Chairman's Press

06.20.17

Alexander Statement on Selection of Patrick Pizzella to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, June 20 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after President Trump selected Patrick Pizzella to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Labor: "As the current Acting Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and a former Assistant Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, Mr. Pizzella's work experience makes him well qualified for this role. I look forward to a fair and prompt nomination process." ###… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Alexander Statement on President’s Selection of Kyle Fortson to Serve as Member of National Mediation Board

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's selection of Kyle Fortson to serve as a member of the National Mediation Board: "The United States Senate labor committee has been fortunate to have Kyle Fortson as our policy director since 2010. Her experience, knowledge and diligence will make her an ideal member of the National Mediation Board." ###… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander: Apprenticeship Programs Can Help Close Skills Gap That is Leaving Millions of Jobs Unfilled

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order that will expand and increase funding for Department of Labor apprenticeship programs: "In today's rapidly changing workplace, the challenge for Americans is acquiring the skills they need to adapt and to find, keep, or create a job-and apprenticeship programs are an important way for students to get that valuable real-wor… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander Recommends Administration Extend Cost-Sharing Payments Temporarily to Help Collapsing ACA Exchanges Transition to Stable Market

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today recommended the Trump administration "find a way, either through administrative action or legislation or a combination, to extend temporary cost-sharing payments under the Affordable Care Act at least through 2018-and probably should go ahead and do it through 2019." "These payments help to reduce the cost of premiums and co-payments for the roughly 4 percent of insured Americans who get their ins… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander Proposes Using “Secret Weapon” to Combat Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid Programs

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2017 - Today Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told HHS Secretary Tom Price that each year there are billions in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims, and supercomputers at our national laboratories can be used as a "secret weapon" in the effort to combat this waste, fraud and abuse. "The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a $1.6 trillion operation - with $820 billion in claims each year," said Alexander. "According to The Econ… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander: Apprenticeship Programs Can Help Close Skills Gap That is Leaving Millions of Jobs Unfilled

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order that will expand and increase funding for Department of Labor apprenticeship programs: "In today's rapidly changing workplace, the challenge for Americans is acquiring the skills they need to adapt and to find, keep, or create a job-and apprenticeship programs are an important way for students to get that valuable real-wor… Continue Reading


06.14.17

GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Reverse NLRB Ambush Elections Rule that Forces Employees to Vote Before They Know What's Going On

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today led 15 Republican senators in introducing legislation that will protect the rights of workers and employers by rolling back the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) controversial ambush election rule. "The ambush elections rule forces union elections in as little as 11 days-before an employer and many employees even have a chance to figure out what is going on," said Alexander. "The rule also threaten… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Alexander: Americans Want to Know Who Pays for Prescription Drugs and Where That Money Goes

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today chaired a bipartisan Senate health committee hearing to examine the path a FDA-approved prescription drug takes from the manufacturer to patient, and how this path affects what the patient pays, saying "Americans want to know who pays for prescription drugs and where that money goes." "More than 4 billion prescriptions are written for drugs each year for Americans who then receive those drugs at 60,000 drug stores… Continue Reading


06.08.17

On Eve of Rule Implementation, Isakson Continues Fight for Affordable Retirement Planning for Hardworking Americans Reintroduces legislation to stop big-government ‘fiduciary rule’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today reintroduced legislation to fight implementation of a misguided, big-government Obama-era rule that is scheduled to take effect tomorrow, June 9, that would harm retirement planning access for hardworking Americans. Known as the "fiduciary rule" and found in the fine print of hundreds of pages of U.S. Department of Labor regulations, the Obama administration's labor department sought to redefine the word "fiduciary." Fallout from this misgu… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Alexander Praises House Energy and Commerce Committee Unanimous Passage of “Vital” FDA User Fee Agreements

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) released the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed - by a vote of 54-0 - bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements: "If you have a family member with cancer, or Alzheimer's, or diabetes, you want the FDA to move as quickly as it can to get safe drugs and devices through the regulatory process into patients' medicine cabinet… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Alexander: Secretary Acosta Begins Rollback of Obama-era Assault on Franchise Model, Restores Focus to Worker Protections

