Press Releases

03.14.18

Cassidy’s Legislation to End Taxpayer-Funded Paintings of Government Officials Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate passed his legislation, the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act (S. 188), sending it to the president's desk to be signed into law: "The national debt is over $20 trillion," said Dr. Cassidy. "There's no excuse for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on paintings of government officials. I look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law." Download high-quality video of Ca… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Senate Passes Cassidy Legislation to Protect Children from Identity Fraud as Part of Bipartisan Banking Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, praised the Senate's passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), bipartisan legislation to reform Dodd-Frank and make it easier for small community banks to extend credit, loans and mortgages to consumers in Louisiana. The Senate passed the bill with strong bipartisan support, by a vote of 67-31. Included in the bill is the bipartisan legislation Cassidy introduced las… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Provide Justice to Victims of Stanford Ponzi Scheme

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced legislation to ensure victims of Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme can receive compensation for what they lost. "Allen Stanford's victims deserve justice," said Dr. Cassidy. "Many were robbed of life savings and left with nothing. It's wrong the court denied the opportunity to recover money stolen from them while the receiver squanders millions on lawyer and consultant fees." In 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit … Continue Reading


03.13.18

Cassidy to U.N.’s Green Climate Fund: Support Natural Gas Projects to Reduce Emissions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is urging the United Nations' Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support natural gas infrastructure projects in developing countries. "Replacing carbon-intensive, higher-emitting fuels with natural gas in countries that have already received dollars from the fund could result in annual emission reductions in excess of 806 million metric tons of carbon dioxide," states Cassidy's letter to GCF Executiv… Continue Reading


03.08.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: If You Want to Cut Emissions, Support Natural Gas Exports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, spoke today during a hearing regarding the Small Scale LNG Access Act (S. 1981), legislation he introduced with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to expedite the approval of exports of natural gas equal to or less than 51.1 billion cubic feet per year. The committee passed the bill with bipartisan support by a vote of 13-10. "If you want to enable American job growth, you should support this legisla… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan School Safety, Mental Health Legislation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the School Safety & Mental Health Services Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to allow public schools to improve school safety by using federal dollars for school… Continue Reading


03.07.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: With Veterans’ Lives at Stake, It’s Not About Protecting the VA System

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, spoke today during a hearing with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) leaders about his legislation to expand veterans' access to lifesaving transplant surgeries, which the VA may oppose. Download high-quality video of Cassidy's remarks here. A partial transcript of Cassidy's remarks is below. CASSIDY: I'm a liver doctor, and I've worked with a lot of people with transplants. And it just makes sense: the mo… Continue Reading


03.06.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: VA Not Putting Organ Transplant Patients First

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, spoke today during a hearing with Veterans' Service Organizations (VSO's) about his legislation to expand veterans' access to lifesaving transplant surgeries, which the VA may oppose. A partial transcript of Cassidy's remarks is below. CASSIDY: I'm a doctor. I'm a hepatologist … and in my practice, I took care of a lot of liver transplant patients. And one thing that is clear, the more transplant… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Scalise Announce $13M TIGER Grant for St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District Improvements

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) today announced St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District in Chalmette is receiving a U.S. Transportation Department TIGER grant of $13 million towards the reconstruction of the Chalmette Slip, which was constructed in 1907 and is the only deep-draft calm water slip on the Lower Mississippi. "This is great news for New Orleans and Louisiana workers," said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant… Continue Reading


03.06.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Applauds House Passage of His Legislation to End Taxpayer-Funded Paintings of Government Officials

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed his legislation, the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act (S. 188), bringing the legislation one step closer to final passage. "The national debt is over $20 trillion," said Dr. Cassidy. "There's no excuse for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on paintings of government officials." Download high-quality video of Cassidy's statement here. The Senate pa… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Cassidy Congratulates Terry Doughty on His Confirmation as U.S. District Judge

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate unanimously confirmed Terry Doughty to be a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana by a vote of 98-0: "We are making progress on appointing conservative federal judges," said Dr. Cassidy. "Terry Doughty is highly qualified and so was confirmed with strong bipartisan support." Cassidy previously introduced Doughty at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination. ###… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Children from Identity Theft

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Protecting Children From Identity Theft Act (S.2498), bipartisan legislation that will help prevent children's identities from being stolen through a type of theft known as synthetic ID fraud. The legislation combats this illegal activity by directing the Social Security Administration (SSA) to accept electronic signatures as consumer consent for financial institutions tryin… Continue Reading


03.05.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan School Safety Legislation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today joined Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Udall (D-NM), Dean Heller (R-NV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Doug Jones (D-AL), Joni Ernst (R-IA) a… Continue Reading


03.02.18

Cassidy Meets with Key U.S. Allies, Conducts Oversight of U.S. Assistance to Jordan and Israel

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), recently joined a bipartisan delegation of senators in meetings with foreign heads of state and senior government officials in the United Kingdom, Jordan, Greece and Israel, including British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, British National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Cassidy j… Continue Reading


03.01.18

Cassidy Leads Gulf Coast Senators in Urging Interior Department to Expand Gulf Offshore Energy Leasing

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Richard Shelby (R-AL) are urging U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke to consider all areas of the Gulf of Mexico as the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Draft Proposed Program plans leases for 2019-2024. "As an energy superpower, our nation is more energy secure and better shielded from foreign regimes that use energy as a tool against our national security prio… Continue Reading


03.01.18

Cassidy Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Launching Health Care Price Transparency Initiative

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Todd Young (R-IN), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are seeking feedback from the health care and patient communities as they develop legislation to improve price transparency in the health care market and lower costs. The senators are specifically seeking responses to a dozen questions ranging from regulatory barriers to big data to cash prices. "Real world experience and evidence-based policie… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Secure Veterans’ Access to Life-Saving Transplant Surgeries

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act, legislation to expand veterans' access to lifesaving transplant surgeries. "When performing organ transplants, experience and frequency impacts outcomes. As a doctor, I can't understand why the VA forces a veteran to get an organ transplant at a VA facility with less experience than a private facility-especi… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 Act, bipartisan legislation to increase the funding authorization levels for the CARA programs enacted in 2016 and put in place additional policy reforms to help combat the opioid epidemic. CARA is a bipartisan law passed in… Continue Reading


02.26.18

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Curb Overprescription of Opioids

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced the Protection from Overprescribing Act to provide authorities the information they need to identify and prevent cases of opioid overprescription. "In Louisiana, there is about one opioid prescription for every person. I and other physicians took an oath to first, do no harm. Some doctors are selling these prescriptions for profit. This is doing harm and it mus… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Cassidy, Hassan Seek Answers from DEA Regarding Synthetic Opioid Crackdown

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for documentation regarding the effectiveness of recent administrative regulations targeting fentanyl-related substances. The information "will help us better understand the overall impact of this regulatory action," states the senators' letter. "As part of our efforts to stem the tide of increased synthetic opioid abuse, we want to confirm the data you collect show the steps y… Continue Reading

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