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Cassidy, Moran Introduce Legislation to Improve Electronic Health Record System Before Rollout Continues

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and all Republican members of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs introduced legislation that would prevent the continued implementation of the Oracle Cerner electronic health record (EHR) system at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities until significant improvements are made to the system. "An electronic health record, and particularly a veteran's electronic record, should make patients safer and improve the care," sai… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Warren, Rubio Reintroduce Protecting Military Service Members’ Data Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the Protecting Military Service Members' Data Act of 2023 to protect the data of U.S. service members by preventing data brokers from selling lists of military personnel to adversarial nations including China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. "U.S. service members' data is a national security and privacy issue," said Dr. Cassidy. "Enemies like China and Russia should not be able to buy this infor… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Merkley Introduce Bill to Better Assess Medicare Patient Health, Avoid Overpayments

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced a bill to improve the way Medicare Advantage plans assess patients' health risks and reduce overpayments for care. The No Unreasonable Payments, Coding, or Diagnoses for the Elderly (No UPCODE) Act will save taxpayers billions by eliminating incentives to overcharge Medicare for care. "Medicare is going insolvent in four years. The challenge is preserving that which is good while squeezing out waste," said Dr. Cass… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio, Colleagues Urge POTUS to Sanction Bolivian Human Rights Violators

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and U.S. Representatives Carlos Giménez (R-FL-28), María Elvira Salazar (R-FL-27), and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL-26) urged President Biden to impose targeted sanctions on human rights violators and promote the rule of law in Bolivia following the recent arbitrary arrests of opposition leaders in Bolivia, including former president Jeanine Anez and former presidential candidates Luis Camacho and Mar… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $1 Million for Louisiana National Guard in Hurricane Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that the Louisiana Department of Military will receive $1,056,234.75 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in relief for emergency protective measures as a result of Hurricane Ida. "During disasters, our military personnel run into the storm to help their community," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will ensure our men and women in uniform are ready to assist after the next disaster." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Stands Up for Louisiana Shrimpers, Energy Producers at Senate Finance Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) raised concerns about shrimp dumping practices from India and Mexico's discrimination against U.S. energy producers at a Senate Finance Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Katherine Tai. He continues to be an advocate for Louisiana shrimpers and energy producers. Cassidy explained that Indian shrimp, which is heavily subsidized by their government, routinely fails to meet the phytosanitary standards imposed by the European U… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Reintroduce Bicameral Bill to Provide Medicaid Due Process for Americans Awaiting Trial

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Ed Markey (D-MA) and U.S. Representatives David Trone (D-MD-06) and NAMES introduced the Due Process Continuity of Care Act. The bicameral bill amends Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) to ensure that pre-trial detainees are not kicked off Medicaid prior to ever being found guilty of a crime. MIEP denies federal benefits to individuals who are incarcerated and applies both to those who have been found guil… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $5.2 Million For Hurricane Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that the Terrebonne General Medical Center will receive $5,157,913.04 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in relief for Hurricane Ida. The funding will be used for emergency protective measures. "During a disaster, our medical centers are on the front lines," said Dr. Cassidy. "This funding will help to ensure that the medical center is prepared and ready to assist when the next storm hits." ###… Continue Reading


Cassidy Challenges President Biden to Honor Commitment to Social Security, Meet with Bipartisan Group Working to Save the Program

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the U.S. Senate floor calling on President Biden to honor his pledge to protect Social Security and meet with a bipartisan group of senators currently discussing options to save the program. The Social Security Trust Fund is going insolvent in 9 years, guaranteeing an automatic 24% benefit cut if Congress and President Biden choose not to act. "To reference President Reagan-now is a time for choosing," said Dr. Cassidy. "We can… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Barrasso Introduce Bill to End World Bank, Asian Development Bank Financing of Chinese Communist Party

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), and 21 Senate colleagues introduced a bipartisan bill to end lending to the Chinese Communist Party from multilateral development banks, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. This bill requires the U.S. Department of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Director at each of the multilateral banks to oppose any loan, extension, or technical assistance by the bank to China. "The international community should not … Continue Reading


