Press Releases


Cassidy Announces National Seersucker Day to be Thursday, June 8, 2017

WASHINGTON-US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 8, 2017: "National Seersucker Day celebrates American-made products. Seersucker suits originated in Louisiana, but are now worn across the country," said Dr. Cassidy. "Seersucker Thursday began in 1996 and I am proud to continue this tradition alongside my colleague Senator Feinstein." A part of Louisiana's heritage, the original seersucker suit was created in Louisian… Continue Reading


HUD Announces $51,435,000 in Additional Flood Relief for Louisiana

US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced an additional $163 million to help several state and local communities to recovery from severe flooding that occurred in 2015 and 2016, $51,435,000 of which is allocated to Louisiana. The grants announced today are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program. This brings Lousiana's combined amount allocated from current and prior appropriations to $1,708,407,000. C… Continue Reading


Cassidy Calls on Democrats to Engage in Health Care Discussion

Cassidy Calls on Democrats to Engage in Health Care Discussion WASHINGTON-Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor, calling for Republicans and Democrats to work towards fulfilling President Trump's goal to create a better health care plan that lowers premiums, protects those with pre-existing conditions, and maintains coverage without mandates. "Americans are sick of partisanship when it comes to issues of greatest concern. They are asking, if you will, that w… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Klobuchar, Mcmorris Rodgers, Larson Introduce Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and John Larson (D-CT) today introduced the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act, which builds upon the successes of the Steve Gleason Act of 2015. The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act permanently fixes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that limited access to speech generation devices for people with degenerative diseases. "The silence and isolation that co… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Hatch, Warren, Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Reporting of Student Outcomes

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), today introduced the College Transparency Act (CTA), legislation to modernize the college reporting system for postsecondary data in order to provide greater transparency for students, families, institutions, and policymakers. CTA will provide actionable and customizable information for students and families as they consider higher education opportunities by accurately reporting on stud… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Explains #KimmelTest

Last night, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor to explain the "Kimmel Test" and expressed the need to have a working health care plan that fulfills President Trump's contract with the voters to protect those with pre-existing conditions, bring down premiums, and maintain coverage without mandates. "We are going to protect those with pre-existing conditions, but we will do it by lowering premiums and not by giving crumby coverage, but rather by having adequate covera… Continue Reading


Cassidy Speaks on Health Care Reform, Kimmel Test, Cassidy-Collins Plan

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate Floor to discuss the need to reduce insurance premiums, return power back to states and ensure that the final Obamacare repeal and replace plan passes the "Jimmy Kimmel Test." To watch the speech, click here. ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Bipartisan Group Calls for Hearing on Rising Drug Spending

Yesterday, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Al Franken (D-MN) sent a bipartisan letter to US Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murry (D-WA), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions, requesting a committee hearing to address the important issues surrounding drug spending. US Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tammy Baldwin (D… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on the Passage of AHCA in the House of Representatives

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) commented on the passage of the AHCA in the US House of Representatives. "I look forward to working on this bill in the Senate to ensure that the final version fulfills President Trump's promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with pre-existing conditions," said Dr. Cassidy. ###… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Cassidy Honors Life of Rose Landry Long

Yesterday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life of Rose Landry Long, wife of Louisiana State Senator Gerald Long who represents Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, Grant and parts of Rapides and Red River Parishes. Funeral services for Rose Long will be held today, May 4th at 10am, at the Prather Coliseum. To watch and download the video of Dr. Cassidy's remarks, click here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, This past week, the s… Continue Reading


Cassidy Responds to Shortening of Red Snapper Season for Private Fisherman

Today, NOAA announced the 2017 federal recreational season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Beginning June 1, 2017, the Gulf of Mexico red snapper season will be 3 days for private anglers and 49 days for the federally permitted for-hire anglers. This is a reduction for private anglers compared to last year's 9 day season. "NOAA says the number of red snapper is increasing. Despite this, they shortened the season," said Dr. Cassidy. "The facts in the water should dictate policy." NOA… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Louisiana Recovery Funds in FY 2017 Appropriations Bill

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the legislative text for the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This bill includes vital funding to help Louisiana recover from recent natural disasters. Dr. Cassidy released the following statements: "Our sheriffs and law enforcement agencies are always on the front lines when disaster hits. This funding will ensure those agencies are restored to full capacity so they can continue protecting our state. "This bill also ensures that … Continue Reading


Media Advisory: Cassidy to Attend Presidential Executive Order Signing on Offshore Drilling

Today, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review moratoriums and future lease plans for offshore drilling. US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) will travel to the White House to attend the signing. "Placing moratoriums and restrictions on American energy production hurts our workers and energy security," said Dr. Cassidy. "President Trump's executive order fulfills his promise to bring good-paying jobs to Louisiana and American fa… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on White House Tax Plan

Today, the White House released a tax reform plan to provide historic tax relief for middle-income families and small business owners. This plan intends to simplify the tax code, create jobs and incentivize investment and growth. US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released the following statement on the White House proposal: "Our complex tax code inhibits growth," said Dr. Cassidy. "We have the opportunity to develop pro-growth legislation that will create better jobs for working Americans… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduces Legislation Supporting Offshore Drilling

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Supporting Offshore Drilling WASHINGTON-Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Outer Continental Shelf Energy Access Now (OCEAN) Act in the US Senate. The OCEAN Act revises the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Antiquities Act so they may no longer be used by presidents to block offshore energy production. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) has introduced companion legislation in the US House of Representatives. … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Gillibrand Release National Flood Insurance Extension Draft Legislation for Comment

Cassidy, Gillibrand Release National Flood Insurance Extension Draft Legislation for Comment WASHINGTON-Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) released draft legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. "The National Flood Insurance Program gives essential coverage for many," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation extends this critical program, ensuring that Lou… Continue Reading


Cassidy Advocates for National Flood Insurance Extension

Cassidy Advocates for National Flood Insurance Extension WASHINGTON-Yesterday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) advocating for the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) coauthored the letter. "The Nation… Continue Reading


Cassidy Letter on Russian Influence on US Energy Industry

Recently, US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) coauthored a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) monitor the potential acquirement of critical oil infrastructure by a Russian owned company with close ties Vladimir Putin. Venezuelan state-owned oil company Ptroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PdVSA), parent company of Citgo Petroleum, used 49.9 percent of Citgo shares as collateral for a loan from Rosneft, a Russian gove… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comment on Confirmation of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy released a statement following the Senate's confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court. "The American people will be well served by this eminently qualified jurist of whom commentators across the political spectrum say is richly deserving of this appointment," said Dr. Cassidy.… Continue Reading


Louisiana Delegation Announces $10 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation

Dr. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) and Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) today announced a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help repair roads and infrastructure damaged in the August floods. "This federal aid assures the people of Louisiana that more help is on its way," said Dr. Cassidy. "Repairing our damaged infrastructure rep… Continue Reading

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