Press Releases

11.10.15

FDA Tightens Safety Regulations on Imported Seafood Following Cassidy Concerns

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) questioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August regarding the FDA's oversight of imported seafood. Studies show the amount of bacteria or antibiotic residue is alarmingly high in imported seafood, specifically shrimp. Today, the FDA responded to Dr. Cassidy's inquiry, explaining their efforts to improve the safety of seafood. This includes screening 100 percent of import entries prior to the products entering the country, inspections of s… Continue Reading


11.10.15

Cassidy Advocate OpEd: Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion will not Work for Louisiana

I received a text this past weekend from a friend whose relative broke a bone. The relative was seen in the ER, but because their "insurance" was Medicaid, they were having problems finding a physician for follow-up. Since Medicaid doesn't cover the cost of a doctor's utilities, rent, employees and malpractice insurance, most doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they see. This is the problem with the Obamacare Medicaid expansion: high cost with limited access, hurting patient outcomes. … Continue Reading


11.06.15

Cassidy Comments on President's Keystone Rejection

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline: "The president's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline shows his allegiance to his supporters, not the American people. He rejected more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs that the American people want created. He ignored the 60 percent of Americans who want the pipeline built. Keystone could save workers' lives because transporting oil by pipeline means fewer accid… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Louisiana Awarded College Football National Championship Game Following Cassidy's Urging

Today, it was announced that the 2020 College Football Playoff title game will be played in New Orleans on January 13, 2020, following the urging of Dr. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA). In March, Dr. Cassidy wrote a letter to The Playoff Group's Bill Hancock supporting the proposal of hosting the game in New Orleans. Read the letter HERE and below: March 27, 201 Bill Hancock Executive Director The Playoff Group 545 East John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1025 Irving, TX 75062 Dear Mr. Hancock: I… Continue Reading


11.04.15

ICYMI - Cassidy: Louisiana should not take Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, and instead should look for better ways for health care

Louisiana should not take Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, and instead should look for better ways for health care By Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. The Advocate I received a text this past weekend from a friend whose relative broke a bone. The relative was seen in the ER, but because their "insurance" was Medicaid, they were having problems finding a physician for follow-up. Since Medicaid doesn't cover the cost of a doctor's utilities, rent, employees and malpractice ins… Continue Reading


11.03.15

Cassidy Pushes Back on EPA's WOTUS Rule

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a cosponsor of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, S.1140, released the following statement after voting to push back on the Obama administration's "Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule," which defines what streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands, ditches, and waterways are subject to federal oversight under the Clean Water Act: "When I'm in Louisiana, I consistently hear about the impacts this rule could have on private property, private property deve… Continue Reading


10.29.15

ICYMI: Sens. Cassidy-Murphy Op-Ed: Mental Health Reform Act of 2015

ICYMI: Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 By Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) & Chris Murphy (D-CT) The Hill When President Kennedy signed the community Mental Health Act he called for a "bold new approach" and set out to shut down hundreds of inhumane "insane asylums" and move people into more effective community-based care. The idea was revolutionary, but in the fifty years since, the promise of this vision was never realized. What we have now is a fragmented, dysfunctional, and under-… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Cassidy, Murphy to Hold Press Call Following Senate Hearing on Mental Health

CASSIDY, MURPHY TO HOLD PRESS CALL FOLLOWING SENATE HEARING ON MENTAL HEALTH Will call for action on Cassidy-Murphy Mental Health Reform Act Legislation will make critical reforms to address lack of resources, enhance coordination & develop meaningful solutions to improve outcomes for Americans dealing with mental illness **Thursday, October 29th at 12pm EST, call-in information below** WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, after the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee … Continue Reading


10.27.15

Cassidy, 48 Senators Push Back on Obama's Carbon Mandates

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after joining a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing a resolution disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources: "Our goal should be to create better jobs with better benefits for families, but the EPA's Clean Power Plan will hurt jobs and raise costs for all Louisianans. Low income families and low wage workers will be hit hardest. Companies wil… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Cassidy: OSERS Guidelines on Dyslexia is a Step in the Right Direction, But More Needs To Be Done