HHS Secretary Has No Idea If Federal Workers Show Up to Work

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today pressed U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on federal workforce transparency at a Senate Finance Committee hearing. Cassidy pointed to a photo of an empty Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters parking lot taken two days ago at 10:40 am ET. Congress has a duty to ensure taxpayer funds that pay federal salaries-such as those at HHS and CMS-are being spent responsibly. "We have pictures of other par… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Peters Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Save Taxpayer Dollars by Improving How Federal Agencies Purchase Software

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by improving the Federal government's management of how they purchase and use software. The Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act would require agencies to conduct an independent assessment of their software licensing practices. "Taxpayers expect us to be responsible with their money. The government should not be overpaying for software when … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Thune, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Unfair IRS Audits Targeting Firearm Sales

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Thune (R-SD), and five Senate Republican colleagues today introduced the Merchant Category Code (MCC) Neutrality Act to prohibit the IRS from auditing taxpayers based primarily on the MCC used by their business. The bill would also require the IRS to provide a report to Congress with an annual total of audits initiated for each MCC, and it would serve as an additional check against the Biden administration's $80 billion in new funding for the agency.… Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $4.5 Million in Hurricanes Laura, Ida Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Louisiana will receive a total of $4,475,692.00 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in relief for Hurricanes Laura and Ida. The Society of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Lake Charles will receive $2,355,088.37 for emergency protective measures as a result of Hurricane Laura, and the Lafourche Parish School Board will receive $2,120,603.63 for permanent restoration required as a result of Hurricane Ida. "Louisiana… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Coons Celebrate AmeriCorps Week

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Senate Co-Chairs of the National Service Congressional Caucus, alongside Vice Chairs Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and U.S. Representatives Co-Chairs Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and Doris Matsui (D-CA-07), released a resolution in celebration of AmeriCorps Week to honor the invaluable contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni. The caucus also celebrated its newly expanded bipartisan leadership team… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Daines Call for Biden Administration to Lift Onerous Regulations on CHIPS Act Funding

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) called on the Biden administration to remove the onerous regulations that the U.S. Department of Commerce has placed on semiconductor funding from the bipartisan "CHIPS and Science Act." "We write to express our concerns with recently released U.S. Department of Commerce guidance for applicants seeking federal semiconductor incentives provided for in the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act. We … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Hyde-Smith, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Democrats’ Push to Unilaterally Change the Constitution

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and seven colleagues today introduced a resolution affirming Congress has no authority to declare the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified as part of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution comes in response to Democrats' efforts to add the ERA to the Constitution by removing the ratification deadline set by Congress more than 50 years ago. If enacted, the ERA would potentially increase abortion access across the country, threaten … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $20.9 Million For Hurricane Katrina Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Louisiana will receive a total of $20,951,168.23 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in relief for Hurricane Katrina. The Military Department State of Louisiana will receive $16,337,636.87 for emergency protective measures and the YWCA of Greater New Orleans will receive $4,613,531.36 for a building replacement. "Louisiana continues to show its resiliency and perseverance in the aftermath of Katrina," said Dr. Cassidy. "Thi… Continue Reading


Cassidy to Secretary Yellen: Where Is Biden’s Plan on Social Security?

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) pressed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on the Biden administration's lack of a plan to address Social Security insolvency a Senate Finance hearing on President Biden's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024. Cassidy opened by stating "when Social [Security] goes broke in nine years under current law, there's a 24% cut in benefits for people who are currently receiving" Social Security. Secretary Yellen responded affirmatively saying, "If we don't do anyth… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Barrasso Condemn Biden Administration’s Latest Attack on American Energy

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), and 20 colleagues condemned the Biden administration's latest attempt to weaponize the tax code against U.S. energy producers. The letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is in response to President Biden's budget request for Fiscal Year 2024. Specifically, the letter focuses on the $100 billion in targeted tax increases on energy, including the production of oil, gas, and coal. The senators highlight how these taxes will crus… Continue Reading

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