Press Releases

07.30.15

Cassidy Offshore Energy Legislation Passes Energy Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) applauded the passage of the broad, bipartisan energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, along with the passage of his legislation to expand offshore energy production. Dr. Cassidy's Offshore Energy and Jobs Act of 2015 opens parts of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that are currently restricted from oil and gas exploration and development and brings greater equity in revenue sharing for the Gulf states by lifting the Gulf of Mexico Energy… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Cassidy, Markey Secure Highway Bill Amendment to Save Taxpayer Dollars, Preserve Strategic Petroleum Reserve

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Senate's highway bill, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, to save taxpayer dollars and preserve oil reserves at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The Cassidy-Markey amendment has been included as part of a manager's amendment that the Senate will vote on in the coming days. The amendment allows the Secretary of Energy the ability to sell SPR quanti… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Cassidy, Vitter Remember Lafayette Victims and Heroes

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. and David Vitter honored Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, victims of the Lafayette shooting, in the U.S. Senate today. The Senators thanked first responders, theater staff and schoolteachers Jena Meaux and Ali Martin who acted bravely in aiding the victims and stopping the shooter. Dr. Cassidy also called attention for the need to reform America's mental health system. Watch Sens. Cassidy and Vitter's remarks HERE and read their remarks below: Sen. Cassidy R… Continue Reading


07.24.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Announces Satellite Office Hours in July and August

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will hold staff satellite hours in parishes throughout Louisiana from July 28 to August 6. Residents can meet with members of Dr. Cassidy's staff to discuss issues or difficulties they may have with federal government agencies, including obtaining Social Security, Medicare and veterans' benefits. LASALLE PARISH OFFICE HOURS WHEN: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. (CST) WHERE: Parish Court House, Police Ju… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Cassidy Statement on Lafayette Tragedy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after a shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana last night: "Lafayette is a close community. I cannot describe the sadness Laura and I feel today for the victims, their families and the entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. In a moment of fear and tragedy, Louisianans put their own safety at risk to help their fellow citizens. First responders acted quickly and bravely and saved lives. The heroism in Lafayette will al… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Cassidy Protects Tax Payers, Stops Government Waste

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) advanced efforts to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being spent on government oil paintings and protect Louisiana from the Obama administration's climate change agenda in today's mark-up of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for FY2016. The Eliminating Government-Funding Oil-Painting (EGO) Act bans the federal government from spending taxpayer dollars on oil paintings of presidents, vice presidents, cabinet secretaries or memb… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Cassidy, Ayotte Advance Bill To Stop Bonuses For VA Employees Who Manipulated Wait Lists

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) moved to stop the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding bonuses to employees who deliberately manipulated wait lists at VA hospitals. The legislation, originally S.627, establishes guidelines to prevent bonuses from being awarded to employees who have violated VA policy or the law. It will also ensure that information on reprimands be kept in the employees permanent record. Dr. Cassidy helped the bill advance in the Senate Veterans' Affairs … Continue Reading


07.22.15

Cassidy, Senators Raise Concerns with Planned Parenthood

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and a bipartisan group of 49 fellow senators today in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of a video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization's role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. In the letter, the senators draw attention to the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by t… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Cassidy Protects Louisiana Sugar Industry

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) protected Louisiana's sugar industry by blocking an anti-sugar effort led in the Senate Appropriations Committee today. This anti-sugar effort would have destroyed price supports for sugar producers and eliminated the safety net for all U.S. sugar farmers under the 2014 Farm Bill. The anti-sugar effort threatened 142,000 jobs in 22 states and $20 billion per year in economic activity, including more than 16,000 jobs and $3.5 billion per year in economic act… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Cassidy Statement on Every Child Achieves Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the passage of the Every Child Achieves Act: "I campaigned to end federally mandated common core - this bill does that. It begins the reversal of the Obama administration takeover of education and gives power back to states and local school districts. It ensures parents are notified of what tests are required of their children and gives parents the power to determine what is appropriate. "Achieving universal literacy… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Cassidy, Vitter Introduce Disaster Relief Legislation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to introduce the bipartisan National Disaster Relief Tax Act to provide tax relief for disaster victims from 2012 through 2015, including the recent Red River flooding in northwest Louisiana. "This provides tax relief to families and businesses in parishes affected by the Red River flooding and in communities across the country that have experienced disasters in recent years," Cassidy said. "Working with Senator Vitter an… Continue Reading


