Bill Cassidy

Bill Cassidy

LOUISIANA's 6th DISTRICT

HHS Won’t Confirm To Checking Citizenship Status of UAC Sponsors

2014/09/26

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) received a letter from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell this week that fails to confirm that the Obama Administration is verifying the citizenship status of individuals before placing unaccompanied alien children (UAC) with them. More than 1,200 UAC were relocated to Louisiana between January and July of this year. HHS says sponsors are usually parents, relatives, or family friends who can care for children while their immigration cases proceed. Sponsors must agree to make the child available for all immigration proceedings. They are also required to notify the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) of any address changes. AP also reported that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official said about 70 percent of immigrant families the Obama Administration released into the U.S. failed to appear at federal immigration offices for follow-up appointments. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: “The Obama Administration’s strategy seems to be to allow the children to stay in the U.S. while confusing the American public. Secretary Burwell’s letter acknowledges that family members have priority in receiving the child and that they are told to bring the child in for court proceedings. Reality is, if the child is here illegally, most likely the family is too. There’s  apparently no mechanism to assure the child’s appearance at the court date, which is to say the family here illegally will continue to live beyond the reaches of the law. The Administration needs to be honest with the American people.” On July 17, 2014, Reps. Cassidy, Fleming, Boustany, McAllister sent a letter to Sec. Burwell requesting information on the impact of the border crisis on the state of Louisiana. The letter was in response to reports that the Obama Administration has been transferring illegal immigrants into Louisiana. Read the original letter here. Read HHS Secretary Burwell’s response here. Read More

Cassidy, Louisiana Delegation, Look to Protect Agriculture Land

2014/09/26

WASHINGTON –Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA), along with the Louisiana delegation, urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make reforms to the Modified Charleston Method (MCM) to protect agriculture land. The letter, led by Senator David Vitter, calls for alternative mitigation strategies, increasing supply-side mitigation opportunities and taking into consideration MCM’s negative impact. The MCM mandates wetland mitigation as part of its permitting process for projects deemed to impact wetlands. MCM incentivizes mitigation banks to seek agriculture land over existing or former wetlands that are in immediate need of mitigation, without taking into consideration the negative impacts to agriculture. There has been an unsustainable increase in agriculture land usage for mitigation credits occurring throughout south Louisiana. Calcasieu Parish alone has lost more than 13,000 acres of agricultural land to mitigation banks in the past year. Dr. Cassidy and Rep. Richmond co-sponsored an amendment led by Rep. Scalise in the Energy and Water Appropriations Act to prevent the Army Corps from enforcing MCM in Louisiana. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement:   “Wetland mitigation should work to restore Louisiana’s marshes, not to convert prairie into wetland. Common-sense dictates that mandated mitigation efforts should rebuild Louisiana’s coastline. I will continue to work with Louisiana's delegation to advocate for common-sense reforms to protect farmers.” Read the letter led by Senator Vitter here. Read More

Cassidy Statement on Resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder

2014/09/26

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) issued the following statement on Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation: “Louisiana families lost confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder years ago. He sued Louisiana for trying to improve our school systems, citing exaggerated statistics. Holder would deny Louisiana children access to the school of their parents’ choosing to pursue a political agenda. The Inspector General recently sent a letter to Congress that the Department of Justice will not allow them access to records that by law they should have free access to. Our Attorney General is lawbreaker. I welcome his resignation.” Read More

Cassidy Statement on Anniversary of Hurricane Rita

2014/09/24

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) released the following statement on the 9 year anniversary of Hurricane Rita: “On the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Rita, we honor the lives lost and remember the devastation inflicted on Louisiana. We also pay tribute to the dedication and determination of Louisianans across the state who helped to rebuild our communities. “Today, southwest Louisiana is stronger than ever before. It is home to more than $77 billion in announced projects. The Cameron LNG plant in Hackberry will also begin exporting natural gas to our allies overseas, creating thousands of jobs for Louisianans. “I am proud to be a part of this growth, but there’s still more work to be done. We must protect our farmlands and increase funding for coastal restoration and hurricane protection projects. We also need a regulatory environment that will incentivize companies to invest in and bring jobs to Louisiana. I will continue to push for these and other measures to help grow and strengthen communities across our great state.” Read More

Cassidy Announces Flood Insurance Map Update

2014/09/19

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. FEMA plans to issue 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. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “It is critical that updated maps are accurate and reflect the structural and non-structural flood protection features that are in place. This helps to offset a Louisiana homeowner’s flood risk. I will continue to monitor FEMA’s implementation of the reforms passed in the Grimm-Cassidy Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act to ensure that the reforms are accurate and fair.” Read FEMA’s report HERE and see more information below: Parish Estimated Revised Preliminary Issuance Grant Parish October 2014 Jefferson Parish November 2014 Lafayette Parish October 2014 Orleans Parish September 2014 St. Bernard Parish October 2014 BACKGROUND Dr. Cassidy 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 Comments on 6 Year Delay of Keystone XL Pipeline

2014/09/19

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) denounced President Obama and his allies in Congress for delaying authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has now been 6 years since the application for building the Keystone pipeline was submitted. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Building the Keystone XL pipeline means thousands of direct and indirect jobs for American workers. If the President and Senate Democrats cared about our workers and creating jobs,  they would have advanced the Keystone pipeline 6 years ago. Keystone deserves a vote on the Senate floor. Americans are ready to take advantage of our nation’s natural resources and build the pipeline. The President and Senate Democrats should let them.” Yesterday, the House passed a number of bills to promote energy independence, including the Northern Route Approval Act, which would authorize building the Keystone pipeline. Read More

