Bill Cassidy

Bill Cassidy

LOUISIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Cassidy, Doctors Caucus Members Urge President Obama to Implement Travel Ban

2014/10/21

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA), along with members of the Doctors Caucus, reaffirmed his call to President Obama to implement a temporary travel ban between the U.S. and countries that have been affected by Ebola. On Friday, Dr. Cassidy criticized President Obama for appointing a political operative with no healthcare experience as Ebola response coordinator. He also urged the administration to address the crisis by taking specific actions, including a temporary commercial travel ban. Read the letter from the Doctors Caucus HERE. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “If we have available measures to stop the spread of Ebola, common sense dictates we should take them. Implementing a temporary commercial travel ban between the U.S. and countries affected by Ebola is one easy and very necessary step in helping to keep Ebola off U.S. soil. As a doctor who has set up public health programs in the U.S. and worked in hospitals in Africa, I can say it’s inexcusable that the Obama Administration is failing to put a proactive plan in place to protect the health and safety of the American people.” Read More

ICYMI: Cassidy criticizes ‘lack of leadership’ on Ebola

2014/10/21

WASHINGTON- Yesterday, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) held a press call to discuss the Ebola outbreak and what measures the president must take to protect the health and safety of American families. Dr. Cassidy is urging the administration to address the crisis by taking specific actions. Read his plan HERE. Cassidy criticizes ‘lack of leadership’ on Ebola The Hill By Ben Kamisar October 16, 2014 http://bit.ly/1nsjQ5N Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is in the middle of a tight race to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), bashed the White House for being “reactive” to the Ebola crisis during a call with reporters Thursday afternoon. “Clearly the president and CDC Director [Tom] Frieden have attempted to downplay the risk of Ebola to the United States. And as we know, the virus has made its way to Texas,” he said. “These developments raise significant questions about the administration’s ability to effectively respond.” Cassidy also responded to charges that the government’s response has been hampered by budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations by placing the blame squarely on President Obama. “It doesn’t take CDC funding to institute a travel ban,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a lack of resources, I think there’s a lack of leadership.” He also took the chance to hit Landrieu when a reporter asked how Ebola was playing on the campaign trail. “If it is impacting our political race, it is because it seems to be part of a broader narrative that the administration lacks leadership,” he said. “The senator that I am running against frankly enables the administration and is part of their lack of leadership.” Rep. Tim Murphy, the Pennsylvania Republican who led Thursday’s House hearing on the administration’s response to the Ebola virus, joined Cassidy on the call. He outlined a plan to stop the spread of the virus that includes a travel ban on three West African countries. Read the full story here.   Read More

Cassidy Announces Updated Flood Insurance Maps

2014/10/20

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is continuing to implement the Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. FEMA announced more Louisiana parishes are expected to receive preliminary or revised flood map updates in the coming months: Parish                            Expected issuance St. Bernard Parish        December 2014 St. Mary Parish              December 2014 Jefferson Parish            November 2014 Lafayette Parish            November 2014 In January, Dr. Cassidy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise urged FEMA to properly account for all flood protection features that mitigate risk in Jefferson Parish when developing the final flood insurance rate map. FEMA previously announced they would be issuing revised preliminary flood maps in Grant, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes through November, 2014. Natchitoches Parish was issued a revised-preliminary map in August. Read more on the mapping updates HERE. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Flood insurance rates must be fair and reflect Louisiana families’ actual flood risk. Incorporating local recommendations when issuing rate maps will help accomplish this. FEMA is taking steps to implement the Grimm-Cassidy Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, but there is still more work to be done to make sure its implementation is accurate and fair.” BACKGROUND In September, Dr. Cassidy announced that some policyholders will begin receiving refunds, new and more affordable plans are expected to be available, and grandfathered policyholders could see little to no rate increase. Dr. Cassidy also announced that FEMA is issuing revised preliminary flood maps in Grant, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes beginning now through November, 2014. Natchitoches Parish was issued a revised-preliminary map in August. Read FEMA’s report HERE. It was announced in July that insurance companies will begin to issue refunds for applicable policyholders beginning October 1, 2014.  All checks are anticipated to be written by the end of the calendar year. He also announced that as of May 1, people who purchased new homes after Biggert-Waters became law, or who didn't have insurance before that date, or whose insurance lapsed, will revert back to premium schedules in effect Oct. 1, 2013. The Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (H.R. 3370) reinstates grandfathered rates, repeals the home sale/new policy rate increase trigger, provides refunds for people who bought pre-FIRM subsidized homes without being informed of rate increases and caps flood insurance rate increases, among other things. Signed into law on March 21, 2014, the Grimm-Cassidy Amendment was supported by a broad bi-partisan coalition of Members of Congress, realtors, homebuilders, credit unions, bankers and over 200 stakeholder groups around this country. Read More

