Press Releases

05.04.16

Cassidy, Murphy Mark Mental Health Month, Call For Congressional Action

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), co-authors of the Mental Health Reform Act and members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recognized May as Mental Health Month: Cassidy said, "Our mental health system is broken-the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 begins to fix it. We have all seen a promising life destroyed by untreated mental illness. Destroying not just the person, but also their family. By focusing and … Continue Reading


05.02.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Events in South Louisiana This Week

BATON ROUGE -This week, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host Town Hall Meetings in Gonzales and Port Allen, and attend events in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Details on all events are below: WHAT: Host Medicare Choice Coalition Roundtable WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 3:30 P.M. (CT) WHERE: Uptown Shepard Center 921 S. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118 RSVP Please RSVP to Shawn Hanscom at Shawn_Hanscom@cass… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Cassidy-Markey Amendment Energy Bill Passes: Preserving Strategic Petroleum Reserve; Saving Tax Dollars

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) applauded the passage of their bipartisan amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which will save taxpayer dollars and preserve oil reserves at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). "This amendment allows the Secretary of Energy the ability to sell Strategic Petroleum Reserve quantities of crude oil when the price goes up. America is blessed with an abundance of oil. Taxpayers invested in this emergency oil stockpile… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Cassidy: Revenue Sharing To Get Senate Floor Vote

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement ahead of passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, clearing the way for a future Senate floor vote on revenue sharing: "I thank Senator Nelson for dropping his hold-finally allowing the energy bill to move forward and positioning my revenue sharing amendment to receive a vote on the Senate floor. Leader McConnell and Chairman Murkowski's commitment to revenue sharing is a big win for Louisiana and fellow coastal sta… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Cassidy, Rubio Introduce Legislation to Protect State Management of Waters

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio introduced the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act (S.2807) to ensure that federal and state agencies are equal partners in the development of any new fishing access restrictions in areas where state marine waters and national park waters overlap. The legislation protects and maintains existing environmental protections and makes certain that states have a say in the fishery management decisions in their own waters. The bill … Continue Reading


04.14.16

Cassidy Comments on Expected Well Control Rule

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement ahead of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement ("BSEE")'s proposed Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control final rule, expected to be released today at 2pm ET: "It is our responsibility to make sure history does not repeat itself and that every action taken makes legitimate safety improvements for Americans working offshore. Over the last 5 years, industry has responded with millions of dollars in investment and de… Continue Reading


04.13.16

Cassidy Honors Shreveport Judge Tom Stagg

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. and U.S. SenatorDavid Vitter introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to designate the ShreveportFederal Building as the "Tom Stagg Federal Building and United StatesCourthouse." Read the bill here. Watch Dr. Cassidy's speech honoring Judge Stagg on the Senate Floor here and see the transcript below: "Mr. President, I rise today in support of designating the Shreveport Federal Building as the 'Tom Stagg Federal Building and United States Courthouse.'… Continue Reading


04.07.16

Cassidy Pushes Louisiana Priorities in FAA Reauthorization Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. introduced amendments to the Senate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act. He also announced he secured language in the bill to allow Hammond Northshore Regional Airport the ability to enter into the Federal Contract Tower Program. Read about Dr. Cassidy's initiatives and see his comments below: Hammond Northshore Regional Airport Allowance Into FCT Program Current law requires the FAA to complete a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) to determi… Continue Reading


04.07.16

ICYMI: Cassidy, new Senate wonk, looks to elevate tone of debate

Cassidy, new Senate wonk, looks to elevate tone of debate By Geof Koss E&E Thursday, April 7, 2016 In the weeks after the December 2014 runoff election that ended Mary Landrieu's Senate career, Bayou State political commentator Robert Mann received a phone call from the victor, Bill Cassidy. Cassidy, in preparation for his new job, told him he had asked the Senate historian to recommend some books about the upper chamber. The reading list included "The Walls of Jericho," Mann's 1997… Continue Reading


04.07.16

ICYMI: Cassidy, new Senate wonk, looks to elevate tone of debate

Cassidy, new Senate wonk, looks to elevate tone of debate By Geof Koss E&E Thursday, April 7, 2016 In the weeks after the December 2014 runoff election that ended Mary Landrieu's Senate career, Bayou State political commentator Robert Mann received a phone call from the victor, Bill Cassidy. Cassidy, in preparation for his new job, told him he had asked the Senate historian to recommend some books about the upper chamber. The reading list included "The Walls of Jericho," Mann's 1997… Continue Reading


