Press Releases

11.29.18

Cassidy: Short-Term Extension of National Flood Insurance Program Sets Stage for Long-Term Reform

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement regarding his efforts to keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from expiring November 30. "As much as possible, we must prevent the National Flood Insurance Program from lapsing. Then set the stage for long-term reforms," said Dr. Cassidy. "A short-term extension is frustrating but necessary to achieve our longer goal. We must create a more accountable, affordable and sustainable system that is good for Louisian… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Cassidy, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Save Taxpayers Money

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Reform Act, bipartisan legislation to allow the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to save taxpayers money by leasing unused storage capacity at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The added revenue will support SPR maintenance and its long-term operational readiness. "If the tanks are empty, let's put them to use," said Dr. Cassidy. "The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is crucial f… Continue Reading


11.13.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces Western District Judge Nominee at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana (Lake Charles) nominee James D. Cain at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Lake Charles has not had a sitting federal judge for over a year. Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees Kurt Engelhardt, Barry Ashe, Terry Doughty, Michael Juneau, Kyle Duncan, Wendy Vitter, and Robert Summerhays at their respective hearings. A full transcript of Dr. Cassidy's remark… Continue Reading


11.08.18

Cassidy: Polish Natural Gas Deal Will Weaken Putin

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding Cheniere Energy's announcement of a long-term agreement to sell liquefied natural gas to Polish oil and natural gas company PGNiG. "This LNG deal with Poland is a major step forward for our ally's effort to become less reliant on Russian natural gas, which Vladimir Putin has used to bully and intimidate the Polish people," said Dr. Cassidy. "It's also… Continue Reading


10.31.18

Cassidy Supports Ending Split-Jury Decisions

BATON ROUGE-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his support for the proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 in Louisiana, which would require unanimous jury verdicts for felony convictions. Currently, Louisiana and Oregon are the only states to allow 10-12 "split-jury" decisions to convict defendants. "Innocent until proven guilty is a fundamental principle of our society, and a split-jury law undermines that principle," said Dr. Cassidy. "Louisiana should join Texas, Arkans… Continue Reading


10.30.18

WATCH: Cassidy Hosts Louisiana Mental Health Summit

Baton Rouge-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today hosted the Louisiana Mental Health Summit in Baton Rouge, bringing together federal, state, and local leaders to discuss and promote the implementation of proven methods to improve mental health care in Louisiana and the country. "This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue because you can approach it from any angle you wish and it comes down that it is better for the patient, it is better for their family and it is better for s… Continue Reading


10.30.18

Cassidy Coauthors JAMA Article on ‘Truly Disruptive Approach to Improve Access and Reduce Long-Term Costs’ of Treating Hepatitis C

The "Netflix Model" might represent a truly disruptive approach to improve access & reduce long-term costs of treating Hepatitis C, while maintaining innovation incentives using a market-based mechanism. From @peterbachmd, Mark Trusheim & me @JAMA_current: https://t.co/ro5r8Q6lYr pic.twitter.com/ZK6V7uH99Z - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) October 30, 2018 WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health committee, today published wit… Continue Reading


10.26.18

Cassidy Congratulates Louisiana Students Appointed to U.S. Service Academies

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today congratulated the eight Louisiana students he nominated to America's service academies who accepted appointments and are on the path to becoming commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Forces upon graduation in 2022. "We're thankful for these students who have chosen military service. We're thankful for their parents who provided an example of service to their children. And we're thankful for all those who wear our nation's uniform," said Dr. Cassi… Continue Reading


10.25.18

Doctors Bill and Laura Cassidy: What Our Family Learned about Overcoming Dyslexia

Dyslexia is more common than society realizes. Here's what we can do to help children struggling in the shadows. By U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., and Laura Cassidy, M.D. October 25, 2018 TheHill.com | Share on Twitter | Facebook Seeing your child struggle in school has to be one of the worst feelings as a parent. For us, it was heartbreaking. Our daughter could not read. It was first grade, but things were not clicking. Her self-esteem plummeted, and pretty soon she didn't want to go to s… Continue Reading