Cassidy Urges Action Against Unfair Seafood Subsidies, Shrimp Dumping

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is urging the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Task Force) to examine how unfair seafood subsidies are allowing foreign seafood companies to dump product on the U.S. market and unfairly compete with domestic fishermen, and to look at ways federal agencies can combat this problem. Dr. Cassidy is also urging the Task Force to look at strengthening seafood labeling so consumers know where their seafood is coming from and whether it is wild-caught or a farm-raised product, but to be mindful of the effects and costs of any new regulations. Read the letter HERE. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Louisiana is a leader in the seafood industry. We take pride in our fisheries and our food. It is unfair that seafood subsidies are allowing foreign companies to dump products into U.S. markets, giving them an advantage over Louisiana industries. Our fisheries and the thousands of jobs that come with them must be protected from the harmful consequences of these actions.” Dr. Cassidy along with Senator Vitter introduced the Offshore Fairness Act to prevent Washington from interfering with Louisiana fisheries by giving the state more control over its territorial waters. Background Shrimp is Louisiana’s most valuable fishery. Louisiana produces nearly one-third of the nation’s shrimp and one-quarter of all the seafood in the U.S. Louisiana is second in commercial fishing production and is home to three of the top six commercial fishing ports in the country. Seventy-eight percent of the seafood production in the Gulf of Mexico comes from Louisiana shrimpers, crabbers, oyster harvesters, and fisherman. The shrimp industry accounts for more than 14,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion dollars.  In 2012, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam exported over 883 million pounds of shrimp to the U.S. worth almost $3.6 billion dollars. Shrimp imports from these seven countries account for 89 percent of all U.S. shrimp imports and more than three-quarters of the overall domestic market.  Read More

Cassidy Statement On Ron Klain As Ebola Response Coordinator

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) released the following statement following the announcement that President Obama has chosen Ron Klain to serve as the Administration’s Ebola response coordinator. It appears Klain, who was chief of staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore, has had little to no healthcare experience. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “By appointing a Democrat political operative as the ‘Ebola czar,’ it is clear that the President sees Ebola as a political crisis and not a health crisis. As a doctor who has worked in public health programs in the U.S. and hospitals in Africa, we need someone with extensive health care experience in dealing with this public health crisis. Being Joe Biden and Al Gore’s Chief of Staff does not qualify him for this position.” Dr. Cassidy is urging the Obama Administration to address the crisis by putting forth a transparent plan that includes a commercial travel ban between the U.S. and all countries affected by Ebola. Read his plan HERE. Read More

Cassidy Urges Obama Administration to Act on Ebola

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is urging President Obama to take immediate action to prevent further Ebola outbreaks. Dr. Cassidy is calling on the President to put forth a transparent plan that includes a commercial travel ban between the U.S. and all countries affected by Ebola and for health care providers from the U.S. and elsewhere to put protocols in place. Dr. Cassidy is calling on the administration to immediately take the following actions: Immediately impose a commercial travel ban with all countries affected by Ebola Quarantine all individuals with or suspected of being infected with Ebola until testing rules out infection Immediately send American public health experts to train community public health workers in the countries affected Provide more transparency from the CDC on how the agency and the administration are protecting troops and medical personnel deployed in the affected countries Provide more transparency from the CDC on how the agency is ensuring American nurses and hospital workers are properly trained to implement necessary procedures and guidelines Improve and enhance the screening processes and procedures currently in place Ensure border agents are looking for individuals who have been in affected areas or who show signs of illness Monitor and track all contacts of patients currently diagnosed Better coordinate the response with other countries Ensure that only qualified and willing public health personnel are sent to the effected countries Read the letter HERE. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “As evidenced by the Ebola cases in Dallas, the President's response to Ebola has been ineffective, and placed the health and safety of our nation at risk. The President's feckless leadership is posing an immediate danger. We must take every preventative measure to keep Louisiana families healthy and prevent Ebola from spreading. The President was wrong when he said it was unlikely that Ebola would reach the U.S.— several Americans have been diagnosed with Ebola. In addition to other preventative measures, we must stop commercial flights between the U.S. and countries affected by Ebola and ensure health care providers from the U.S. and elsewhere put protocols in place. I will continue to push the Obama Administration to have a comprehensive plan of action to protect Louisiana families.” Previously, Dr. Cassidy joined a bipartisan letter to CMS and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging for the implementation of stronger travel restrictions and safeguards between countries in West Africa impacted by Ebola and the U.S. Read More

Cassidy, McCain, Vitter, Fleming Tour Barksdale Air Force Base

2014/10/14

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Representative John Fleming (R-LA) toured Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) and had a roundtable discussion with Air Force base leadership. Sens. McCain, Vitter and Rep. Fleming are House and Senate Armed Services Committee Members. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement:  “It’s always an honor to meet with our troops. The men and women at Barksdale Air Force base play a key role in protecting America at home and abroad. Louisiana’s military instillations, and the jobs that come with them, must be protected and strengthened.” Senator McCain offered the following statement:  “I greatly appreciated the opportunity to visit and say thank you to the fine men and women serving our nation at Barksdale Air Force Base. I was also highly impressed by the remarkable support that the Shreveport area provides to our military service members and their families serving at Barksdale. Recent turmoil around the world reminds us of the incredible sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, for which America owes a deep debt of gratitude.”  BAFB plays a vital role in U.S. national security and Louisiana’s economy. It is the largest employer in the Shreveport-Bossier area, largest single site employer in Louisiana, and has an annual economic impact of $753.8 million. BAFB is home to the Air Force Global Strike Command with the 2d Bomb Wing. In May, the Department of Defense elevated the Global Strike Command leadership to a four-star general position – the highest rank possible.  Read More

