Press Releases

07.15.16

Cassidy Announces FEMA Plan to Advance Comite River Diversion Project

WASHINGTON- US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) today announced that FEMA will spend $300,000.00 to develop hydraulic models for the Amite Watershed, as part of the Comite River Diversion Project. This is money that the Amite River Basin Commission will not have to spend on the project. "The Comite River Diversion Project would protect thousands of homeowners and small businesses in the lower Comite River Basin," said Dr. Cassidy. "We have waited for years for this project to be finished. F… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Cassidy Applauds Cameron LNG Exportation Authorization

WASHINGTON- US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement following the final approval of the Cameron LNG exportation authorization by the Department of Energy (DOE). "I applaud the Department of Energy's final approval of the Cameron LNG's exportation authorization to non-free trade agreement countries. This is great news for Southwest Louisiana and the American energy economy. This approval will bring billions of dollars of investment and good high-paying jobs to Louis… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Cassidy, Schatz, Rubio, Durbin, Nelson Introduce The Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act

WASHINGTON- US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced The Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act, S.3280. This legislation will create a permanent fund to allow quick and effective responses to future public health emergencies. "Future public health emergencies like Zika are inevitable. The pattern is well known, an outbreak of disease occurs, public panic grows, Congress scrambles and … Continue Reading


07.14.16

MEGABYTE Act to Become Law

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the passage of the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act in both chambers of Congress. The MEGABYTE Act will now be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law. Dr. Cassidy introduced the bill with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) in the US Senate in December, 2015. The MEGABYTE Act advanced through the Senate on July 7, 2016. The House companion to Dr. Cassidy's bill (HR 4904), which just passed t… Continue Reading


07.12.16

ICYMI: Cassidy Speaks on Combatting Zika

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) delivered remarks discussing the spread of Zika and what is being done to stop it. He also addressed his plan to manage future public health emergencies. Watch Dr. Cassidy's remarks here. You can download and share Dr. Cassidy's presentation here, or by scanning this QR code: ###… Continue Reading


07.08.16

Cassidy’s MEGABYTE Act Passes US Senate

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the passage of the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act in the US Senate. Similar legislation has already passed through the US House of Representatives. Dr. Cassidy is eager for Congress finalize this measure and send it to the President's desk. Watch Dr. Cassidy speak on the MEGABYTE Act and download the clip here. "Billions of taxpayer dollars could be saved if federal agencies kept track of … Continue Reading


07.08.16

Cassidy Initiative to Help Veterans Gain EMT Licenses is Moving Through Congress

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the inclusion of his plan to make it easier for veterans with military emergency medical technician (EMT) training to pursue careers as EMTs following their military service in the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) Conference Report. The CARA Conference Report passed the US House of Representatives today and will be voted on by the US Senate next week. Following the Senate's vote it will be sent to the president's desk to be signed int… Continue Reading


07.06.16

US House of Representatives Passes Mental Health Reform Bill—Cassidy and Murphy call on US Senate to Act

Today, the US House of Representatives passed comprehensive mental health reform legislation by a vote of 422 to 2. US Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and 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, called on the Senate to immediately vote on their comprehensive, bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act. "The House took an important step today to expand treatment and prevention programs for the 4… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Cassidy, Vitter and Boustany Comment on Groundbreaking of Permanent Lake Charles VA Clinic

US Senator Bill Cassidy, US Senator David Vitter and US Representative Charles Boustany, Jr. released the following statements on the groundbreaking of a new, permanent Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Members of Congress have been pushing for permanent clinics in Southwest Louisiana since 2009. "There are more than 23,000 veterans in Southwest Louisiana who have been waiting more than a decade for the Lake Charles V… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Cassidy Introduces Offshore Revenue Sharing Bill

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016. This legislation will provide for more equitable revenue sharing for states involved in existing, new or future energy production from both onshore and offshore leasing areas. It also makes important investments in various conservation and … Continue Reading


