Press Releases

04.07.16

ICYMI: Cassidy, new Senate wonk, looks to elevate tone of debate

Cassidy, new Senate wonk, looks to elevate tone of debate By Geof Koss E&E Thursday, April 7, 2016 In the weeks after the December 2014 runoff election that ended Mary Landrieu's Senate career, Bayou State political commentator Robert Mann received a phone call from the victor, Bill Cassidy. Cassidy, in preparation for his new job, told him he had asked the Senate historian to recommend some books about the upper chamber. The reading list included "The Walls of Jericho," Mann's 1997… Continue Reading


04.06.16

Cassidy Pushes Legislation to Boost Lifesaving Treatments For At Risk Newborns

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) offered an amendment in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today that would increase the amount of life-saving treatments available for at risk newborns. "Many of us know a child who was born prematurely, or a family whose child was born sick and unfortunately there were not enough treatment options available to save that child," said Dr. Cassidy. "Hundreds of thousands of children born in the U.S. every year require intensive car… Continue Reading


04.01.16

Cassidy Questions FEMA Ahead of Flood Insurance Rate Changes

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to clarify policy changes it intends to implement today, which could result in rate increases for some flood insurance holders across the country. FEMA is penalizing Pre-FIRM policyholders who switch from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to private insurance carriers by subjecting them to full-risk rates and a loss of Pre-FIRM subsidized rates if they return to the NFIP. FEMA is considering the… Continue Reading


03.30.16

Cassidy, Cornyn Tour the U.S.- Mexico Border

BATON ROUGE-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) yesterday in the Rio Grande Valley to get an up close look at border security, trade and economic development issues crucial to our nation. The Senators toured the border by helicopter and boat. They also toured the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station to receive a comprehensive briefing on law enforcement's multi-layered approach to securing the border, improv… Continue Reading


03.24.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Events in Monroe, Alexandria, Natchitoches, LaPlace Next Week

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host three Town Hall Meetings and address groups in North Louisiana and the New Orleans metro area. Additional events will be announced later in the week as information becomes available. Details on events are below: WHAT:Host Town Hall Meeting in St. John the Baptist ParishWHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. (CT)WHERE: RSVP: Council Chambers, Percy Hebert Building … Continue Reading


03.16.16

Senate Health Committee Passes Cassidy’s Mental Health Reform Act

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed legislation to help address the country's mental health crisis and help ensure Americans suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders receive the care they need. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. introduced the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) this week. "Our mental health system is broken-the Mental Health Reform Act … Continue Reading


03.15.16

Cassidy Statement on Obama’s Offshore Leasing Proposal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the Obama administration's updated draft proposal to scrap plans to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic: "Energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has worked alongside our military, tourism, shipping and fishing industries for decades. The Obama Administration should be using the Gulf as a blueprint to open the Atlantic to energy production and the hundreds of thousands of good jobs that come with it. About 87 perc… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Louisiana Delegation Supports Federal Disaster Declaration

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., U.S. Senator David Vitter, U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, U.S. Representative Charles Boustany, U.S. Representative John Fleming, U.S. Representative Garret Graves, U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond and U.S. Representative Steve Scalise sent a letter in support of Governor Edwards' request for a federal disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana due to severe storms and flooding. "It is expected that the emergency response capacity will exceed the … Continue Reading


03.07.16

Cassidy, Murphy, Alexander, Murray Introduce Plan to Address Mental Health Crisis in America

A bipartisan group of Senate health committee members, including the Chairman and Ranking Member, today announced their plan to address the country's mental health crisis and ensure Americans suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders receive the care they need. The bipartisan draft legislation works to bring our mental health care system into the 21st Century by embracing mental health research and innovation, giving states the flexibility they need to meet the needs of tho… Continue Reading


03.04.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Announces Satellite Office Hours Next Week

ALEXANDRIA - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will hold staff satellite hours in Central Louisiana next week from Monday, March 7 to Wednesday, March 9. 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. EVANGELINE PARISH OFFICE HOURS WHEN: Monday, March 7, 2016 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. (CT) WHERE: Offic… Continue Reading


