Press Releases

05.02.19

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


05.02.19

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


05.01.19

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


05.01.19

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


04.29.19

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


04.29.19

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


04.25.19

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


04.22.19

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


04.18.19

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


04.17.19

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


04.12.19

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


04.11.19

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


04.11.19

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


04.11.19

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


04.11.19

Cassidy, Baldwin Reintroduce Legislation Targeting Foreign Mail Containing Illicit Opioids

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are reintroducing the Search Now, Inspect for Fentanyl (SNIFF) Act to allow specially trained U.S. postal workers at U.S. International Service Centers to search mail from foreign countries destined for the U.S. when there is probable cause to believe they contain illicit opioids such as fentanyl or other illegal drugs. "Fentanyl is flooding our streets and killing Americans," said Dr. Cassidy. "Right now, if a postal worker at a… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Remove Unnecessary Restrictions on LNG Exports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA), reintroduced the License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act today to remove barriers placed on U.S.exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand of natural gas. This legislation would revamp the current system put in place by the Department of Energy (DOE) decades ago and continue market growth of U.S. LNG exports without any delays. "De… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Rob Portman (R-OH), David Perdue (R-GA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Rick Scott (R-FL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Todd Young (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Protect Act, legislation ensuring protections and affordable coverage for… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Cassidy Announces 166 Higher Education Organization Endorsements of College Transparency Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), announced 166 higher education organizations which have endorsed the College Transparency Act (CTA), legislation he introduced with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and 15 other senators. Cassidy made the endorsements public at a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, a likely legislative vehicle for the bill. An excerpt from Dr. Cassidy's announcement … Continue Reading


04.10.19

Cassidy Continues Battle on Behalf of Stanford Ponzi Scheme Victims

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with attorneys representing Société Générale (SocGen), a bank reportedly holding $210 million in stolen assets from the Stanford Ponzi Scheme. This meeting was in response to Cassidy and U.S. Senator John Kennedy demanding that SocGen return the funds to Allen Stanford's victims. "It's unbelievable-ten years since the Stanford Ponzi Scheme and less than 5 percent of the $7 Billion Stanford took has been returned to victims.… Continue Reading


04.05.19

Cassidy Applauds Gulf Council Vote to Support Private Recreational Fishing of Red Snapper

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to let Louisiana and other Gulf States manage the red snapper fishery in state and federal waters for private angling starting in 2020. In a victory for Louisiana private anglers, the Gulf Council passed a provision giving the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries "the authority to set seasons, bag and size limits, and other management regulations for priva… Continue Reading

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