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PHOTO: Cassidy Visits DEA’s Special Operations Division and CBP’s National Targeting Center

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health Committee, today visited the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Special Operations Division and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) National Targeting Center for meetings with officials and experts on the federal government's efforts to fight terrorism, combat illicit money laundering, and intercept illegal narcotics. "As our country grapples with the opioid epidemic, there is no solution without these men and wom… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Send Letter To Turkish President Demanding Release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), joined a bipartisan group of 66 senators in writing to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanding the release of wrongfully imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson. Pastor Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7, 2016. Last month, he was indicted on bogus charges related to terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years in prison. In the letter to President Erdogan, the senators state the indictment "is an absurd collectio… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murphy Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Requesting Funds to Fully Implement Their Mental Health Reform Act

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), co-authors of the Mental Health Reform Act signed into law in 2016, are leading a bipartisan group of senators in calling for robust funding to fully implement the law and help make America's mental health system more responsive to the needs of those with mental illness. The senators emphasized the continued importance of funding to increase access to care, highlighting the fact that while many Americans live with mental illness, … Continue Reading


PHOTO: Cassidy Meets with VA Secretary Nominee Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today met with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D., who was nominated by President Trump to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I appreciate Dr. Jackson meeting with me," said Dr. Cassidy. "His perspective is that the VA should put veterans first and provide the best care possible. We had a good conversation about this and other issues. I look forward to his hearing next wee… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Senate Working Group on Health Care Price Transparency Receives Nearly 1,000 Pages of Feedback

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Todd Young (R-IN), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced they received nearly 1,000 pages of feedback from more than 130 groups and individuals in response to their February 28th letter to health care and patient communities seeking input on drafting legislation to improve price and quality transparency in the health care market and lower costs. The feedback will be publicly available at a l… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Tax Cuts Lead to Lower Energy Bills for Louisiana Families, But Washington Democrats Want to Take Away Benefits

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement today after Entergy Louisiana announced customers will see their energy rates cut next month and over the next four years by over $200 million thanks to the tax reform legislation Republicans enacted in December. "This is great news for working families in Louisiana," said Dr. Cassidy. "Lower energy bills means more money in your pocket, and that's exactly why we cut taxes. I'm gla… Continue Reading


Cassidy Provisions Introduced as Part of Legislation to Ramp Up Opioid Crisis Response

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Health Committee, today announced several provisions he authored are included in the Opioid Crisis Response Act (S. 2680), bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to ramp up the fight against the opioid epidemic. "To solve the opioid crisis in Louisiana, we need a strong, sustained, 'do everything' response," said Dr. Cassidy. "This bill supports safer families and healthier communities by boosting resources to fight addiction and de… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Take Action on Mental Health Parity to Address Opioid Crisis

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), are urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (Labor), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to enforce federal mental health parity laws, including the parity provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, to improve behavioral health coverage. The senators are seeking answers to several qu… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Save Lives of Overdose Survivors

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the Senate Health Committee, today introduced the Saving Lives Through Proper Notification of Overdoses Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure health care providers have clear guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about when they are allowed to tell a patient's family about a nonfatal overdose in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other fed… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Jones Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Wasteful Government Printing, Save Taxpayers Millions

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Doug Jones (D-AL) today introduced the Preventing Additional Printing of Electronic Records (PAPER) Act, bipartisan legislation to eliminate the mandatory, daily printing and hand-delivery of the Congressional Record and calendars to congressional and other federal offices. "Printing these documents may have been useful 20 years ago before they were online, but now it's a waste of time and taxpayer money," said Dr. Cassidy. "We can save millions of d… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Honors Fallen Marine Taylor Conrad of Louisiana on the Senate Floor

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) spoke on the Senate floor today in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Taylor Conrad, a Louisiana native who lost his life on April 3 during a training mission in California. A full transcript of Cassidy's remarks is below. TV stations can download broadcast quality video here. CASSIDY: Today, I want to honor the life and sacrifice of one soldier in particular, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Taylor Conrad, who was 24 years old and was of Central, Louisi… Continue Reading


Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Introduced to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Former Saints Star Steve Gleason

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation in the Senate (S. 2652) and House to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his work through the Gleason Initiative Foundation to pro… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces Eastern, Western District Judge Nominees at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced district judge nominees Wendy Vitter and Robert Summerhays at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on their nominations. President Trump nominated Vitter to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Summerhays to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana. Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees Kurt Engelhardt, Barry Ashe, Terry Doughty, Michael Juneau, and Kyle … Continue Reading


President Signs Cassidy-Sponsored Legislation to Stop Sex Trafficking

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after President Trump signed into law the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865), which includes bipartisan legislation Cassidy cosponsored to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and crack down on websites that knowingly facilitate these crimes. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a 93-count federal indictment and the seizure of, a website known… Continue Reading


PHOTO: Cassidy Meets with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District Commander, Urges Funding for Critical Projects

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement today after meeting with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District Commander Colonel Michael Clancy to discuss funding for the Comite River Diversion Canal and other important flood risk reduction projects. "I appreciate Commander Clancy's time and believe we had a productive discussion," said Dr. Cassidy. "With the Corps' funding decisions coming very … Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Legislation to End Taxpayer Subsidies of Mail from China, Other Foreign Countries

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today introduced the Ending Needless Delivery Subsidies (ENDS) Act, legislation that would save U.S. taxpayers from having to subsidize international postal shipments from foreign countries to the United States. "The current system costs American jobs at the expense of American taxpayers," said Dr. Cassidy. "American taxpayers should not be subsidizing Chinese companies mailing items to the U.S., competing with our businesses." Currently, the United Nati… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy, Higgins Request Full Funding for Freshwater Bayou Lock

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) are urging the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works to fully fund the Freshwater Bayou Lock. The full text of the members' letter to Lieutenant General Todd Semonite and Assistant Secretary of the Army R.D. James is below. Dear Secretary James and LTG Semonite, In the recently passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Consolidated Appropr… Continue Reading


Town Talk: Cassidy’s Health Care Price Transparency Idea “Makes Sense”

Patients Deserve Price Details By Editorial Board April 7, 2018 U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy was in Alexandria this week. He was here to talk about the opioid epidemic and meet with local chamber of commerce board members to give a quick update on the happenings in Washington, D.C. … One such effort Cassidy cited as having a strong chance of moving forward involves price transparency. In short, price transparency is the idea that patients be told up-front what their … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Kennedy Welcome Nomination of U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today applauded President Trump's nomination of Scott Patrick Illing to serve as the U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana. "With his knowledge and experience, Scott Patrick Illing is a well-qualified choice for this role and I look forward to supporting him," said Dr. Cassidy. "President Trump is working diligently with us to ensure that Louisiana is served by qualified individuals. Mr. Illing has a lengthy law enfo… Continue Reading


Cassidy Calls for Review of Federal Anti-Gang Strategy to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Following discussions with Louisiana officials and local law enforcement this week, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), is asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the federal government's efforts to combat gang activity and violence in light of the ongoing opioid epidemic. "With an opioid epidemic gripping our nation, we must do all we can to crack down on the gangs contributing to the crisis," states Dr. Cassidy's letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro. "A 2… Continue Reading

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