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released guidance to state and local educational agencies clarifying that students with specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, have unique educational needs: "Having the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) acknowledge that students with dyslexia have unique educational needs that must be addressed is a step in the right… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Cassidy: The Time For Mental Health Reform Is Now

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. urged Congress to discuss and finally address how to fix America's broken mental health system. Dr. Cassidy and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to comprehensively overhaul and strengthen America's mental health care system. The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 will make critical reforms to address a lack of resources, enhance coordination, and devel… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Cassidy Remarks on Mental Health

Mr. President, for 25 years I have worked in the Louisiana public hospital system, and you can't help but notice when you work in a public hospital system, but also in private hospitals how often mental health issues are directly a part of a patient who comes to see you. But it doesn't just have to be a physician seeing patients in the emergency room, each of our families, mine included, has a family member or a friend who has serious mental illness. It is non-partisan, it cuts across demograp… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Cassidy Votes to Stop Illegal Criminals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) voted to stop the release of criminal illegal immigrants by eliminating federal funding supporting sanctuary cities. These cities harbor illegal criminals who are in the U.S. committing further crimes or repeatedly entering the U.S. after being deported. Orleans and Lafayette parishes are sanctuary cities. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "Louisiana families want our cities to be safe and our immigration laws to be enforced. We've seen what h… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Cassidy Votes to Stop Illegal Criminals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) voted to stop the release of criminal illegal immigrants by eliminating federal funding supporting sanctuary cities. These cities harbor illegal criminals who are in the U.S. committing further crimes or repeatedly entering the U.S. after being deported. Orleans and Lafayette parishes are sanctuary cities. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "Louisiana families want our cities to be safe and our immigration laws to be enforced. We've seen what … Continue Reading


10.16.15

Cassidy: Common Core and PARCC Assessment Wrong for Students with Dyslexia

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. chaired two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge this week. The hearings follow the passage of a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month," recognizing that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed. The Resolution, S. Res. 275, can be read here. Sen. Cassidy released a statement about the Co… Continue Reading


10.14.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Events on Thursday and Friday in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. be holding events in the Baton Rouge area on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. Details on the events can be found below: Thursday, October 15 WHAT: Media Availability After Tour of Crisis Center of Baton Rouge WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2015 10:50 A.M. (CST) WHERE: Crisis Center of Baton Rouge 4837 Revere Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70808 … Continue Reading


10.14.15

ICYMI: Cassidy Hosts U.S. Senate Education Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. chaired two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge yesterday. Dr. Cassidy was joined by six witnesses and Dr. Bennett Shaywitz and Dr. Sally Shaywitz of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity by video conference. The hearings follow the passage of a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month," recognizing that dyslexia has significant … Continue Reading


10.13.15

ICYMI: Planned Parenthood's defense of using fetal organs to 'treat and cure' is a sham

In the wake of videos exposing its involvement in trading fetal organs, Planned Parenthood has resorted to a "silver lining" defense. The taking of brains, hearts, lungs and livers from the unborn, even the delivery of intact fetal bodies to commercial middlemen, is hailed as a valid scientific procedure. The words "treat and cure" are used. Proponents of using fetal body parts from induced abortion claim three areas of medical research need harvested tissue: transplanta… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Resolution Designating October 10th As "World Mental Health Day"

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, introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing October 10th as "World Mental Health Day." The resolution brings light to the importance of mental health services and initiatives that are largely overlooked. "Whenever I speak of mental health, all heads nod yes. It's non-partisan, it cuts across all social demographics, everyone knows someone who is affected by mental illness,… Continue Reading


10.08.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Senate Education Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Tuesday

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will chair two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The hearing in New Orleans is titled Developmental Perspective on Testing for Dyslexia, and the hearing in Baton Rouge is titled Educational Milestones of Dyslexia. The hearings follow the passage of a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month… Continue Reading

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