countries destined for the U.S. when there is probable cause to believe they contain illicit opioids such as fentanyl or other illegal drugs. "Fentanyl is flooding our streets and killing Americans," said Dr. Cassidy. "Right now, if a postal worker at a… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Remove Unnecessary Restrictions on LNG Exports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA), reintroduced the License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act today to remove barriers placed on U.S.exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand of natural gas. This legislation would revamp the current system put in place by the Department of Energy (DOE) decades ago and continue market growth of U.S. LNG exports without any delays. "De… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Rob Portman (R-OH), David Perdue (R-GA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Rick Scott (R-FL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Todd Young (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Protect Act, legislation ensuring protections and affordable coverage for… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces 166 Higher Education Organization Endorsements of College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), announced 166 higher education organizations which have endorsed the College Transparency Act (CTA), legislation he introduced with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and 15 other senators. Cassidy made the endorsements public at a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, a likely legislative vehicle for the bill. An excerpt from Dr. Cassidy's announcement … Continue Reading


Cassidy Continues Battle on Behalf of Stanford Ponzi Scheme Victims

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with attorneys representing Société Générale (SocGen), a bank reportedly holding $210 million in stolen assets from the Stanford Ponzi Scheme. This meeting was in response to Cassidy and U.S. Senator John Kennedy demanding that SocGen return the funds to Allen Stanford's victims. "It's unbelievable-ten years since the Stanford Ponzi Scheme and less than 5 percent of the $7 Billion Stanford took has been returned to victims.… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Gulf Council Vote to Support Private Recreational Fishing of Red Snapper

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to let Louisiana and other Gulf States manage the red snapper fishery in state and federal waters for private angling starting in 2020. In a victory for Louisiana private anglers, the Gulf Council passed a provision giving the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries "the authority to set seasons, bag and size limits, and other management regulations for priva… Continue Reading


Cassidy Joins Bipartisan Legislation to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) today introduced legislation to help restore democracy and address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The most comprehensive effort to date to confront the crisis in … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Baldwin, Schrier, Stivers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Measure to Help Prevent Infant Abuse

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-WA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve early detection of infant abuse, protecting children from further injury and preventing fatalities. The Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to develop new and expanded trainings and best practices to support medical … Continue Reading


TOMORROW: Cassidy to Speak at AEI Paid Family Leave Event

Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), will speak about Paid Family Leave and participate in a Q&A with the audience at an event hosted by American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Dr. Cassidy has previously met with Senior Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump to plot the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation. The event will be livestreamed here. WHAT: Cassidy speaks at AEI Event WHEN: Wednesday, April 3 8:45AM ET/7:45AM CT … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Work Opportunity Tax Credit Permanent

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Jobs Act, bipartisan legislation to make permanent the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment. Currently, the WOTC expires on December 31, 2019. The WOTC provides an employer tax credit of between $1,200 and $9… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Hassan, Kustoff, Kuster Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Targeting Counterfeit Pill Makers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with U.S. Representatives David Kustoff (R-TN) and Annie Kuster (D-NH), today reintroduced the Substance Tableting and Encapsulating Enforcement and Registration (STEER) Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to combat the opioid crisis by cracking down on counterfeit pill makers. The STEER Act allows the U.S. attorney general to create and maintain a registry of tableting or encapsulating machine owners, track machines im… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with OMB Director Vought and HUD Secretary Carson on Duplication of Benefits Fix

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) met today with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, M.D. to discuss long-delayed legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits fix for 2016 Louisiana flood victims passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. Legal guidance written by HUD must be approved by OMB before it can be released to states … Continue Reading


Cassidy in Town Talk Oped: Opioid crisis must be met head on at all levels

Opioid crisis must be met head on at all levels By U.S. Senator BillCassidy, M.D.March 26, 2019 | Share on Twitter | Facebook As heroin, fentanyl and other drugs pour through the southern border, killing Americans across the country, every state has become a border state. President Trump's emergency declaration seeks to stop the flow of drugs and put an end to the over 60,000 overdose deaths each year. I fully support this effort and a continued 'all of the above' response to… Continue Reading


Cassidy Spokesman: Senator Cassidy has Never Stopped Working on Health Care

A spokesman for U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-LA) released the following statement: "Senator Cassidy has never stopped working on health care reform. He has had conversations with colleagues. Whatever is put forward will be a collaborative effort that will help make health care more affordable and accessible, while keeping the power over health care decisions in the hands of patients and taxpayers," said a Cassidy spokesman. "This includes, but is not limited to, making sure that those wi… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Green New Deal: Nightmare for American Families

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, released the following statement after his vote against the Democrat's $93 trillion Green New Deal proposal: "If the Green New Deal is a dream for the left, it is a nightmare for the American people. It forces families to pay higher electricity bills, get rid of their cars, and for some, give up their jobs. Sending U.S. manufacturing overseas to higher polluting count… Continue Reading

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