Press Releases


WATCH: Cassidy on NFL Network: Steve Gleason Has Given People with ALS Hope

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today appeared on NFL Network's Good Morning Football to discuss his recently passed legislation to award New Orleans Saints icon Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal. Asked what Steve's reaction was when he heard the news that Congress passed the bill and he would receive the medal, Cassidy said, "Steve and I spoke by phone, and as you may know, one of Steve's contributions, he worked with Microsoft to develop hardware and software so that wh… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Inhofe, Rounds, Kennedy, Cruz Reintroduce Bill to Fully Fund Border Wall

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Rounds (R-SD), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) reintroduced the WALL Act, legislation that would fully fund the border wall along the southern border. Their legislation, first introduced inDecember, identifies specific funding sources for the project. "I'm proud to support the WALL Act, legislation to fully fund a wall along our country's southern border," said Dr. Cassidy. "This isn't just about illegal immigration, and … Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Speaks in Memory of Five Marksville Children Killed in Tragic Car Wreck, Asks for Continued Prayers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor in memory of the five children from Marksville, Louisiana, who were tragically killed in a car wreck last week in Florida. Cassidy also thanked Americans across the country for their prayers of support and donations for the families of the victims and the injured still in the hospital. Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: I rise today to speak in memory of five children from Louisiana, my home state, tragi… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces FEMA Will Correct Error, Resume Sales of New Flood Insurance Policies

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement announcing that in response to his letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long, the agency will reverse its decision to suspend sales of new flood insurance (NFIP) policies during the partial government shutdown. "FEMA's initial NFIP guidance made no sense, and I'm happy to announce they are heeding my direction and will start selling new flood insurance policies again. It's unfortunate so many people were inconvenienced due t… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Votes to Secure the Border and Build the Wall

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a bill to fund the government, disaster relief, and border security improvements. "The question is, how do we fund the government? But the bigger question is, do we build a more secure border between the United States and Mexico? I just voted for a bill that keeps the government open, but also helps secure the border and build what people have come to refer to as the wall," said Dr. Cassidy. "… Continue Reading


Cassidy-Backed Nicaragua Humans Rights Legislation Signed into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act (H.R. 1918), a package of two bills Cassidy cosponsored. "This legislation supports the people of Nicaragua and puts the corrupt and oppressive Ortega regime on notice," said Dr. Cassidy. "By requiring sanctions and cutting off resources to the Nicaraguan government, we can help the Nicaraguan people achieve a freer, more democratic soc… Continue Reading


Cassidy Praises U.S.-Mexico Asylum Agreement to Address Border Crisis

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), appeared on Fox News today and praised Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen's announcement that the United States and Mexico had reached an agreement that will help address the crisis at the border. Dr. Cassidy's remarks on Fox News are transcribed below. CASSIDY: It is huge. In fact, it is bigger than getting money appropriated immediately because this takes effect immediately. And for those who don't know, if someone comes across the border … Continue Reading


Congress Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Award ALS Advocate Steve Gleason with Congressional Gold Medal

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. Representatives Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA), along with representatives of Microsoft, the New Orleans Saints, and the ALS Association, applauded the House's vote to pass bipartisan legislation (S. 2652) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve … Continue Reading


Congress Passes Bill to Rename Lake Charles VA Clinic After Medal of Honor Recipient Douglas Fournet

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lake Charles Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will be renamed in honor of Kinder, Louisiana, native Douglas Fournet, a U.S. Army first lieutenant who gave his life in the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970. Cassidy, Kennedy and Higgins introduced legislation in September to rename the clinic, which the Senate and House passed… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Cassidy Legislation to Prevent Terrorist Attacks Involving Vehicles

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act (H.R. 4227), legislation he spearheaded to better prevent terrorists from using vehicles to attack Americans. "This bill will help keep Americans safe by making sure our counterterrorism efforts are top-notch when it comes to preventing extremists from using vehicles to carry out deadly attacks," said Dr. Cassidy. "I look forward to the House passing this bill a… Continue Reading


Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal Reaches 246 Supporters in House

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5499) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal has gained 190 cosponsors in two weeks and is now supported by 246 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA). The bill (S. 2652) passed the Senate unanimously in Ju… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Dyslexia Screening Provision Included in New Criminal Justice Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health and education committee, today announced that his provision providing for the screening of inmates for dyslexia is included in the new version of the First Step Act(S. 3649), legislation endorsed by President Trump to reform America's criminal justice system. Cassidy announced his support for the legislationtwo weeks ago. "Having treated patients in prisons, I learned that illiteracy often leads someone to turn to a life of… Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges Trump Administration to Expedite Completion of Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined 43 other members of Congress today in urging President Trump to take action to expedite construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In November, a federal judge issued a decision that blocked construction of the pipeline. "The Keystone XL pipeline will bring nearly 6600 high paying jobs in the near-term and nearly $4 billion in new capital investment next year alone," states the members' letter. "[O]ne of your first actions as President was to expedi… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Honors Louisiana WWII Veterans on Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today spoke on the Senate floor in honor of two WWII veterans in Many, Louisiana, Charles Davis and Doug Curtis, both 92 years old. Davis will celebrate his 93rd birthday this Saturday. Cassidy's office will be presenting both veterans with American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol in their honor. Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. CASSIDY: Mr. President, I rise today to honor two people in our state, my state and yours, who served in World … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Announces Support for New Legislation to Build the Wall

It's time we uphold our responsibility to secure the border. It's a national security priority, it's a health priority, it should be an American priority. Let's get it done. I'm proud to cosponsor the Wall Act. - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) December 12, 2018 WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement announcing he cosponsored the WALL Act (S. 3713), the first bill that will fully fund the wall alo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Put Doctors Back in Control of VA Health Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, legislation to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs' system for purchasing medical and surgical supplies so that veterans can receive the best quality care. "As a doctor, I know effective treatment to patients requires the right tools," said Dr. Cassidy. "Government bureaucrats with no clinical experience have no busines… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Farm Bill Helps Louisiana Agriculture Succeed

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill), which includes his amendment to help create rural jobs. "This legislation empowers Louisiana farmers and sugar producers to succeed," said Dr. Cassidy. "The bill's investments in telemedicine and rural community treatment facilities helps improve health outcomes for Louisianans and fight opioid addiction. And it also includes my provision creati… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy: It Blows My Mind Democrats Support Open Borders

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), appeared on Fox Business today to highlight Democrats' willingness to shut down the government in support of open borders that encourage the flow of illegal immigration and deadly drugs into our country. In 2006, 26 Democrats-including Senators Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama-voted to build the wall. Cassidy has been fierce in his support for border security and anti-drug trafficking measures,cracking down on sanctuary cities,… Continue Reading


WATCH: At Cassidy’s Invitation, Baton Rouge Pastor Tommy Middleton Opens U.S. Senate in Prayer

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced Baton Rouge Pastor Dr. Tommy Middleton on the Senate floor and invited him to open the Senate in prayer. Dr. Cassidy's remarks and Dr. Middleton's prayer are transcribed below. CASSIDY: I rise today to speak to my friend, Dr. Tommy Middleton, the executive director of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, who just opened us prayer. Dr. Middleton oversees 100 churches and missions, which include services in six languages, Chine… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces BUILD Grants for I-12, Port Fourchon Improvement Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced two grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvement projects in Louisiana. The state will receive $25 million for widening I-12 and $16.2 million for transportation improvements for Port Fourchon. Cassidy wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in July in support of both grant applications. "These resources will go toward critical infrastructure projects in Louisiana that will create jobs and su… Continue Reading

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