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Town Talk: Cassidy Pushes Plan to Secure the Border, Make Drug Cartels Pay for It

Sen. Cassidy: Make drug lords pay for wall By Greg Hillburn February 4, 2019 Town Talk | Share on Twitter / Facebook U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has filed a bill he believes could "break the logjam" of America's southern border controversy by making Mexican drug lords and cartels pay for a wall - sort of. Cassidy, R-La., wants to use the nearly $1 billion seized annually from illegal drug trafficking at the border to build a physical barrier as well as finance other improvements. He introdu… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement in response to President Trump's State of the Union address to the nation. A transcript of Dr. Cassidy's remarks is below. CASSIDY: The president's theme was choosing greatness. I think we've chosen greatness with the economic policies that we have, the record low unemployment for veterans, for people of color, for high school dropouts, for women. An economy that's been growing as it hasn't for the previous eight ye… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Seek Answers from Health Care Providers and Insurers on Surprise Medical Bills

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Tom Carper (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are seeking answers from health care providers and insurers as part of their ongoing effort to develop bipartisan legislation to end surprise medical bills. The senators' latest questions for the health care industry seek more detailed information to supplement the input they received regarding draft legislation released in September 2018 by Senat… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Democrats Blocking Legislation to Protect Abortion Survivors: History Will Not Look Kindly Upon This Barbaric Evil

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a doctor and member of the Senate health committee, released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130), legislation protecting babies who survive abortions and are born alive by requiring they receive proper medical care and are admitted to a hospital. "Babies who survive abortion and are born alive should receive proper medical care, not be tossed in the trash," said Dr. Cassidy. "Ki… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation to Protect Adoption and Foster Care Providers from Religious Discrimination

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)joined colleagues in the House and Senate in introducing the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act(H.R. 897 and S. 274), legislation to ensure faith-based adoption and foster care providers can continue to provide child welfare services. Because of a regulation instituted by the Obama Administration in January 2017 and somestate laws, some faith-based organizations are blocked from providing child welfare services in a w… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Secure the Border, Make Cartels Pay for it

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced the Securing the Border and Making Drug Cartels Pay for It Act (S. 293), legislation to pay for stronger border security measures using money seized, in part, from drug cartels. "This money would have lined the pockets of criminals and international drug lords, but we can use it to secure our border and stop the flow of drugs," said Dr. Cassidy. "It won't be the American people paying for the wall, it'll be the Mexican cartels, and that i… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Sarah's Law on Third Anniversary of Her Death

On January 31, 2016, the night of her graduation, 21-year-old Sarah Rootwas struck and killed in Omaha, Nebraska,by Edwin Mejia, a drunk driver who was in the U.S. illegally. Following state criminal charges of motor vehicle homicide and outreach by local law enforcement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used its discretion to decline to issue a detainer on Mejia, Sarah's killer. Subsequently, Mejia posted bond, disappeared, and now, three years later, still remains at-large. Tod… Continue Reading


Cassidy Blasts Virginia Governor’s Defense of Infanticide: “They’re Beholden to Groups Like Planned Parenthood”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a doctor and member of the Senate health committee, responded today to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's defense of infanticide and Virginia Democrats' legislation to make it legal to abort a completely healthy baby up until the moment of birth. Last night, a pro-abortion Democrat said it was a "mistake" for her to support the legislation, because what the bill's sponsor said it would allow is classified as "partial birth infanticide" and "a crime." "'Fir… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Democrats’ Plan to Make Private Health Insurance Illegal: “Medicare for All” Would Result in “Medicare for None”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health committee, released the following statement regarding Washington Democrats' growing support for making private health insurance plans illegal. "Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris-these Washington Democrats want a complete and total government takeover of Americans' health care. By making private health insurance plans illegal, they would take away health coverage from millions of Americans and force them … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Restore Wetlands

