Representative William 'Bill' Cassidy's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 6, Republican
On The Ballot: Potential, Republican for U.S. Senate
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Bill Cassidy. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bill Cassidy voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Cassidy Outlines 'Pledge To America' Health Care Plan. 23 September 2010. "To strengthen the patient-physician relationship by, among other things, increasing the use and usefulness of health savings accounts -- health savings accounts that put the patient firmly in control of her health care dollar, and, in so doing, allows her to make the decisions that are important for her health, but also for her finances. We will ensure access to affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions. And lastly, we will join with 70 percent of the American people that desire to ban federal funding for abortions." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "As we speak about women, let's not also forget the woman's right to practice her faith. And if she chooses to practice her faith in a way which preserves life, she should not be coerced by the dictates of an overreaching State." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Louisiana Values. 21 November 2011. "The Right To Life: As a physician, Bill Cassidy knows every human life is a blessing deserving equal protection under the law from womb to natural death. He is a co-author of legislation to block taxpayer funding of abortion and is working to pass legislation to discourage abortion by helping pregnant mothers carry their children to term and care for their children after birth." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Faith and Family Values. 1 January 2011. "Cassidy strongly supports the right to life, and will defend the rights of the unborn in the House of Representatives. The United States is a compassionate country, founded on respect for certain inalienable rights, including the right to life." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bill Cassidy voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the Family Research Council 81 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bill Cassidy voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Cassidy. Bill Cassidy, US Congressman, Discusses Issues Facing our Nation Including Debt and Unemployment. Responded "I think that decision should be left to the generals on the ground" [¦] We had a briefing which reflected general press, that they need to have so called metrics, how do we know we are succeeding?, how do we know that we aren't just pouring in troops and sacrificing lives with lots of money that we don't have a measure of success. I think what the American people have to ask, and it's a fair statement, and it's what the military is asking to be asked, how do we know 6 months from now that we are making progress? Now, if we are not making progress than we have to change our tactics [¦] I've not been to Afghanistan, I don't have feet on the ground, so to speak, but I am looking forward to them giving us those metrics. Then we as the American people can say, we're making progress or we are not making progress, if not, we should change tactics" to the question: "The Afghanistan war, it appears we are going to have to increase the troops there, what are your thoughts?" (www.lockemeredithlaw.com)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2011. "The men and women of the Armed Forces have carried out their recent missions in Iraq and Afghanistan with unrivaled skill and determination, laying the groundwork for a more peaceful future and a safer United States." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Cassidy. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Bill Cassidy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Cassidy Opposes President's Budget. 13 February 2012. "The proposed budget is inconsistent with the President's promise to address debt reduction and entitlement reform. The country needs leadership on debt reduction to keep Medicare from going bankrupt. Instead, the President's budget increases the deficit by $900 billion despite almost $2 trillion in increased taxes and substantial cuts to our military." (cassidy.house.gov)
  • Bill Cassidy. National Security. 1 October 2012. "Our government has no greater duty than defending the people of the United States. Bill believes America's military must have the resources, training, and equipment necessary to defend our citizens at home and our nation's interests abroad." (cassidy.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Bill Cassidy a rating of 82 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Cassidy Says We Are Moving Discussion from Cutting Billions to Trillion. 29 April 2011. "Last week, billions in federal spending were cut. The budget passed today changes the discussion to cutting trillions. It is time to work together to find common sense solutions that will reduce spending and provide Americans with an honest budget that saves and strengthens Medicare and Social Security while addressing the threat the national debt poses to our country's future." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Cassidy Stands Against Debt Limit Increase. 31 May 2011. "Tonight, House Republicans sent a message to President Obama, Secretary Geithner and House Democrats that they must abandon their plans for a clean debt limit increase and come to the table with serious budget reforms that will create jobs and save our country from national bankruptcy. We can no longer afford to keep living beyond our means; we must cut up the government credit card." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Cassidy Statement on Stimulus Discussion with President Obama. 27 January 2009. "I appreciate President Obama's willingness to work with Republicans and build consensus about how to stimulate the economy. I agree with the President that we can spur economic growth and create jobs by building strong infrastructure and providing tax relief for families and small businesses." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Dr. Cassidy: "Stimulus" Bill Like Treating Heart Trouble With A Leg Cast. 13 February 2009. "The only way to cure the economy and create jobs is to go to the root causes. We need a bill that jumpstarts housing, manufacturing, and consumer spending with broad tax relief and job-creating investments in infrastructure, not a bill that saddles our children with too much debt for too many projects that will not help the economy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. The Economy and Government Spending. 18 March 2009. "The thought also occurs to me that obviously the jobs that are created that do have long-term benefit are created by those small businesses. And so the thought occurs to me, someone said, a commentator of some sort, it is good that the stimulus package is going to have people hire two more, say, police officers. That is good. It helps safety on the street. But two more police officers does not create 10 more jobs. On the other hand, if we can enable that small business, that small business will create 10 more jobs. So, again, it just keeps echoing in my mind, 'the power to tax is the power to destroy.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 89 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Cassidy. The Economy and Government Spending. 18 March 2009. "The thought also occurs to me that obviously the jobs that are created that do have long-term benefit are created by those small businesses. And so the thought occurs to me, someone said, a commentator of some sort, it is good that the stimulus package is going to have people hire two more, say, police officers. That is good. It helps safety on the street. But two more police officers does not create 10 more jobs. On the other hand, if we can enable that small business, that small business will create 10 more jobs. So, again, it just keeps echoing in my mind, 'the power to tax is the power to destroy.