Press Releases

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


02.16.18

Cassidy Welcomes Nomination of David Joseph for U.S. Attorney

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today welcomed President Trump's nomination of David Joseph to be U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. "David Joseph has faithfully served our country and state as a member of our military and as an assistant U.S. attorney," said Dr. Cassidy. "Given his experience and dedication, I support his nomination and am confident he will serve the people of Louisiana and the United States of America well in this new position." David Joseph currentl… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Cassidy Congratulates Brandon Fremin on His Confirmation as U.S. Attorney

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate unanimously confirmed Brandon Fremin to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana: "Brandon Fremin served our country as a marine and will no doubt work hard to enforce the law and defend the Constitution," said Dr. Cassidy. "I congratulate him on his confirmation and wish him well." President Trump nominated Fremin in November and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved him earlier this month.… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Next Generation Coolant Manufacturers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, bipartisan legislation that would support the worldwide transition towards next generation coolants pioneered by innovative companies in Louisiana and other states. There are two plants in Louisiana-Honeywell in Geismar and Mexichem Fluor Inc. in St. Gabriel-impacted by the evolving technology. This … Continue Reading


02.15.18

Cassidy Introduces Amendment to Make Drug Traffickers Pay for the Border Wall

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced an amendment that would crack down on drug traffickers laundering money across our southern border and use the seized funds to pay for border security measures, including a border wall system. "It's estimated drug traffickers launder $110 billion between the U.S. and Mexico every year, but as best we can tell the U.S. government only captures about $7 billion," said Dr. Cassidy. "We need to do bet… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Cassidy Votes to Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities, Secure the Border

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding several immigration proposals the Senate failed to advance today: "I voted for Senator Toomey's amendment to crack down on sanctuary cities that refuse to help enforce our immigration laws. If cities won't help protect Americans from criminals, they shouldn't get taxpayer money. "I voted for Senator Grassley's measure based on President Trump's proposal. We must stop human trafficking, money laundering and drug … Continue Reading


02.14.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Highlights Success of Tax Cuts, Presses Treasury Secretary on Cartel Money Flowing Across Mexican Border

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), highlighted the Louisiana workers benefiting from the tax cuts legislation he helped pass in December. He also questioned U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about efforts to combat money laundering, pointing to estimates indicating the U.S. intercepts less than seven percent of funds moved across the border illicitly. A partial transcript of Cassidy's remarks is below. ON BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND BETTER BE… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Cassidy, McCaskill, Scott, Peters Urge Social Security Administration to Modernize Identity Theft Prevention System

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Gary Peters (D-MI) are urging the Social Security Administration (SSA) to accept individuals' consent electronically in order to help financial institutions better prevent identity theft and fraud. "[T]he SSA requirement that users of the CBSV [Consent Based Social Security Number Verification] system first obtain the written, physical signature of the individual prior to accessing the database unnecessarily … Continue Reading


02.12.18

Cassidy: It’s Refreshing to Have an Administration that Listens on GOMESA

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 president's Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, which preserves the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) offshore revenue sharing program. The administration previously proposed eliminating GOMESA revenue sharing. "GOMESA funding for Louisiana coastal restoration projects is vital for our nation's economic and energy security, and we made th… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Cassidy: Natural Gas Deal with China is Great News for Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding Cheniere Energy's announcement it has signed two deals to sell American liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China National Petroleum Corporation, which will be partially fulfilled through the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana: "This is great news for working families in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "From the wellhead to the liquefactio… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Full Funding for Important Energy Department Program

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) are urging Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Vice Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), and Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-CA) to ensure full funding for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program (Title XVII), which helps developers of b… Continue Reading


02.08.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Speaks on the Senate Floor about Status of Disaster Relief for Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon regarding the status of disaster relief provisions affecting Louisiana in the proposed budget deal. A partial transcript of Cassidy's remarks on the floor is below. CASSIDY: Louisiana had two catastrophic floods in 2016...with over 100,000 disaster victims who became eligible for SBA, or Small Business Administration, Disaster Assistance loans... 56 of Louisiana's 64 parishes had federal disaster declarations. Th… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Cassidy: Senate Democrats Holding Military Funding Hostage to Jack Up Wasteful Government Spending

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a bill to fund our military for a full year: "The lack of a long-term defense budget has hamstrung our military's readiness, training and planning, but Washington Democrats led by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have repeatedly held funding for our troops hostage because they want to jack up wasteful government spending," said Dr. Cassidy. "The House has passed a full year of defense funding f… Continue Reading

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