07.14.15

ICYMI: Let Patients Have The Power, Not Bureaucrats

By Senator Bill Cassidy July 14, 2015 The Hill Commenting on the rapidly (and potentially unsustainable) increasing cost of insurance on the ObamaCare healthcare exchanges, Helaine Olen of Slate writes, "all too many ACA defenders turned into fanboys and fangirls, dismissing any issue raised against the law as inconsequential and exaggerated." This may mark the point at which the left begins to see why conservatives and a majority of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare. It is also why despite … Continue Reading


07.14.15

Cassidy Comments on Presidential Major Disaster Declaration For Red River Flooding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, authorizing federal funds to help Bossier, Caddo, Grant, Natchitoches and Red River Parishes recover from the Red River flooding: "The President's major disaster declaration means additional resources will help families, businesses and roads recover from the Red River flooding faster and more effectively. We are grateful for the state and local first r… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Cassidy Statement on Iran Deal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the President announced the United States and five other nations reached a nuclear deal with Iran: "If the President gives Iran enough leeway, it's naive to think they will not continue to develop their nuclear program. No deal is better than a bad deal. If it jeopardizes American security and global stability in any way, Congress cannot support." Dr. Cassidy joined CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss the open letter sent… Continue Reading


07.10.15

Cassidy: More Than 70,000 Louisianans At Risk Due To Government Security Breach

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Office of Personnel Management (OBM) Director Katherine Archuleta resigned due to a massive data breach that exposed the personal records of more than 22 million people nationwide, putting Louisianans who currently or previously worked for the federal government at risk: "Ms. Archuleta's resignation is appropriate, but it doesn't change the fact that social security and other personal information was stolen from m… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Cassidy Statement on Ft. Polk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Army announced a reduction in force structure by 40,000 soldiers over the next two years, reducing 388 active military positions at Ft. Polk: "Ft. Polk has been spared the deep cuts other bases received. The positions lost are part of the Ft. Polk family. We regret this loss but recognize it could have been worse. We celebrate that the Brigade Combat Team r… Continue Reading


07.07.15

Cassidy Calls on President to Declare Major Disaster After Red River Flooding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) sent a letter to President Obama today calling for him to declare a major disaster after flooding from the Red River caused significant damage to Louisiana communities. Governor Jindal recently requested federal assistance to ensure an effective response and recovery for communities affected. "…Massive amounts of rain in Texas and Oklahoma raised water levels across the Red River basin to historic levels. This rain filled reservoirs to the point whe… Continue Reading


07.06.15

Cassidy, Senators Urge Obama to Prioritize Human Rights in Meeting with Vietnamese Government

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. led Senators David Vitter (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Boozman (R-AR), James Lankford (R-OK) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to urge President Obama to make human rights improvements in Vietnam a top priority in his meeting with Secretary General of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong this week. As negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership begin, the Senators write that further expansion of trade and security relationships with the… Continue Reading


07.02.15

Cassidy Statement on BP Settlement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after Gulf State officials announced they had reached a settlement with BP for $18.7 billion following the BP oil spill in 2010: "The people of Louisiana were affected more than any other by the BP oil spill and the federal government ordered moratorium that followed. The environmental and economic effects are still seen and felt by Louisianans. This settlement is the next step, and a very important one, in completing this recove… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Cassidy, Vitter, Fleming, Abraham Question Inaccurate Red River Crest Predictions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator David Vitter, Representative John Fleming and Representative Ralph Abraham are questioning federal agencies on their inaccurate cresting predictions for the Red River, which crested 3 feet higher than expected and resulted in flood damage across northwest Louisiana. "…Predictions on the crest of the Red River changed seven times in thirteen days," write the Congressmen. "Predictions went from a 31.5-foot crest on May 24th to a 34-foot crest on May 29th.… Continue Reading

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