Press Releases

05.01.15

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


05.01.15

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


04.30.15

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


04.29.15

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


04.21.15

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


04.20.15

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


04.17.15

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


04.16.15

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


04.14.15

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


04.14.15

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


04.10.15

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


04.08.15

Cassidy Joins Bipartisan Senators to Stop H-1B Visa Program Abuse

— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators today to urge the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor to investigate abuses within the H-1B visa program. The H-1B visa program allows employers to employ high-skilled foreign workers, typically in the engineering and high-tech industries. There have been recent concerns that U.S. companies are using the H-1B visa program to cut costs by laying off American workers and … Continue Reading


04.06.15

Cassidy Applauds Sabine Pass LNG Expansion

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after FERC announced it granted approval of Cheniere Energy's proposal to expand its Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana: "Expanding the Sabine Pass LNG terminal will create direct and indirect jobs in Louisiana and across the country. Its processing capacity will increase by 50 percent. However, there are still billions of dollars of investments in LNG projects waiting for the president's approval. Let's move forward policies t… Continue Reading


04.02.15

Cassidy Statement on Iran Deal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after the president released parameters of a deal [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] reached with Iran on their nuclear program. The final details are expected to be written between now and June 30. "Iran is a great threat and cannot be allowed a pathway to obtain or create a nuclear weapon. Congress needs to review and approve the deal to ensure it is in the best interest of Americans. Until Congress can confirm these n… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Cassidy, Murphy Add Comprehensive Mental Health Reform In Senate Budget

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) applauded their Senate colleagues for unanimously passing the Cassidy-Murphy budget amendment that sets the stage for a comprehensive reform of our nation's mental health system. Over the last several months, Sen. Murphy and Dr. Cassidy have been working together to develop bipartisan mental health legislation. They are members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. "More than 11 million people s… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Cassidy Pushes for Energy, Medicaid Amendments

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. highlighted three of the amendments he filed to the Senate budget proposal to help encourage domestic energy exploration, improve Medicaid and stop the EPA's costly regulations that are hurting jobs. Watch his remarks HERE and read excerpts below. A full list of amendments can be found below. #341: Encouraging Offshore Energy Production "A principal challenge in our society today is how do we create better jobs with better benefits for working families? Th… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Cassidy Joins Fellow Freshmen Senators on 5th Anniversary of Obamacare

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) to deliver remarks on the 5th anniversary of Obamacare and discuss its failed promises. Dr. Cassidy, who has worked in the public hospital system treating uninsured and underinsured patients for nearly 30 years, is committed to replacing Obamacare with patient-centered solutions. Watch Dr. Cassidy's remarks HERE and see excerpts… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Cassidy Announces Lease Awarded for New VA Clinic In Lafayette

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. announced a 20-year lease has been secured to expand and replace the existing VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Lafayette. Dr. Cassidy is a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and has been working with the Louisiana delegation to help secure the clinic's authorization. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: "Replacing the existing clinic is a step in the right direction and is good news for our veterans. Until the clinic opens and start… Continue Reading


03.20.15

Cassidy Comments On Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after the Obama Administration issued a rule today to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and American Indian lands: "Millions of jobs have been created because of hydraulic fracturing-thousands in Louisiana alone because of the Haynesville Shale. More regulations will hinder production and hurt these jobs, making the goal of creating American energy independence even harder to achieve. The administration should be focused … Continue Reading


03.18.15

Cassidy, Alexander, Roe Push To Protect Millions of Workers From Losing Health Care Plans

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) joined Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) to introduce the Self-Insurance Protection Act (SIPA) in the U.S. Senate and the U.S House of Representatives. This bill would ensure that employers can continue providing quality health benefits to their employees through self-insured group health plans. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Barrasso, Burr, Coats, Isakson, Roberts and Rubio. Many employers who choose … Continue Reading

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