Press Releases

06.26.18

Cassidy Invites U.S. Transportation Secretary to Visit Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), invited U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to visit Louisiana to assess the state's infrastructure needs, including at its ports. "Five of the top 20 ports by total tonnage in the country are in Louisiana, and four are along the Mississippi River," Dr. Cassidy wrote to Secretary Chao. "I would like to invite you to visit Louisiana to learn more about the opportunities that exist, as well as some of the vulnerabilities that could impac… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Push for National Flood Insurance Program Extension

With hurricane season underway along the Gulf coast, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) submitted an amendment to the Agriculture Improvement Act (H.R.2) - also known as the Senate Farm Bill - that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for six months. Unless action is taken, the program will lapse July 31. "Louisiana families depend on the National Flood Insurance Program for peace of mind and recovery after disaster," said Dr. Cassidy. "We… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Cassidy, Cantwell Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost High School Coding Programs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced the bipartisan Coding Opportunities and Development for Equitable Students (CODES) Act to help high schools throughout the country establish or expand coding education programs by creating a new grant program within the National Activities Fund at the U.S. Department of Education. These competitive grants would be available to local educational agencies to advance the computer science and coding skills that are c… Continue Reading


06.25.18

Senate Passes Cassidy-Jones Legislation to Improve Veteran Nursing Home Care

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Doug Jones (D-AL), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following statements today after the Senate passed their legislation requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to publish the quality ratings of its 133 nursing homes nationwide, including all internal metrics and criteria used in determining the ratings. The legislation passed as an amendment to the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Constructio… Continue Reading


06.22.18

Denver Post: Cassidy Legislation the ‘Ultimate Solution’ for American Entrepreneurs Hurt by Postal Subsidies for Fake Chinese Products

"Your taxpayer dollars are paying for the subsidy that is helping destroy U.S. companies and U.S. jobs." A Boulder company fighting Chinese knockoffs points to little-known culprit: China can ship packages for $1.42 By Tamara Chuang June 22, 2018 The Denver Post | Share on Twitter / Facebook It all started when a steel ball and magnet became one of the more effective ways to prop up a smartphone back in 2012. The Steelie phone holder was just a newborn from a machine shop in Boulder. The… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Cassidy Votes to Cut Wasteful Spending

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance legislation (H.R. 3) to cut $15 billion in previously passed, unneeded spending. The bill failed by a vote of 48-50, with all Senate Democrats opposing the bill. "Washington spends too much and is running up the national debt," said Dr. Cassidy. "Unfortunately, not a single Democrat joined us in this effort to recover unspent dollars from previou… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Cassidy and Kennedy Applaud Nomination of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) applauded President Trump's nomination of Peter Strasser for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Strasser, a retired Navy Reserve captain, JAGC, is currently a partner at Chaffe McCall, LLP in New Orleans. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. "Strasser is an excellent pick for this position and he will serve Louisiana and our country well," said Dr. Cassidy… Continue Reading


06.20.18

VIDEO: Cassidy Targets Health Providers' Abuse of 340B Program Intended to Help Patients

Download broadcast-quality video WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, chaired a hearing examining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) 340B drug pricing program, focusing on the need to reform the program to prevent abuse and ensure it actually benefits the low-income patients it is intended to help. The 340B program requires drug manufacturers to provide discounted drugs to participating h… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Cassidy, Murphy, Colleagues Request FDA Take Action to Address Nationwide Drug Shortages

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, led a bipartisan group of Senators in requesting assistance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the ongoing drug shortage crisis across the United States. The senators requested that the Drug Shortage Task Force determine the cause of drug shortages and present its recommendations to Congress by the end of 2019. "Drug shortages continue… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Cassidy to Chair Senate HELP Committee Hearing on 340B Tomorrow

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will chair a hearing tomorrow on effective administration of the 340B drug pricing program. Earlier this year, Cassidy introduced legislation to increase accountability in the 340B program to ensure drug discounts are passed on to patients. A recent memo from the Congressional Research Service highlights multiple opportunities for abuse within the program. WHAT: U.… Continue Reading