06.28.16

Cassidy and King Introduce Bill to Protect Disaster Relief Volunteers

US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to provide medical professionals with a limited, but consistent level of legal protection while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. "When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, temporary hospitals were set up and medical professionals from across the US came to treat patients. We needed them, they saved lives. If another disaster occurs in Louisiana, or in any state, the Go… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Cassidy, Klobuchar, Johnson, Kirk Introduce WINGMAN Act

US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now (WINGMAN) Act to help veterans and their families process their benefit claims in a more timely manner. "My office is here to help veterans. The WINGMAN Act will allow my staff the ability to access VA files in a more timely manner and speed up the claims process," said Dr. Cassidy. "Our veterans have served our coun… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Cassidy Statement on Continuing to Protect the Second Amendment

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement on the US Senate's votes on legislation to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists: "The difference in the Senate bills considered today was that there was due process built into Senator Cornyn's bill on the front end, but it was not built into Senator Collin's bill. If we begin taking away constitutional rights from law-abiding citizens, terrorism wins." Dr. Cassidy voted in support of Senator Johnson's bill. On Monday… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Media Advisory: Press Call with Senators Cassidy and Schatz on Legislation to Address Public Health Emergencies Like Zika

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) will discuss their bill to provide more stable long-term funding for public health emergencies like Zika. The legislation is expected to be introduced this week. WHO: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) WHAT: Press call on bill to provide more stable long-term funding for public health emergencies like Zika WHEN: Thursday, June… Continue Reading


06.20.16

Cassidy Statement on Protecting the Second Amendment

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement ahead of the US Senate votes on legislation to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists: "Gun control will not stop terrorism, to suggest otherwise is to misunderstand terrorism. If we begin taking away constitutional rights from law-abiding citizens, terrorism wins." Dr. Cassidy previously said he will support the amendments introduced by conservative Senators Cornyn and Grassley, both of which respect the second amendm… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Cassidy Amendment to Allow for Safe and Efficient Offshore Drilling Passes Appropriations Committee

US Senator Bill Cassidy's amendment to extend the continued operations requirement for offshore energy operators passed the US Senate Appropriations Committee and will be added to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment will extend the continued operations requirement for offshore energy operators from 180 to 365 days. "Offshore operators strive to design and execute well operations that are as efficient and safe as possible. However, the time… Continue Reading


06.15.16

Cassidy, Rubio Legislation to Protect State Management of Waters is Moving Through Congress

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, Chairman of the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, chaired a hearing on land management legislation. Included in the pending legislation was Dr. Cassidy and US Senator Marco Rubio's legislation, the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act (S.2807). A companion bill introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, H.R. 3310 has already passed the House with bipartisan support and is exp… Continue Reading


06.14.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy To Chair Senate Energy Subcommittee Hearing Tomorrow

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, will chair a hearing tomorrow on land-management legislation. One of the bills to be considered is Dr. Cassidy's legislation introduced with Senator Marco Rubio, the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act (S.2807) Click here for a list of bills that will be considered at the hearing WHAT: US Senator Bill Cassidy to Chair Energy and Natural Resources Subcomm… Continue Reading


06.14.16

Cassidy Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Fund US Military

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the US Senate: "In this time of turmoil in the Middle East, with the growing threat of organizations such as ISIS, now more than ever we need to support our troops." A member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Dr. Cassidy worked with the Armed Services Committee to adopt a provision in the NDAA awarding the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lie… Continue Reading


06.09.16

National Seersucker Day Photo

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD and fellow US Senators took an official photo in celebration of National Seersucker Day today. From left to right: Senators Mike Lee, Susan Collins, Roger Wicker, Johnny Isakson, Amy Klobuchar, Thad Cochran, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy A part of Louisiana's heritage, the original seersucker suit was created in Louisiana. Former Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) brought the tradition to Congress in 1996, yet it was briefly discontinued in 2012. Dr. Cassidy reint… Continue Reading

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