03.04.16

Cassidy Introduces Vietnam Human Rights Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the Vietnam Human Rights Act (S. 2632), sending a message to the Vietnamese government that continued repression of its citizens is unacceptable as part of United States-Vietnam relations. "The communist government in Vietnam continues to violate the fundamental rights of its citizens, including independent religious groups, ethnic minorities and individuals vulnerable to human trafficking," said Cassidy. "The Vietnamese community is a part o… Continue Reading


02.23.16

MEMO to Obama on Revenue Sharing: You said Recovery of Gulf Coast a Priority —Your Budget Hurts our Recovery

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) questioned U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on President Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget today, which proposed repealing the existing revenue sharing law. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the president said he wanted to make the recovery and rebuilding of the Gulf Coast a priority. Dr. Cassidy spoke with the president in the Lower Ninth Ward, pointing out that the devastation brought by Katrina was in part due to the loss of wetl… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Cassidy Urges Circuit Court of Appeals to Overturn EPA’s Clean Power Plan

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined 34 U.S. Senators and 171 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to file an amicus brief today in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al to support the petitions filed by 27 states seeking to overturn the EPA's "Final Rule"-also called the Clean Power Plan. Louisiana is one of the states challenging the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry recently said the state should take no… Continue Reading


02.22.16

Sens. Cassidy & Peters, Reps. Polis & Reed Introduce Legislation to Make College More Affordable & Accessible

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand options for high school students to obtain college credit. The Making College Affordable and Accessible Act (MCAA) would make higher education more affordable and accessible while improving high school and college graduation rates. It would expand access to dual and concurrent e… Continue Reading


02.18.16

Cassidy: Dyslexia Bill Becomes Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) has become law. President Obama signed the bill today. "Every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, many children who have dyslexia are never properly diagnosed and their school performance suffers through no fault of their own. This law will make dyslexia research and diagnosis a priority and give our children the tools they need to excel. W… Continue Reading


02.15.16

Louisiana must invest in scientific research

We live in an era of unprecedented scientific discovery and possibility. In our lifetimes, we will see cancer cured, diseases stopped and the discovery of things that we cannot even imagine. The future is exciting, and it's now. As a doctor, researcher and U.S. senator for Louisiana, I am excited that we stand on the precipice of discovery. In our state, we could prevent 60 cancer diagnoses every day and save 177 people who die from cancer every week. Scientists are working to develop new drugs… Continue Reading


02.15.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Events in New Orleans Area, Morgan City, Baton Rouge, Columbia This Week

BATON ROUGE - This week, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will deliver remarks at the Louisiana Research Summit in New Orleans, tour the Port of Morgan City's Emergency Operations Center, address the ABC Industrial Contractors Committee in Baton Rouge and speak at a Vietnamese Fishermen event in Avondale. Additionally, members of Senator Cassidy's staff will host Satellite Office Hours in Columbia on Thursday. Details on all events are below: WHAT: Louisiana Research … Continue Reading


02.12.16

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy to Address Concerned Veterans for America Louisiana Office Grand Opening

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will attend and address the Grand Opening of the Louisiana Headquarters of Concerned Veterans for America. Details are below: WHAT: Address Concerned Veterans for America Louisiana Office Grand Opening WHEN: Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:00 P.M. CST WHERE: Concerned Veterans for America - Louisiana Headquarters 7932 Wrenwood Boulevard, Suite B Baton Rouge, LA 70809 … Continue Reading


02.11.16

Cassidy Pushes Back on Obama’s Budget, Defends Revenue Sharing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) delivered remarks in response to President Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget, which proposed repealing the existing revenue sharing law. Louisiana's state constitution dedicates 100% of revenue from offshore energy production to coastal restoration. Watch the video here and read the transcript below: On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I went down to the Lower Ninth Ward. President Obama had a little convocation, which I was privileged … Continue Reading


02.11.16

Cassidy, Vitter Announce Increased Funding for Louisiana Army Corps Projects

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. and David Vitter applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan that included increased funding for additional Louisiana projects and priorities. The Louisiana delegation has been pushing for this increase in funding since January 2015 to fund projects that were authorized in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014. "Louisiana is a resource for American energy and manufacturing needs-and in turn we rely on the Arm… Continue Reading

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