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Cassidy, Bennet, Young Reintroduce the Waterway LNG Parity Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Todd Young (R-IN) today reintroduced the Waterway LNG Parity Act. This bill requires excise taxes on liquefied natural gas (LNG) for marine transportation on inland waterways be levied at a rate consistent with energy output relative to diesel and gasoline. It takes about 1.7 gallons of LNG to provide the same amount of energy as a gallon of diesel, yet fuel usage is taxed on volume. So LNG usage would be taxed 50 cents for the … Continue Reading


THURSDAY: Cassidy To Host National Seersucker Day June 13

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and colleagues will take an official photo at 12:00PM ET Thursday in celebration of National Seersucker Day. WHO: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., and colleagues WHAT: Official National Seersucker Day Photograph WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:00PM ET - Exact time subject to vote schedule WHERE: The Ohio Clock RSVP: Please RSVP to Milly Lothian: … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Release Statements on House NFIP Extension Bill

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today released statements in response to legislation from the U.S. House Financial Services Committee that would extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, but lacks the critical reforms to ensure the sustainability and affordability of the program for American homeowners. "This proposal is a genuine effort to solve a serious problem, but it lacks reforms needed to ensure the program is sustainable and that … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Schatz, Reed Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Tourism, Lift Local Economies

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Jack Reed (D-RI) reintroduced the Explore America Act, legislation that supports the expansion of cultural heritage tourism by strengthening the Preserve America Grant Program. Changes to the program will help attract more visitors to American landscapes and cultural heritage sites in the National Parks System, boosting local economies, and increase collaboration between communities and the federal government. "Louisiana commun… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Commemorates American Heroes on 75th Anniversary of D-Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) commemorated the 75th Anniversary of D-Day today, sharing his thoughts on what the sacrifice of America's Greatest Generation means to our country. In Cassidy's office hangs an emotional photo of Americans in New Orleans celebrating the end of World War 2,originally published in 1945 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The sacrifices of American soldiers on D-Day led to the celebration experienced in this powerful photograph. Watch and share the video Fac… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Measure to Strengthen Mental Health Parity Laws

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019. The legislation improves transparency and accountability to help consumers have access to mental health and substance use services included in their plans. It would strengthen compliance with mental health parity laws by requiring issuers or plans to submit comparative analyses upon request… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy, Jones Introduce Legislation To Improve Emergency Evacuation Routes

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the BE SAFE ACT of 2019 to improve emergency evacuation routes in rural areas by creating an up to $100 million competitive grant program for work on roads and bridges. The legislation directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish the program for projects that would improve emergency evacuation routes though the construction of state and local connector roads that facilitate access to broader … Continue Reading


STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Receives Positive Feedback from Groups Representing Patients, Providers, and Payers

The STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act currently has 21 Senate cosponsors, the largest support of any solution in Congress, and has also received positive feedback from advocacy groups representing patients, health care providers, and health insurers. U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Kennedy (R-LA)… Continue Reading


Cassidy Warns of Chinese Threat to American Personal Data Privacy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), raised concerns with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over China using wearable technology products to catalog American's personal data. This information can include sensitive health data, facial and voice recognition, audio from microphones, geolocation, electronic payment, access control for mass transit systems and smart locks, social media usage, and other sensitive … Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Passing of Senator Thad Cochran

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). "Saddened to hear about the passing of a good friend and former colleague Senator Thad Cochran," said Dr. Cassidy. "Senator Cochran worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Americans living in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast and across the country. An ally of Louisiana, he stood by us in securing relief after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." ###… Continue Reading


STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Reaches 21 Senate Cosponsors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Carper (D-DE) of the Bipartisan Senate Working Group on surprise medical billing today announced major growth in support for the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act (S. 1531) with 21 senators already cosponsoring the legislation less than two weeks after its introduction. U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD)… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Reliable, Affordable and Environmentally-Sound Energy Supply

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas (LEADING) Act,legislation incentivizing research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy supply. The LEADING Act will promote the continued use of natural gas so we can keep energy bills low, maintain U.S. en… Continue Reading


Cassidy Seeks Long-Term Solution for National Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today led a group of Senators calling for the Senate Banking Committee to work towards a long-term solution for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Joining Cassidy in sending the letter are U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), John Kennedy (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MA). "Within two years, the National Flood Insurance Program has been subject… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bill to End Dangerous Sanctuary City Policies

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today reintroduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, legislation to end dangerous sanctuary city policies that forbid local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act would withhold certain funds from "sanctuary cities"-jurisdictions that forbid their local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigrati… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Roberts, Smith Introduce Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced the Ensuring Innovation Act, which will help lower prescription drug prices. The legislation will provide clarity for drug exclusivity to prevent awarding exclusivity to products which do not represent a true innovation and unduly delaying cheaper generics from entering the market. Currently, the FDA grants five years of exclusivity to drug products that are determined to be New Chemical Entitie… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces June 13 as National Seersucker Day

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 13. "Seersucker is uniquely American - a beloved New Orleans invention. National Seersucker Day is an opportunity to come together as Americans and have fun with a summer staple," said Dr. Cassidy. "I encourage all to participate in this celebration of American culture and look forward to continuing this tradition alongside my colleague Senator Feinstein." "I remember when Senator… Continue Reading


Cassidy in Advocate Oped: President Donald Trump is creating opportunity for Louisiana workers

President Donald Trump is creating opportunity for Louisiana workersBy U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.May 22, Before President Donald Trump, working families suffered. Years of slow growth, wage increases only for those already well off, and high taxes suffocated families. Overregulation impeded Louisiana businesses and jobs. South Louisiana never quite recovered from the previous administration's offshore oil moratorium. Two years into Trump's presidency, we have the lowe… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce SOFA Act to Combat Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), today in introducing the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act, legislation to give law enforcement enhanced tools to combat the opioid epidemic and close a loophole in current law that makes it difficult to prosecute crimes involving some synthetic opioids. "Drug dealers are creating new chemicals similar to and just as deadly as fenta… Continue Reading


Cassidy Named Chairman of Senate Paid Family Leave Working Group

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today was named chairman of the bipartisan Senate Finance Committee working group that will consider the issue of federal family leave policy. U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) will serve as the Democrat co-chair of the working group. "This working group reflects the widespread interest in helping moms and dads have financial flexibility to raise children," Cassidy said. "The policy must be fiscally sustainable and not bury taxpayers in even more red ink.… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Remove Unnecessary Barriers for Students with Disabilities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act to help ease the burden of transitioning to college for students with disabilities. The legislation would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to clarify that students with previous documentation of a disability would be able to continue using that documentation as proof when they transition to higher education. This would help… Continue Reading

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