At final markup of the 2017-2018 Congress, Chairman Alexander says that the Committee’s work has touched the lives of virtually every American
WASHINGTON, November 29, 2018 — The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) today concluded a productive 115th Congress by passing five additional bills and approving four more qualified nominations.
At today’s markup, which was the committee’s final of this Congress, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, “the work this Committee has done over the last two years will have an impact on the lives of virtually every American.”
“In October, President Trump signed into law what Leader McConnell called ‘landmark’ legislation to fight the opioid crisis. That legislation included more than 40 proposals from this Committee, and contributions from 70 senators, many on this Committee.”
“In July, President Trump signed the Perkins CTE Act, which Senators Enzi and Casey worked on and we passed through this Committee. This legislation funds the career and technical education programs that train the skilled workers employers tell us they need.”
“And last August, the president signed into law the FDA user fee agreements that will help bring new drugs and devices to patients more quickly.”
Today, the committee approved five additional bills:
The committee also approved four nominations:
Alexander continued: “After we approve these five bills today, this Committee will have reported 29 bills this Congress and approved 50 nominees. I hope the full Senate will pass these bills and confirm these nominees before the end of the year as well. While we have accomplished quite a bit working together this Congress, looking towards next year, there are some things I hope to work on. This includes finding real ways to lower the cost of health care for Americans and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act to ensure it continues to be a good investment for students.”
Alexander concluded his remarks by recognizing Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) lifetime commitment to our country: “Today is Senator Hatch’s last markup of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. While both leading this Committee as Chairman and serving as a member, Orrin has maintained his principled conservatism while working across the aisle to create dozens of laws in health care and education. In fact, he has introduced more bills that have become law than any other living Senator. He has kept it up until the end – Orrin has led two of the bills we are considering today. I want to thank you for your lifelong commitment to make life better for tens of millions of Americans.”
You can read Senator Alexander’s full prepared opening statement here.