Cassidy Energy Legislation Passes House

2014/09/19

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) applauded the House of Representatives for passing the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs Act. You can view his remarks on the importance of passing common sense energy legislation HERE: Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Energy drives Louisiana's economy. Common sense solutions to lower the price of gas, groceries and energy for Louisiana families have passed the House, but are stuck in Harry Reid’s Senate. Increasing Louisiana’s share of revenue for coastal restoration projects, rolling back Obama's EPA regulations and building the Keystone pipeline are just a few ways to help businesses prosper and create jobs. We should be rolling out the red carpet for these jobs, not the red tape.” Included in the bill was initiatives championed by Dr. Cassidy, including: The Energy Consumers Relief Act Authored by Dr. Cassidy, this legislation will help protect consumers from higher energy costs by increasing transparency for major EPA regulations. It requires that before EPA finalizes any new energy-related rules estimated to cost more than $1 billion, the agency must submit a report to Congress detailing certain cost, benefit, energy price, and job impacts. The Secretary of Energy, in consultation with other relevant agencies, then must make a determination regarding the impacts of the rule. EPA would be prohibited from finalizing certain rules if the rule is determined to cause significant adverse effects to the economy. Cassidy Revenue Sharing Amendment Included in the Lowering Gas Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, this will lift the revenue sharing cap placed on Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA) from $500 million to $1 billion. Dr. Cassidy has been pushing the Senate to act on lifting this cap to increase the amount of money that Louisiana receives as its share of royalties from oil and gas drilling. This is the third time the amendment has passed the House, and is waiting to be brought up in the Senate. The Northern Route Approval Act A co-sponsor of the bill, this commonsense legislation aims to end the regulatory delays blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and finally allow the job-creating project to proceed after nearly six years of review. The bill would eliminate the need for a Presidential Permit, address all other necessary federal permits, and limit litigation that could further block the project’s construction. The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act A cosponsor of the bill, this legislation will help speed up the Department of Energy’s approval of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Increasing U.S. LNG exports would help boost the U.S. economy while increasing global energy security, and this legislation would bring certainty to the export approval process to ensure the U.S. does not miss this window of opportunity. Read More

Cassidy, Louisiana Parent, Examine Science of Dyslexia and Students

2014/09/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) gave remarks during the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing to examine the latest scientific research on dyslexia. Among others, he joined Gonzales, Louisiana resident Stacy Antie, an advocate and parent of a child with dyslexia, at the hearing. Dr. Cassidy discussed his experiences helping to spread awareness about dyslexia and the educational challenges faced by those who are dyslexic. Dr. Cassidy also highlighted the resolution he introduced alongside Rep. Julia Brownlee (D-CA) to urge schools and local educational agencies to bring the scientific knowledge of dyslexia into their classrooms. “Dyslexia affects as many as 10 million children across the country. It is an important issue for me, both as a parent and as a Congressman,” said Dr. Bill Cassidy. “We must continue to work to ensure these children are identified early and given access to evidenced based curriculums so that they can learn to read and reach their full potential. I thank Chairman Smith for holding this hearing and giving the science behind dyslexia the attention it deserves.” Also testifying was Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA); Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity; Ms. Stacy Antie, parent and advocate of a child with dyslexia from Louisiana Key Academy;  Mr. Max Brooks, author and screenwriter who has dyslexia; Dr. Peter Eden, Ph.D., President of Landmark College; and Dr. Guinevere Eden, Director of the Center for the Study of Learning. Dr. Cassidy is co-chair of the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. Dr. Cassidy’s wife, Dr. Laura Cassidy, co-founded the Louisiana Key Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Louisiana Key is a charter school for dyslexic children that seeks to provide an evidenced based curriculum, with trained teachers, so dyslexic students can reach their full educational potential. Additional information about the hearing can be found HERE. Read More

Cassidy Applauds Passage of Bill to Help Veterans Suffering From Traumatic Brain Injury

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON –Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) applauded the House of Representatives for passing his bill, the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act. This will enhance treatment services available for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and increase reporting requirements on those services. Dr. Cassidy previously successfully secured an extension of the program from 5 to 8 years in House and Senate Veterans Affairs reform bill.  Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “We always pray that our veterans return home in good health and good spirits. If they do not, it is our duty to provide these men and women with the proper care they need. For those suffering from traumatic brain injury, we can help them by enhancing a treatment program with proven results. Ensuring our veterans have access to quality treatment options is a priority.” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the original co-sponsor of the bill, offered the following statement:  “I am proud to have worked with Rep. Cassidy in making sure veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury have access to proper medical care and treatment when they return home. Enhancing this successful program means more stability and certainty for veterans and their families. Louisiana veterans should be glad they have a doctor like Bill looking out for their best interests.” A leading health problem, Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2014 seeks to improve the quality of life of veterans affected by the disorder by expanding rehabilitation services available. The legislation will:   Modify a current pilot program by substituting the benchmark for treatment from “assisted living,” to “community-integrated rehabilitation (CIR)” services Increase the treatment options available to include neurobehavioral programs, residential programs, comprehensive holistic (day treatment) programs, and home-based programs Measure program performance by participant satisfaction and outcome success Ensure the program is easily accessible and exists in each Veterans Affairs health care region that contains a VA polytrauma center. Read the bill here. 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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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.


Serving With

Steve Scalise

LOUISIANA's 1st DISTRICT

Charles Boustany

LOUISIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Vance McAllister

LOUISIANA's 5th DISTRICT

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