Press Releases


Cassidy Statement on Passing of LSU Football Star Billy Cannon

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding the passing of LSU football star Billy Cannon: "Others knew of Billy in their own way. I do in several. Growing up, my father would tell of taking my two oldest brothers to the famous LSU-Ole Miss football game. He was at the concession stand buying them popcorn when Billy ran the punt back to win the game. Dad always smiled telling that story. "Later in life, Dr. Billy Cannon treated patients at Angola. I ran … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Nelson, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Increase Access to Opioid Treatment

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced the Comprehensive Opioid Management and Bundled Addiction Treatment (COMBAT) Act to increase access to opioid treatment programs and services for seniors on Medicare. The legislation would provide coverage and reimbursement in the form of a bundled payment for opioid treatment programs and services, including medication assisted treatment, counseling, behavioral and group therapy, toxicology testin… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Hold Press Conference Urging McConnell to Avoid Last-Minute Funding Battles, Keep Senate in Session in August if Necessary

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined several of his Senate Republican colleagues today at a press conference to urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite floor consideration of funding bills and nominees in order to make substantial progress on the Senate's work before the end of the fiscal year, September 30. Along with Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), … Continue Reading


E&E News: Cassidy Charts Own Course on Climate Change

Cassidy charts own course on climate change By Geof Koss May 8, 2018 E&E News | Share on Twitter When French President Emmanuel Macron urged a joint session of Congress last month to heed the risks of climate change, his comments caught the ear of one Republican senator in the audience. Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, whose home state is a major oil and gas producer, was struck by Macron's call for a "smooth transition" to a low-carbon economy. The message resonated with the senator in part b… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Announce $9.3 Million in Funds for Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) announced $9.3 million in RESTORE Funds for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program. These funds will be used to build a management plan for the Mississippi River to help improve navigation and reduce flood risk. "The Mississippi River is key to Louisiana's economy. These funds play a crucial role in streamlining navigation and protecting homeowners from floodin… Continue Reading


Cassidy: President Trump’s Plan Will Lower Drug Prices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in support of President Trump's plan to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs. Cassidy was in attendance at the White House today for the president's remarks. "As a doctor, I loved it when the president said he wants to put patients first. He laid out a way to take power away from special interests-protecting innovation, but not protecting d… Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges Keeping Senate in Session to Overcome Historic Democrat Obstruction

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined 15 other Senators in requesting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) keep the Senate in session to expedite floor consideration on funding bills and President Trump's nominees, even if the Senate must work nights and weekends, and through the August state work period to make substantial progress before the end of the fiscal year, September 30. "We stand ready to break through the confirmation backlog and get the government funded before we break … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Congratulate Kurt Engelhardt on His Confirmation to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy congratulated New Orleans native Kurt Engelhardt after the Senate confirmed his nomination to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 62-34. "Judge Engelhardt received strong bipartisan support because of his stellar experience and qualifications," said Dr. Cassidy. "I know he will do a great job upholding the Constitution as written, and I'm proud to see him join Kyle Duncan on U.S. Fifth Circuit." "I'm pleased that Mr. En… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Celebrating 19th Annual National Charter Schools Week

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, today introduced a resolution celebrating the 19th annual National Charter Schools Week, which runs from May 7 through May 11, 2018, and commends the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of our nation's more than 6,900 charter schools across 44 states and the District of Columbia. The resolution is sponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds President Trump’s Plan to Reduce Wasteful Spending

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the White House sent a message to Congress, pursuant to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, requesting the rescission of more than $15 billion in federal spending. "I voted against the spending deal because it spends too much and increases the debt," said Dr. Cassidy. "I'm glad President Trump is working to save taxpayers money by cutting billions in wastef… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces June 7 as National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 7. "Seersucker is a part of American culture-born in New Orleans, but celebrated across the country," said Dr. Cassidy. "I look forward to continuing this tradition alongside my colleague Senator Feinstein and encourage all to participate." Seersucker suits were made popular by a New Orleans businessman in the early 1900s. Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) brought Seersucker T… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Support for Bookshare Program Helping Students with Disabilities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the Senate Education Committee, led 10 of their Senate colleagues in requesting more than $30 million in funding for the federal Bookshare program, which promotes better learning outcomes in students with visual and print disabilities by providing free access to a library of more than 600,000 adaptive books in audio, braille, and other formats. "Your support for this program is vital to ensuring students with visual an… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Issue New Title X Regulations

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined 40 of his Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to restore Title X Family Planning regulations that bar grantees from co-locating with abortion clinics, or from promoting, counseling, or referring clients for abortions. "Section 1008 of the Public Health Service Act clearly states that no federal funds appropriated for Title X for family-planning services 'shall be used in programs where abortion is a me… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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