Press Releases

03.01.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help ALS Patients

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate committees on health and finance, joined 39 of his colleagues in introducing the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act (S. 578), bipartisan legislation eliminating the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. "ALS patients should not have to wait for months to receive this support," said Dr. Cassidy. "ALS is painful, it is degenerative, and on top of that, it is fi… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Urge HUD Secretary to Immediately Deliver Relief to Louisiana Flood Victims

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA), are urging U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to "take immediate action" on issuing specific guidance regarding the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law in October. "It is unacceptable that bureaucracy is further slowing the recovery efforts of many homeowners impacted by flooding in 2016," write Dr. Cassidy and Kennedy. "Nearly 6,000 Louisianians are waiting … Continue Reading


02.28.19

Cassidy, Durbin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Leading Rehab Centers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act, bipartisan legislation to support rehabilitation facilities that lead the nation in medical research. The bill recognizes the unique role that a leading class of rehabilitation facilities play in our health care system by driving innovative research for the entire field, providing medical training to students, and serving the highest need patients across the coun… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Cassidy, Carper, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Obesity

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, bipartisan legislation addressing our nation's obesity crisis through Medicare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 27 million Americans are obese, and an estimated 300,000 deaths a year are attributed to t… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Cassidy, Murkowski, Gardner Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite FERC Review of Energy Infrastructure Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (S 607), legislation aimed at reducing the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects, including LNG projects. A shortage of highly specialized engineers, scientists, and mathematicians tasked with reviewing construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a backlog of projects waiting to rece… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Take New Action Against HUD to Force Progress on Duplication of Benefits Fix

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today announced they have placed holds on two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) nominees until the department releases long-delayed legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits fix passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. The senators placed holds on Seth Appleton, nominee for HUD assistant secretary of policy development and research, and Robert Hunter Kurtz, … Continue Reading


02.26.19

Cassidy Legislation Restoring Property Rights to Lake Bistineau Residents to be Signed into Law

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced the congressional passage of his legislation to restore and clarify property rights for over 100 private landowners near Lake Bistineau. This legislation passed as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S.47). "The federal government should honor its commitment to Louisiana and these homeowners," said Dr. Cassidy. "This solution is fair to all and is heading to the President's desk." In 1842, the U.S. government approved an 1838 or… Continue Reading


02.26.19

WATCH: Cassidy Questions CEOs about Drug Costs, Highlights Need for Price to Better Reflect Value

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today questioned pharmaceutical company executives about the high cost of prescription drugs, and highlighted the need for the value of a drug to be better reflected in its cost. Dr. Cassidy is leading the fight to unrig the system and lower prescription drug costs for patients. In May 2018 he released a white paper of ideas to make health care affordable again, and last year helped spearhead a new law eliminatin… Continue Reading


02.25.19

Cassidy: Babies Who Survive Abortion Should Receive Proper Medical Care

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a doctor and member of the Senate health committee, released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130), legislation protecting babies who survive abortions and are born alive by requiring they receive proper medical care and are admitted to a hospital. "Babies who survive abortion and are born alive should receive proper medical care, not be tossed in the trash," said Dr. Cassidy. "Ki… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Cassidy, Kennedy, Johnson, Abraham: Louisiana’s Cyber Innovation Center is Helping Keep Our Country Safe

Defending against intrusions in cyberspace By U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, and U.S. Representatives Mike Johnson and Ralph Abraham February 13, 2019 Washington Times | Share on Twitter The Digital Age demands a workforce capable of defending us from modern threats. Americans today face cyber threats not only from hostile foreign nationals, but also from hackers, child pornographers, spies and thieves invading our homes and businesses through our computers. Louisiana is w… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Cassidy, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Boost Renewable Wind Energy, Protect Coral Reefs

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Offshore Wind for Territories Act, bipartisan legislation authorizing offshore wind energy development in the exclusive economic zone adjacent to U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Currently, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) does not allow the U.S. secretary of the interior to lease areas offshore U.S. territories for renewable energy… Continue Reading


02.15.19

After Cassidy’s Urging, Trump Makes Drug Cartels Pay for the Wall

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after President Trump signed an emergency declaration that, along with the funding bill Cassidy voted for yesterday, will give the administration access to roughly $8 billion that can be used to build bollard steel barriers on America's southern border. Of that money, $600 million will come from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Forfeiture Fund, which includes money seized from Mexican drug traffickers. Cassidy h… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Cassidy Votes to Build New Physical Barriers on the Southern Border

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), released the following statement today after the Senate passed by a vote of 83 - 16 legislation to strengthen border security and avoid another government shutdown. "Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't give a dollar, but this bill includes billions for border security," said Dr. Cassidy. "Liberal activist judges will no doubt try to stop the president's national emergency declaration, but there's no disputing the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Cassidy Releases White Paper Making the Case for Pro-Jobs Approach to Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate subcommittees on energy and economic growth, today released the following statement and white paper making the case for a pro-jobs approach to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Cassidy's white paper explains how increased use of natural gas lowers emissions while furthering American economic success, and comes after Democrats proposed the Green New Deal, which would cost trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans out of work… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Cassidy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold VA Providers Accountable

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the VA Provider Accountability Act, bipartisan legislation strengthening accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A troubling 2017 GAO report revealed an unacceptable trend of VA facilities failing to report providers who made major medical errors to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the relevant state licensing boards responsible… Continue Reading


02.13.19

VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces Eastern District Judge Nominee at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) nominee Greg Guidry at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees, James D. Cain, Jr., Kurt Engelhardt, Barry Ashe, Terry Doughty, Michael Juneau, Kyle Duncan, Wendy Vitter, and Robert Summerhays at their respective hearings. A full transcript of Dr. Cassidy's remarks are transcribed below. Mr. Chairman, Here … Continue Reading


02.13.19

PHOTOS: Cassidy, Ernst, Rubio, Lee Discuss Paid Family Leave with Ivanka Trump

U.S Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statements today after meeting with Senior Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump to plot the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation. Staff from the offices of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) also attended the meeting. "Today we had a productive conversation about paid family leave policy focused on the bip… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Cassidy, Kennedy Urge Trump Administration to Strengthen Medicare Advantage Program

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and John Kennedy (R-LA) joined many of their Senate colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to stabilize the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to 21 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. "Millions of our constituents depend on Medicare Advantage for quality, patient-centered health care," the senators wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma. "Beneficiary enthus… Continue Reading


02.07.19

WATCH: Cassidy Talks Border Security on Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), recently sat down with The Epoch Times' Jan Jekielek to discuss the crisis at America's southern border for the video series "American Thought Leaders." Asked about those who claim it's a "manufactured crisis," Dr. Cassidy responded, "if you're somebody whose son, daughter, spouse died from a fentanyl overdose, maybe it's not so good. I would also add, if you're a child from Central America who's being trafficked because you're brought here by a coyote, i… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Cassidy Applauds Committee’s Approval of Louisianans Donald Washington, Wendy Vitter, James Cain, Jr.

U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement today after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved three of President Trump's nominees from Louisiana, Donald Washington to serve as director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Wendy Vitter to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans), and James D. Cain, Jr. to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana (Lake Charles). "Confirming qualified nominees for the bench and executive b… Continue Reading

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