On the 30th anniversary of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) joined bipartisan legislation to reauthorize NAWCA through 2024. The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million. NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide federal cost-share funding-in partnership with funding from state and local governments, private industry, and non-profit organizations like Duck… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Warner Unveil Draft Legislation to Lower Drug Prices Through Innovative Payment Models

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) today released a draft version of the Patient Affordability, Value and Efficiency Act, bipartisan legislation they are developing to facilitate new and innovative payment models for pharmaceuticals and other medical services so that patients have better access to treatment, the health care market is more efficient, and drug prices are more affordable. Cassidy and Warner are requesting feedback from all interested parties to ensure … Continue Reading


PHOTO: Cassidy Meets with Attorney General Nominee William Barr

Download high-resolution photo WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after meeting with William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general. "The Senate previously confirmed William Barr unanimously three times, approving him to serve our country as assistant attorney general, deputy attorney general, and then attorney general. He is committed to upholding the rule of lawand being just to all Americans, and he clearly has the ex… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Calls for NFL to Answer for Blown Call that Cost Saints a Trip to the Super Bowl

Share on: YouTube | Facebook | Twitter WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor regarding "the most blatant and consequential blown call in NFL history," which kept the New Orleans Saints from winning the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams and then playing in the Super Bowl. Yesterday, Cassidy spoke on the Senate floor regarding the partial government shutdown and called for a compromise to re-open government, get federal workers the pa… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Expresses Frustration on Senate Floor: It’s Time for Nancy Pelosi to Negotiate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor after voting in support of the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act, legislation providing $5.7 billion for physical border barriers. After Democrats blocked the bill, Cassidy urged Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to negotiate a compromise and highlighted the fact that many rank-and-file Democrats are breaking with Pelosi and expressing support for physical barriers to secure the border. Dr. Cassidy's … Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges Democrats to Negotiate to End the Shutdown, Secure the Border

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after voting today in support of the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act, legislation providing $5.7 billion for physical border barriers. The bill was a compromise proposed by President Trump in good faith, and it included immigration provisions Democrats have supported in the past, as well as disaster recovery resources. "I voted for President Trump's proposal to re-open government, put 800,000 federal employees … Continue Reading


Cassidy Joins Legislation to Pay Federal Employees Working During Partial Shutdown

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Todd Young (R-IN), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) in cosponsoring the Shutdown Fairness Act, legislation authorizing federal agencies affected by the current government shutdown to pay their personnel working during the shutdown. These are employees that are currently working without pay. Last week, Congress passed legislation to ensure all government workers a… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Reintroduce Pain-Capable Abortion Ban

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA) and 42 other Republican senators reintroduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation to provide common-sense protections for unborn children at 20 weeks after fertilization, a point at which there is significant scientific evidence that abortion inflicts tremendous pain on babies in the womb. "As a doctor, I have to look at the scientific evidence we have when it comes to the beginning of life. At 20 weeks, studies … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Applaud Judicial Nomination for Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today applauded President Trump's nomination of Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Greg Gerard Guidry to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. "Justice Guidry is exceptionally qualified for this position. He has served our state well for decades as both as a trial and appellate judge in addition to being a former federal prosecutor. With his experience, I am confident he will serve with distinction on … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Medicaid, Prevent Liberal States from Forcing Americans to Subsidize Free Health Care for Illegal Immigrants

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), David Perdue (R-GA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Protect Medicaid Act (S. 131), legislation to ensure the long-term integrity of Medicaid by preventing liberal states like California from forcing American citizens in other states to subsidize state programs that expand Medicaid benefits to illegal immigrants. Federal law already bars illegal immigrants f… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Children from Sex Crimes, Strengthen Parents’ Rights

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today joined 14 Senate colleagues in introducing the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, legislation making it a crime to knowingly perform an abortion on a child from out of state without the consent and notification of a parent. The bill also prohibits individuals who have committed incest from taking a minor across states lines in order to obtain an abortion. "Sex traffickers and child abusers shouldn't be able to get away with their vile crime… Continue Reading

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