Bill Cassidy

Bill Cassidy

LOUISIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Cassidy, Palazzo: No Funding For President's Flood Risk Executive Order

2014/12/08

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting to withhold funding in the upcoming appropriations bill that would be used to issue a new Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS), or Presidential Executive Order to change the standard. They also requested any funding provided in previous appropriations bills not be used to implement this standard. Previously, Dr. Cassidy urged President Obama to not implement an executive order to change the FFRMS. Congress has worked in a bipartisan manner to address flood risk issues, yet the President is currently moving forward on a plan without the input of Congress or the American people. Since changing the standard could have far-reaching economic consequences, there needs to be an opportunity to fully understand the standard, and allow Congress and the public to provide input on this decision. Read the letter HERE. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "Louisiana families want their government to work together. If the President is going to act alone to change the flood risk standard by executive order, then Congress needs to keep the President from acting. Withholding funding for these actions is one way to do it. Louisiana families' opinions matter—my priority is making sure they are heard." BACKGROUND The President's executive order on FFRMS would change the Floodplain Management Guidelines to account for uncertainties associated with climate change. This will be used as the basis for identifying future flood risk when making federal investment decisions, potentially hindering federal investments and heightening compliance costs for many property owners. The plan is currently being developed under FEMA, yet has proceeded without significant input from Congress or the American people. Federal investment decisions throughout the country could be discouraged, and flood risk policy reforms included in the Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act could be at risk.  Read more HERE. Read More

Cassidy: President Does Not Have Authority to Grant Executive Amnesty

2014/12/04

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) voted to keep President Obama from overstepping his constitutional boundaries to grant executive amnesty. The Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014, H.R. 5759, reaffirms that the President does not have the authority to exempt whole categories of persons illegally present in the U.S. from removal or to defer that removal.  It also states that any executive action which disregards this is a violation of the law and has no legal effect.  Dr. Cassidy recently joined his colleagues to urge House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rogers to include language in the continuing resolution that prohibits funding for the President's executive amnesty, specifically for green cards and work permits.  He also introduced a bill with Senator David Vitter bill to stop the increasing number of illegal immigrants from entering the U.S.  Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "Louisiana families want the government to work together. President Obama would rather disregard these families, and Congress, to act alone. The President's decision to ignore our laws and grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants threatens our system of government. We must do what we can to stop the President from lawlessly granting amnesty." The Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014: Reaffirms the constitutional principles that only Congress has the power to write immigration laws and that the President must enforce those laws; Prevents President Obama or any future president from exempting or deferring the removal of categories of illegal immigrants except to the extent that the president is relying on his Constitutional powers over foreign affairs or utilizing exceptions provided for in the bill for exceptional humanitarian and law enforcement circumstances; Prevents President Obama or any future president from considering such illegal immigrants to be lawfully present in the United States (and thus ineligible for the rights and privileges available to lawfully present aliens); Prevents President Obama or any future president from granting work authorization to such illegal immigrants; and takes effect as if enacted on November 20, 2014, thus nullifying the president’s recent executive action. Read More

Cassidy Denounces EPA Ozone Regulations

2014/11/26

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) denounced the Obama Administration for issuing new EPA regulations that would lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone in the U.S. from 75 parts per billion to 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb).  Dr. Cassidy has been opposed to lowering this standard. It is said to be the most expensive regulation ever and will hurt Louisiana's energy and manufacturing industries. A study by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) estimated that significantly lowering the ozone NAAQS could reduce U.S. Gross Domestic Product by $270 billion per year and carry a compliance price tag of $2.2 trillion from 2017 to 2040, increasing energy costs and placing millions of jobs at risk.    For Louisiana alone, stricter ozone NAAQS could result in a loss of $53 billion in gross state product from 2017 to 2040, 117,000 lost jobs and cause $189 billion in total compliance costs. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: "This is said to be the most costly and expansive regulation for Louisiana's energy and manufacturing industries. Louisiana workers are the ones who will feel these costs. More than 100,000 jobs will be threatened. Families' gas and grocery bills could increase. Despite this, President Obama doesn't seem to care. I oppose these regulations. We should be rolling out the red carpet for these energy jobs, not the red tape."   Dr. Cassidy introduced and the House of Representatives passed the Energy Consumers Relief Act. This would help protect Americans from new billion-dollar EPA regulations that could increase energy prices and destroy jobs. It would ensure that there is greater transparency, and oversight of EPA’s expensive energy rules. Specifically, the legislation directs the EPA to submit a report to Congress detailing certain cost, benefit, energy price, and job impacts of any energy-related rule costing more than $1 billion. It would also prohibit EPA from finalizing a rule if the rule would cause significant adverse effects to the economy. On October 6, 2014, Dr. Cassidy and Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) urged Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to push back on the standards that will cause harm to Louisiana’s energy and manufacturing industries.  Republican members of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power also urged the EPA to include the underlying costs associated with meeting the existing standard. Dr. Cassidy joined Senator David Vitter at three Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) committee field briefings in Louisiana. The briefings focused on the potential impacts of proposed EPA ozone regulations. Specifically discussed in New Orleans was the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States Rule” and how it could harm Louisiana families, farmers and infrastructure projects. Read More

Cassidy Statement on President Obama's Executive Amnesty

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) released the following statement ahead of President Obama’s expected announcement that he will be issuing executive amnesty for up to 5 million illegal immigrants. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: “President Obama is exceeding his Constitutional authority, harming relationships with Congress and with the American people.  The President doesn’t care that a majority of Americans, including Louisiana families, oppose illegal immigration.  He also doesn’t care about offending generations of law-abiding immigrants who followed the law to earn their legal status.  I will continue to oppose amnesty and push to secure our borders.  The President is being irresponsible; we in Congress must be responsible.” Dr. Cassidy and Senator David Vitter previously introduced a bill to stop the increasing number of illegal aliens from entering the U.S.  The legislation would expedite the deportation process for unaccompanied alien children (UAC), reform existing immigration laws and send a clear message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated. Read More

