Press Releases

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


04.03.19

Cassidy Joins Bipartisan Legislation to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) today introduced legislation to help restore democracy and address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The most comprehensive effort to date to confront the crisis in … Continue Reading


04.03.19

Cassidy, Baldwin, Schrier, Stivers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Measure to Help Prevent Infant Abuse

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-WA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve early detection of infant abuse, protecting children from further injury and preventing fatalities. The Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to develop new and expanded trainings and best practices to support medical … Continue Reading


04.02.19

TOMORROW: Cassidy to Speak at AEI Paid Family Leave Event

Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), will speak about Paid Family Leave and participate in a Q&A with the audience at an event hosted by American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Dr. Cassidy has previously met with Senior Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump to plot the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation. The event will be livestreamed here. WHAT: Cassidy speaks at AEI Event WHEN: Wednesday, April 3 8:45AM ET/7:45AM CT … Continue Reading


04.02.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Work Opportunity Tax Credit Permanent

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Jobs Act, bipartisan legislation to make permanent the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment. Currently, the WOTC expires on December 31, 2019. The WOTC provides an employer tax credit of between $1,200 and $9… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Cassidy, Hassan, Kustoff, Kuster Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Targeting Counterfeit Pill Makers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with U.S. Representatives David Kustoff (R-TN) and Annie Kuster (D-NH), today reintroduced the Substance Tableting and Encapsulating Enforcement and Registration (STEER) Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to combat the opioid crisis by cracking down on counterfeit pill makers. The STEER Act allows the U.S. attorney general to create and maintain a registry of tableting or encapsulating machine owners, track machines im… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Cassidy Meets with OMB Director Vought and HUD Secretary Carson on Duplication of Benefits Fix

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) met today with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, M.D. to discuss long-delayed legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits fix for 2016 Louisiana flood victims passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. Legal guidance written by HUD must be approved by OMB before it can be released to states … Continue Reading

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