Press Releases

05.19.16

Cassidy, Murphy, Alexander, Murray Introduce Resolution Recognizing Mental Health Month

US Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), along with US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), today introduced a Senate resolution recognizing May as Mental Health Month. Earlier this year, the senators introduced the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 to address the country's mental health crisis and help ensure Americans suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders rece… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Cassidy Comments on Zika Emergency Funding

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD released the following statement following the advancement of an emergency spending package to combat the Zika virus: "Four travel-related cases of Zika have been identified in Louisiana. Louisiana, being a Gulf State, is at high risk - we need to stop Zika in its tracks." Dr. Cassidy has consistently called on Congress to stop being reactionary and start being precautionary in dealing with public health threats. He detailed his Zika concerns in an opinion peic… Continue Reading


05.17.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy, Murphy Announce Senate Mental Health Summit

WASHINGTON-US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), co-authors of the Mental Health Reform Act and members of the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced they will host a Senate Mental Health Summit featuring mental health experts, providers and advocates on Thursday, May 26, 2016. "Congress must make fixing the broken mental health care system a priority before we break for the summer. With the bipartisan Mental Health Reform… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Cassidy Announces National Seersucker Day Is Thursday, June 9, 2016

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 9, 2016: "National Seersucker Day is the celebration of American made products. Seersucker was invented in Louisiana but can now be found in closets across the country. "The history of seersucker suits in the Senate dates back to the summers of the early 20th century, before air conditioning was commonplace. According to the Senate Historian, the tradition of Seersucker Thursday … Continue Reading


05.11.16

ICYMI: Cassidy Chairs Senate Education Hearing on Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. chaired a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee hearing yesterday titled "Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education." The goal of the hearing was to gain a better understanding of what Americans need to know about dyslexia and to raise awareness in Congress about the parents and children affected by this disorder. Read excerpts and see pictures from the hearings below: "Dyslexia is the most commo… Continue Reading


05.10.16

Cassidy’s Opening Statement for Senate Education Hearing on Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will chair a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee hearing this morning titled "Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education." The goal of the hearing is to gain a better understanding of what Americans need to know about dyslexia and to raise awareness in Congress about the parents and children affected by this disorder. Dr. Cassidy's remarks as prepared for delivery are below. Watch the hearing live … Continue Reading


05.05.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy To Chair Senate Education Hearing on Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will chair a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee hearing titled "Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education." The goal of the hearing is to gain a better understanding of what Americans need to know about dyslexia and to raise awareness in Congress about the parents and children affected by this disorder. Details are below. Additional information will be released next week. WHAT: … Continue Reading


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

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