Bill Cassidy

Bill Cassidy

LOUISIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Cassidy Announces Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Pilot Program Extension

2014/07/28

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced that the current pilot program designed for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) is expected to be extended for three more years. It is included in the House and Senate Veterans Affairs reform bill.  Dr. Cassidy introduced the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2014 to extend and enhance treatment services available for veterans suffering from TBI. Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is an original co-sponsor of the bill. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "Veterans who are receiving treatment for traumatic brain injury can have a greater peace of mind knowing that the TBI pilot program will be re-authorized and extended for an additional 3 years. Ensuring our veterans have the power to choose their rehabilitation services is a priority. I introduced legislation to extend this successful program because as a doctor, I believe veterans should have flexibility and choice when making their healthcare decisions.”  Dr. Cassidy has been pushing for patient-centered reforms in the VA. He is an original co-sponsor or the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014, which will allow veterans who receive inadequate wait-times, are not be able to obtain a needed appointment at a VA facility within a designated timeframe, or who live more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility to seek care through a private sector provider. He also joined Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) to introduce a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives calling on the Department of Justice to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate misconduct at the VA.  In addition, he sent a letter to Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson in support of the Louisiana House Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs’ request to subpoena federal VA officials to attend a future committee hearing to hear Louisiana veterans’ concerns.  Last week, Dr. Cassidy hosted a veterans’ roundtable with representatives of service organizations and other veterans throughout the Sixth District of Louisiana.   Read More

Cassidy Introduces Bill to Allow Paid Medical Leave

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bill that would allow part-time and full-time individuals to receive paid medical leave in order to care for a new child, an ill family member, an injured service member, or to address issues due to a family member’s deployment. Dr. Cassidy is introducing the House companion bill to the Strong Families Act, a U.S. Senate bill introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Angus King (I-ME). The bill creates a tax credit for employers who offer at least four weeks of paid leave, counted in addition to any state-based Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) paid leave. Employers can receive a 25 percent nonrefundable tax credit for each hour of paid leave that is offered to employees. It also ensures that employees will not be discouraged from or discriminated against for taking the paid leave. The option for employers to offer the paid leave is voluntary, not mandatory. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “As a doctor, I have seen how difficult it can often be for my patients, or the family members of those patients, to care for their loved ones. Full and part time workers should have the ability to take paid leave to care for their newborn, ill parent or injured service member, without jeopardizing their job or the worrying about how they will be able to pay their bills. Employers can take advantage of this if they choose, in exchange for a tax credit. Family comes first.” Read More

Cassidy Introduces Bill to Curb Illegal Immigration

2014/07/22

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bill to stop the increasing number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) from illegally entering the United States. A companion to Senator David Vitter’s bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate, the legislation would expedite the deportation process, reform existing immigration laws and send a clear message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Securing our borders and sending a clear message that illegal immigration is not tolerated in the U.S. must be a priority. The number of unaccompanied children crossing the borders is growing—largely because of the President’s own executive orders. President Obama has a responsibility to enforce our immigration laws and support policies that discourages illegal immigration. This responsibility might be at the bottom of the President’s to-do list, but I can assure Louisiana families that it is at the top of mine.” The Cassidy bill would: Require mandatory detention of all unaccompanied alien children (UAC) upon apprehension Give UAC the option to voluntarily depart Place UAC that do not voluntarily depart in a streamlined removal process and held at the border Ensure all UAC who do not have a claim for asylum are given a final removal order and placed on the next available flight to their home country—subject to cost, feasibility and any repatriation agreements with the individual’s home country—within  72 hours of their initial screening Require the Secretary of State to include the penalties for illegal immigration in public service announcements aired on television, radio, and internet in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico Require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to report annually to Congress on the number of apprehensions, number of deportations, number of voluntary departures and number of asylums granted. A voluntary departure must not be counted as a deportation Prohibit local or state governments from receiving federal reimbursements for detaining illegal aliens if that city or state also has laws that prevent the government’s ability to receive or send information regarding the citizenship or immigration status of any individual. Read the full text of the bill here Read More

