Press Releases

08.23.18

Cassidy Votes to Protect Taxpayers from Being Forced to Fund Abortion Businesses

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after voting in support of amendment #3967 to the minibus appropriations package for Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (H.R. 6157), which would have stopped taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform abortions. The amendment failed by a vote of 45-48. "Louisiana families should not be forced to give their hard-earned tax dollars to abortion businesses like Planne… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Synthetic Drug Awareness Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, bipartisan legislation to help address addiction and the drug abuse epidemic. The bipartisan bill would require the U.S. surgeon general to report to Congress on the health effects of new psychoactive substances, including synthetic drugs, on young adults ranging from 12-18 years of age. Synthetic drugs mimic the effects of illegal narcotics and, i… Continue Reading


08.21.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Seek Answers from FERC on Pending LNG Export Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), James Inhofe (R-OK), James Risch (R-ID), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve pending liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project applications in a timely manner, and seeking information regarding FERC's approval process and the agency's available resources. The full text of the senators' letter to FERC Chairman Kevin… Continue Reading


08.21.18

Cassidy, Perdue Call for Portland Mayor to Resign for Ordering Police to Ignore ICE Employees’ Call for Help

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and David Perdue (R-GA) today introduced a resolution "Opposing the targeted harassment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and employees and reaffirming the fundamental principle that public safety services should be provided without discrimination." The resolution also calls on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "to immediately resign so that a leader committed to protecting all law-abiding citizens and public servants from harm can assume the … Continue Reading


08.21.18

PHOTOS: Cassidy Conducts High-Level Meetings in Guatemala and Mexico Focused on Strengthening Border Security, Fighting Drug Trafficking, Creating Louisiana Jobs

Cassidy talks with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales View more photos on Facebook WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate committees on health and finance, recently conducted meetings with foreign heads of state and senior government officials in Guatemala and Mexico focused on strengthening border security, fighting drug trafficking, improving trade, and creating Louisiana jobs. Senator Cassidy was joined by U.S. Representatives Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and R… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Cassidy: Defense Bill Funds Improvements at Military Bases in Louisiana, Increases Troops’ Pay

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding President Trump signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515) into law. The legislation includes a 2.6 percent pay raise for America's military men and women-the largest increase in nine years-and other major provisions benefiting Louisiana. "We are keeping our promise to rebuild our military and support our men and women in uniform," said Dr. Cassidy. "We were able to giv… Continue Reading


08.08.18

PHOTOS: Cassidy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announce $45 Million Grant for Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today visited the Port of New Orleans and the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel, where they formally marked the award of $45 million in federal funds to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement project. The grant is provided through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. "I thank Secretary… Continue Reading


08.03.18

Cassidy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to Visit Port of New Orleans, Announce $45 Million Grant for Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao will visit Louisiana on Wednesday, August 8. "I look forward to welcoming Secretary Chao to New Orleans," said Dr. Cassidy. "We'll no doubt have a robust discussion with local leaders about the enhancements we can make at our ports, which are already some of the busiest in the country. And we'll highlight the federal funding for the Belle Chasse Tunnel and Replacement Project,… Continue Reading


07.31.18

At Cassidy’s Request, Senate Overwhelmingly Passes NFIP Extension

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate voted 86-12 to keep the National Flood Insurance Program from shutting down at midnight tonight: "I thank Republicans and Democrats for voting overwhelmingly to keep the National Flood Insurance Program writing policies," said Dr. Cassidy. "I appreciate Senate leaders listening to my request to move the vote up to today so that no one in Louisiana or the rest of the country is left in the lurch. We now hav… Continue Reading


07.30.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Urges Senate to Avert NFIP Shutdown, Secures Tuesday Vote to Extend Program

With the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) scheduled to shut down tomorrow night, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), spoke on the Senate floor this evening and urged his colleagues to extend the program before it expires. Cassidy secured an agreement to hold a vote Tuesday at approximately 11:15 a.m. CT on the four-month NFIP extension the U.S. House of Representatives passed last week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the addition of the NFIP vote to Tuesday's schedul… Continue Reading


07.27.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Colleagues Warn EPA Against Unfair Reallocation of Small Refinery RFS Obligations

To protect Louisiana refinery workers, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) are joining 18 of their Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refrain from retroactively reallocating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "In recent weeks, media reports indicated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considered a proposal to retroactively reallocate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations from small refineries,… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Cassidy, Hassan, Kustoff, Kuster Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Targeting Counterfeit Pill Makers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with U.S. Representatives David Kustoff (R-TN) and Annie Kuster (D-NH), today introduced the Substance Tableting and Encapsulating Enforcement and Registration (STEER) Act (S. 3281 / H.R. 6554), bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis by cracking down on counterfeit pill makers. Last year, CNN reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection "is seizing pill presses at a rate 19 times higher than in 2011. That's… Continue Reading


07.25.18

VIDEO: At Cassidy’s Request, Duplication of Benefits Fix Included in FAA Reauthorization Package

Download broadcast-quality video WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement after the Senate Commerce Committee released an updated version of legislation (Senate Substitute Amendment to H.R. 4) to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes several provisions sought by Cassidy as part of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, including a fix for the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan duplication of benefits issue hurting … Continue Reading


07.25.18

Cassidy: President Trump’s European Union Trade Announcement a Good Sign for Louisiana Workers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding the announcement by President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that the U.S. and the EU will work toward eliminating tariffs and increasing European imports of American liquefied natural gas (LNG): "We must ensure the United States is not being taken advantage of, and that our farmers … Continue Reading


07.25.18

Cassidy Measures Preventing Louisiana Education Cuts, Promoting Coding Head to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Education Committee, released the following statement after the House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), which includes Cassidy's measures preserving federal career and technical education (CTE) funding for Louisiana and helping high schools across the country establish or expand coding education programs. "With education being such a hot point of debate in Louisiana's state… Continue Reading


07.25.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement and photo after meeting in his Washington, D.C., office with D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Download broadcast-quality video Broadcast-quality B-roll of the meeting is also available for download. "I appreciate Judge Kavanaugh coming by," said Dr. Cassidy. "We talked about his views on the role of the judiciary, original intent, the importance of interpr… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Cassidy Calls on Senate to Extend National Flood Insurance Program Immediately

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to November 30, 2018. "I applaud Congressman Steve Scalise's leadership in building support for this short-term extension in the House so the NFIP does not expire next Tuesday. I urge the Senate to pass it immediately so that Louisiana and other states are not left in the lurch. Then we can resume our mission to… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Health Committee Passes Cassidy-Cosponsored Bills to End Pharmacy Gag Clauses, Increase Access to Oral Health Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the committee passed two bills he helped introduce, the Action for Dental Health Act (S. 3016) and the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554). "Gag clauses prohibit pharmacists from telling patients how they could save money and increase drug costs by thwarting market force. These rules are just another way our health care s… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Senate Passes Kennedy-Cassidy Amendment Boosting Inspections of Foreign Seafood

In a huge win for Louisiana families who make their living shrimping and fishing, the U.S. Senate voted 87-11 today in favor of an amendment to H.R. 6147 offered by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) to boost the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) inspections of foreign seafood coming into the United States. Currently, only about 2 percent of imported seafood is inspected. "Louisiana shrimpers are being undercut by inferior, uninspected seafood from foreign count… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Administration to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined 20 of his Senate colleagues in urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to increase transparency and take action to lower prescription drug prices for seniors. "We write to urge the Department of Health and Human Services to move forward with a proposal to meaningfully address skyrocketing drug prices by specifically addressing pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in the Medicare Part D program,"… Continue Reading

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