Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Senate Passes Cassidy-Sponsored Resolution Recognizing National Mentoring Month

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding the Senate's unanimous passage of a bipartisan resolution he helped introduce recognizing National Mentoring Month (S.Res. 394): "It's important to honor the people in Louisiana who are helping influence young lives for the better, and strengthening our communities in the process," said Dr. Cassidy. "We should always keep in mind that just a small amount of time or effort can make a huge difference, or even chang… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Applaud Senate Judiciary Committee’s Advancement of Three Louisiana Nominees

U.S Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) released the following statements today after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved three Louisiana nominees, Kurt Englehardt to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, Barry Ashe to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Brandon Fremin to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana: "Confirming good, qualified judges and U.S. attorneys who will uphold the Constitution is one of our top p… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Schatz, Reed Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Tourism, Empower Communities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced the Explore America Act, bipartisan legislation that would encourage job creation and allow local communities to play a larger role in the development and promotion of tourism for premiere American landscapes and cultural heritage sites in our National Parks system. "Louisiana communities, urban and rural, have rich histories. They should have a bigger say in how their stories are shared with vis… Continue Reading

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