Press Releases

02.04.16

Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Help Veterans Get Care Closer To Home

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after introducing legislation that would allow veterans age 75 and older to take advantage of the VA Choice Program and seek quality health care closer to home: "No veteran should have to travel far from home to receive quality care-especially those over 75 who might not have the same flexibility to get to the doctor. By expanding the Veterans Affairs Choice Program, more veterans will have access to timely health care o… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Cassidy, Vitter Remarks on Bipartisan Revenue Sharing Amendment

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) on the Senate floor to introduce an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act that brings greater equity in revenue sharing for the Gulf states by lifting the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) revenue sharing cap, while allowing mid-Atlantic states and Alaska to share in future revenue from offshore energy production. The amendment is also sponsored by Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-A… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Cassidy Introduces Bipartisan Revenue Sharing Amendment

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to introduce an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act that brings greater equity in revenue sharing for the Gulf states by lifting the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) revenue sharing cap, while allowing Mid-Atlantic states and Alaska to share in … Continue Reading


01.28.16

Cassidy Amendment to Energy Bill: Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after introducing an amendment to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "The RFS is outdated. It was created in 2005, a time when American energy consumption relied heavily on foreign imports. It was thought that the Renewable Fuel Standard would be good for our environment by decreasing the carbon footprint. But in the last ten years, our energy landscape has changed dramatically. We now have more domestic oil than … Continue Reading


01.28.16

Cassidy Amendment to Energy Bill: Preserve Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Save Tax Dollars

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after introducing a bipartisan amendment with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) that would save taxpayer dollars and reserve oil reservoirs in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which is headquartered in Harahan, Louisiana: "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 investe… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Cassidy Celebrates National School Choice Week

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after joining Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and others to cosponsor a Senate resolution designating the week of January 24, 2016 as National School Choice Week: "Classrooms are not one-size fits all. When my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, she needed a specialized curriculum to help her reach her full academic potential. Like my daughter, all children should have access to the best tools and resources they need to succeed. Tha… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Cassidy, Murphy Mental Health Bill Makes Progress

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. and Senator Chris Murphy's (D-CT) Mental Health Reform Act received bipartisan praise in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee hearing today on improving the federal response in mental health care. The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 will make critical reforms to address a lack of resources, enhance coordination, and develop meaningful solutions to improve outcomes for families dealing with mental illness. What they're saying: … Continue Reading


01.14.16

Cassidy Comments on Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement on Louisiana's Medicaid expansion: "I thank the president for wanting to give the state of Louisiana more money, but as a physician who has cared for the uninsured, I know it's far better to give Americans the self-respect of not being stuck in a broken government program, and instead the opportunity that arises when they can make their own health care decisions. It shouldn't be a question of whether the patient has Medicaid or no… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Cassidy Comments on the President’s Trip to Louisiana Today

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on President Obama's stop in Baton Rouge today: "The president is trying to convince us that down is up. That the economy is doing better when thousands of Louisiana's workers are losing jobs, that Obamacare is working when health insurance premiums are skyrocketing and becoming unaffordable for too many families, that the right to keep and bear arms is responsible for home grown terrorists killing 14 people at a Christmas… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Cassidy Comments on the President’s State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after President Obama delivered the State of the Union address: "The President will soon cease to be important to our country with his legacy being failed policies. The challenge for us going forward is to pick up the pieces of his foreign policy, make healthcare affordable after Obamacare and help grow our economy to create jobs."… Continue Reading


01.07.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Events in New Orleans on Friday

METAIRIE - On Friday, January 8, 2016, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will visit project sites of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and tour the University Medical Center in New Orleans. Details on both events are below: WHAT: Tour Napoleon Avenue Sewerage and Water Board Project Site WHEN: Friday January 8, 2016 10:40 A.M. (CST) WHERE: Project Site on Napoleon Avenue between Coliseum and Chestnut Streets RSVP Please RSVP … Continue Reading


01.05.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy to Host Events in Hammond, Slidell and Lafayette

BATON ROUGE - On January 6th and 7th, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host Town Hall Meetings in Tangipahoa and Lafayette Parishes, address the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, and host a Media Availability following his tour of the Lafayette VA Clinic. Details on all events are below: WHAT: Host Town Hall Meeting in Tangipahoa Parish WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 9:15 A.M. (CST) WHERE: Hammond City Council Chambers Louis J. Ta… Continue Reading


01.05.16

Cassidy Statement on Obama’s Second Amendment Overreach

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement on President Obama's executive action on guns: "If the President is interested in stopping mass shootings, we should look at the root causes, such as home grown terrorism in San Bernardino and recognized but untreated mental illness in Lafayette and Newtown. To the degree that this is addressed, Americans will be safer. To the degree that law abiding citizens are hassled when exercising a constitutional right, this is big governme… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Cassidy Votes Against Budget Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after voting against the $1.149 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill: "My goal is to advance policies that help working families-this bill does not do that. Although there were some good things in the bill, like lifting the crude oil export ban, one of the reasons I voted against it was that it continues Obamacare and gives a $30 billion tax break that greatly benefits groups that forced Obamacare on the rest… Continue Reading


12.11.15

Cassidy, Bennet Introduce the Waterway LNG Parity Act of 2015

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Waterway LNG Parity Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would ensure that excise taxes on liquefied natural gas (LNG) for marine transportation on the inland waterways are levied at a rate consistent with their energy output relative to diesel and gasoline, respectively. LNG is a cheaper, cleaner, domestic energy source and the current financing mechanism for the inland waterways system puts its use at a disadv… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Cassidy Recognizes International Human Rights Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement recognizing International Human Rights Day 2015, calling attention to the plight of prisoners of conscience worldwide who suffer cruel punishment for peaceful dissent: "Today we honor the courageous men and women around the world who peacefully fight to protect the human dignity of others. Let us also not forget those who are languishing behind bars for speaking their conscience, like Vietnamese dissident Bui Thi Minh Hang. Mrs. H… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Cassidy Supports Education Bill, Stops Common Core

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. commented on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which scales back the federal government's role in education and returns the decision making power to parents, educators and state and local officials. The bipartisan legislation to replace No Child Left Behind is expected to be signed by the president this week. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Chairman of the Senate Dyslexia Caucus, Dr. Cassid… Continue Reading


12.09.15

ICYMI Cassidy Oped: Obama's climate hypocrisy

Obama's climate hypocrisy By Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. The Hill As the Paris climate talks continue, President Obama has repeatedly made clear his belief that no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. The president and his administration have attempted to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by limiting domestic oil and gas production on federal lands, continuing the 40-year-old crude oil export ban (presumably to decrease oil co… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Cassidy Meets Frank Levingston of Louisiana, Oldest Known WWII Veteran

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. had the honor of meeting Frank Levingston of Louisiana, the oldest known World War II veteran, and thank him for his service. Frank was born on November 13, 1905 in north Louisiana and recently celebrated his 110th birthday. He was an Army private and served in the Naples-Foggia Campaign, or when the Allies invaded Italy, which lasted from September 1943 to January 1944. He was honorably discharged following the campaign in 1945. Frank currently resides in Lake Ch… Continue Reading


12.07.15

Cassidy, Peters Introduce Legislation to Reform IT Management Systems, Save Taxpayer Dollars

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act of 2015 to reform the federal government's management of information technology (IT) software licenses. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that implementing oversight and management policies of federal software licenses saved a single agency $181 million tax dollars per year. If implemented, the MEGABYTE… Continue Reading

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