Press Releases

06.13.19

Cassidy Announces $33M Grant to Restore Passenger Rail Destroyed by Hurricane Katrina

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced The Department of Transportation awarding a $32,995,516 million grant to the Southern Rail Commission (SRC) to re-establish a passenger rail service which connected New Orleans, LA, and Mobile, AL since 1894 until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Cassidy previously urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to strongly consider the SRC's application for funding from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) fund… Continue Reading


06.13.19

PHOTOS: National Seersucker Day 2019

(Click here to download high-res photo) WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators, Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Doug Jones (D-AL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Kennedy (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) took official photos in celebration of National Seersucker Day. "It is a bipartisan tradition, celebrating an American tradition th… Continue Reading


06.12.19

TOMORROW: Cassidy To Host National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and colleagues will take an official photo TOMORROW at 12:00PM ET in celebration of National Seersucker Day. WHO: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., and colleagues WHAT: Official National Seersucker Day Photograph WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:00PM ET - Exact time subject to vote schedule WHERE: The Ohio Clock RSVP: Please RSVP to Milly Lothian: Milly_lothian@cassidy.senate.gov … Continue Reading


06.12.19

Cassidy in Stat News Oped: We Need to Prepare for the Next Generation of Health Care Treatments

How will we pay for the coming generation of potentially curative gene therapies? By U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. June 12th, 2019 StatNews.com We have arrived at a special moment in health care. Innovative, life-changing gene therapies are here that will cure or ease debilitating diseases. Yet these expensive treatments are entering a market structure that was not built to price them. Congress will likely need to play a part in developing a new paradigm for financing such treatments. As a … Continue Reading


06.11.19

Cassidy, Bennet, Young Reintroduce the Waterway LNG Parity Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Todd Young (R-IN) today reintroduced the Waterway LNG Parity Act. This bill requires excise taxes on liquefied natural gas (LNG) for marine transportation on inland waterways be levied at a rate consistent with energy output relative to diesel and gasoline. It takes about 1.7 gallons of LNG to provide the same amount of energy as a gallon of diesel, yet fuel usage is taxed on volume. So LNG usage would be taxed 50 cents for the … Continue Reading


06.10.19

THURSDAY: Cassidy To Host National Seersucker Day June 13

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and colleagues will take an official photo at 12:00PM ET Thursday in celebration of National Seersucker Day. WHO: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., and colleagues WHAT: Official National Seersucker Day Photograph WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:00PM ET - Exact time subject to vote schedule WHERE: The Ohio Clock RSVP: Please RSVP to Milly Lothian: Milly_lothian@cassidy.senate.gov … Continue Reading


06.07.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Release Statements on House NFIP Extension Bill

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today released statements in response to legislation from the U.S. House Financial Services Committee that would extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, but lacks the critical reforms to ensure the sustainability and affordability of the program for American homeowners. "This proposal is a genuine effort to solve a serious problem, but it lacks reforms needed to ensure the program is sustainable and that … Continue Reading


06.06.19

Cassidy, Schatz, Reed Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Tourism, Lift Local Economies

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Jack Reed (D-RI) reintroduced the Explore America Act, legislation that supports the expansion of cultural heritage tourism by strengthening the Preserve America Grant Program. Changes to the program will help attract more visitors to American landscapes and cultural heritage sites in the National Parks System, boosting local economies, and increase collaboration between communities and the federal government. "Louisiana commun… Continue Reading


06.06.19

VIDEO: Cassidy Commemorates American Heroes on 75th Anniversary of D-Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) commemorated the 75th Anniversary of D-Day today, sharing his thoughts on what the sacrifice of America's Greatest Generation means to our country. In Cassidy's office hangs an emotional photo of Americans in New Orleans celebrating the end of World War 2,originally published in 1945 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The sacrifices of American soldiers on D-Day led to the celebration experienced in this powerful photograph. Watch and share the video Fac… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Measure to Strengthen Mental Health Parity Laws

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019. The legislation improves transparency and accountability to help consumers have access to mental health and substance use services included in their plans. It would strengthen compliance with mental health parity laws by requiring issuers or plans to submit comparative analyses upon request… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Cassidy, Kennedy, Jones Introduce Legislation To Improve Emergency Evacuation Routes

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the BE SAFE ACT of 2019 to improve emergency evacuation routes in rural areas by creating an up to $100 million competitive grant program for work on roads and bridges. The legislation directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish the program for projects that would improve emergency evacuation routes though the construction of state and local connector roads that facilitate access to broader … Continue Reading


06.04.19

STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Receives Positive Feedback from Groups Representing Patients, Providers, and Payers

The STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act currently has 21 Senate cosponsors, the largest support of any solution in Congress, and has also received positive feedback from advocacy groups representing patients, health care providers, and health insurers. U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Kennedy (R-LA)… Continue Reading


06.03.19

Cassidy Warns of Chinese Threat to American Personal Data Privacy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), raised concerns with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over China using wearable technology products to catalog American's personal data. This information can include sensitive health data, facial and voice recognition, audio from microphones, geolocation, electronic payment, access control for mass transit systems and smart locks, social media usage, and other sensitive … Continue Reading


05.30.19

Cassidy Statement on Passing of Senator Thad Cochran

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). "Saddened to hear about the passing of a good friend and former colleague Senator Thad Cochran," said Dr. Cassidy. "Senator Cochran worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Americans living in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast and across the country. An ally of Louisiana, he stood by us in securing relief after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." ###… Continue Reading


05.29.19

STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Reaches 21 Senate Cosponsors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Carper (D-DE) of the Bipartisan Senate Working Group on surprise medical billing today announced major growth in support for the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act (S. 1531) with 21 senators already cosponsoring the legislation less than two weeks after its introduction. U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD)… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Reliable, Affordable and Environmentally-Sound Energy Supply

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas (LEADING) Act,legislation incentivizing research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy supply. The LEADING Act will promote the continued use of natural gas so we can keep energy bills low, maintain U.S. en… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy Seeks Long-Term Solution for National Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today led a group of Senators calling for the Senate Banking Committee to work towards a long-term solution for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Joining Cassidy in sending the letter are U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), John Kennedy (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MA). "Within two years, the National Flood Insurance Program has been subject… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to End Dangerous Sanctuary City Policies

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today reintroduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, legislation to end dangerous sanctuary city policies that forbid local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act would withhold certain funds from "sanctuary cities"-jurisdictions that forbid their local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigrati… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy, Roberts, Smith Introduce Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced the Ensuring Innovation Act, which will help lower prescription drug prices. The legislation will provide clarity for drug exclusivity to prevent awarding exclusivity to products which do not represent a true innovation and unduly delaying cheaper generics from entering the market. Currently, the FDA grants five years of exclusivity to drug products that are determined to be New Chemical Entitie… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Cassidy Announces June 13 as National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 13. "Seersucker is uniquely American - a beloved New Orleans invention. National Seersucker Day is an opportunity to come together as Americans and have fun with a summer staple," said Dr. Cassidy. "I encourage all to participate in this celebration of American culture and look forward to continuing this tradition alongside my colleague Senator Feinstein." "I remember when Senator… Continue Reading

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