10.24.18

WATCH: President Trump Signs Cassidy-Backed Legislation Targeting Opioid Crisis into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined President Trump at the White House today as he signed into law the Opioid Crisis Response Act (H.R. 6), bipartisan legislation that includes several provisions authored by Cassidy to combat the opioid crisis. "Just went to a White House ceremony with President Trump and Melania Trump, she also spoke regarding how do we address the issue of opioids. A big bill, by giving states and communities the resources to hopefully make lives better and to decr… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Cassidy: Germany’s LNG Concession to President Trump is Great News for Louisiana Workers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly agreeing to move forward on building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping terminal in northern Germany that will enable the country to buy more American natural gas. "President Trump's advocacy appears to be working, and that's great news for Louisiana workers," said Dr. Cassidy. "If Germany buys more Ameri… Continue Reading


10.23.18

NEXT WEEK: Cassidy Hosts Louisiana Mental Health Summit

Baton Rouge-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), will host the Louisiana Mental Health Summit on Tuesday, October 30, bringing together federal, state, and local leaders to discuss and promote the implementation of proven methods to improve mental health care in Louisiana and the country. Members of the media wishing to attend and receive information regarding media availabilities must RSVP to Ty_Bofferding@cassidy.senate.gov. Guest speakers for the event include City of Baton Rouge/EBRP Pa… Continue Reading


10.22.18

Photos: Cassidy Visits Walter Reed

It was a privilege to meet with the doctors at @WRBethesda who work on behalf of our nation's service men and women and their families. We discussed the importance of using their experience as physicians to serve their patients and our country by improving public policy. pic.twitter.com/H6u9vcYcQ8 - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) October 22, 2018 WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following st… Continue Reading


10.19.18

WATCH: Cassidy Joins National Academy of Medicine's Discussion on Affordable Drugs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health committee, recently joined National Academy of Medicine President Victor Dzau for a panel discussion on "Affordable Medicines: Access, Innovation, and the Public Interest." The panel also featured former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, Anthem President and CEO Gail Boudreaux, Merck CEO and Board Chair Kenneth Frazier, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation… Continue Reading


10.19.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Stand Up for Louisiana Catfish Farmers and Processors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) joined a bipartisan group of eight senators in urging U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to strongly enforce antidumping laws regarding Vietnamese catfish exporters. "Our catfish farmers rely on strong enforcement of U.S. antidumping laws to ensure they can compete on a level playing field," the senators write. "Vietnamese respondents or any other parties that fail to comply with requests for timely and accurate inf… Continue Reading


10.19.18

Cassidy Announces Avery Island Added to National Register of Historic Places

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced that Avery Island, a famous salt dome in Louisiana and the birthplace of Tabasco pepper sauce, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Cassidy wrote a letter supporting Avery Island's nomination in September 2017. "Avery Island and Tabasco demonstrate the spread of Louisiana culture across the country and world," said Dr. Cassidy. "It is an honor to have another part of our state's rich … Continue Reading


10.17.18

Cassidy Applauds President Trump for Initiating U.S. Withdrawal from Unfair Treaty on International Mail Rates

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today applauded President Trump for ordering his administration to effectively implement the Ending Needless Delivery Subsidies (ENDS) Act, legislation Cassidy introduced in April that would save U.S. taxpayers from having to subsidize international postal shipments from foreign countries like China to the United States. The Trump Administration announced today it would begin the process of withdrawing from the Universal Postal Union treaty. "President T… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Congratulate Michael Juneau on Confirmation to the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today issued the following statements after the U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Juneau to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. "Michael is an extremely smart attorney who is eminently qualified to serve the people of the Western District," said Dr. Cassidy. "I congratulate Michael and his family and look forward to seeing him get right to work." "Mr. Juneau is a well-respected member of the… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Cassidy, McCaskill Introduce Transparency Legislation Targeting Opioid Manufacturers’ Payments to Advocacy Groups

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) today introduced the Opioid Advocacy Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation requiring opioid manufacturers to disclose payments made to patient and consumer organizations involved in opioid-related advocacy-similar to existing disclosure requirements governing payments to physicians. The senators' bipartisan legislation comes after a Senate report showed the connection between opioid manufacturers and advocacy organizations,… Continue Reading


10.11.18

LISTEN: Cassidy Discusses Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Student Loan Debt on “Suspending the Rules” Podcast

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate education committee, recently joined the Bloomberg Government podcast "Suspending the Rules" to discuss the College Transparency Act (S. 1121), bipartisan legislation he helped author to give prospective college students access to consumer information that will help them choose the best higher education program that fits their needs. The bill is supported by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC)… Continue Reading

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