Press Releases

05.28.15

Cassidy Announces National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 11, 2015: "Seersucker is more than fabric-it's a symbol of American made products that create manufacturing, shipping and sales jobs across the country. It is also the melding of fashion with comfort. Seersucker was invented in Louisiana but now belongs to all Americans. I am proud to further a Congressional tradition." A part of Louisiana's heritage, the original seersucker suit w… Continue Reading


05.28.15

Cassidy, Vitter Urge FERC to Protect Families, Small Businesses from Energy Rate Hike

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) sent a letter to Norman Bay, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), regarding Gulf South Pipeline Company's rate hike and restructuring proposal, which would dramatically increase rates for current consumers. "Modernizing natural gas infrastructure is certainly important and worth the investment. But before anything is decided, we need to consider how this would affect current consumers, including Gulf Coast f… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Cassidy Meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions and the P5+1 negotiations to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for changes to Iran's nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his concerns that the negotiations will lead to Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. "In our meeting, I expressed to Prime Minister Netanyahu my strong support for the nation of Israel. We share a common goal for peace in the region and … Continue Reading


05.27.15

Cassidy Announces Funding for Louisiana Military Priorities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced projects critical to Louisiana were prioritized in the Senate Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he also secured funding for projects in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: "Threats abroad are growing, and our budget is shrinking. Optimizing military funding to ensure ou… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Cassidy Stands By Offshore Energy Access Legislation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) responded to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson's (D-FL) inaccurate criticism of his legislation to expand offshore energy production: "Florida is a part of the Gulf and their residents should benefit from the Gulf's natural resources. Families across the nation, including in Florida, would hold jobs with better wages and better benefits that are created by expanding offshore energy production. I don't understand why anyone would deny Floridians, or anyone else, acc… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Cassidy Announces Funding for Louisiana Energy and Coastal Priorities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced projects critical to Louisiana will be prioritized in the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he also secured funding for projects in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: "Funding for coastal restoration, whether it be through revenue sharing or appropriations, is a… Continue Reading


05.20.15

ICYMI: Cassidy Obamacare Replacement Plan Gaining Momentum

Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will present his plan, the Patient Freedom Act, a conservative response to protect millions of Americans who are at risk of losing their health care coverage following the Supreme Court's ruling in King v. Burwell. The Patient Freedom Act lowers costs, eliminates mandates, gives states the power and puts patients in control of their health care. Register to attend the event at the Hudson Institute HERE and read more below: Top Republican drafts bill to… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Amid the Ruins of Obamacare

…This column will bring to light another Republican bill, the Patient Freedom Act to be rolled out Thursday at the Hudson Institute by its author, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)… That's why the GOP needs to be waiting with something to replace Obamacare. "Let it burn" would be a good idea if the Democrats controlled Congress, but the fact that, largely because of Obamacare, the 2010 and 2014 midterm blowouts created Republican majorities in both houses of Congress imposes a larger burd… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Energy Committee Holds Hearing on Cassidy Offshore Energy Access Legislation

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy's legislation S. 1276, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act of 2015, to expand offshore energy production by opening parts of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that are currently restricted from oil and gas exploration and lift the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) cap to provide Louisiana and fellow Gulf states with increased amounts of revenue to protect their coasts. Watch his remarks HER… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Cassidy, Lankford Religious Freedom Amendment to Trade Promotion Authority Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator James Lankford (R-OK) to introduce an amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Act that promotes international religious freedom. It passed the Senate unanimously by a vote of 92 to 0. The amendment adds a provision to the overall negotiating objectives outlined in TPA, requiring the Administration to take religious freedom into account whenever negotiating trade agreements. If signed into law, this would be the first time in histor… Continue Reading


