Press Releases

04.30.18

Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal Reaches Half of Needed Senate Cosponsors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today announced their bipartisan legislation (S. 2652) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal is now supported by 34 senators-half of the 67 cosponsors required for the legislation to move forward in the Senate. The legislation, introduced just a little over two weeks ago, would recognize Gleason … Continue Reading


04.29.18

Senate Passes Cassidy, Whitehouse Resolution Recognizing 220,000 Senior Volunteers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) praised the Senate's passage of their bipartisan resolution (S.Res.483) declaring this week (April 29 - May 5, 2018) "National Senior Corps Week" in recognition of the contributions of the more than 220,000 senior volunteers across the country. "Senior Corp volunteers give back to our communities, making a positive, personal impact on many," said Dr. Cassidy. "We thank them, recognizing the good they do." "This week we hono… Continue Reading


04.27.18

Cassidy Demands to See Secret International Shipping Rates

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), is demanding the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) turn over information about the international shipping rates set by the U.N.'s Universal Postal Union. The U.S. Postal Service has sought to keep the rates secret. The rates greatly favor countries like China, allowing Chinese businesses to mail items to the U.S. at a lower cost than American businesses in the U.S. This unfair advantage hurts American entrepreneurs and workers, Cassidy states in his… Continue Reading


04.27.18

PHOTO: Cassidy Meets with Army Corps Chief, Pushes for Full Funding for Comite, Other Louisiana Flood Mitigation Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today met with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers. Cassidy pushed for the Corps to fully fund the Comite River Diversion and other flood mitigation projects in Louisiana. Ensuring their completion is one of Cassidy's top priorities, and the Corps will soon issue its project funding allocation decisions. Today's meeting follows Cassidy's April 10 discussion with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers … Continue Reading


04.26.18

AUDIO: Cassidy Responds to Macron: Sending Jobs to China Has Increased Emissions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, talked with Fox News Radio's Brian Kilmeade today about Senate Democrats' obstruction of President Trump's nominees, and also responded to French President Emmanuel Macron's remarks to Congress in support of the Paris climate accord. Key excerpts of Cassidy's interview are transcribed below. ON KEEPING THE SENATE OPEN UNTIL DEMOCRATS END THEIR OBSTRUCTION OF NOMINEES CASSIDY: If that's what … Continue Reading


04.26.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Applaud $82 Million in GOMESA Revenue for Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today applauded U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's presentation of $188 million in GOMESA revenue sharing funding to Gulf states, including $82 million to Louisiana. "This is a big deal: the first real money Louisiana is receiving thanks to offshore oil production in the Gulf," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is tens of millions of dollars that will go toward coastal restoration in our state, and our provision passed into law in Decembe… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Cassidy, Baldwin Introduce Legislation Targeting Foreign Mail Containing Illicit Opioids

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced 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. "China is the main source of the lethal drug fentanyl that is flooding our streets and killing Americans," said Dr. Ca… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Citing Jobs and Economic Investment, Cassidy and Colleagues Urge Approval of Driftwood LNG Permits

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representatives Clay Higgins (R-LA), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), and Garret Graves (R-LA), are calling on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntyre to approve necessary permits for the Driftwood LNG and Driftwood Pipeline projects in Southwest Louisiana. The construction phase o… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Cassidy Congratulates Kyle Duncan on His Confirmation to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), congratulated Baton Rouge native Kyle Duncan after the Senate voted to confirm his nomination to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Duncan is the first Baton Rouge-based nominee confirmed to the Fifth Circuit in the last 40 years. "This is a wonderful moment for Kyle and his family, but it's an even better moment for Louisiana and our country," said Dr. Cassidy. "Kyle is the first federal appeals judge from Louisiana confirmed under President Trump,… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Cassidy, Baldwin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop the Flow of Illicit Opioids into the U.S. by Mail

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), members of the Senate Health Committee, today introduced the Restricting Entrance and Strengthening the Requirements on Import Controls for Trafficking (RESTRICT) Illicit Drugs Act, bipartisan legislation to stop the flow of illegal opioids, fentanyl, methamphetamine and other illicit drugs into the country through International Mail Facilities (IMFs). The legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more tools to preve… Continue Reading