Cassidy Meets With Veterans on How to Fix the VA

2014/07/21

BATON ROUGE – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy hosted a veterans’ roundtable with representatives of service organizations and other veterans throughout the Sixth District of Louisiana.  Dr. Cassidy discussed with them the problems affecting veterans seeking care through the VA, including wait times, patient evaluations, treatment for those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how veterans are treated at local clinics.  He offered the following statement: “Our veterans deserve the best healthcare.  Today’s meeting allowed those who are actually using the system to relate their experiences.  They spoke of nurses and doctors who do care and bureaucratic systems and paperwork which delay or effectively deny access to care.  As a Doctor and a Congressman, this is of particular importance to me.  I will do my best to improve these systems for all veterans.” Attendees from the meeting also offered the following statements: “As the proud parents of a Navy seaman, I want to thank Dr. Cassidy for caring about how he will be treated when he comes home.  I urge Congress to work with Dr. Cassidy in fixing the problems that exist at the VA.” – Denise and “Buddy” Amoroso, Members, Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana “As someone who has sought treatment from the VA for many years, I want change in the VA for myself and for all veterans.  I appreciate Dr. Cassidy meeting with me and other veterans today, and I urge Congress to make meaningful changes at the VA.” – HMC Royce Hempell, USN (Ret.), Trustee, Baton Rouge Chapter, Military Order of the Purple Heart “As the past Baton Rouge Commander of the Military Officers Association of America, I want to thank Dr. Cassidy for meeting with us, and I will continue to advocate for our veterans.  We hope to see change in the VA, to see Tri-Care preserved and to help our veterans in any way possible.” – COL Jerald Juneau, USA (Ret.), Past Commander, Baton Rouge Chapter, Military Officers Association of America “On behalf of veterans in Livingston Parish, I want to thank Dr. Cassidy for the opportunity to share our concerns about the VA system.  Our veterans deserve VA hospitals that provide quality healthcare.  I know that Dr. Cassidy will continue to work on our behalf for that.” – Mr. Lynn King, President, Livingston Parish Veterans’ Association “The issues facing our veterans in the Central area are serious, and I want to thank Dr. Cassidy for giving his attention to them.  I hope that we can find solutions that will help our veterans.” – Mr. Gerald Reid, Chairman, Central Veterans Helping Veterans Photos from the meeting are below.  Additionally, the following service organizations had members at the meeting: Blue Star Mothers of America Central Veterans Helping Veterans Livingston Parish Veterans Association Military Officers Association of America Military Order of the Purple Heart Veterans United for Justice Women Veterans of Louisiana Finally, veterans and their families who are having difficulties receiving care from the VA can always contact one of Dr. Cassidy’s District offices.  His Baton Rouge office phone number is (225) 929-7711, his Livingston Parish office number is (225) 686-4413 and his Thibodaux office number is (985) 447-1662. Read More

Cassidy Confirms Flood Insurance Refunds Begin Oct. 1, 2014

2014/07/18

WASHINGTON –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. 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. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “On October 1, families who overpaid prior to the Grimm-Cassidy Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act will begin receiving refunds. As so many families are struggling in today’s economy, ensuring that families receive these refunds as quickly as possible must be a priority.” Dr. Cassidy previously 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's EGO Act Passes House

2014/07/16

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) applauded the House of Representatives for passing the EGO Act as part of the Financial Services Appropriations. The Eliminating Government-Funded Oil-Paintings (EGO) Act bans taxpayer funds going to oil paintings for the President, Vice President, Cabinet members and Members of Congress.  Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Americans want to see their tax dollars go towards things like improving education, and building roads and bridges—not oil paintings for government bureaucrats. Washington spending is out of control and government-funded oil paintings are a waste of money. I applaud the House for respecting taxpayers and passing this legislation.” The EGO Act was previously included in the omnibus spending bill to continue funding government operations through the end of Fiscal Year 2014.  A copy of the original legislation is available here.   Read More

Cassidy Urges Senate to Vote Against FERC Nominee

2014/07/15

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate’s vote today on the confirmation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) urged Senator Mary Landrieu to reject the nomination of Norman Bay. As chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Landrieu previously oversaw and approved Bay’s nomination in her committee. Read the original letter led by Dr. Cassidy from the Louisiana House Republican delegation to urge Senator Landrieu to vote against Bay’s nomination here. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Norman Bay’s lack of regulatory experience makes him unqualified to be a commissioner of FERC. President Obama and Harry Reid have a history of putting individuals in powerful positions to advocate on behalf of their anti-oil and gas agenda. FERC makes important decisions—like determining whether to accept the abandonment application of the Midla pipeline—that could affect how much Louisianans pay for energy and gas. I was disappointed that Senator Landrieu approved his nomination in her committee and I again urge her to vote against his confirmation.” Bay is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s handpicked nominee. He would play a crucial role in in deciding whether Louisianans receive affordable, reliable energy. Bay does not have the same regulatory experience as Acting Chairman LeFleur, but is said to be more in line with Reid’s anti-energy agenda. Reid has opposed the Keystone pipeline and oil and gas policies that would be beneficial to Louisiana and American energy independence. Read More

Cassidy Advocates for Stanford Victims, Urges Obama to Reform SIPC

2014/07/11

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) led a bipartisan letter with Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Charles Boustany (R-LA), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), John Duncan (R-TN), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Tim Griffin (R-AR) to President Obama urging him to protect investors, specifically Stanford Ponzi Scheme victims. The Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) is tasked with compensating victims of fraud. The SIPC is withholding money from victims of the Stanford scheme, who have been paid a tiny fraction for their losses. The SIPC currently has four open board member positions. President Obama is strongly encouraged to nominate individuals to these positions who have a history of protecting investors. Read the letter here. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: “Victims of the Stanford Ponzi Scheme have lost faith in the SIPC. Thousands of Americans lost their financial livelihoods. When they looked to the SIPC for support, they received little to none. President Obama should use this opportunity to appoint board members who will protect investors, not special interest groups. Restoring Americans’ confidence to invest and protecting Stanford victims has and will continue to be a priority.” Read More

Cassidy Opposes Obama’s $3.7 Billion Request for Immigration Crisis

2014/07/11

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) commented on President Obama’s request to Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding for the border crisis. “The American people want our borders secured and our laws enforced. They shouldn’t have to write a blank check for a President who for five and a half years has refused to do this. “The President has contributed to this humanitarian crisis through his own executive actions and his failure to enforce our laws. Now he fails to take any responsibility. In addition, the Senate immigration bill immediately grants temporary legal status to illegal immigrants prior to the borders being secured. It’s asylum without the assurance of border security. “A clear signal must be sent—do not break up your family. Individuals who come here illegally are not welcome. Securing our borders must be a priority.” 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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Contact Information

1131 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3901
Fax 202-225-7313
cassidy.house.gov

Committee Assignments

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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