Press Releases

04.17.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Take Action on Mental Health Parity to Address Opioid Crisis

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), are urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (Labor), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to enforce federal mental health parity laws, including the parity provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, to improve behavioral health coverage. The senators are seeking answers to several qu… Continue Reading


04.17.18

Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Save Lives of Overdose Survivors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the Senate Health Committee, today introduced the Saving Lives Through Proper Notification of Overdoses Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure health care providers have clear guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about when they are allowed to tell a patient's family about a nonfatal overdose in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other fed… Continue Reading


04.16.18

Cassidy, Jones Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Wasteful Government Printing, Save Taxpayers Millions

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Doug Jones (D-AL) today introduced the Preventing Additional Printing of Electronic Records (PAPER) Act, bipartisan legislation to eliminate the mandatory, daily printing and hand-delivery of the Congressional Record and calendars to congressional and other federal offices. "Printing these documents may have been useful 20 years ago before they were online, but now it's a waste of time and taxpayer money," said Dr. Cassidy. "We can save millions of d… Continue Reading


04.12.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Honors Fallen Marine Taylor Conrad of Louisiana on the Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor today in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Taylor Conrad, a Louisiana native who lost his life on April 3 during a training mission in California. A full transcript of Cassidy's remarks is below. TV stations can download broadcast quality video here. CASSIDY: Today, I want to honor the life and sacrifice of one soldier in particular, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Taylor Conrad, who was 24 years old and was of Central, Louisi… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Introduced to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Former Saints Star Steve Gleason

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation in the Senate (S. 2652) and House to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his work through the Gleason Initiative Foundation to pro… Continue Reading


04.11.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces Eastern, Western District Judge Nominees at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced district judge nominees Wendy Vitter and Robert Summerhays at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on their nominations. President Trump nominated Vitter to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Summerhays to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana. Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees Kurt Engelhardt, Barry Ashe, Terry Doughty, Michael Juneau, and Kyle … Continue Reading


04.11.18

President Signs Cassidy-Sponsored Legislation to Stop Sex Trafficking

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after President Trump signed into law the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865), which includes bipartisan legislation Cassidy cosponsored to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and crack down on websites that knowingly facilitate these crimes. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a 93-count federal indictment and the seizure of Backpage.com, a website known… Continue Reading


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

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