04.23.18

Video: Cassidy Speaks on Senate Floor in Support of Pompeo’s Nomination for Secretary of State

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor in support of CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state and urged Senate Democrats to put aside partisan politics and vote for his confirmation. A transcript of Cassidy's remarks on the floor is below. Download high-quality video of Cassidy's remarks here. CASSIDY: Mr. President, if there's one thing everyone in Washington seems to agree on these days and indeed in our country, is that we face very seri… Continue Reading


04.23.18

Cassidy to Join President Trump in Welcoming President of France Emmanuel Macron

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding French President Emmanuel Macron's upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. "France was America's most important ally in our struggle for independence, and the United States was France's most important ally in two world wars preserving their freedom," said Dr. Cassidy. "Laura and I look forward to celebrating our countries' shared history and strong bond-as well as Louisiana's cultural ties with France-as we welcome Pr… Continue Reading


04.20.18

Senate Passes Cassidy-Sponsored Resolution Celebrating National Park Week

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding the Senate's unanimous passage of a bipartisan resolution he helped introduce recognizing National Park Week (S.Res. 117): "Every year, Louisiana's national parks-Cane River Creole, Jean Lafitte and New Orleans Jazz-draw hundreds of thousands of visitors eager to enjoy the outdoors and learn about our unique history," said Dr. Cassidy. "These and othe… Continue Reading


04.20.18

PHOTO: Cassidy Visits DEA’s Special Operations Division and CBP’s National Targeting Center

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health Committee, today visited the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Special Operations Division and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) National Targeting Center for meetings with officials and experts on the federal government's efforts to fight terrorism, combat illicit money laundering, and intercept illegal narcotics. "As our country grapples with the opioid epidemic, there is no solution without these men and wom… Continue Reading


04.20.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Send Letter To Turkish President Demanding Release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined a bipartisan group of 66 senators in writing to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanding the release of wrongfully imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson. Pastor Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7, 2016. Last month, he was indicted on bogus charges related to terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years in prison. In the letter to President Erdogan, the senators state the indictment "is an absurd collectio… Continue Reading


04.20.18

Cassidy, Murphy Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Requesting Funds to Fully Implement Their Mental Health Reform Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), co-authors of the Mental Health Reform Act signed into law in 2016, are leading a bipartisan group of senators in calling for robust funding to fully implement the law and help make America's mental health system more responsive to the needs of those with mental illness. The senators emphasized the continued importance of funding to increase access to care, highlighting the fact that while many Americans live with mental illness, … Continue Reading


04.18.18

PHOTO: Cassidy Meets with VA Secretary Nominee Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today met with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D., who was nominated by President Trump to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I appreciate Dr. Jackson meeting with me," said Dr. Cassidy. "His perspective is that the VA should put veterans first and provide the best care possible. We had a good conversation about this and other issues. I look forward to his hearing next wee… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Bipartisan Senate Working Group on Health Care Price Transparency Receives Nearly 1,000 Pages of Feedback

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) announced they received nearly 1,000 pages of feedback from more than 130 groups and individuals in response to their February 28th letter to health care and patient communities seeking input on drafting legislation to improve price and quality transparency in the health care market and lower costs. The feedback will be publicly available at a l… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Cassidy: Tax Cuts Lead to Lower Energy Bills for Louisiana Families, But Washington Democrats Want to Take Away Benefits

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement today after Entergy Louisiana announced customers will see their energy rates cut next month and over the next four years by over $200 million thanks to the tax reform legislation Republicans enacted in December. "This is great news for working families in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "Lower energy bills means more money in your pocket, and that's exactly why we cut taxes. I'm gla… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Cassidy Provisions Introduced as Part of Legislation to Ramp Up Opioid Crisis Response

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health Committee, today announced several provisions he authored are included in the Opioid Crisis Response Act (S. 2680), bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to ramp up the fight against the opioid epidemic. "To solve the opioid crisis in Louisiana, we need a strong, sustained, 'do everything' response," said Dr. Cassidy. "This bill supports safer families and healthier communities by boosting resources to fight addiction and de… Continue Reading

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