Chairman's Press


Alexander: President Trump is Right to Be Focused on the Needs of Rural Tennessee, Tennessee Farmers

NASHVILLE, January 8, 2018 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined President Trump at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville. "The president is absolutely right to be focused on the needs of rural Tennessee and Tennessee farmers. For too long, our farmers have been overregulated and the needs of our rural communities have been ignored," Alexander said. "I am working with the president and with my colleagues in Congress on two issues of urgency to rural Tennes… Continue Reading


Alexander: Proposed Health Insurance Rule Could Lower Costs for up to 11 Million Self-Employed or Small Business Employees

MARYVILLE, January 4, 2018 - Senate health and labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "the Department of Labor's proposed health insurance rule could make insurance available to 11 million self-employed or small business employees-like farmers, or songwriters, or small businessmen and women-who today are priced out of our health insurance system." Chairman Alexander made his comments after the Department of Labor released its proposed rule to allow more self-employed Amer… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Senator Hatch Announcement

NASHVILLE, January 2, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the announcement by United States Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that he will not seek re-election in 2018: "Orrin Hatch's gift to the Senate and to the country has been his ability to maintain his principled conservatism while working across the aisle to create dozens of laws in health care, education and tax policy and making life better for tens of millions of Americans. That … Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander on 2017: 13 HELP Bills Signed into Law, 32 Trump Nominees Sent to Floor

"I am looking forward to continuing our work next year to help improve the lives of Americans by reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, ensuring states and local communities have the tools they need to combat the opioid crisis, and updating legislation to help our country respond to public health emergencies." WASHINGTON, D.C., December 29, 2017 -Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today remarked on the committee's productive year,… Continue Reading


Alexander, Hatch to Introduce Songwriters Legislation Early Next Year

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2017 - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today said the Senate will introduce legislation early next year that would help songwriters receive fair market compensation for their creative works and also improve an outdated music licensing process for digital music companies. U.S. Representatives Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY) introduced legislation today in the House of Representatives that takes the first step toward this g… Continue Reading


Alexander, Corker Urge Extension of Critical Medicare Payments for Rural Hospitals in Tennessee

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2017 - United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) requesting the committee extend Medicare payments that are critical to small, rural hospitals in Tennessee. "We are writing to request that you consider including an extension of the low-volume adjustment (LVA) for hospitals with offsets at the same rate the program was funded before its expiration on September 3… Continue Reading


Alexander: Congress, President Poised to Deliver Christmas Presents of Tax Cuts, Lower Cost Health Policies

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, December 15, 2017 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), in Middle Tennessee today, said Congress and President Trump are set to deliver Christmas presents to Tennessee families next week by reducing taxes and health care premiums. "This Christmas season is a good time for Congress to give Christmas presents to both taxpayers and hardworking Tennesseans who have been struggling to pay for skyrocketing insurance premiums," Alexander said. "And that's exactly wh… Continue Reading


Alexander: NLRB Restores Path to American Dream for Americans Who Own 780,000 Franchise Locations

NASHVILLE, December 15 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the decision by the National Labor Relations Board to overturn its Obama administration-era "joint employer" standard: "The Obama NLRB's decision changing the joint employer standard was the biggest attack on the opportunity for small businessmen and women to make their way into the middle class that anyone has seen in a long time-threatening to destroy the American Dream… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Ask Nation’s Governors, Insurance Commissioners How Federal Government Can Be Best Partner for States on the Front Lines of Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, December 14 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today sent a letter to every governor and state insurance commissioner in the nation asking for their specific recommendations on how the federal government can be the most effective partner for states in the battle against the opioid crisis. "We are writing to ask what further changes to federal law or regulations would be helpful as you work to combat the opioid crisi… Continue Reading


Alexander: Early Intervention in Mental Health is Critical

"Sean is one person out of nearly 10 million in the United States with a serious mental health condition. Without treatment, his story could have had a very different outcome… Over the past few years, this Committee has worked in a bipartisan way to update parts of the federal mental health system for the first time in over a decade… I look forward to hearing about the progress being made to ensure more people can receive the help they need and have positive outcomes like Sean." W… Continue Reading


