Press Releases

09.18.18

Cassidy, Bipartisan Colleagues Release Draft Legislation to End Surprise Medical Bills

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), members of the bipartisan Senate health care price transparency working group, today released draft legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills. The draft bill is intended to jumpstart discussions in Congress about how to best stop the use of balanced billing to charge patients for emergency treatment or treatment provided by an… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Senate Passes Second Cassidy-Cosponsored Bill to Help Patients Save Money on Prescriptions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate passed by a vote of 98 - 2 the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554), bipartisan legislation he helped introduce to increase health care price transparency by removing barriers that prevent patients from paying the lowest possible price for prescription drugs. The bill prohibits health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from using "pharmacy gag clauses" to hide prices from patients at t… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Higgins Introduce Legislation to Rename Lake Charles VA Clinic After Medal of Honor Recipient Douglas Fournet

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced legislation to rename the Lake Charles Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Kinder, Louisiana, native Douglas Fournet, a U.S. Army first lieutenant who gave his life in the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970. He is the only individual from Southwest Louisiana to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The legislation would rename the Lake Charles … Continue Reading


09.17.18

Senate Set to Pass Cassidy Legislation Targeting Opioid Crisis

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today as the Senate prepares to pass the Opioid Crisis Response Act (H.R. 6), bipartisan legislation that includes several provisions authored by Cassidy to combat the opioid epidemic. "The opioid epidemic hits every level of our society and to combat it we need a strong, sustained, 'do-everything' response," said Dr. Cassidy. "My provisions in this legislation were informed by my conversations with Louisiana law enforceme… Continue Reading


09.13.18

Cassidy: DC Swamp Killing Drug Price Transparency Measure Means Patients Lose Again

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health committee, released the following statement after a bipartisan measure requiring the inclusion of prices in TV commercials for pharmaceuticals-a measure already passed by the Senate-was stripped from the final version of the bill being negotiated between the House and the Senate. "Let patients know the prices. Give patients the power. Patients deserve to know the price of medications advertised on TV," said Dr. Cassidy. "The … Continue Reading


09.12.18

Cassidy Announces $7 Million Grant to Upgrade Shreveport Airport

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced the Shreveport Airport Authority will receive a $6,997,075 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to extend and shift the runway to meet the operational needs of the airport. "Upgrading the Shreveport airport will improve access to the area and encourage economic growth," said Dr. Cassidy. "This money will go toward completing the improvement project and will help the airport better serve the needs of residents and local … Continue Reading


09.12.18

Cassidy Announces Grants for Louisiana Firefighters, New Ladder Truck for Ville Platte

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced a total of $892,096 in federal grants for three Louisiana fire departments. These grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will assist in improving operations and safety at the Opelousas and Springhill fire departments, and to aid in the purchase of a ladder truck for the Ville Platte Fire Department. Cassidy sent letters to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advocating for Louisiana fire departments a… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Cassidy: U.S. Becoming #1 Oil Producer is a Win for American Workers, National Security

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced the U.S. has surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's largest crude oil producer: "Republicans fought for years to unshackle American energy innovation and American workers, and we finally succeeded. Now our country has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest produce… Continue Reading


09.11.18

Cassidy Welcomes $7.2 Million Federal Grant for New Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following statement today welcoming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration's announcement of a $7,282,460 federal grant for the establishment of the new Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Jennings, Louisiana. "Southwest Louisiana will finally see the construction of a veterans cemetery thanks to this grant," said Dr. Cassidy. "Right now, the only … Continue Reading


09.10.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Condemn Anti-Semitic Attack on Northshore Jewish Congregation

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) released the following joint statement condemning the anti-Semitic attack on the Northshore Jewish Congregation: "The anti-Semitic symbols painted onto the Northshore Jewish Congregation synagogue are hateful and unacceptable," said the senators. "There can be no tolerance for religious bigotry in our state or the country. We are encouraged by the community's unified condemnation of the vandalism, especially as our Jewish friends … Continue Reading


09.07.18

Cassidy Praises House’s Passage of Small-Scale LNG Legislation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act (H.R. 4606) by a vote of 260-146. The legislation would allow the expedited approval of small-scale shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG). "With my bill to streamline approval of small-scale LNG exports passing the Senate Energy Committee in March, and the Trum… Continue Reading


09.07.18

Cassidy Announces Grants for Louisiana Firefighters

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced a total of $621,922 in federal grants for eight Louisiana fire departments. These grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will assist in improving operations and safety. Cassidy sent letters to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advocating for Louisiana fire departments applying for these grants. "Firefighters work long hours and often risk their lives to save others," said Dr. Cassidy. "Because of t… Continue Reading


09.06.18

PHOTO: Cassidy Discusses Work to Reduce Illegal Immigration with Bossier Parish Sheriff

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after meeting with Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington and other law enforcement officials in his Washington, D.C., office. "I thank Sheriff Whittington for his office's hard work to keep our communities safe," said Dr. Cassidy. "We had a good discussion about our country's need for better border security, and our work here in Congress to enact President Trump's proposals to modernize our immigration system and remov… Continue Reading


09.06.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Recognizing 9/11 as National Day of Service

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Coons (D-DE), and U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and David Price (D-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing September 11 as a national day of service and encouraging the American public to engage in a charitable service of their choosing on or around 9/11. In 2009, Congress established September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in tribute to the 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, and me… Continue Reading


09.06.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Congratulate Judge Summerhays on His Confirmation to the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), released the following statements after the Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Robert Summerhays to be a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana by a voice vote. "Judge Summerhays will be an excellent federal judge for the people of southwest Louisiana. He has the experience and expertise needed to excel in this position and help clear the backlog of cases in the Lafayette court that has gone without a judge for… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Senate Unanimously Passes Cassidy-Cosponsored Legislation to Help Patients Save Money on Prescriptions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553), bipartisan legislation he helped introduce to increase health care price transparency by removing barriers that prevent patients from paying the lowest possible price for prescription drugs. The bill prohibits health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from using "pharmacy gag clauses" to hide prices from patients at the pharmacy counter.… Continue Reading


09.04.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Slams Democrats’ Disruption of Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

With Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing underway in the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon in support of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, highlighting the broad, bipartisan support he enjoys from many in the legal community. Cassidy also slammed Senate Democrats' coordinated disruption of the hearing, saying Congress is not a "not a third world legislative body where they toss decorum out the window, … Continue Reading


08.27.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Applaud Judicial Nomination for Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today applauded President Trump's nomination of James D. Cain Jr. to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana (Lake Charles). "The people of Louisiana have been without a district judge in Lake Charles for more than a year," said Dr. Cassidy. "I thank President Trump for nominating an experienced attorney like Mr. Cain to fill this vacancy and I look forward to the Senate considering his nomination soon… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Cassidy Applauds President Trump’s Action to End Unfair International Mail Rates

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today applauded President Trump for ordering his administration to effectively implement the Ending Needless Delivery Subsidies (ENDS) Act, legislation Cassidy introduced in April that would save U.S. taxpayers from having to subsidize international postal shipments from foreign countries like China to the United States. President Trump's memorandum lays out how his administration will seek reforms to the U.N.'s Universal Postal Union (UPU) that result in… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Cruz, Cornyn Introduce Resolution Recognizing the First Anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a resolution recognizing the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey's landfall on August 25, 2017. "As the flood waters rose, communities and strangers bound together and took action to help those in trouble. A year has passed, but we have not forgotten the many families that are still recovering," said Dr. Cassidy. "We will continue to make sure those affected have the resource… Continue Reading

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