Press Releases


Cassidy Seeks Answers from Medical Colleges About Low Rate of Accommodations Granted on MCAT

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) recently wrote a letter to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) questioning why so few students with disabilities receive accommodations when taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Students with disabilities are eligible for reasonable accommodations when taking exams, including the MCAT, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Depending on the disability, accommodations can include extra time on an exam or the use of assi… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Steve Gleason Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Date Set

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that a date has been set for a ceremony to award former New Orleans Saint and ALS advocate Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can bestow on a civilian. The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the United States Capitol in Statuary Hall. Cassidy was the original filer of the legislation to award the medal. He worked closely with Gleason's charitable organization, Team Gleason, and she… Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges NIH to Transfer Chimps to Louisiana Sanctuary

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) submitted a letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, urging the agency transfer 43 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico to the national sanctuary system at Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana. The letter follows the October decision by NIH announcing that the remaining chimpanzees at the Alamogordo facility will not be … Continue Reading


Cassidy Calls on Fiscal Conservatives to Reject Domestic Spending Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) wrote a letter to his Senate colleagues today urging them to vote against the domestic spending bill that will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national deficit. The domestic spending bill repeals Obamacare taxes that health insurance companies agreed to pay, sticking American families with all of the problems of Obamacare without any mechanism to pay for them. "Now we will have Obamacare without the revenue to pay for it. What is worse is that … Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on Anticipated Impeachment Vote

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in anticipation that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to impeach President Donald Trump: "I will be a juror and will take this seriously, but this impeachment is motivated by Democrats' hatred of Donald Trump, not justice. Impeachment is sucking up all the time that could be used for positive things. We need to get back to the kitchen table issues that actually affect Louisiana families," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy to Vote Against Domestic Spending Bill, Support Defense Spending Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today his intention to vote against HR 1865, the 2020 domestic priorities and international assistance spending bill, that would add more than $400 billion to the deficit while failing to address key Louisiana priorities. Cassidy will support the defense spending bill. Cassidy is opposed to the provisions in the domestic spending bill that repeal the Cadillac Tax and Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which alone would add more than $350 billion to the … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Tillis, Menendez Introduce SANTA Act to Protect Children from Dangerous Online Products

As Americans increasingly turn to online vendors for holiday shopping, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) want parents to know that what they buy is safe for their families. They introduced legislation today to help parents protect their children against dangerous counterfeit toys and products. The Stop All Nefarious Toys in America (SANTA) Act would require new information be included in online marketplaces that clearly show product origins and … Continue Reading


Cassidy Joins Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that he has joined a Senate task force charged with combating anti-Semitism. "Anti-Semitism and religious bigotry have no place in the United States," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's a pleasure to join my bipartisan colleagues to educate and protect our communities." The task force is chaired by U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV). "With anti-Semitism on the rise here in the US and around the world, we are taking a stand ag… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Speaks During White House Paid Leave Summit

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) participated in a paid family leave summit hosted by Ivanka Trump today at the White House. Cassidy joined U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) in a panel discussion on the path forward for passing paid leave legislation. "If we successfully implement these policies, there is some family that because of this policy their lives will be tangibly better. Not only will t… Continue Reading


Cassidy and Kennedy Urge Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands to Pay Louisiana Businesses

U.S. Senators U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA )announced today a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite the funding process for the U.S. Virgin Islands to pay Louisiana contractors who provided immediate aid after hurricanes Irma and Maria. After two hurricanes devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, Louisiana businesses were hired to provide relief and repairs to families who experienced home damage. Their work provided families … Continue Reading


Cassidy: Lake Charles Citgo Employee Released from Venezuelan Prison

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced that six Americans imprisoned in Venezuela, known as the "Citgo 6," have been released from prison and entered into house arrest. Among those released is Lake Charles resident Tomeu Vadell. "We want him back in the United States. We want him back with his family, but I'm glad for this first step. We'll celebrate when we finish this story," said. Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy has been actively involved in trying to free Vadell. Since the group's ar… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on USMCA Deal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement regarding news that House Democrats and the White House have reached a deal on a new trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada, known as the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA). "The USMCA will directly benefit Louisiana's farmers and manufacturers, allowing them to build on the success of our national economy. I look forward to this legislation passing," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on Impeachment Announcement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to the House of Representatives bringing articles of impeachment against President Trump. "House Democratic leadership turned impeachment into a series of partisan hearings searching for a crime that changed by the day. The Senate will offer President Trump a fair process, and I look forward to fairly judging the facts," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Jones, Moran, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Allow Health Savings Accounts to Be Spent on Direct Primary Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of health care and expand patients' access to their primary care providers. The Direct Primary Care (DPC) model encourages patients to develop personal relationships with their primary care physician, including extending access to care beyond office visits and business hours and through telemedicine. It focuses on prevention and prima… Continue Reading


Cassidy , Hassan Introduce Bill to Lower Costs for Medicare Patients

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced legislation to lower health care costs and strengthen patient choice in their treatment plans. The bill would launch a shared patient savings program with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to drive down insurance costs for patients under Medicare Part D. The program would reward patients and provide them with a portion of the financial savings if they choose to switch to a less expensive medic… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Hassan, Bennet Statement on Senate, House Agreement on Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs, Stop Surprise Medical Bills

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) released a joint statement following the announcement of a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation to lower health care costs announced today by the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee. The agreement will include several health care provisions championed by Cassidy, Hassan and Bennet, including a solution to stop patients fro… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Senate Passes Permanent Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Education Committee, today announced the Senate passage of the FUTURE Act, legislation to permanently authorize funding for America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). Previously, authorization for funding of HBCUs and MSIs expired on Sept. 30, creating uncertainty for these institutions and the students they serve. The legislation now awaits consideration by the House … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Larson, Buchanan, Wyden Introduce Know Your Social Security Act

Senate Finance Committee Member U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the "Know Your Social Security Act" along with Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson (D-CT) and Ways and Means Committee Member Vern Buchanan (R-FL). The legislation will clarify the requirement for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to mail an annual Social Security Statement to all workers ages 25 and older with cove… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Tillis, Coons, Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Seize Counterfeit Products and Protect American Consumers and Businesses

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to seize imported merchandise that infringes a design patent and harms U.S. consumers and businesses. According to a recent study, the estimated value of international and domestic trade in counterfeit and pirated goods was over $1 trillion in 2013 and the estimated value is projected to reach nearly $2 trillion… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Sinema, Allred, Stefanik Introduce Bipartisan Bill Supporting Parents in Critical First Year Following Births, Adoptions

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and U.S. Representatives Colin Allred (D-TX) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) today introduced legislation with resources to pay for leave and cover the cost of daycare, baby supplies and other expenses associated with a new child. The Advancing Support for Working Families Act would allow families the option to advance up to $5,000 of their recently-doubled child tax credit in the first year of a child's life or the first year a famil… Continue Reading

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