Senate HELP Committee Approves 3 Nominees to Education Department, 4 Nominees to Labor Department

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2017 - The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today approved and sent to the Senate floor seven nominees for the Department of Education and Department of Labor. For the Education Department, Brigadier General Mitchell Zais is nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary, James Blew is nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, and Johnny Collett is nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Educa… Continue Reading


Alexander: Health Committee Explores Practical Solutions to Make Biomedical Miracles More Affordable

"The system is extremely complex and there are many factors that could have caused Joseph, who wrote the constituent letter I mentioned, to be charged $150 for his prescription - for example, what type of insurance plan did his family have? Is it a prescription drug where there is only one manufacturer? Is it a new drug with no generic substitute available?" WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2017 -Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress is working to find solut… Continue Reading


Alexander to Tennessee Farmer: We’ve Got a Christmas Present for You

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2017 - Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) urged Congress to deliver "a very good Christmas present" by passing his bipartisan legislation to lower health insurance premiums by 18 percent -- that's according to Avalere, which is one of the leading health consulting firms in the country and made the announcement this week. The senator said that the legislation will not just reduce premiums, but will also reduce the amount of federal tax dollars that go t… Continue Reading


Alexander Holds Hearing to Ensure Patients Benefit from 21st Century Cures Law

"[A] law is not worth the paper it's printed on if it is not implemented properly. I intend to ensure Cures is… implemented properly... Today we are hearing from Dr. Collins and Dr. Gottlieb on the provisions related to biomedical research. We are fortunate to have two talented leaders who know their agencies, are widely respected in Congress, and capable of getting results." WASHINGTON, December 7, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander today held a hearing to ensure pati… Continue Reading


Senate HELP Committee Considers Education, Labor Nominees Who Have Broad Support

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2017 - The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today held a hearing for two Department of Education nominees, Ken Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights and Johnny Collett to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and two Department of Labor nominees, Scott Mugno to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and Dr. William Beach to serve as Commissioner of Labor St… Continue Reading


Alexander Announces Policy Directors for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

WASHINGTON, December 4 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced he has named three new majority staff policy directors. Grace Stuntz will serve as Health Policy Director, Bob Moran will serve as Education Policy Director, and Andy Banducci will serve as Labor and Pensions Policy Director. "We are fortunate this talented group of individuals is working to help tackle some of the most important issues facing Americans today… Continue Reading


Alexander: Federal Government Should Be the Best Possible Partner for States on Front Lines of Opioid Crisis “Ravaging” Our Country

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2017 -- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that "we must ensure the federal government is the best possible partner for states on the front lines of the opioid crisis ravaging our country." Today's hearing - the second in a series of hearings on the opioid crisis - is focused on what is happening at the state and local levels to address the crisis and follows a Senate health committee meeting last month to hear from administrat… Continue Reading


Alexander to HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar: As Secretary, You Can Help Lower Premiums for the 350,000 Tennesseans in the Individual Health Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today chaired a hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he urged Azar, if confirmed, to work to lower Tennesseans' health insurance premiums and stabilize the individual health insurance market. "If confirmed, you will be faced with skyrocketing premiums in the individual health insurance market that are currently a nightmare fo… Continue Reading


Alexander to Azar: Your Broad Experience is an Obvious Asset in Leading HHS

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2017 - At a confirmation hearing today for Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Azar's "broad experience is a principal asset to leading the Department." "You have served in the judicial branch as a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and you know the executive branch, having been HHS General Counsel and Deputy Secretary… Continue Reading


Alexander: Time to Simplify the FAFSA

WASHINGTON, November 28, 2017 - Senate education Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that, "after four years of discussions over how to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, it is time to come to a result to make it easier for students to apply for federal financial aid." "Nearly 20 million students fill out the FAFSA every year and we have heard o… Continue Reading

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