06.15.18

PHOTO: Cassidy Discusses Prison Reform with Jared Kushner, Stresses Need to Address Dyslexia

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner about prison reform. During the conversation, Cassidy stressed the need to identify and address dyslexia in early education in order to prevent students from being consigned to a path of illiteracy, crime, and incarceration. "I thank Jared for prioritizing prison reform and meeting… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) applauded the Senate's unanimous passage today of their bipartisan legislation (S. 2652) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal. Introduced just two months ago, the legislation quickly garnered sufficient support to move forward in the Senate. It is only the second Congressional Gold Medal bill in … Continue Reading


06.13.18

Cassidy, Cardin, Collins, LaHood, Blumenauer Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Enhance Historic Tax Credit

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME), and U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), today introduced legislation to strengthen the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HTC) and reduce the administrative burden associated with the program. The tax reform legislation signed into law in December preserved the 20 percent HTC, with the credit now being claimed over a five-year period. The bill introduced today eliminates the e… Continue Reading


06.11.18

Cassidy Statement on Louisiana Projects in Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Work Plan

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today released a statement following the Louisiana flood mitigation and navigation projects announced in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Work Plan. "These navigation and flood mitigation projects are important to Louisiana's economy and families," said Dr. Cassidy. "This plan funds flood mitigation projects like the next phase of the Comite River Diversion and ongoing waterway protection efforts. I continue to work with local and state officials … Continue Reading


06.08.18

Cassidy, Kennedy, Abraham, Johnson Urge Trump Administration to Increase Staff at Federal Prison Facilities in Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), and Mike Johnson (R-LA), are urging Federal Bureau of Prisons Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to increase staffing levels in certain Louisiana prison facilities to ensure employees are kept safe and prisoners are properly supervision. The members of Congress are specifically concerned about staffing cuts at the federal correctional Pollock an… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Photos: National Seersucker Day 2018

U.S. Senators, Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) took official photos in celebration of National Seersucker Day. "It is a bipartisan tradition, celebrating an American tradition, an American tradition that started in New Orleans," said Dr. Cassidy, "Anyone who's been in New Orleans in July and August can understand why you would like to have … Continue Reading


06.07.18

Cassidy, Booker, Hirono, Scott Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Oral Health Care for Underserved Communities

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the Action for Dental Health Act, legislation to increase access to oral health treatment and prevention services, particularly for underserved communities. "This will target resources to underserved communities and provide greater access to disadvantaged patients," Dr. Cassidy said. "Giving children and adults the oral health education and dental disease treatment they need to thri… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Cassidy, Kennedy Welcome Appointment of Frank Neuner to Legal Services Corporation

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today welcomed President Trump's appointment of Frank Neuner to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The LSC is the nation's single largest provider of legal assistance grants for low-income Americans. "Frank Neuner's extensive work ensuring low-income individuals in Louisiana have access to legal services makes him an excellent choice for this position," said Dr. Cassidy. "His service to his community is… Continue Reading


06.06.18

ADVISORY: National Seersucker Day Tomorrow June 7

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and colleagues will take an official photo at 12:45 p.m. ET tomorrow in celebration of National Seersucker Day. ** Exact time is subject to vote schedule. Updates will be issued as needed.** The seersucker suit was created in Louisiana and today is worn all across the nation. National Seersucker Day celebrates this American tradition and Louisiana-born product. Former Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) first brought National Seersucker Day to Congress in 1996. T… Continue Reading


06.06.18

President Trump Signs Cassidy Co-Authored Veterans Legislation into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), member of the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee, today attended the White House signing ceremony for the VA MISSION Act. Signed into law, this legislation improves the quality of health care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and ensures veterans have access to timely care whether inside the VA system or from local providers. "As a doctor, my first priority is the patient," said Dr. Cassidy. "This breakthrough legislation puts veterans first… Continue Reading

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