Cassidy Announces RESTORE Act Final Interim Rule Now Effective

2014/10/14

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced that the U.S. Treasury Department’s Interim Final Rule under the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act, is now effective. The RESTORE Act allocates funding for environmental restoration and economic development projects to Gulf States affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to receive funding for environmental restoration and economic development projects. Under an Interim Final Rule, published on August 15 and effective today, 35 percent of the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund is divided among Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Florida for environmental and economic restoration projects.  A second Interim Final Rule, also effective today, finalizes an additional allocation for 20 parishes in Louisiana. Dr. Cassidy, along with Senator David Vitter and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, have been urging the Treasury Department to stop slow-walking developing and finalizing the regulations that determine how the funds are disbursed to Gulf Coast states.  Dr. Cassidy and Rep. Scalise also helped prevent a $10.2 million dollar cut in funding for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, proposed by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Secured in the omnibus appropriations bill, $7.4 million of the $10.2 million dollars is allocated for the RESTORE Act. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement:   “Louisianans have been waiting a long time for funding for coastal restoration projects. Fully implementing the RESTORE Act is a step in the right direction, but there’s more work to be done. More than 600 miles of Louisiana’s shoreline was affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—that’s more than three times the amount suffered by any other Gulf State. Ensuring that Louisiana receives its fair share of funding to restore our coasts and protect families from future storms is a priority.” Read More

Cassidy Comments on Increasing Obamacare Premiums

2014/10/09

WASHINGTON –Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) criticized the announcement that some Louisiana health insurers are imposing double-digit increases in 2015 for polices sold under Obamacare. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the state's largest provider, will increase certain plans’ rates between 18.3 percent and 19.7 percent, affecting 52,638 Louisianans. Humana Health Benefits Plan rates will increase by 9.9 percent. Vantage Health Plan Inc. will increase rates by 15.89 percent. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: “Increasing healthcare premiums is another hurdle for families and businesses already struggling under the demands of Obamacare. President Obama and his Democrat supporters said that premiums would go down for the typical family by $2,500. This was a false promise. Premiums have gone up by 53 percent for the average Louisiana policyholder and many of these policies will again see double-digit increases. It’s unfair to Louisianans who have to balance their budgets and their businesses. Its clear Obamacare is not working and I will continue to push for patient-centered, affordable healthcare solutions.” Read More

Information on Government Shutdown

2013/10/01

As a doctor, I know that ObamaCare has many problems and is not ready to be implemented. The House has repeatedly passed legislation to fund the government and protect millions of American families from the devastating effects of ObamaCare.  I will continue to work with my colleagues – both Republican and Democrats- to find a plan that will get the government running again. The House is ready to work with the Senate, but we need the Senate to join us at the negotiation table. As I continue to fight for Louisiana and against ObamaCare to resolve this situation, I wanted to provide you with some basic information about government operations during a shutdown: Veterans in receipt of disability compensation or pension checks will continue to receive those payments. Social Security benefits will continue to be sent out. This includes Social Security Disability payments. Medicare payments will continue to be dispersed and doctors will continue to see patients. The United States Postal Service will continue to deliver mail and will maintain other retail services. Food inspections and drug approvals as well as other FDA activities essential to ensure continued public health would continue to occur. FBI and other federal law enforcement officials will not be subject to furloughs. In addition, federal prisons will remain fully guarded. TSA officers will not be subject to furloughs and air-traffic controllers will continue to operate.  Troops and their families will continue to be paid, thanks to a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Saturday and signed by the President last night.  Read More

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Energy and Commerce

Congressman Bill Cassidy is a lifelong public servant.  He is a physician, a teacher, a community leader, father, and husband.

As an associate professor of medicine with Louisiana State University, Bill has provided care for uninsured patients and taught doctors in training at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge for the last twenty years.

Bill co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured.  Bill also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.

Raised in Baton Rouge, Bill is the fourth son of Jim and Betty Cassidy.  He attended Tara High School, LSU and LSU Medical School.  His brothers are Jim, David and Steve.

He is married to Laura Cassidy, who is a retired general surgeon specializing in breast cancer.  Bill and Laura attend church at the Chapel on the Campus and they have three children.

Before his election to serve Louisiana’s Sixth District in the House of Representatives, Bill served in the Louisiana State Senate.

In the U.S. House, Bill serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee and its subcommittees on Health; Energy and Power; and Environment and the Economy.  He serves as an Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference.  His legislative focus is health care and energy.


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