Press Releases


Cassidy on Green New Deal: Nightmare for American Families

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, released the following statement after his vote against the Democrat's $93 trillion Green New Deal proposal: "If the Green New Deal is a dream for the left, it is a nightmare for the American people. It forces families to pay higher electricity bills, get rid of their cars, and for some, give up their jobs. Sending U.S. manufacturing overseas to higher polluting count… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $6 Million Grant to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-LA) announced today that Louisiana will receive a $6,128,230 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid crisis. "While we take national action to reduce the supply of illegal opioids, we also must support local action to help those already affected by this crisis," said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant provides support to the ongoing efforts to help those struggling with addiction in our state." This grant is a part of th… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Louisiana Delegation Defend Sustainable Louisiana Alligator Industry

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Garret Graves (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Clay Higgins (R-LA) today expressed their support for AB 527, a proposed measure in the California legislature to remove a January 1, 2020 prohibition of the importation, possession or sale of alligator and crocodile products in their state. The members of the Louisiana delegation urged the Californi… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Hearing Protection Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim Risch (R-ID), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) in introducing the Hearing Protection Act (HPA), S. 817, legislation to replace overly-burdensome federal processes and treat the purchase of suppressors like regular firearms. The most effective su… Continue Reading


Cassidy Votes in Support of President Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after voting against a resolution that would overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration at America's southern border. "The crisis at our southern border is an emergency, and the White House has made a compelling legal case in support of its declaration," said Dr. Cassidy. "I voted to secure our border, protect American citizens, and stop the flow of illegal immigration, gang members, deadly drugs, and … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio, Kennedy Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite Small-Scale LNG Exports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and John Kennedy (R-LA), today reintroduced the Small Scale LNG Access Act, legislation expediting the approval of natural gas exports equal to or less than 51.1 billion cubic feet per year. These small-scale exports would be deemed consistent with the public interest and granted without modification or delay. Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule to expedite the approval of small-scale exports of natural gas… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Meet with HUD Secretary Carson, Demand Action on Duplication of Benefits

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) met today with U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, M.D. to discuss their "holds" on two HUD nominees until the department releases long-delayed legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. Earlier this month, Cassidy and Kennedy wrote to Secretary Carson directly, urging HUD to "take immediate action" on issui… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Warren, Scott, Whitehouse Introduce Groundbreaking College Transparency Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and 11 other senators today introduced the College Transparency Act (CTA), bipartisan legislation to provide actionable and customizable information for students and families as they consider higher education opportunities. CTA modernizes the college reporting system for postsecondary data by ensuring accurate reporting on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college succe… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Stands Up for Louisiana Shrimpers, Seeks Action on Unfairly Subsidized Imports from Asia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), stood up for Louisiana shrimpers today during a Senate Finance Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Cassidy requested action to address foreign countries dumping government subsidized shrimp in the U.S. market, which drives down prices and hurts domestic producers in Louisiana. Cassidy secured Lighthizer's commitment to further pursue possible action to address dumping of foreign shrimp in U.S. markets. An excerpt from Cass… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Higher Education More Accessible & Affordable

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Gary Peters (D-MI), and John Boozman (R-AR) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit, making higher education more accessible and affordable. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would help improve high school and college graduation rates by expanding the use of existing grants to institutions of higher education to expand their dual and concurrent enrollment… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Financial Crime

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Jerry Moran (R-KA) introduced the FinCEN Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to combat money laundering and terrorism through financial intelligence. The bill bolsters national security by expanding the capacity of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to work with tribal law enforcement agencies, protect against domestic terrorism and focus on virtual currencies. "As terrorists a… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Department of Energy Approval for Calcasieu Pass LNG Project

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate subcommittees on energy and economic growth, today announced the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has given final export approval for Venture Global's Calcasieu Pass liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminal project, authorizing up to 1.7 billion cubic feet of LNG per day. Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the construction of the facility which will create over 1,500 construction and permanent jobs in… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help ALS Patients

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate committees on health and finance, joined 39 of his colleagues in introducing the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act (S. 578), bipartisan legislation eliminating the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. "ALS patients should not have to wait for months to receive this support," said Dr. Cassidy. "ALS is painful, it is degenerative, and on top of that, it is fi… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Urge HUD Secretary to Immediately Deliver Relief to Louisiana Flood Victims

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), are urging U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to "take immediate action" on issuing specific guidance regarding the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law in October. "It is unacceptable that bureaucracy is further slowing the recovery efforts of many homeowners impacted by flooding in 2016," write Dr. Cassidy and Kennedy. "Nearly 6,000 Louisianians are waiting … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Durbin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Leading Rehab Centers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act, bipartisan legislation to support rehabilitation facilities that lead the nation in medical research. The bill recognizes the unique role that a leading class of rehabilitation facilities play in our health care system by driving innovative research for the entire field, providing medical training to students, and serving the highest need patients across the coun… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Carper, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Obesity

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, bipartisan legislation addressing our nation's obesity crisis through Medicare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 27 million Americans are obese, and an estimated 300,000 deaths a year are attributed to t… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murkowski, Gardner Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite FERC Review of Energy Infrastructure Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (S 607), legislation aimed at reducing the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects, including LNG projects. A shortage of highly specialized engineers, scientists, and mathematicians tasked with reviewing construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a backlog of projects waiting to rece… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Take New Action Against HUD to Force Progress on Duplication of Benefits Fix

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today announced they have placed holds on two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) nominees until the department releases long-delayed legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. The senators placed holds on Seth Appleton, nominee for HUD assistant secretary of policy development and research, and Robert Hunter Kurtz, … Continue Reading


Cassidy Legislation Restoring Property Rights to Lake Bistineau Residents to be Signed into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced the congressional passage of his legislation to restore and clarify property rights for over 100 private landowners near Lake Bistineau. This legislation passed as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S.47). "The federal government should honor its commitment to Louisiana and these homeowners," said Dr. Cassidy. "This solution is fair to all and is heading to the President's desk." In 1842, the U.S. government approved an 1838 or… Continue Reading


WATCH: Cassidy Questions CEOs about Drug Costs, Highlights Need for Price to Better Reflect Value

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today questioned pharmaceutical company executives about the high cost of prescription drugs, and highlighted the need for the value of a drug to be better reflected in its cost. Dr. Cassidy is leading the fight to unrig the system and lower prescription drug costs for patients. In May 2018 he released a white paper of ideas to make health care affordable again, and last year helped spearhead a new law eliminatin… Continue Reading

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