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Cassidy Measures Preventing Louisiana Education Cuts, Promoting Coding Head to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Education Committee, released the following statement after the House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), which includes Cassidy's measures preserving federal career and technical education (CTE) funding for Louisiana and helping high schools across the country establish or expand coding education programs. "With education being such a hot point of debate in Louisiana's state… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following video statement and photo after meeting in his Washington, D.C., office with D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Download broadcast-quality video Broadcast-quality B-roll of the meeting is also available for download. "I appreciate Judge Kavanaugh coming by," said Dr. Cassidy. "We talked about his views on the role of the judiciary, original intent, the importance of interpr… Continue Reading


Cassidy Calls on Senate to Extend National Flood Insurance Program Immediately

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to November 30, 2018. "I applaud Congressman Steve Scalise's leadership in building support for this short-term extension in the House so the NFIP does not expire next Tuesday. I urge the Senate to pass it immediately so that Louisiana and other states are not left in the lurch. Then we can resume our mission to… Continue Reading


Health Committee Passes Cassidy-Cosponsored Bills to End Pharmacy Gag Clauses, Increase Access to Oral Health Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the committee passed two bills he helped introduce, the Action for Dental Health Act (S. 3016) and the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554). "Gag clauses prohibit pharmacists from telling patients how they could save money and increase drug costs by thwarting market force. These rules are just another way our health care s… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Kennedy-Cassidy Amendment Boosting Inspections of Foreign Seafood

In a huge win for Louisiana families who make their living shrimping and fishing, the U.S. Senate voted 87-11 today in favor of an amendment to H.R. 6147 offered by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) to boost the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) inspections of foreign seafood coming into the United States. Currently, only about 2 percent of imported seafood is inspected. "Louisiana shrimpers are being undercut by inferior, uninspected seafood from foreign count… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Administration to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined 20 of his Senate colleagues in urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to increase transparency and take action to lower prescription drug prices for seniors. "We write to urge the Department of Health and Human Services to move forward with a proposal to meaningfully address skyrocketing drug prices by specifically addressing pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in the Medicare Part D program,"… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Johnson Announce Caddo Lake National Heritage Area Proposal Will Not Move Forward

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA) released the following joint statement today announcing that legislation to create a National Heritage Area near Caddo Lake in Texas and Louisiana will no longer be considered in Congress. "This proposal was an effort to create more jobs and economic opportunity for the Caddo Lake community while protecting the private property rights of residents," said Dr. Cassidy and Rep. Johnson. "However, we said from the b… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Rubio Praise Trump Administration’s Move to Streamline Small-Scale LNG Exports

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today praised the U.S. Department of Energy's final rule to streamline the approval of small-scale exports of American-made liquefied natural gas (LNG) to foreign countries, including those in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Trump Administration's new policy is virtually identical to legislation proposed in October by Cassidy and Rubio, which passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in March wi… Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges Combat-Injured Veterans Who Were Improperly Taxed to File for IRS Refund

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, is urging combat-injured veterans whose one-time lump sum disability severance payment from the Department of Defense (DoD) was improperly taxed to file with the IRS for reimbursement. "I'm glad we were able to make things right for our veterans so they can finally receive the full amount of the benefit they earned. Eligible veterans in Louisiana should keep an eye out fo… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Additions to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

In a bipartisan effort aimed at amending the tax code to ensure that all new maternal and childhood vaccines are covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Vaccine Access Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to streamline the taxation step for new vaccines that became eligible for the VICP under the 21st Century Cures Act. "As a doctor and a sena… Continue Reading


Cassidy Provision Targeting Trade-Based Money Laundering Included in Senate Intelligence Authorization Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), announced today that his provision targeting trade-based money laundering (TBML) was including in the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 (S. 3153), which was recently introduced by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC). Cassidy's provision requires the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to submit a report to the congressional intelligence committees on the threats posed by… Continue Reading


VIDEO: The Push for Paid Family Leave

We had a great @GOPSenFinance hearing on #PaidFamilyLeave proposals. With ideas offered by @IvankaTrump, @SenJoniErnst and others, we are making progress on potential solutions to give parents the flexibility they need to raise a family. #PFL - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) July 18, 2018 WASHINGTON- Following the recent Senate hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), examining proposals to provide working families with paid fam… Continue Reading


Cassidy on Senate Democrats Blocking Resolution Supporting Immigration Law Enforcement Officers: Who Are Democrats Standing With?

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the resolution he introduced with Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) last week in support of the men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): "Washington Democrats want to get rid of ICE officers enforcing our immigration laws," said Dr. Cassidy. "They're blocking a vote on our Senate resolution supporting the Americans putting their lives on the line to protect our citizens fro… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Record Fentanyl Seizure in Tangipahoa Parish

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), tweeted the following statement after a record amount of fentanyl was seized in a joint effort by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, the Hammond Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): "Incredible work by sheriffs in Tangipahoa & Livingston Parishes, Hammond PD, & DEA. Their hard work is saving lives & I'm going to keep working to make sure they have the resources & tools t… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Confirmation of Loyola Law Graduate as VA Secretary

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, released the following statement today after the Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie, a Loyola New Orleans Law School graduate, as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I'm confident Secretary Wilkie will put our veterans first and I was proud to support him," said Dr. Cassidy. "Now that we have a permanent leader of the VA in place, I look forward to working with him and making mo… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Whitehouse Request Review of Efforts to Combat Trade-Based Money Laundering

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the federal government's efforts to combat trade-based money laundering (TBML) in light of the ongoing opioid epidemic. "Trade-based money laundering, which involves disguising the origin of criminal proceeds through the import or export of merchandise and financial transactions, is a primary method for drug trafficking organizations to move and launder th… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murphy Applaud New Drug Shortage Task Force Formed in Response to Their Request

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., for creating a new task force focused on drug shortages, following their request for action. "Drug shortages prevent patients from getting the drugs they need and drive up the cost of care," said Dr. Cassidy. "I appreciate the FDA responding to our request to help … Continue Reading


Cassidy Announces $300,000 Grant to Help Shreveport Regional Airport Attract Passengers

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced the Shreveport Airport Authority and Ark-La-Tex Regional Air Service Alliance will receive a $300,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP). Last month, Cassidy-along with Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA)-urged U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to approve Shreveport's grant request. The grant will be used to attra… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Applaud Nomination of U.S. Marshal for the Middle District

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today applauded President Trump's nomination of William Travis Brown to serve as U.S. marshal for the Middle District of Louisiana. "Bill Brown is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service and a skilled investigator with a stellar law enforcement career," said Dr. Cassidy. "He will do a great job for the people of the Middle District, and I support his nomination." "Bill Brown began his career as a crime scene investiga… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Resolution in Support of ICE

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) today in introducing a resolution denouncing the radical calls for the dissolution of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Cassidy and Kennedy were joined by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), David Perdue (R-GA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Dean Heller (R-NV) and R… Continue Reading

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