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Energy Committee Holds Hearing on Cassidy Offshore Energy Access Legislation

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy's legislation S. 1276, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act of 2015, to expand offshore energy production by opening parts of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that are currently restricted from oil and gas exploration and lift the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) cap to provide Louisiana and fellow Gulf states with increased amounts of revenue to protect their coasts. Watch his remarks HER… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Lankford Religious Freedom Amendment to Trade Promotion Authority Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator James Lankford (R-OK) to introduce an amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Act that promotes international religious freedom. It passed the Senate unanimously by a vote of 92 to 0. The amendment adds a provision to the overall negotiating objectives outlined in TPA, requiring the Administration to take religious freedom into account whenever negotiating trade agreements. If signed into law, this would be the first time in histor… Continue Reading


ICYMI- The Hill: Top Republican drafts bill to replace ObamaCare

As Republicans debate how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare next month, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) promises to have a plan for what happens next. The freshman senator plans to introduce a bill called the Patient Freedom Act in late May, which is meant to serve as "part two" to the GOP's response to the looming court case, King v. Burwell. Cassidy's plan, which would let states opt out of ObamaCare mandates and instead receive tax credits for health savings accounts, would work i… Continue Reading


ICYMI- WSJ: Sen. Cassidy Maps a Plan to Overhaul Obamacare

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana is throwing his hat into the ring of Republicans vying to shape the party's health care policy this summer. GOP lawmakers have been wrestling for months over what to do if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act's tax credits in most of the country, a move that would upend a big part of the law. A decision is expected in June, and Republican leaders believe it will give them a chance to overhaul a law they have long opposed. Mr. Cassidy, a freshman… Continue Reading


Cassidy Highlights Importance of Louisiana Energy

"…Fighting to increase onshore and offshore energy production, and I won't stop…" WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a video highlighting the importance of Louisiana's energy industry to families and businesses across the U.S. Dr. Cassidy called for increased domestic energy production in Louisiana and across America by taking advantage of America's national resources both onshore and offshore. Yesterd… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Gulf State Senators Introduce Legislation to Expand Offshore Energy Access

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced S. 1276, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act of 2015. The legislation will expand offshore energy production by opening parts of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that are currently restricted from oil and gas exploration and development. In addition, it brings greater equity in revenue sharing for the Gulf states that host offshore energy production by lifting the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) cap to provide Louisiana and fellow Gulf … Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Contained Burn Method at Camp Minden

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support the recommendation from the Louisiana Military Department (LMD) and the Dialogue Committee to use the contained burn method, an alternative to the open burn method, to dispose of approximately 15 million pounds of M6 Propellant and 320,000 pounds of Clean Burning Igniter. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: "Glad to see the EPA is listening to the recommendations of the Louisia… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Bill to Increase Energy Access on Federal Lands

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced legislation to modernize and streamline the federal approval process to develop and maintain natural gas on certain federal lands. The bill is co-sponsored by EPW Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Under current law, requests for the construction or maintenance of a pipeline used to transport natural gas on National Park System (NPS) lands, referred to as a right-of-way, must be approved by Congress. The Departme… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Capito, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Modernize Pipeline Approvals

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senators Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) to introduce legislation to streamline and modernize the pipeline approval process. America's oil and natural gas production is increasing, yet there is a shortage of pipelines to support moving these natural resources to areas of high demand. The current permitting process for pipelines often takes months or years. The slow and uncertain regulatory approval process delays construction, … Continue Reading


Cassidy WSJ OpEd: Dismal Growth Needs the 3.5% Solution

On Wednesday the Commerce Department announced that first-quarter growth of gross domestic product was a dismal 0.2%. Following fourth-quarter GDP growth in 2014 of an anemic 2.2%, the already sluggish economy has slowed almost to a halt. America is facing a harsh reality. The recovery that began in 2009 is the weakest in postwar history. Millions have dropped out the labor force, frustrated by lack of opportunity. Lower-income workers are underemployed, middle-incomes have not advanced as in t… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Shortened Red Snapper Season

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement regarding the 2015 federal red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico: "The red snapper fishery is healthier than ever, providing no rationale for a shortened season. This impacts fishermen and families enjoying the Gulf. Another reason why we must keep pushing for more state and local control over our waters." The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries issued a Final Rule allotting 10 days for private ang… Continue Reading


DHS Sec Acknowledges Executive Order Doesn’t Make Sense

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on an executive order affecting the federal flood risk management standard. Sec. Johnson acknowledged the executive order seemed nonsensical. CASSIDY: "I'm looking at the federal flood risk management standard [executive order 13690] that will replace the current 100 year base flood elevation for flood insurance. "…And there's 3 options for the flood plain, one of which is to build through… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on DHS Declining To Investigate H-1B Visa Abuses

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) response to a request for an investigation of companies that are allegedly abusing the H-1B Visa program by replacing American workers with foreign workers at a lower cost: "DHS says it can't investigate possible abuses into the H-1B visa program? It's their job. Do it." Previously, Dr. Cassidy joined Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and others to urge the Department of Justice, the D… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Peters Amendment to Help Stop Human Trafficking Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. applauded the U.S. Senate for passing his bipartisan initiative to help medical professionals identify and stop human trafficking. The Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Amendment was included in the Senate-passed bill the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. The amendment, first introduced in the Senate with U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), will provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care … Continue Reading


Cassidy Remembers Workers Lost on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Anniversary

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. held a moment of silence today in memory of the lives lost in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read his remark excerpts below and watch HERE: "This is hard. These were just people we grew up with. So I apologize for being emotional, but these are our neighbors. "We pray their families find peace in the memory of their sons, husbands and fathers. The Macondo oil spill was the worst in our nation's history. While the consequences of this … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Vitter Announce Satellite Office Hours

MONROE - U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and David Vitter will hold staff satellite office hours for residents of Morehouse, West Carroll and East Carroll Parishes on April 21st and April 22nd. Residents can meet with a member of Dr. Cassidy's staff to discuss difficulties or issues they may have with any federal government agency or issues. MOREHOUSE PARISH OFFICE HOURS WHEN: April 21, 2015 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (CST) WHERE: Bastrop Town Hall, Mayor… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Gillibrand Improve Access to Care for Huntington’s Disease Patients

— U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced legislation to help individuals with Huntington’s Disease (HD) have better access to Social Security Disability benefits and Medicare coverage. The Huntington’s Disease Parity Act would direct the Social Security Administration (SSA) to revise its outdated medical criteria for determining who is eligible for disability benefits and waive the two-year Medicare wait period once an individual is disabled by HD. … Continue Reading


Cassidy Stops Common Core, Pushes for Education Reform

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. introduced a series of amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 to scale back the federal government's role in education and return the decision making power to parents, educators and state and local officials. Dr. Cassidy helped secure language to block the Obama Administration from coercing states into adopting Common Core standards. This will forbid the federal government from intervening in a state's education standards, curricula, and assessments t… Continue Reading


Cassidy Protects Louisiana Students’ Access to AP, Accelerated Learning Programs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. applauded the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for passing a bipartisan initiative to strengthen and protect Louisiana students' access to AP courses and other accelerated learning programs. Introduced with Sen. Franken (D-MN) as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, it protects funding to cover part or all of the costs of accelerated learning examinations (AP, IB tests) for low income students. It also increases the n… Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Cassidy to Host World Experts on the Science of Dyslexia

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host a luncheon on Friday, April 24, 2015 with special guests Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, founders and directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. The event is free and open to the public. WHO: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity WHAT: Luncheon to discuss "The Science of Dyslexia: Aligning Education with Sci… Continue Reading

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