04.06.16

Cassidy Pushes Legislation to Boost Lifesaving Treatments For At Risk Newborns

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) offered an amendment in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today that would increase the amount of life-saving treatments available for at risk newborns. "Many of us know a child who was born prematurely, or a family whose child was born sick and unfortunately there were not enough treatment options available to save that child," said Dr. Cassidy. "Hundreds of thousands of children born in the U.S. every year require intensive car… Continue Reading


04.01.16

Cassidy Questions FEMA Ahead of Flood Insurance Rate Changes

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to clarify policy changes it intends to implement today, which could result in rate increases for some flood insurance holders across the country. FEMA is penalizing Pre-FIRM policyholders who switch from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to private insurance carriers by subjecting them to full-risk rates and a loss of Pre-FIRM subsidized rates if they return to the NFIP. FEMA is considering the… Continue Reading


03.30.16

Cassidy, Cornyn Tour the U.S.- Mexico Border

BATON ROUGE-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) yesterday in the Rio Grande Valley to get an up close look at border security, trade and economic development issues crucial to our nation. The Senators toured the border by helicopter and boat. They also toured the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station to receive a comprehensive briefing on law enforcement's multi-layered approach to securing the border, improv… Continue Reading


03.24.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Events in Monroe, Alexandria, Natchitoches, LaPlace Next Week

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host three Town Hall Meetings and address groups in North Louisiana and the New Orleans metro area. Additional events will be announced later in the week as information becomes available. Details on events are below: WHAT:Host Town Hall Meeting in St. John the Baptist ParishWHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. (CT)WHERE: RSVP: Council Chambers, Percy Hebert Building … Continue Reading


03.16.16

Senate Health Committee Passes Cassidy’s Mental Health Reform Act

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed legislation to help address the country's mental health crisis and help ensure Americans suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders receive the care they need. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. introduced the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) this week. "Our mental health system is broken-the Mental Health Reform Act … Continue Reading


03.15.16

Cassidy Statement on Obama’s Offshore Leasing Proposal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the Obama administration's updated draft proposal to scrap plans to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic: "Energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has worked alongside our military, tourism, shipping and fishing industries for decades. The Obama Administration should be using the Gulf as a blueprint to open the Atlantic to energy production and the hundreds of thousands of good jobs that come with it. About 87 perc… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Louisiana Delegation Supports Federal Disaster Declaration

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., U.S. Senator David Vitter, U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, U.S. Representative Charles Boustany, U.S. Representative John Fleming, U.S. Representative Garret Graves, U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond and U.S. Representative Steve Scalise sent a letter in support of Governor Edwards' request for a federal disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana due to severe storms and flooding. "It is expected that the emergency response capacity will exceed the … Continue Reading


03.07.16

Cassidy, Murphy, Alexander, Murray Introduce Plan to Address Mental Health Crisis in America

A bipartisan group of Senate health committee members, including the Chairman and Ranking Member, today announced their plan to address the country's mental health crisis and ensure Americans suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders receive the care they need. The bipartisan draft legislation works to bring our mental health care system into the 21st Century by embracing mental health research and innovation, giving states the flexibility they need to meet the needs of tho… Continue Reading


03.04.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Announces Satellite Office Hours Next Week

ALEXANDRIA - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will hold staff satellite hours in Central Louisiana next week from Monday, March 7 to Wednesday, March 9. Residents can meet with members of Dr. Cassidy's staff to discuss issues or difficulties they may have with federal government agencies, including obtaining Social Security, Medicare and veterans' benefits. EVANGELINE PARISH OFFICE HOURS WHEN: Monday, March 7, 2016 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. (CT) WHERE: Offic… Continue Reading


03.04.16

Cassidy Introduces Vietnam Human Rights Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the Vietnam Human Rights Act (S. 2632), sending a message to the Vietnamese government that continued repression of its citizens is unacceptable as part of United States-Vietnam relations. "The communist government in Vietnam continues to violate the fundamental rights of its citizens, including independent religious groups, ethnic minorities and individuals vulnerable to human trafficking," said Cassidy. "The Vietnamese community is a part o… Continue Reading

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