05.15.15

ICYMI- The Hill: Top Republican drafts bill to replace ObamaCare

As Republicans debate how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare next month, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) promises to have a plan for what happens next. The freshman senator plans to introduce a bill called the Patient Freedom Act in late May, which is meant to serve as "part two" to the GOP's response to the looming court case, King v. Burwell. Cassidy's plan, which would let states opt out of ObamaCare mandates and instead receive tax credits for health savings accounts, would work i… Continue Reading


05.13.15

ICYMI- WSJ: Sen. Cassidy Maps a Plan to Overhaul Obamacare

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana is throwing his hat into the ring of Republicans vying to shape the party's health care policy this summer. GOP lawmakers have been wrestling for months over what to do if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act's tax credits in most of the country, a move that would upend a big part of the law. A decision is expected in June, and Republican leaders believe it will give them a chance to overhaul a law they have long opposed. Mr. Cassidy, a freshman… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Cassidy Highlights Importance of Louisiana Energy

"…Fighting to increase onshore and offshore energy production, and I won't stop…" WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a video highlighting the importance of Louisiana's energy industry to families and businesses across the U.S. Dr. Cassidy called for increased domestic energy production in Louisiana and across America by taking advantage of America's national resources both onshore and offshore. Yesterd… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Cassidy, Gulf State Senators Introduce Legislation to Expand Offshore Energy Access

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced S. 1276, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act of 2015. The legislation will expand offshore energy production by opening parts of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that are currently restricted from oil and gas exploration and development. In addition, it brings greater equity in revenue sharing for the Gulf states that host offshore energy production by lifting the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) cap to provide Louisiana and fellow Gulf … Continue Reading


05.08.15

Cassidy Comments on Contained Burn Method at Camp Minden

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support the recommendation from the Louisiana Military Department (LMD) and the Dialogue Committee to use the contained burn method, an alternative to the open burn method, to dispose of approximately 15 million pounds of M6 Propellant and 320,000 pounds of Clean Burning Igniter. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: "Glad to see the EPA is listening to the recommendations of the Louisia… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Cassidy Introduces Bill to Increase Energy Access on Federal Lands

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced legislation to modernize and streamline the federal approval process to develop and maintain natural gas on certain federal lands. The bill is co-sponsored by EPW Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Under current law, requests for the construction or maintenance of a pipeline used to transport natural gas on National Park System (NPS) lands, referred to as a right-of-way, must be approved by Congress. The Departme… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Cassidy, Capito, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Modernize Pipeline Approvals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senators Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) to introduce legislation to streamline and modernize the pipeline approval process. America's oil and natural gas production is increasing, yet there is a shortage of pipelines to support moving these natural resources to areas of high demand. The current permitting process for pipelines often takes months or years. The slow and uncertain regulatory approval process delays construction, … Continue Reading


05.01.15

Cassidy WSJ OpEd: Dismal Growth Needs the 3.5% Solution

On Wednesday the Commerce Department announced that first-quarter growth of gross domestic product was a dismal 0.2%. Following fourth-quarter GDP growth in 2014 of an anemic 2.2%, the already sluggish economy has slowed almost to a halt. America is facing a harsh reality. The recovery that began in 2009 is the weakest in postwar history. Millions have dropped out the labor force, frustrated by lack of opportunity. Lower-income workers are underemployed, middle-incomes have not advanced as in t… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Cassidy Comments on Shortened Red Snapper Season

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement regarding the 2015 federal red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico: "The red snapper fishery is healthier than ever, providing no rationale for a shortened season. This impacts fishermen and families enjoying the Gulf. Another reason why we must keep pushing for more state and local control over our waters." The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries issued a Final Rule allotting 10 days for private ang… Continue Reading


04.30.15

DHS Sec Acknowledges Executive Order Doesn’t Make Sense

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on an executive order affecting the federal flood risk management standard. Sec. Johnson acknowledged the executive order seemed nonsensical. CASSIDY: "I'm looking at the federal flood risk management standard [executive order 13690] that will replace the current 100 year base flood elevation for flood insurance. "…And there's 3 options for the flood plain, one of which is to build through… Continue Reading

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