Cassidy Urges President To Stop Flood Risk Standard Executive Order

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) urged President Obama to not implement an executive order to change the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).  Due to its far-reaching economic consequences, the public and Congress should have input on these decisions. Federal investment decisions throughout the country could be discouraged, and flood risk policy reforms included in the Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act could be at risk.   FFRMS would change the Floodplain Management Guidelines to account for uncertainties associated with climate change. This will be used as the basis for identifying future flood risk when making federal investment decisions, potentially hindering federal investment and heighten compliance costs for many property owners. The plan is being developed by the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) under FEMA, yet has proceeded without significant input from Congress or the American people (http://1.usa.gov/1uxFHZI).  FFRMS could also impact FEMA’s decisions related to flood insurance mapping, increasing flood insurance premiums for thousands of property owners by over-compensating the severity of their flood risk. Currently, the Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 requires FEMA to administer the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and determine flood insurance premiums based on engineering and statistical methodology.  Dr. Cassidy released the following statement:  "The President is not the only person who knows about flood risk and climate change. The President is doing a disservice to the American people by failing to include others' opinions that may differ from his. Scientists, Congress and the American people should be brought into this conversation. "The President's decision to use an executive order will impact working families in Louisiana. This could keep job-creating projects and facilities such as military bases and VA hospitals from coming to and staying in Louisiana.  "Flood risk isn't an issue the President needs to act alone on. The Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 passed Congress with strong Republican and Democrat support. There are many factors that should be considered when addressing flood risk and the President should be open to listening to them." Read the letter HERE.  Read More

Senate Fails To Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

2014/11/18

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) expressed extreme disappointment that the Senate failed to approve legislation to authorize building the Keystone XL pipeline.   If approved in the Senate, the Cassidy Keystone bill, H.R. 5682, would have been sent to the President. It passed the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 252 to 161. It has been more than six years since the Keystone XL pipeline’s application was first submitted to the U.S. State Department. The House has passed legislation nine times to authorize building the pipeline. Today was the first time the Senate considered Keystone legislation to build the pipeline on the Senate floor. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: “If there was ever legislation that should be enthusiastically approved by President Obama and his supporters in the Senate, it should be the Keystone XL pipeline. I introduced, and the House of Representatives passed the Cassidy Keystone bill to make it as easy as possible for the Senate to get a bill to the President’s desk. The Senate should have approved it today—it should have approved it six years ago. “Louisiana families need better jobs, better wages and better benefits. This can be achieved by supporting projects like Keystone that come from using North America’s natural resources. The President must listen to the American people who desire better jobs and stop opposing energy development opportunities that create these jobs." Read More

House Passes Cassidy Bill to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Cassidy bill, H.R. 5682, to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The House approved the bill by a vote of 252 to 161. A vote on the legislation is expected in the Senate next week. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement: “The Keystone bill that the Senate favors has now cleared the approval path in the House. This will make it easier for the Senate to do right by the American people and finally vote on building the pipeline. Authorization to build the pipeline has now passed the House 9 times. If the Senate fails to pass this now, they are ignoring a majority of Americans who support the pipeline and the thousands of jobs it will bring. Louisiana families want this pipeline built—let's get it built.” Watch Dr. Cassidy’s remarks on the House Floor here. Read the Cassidy bill, H.R. 5682, here. Read More

Senate Democrats take Cassidy advice, issue concern on ozone standards

2014/11/13

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) responded to a letter sent by Senators Landrieu, Donnelly, Manchin and Heitkamp regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. On October 6, 2014, Dr. Cassidy and Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) urged Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to push back on the standards that will cause harm to Louisiana’s energy and manufacturing industries. Read Drs. Cassidy and Fleming’s letter HERE. Read Senators Landrieu, Donnelly, Manchin and Heitkamp’s response HERE. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: “Louisiana’s energy and manufacturing industries are threatened by the Obama Administration’s billion dollar regulations. Despite Senator Landrieu’s support for President Obama’s nominees who put these harmful energy regulations in place, I urged Senator Landrieu more than 30 days ago to use her position as Chair of the Senate Energy Committee to push back on these policies. These policies are hurting Louisiana jobs. Our focus should be on creating and preserving jobs.”    Recently, Dr. Cassidy joined Senator David Vitter at three Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) committee field briefings in Louisiana.  The briefings focused on the potential impacts of proposed EPA ozone regulations. Specifically discussed in New Orleans was the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States Rule” and how it could harm Louisiana families, farmers and infrastructure projects.     Read More

Cassidy Denounces Obama’s Plan to Issue Executive Amnesty

2014/11/13

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) denounced multiple reports that President Obama is set to issue an executive amnesty plan next week, suspending deportations for millions of illegal immigrants. Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement: "President Obama is again choosing to ignore the Constitution and bypass Congress to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Rather than work with Congress to secure the borders, the President would prefer to expand the policies that led to the rush of illegal immigrants coming across our borders in the first place. Illegal immigration must not be tolerated. Pushing back on President Obama’s unlawful policies has and will continue to be a priority.”     Dr. Cassidy along with Senator David Vitter previously introduced a bill to stop the increasing number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) from illegally entering the U.S. The legislation would expedite the deportation process, reform existing immigration laws and send a clear message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated.     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.


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