Press Releases

03.21.18

Cassidy-Sponsored Legislation to Stop Sex Trafficking Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after the Senate passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865), which includes bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and crack down on websites that knowingly facilitate these crimes. "Human trafficking is on the rise in Louisiana. It must be stopped," said Dr. Cassidy. "This bill holds websites accountable for helping sex traffick… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Higgins Urge Corps of Engineers to Fully Fund Freshwater Bayou Lock

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fully fund the Freshwater Bayou Lock in Vermilion Parish. The Freshwater Bayou Lock provides access from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Intracoastal City for the offshore oil supply and commercial fishing industries. The lock usually ranks in the top 10 in the nation in terms of commercial lockage, and also serves … Continue Reading


03.20.18

Cassidy Calls on Law School Admission Council to Accommodate Students with Disabilities, Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), is demanding the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) take corrective action after a federal judge ruled the organization "violated court-ordered rules meant to help disabled test takers gain accommodations on the Law School Admission Test" (LSAT). "Given the court's findings, I respectfully request that LSAC consider changing its procedures by hiring additional staff to process applications in a timelier manner, or changing your registration deadlines in … Continue Reading


03.20.18

Cassidy, Whitehouse Urge HHS to Focus on Improving How Americans Pay for Health Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to ensure the U.S. health care system continues to improve care quality and curb escalating health care costs, and does not backslide on the headway Medicare, private payers, and states have made implementing new payment models. The senators are also requesting the opportunity to discuss reforming the way Americans pay for and are delivered heal… Continue Reading


03.19.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: Momentum is Building for Price Transparency in Health Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Fox Business today to discuss the bipartisan effort he is leading to develop legislation to improve price transparency in the health care market and lower costs. Key excerpts of Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: We need to lower health care costs. We need to lower pharmaceutical costs. And one thing we've been promoti… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prohibit “Gag Clauses” That Cause Consumers to Pay Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined several of his colleagues in introducing two bipartisan bills to remove barriers that prevent patients from paying the lowest possible price for prescription drugs. These bills would prohibit health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers from using "pharmacy gag clauses"-an egregious practice that some companies use to conceal prices from patients at the pharmacy. This ca… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Call for Blocking Construction of Russian Natural Gas Pipeline to Europe

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined a bipartisan group of 39 senators in expressing opposition to the Nord Stream II pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, and urging "the Administration to utilize all of the tools at its disposal to prevent its construction." The senators are highlighting how this pipeline would negatively impact the European Union's energy security and "further reinforce Russia's near-monopoly as a natural gas supplier to the region." The sen… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Abraham, Colleagues Call for Stronger Protections for Most Vulnerable in International Negotiations

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), joined 27 of their congressional colleagues in urging the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN) to ensure the Trump Administration's commitment to pro-life values is upheld in all international negotiations. The members applauded President Trump's executive action to protect life through enacting the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance plan (PLGHA), and c… Continue Reading


03.16.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: To Lower Health Care Costs, Give Patients the Power of Price Transparency

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas this morning to discuss the bipartisan effort he is leading to develop legislation to improve price transparency in the health care market and lower costs. Key excerpts of Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: It should be like buying an airline ticket. You know where you want to go, the time … Continue Reading


03.16.18

Cassidy Urges Department of Education to Provide Guidance on Most Effective Anti-Opioid Addiction Education

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's Subcommittee on Children and Families, is urging the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive review of states' efforts to educate children on the dangers of opioid abuse, and provide guidelines to states on how schools can most effectively implement anti-addiction education. Cassidy's request is part of his "Safer Families, Healthier Communities" initiative add… Continue Reading


03.15.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Confronts Hospital, Pharmacy Representatives Over 340B Abuse

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today questioned hospital and pharmacy representatives during a hearing regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) 340B drug pricing program. Citing established evidence and numerous studies finding the 340B program is being abused by providers pocketing 340B money, Cassidy repeatedly pressed America's Essential Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Bruce Siegel… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Cassidy’s Legislation to End Taxpayer-Funded Paintings of Government Officials Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate passed his legislation, the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act (S. 188), sending it to the president's desk to be signed into law: "The national debt is over $20 trillion," said Dr. Cassidy. "There's no excuse for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on paintings of government officials. I look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law." Download high-quality video of Ca… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Senate Passes Cassidy Legislation to Protect Children from Identity Fraud as Part of Bipartisan Banking Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, praised the Senate's passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), bipartisan legislation to reform Dodd-Frank and make it easier for small community banks to extend credit, loans and mortgages to consumers in Louisiana. The Senate passed the bill with strong bipartisan support, by a vote of 67-31. Included in the bill is the bipartisan legislation Cassidy introduced las… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Provide Justice to Victims of Stanford Ponzi Scheme

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced legislation to ensure victims of Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme can receive compensation for what they lost. "Allen Stanford's victims deserve justice," said Dr. Cassidy. "Many were robbed of life savings and left with nothing. It's wrong the court denied the opportunity to recover money stolen from them while the receiver squanders millions on lawyer and consultant fees." In 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit … Continue Reading


03.13.18

Cassidy to U.N.’s Green Climate Fund: Support Natural Gas Projects to Reduce Emissions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is urging the United Nations' Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support natural gas infrastructure projects in developing countries. "Replacing carbon-intensive, higher-emitting fuels with natural gas in countries that have already received dollars from the fund could result in annual emission reductions in excess of 806 million metric tons of carbon dioxide," states Cassidy's letter to GCF Executiv… Continue Reading


03.08.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: If You Want to Cut Emissions, Support Natural Gas Exports

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, spoke today during a hearing regarding the Small Scale LNG Access Act (S. 1981), legislation he introduced with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to expedite the approval of exports of natural gas equal to or less than 51.1 billion cubic feet per year. The committee passed the bill with bipartisan support by a vote of 13-10. "If you want to enable American job growth, you should support this legisla… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan School Safety, Mental Health Legislation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the School Safety & Mental Health Services Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to allow public schools to improve school safety by using federal dollars for school… Continue Reading


03.07.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: With Veterans’ Lives at Stake, It’s Not About Protecting the VA System

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, spoke today during a hearing with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) leaders about his legislation to expand veterans' access to lifesaving transplant surgeries, which the VA may oppose. Download high-quality video of Cassidy's remarks here. A partial transcript of Cassidy's remarks is below. CASSIDY: I'm a liver doctor, and I've worked with a lot of people with transplants. And it just makes sense: the mo… Continue Reading


03.06.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: VA Not Putting Organ Transplant Patients First

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, spoke today during a hearing with Veterans' Service Organizations (VSO's) about his legislation to expand veterans' access to lifesaving transplant surgeries, which the VA may oppose. A partial transcript of Cassidy's remarks is below. CASSIDY: I'm a doctor. I'm a hepatologist … and in my practice, I took care of a lot of liver transplant patients. And one thing that is clear, the more transplant… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Scalise Announce $13M TIGER Grant for St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District Improvements

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) today announced St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District in Chalmette is receiving a U.S. Transportation Department TIGER grant of $13 million towards the reconstruction of the Chalmette Slip, which was constructed in 1907 and is the only deep-draft calm water slip on the Lower Mississippi. "This is great news for New Orleans and Louisiana workers," said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant… Continue Reading

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