Press Releases

02.12.18

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


02.12.18

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


02.09.18

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


02.09.18

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


02.08.18

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


02.08.18

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


02.08.18

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


02.08.18

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


02.07.18

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


02.07.18

Cassidy Meets with President Trump about Importance of Trade to Louisiana Workers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after meeting at the White House with other members of the committee and President Trump to discuss improving America's trade policies: "It was a productive meeting with President Trump," said Dr. Cassidy. "I stressed the importance of trade to Louisiana workers, industry and agriculture. One third of Louisiana's economy relies on international trade. There are 68,000 jobs at Louis… Continue Reading


02.07.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: The Federal Government Must Keep Its Word to Lake Bistineau Landowners

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), questioned a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official today during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee subcommittee hearing regarding his legislation, the Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability Act (S. 1219), which would clarify the ownership of roughly 200 acres of land near Lake Bistineau in Louisiana that is currently occupied by more than 100 private landowners. In 1842, the U.S. government approved an 1838 original survey of lands in Lo… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Cassidy: Chuck Schumer is Sacrificing the Safety of Our Rail System

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) ongoing, months-long obstruction of President Trump's nominee for the top railroad safety position at the U.S. Department of Transportation: "President Trump nominated Ronald Batory to lead the Federal Railroad Administration in July, and he passed committee unanimously in August," said Dr. Cassidy, who was a passenger on the Amtrak train that crashed in Virginia last… Continue Reading


02.06.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: Students Need Better Information about Cost of College

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today questioned higher education officials during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on making college more affordable, and discussed his bipartisan legislation (S. 1121) to provide students and parents with more information about tuition and higher education outcomes so they can make more informed choices about their futures. Key excerpts of Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: College tuition is going … Continue Reading


02.06.18

Cassidy’s Steve Gleason Act Moves Forward in House

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who suffers from ALS, applauded the inclusion of the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act (S. 1132 and H.R. 2465) in the U.S. House's government funding package that is scheduled for a vote tonight. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation later this week. The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act permanently fixes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that limited access to spee… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Lead Bipartisan Push for Community Health Centers Funding

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 a bipartisan group of 66 other senators in calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funding for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. The Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) expired on September 30, 2017. Lack of reauthorization has j… Continue Reading


01.30.18

VIDEO: Cassidy: Tax Cuts are Making a Real Difference for Louisiana Workers

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 Stuart Varney on Fox Business today to discuss the positive impacts of the recently passed tax cuts. Key excerpts of Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. ON PENSIONS BENEFITING FROM THE BOOMING STOCK MARKET CASSIDY: It's kind of amazing. All the people that hate Trump, the public service unions, are benefiting from the Trump rally. … Continue Reading


01.29.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Urges Colleagues to Protect Unborn Babies Who Can Feel Pain

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), spoke on the Senate floor today and urged his colleagues to vote in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311), legislation he cosponsored to protect unborn children from elective abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization: Key excerpts of Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below "When you see a baby in the womb at five months, it's incredible. … You can see them yawning, stretching. At 18 weeks, you can find out if it's a boy… Continue Reading


01.29.18

Cassidy, Graves Applaud President Trump’s Recognition of Cajun Navy During State of the Union

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Garret Graves (R-LA-06) today applauded President Trump's decision to invite Cajun Navy founder Jon Bridgers to attend this year's State of the Union address on Tuesday. "The Cajun Navy honored the biblical command to 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you,'" said Dr. Cassidy. "When floodwaters overwhelmed Louisiana in 2016 and Texas after Hurricane Harvey, the Cajun Navy, using their own boats and supplies, rescued fel… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Cassidy, Colleagues Encourage Action to Improve Drug Pricing Transparency in Medicare Part D

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 a bipartisan group of 20 other senators in expressing support for a proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would help increase the transparency and accuracy of prescription drug costs in Medicare Part D. "Pharmacy price concessions account for real differences between the listed prices of prescription drug… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Cassidy: New Orleans City Council’s Anti-Israel Resolution Should Have Never Seen the Light of Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after the New Orleans City Council voted to rescind the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution it passed two weeks ago at the behest of the Palestinian Solidarity Committee: "Anti-Semitic, far-left activists wrote this crazy resolution, and it should have never seen the light of day," said Dr. Cassidy. "I'm glad the city council listened to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Anti-Defamat… Continue Reading

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