Press Releases

07.30.19

Cassidy, Sinema Release Bipartisan Paid Leave Proposal

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today released the Cassidy-Sinema plan, Congress' first bipartisan paid leave proposal for American families. The solution gives new parents the option to bring forward their recently increased Child Tax Credit (CTC) to receive a $5,000 benefit, giving them flexibility to cover costs after having or adopting a child. "There is no bigger kitchen table issue than a mother and a father being able to care for their newborn," said Dr… Continue Reading


07.26.19

Cassidy, Inhofe, Blackburn, Cramer, Rounds, Hern Introduce Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01) introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives. This legislation will complement the President's work to build a wall by addressing immigration loopholes to strengthen the integrity of the asylum process, ensuring that it is only used by individuals who are genuinely seeking as… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Cassidy Fights For Seniors’ Access to Affordable Drug Costs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today stood up for seniors' access to affordableprescription drugs at a Senate Finance Committee hearing. Cassidy helpedpass The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 through Committee to saveseniors andtaxpayers $132 billion on the costs of medications. Watch Cassidy's full remarks here. "I approached this problem, Mr. Chairman, as a doctor representing patients, as a senator representing taxpayers. As a doctor I know we need Pharma to inno… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Second Package of Bills to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced his second package of bipartisan bills to lower the price of prescription drugs. Cassidy introduced the Transparency for Pharmacists Act and the Right Price for Medicare Actwith U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Tester (D-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Cassidy also introduced the Star Rating for Biosimilars Act with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Cassidy … Continue Reading


07.24.19

VIDEO: Cassidy Surveys Border Crisis in McAllen, Texas

Click here to download broadcast quality interview videos and B-roll from the visit WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited McAllen, Texas this weekend to see and hear first-hand what needs to be done to address the humanitarian crisis at our border. "I'm comparing this to a visit I took in about 2016. There, the systems worked; we see the same systems completely overwhelmed now," said Dr. Cassidy. "Congressional Democrats are more concerned about having an issue to campaign … Continue Reading


07.23.19

Cassidy Votes to Permanently Reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following his vote in support of the Permanent Reauthorization of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund Act. "9/11 responders risked their lives to save others. Some have now developed conditions which place their lives at risk in other ways. This bill recognizes heroism and does what is possible to restore health." said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Cassidy, Kennedy, Abraham Announce $10.5 Million Department of Transportation Grant for Northeast Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA), and Representative Ralph Abraham today announced The Department of Transportation is awarding a $10.5 million grant to the Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana Multimodal Freight Corridor Improvement Project to help fund needed upgrades to the short rail system in the area. The project would directly benefit the Port of Lake Providence, Port of Madison and local economies by increasing capacity, efficiency and safety for good… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Cassidy in Hill Oped: Finding a path forward to end surprise medical billing

Finding a path forward to end surprise medical billingBy U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.July 19, 2019 TheHill.com The stories of Americans affected by surprise medical bills are hard to believe. A teacher with insurance was taken to an out-of-network medical facility when he suffered a heart attack and was charged $108,951 out-of-pocket for his care. A college student was charged $17,850 for a urine test after her back surgery. She too had health insurance and was given no reason to suspect th… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Cassidy, Cruz: Antifa is a Domestic Terrorist Organization

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced a resolution to the U.S. Senate condemning the violent acts carried out by members of Antifa and calling for the designation of the group as a domestic terrorist organization. "Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who 'fight fascism' with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege," said Dr. Cassidy. "Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to preve… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Cassidy Commends House Movement on Ending Surprise Medical Bills

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement in support of a House Energy and Commerce Committee's vote to adopt an independent dispute resolution process as a backstop in their proposed House solution to end surprise medical billing. This solution is similar to the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation Cassidy introduced with the Bipartisan Senate Surprise Medical Billing Working Group that now has the support of 27 senators. "Our Senate bipartisan working group fir… Continue Reading


07.16.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize, Reform NFIP

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) led a bipartisan group of senators and representatives in unveiling a new, bipartisan and bicameral piece of legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years while instituting a series of critical reforms to address the waste, abuse and mismanagement plaguing the system. More than five million American families depend upon the NFIP, which Congress must reauthorize before it expires on Sept. 30, 2019. … Continue Reading


07.16.19

Cassidy Energy Legislation Passes Committee

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today released a statement following the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passage of the Small Scale LNG Access Act and the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas (LEADING) Act, two pieces of legislation introduced by Dr. Cassidy. "The Small Scale LNG Access Act unleashes the potential of American natural gas, creating good-paying jobs for hardworking families in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "To fu… Continue Reading


07.10.19

WATCH: Cassidy Pushes for Lower Drug Prices on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor about his pieces of legislation to reduce the high cost of prescription drugs. Cassidy praised innovation in the pharmaceutical industry that has improved and saved lives, but pointed out that if a patient can't afford the drug, it is as if the innovation never happened. Cassidy recently introduced a package of legislation to lower prescription drug costs, focusing on increasing competition and getting rid of loopholes th… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Momentum Continues to Build for College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate's education committee, today announced 24 senators have signed their names onto the bipartisan College Transparency Act (CTA) with the addition of, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Today's additions represent clear, growing support for CTA amid ongoing Higher Education Act talks. "College loan debts are rising. Students need more information to make better decis… Continue Reading


07.09.19

Cassidy Meets With Ivanka Trump on Path Forward for Paid Family Leave

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Bipartisan Senate Working Group on Paid Family Leave, today met with Ivanka Trump, senior advisor to the president, to discuss the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation. "My goal is success, and having Ivanka Trump as a champion is invaluable," said Dr. Cassidy. "I'm chairman of the bipartisan paid family leave working group. My priority-the priority of the working group-is a common ground solution that empowers families … Continue Reading


07.09.19

VIDEO: Cassidy Chairs Senate Energy Hearing: America will be a Global Leader in Emissions Reduction, We Need a Model Other Countries Will Follow

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, held a hearing today to consider multiple pieces of legislation. Legislation considered in the hearing included Cassidy's LEADING Act, legislation incentivizing research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy supply. During his opening remarks, Cassidy highlighted the United States' ability t… Continue Reading


07.08.19

Cassidy, Delegation Request Disaster Aid for Louisiana Seafood Industry

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Garret Graves (R-LA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA) today urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin the process of implementing a federal fisheries disaster declaration due to the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Opening of the spillway is causing hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of fresh water to pour into L… Continue Reading


07.01.19

Cassidy Presses for Access to Life-Saving Devices

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take steps that ensure Medicare and Medicaid patients continue to have access to non-invasive ventilators. This is in response to a proposal by CMS to add these devices to the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program. This would be the first time CMS would include an item in the "frequent and s… Continue Reading


07.01.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Announce Swiss Court Orders Release of Stanford Ponzi Scheme Funds

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today announced a major development in the recovery of stolen funds from the Stanford Ponzi Scheme. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has ordered Societe Generale (SocGen) Private Banking in Switzerland to hand over US$105.7 million, currently held in two Stanford International Back Limited's accounts, to U.S. authorities. SocGen conducted foreign banking for Allen Stanford despite a report from their hired private investigation … Continue Reading


06.28.19

Cassidy Defends Coastal Restoration Funding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), during a recent Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, defended the use of offshore energy revenue sharing funds that support Louisiana's coastalrestoration efforts. He also stated his serious concerns with a bill being considered by the committee that would divert unobligated revenue sharing funds to other federal projects. Cassidy pointed out that states receive only a 37.5 percent share of revenues from energy produced offshore compared… Continue Reading

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