WASHINGTON, June 7 - The Senate labor committee chairman today praised the decision by Labor Secretary Acosta to withdraw Obama administration guidance that had instructed investigators with the Wage and Hour Administration - which is focused on worker protections - to instead ask questions to determine whether a franchisee and franchisor are joint employers. "Secretary Acosta was absolutely right to withdraw this guidance and restore wage and hour investigators' focus on worker protections. … Continue Reading


06.06.17

Alexander: Francis Collins Continuing to Head NIH is “Good News for the Country”

WASHINGTON, June 6 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today released the following statement about the announcement that President Trump will retain Francis Collins as the director of the National Institutes of Health: "This is good news for the country and one of President Trump's best appointments. There's nobody better qualified than Francis Collins to help accelerate the medical miracles that have the potential to help virtually every American family." ###… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Alexander Statement on President's Selection of Peter Oppenheim to Serve at Department of Education

WASHINGTON, June 6 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's selection of Peter Oppenheim to serve as Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the Department of Education: "Peter Oppenheim is the kind of hardworking and thoughtful person who knows how to get a result. He navigated some of the most difficult turns in the bill fixing No Child Left Behind, and helped us reach 85 votes in the Senate. While I will be sorr… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Alexander: Lifting of FDA Hiring Freeze Meets a Top Bipartisan Senate Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2017 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today said lifting the hiring freeze at the Food and Drug Administration meets a top bipartisan Senate priority in the 21st Century Cures law. "We asked the Food and Drug Administration last year to tell us the single most important thing we could do to help move safe drugs and devices more quickly into patients' medicine cabinets and doctors' offices. And they said it was to allow them to hire talented people and pay … Continue Reading


05.24.17

Isakson Reintroduces Legislation to Restore Traditional Workplace Election Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today reintroduced legislation that would reverse a federal labor board's Obama-era decision that allows unions to handpick small numbers of employees within a company in hopes of organizing them into small bargaining units, or "micro-unions," that fragment the workplace and make it nearly impossible for employers to manage. Isakson's Representation Fairness Restoration Act, S.1217, would reinstate a nearly 80-year-old standard for determining wh… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Alexander: Senate Health Committee Advances “Critical” Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements

WASHINGTON, May 11 - The Senate's health committee today overwhelmingly approved-by a vote of 21 to 2-the bipartisan Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017-legislation sponsored by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that includes four different user fee agreements that must be reauthorized by Sept. 30. The legislation is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. "Today our committee took an important step in the timely reau… Continue Reading


05.10.17

FDA User Fee Markup Delayed Temporarily, Will be Rescheduled Promptly

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 10 - The Senate health committee markup of the Food and Drug Administration user fee reauthorization scheduled for 10 a.m. today has been delayed temporarily. The HELP Committee has been working in a bipartisan way for 15 months on the FDA user fee agreements, and Chairman Alexander, after conferring with Ranking Member Murray, has postponed this morning's markup because all Democrats are attending a meeting of the Democrat Caucus. Senators Alexander and Murray have agre… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Alexander: FDA Commissioner Gottlieb “Will Help American Families Benefit from Promise of 21st Century Cures”

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Dr. Scott Gottlieb, confirmed by the Senate today by a vote of 57-42 to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "will help American families benefit from the promise of 21st Century Cures." "The FDA has always been important-but there has never been a more important time for the agency," Alexander said. "Under Dr. Gottlieb's leadership, the FDA can capitalize on the significant funding Congress h… Continue Reading


05.08.17

Alexander: Senate Now Poised to Confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb to Lead the FDA

WASHINGTON, May 8 -Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Senate is now poised to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the Senate today voted to end debate on his nomination. "With the remarkable discoveries our nation's researchers are working on, there has never been a more important time to have the right person leading the Food and Drug Administration," said Alexander. "Dr. Gottlieb understands the i… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Alexander Tells Cancer Researchers in Memphis: Congress Just Delivered $2 Billion Increase for Medical Research for 2nd Consecutive Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 5, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told cancer researchers in Memphis that Congress just delivered a $2 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the second consecutive year. "This bill provides a major boost for programs like the 'Cancer Moonshot' to speed cancer research and the Precision Medicine Initiative to develop treatments and cures tailored to a patient's genome," Senate health committee Chairman Alexander… Continue Reading

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