Press Releases

07.10.19

WATCH: Cassidy Pushes for Lower Drug Prices on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor about his pieces of legislation to reduce the high cost of prescription drugs. Cassidy praised innovation in the pharmaceutical industry that has improved and saved lives, but pointed out that if a patient can't afford the drug, it is as if the innovation never happened. Cassidy recently introduced a package of legislation to lower prescription drug costs, focusing on increasing competition and getting rid of loopholes th… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Momentum Continues to Build for College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate's education committee, today announced 24 senators have signed their names onto the bipartisan College Transparency Act (CTA) with the addition of, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Today's additions represent clear, growing support for CTA amid ongoing Higher Education Act talks. "College loan debts are rising. Students need more information to make better decis… Continue Reading


07.09.19

Cassidy Meets With Ivanka Trump on Path Forward for Paid Family Leave

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Bipartisan Senate Working Group on Paid Family Leave, today met with Ivanka Trump, senior advisor to the president, to discuss the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation. "My goal is success, and having Ivanka Trump as a champion is invaluable," said Dr. Cassidy. "I'm chairman of the bipartisan paid family leave working group. My priority-the priority of the working group-is a common ground solution that empowers families … Continue Reading


07.09.19

VIDEO: Cassidy Chairs Senate Energy Hearing: America will be a Global Leader in Emissions Reduction, We Need a Model Other Countries Will Follow

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, held a hearing today to consider multiple pieces of legislation. Legislation considered in the hearing included Cassidy's LEADING Act, legislation incentivizing research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy supply. During his opening remarks, Cassidy highlighted the United States' ability t… Continue Reading


07.08.19

Cassidy, Delegation Request Disaster Aid for Louisiana Seafood Industry

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Garret Graves (R-LA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA) today urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin the process of implementing a federal fisheries disaster declaration due to the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Opening of the spillway is causing hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of fresh water to pour into L… Continue Reading


07.01.19

Cassidy Presses for Access to Life-Saving Devices

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take steps that ensure Medicare and Medicaid patients continue to have access to non-invasive ventilators. This is in response to a proposal by CMS to add these devices to the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program. This would be the first time CMS would include an item in the "frequent and s… Continue Reading


07.01.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Announce Swiss Court Orders Release of Stanford Ponzi Scheme Funds

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today announced a major development in the recovery of stolen funds from the Stanford Ponzi Scheme. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has ordered Societe Generale (SocGen) Private Banking in Switzerland to hand over US$105.7 million, currently held in two Stanford International Back Limited's accounts, to U.S. authorities. SocGen conducted foreign banking for Allen Stanford despite a report from their hired private investigation … Continue Reading


06.28.19

Cassidy Defends Coastal Restoration Funding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), during a recent Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, defended the use of offshore energy revenue sharing funds that support Louisiana's coastalrestoration efforts. He also stated his serious concerns with a bill being considered by the committee that would divert unobligated revenue sharing funds to other federal projects. Cassidy pointed out that states receive only a 37.5 percent share of revenues from energy produced offshore compared… Continue Reading


06.28.19

Cassidy Votes Against Udall Amendment to the NDAA

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released the following statement after voting no on the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would prevent the president from using any military funds toward a conflict with Iran without prior approval from Congress. "We don't want war with Iran. I agree with the president's restraint, but if Iran threatens to attack again, we should leave all options open," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Udall amendment would not allow all … Continue Reading


06.27.19

Cassidy Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Spending Package

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following quote after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1790). "This legislation is our national commitment to our military and our servicemen and women," said Dr. Cassidy. "I am proud to support this legislation, giving our soldiers, marines and sailors the largest pay raise in a decade, which is well deserved." ###… Continue Reading


06.26.19

Cassidy Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Address Border Crisis

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today released the following statement on the Senate passage of a $4.59 billion bipartisan supplemental package to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. "The Senate just showed that we can pass bipartisan legislation to address the crisis on our southern border," said Dr. Cassidy. "Now it's time for House Democrats to join us and show they would rather have a solution than a campaign issue." ###… Continue Reading


06.26.19

Cassidy Legislation to Reduce Health Care Costs Passes Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following the Senate Health Committee passage of the Lower Health Care Costs Act which includes 14 separate provisions authored or led by Cassidy to lower the cost of prescription drugs, protect patients from surprise medical bills, increase price transparency in health care, improve public health, and protect the private data of patients. "This is a set of proposals that will benefit patients, addressing both their physical heal… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Cassidy, Bennet, Bilirakis, Crist Introduce Tax Credit for Working Families, Small Business Owners Preparing for Natural Disasters

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Charlie Crist (D-FL), today introduced the Shelter Act, legislation to help Americans protect their homes or businesses against hurricanes, tornados, floods, drought, and wildfires, creating a first-of-its-kind disaster mitigation tax credit for families and business owners in disaster-prone areas. "What's better than a quick recovery after a flood is never flooding at all," said… Continue Reading


06.20.19

Cassidy on Iran: These are the Death Throes of a Dying Regime

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today joined Fox Business to express his position on the Iranian attack against an American Drone. "I think we have to recognize, if you will, these are death throes of a dying regime," said Dr. Cassidy in the interview. "It is intensely provocative but think about what the Ayatollahs want. Their country-their support in the country is falling apart. They would like nothing better than to unite the Iranian people behind their old trope that the Great Satan… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Congratulate Justice Greg Guidry and James Cain, Jr. on Full Senate Confirmations

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) released a statement following the judicial confirmations of Greg Guidry to the Eastern District of Louisiana and James Cain, Jr. to the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles which has been without a district judge for almost two years. "Justice Guidry is exceptionally qualified, having served our state well for decades and will undoubtedly continue to do so in this new position," said Dr. Cassidy. "Mr. Cain has the extensi… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Cassidy Shares Own Experiences with Surprise Medical Bills, Provides Better Solution

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), during today's Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on lowering health care costs, shared his personal experiences receiving a surprise medical bill. He also explained how his legislation, the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act (S. 1531) would prevent other Americans from having the same experience in the future. Currently, 24 Senators are cosponsoring Cassidy's legislation, nearly one quarter of the Senate. Under Cassidy's legislatio… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Ahead of HELP Hearing on Lowering Health Care Costs, Nearly Quarter of Senate Cosponsors STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), of the Bipartisan Senate Working Group on surprise medical billing today announced that 24 Senators have signed their names to cosponsor the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act (S. 1531). This comes before today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on legislation to lower health care costs, including proposals to end the practice of surprise medical billing. Joining Cassidy and U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN)… Continue Reading


06.17.19

Cassidy, Delegation Champion New Effort to Honor WWII Vets

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Garret Graves (R-LA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) have reached out to President Trump, asking him to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor Recipient from WWII and the 16 million men and women who served. This comes following our remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate Europe. Th… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Cassidy Announces Release of Duplication of Benefits Guidance

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) release of legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits (DOB) fix for 2016 Louisiana flood victims passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. "I'm glad to report that duplication of benefits is fixed," said Dr. Cassidy. "I've urged HUD to minimize restrictions on which flood victims receive Restore Louisiana grants. HUD is allowing st… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Cassidy Encourages Louisiana Ports to Apply to USDOT Infrastructure Development Grant Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today urged Louisiana ports to apply for grant funding through The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) newly announced Port Infrastructure Development Program. The DOT is making available $292.7 million in discretionary grant funds to support public coastal ports by improving the safety, efficiency, or reliability of goods movement into, out of, or within a port. "The Trump administration has been committed to improving our country's infrastructure… Continue Reading

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