Press Releases


Cassidy, Ayotte Advance Bill To Stop Bonuses For VA Employees Who Manipulated Wait Lists

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) moved to stop the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding bonuses to employees who deliberately manipulated wait lists at VA hospitals. The legislation, originally S.627, establishes guidelines to prevent bonuses from being awarded to employees who have violated VA policy or the law. It will also ensure that information on reprimands be kept in the employees permanent record. Dr. Cassidy helped the bill advance in the Senate Veterans' Affairs … Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senators Raise Concerns with Planned Parenthood

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and a bipartisan group of 49 fellow senators today in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of a video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization's role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. In the letter, the senators draw attention to the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by t… Continue Reading


Cassidy Protects Louisiana Sugar Industry

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) protected Louisiana's sugar industry by blocking an anti-sugar effort led in the Senate Appropriations Committee today. This anti-sugar effort would have destroyed price supports for sugar producers and eliminated the safety net for all U.S. sugar farmers under the 2014 Farm Bill. The anti-sugar effort threatened 142,000 jobs in 22 states and $20 billion per year in economic activity, including more than 16,000 jobs and $3.5 billion per year in economic act… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Every Child Achieves Act

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the passage of the Every Child Achieves Act: "I campaigned to end federally mandated common core - this bill does that. It begins the reversal of the Obama administration takeover of education and gives power back to states and local school districts. It ensures parents are notified of what tests are required of their children and gives parents the power to determine what is appropriate. "Achieving universal literacy… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Vitter Introduce Disaster Relief Legislation

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to introduce the bipartisan National Disaster Relief Tax Act to provide tax relief for disaster victims from 2012 through 2015, including the recent Red River flooding in northwest Louisiana. "This provides tax relief to families and businesses in parishes affected by the Red River flooding and in communities across the country that have experienced disasters in recent years," Cassidy said. "Working with Senator Vitter an… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Let Patients Have The Power, Not Bureaucrats

By Senator Bill Cassidy July 14, 2015 The Hill Commenting on the rapidly (and potentially unsustainable) increasing cost of insurance on the ObamaCare healthcare exchanges, Helaine Olen of Slate writes, "all too many ACA defenders turned into fanboys and fangirls, dismissing any issue raised against the law as inconsequential and exaggerated." This may mark the point at which the left begins to see why conservatives and a majority of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare. It is also why despite … Continue Reading


Cassidy Comments on Presidential Major Disaster Declaration For Red River Flooding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, authorizing federal funds to help Bossier, Caddo, Grant, Natchitoches and Red River Parishes recover from the Red River flooding: "The President's major disaster declaration means additional resources will help families, businesses and roads recover from the Red River flooding faster and more effectively. We are grateful for the state and local first r… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Iran Deal

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the President announced the United States and five other nations reached a nuclear deal with Iran: "If the President gives Iran enough leeway, it's naive to think they will not continue to develop their nuclear program. No deal is better than a bad deal. If it jeopardizes American security and global stability in any way, Congress cannot support." Dr. Cassidy joined CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss the open letter sent… Continue Reading


Cassidy: More Than 70,000 Louisianans At Risk Due To Government Security Breach

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Office of Personnel Management (OBM) Director Katherine Archuleta resigned due to a massive data breach that exposed the personal records of more than 22 million people nationwide, putting Louisianans who currently or previously worked for the federal government at risk: "Ms. Archuleta's resignation is appropriate, but it doesn't change the fact that social security and other personal information was stolen from m… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on Ft. Polk

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Army announced a reduction in force structure by 40,000 soldiers over the next two years, reducing 388 active military positions at Ft. Polk: "Ft. Polk has been spared the deep cuts other bases received. The positions lost are part of the Ft. Polk family. We regret this loss but recognize it could have been worse. We celebrate that the Brigade Combat Team r… Continue Reading


Cassidy Calls on President to Declare Major Disaster After Red River Flooding

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) sent a letter to President Obama today calling for him to declare a major disaster after flooding from the Red River caused significant damage to Louisiana communities. Governor Jindal recently requested federal assistance to ensure an effective response and recovery for communities affected. "…Massive amounts of rain in Texas and Oklahoma raised water levels across the Red River basin to historic levels. This rain filled reservoirs to the point whe… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Senators Urge Obama to Prioritize Human Rights in Meeting with Vietnamese Government

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. led Senators David Vitter (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Boozman (R-AR), James Lankford (R-OK) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to urge President Obama to make human rights improvements in Vietnam a top priority in his meeting with Secretary General of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong this week. As negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership begin, the Senators write that further expansion of trade and security relationships with the… Continue Reading


Cassidy Statement on BP Settlement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after Gulf State officials announced they had reached a settlement with BP for $18.7 billion following the BP oil spill in 2010: "The people of Louisiana were affected more than any other by the BP oil spill and the federal government ordered moratorium that followed. The environmental and economic effects are still seen and felt by Louisianans. This settlement is the next step, and a very important one, in completing this recove… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Vitter, Fleming, Abraham Question Inaccurate Red River Crest Predictions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator David Vitter, Representative John Fleming and Representative Ralph Abraham are questioning federal agencies on their inaccurate cresting predictions for the Red River, which crested 3 feet higher than expected and resulted in flood damage across northwest Louisiana. "…Predictions on the crest of the Red River changed seven times in thirteen days," write the Congressmen. "Predictions went from a 31.5-foot crest on May 24th to a 34-foot crest on May 29th.… Continue Reading


Cassidy Secures Funding for Louisiana Priorities, Stops Obama Administration Mandates

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced projects critical to Louisiana were prioritized in the Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016. In addition, Dr. Cassidy helped block funding from going toward implementing Obama Administration's proposed mandates. "The Obama administration's mandates targeting our energy industry threa… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Fellow Physicians Urge EPA to Protect Human Health, Maintain Existing Ozone Standards

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. joined fellow congressional medical professionals to send a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the EPA to maintain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone. The EPA has proposed lowering the current standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65-70 parts per billion (ppb). This would put many parishes and counties out of compliance and is estimated to cost the economy $140 bi… Continue Reading


Cassidy Chairs HELP Committee Hearing on Improving Electronic Health Records

- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) chaired a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) full committee hearing on how to improve the electronic health records (EHR) system and the burdens EHRs put on physicians. Treating uninsured and underinsured patients in Louisiana's charity hospital system for nearly 30 years, Dr. Cassidy has firsthand experience working with EHRs. "As a physician, time is better spent looking into a patient's eyes to make sure that she comprehends that even thoug… Continue Reading


Cassidy Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced legislation to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the RFS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the volumes of ethanol and biodiesel that are required to be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply. The EPA has overstepped its authority and has mismanaged the fuel standard, missing deadlines for the 2014 and 2015 RFS regulations. The EPA's mandates overestimate how much ethanol consumers will purchase and the fu… Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Announcement Louisiana National Guardsman Allowed Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. applauded the announcement that Louisiana National Guard Staff Sergeant Thomas Florich will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Staff Sgt. Florich was one of 11 service members who died in a helicopter crash during a training mission off the coast of Florida in March. The U.S. Army previously said that he did not qualify to be buried at Arlington Cemetery because he died in training, rather than active duty. Dr. Cassidy and the Louisiana delegation hav… Continue Reading


Cassidy to Chair HELP Committee Hearing on Improving Electronic Health Records for Physicians

- Today, U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced that Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D (R-LA) will chair a full committee hearing on the burdens the government's electronic health records program puts on physicians. It is the second in a series of bipartisan hearings on possible solutions to address the failed promise of electronic health records (EHRs). The hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10am EST in Senate Dirksen 4… Continue Reading

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