Press Releases


Cassidy Sends Letter to White House on Potential Venezuelan Energy Sanctions

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) sent a letter to President Trump, urging the administration to protect Gulf refiners from indirect harm caused by potential Venezuelan energy sanctions. US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) coauthored the letter. The Senators wrote: "…We urge a coordinated, multi-lateral approach that deprives the Maduro regime of all funding options, rather than simply closing the door to the United States' marke… Continue Reading


Cassidy Congratulates First Asst. Sec. for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement congratulating Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz on her confirmation as the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the Department of Health and Human Services. This position was created by legislation introduced by Cassidy and US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)-The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016-which passed into law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. "The confirmation of Dr. McCance-Katz is one more step in fixing… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Address Mismanaged Red Snapper Fisheries

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Red Snapper Act of 2017 to address long-term solutions for red snapper recreational management in the private recreational sector. Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a three-day red snapper season for private, recreational anglers. The US Department of Commerce later extended the federal season an additional 39 days. "A long-term solution is overdue. While th… Continue Reading


Cassidy Meets with White House, Sec. Price and Governors on Health Care

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) traveled to the White House to meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and governors to discuss a path forward on Obamacare repeal and replace. "We had a productive meeting. All involved want a path forward," said Dr. Cassidy. "There are many ideas in Graham-Cassidy-Heller and the Patient Freedom Act that can be next steps. I will continue to discuss these ideas with the administration, governors and folks back home, because the Ameri… Continue Reading


Cassidy Releases Statement Following Motion to Proceed Vote

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the passage of the motion to proceed to debate on the repeal and replace of Obamacare in the United States Senate. "Nothing changes until the first step is taken. This is the first step. There will be many others. But we must replace Obamacare with something which fulfills President Trump's campaign pledges to maintain coverage, protect those with preexisting conditions, and lower premiums without mandates. Power needs … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Graham Discuss Health Care Proposal with Republican Governors

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) held a conference call with Republican governors and health policy advisors on their proposal for health care reform. Graham and Cassidy released this statement following today's call: "We had a productive discussion today with a number of Republican governors on the Graham-Cassidy proposal. We're thankful for their time and input. "The governors understand that no two states are the same. What works for health c… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Veteran Educational Assistance Legislation

US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced the introduction of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 in the US Senate. This bill improves education assistance programs offered to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Cassidy is an original cosponsor of this bill. This legislation expands the Yellow Ribbon Program-extending eligibility for additional educational assistance to the children and spouses of service members who die in the line of duty after S… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Additional Recovery Aid for Louisiana

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), announced $6 million in federal grants from FEMA to aid the Louisiana Capitol Region recover from last year's flooding. "Almost a year later, we can still feel the effects of The Great Flood of 2016," said Dr. Cassidy. "These grants help us continue our progress in returning our families and communities to wholeness."… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Senate Banking Committee Introducing Text to Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the introduction of the Senate Banking Committee's legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so it is more affordable and sustainable. Cassidy applauds the Senate Banking Committee for taking the next step in reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program with the introduction of base text that includes many provisions from the Cassidy-Gillibrand Flood Insurance Affordability & … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Federal Grants for Flood Prevention

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Louisiana will receive $7,740,341 in federal funding to assist in flood prevention and reconstruction projects. The announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants Jefferson Parish funding to elevate and reconstruct severe repetitive loss (SRL) structures that face a high risk of flood damage in the future. "Flood prevention projects greatly reduce the chance of future flood damage," said Dr. Cassidy. "This grant will help protect… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Graham Announce Amendment to the BCRA

Today, US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced their intention to offer an amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on CNN At This Hour. The new plan would return to the conservative principal of federalism by granting funds to states and giving them the flexibility to design their own systems to take care of the unique needs of patients in their state. "Obamacare took power from states-this returns that power," said Dr. Cassidy. "It allows the peo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Americans Plan for Debilitating Illness or Condition

70% of Americans have thought about their preferences if they face a debilitating illness or condition, but only one-third have completed an advance directive Legislation is the first of its kind to be endorsed by the Right to Life Committee Republicans, Democrats work together to encourage Americans to complete 'advance directives,' plans for life-sustaining health decisions US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and US … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Federal Grants for Flood Relief

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Louisiana will receive federal funding to assist in the ongoing flood recovery efforts. The announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants allow Ascension Parish to remove long-standing debris and Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to construct temporary facilities in place of school buildings affected by flood and storm damage. "Grants like these are crucial to continuing disaster recovery efforts across Louisiana,"… Continue Reading


Cassidy to Appear on Fox News Sunday

This Sunday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) will join Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, FOX's premier weekend public affairs program, to discuss the current state and path forward on health care reform. This is the third weekend in a row Senator Cassidy has appeared on one of the five major network Sunday news shows. For local listings click here. Click here to watch Senator Cassidy's July 2nd appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday. Click here to wat… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces Infrastructure Investment Award for North Louisiana

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced Ouachita Parish will receive a $1,500,000 investment award to help stimulate new commercial and industrial development in Northeast Louisiana, as well as job growth. The Economic Adjustment Assistance Award from the Economic Development Association (EDA) will increase infrastructure projects and save 94 jobs, create 80 new jobs, and leverage $20 million in private investments. "This investment will help provide long-term benefits to the fam… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces LNG Now Act to Remove Unnecessary Restrictions on LNG Exports

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act to remove barriers placed on US 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 decades ago and establish market growth of US exports without any delays. "The previous administration created hurdles that stalled LNG projects that benefit the economy, environment and Louis… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Release of Senate Health Care Legislation

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) released a statement following the release of the Senate health care legislation. "I was just briefed on the newly released health care legislation. The bill includes elements of the Patient Freedom Act and the MAC Act-which is positive. I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates."… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Lack of Bipartisanship in Health Care Reform

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor regarding the refusal of Democrats to engage in health care discussions and about families who can't afford their rising health care premiums becoming "collateral damage." In his speech, Cassidy said: "The Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, condemned our bill before we filed it, meaning before he had a chance to read it. Without reading our bill, he condemned it even though his state, New York, would have been allowed to co… Continue Reading


Zinke Commits to Working with Cassidy on Addressing GOMESA Funding

Today, US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke committed to working with US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) to address GOMESA funding and improve the Gulf. This came during Secretary Zinke's testimony at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the President's FY18 proposed budget. At the hearing, Senator Cassidy expressed the importance of Louisiana's coastal restoration projects to reduce the severity of potential damage, caused by future storms, to local communities an… Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Red Snapper Season Extension

Today, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) commented on the US Department of Commerce's announcement yesterday to extend the federal red snapper season for private recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to yesterday's announcement, the federal red snapper season was three days (June 1st-3rd). "While we welcome this decision, there is still a need for long-term solutions," said Dr. Cassidy. "NOAA says the number of red snapper is increasing, yet shortened the season. We need to make… Continue Reading

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