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Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Recognizing 9/11 as National Day of Service

Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Coons (D-DE), and U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and David Price (D-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing September 11 as a national day of service and encouraging the American public to engage in a charitable service of their choosing on or around 9/11. In 2009, Congress established September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in tribute to the 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, and me… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Congratulate Judge Summerhays on His Confirmation to the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), released the following statements after the Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Robert Summerhays to be a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana by a voice vote. "Judge Summerhays will be an excellent federal judge for the people of southwest Louisiana. He has the experience and expertise needed to excel in this position and help clear the backlog of cases in the Lafayette court that has gone without a judge for… Continue Reading


Senate Unanimously Passes Cassidy-Cosponsored Legislation to Help Patients Save Money on Prescriptions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553), bipartisan legislation he helped introduce to increase health care price transparency by removing barriers that prevent patients from paying the lowest possible price for prescription drugs. The bill prohibits health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from using "pharmacy gag clauses" to hide prices from patients at the pharmacy counter.… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Slams Democrats’ Disruption of Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

With Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing underway in the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon in support of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, highlighting the broad, bipartisan support he enjoys from many in the legal community. Cassidy also slammed Senate Democrats' coordinated disruption of the hearing, saying Congress is not a "not a third world legislative body where they toss decorum out the window, … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Applaud Judicial Nomination for Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today applauded President Trump's nomination of James D. Cain Jr. to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana (Lake Charles). "The people of Louisiana have been without a district judge in Lake Charles for more than a year," said Dr. Cassidy. "I thank President Trump for nominating an experienced attorney like Mr. Cain to fill this vacancy and I look forward to the Senate considering his nomination soon… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds President Trump’s Action to End Unfair International Mail Rates

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today applauded President Trump for ordering his administration to effectively implement the Ending Needless Delivery Subsidies (ENDS) Act, legislation Cassidy introduced in April that would save U.S. taxpayers from having to subsidize international postal shipments from foreign countries like China to the United States. President Trump's memorandum lays out how his administration will seek reforms to the U.N.'s Universal Postal Union (UPU) that result in… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy, Cruz, Cornyn Introduce Resolution Recognizing the First Anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a resolution recognizing the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey's landfall on August 25, 2017. "As the flood waters rose, communities and strangers bound together and took action to help those in trouble. A year has passed, but we have not forgotten the many families that are still recovering," said Dr. Cassidy. "We will continue to make sure those affected have the resource… Continue Reading


Cassidy Votes to Protect Taxpayers from Being Forced to Fund Abortion Businesses

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after voting in support of amendment #3967 to the minibus appropriations package for Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (H.R. 6157), which would have stopped taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform abortions. The amendment failed by a vote of 45-48. "Louisiana families should not be forced to give their hard-earned tax dollars to abortion businesses like Planne… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Synthetic Drug Awareness Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, bipartisan legislation to help address addiction and the drug abuse epidemic. The bipartisan bill would require the U.S. surgeon general to report to Congress on the health effects of new psychoactive substances, including synthetic drugs, on young adults ranging from 12-18 years of age. Synthetic drugs mimic the effects of illegal narcotics and, i… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Seek Answers from FERC on Pending LNG Export Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), James Inhofe (R-OK), James Risch (R-ID), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve pending liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project applications in a timely manner, and seeking information regarding FERC's approval process and the agency's available resources. The full text of the senators' letter to FERC Chairman Kevin… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Perdue Call for Portland Mayor to Resign for Ordering Police to Ignore ICE Employees’ Call for Help

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and David Perdue (R-GA) today introduced a resolution "Opposing the targeted harassment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and employees and reaffirming the fundamental principle that public safety services should be provided without discrimination." The resolution also calls on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "to immediately resign so that a leader committed to protecting all law-abiding citizens and public servants from harm can assume the … Continue Reading


PHOTOS: Cassidy Conducts High-Level Meetings in Guatemala and Mexico Focused on Strengthening Border Security, Fighting Drug Trafficking, Creating Louisiana Jobs

Cassidy talks with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales View more photos on Facebook WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate committees on health and finance, recently conducted meetings with foreign heads of state and senior government officials in Guatemala and Mexico focused on strengthening border security, fighting drug trafficking, improving trade, and creating Louisiana jobs. Senator Cassidy was joined by U.S. Representatives Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and R… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Defense Bill Funds Improvements at Military Bases in Louisiana, Increases Troops’ Pay

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding President Trump signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515) into law. The legislation includes a 2.6 percent pay raise for America's military men and women-the largest increase in nine years-and other major provisions benefiting Louisiana. "We are keeping our promise to rebuild our military and support our men and women in uniform," said Dr. Cassidy. "We were able to giv… Continue Reading


PHOTOS: Cassidy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announce $45 Million Grant for Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today visited the Port of New Orleans and the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel, where they formally marked the award of $45 million in federal funds to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement project. The grant is provided through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. "I thank Secretary… Continue Reading


Cassidy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to Visit Port of New Orleans, Announce $45 Million Grant for Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao will visit Louisiana on Wednesday, August 8. "I look forward to welcoming Secretary Chao to New Orleans," said Dr. Cassidy. "We'll no doubt have a robust discussion with local leaders about the enhancements we can make at our ports, which are already some of the busiest in the country. And we'll highlight the federal funding for the Belle Chasse Tunnel and Replacement Project,… Continue Reading


At Cassidy’s Request, Senate Overwhelmingly Passes NFIP Extension

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the Senate voted 86-12 to keep the National Flood Insurance Program from shutting down at midnight tonight: "I thank Republicans and Democrats for voting overwhelmingly to keep the National Flood Insurance Program writing policies," said Dr. Cassidy. "I appreciate Senate leaders listening to my request to move the vote up to today so that no one in Louisiana or the rest of the country is left in the lurch. We now hav… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Urges Senate to Avert NFIP Shutdown, Secures Tuesday Vote to Extend Program

With the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) scheduled to shut down tomorrow night, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), spoke on the Senate floor this evening and urged his colleagues to extend the program before it expires. Cassidy secured an agreement to hold a vote Tuesday at approximately 11:15 a.m. CT on the four-month NFIP extension the U.S. House of Representatives passed last week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the addition of the NFIP vote to Tuesday's schedul… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy, Colleagues Warn EPA Against Unfair Reallocation of Small Refinery RFS Obligations

To protect Louisiana refinery workers, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) are joining 18 of their Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refrain from retroactively reallocating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "In recent weeks, media reports indicated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considered a proposal to retroactively reallocate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations from small refineries,… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Hassan, Kustoff, Kuster Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Targeting Counterfeit Pill Makers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with U.S. Representatives David Kustoff (R-TN) and Annie Kuster (D-NH), today introduced the Substance Tableting and Encapsulating Enforcement and Registration (STEER) Act (S. 3281 / H.R. 6554), bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis by cracking down on counterfeit pill makers. Last year, CNN reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection "is seizing pill presses at a rate 19 times higher than in 2011. That's… Continue Reading


VIDEO: At Cassidy’s Request, Duplication of Benefits Fix Included in FAA Reauthorization Package

Download broadcast-quality video WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement after the Senate Commerce Committee released an updated version of legislation (Senate Substitute Amendment to H.R. 4) to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes several provisions sought by Cassidy as part of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, including a fix for the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan duplication of benefits issue hurting … Continue Reading

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