Press Releases

02.10.21

Cassidy Requests FDA Update on Artificial Intelligence Software for Medical Devices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting an update on the anticipated completion for the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Software as a Medical Device Action Plan to protect patient safety as new medical technologies emerge. Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning-based (AI/ML-based) Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) is a type of software intended to be used for medical purposes. This rapidly developing sect… Continue Reading


02.09.21

Sen. Cassidy Votes on Constitutionality of Impeachment Trial

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after his yes vote on the constitutional jurisdiction to impeach a president no longer in office. "We heard arguments from both sides on the constitutionality of having a Senate trial of a president who has since left office. A sufficient amount of evidence of constitutionality exists for the Senate to proceed with the trial. This vote is not a prejudgment on the final vote to convict," said Dr. Cassidy. "If anyone… Continue Reading


02.08.21

Cassidy, Senators Lead Bipartisan Bill to Make Work Opportunity Tax Credit Permanent

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced bipartisan legislation - the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Jobs Act - to make permanent the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment. Currently, the WOTC expires on December 31, 2025. The WOTC provides an employer tax credit of between $1,200 a… Continue Reading


02.05.21

Cassidy Statement on Democrats’ Push for Needlessly Partisan COVID Package

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released a statement following Senate Democrats initiating the budget reconciliation process to pass a partisan $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 package without the need for Republican votes. "For the last year, Congress has worked together to pass five effective, bipartisan COVID relief bills. There is no good reason why we can't do the same on a sixth," said Dr. Cassidy. "If President Biden truly wants to unify the country and work together, here is a good place … Continue Reading


02.04.21

Cassidy Joins Republican Senators in Response to Administration’s COVID-19 Relief Proposal

Following their more than two-hour meeting with President Biden and Vice President Harris at the White House on Monday, the group of 10 Republican Senators sent a letter to President Biden responding to information shared by the President's staff on the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Young (R-IN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Cassidy, Baldwin, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Close Orphan Drug Loophole

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced bipartisan legislation today to close the orphan drug loophole that drug companies use to keep competition off the market and rake in profits. Drug companies can get seven years of market exclusivity if it proves to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a new drug would not be economically viable without that exclusivity. If granted, that exclusivity persists for seven years even if the drug beco… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Senators Cassidy, Hassan to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Education about Drug Products that Could Help Lower Health Care Costs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are reintroducing bipartisan legislation to enhance education about biosimilar drug products in an effort to increase competition and lower the cost of biologic medicines. Biologics are complex products that may be used to treat serious or chronic conditions, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain cancers. Biosimilars are highly similar to and have no clinically meaningful differences from brand biologic drugs, but ar… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Cassidy Announces National Estuary Program Reauthorization, Increases Funding for Louisiana Coastal Estuaries

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the reauthorization of the National Estuary Program (NEP) as one of the last acts of the 116th Congress, providing significant aid to restore Louisiana's coastal ecosystem and combat environmental threats. "Louisiana's coastline is vital to protecting our communities, businesses and wildlife that help our state flourish," said Dr. Cassidy. "Reauthorizing the National Estuary Program ensures Louisiana has the resources it needs to fortify ou… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Senators Cassidy, Hassan Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen COVID-19 Response by Improving Electronic Health Record Systems

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient record matching among health care providers and strengthen the country's COVID-19 response efforts. The bipartisan Patient Matching Improvement Act works to address inadequate patient matching - the ability to link records for an individual patient across multiple health care providers - which can pose dangers to patients and complicates COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administ… Continue Reading


02.02.21

Cassidy, Senators Introduce Bill to Reverse Biden's Anti-Energy Action, Authorize Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today formally introduced the "Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act" to authorize the continued construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline following President Biden's decision to revoke the cross-border operation permit. Cassidy introduced the legislation with Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), James Risch (R-ID), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), James Inhofe (R-OK), J… Continue Reading


02.01.21

Cassidy, Cortez Masto Introduce Legislation to Reimburse Ambulance Providers for Services Delivered During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced legislation to reimburse ambulance providers for services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Because of high demand for hospital beds, many ambulance providers have been directed to care for patients in settings other than emergency rooms-whether at patients' homes or in other health care facilities. Unfortunately, Medicare does not pay ambulance providers when a beneficiary is… Continue Reading


02.01.21

Cassidy Announces $2.7 Million for Louisiana Workforce Commission Following Hurricane Laura Relief Efforts

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding nearly $2.7 million in federal funding to the Louisiana Workforce Commission for reimbursements following the Commission's emergency response efforts during Hurricane Laura. "Our entire state was impacted by Hurricane Laura. The Louisiana Workforce Commission helped organize the emergency response to assist disaster victims. This funding ensures the Commission is properly compensate… Continue Reading


02.01.21

Cassidy, Group of Republican Senators Announces Sixth Bipartisan Covid-19 Relief Proposal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), part of the group of 10 Republican Senators, unveiled the details of their Covid-19 relief proposal this morning. At the President's invitation, the group will meet with President Biden this afternoon at the White House to discuss the proposal in further detail. "Mr. President, we recognize your calls for unity and want to work in good faith with your Administration to meet the health, economic, and societal challenges of the COVID crisis," said the Sena… Continue Reading


01.31.21

Group of 10 Republican Senators Outline Covid-19 Relief Compromise, Request Meeting with President Biden

A group of 10 Republican Senators wrote to President Biden today to propose an alternative Covid-19 relief proposal that they believe is capable of garnering bipartisan support. The group also requested a meeting with the President to discuss the proposal in detail. The letter's signatories include Senators: Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Young (R-IN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Cassidy Commends March for Life Activists, Announces Support for Pro-Life Bills

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) commended Americans across the country for participating in today's March for Life to show their support for the pro-life movement. Cassidy also announced his support for four major bills designed to protect the lives of unborn babies. These bills include the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, and the Born Alive Survivors P… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Cassidy, Senators Request Meeting with President Biden Following Actions Targeting Energy Workers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) led a letter with 25 of his Senate colleagues to President Joe Biden voicing their concerns about the new administration's recent executive orders and regulatory actions targeting the domestic energy sector and the thousands of good-paying American jobs it supports, and requesting a meeting with the president. The letter is also signed by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-A… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Cassidy, Baldwin Lead Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize tomorrow, January 29, 2021 as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day and highlight the financial benefits of this tax credit that promotes work and has helped lift millions of working families with children out of poverty. "The Earned Income Tax Credit is vital for low-income families. For 2020, families can claim the credit using 2019 earnings, so the credit amount will… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Cassidy, quarter of the Senate, introduce bill to block Biden energy ban

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), along with his colleagues Sens. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Roger Marshall (R-KS), James Risch (R-ID), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Dan Su… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Cassidy, Shaheen, Scott, Kelly Introduce Bill to Allow HSAs to Be Used for Direct Primary Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) today introduced bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of health care and expand patients' access to their primary care providers. Direct Primary Care (DPC) encourages patients to develop personal relationships with their primary care physician. DPC focuses on prevention and primary care, relying less on specialist and hospital referrals. It is a growing model used by thousands of practice… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-LA), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), James Lankford (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Pat Toomey (R-PA), this week introduced the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act to expand elementary, secondary, and vocational education opportunities for students by providing a federal tax credit to encourage individuals and businesses to donate to nonprofit scholarship funds. U.S. Rep. Burgess … Continue Reading

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