Press Releases

11.03.15

Cassidy Pushes Back on EPA's WOTUS Rule

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a cosponsor of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, S.1140, released the following statement after voting to push back on the Obama administration's "Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule," which defines what streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands, ditches, and waterways are subject to federal oversight under the Clean Water Act: "When I'm in Louisiana, I consistently hear about the impacts this rule could have on private property, private property deve… Continue Reading


10.29.15

ICYMI: Sens. Cassidy-Murphy Op-Ed: Mental Health Reform Act of 2015

ICYMI: Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 By Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) & Chris Murphy (D-CT) The Hill When President Kennedy signed the community Mental Health Act he called for a "bold new approach" and set out to shut down hundreds of inhumane "insane asylums" and move people into more effective community-based care. The idea was revolutionary, but in the fifty years since, the promise of this vision was never realized. What we have now is a fragmented, dysfunctional, and under-… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Cassidy, Murphy to Hold Press Call Following Senate Hearing on Mental Health

CASSIDY, MURPHY TO HOLD PRESS CALL FOLLOWING SENATE HEARING ON MENTAL HEALTH Will call for action on Cassidy-Murphy Mental Health Reform Act Legislation will make critical reforms to address lack of resources, enhance coordination & develop meaningful solutions to improve outcomes for Americans dealing with mental illness **Thursday, October 29th at 12pm EST, call-in information below** WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, after the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee … Continue Reading


10.27.15

Cassidy, 48 Senators Push Back on Obama's Carbon Mandates

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after joining a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing a resolution disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources: "Our goal should be to create better jobs with better benefits for families, but the EPA's Clean Power Plan will hurt jobs and raise costs for all Louisianans. Low income families and low wage workers will be hit hardest. Companies wil… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Cassidy: OSERS Guidelines on Dyslexia is a Step in the Right Direction, But More Needs To Be Done

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released guidance to state and local educational agencies clarifying that students with specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, have unique educational needs: "Having the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) acknowledge that students with dyslexia have unique educational needs that must be addressed is a step in the right… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Cassidy: The Time For Mental Health Reform Is Now

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. urged Congress to discuss and finally address how to fix America's broken mental health system. Dr. Cassidy and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to comprehensively overhaul and strengthen America's mental health care system. The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 will make critical reforms to address a lack of resources, enhance coordination, and devel… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Cassidy Remarks on Mental Health

Mr. President, for 25 years I have worked in the Louisiana public hospital system, and you can't help but notice when you work in a public hospital system, but also in private hospitals how often mental health issues are directly a part of a patient who comes to see you. But it doesn't just have to be a physician seeing patients in the emergency room, each of our families, mine included, has a family member or a friend who has serious mental illness. It is non-partisan, it cuts across demograp… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Cassidy Votes to Stop Illegal Criminals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) voted to stop the release of criminal illegal immigrants by eliminating federal funding supporting sanctuary cities. These cities harbor illegal criminals who are in the U.S. committing further crimes or repeatedly entering the U.S. after being deported. Orleans and Lafayette parishes are sanctuary cities. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "Louisiana families want our cities to be safe and our immigration laws to be enforced. We've seen what h… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Cassidy Votes to Stop Illegal Criminals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) voted to stop the release of criminal illegal immigrants by eliminating federal funding supporting sanctuary cities. These cities harbor illegal criminals who are in the U.S. committing further crimes or repeatedly entering the U.S. after being deported. Orleans and Lafayette parishes are sanctuary cities. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "Louisiana families want our cities to be safe and our immigration laws to be enforced. We've seen what … Continue Reading


10.16.15

Cassidy: Common Core and PARCC Assessment Wrong for Students with Dyslexia

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. chaired two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge this week. The hearings follow the passage of a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month," recognizing that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed. The Resolution, S. Res. 275, can be read here. Sen. Cassidy released a statement about the Co… Continue Reading


10.14.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy Events on Thursday and Friday in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. be holding events in the Baton Rouge area on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. Details on the events can be found below: Thursday, October 15 WHAT: Media Availability After Tour of Crisis Center of Baton Rouge WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2015 10:50 A.M. (CST) WHERE: Crisis Center of Baton Rouge 4837 Revere Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70808 … Continue Reading


10.14.15

ICYMI: Cassidy Hosts U.S. Senate Education Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. chaired two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge yesterday. Dr. Cassidy was joined by six witnesses and Dr. Bennett Shaywitz and Dr. Sally Shaywitz of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity by video conference. The hearings follow the passage of a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month," recognizing that dyslexia has significant … Continue Reading


10.13.15

ICYMI: Planned Parenthood's defense of using fetal organs to 'treat and cure' is a sham

In the wake of videos exposing its involvement in trading fetal organs, Planned Parenthood has resorted to a "silver lining" defense. The taking of brains, hearts, lungs and livers from the unborn, even the delivery of intact fetal bodies to commercial middlemen, is hailed as a valid scientific procedure. The words "treat and cure" are used. Proponents of using fetal body parts from induced abortion claim three areas of medical research need harvested tissue: transplanta… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Resolution Designating October 10th As "World Mental Health Day"

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), co-authors of the Mental Health Reform Act, introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing October 10th as "World Mental Health Day." The resolution brings light to the importance of mental health services and initiatives that are largely overlooked. "Whenever I speak of mental health, all heads nod yes. It's non-partisan, it cuts across all social demographics, everyone knows someone who is affected by mental illness,… Continue Reading


10.08.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Senate Education Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Tuesday

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will chair two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The hearing in New Orleans is titled Developmental Perspective on Testing for Dyslexia, and the hearing in Baton Rouge is titled Educational Milestones of Dyslexia. The hearings follow the passage of a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Cassidy, Mikulski Dyslexia Resolution Passes Senate by Unanimous Consent

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution by unanimous consent designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month," recognizing that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed. The resolution, introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), is supported by all 50 states of Decoding Dyslexia, Dyslexic Advantage, International Dyslexia Association, Learning Ally, Louisiana Key Academy, National Center for Learning Disabil… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Energy Secretary Moniz Agrees with Cassidy: Louisiana's Coastline is Critical to America's Energy System

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. questioned U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the administration's plan to take away Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) money that is promised to Louisiana for coastal restoration. Watch the committee video here and read excerpts below: CASSIDY: …Would you agree that we should take whatever steps we can to make Louisiana's coastline more resilient? So that as these LNG expor… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Cassidy, Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Health IT Systems

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen accountability and improve transparency in health information technology (IT) systems. The Transparent Ratings on Usability and Security to Transform Information Technology (TRUST IT) Act of 2015 would help ensure that certified health IT systems are performing as promised in the field, and establish a rating system that will enable consumers to compare different products based o… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Cassidy, Senators Call for Investigation of Planned Parenthood Tissue Practices

Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and 33 fellow senators to call for a full audit of all fetal research supported by HHS to determine whether there have been violations of the law and how the agency verifies compliance. Originally stemming from videos showcasing the Planned Parenthood Federation of America's potential violations of federal law, the audit would specifically examine the Department's oversight of contractor and grantee compliance with law… Continue Reading


10.05.15

Louisiana Delegation Requests Extension for REAL ID Implementation

Today, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., Sen. David Vitter, Rep. Ralph Abraham, Rep. Charles Boustany, Rep. Cedric Richmond and Rep. Garret Graves sent a letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), requesting an extended deadline for Louisiana to be in compliance with the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005. "It has become apparent that the State of Louisiana will not be fully compliant in time for the October 10, 2015 deadline, when REAL ID-valid identificati… Continue Reading

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