Press Releases


Cassidy Urges Full Implementation of First Step Act Dyslexia Screening

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today called on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz to fully implement the First Step Act, specifically as it pertains to screening prisoners for dyslexia. Cassidy was integral in the inclusion of the dyslexia screening provisions in the bill signed last year. "For far too long there has been a significant misunderstanding of what dyslexia is and how… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with Trump to End Surprise Medical Billing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), medical doctor and member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, today met with President Trump at the White House to discuss solutions to end surprise medical bills, a priority Dr. Cassidy highlighted in his white paper on how to make health care affordable again. "Patients should be the reason for the care, not the excuse for the bill," said Dr. Cassidy. "President Trump is concerned about that single mom sitting at the kit… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Tax Cut Law, Lower Taxes on Gold Star Families

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Warner (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME) and 21 other bipartisan Senators today introduced legislation providing tax relief for children receiving benefits who have lost a parent serving in the military. Simplification of a special tax dating back to 1986 that was intended to stop wealthy parents from sheltering income by shifting it to their children with … Continue Reading


Cassidy, King, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Protect Disaster Relief Volunteers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Angus King (I-ME), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Joe Manchin (D-WV), today reintroduced 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. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 sought to protect those volunteering through non-profit a… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Trump Visit to Lake Charles LNG Export Terminal

LAKE CHARLES-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, released a statement following the White House announcement that President Trump will tour Sempra Energy's Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana on May 14. Under President Trump, U.S. LNG exports to Europe have increased by 272 percent, fueling investment and jobs in Louisiana. "I thank President Trump for his commitment to unleashing American energy and s… Continue Reading


Cassidy Joins Vice President Pence During Visit to Louisiana

LAFAYETTE-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) will join Vice President Mike Pence in Opelousas, Louisiana today to visit the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, one of three predominantly African American Baptist churches burnt down by an arsonist over 10 days in late March and early April. "There are times which will test our strength, when we must stand tall. With the help of community leaders, we will continue to heal and support those affected by this tragedy," said Senator Cassidy. "I thank … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Cut Wasteful Health Care Costs

U.S. SenatorsBill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced the Reducing Administrative Costs and Burdens in Health Care Act, bipartisan legislation to help develop innovative ways to reduce unnecessary administrative costs in health care. Estimates suggest that administrative costs account for over one quarter of total health care spending in the United States. "We should spend money making people healthy, not on administrative waste," said Dr. Cassidy. "We need to lower health c… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy, Abraham, Graves Announce Details of Upcoming Duplication of Benefits Guidance

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA) and Garret Graves (R-LA), today announced that Louisianans impacted by the 2016 flooding will be eligible to receive Restore Louisiana grants even if they took out SBA loans. In calls with Cassidy and Kennedy, HUD Secretary Ben Carson confirmed details regarding the upcoming Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of be… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Delegation Secure Commitment From Trump, Benefitting Louisiana Shipbuilders and Maritime Workers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and a group of senators and representatives, today met with President Trump to advocate on behalf of Louisiana shipbuilders and maritime workers in light of proposed federal waivers to the Jones Act, securing a commitment from the president to not go forward with the proposed waivers. The Jones Act requires that goods shipped between U.S. ports be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This is es… Continue Reading


Cassidy Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Education Opportunities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) cosponsored the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act (S. 634), legislation that would expand elementary, secondary, and vocational education opportunities for students by providing a federal tax credit to encourage individuals and businesses to donate to nonprofit scholarship funds. "Promoting education at every level is necessary for a healthy American economy," said Dr. Cassidy. "Incentivizing donations to scholarship organizations is a … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Improve Innovation in Higher Education

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced the Innovation Zone Act (IZ Act), legislation to ensure that the Department of Education has clear guidelines on how and when to report data on experimental site initiatives. This improves transparency, holds the experimental sites accountable to the public, and allows policymakers to make better informed decisionson the viability of potential policies being tested at the exper… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Trump to Support International Fuel Standards Benefiting American Energy & Reducing Global Emissions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, along with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Rob Portman (R-OH), John Kennedy (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Michael Rounds (R-SD), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Boozman (R-AR), James Lankford (R-OK), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Todd Young (R-IN) today urged President Trump to continue its pro- U.S. energy agenda, and support the i… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Announce $94.7 Million in GOMESA Revenue to Preserve and Protect Louisiana Coastlines

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today announced Louisiana's receipt of $94.7 million in GOMESA revenue sharing funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, which represents 44 percent of the total amount allocated to Gulf states. This is roughly a $12M increase from last year's total. The Louisiana State Constitution requires that offshore revenue sharing funds be used for coastal restoration efforts. "GOMESA revenue is essential to restore and protect Louis… Continue Reading


Cassidy Criticizes Academic Integrity of NCIL Dyslexia Report Created with Department of Education Funds

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today expressed serious concerns to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the academic integrity of the National Center on Improving Literacy's (NCIL) report, "Screening for Dyslexia." The NCIL's report was a product of a $1.5 million grant funded through the Department of Education. Cassidy worked in the Senate HELP Committee to establish the National Center on Improving L… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Release of Mueller Report

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), delivered the following statement after Attorney General William Barr's public release of the Special Counsel's report. "Looking forward to reviewing the Mueller report in detail," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's important this report is public so Americans can review the facts for themselves." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Attends Comite River Diversion Groundbreaking Ceremony

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today attended the ground breaking ceremony for the Comite River Diversion Project where he spoke about the successful effort in Congress to secure full federal funding for the project. "It was a battle in Washington to secure the $343 million to fully fund this project," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's been a decades-long process to begin construction, but we will keep working until it is completed. The Comite River Diversion is invaluable to protect Baton Rouge… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Financial Literacy Month Resolution

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a Senate resolution declaring April as Financial Literacy Month. They were joined in sponsoring the resolution by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), and Doug Jones (D-AL), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chr… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today reintroduced legislation (S. 1179) to reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through 2024. NFWF grants fund projects that protect and restore habitats for fish and wildlife, supporting local economies, tourism and ecology. "The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is critical to our efforts to preserve and restore Louisiana's waterways and habitats," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation ensures continued b… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Package of Legislation to Lower Drug Prices

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced a package of three bills focused on reducing drug prices by getting generics to market faster. Cassidy introduced the Reforming Ever-greening and Manipulation that Extends Drug Years (REMEDY) Act with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Protecting Access to Biosimilars Act with U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and the Ensuring Timely Access to Generics Act with U.S. Senators Corey Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-… Continue Reading


Cassidy Presses Yale Law School on Religious Discrimination

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) sent a letter to Heather Gerken, J.D., Dean of Yale Law School, today urging the institution to uphold the First Amendment, and protect religious freedom in light of Yale Law School's new 'anti-discrimination' policy that prevents students from receiving school funding to work at religiously affiliated organizations. "By striving to be anti-discriminatory, Yale Law School is engaging in clear religious discrimination by infringing on the religious liberty of… Continue Reading

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