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Budget and Taxes. 1 January 2011. "One of the most effective ways to grow the economy and create jobs is to provide tax relief to small businesses and middle class families. With lower tax burdens, businesses can grow and hire more workers. Bill recognizes that families, not Washington, know how to make the most productive use of their hard earned money. Bill also signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, demonstrating that he will oppose efforts to increase taxes." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 21 November 2011. "Tax relief stimulates the economy, allowing small businesses to invest and create jobs. Bill Cassidy co-authored the Economic Recovery & Middle Class Tax Relief Act to jumpstart the economy with broad and targeted tax relief for families and small businesses." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Small Business. 1 January 2011. "Small business is the backbone of America's economy, having created over 60 percent of all new jobs in the last decade. To help small businesses grow and prosper, Bill supports providing small business tax relief and reducing burdensome regulations." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "As a parent of three school age children, Bill strongly believes that parents and teachers, not federal bureaucrats, will make the best education decisions for students. High standards yield high achievement, and parents should have a right to choose the best educational opportunities for their children, including homeschooling, private and parochial schools, charter schools, or public schools." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Cassidy. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of Environment America 17 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Bill Cassidy voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of Environment America 17 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Cassidy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Cassidy. WAFB - Bill Cassidy Sets the Record Straight on WAFB. 27 October 2008. "I have never said I wanted to privatize Social Security, and if you don't want to talk about issues, if you don't want to talk about the fact that I am the pro-life, pro-Second Amendment candidate who supports John McCain; who is for lower taxes - who would actually vote for lower taxes instead of just talk about it - then you make up lies about other issues." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Cassidy Helps Pass Bill To Defend 2nd Amendment Rights. 20 May 2009. "Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) helped pass legislation to defend Americans' Second Amendment Rights. With House passage of the Preservation of the Second Amendment in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges Act, law-abiding citizens will be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights in national parks without fear of prosecution." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bill Cassidy a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bill Cassidy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Second Amendment - The Right to Bear Arms. 21 November 2011. "Only one candidate for Congress in Louisiana's Sixth District opposes the election of the "most anti-gun President in U.S. History" [¦] Bill Cassidy will defend the Second Amendment rights of Louisiana citizens and supports the NRA's preferred candidate for President, John McCain. According to the NRA, Bill Cassidy is a "solidly pro-gun candidate" who has supported NRA positions on key votes in the Louisiana Legislature. The NRA gave Bill Cassidy an "A" rating, the highest rating earned by any Louisiana candidate for Congress." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. 1 January 2011. "Bill maintains an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, and will always promote and defend Second Amendment Rights. He understands that the Second Amendment guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to keep and bear arms." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Meet the Candidate: Bill Cassidy. 27 October 2010. "And I've argued for the preservation of our liberty. Our First and Second Amendment rights, our right to be free of government meddling in our lives, and our right to keep our own money that we earn, and on behalf of lower taxes." (www.wrkf.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bill Cassidy voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. United States Congressman Billl Cassidy. "Secondly though the Dream Act is where some people have proposed that if someone came here illegally as a child, no fault of their own, and now they have integrated into society, that they should be allowed to effectively go to high school and college and not be deported. Some go all the way to make this a pathway to citizenship. This has been debated in Congress. Under our Constitution, this should begin in Congress and go all the way through and be fully debated and appreciated by the American people and signed into law [¦] Now I will tell you there are conservatives on both sides of this issue. The Wall Street Journal actually favors the Dream Act and there are other conservatives who say no, they are illegal." (www.lockemeredithlaw.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Cassidy. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bill Cassidy voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the American Family Association 77 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bill Cassidy supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Faith and Family Values. 1 January 2011. "Cassidy is also concerned about activist judges who thwart the will of the people by overturning state and federal marriage laws, and he will work to ensure that this issue remains in the jurisdiction of the states. The state constitution of Louisiana states that marriage shall consist only of one man and one woman. This should not be redefined by federal judges." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: Louisiana Values. 21 November 2011. "Preserving Traditional Marriage: A husband and father of three children, Bill Cassidy supports the Defense of Marriage Act, which enshrines the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Cassidy. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2011. "The horrific attacks of 9/11 demonstrate that the United States must maintain an offensive military posture against rogue nations and terrorists groups. Bill supports America's global efforts to track down and eliminate terrorists before they can strike American cities." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Cassidy. Social Security Answers. 12 August 2008. "Cassidy said he supports voluntary personal investment accounts as part of the solution, if it is fiscally sound. 'Institutional investors often get a better rate of return than individual investors,' he said." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Cassidy. WAFB - Bill Cassidy Sets the Record Straight on WAFB. 27 October 2008. "I have never said I wanted to privatize Social Security, and if you don't want to talk about issues, if you don't want to talk about the fact that I am the pro-life, pro-Second Amendment candidate who supports John McCain; who is for lower taxes - who would actually vote for lower taxes instead of just talk about it - then you make up lies about other issues." (www.votesmart.org)

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