Press Releases

07.13.17

Cassidy, Graham Announce Amendment to the BCRA

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced their intention to offer an amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on CNN At This Hour. The new plan would return to the conservative principal of federalism by granting funds to states and giving them the flexibility to design their own systems to take care of the unique needs of patients in their state. "Obamacare took power from states-this returns that power," said Dr. Cassidy. "It allows the peo… Continue Reading


07.11.17

Cassidy Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Americans Plan for Debilitating Illness or Condition

70% of Americans have thought about their preferences if they face a debilitating illness or condition, but only one-third have completed an advance directive Legislation is the first of its kind to be endorsed by the Right to Life Committee Republicans, Democrats work together to encourage Americans to complete 'advance directives,' plans for life-sustaining health decisions US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and US … Continue Reading


07.10.17

Cassidy Announces Federal Grants for Flood Relief

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Louisiana will receive federal funding to assist in the ongoing flood recovery efforts. The announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants allow Ascension Parish to remove long-standing debris and Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to construct temporary facilities in place of school buildings affected by flood and storm damage. "Grants like these are crucial to continuing disaster recovery efforts across Louisiana,"… Continue Reading


07.07.17

Cassidy to Appear on Fox News Sunday

This Sunday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) will join Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, FOX's premier weekend public affairs program, to discuss the current state and path forward on health care reform. This is the third weekend in a row Senator Cassidy has appeared on one of the five major network Sunday news shows. For local listings click here. Click here to watch Senator Cassidy's July 2nd appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday. Click here to wat… Continue Reading


07.07.17

Cassidy Announces Infrastructure Investment Award for North Louisiana

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Ouachita Parish will receive a $1,500,000 investment award to help stimulate new commercial and industrial development in Northeast Louisiana, as well as job growth. The Economic Adjustment Assistance Award from the Economic Development Association (EDA) will increase infrastructure projects and save 94 jobs, create 80 new jobs, and leverage $20 million in private investments. "This investment will help provide long-term benefits to the fam… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Cassidy Introduces LNG Now Act to Remove Unnecessary Restrictions on LNG Exports

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act to remove barriers placed on US exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand of natural gas. This legislation would revamp the current system put in place by the Department of Energy decades ago and establish market growth of US exports without any delays. "The previous administration created hurdles that stalled LNG projects that benefit the economy, environment and Louis… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Cassidy Comments on Release of Senate Health Care Legislation

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the release of the Senate health care legislation. "I was just briefed on the newly released health care legislation. The bill includes elements of the Patient Freedom Act and the MAC Act-which is positive. I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates."… Continue Reading


06.21.17

Cassidy Comments on Lack of Bipartisanship in Health Care Reform

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor regarding the refusal of Democrats to engage in health care discussions and about families who can't afford their rising health care premiums becoming "collateral damage." In his speech, Cassidy said: "The Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, condemned our bill before we filed it, meaning before he had a chance to read it. Without reading our bill, he condemned it even though his state, New York, would have been allowed to co… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Zinke Commits to Working with Cassidy on Addressing GOMESA Funding

Today, US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke committed to working with US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) to address GOMESA funding and improve the Gulf. This came during Secretary Zinke's testimony at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the President's FY18 proposed budget. At the hearing, Senator Cassidy expressed the importance of Louisiana's coastal restoration projects to reduce the severity of potential damage, caused by future storms, to local communities an… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Cassidy Comments on Red Snapper Season Extension

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) commented on the US Department of Commerce's announcement yesterday to extend the federal red snapper season for private recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to yesterday's announcement, the federal red snapper season was three days (June 1st-3rd). "While we welcome this decision, there is still a need for long-term solutions," said Dr. Cassidy. "NOAA says the number of red snapper is increasing, yet shortened the season. We need to make… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Cassidy Comments on Amended Sugar Agreement

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement on yesterday's US Department of Commerce announcement of the Amended Sugar Agreement between the United States and Mexico. The Commerce Department is now seeking public comment on the agreement. "I commend Secretary Ross for his efforts, and for working closely with us, in negotiating a deal that protects Louisiana sugar workers," said Dr. Cassidy. "This is a positive development for US sugar growers, processors and refiners. Thi… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Cassidy Speaks on Shooting and Scalise

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor to offer his prayers and support for US Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA), his family, and all of those injured in today's attack. To watch the full speech, click here. Remarks as delivered below: Mr. President, This morning an unbalanced individual carried out a cowardly attack not only against members and staff of this Congress, but against Democratic institutions. This terrorist, and he is a terrorist… Continue Reading


06.09.17

Cassidy Amendment Enacted by BSEE

Today, The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced a rule that would double the amount of time offshore oil and gas operators will have to coordinate development operations and retain their leases in federal waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf from 180 days to a year. Dr. Cassidy offered the following amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, which was signed into law. Sec. 121. Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Se… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Cassidy Comments on Delay of EPA Ozone Standards

This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would delay the implementation of the 2015 ground-level ozone standards to give states more time to comply. Those regulations would require states to meet a 70-parts-per-billion (ppb) standard by October of this year. The EPA's decision pushes back those requirements to 2018. "The EPA is working to ensure clean air and that jobs for Americans are preserved. This decision reflects those goals," said Dr. Cassidy. Kyle Zer… Continue Reading


06.08.17

National Seersucker Day Photo

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and fellow US Senators took an official photo in celebration of National Seersucker Day. From left to right: US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) US Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) To see more photos from National Seersucker Day, click here. A part of Louisiana's heritage, the original seersucker suit was created in Louisiana. Former Senator Tr… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Cassidy, Gillibrand, Capito Introduce National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Bill

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. "This is a product of listening to those affected, finding from stakeholders those policies that would address affordability and sustainability within the NFIP," said Dr. Cassidy. "The goal of this bipartisan bill is to bring peace of mind… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Cassidy, Casey, Hatch, Hassan Introduce RISE ACT

US Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the RISE Act in an effort to ease the burden of transitioning to college life for students with disabilities. The act, which amends the Higher Education Act (HEA), would clarify that documentation used in K-12 education and other settings to receive special education or accommodations would be acceptable as proof of a disability for students in higher education. "Dyslexics can be as suc… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Cassidy Speaks on Conservative Health Care Solutions Everyone Can Get Behind

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor to detail conservative solutions on health care that both Republicans and Democrats can support. These proposals included giving more power to states to address their specific needs, ensuring a replacement is fiscally conservative and instituting free market values like price transparency. He also encouraged his Senate colleagues to come together and take action to bring relief to struggling families: "So I challenge my Democra… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Cassidy Introduces Bill to Improve Veteran’s Access to Timely and Quality Care

WASHINGTON-US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act of 2017 in the US Senate, which would require the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) to pay for care provided to our nation's veterans in urgent care centers. US Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA-3) plans to introduce companion legislation in the US House of Representatives. Urgent care centers (UCC) have the capacity to care for veterans in the communities where they live without excessive wait… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Cassidy Explains Plan to Maintain Health Coverage and Lower Premiums

WASHINGTON- Last night, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor to explain provisions in Cassidy-Collins, his Obamacare replacement plan, that would maintain and expand health care coverage and bring down premiums. "We have an approach to do this called-some call it auto-enrollment-I call it making it easy. And by this way, we can increase coverage, achieve the goals of President Trump to lower the premiums. We are using something which is already used in Medicare and 40… Continue Reading

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