Chairman's Press

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


05.05.17

Alexander: Unless Congress Acts on Health Care Law, 29,000 Memphis Area Residents May Be Unable to Buy Insurance in 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 5, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that unless Congress acts on the health care law, 29,000 Memphis area residents may be unable to buy insurance with their Affordable Care Act subsidy in 2018. "Memphis area residents currently have one choice of insurer on the Affordable Care Act exchange for 2018 - and if the remaining insurer leaves the exchange, these individuals will be left with an Affordable Care Act subsidy that's as useful to them as a bus tic… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on Goals for Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2017 - Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on House passage of the American Health Care Act: "I congratulate the House on passage of its bill. The Senate will now finish work on our bill, but will take the time to get it right. My own goals for a Senate bill include: 1) rescuing the thousands of Tennesseans and millions of Americans who will be trapped in collapsing Affordable Care Act exchanges with few or … Continue Reading


05.04.17

Alexander: Congress Delivers $2 Billion Increase in Funding for Medical Research for 2nd Consecutive Year; Restores Year-Round Pell Grants

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2017 - Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill-which today passed the Senate-delivers increased funding for breathtaking advances in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $2 billion for the second consecutive fiscal year. The bill also restores year-round Pell Grants. "This bill provides a major boost for programs like the Cancer Moonshot to speed cancer research, the Prec… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Alexander, Murray to Conduct Rigorous Oversight on Student Aid Tool Outage with Department of Education, Internal Revenue Service

(Washington, D.C.) -Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos yesterday requesting regular briefings from the Department of Education on the outage of the Internal Revenue Service's Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). Senators Alexander and Murray also requested the Department put forth an action plan that addresses security co… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Bennet, Alexander Applaud Restoration of Year-Round Pell Grants

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the restoration of year-round eligibility for the Pell Grant program in the bipartisan budget deal to fund the government through September 30, 2017. "For years, Senator Alexander and I have worked together to restore funding for year-round Pell Grants," Bennet said. "This common-sense policy will allow college students to continue their coursework during summer months, giving them flexibility to c… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Alexander: Congress Set to Deliver $2 Billion Increase in Funding for Medical Research for 2nd Consecutive Year; Restore Year-Round Pell Grants

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2017 - Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill increases funding for breathtaking advances in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $2 billion for the second consecutive fiscal year. The bill also restores year-round Pell Grants. "This bill provides a major boost for programs like the Cancer Moonshot to speed cancer research, the Precision Medicine Initiative to develop tr… Continue Reading


05.01.17

Senate Passes Alexander, Bennet Resolution Celebrating 18th Annual National Charter Schools Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1 - Today, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) celebrating the 18th annual National Charter Schools Week, which runs from May 1 through May 5 and congratulates the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of our nation's 6,950 charter schools. Senate education committee Chairman Alexander said: "Since their creation in the 1990's by the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party, charter schools… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Senate Health Committee Sends Nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to be FDA Commissioner to Senate Floor

Senate Health Committee Sends Nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to be FDA Commissioner to Senate Floor Chairman Alexander says Dr. Gottlieb is "the right person to move FDA forward to help patients take advantage of the remarkable discoveries our nation's researchers are working on" WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27 - The Senate's health committee today favorably reported out the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Gottli… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Alexander: New Labor Secretary “Can Now Begin Work to Create a Better Environment to Help More American Workers Succeed”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Alexander Acosta, confirmed by the Senate today as Labor Secretary, "can now begin his work to create a better environment to help more workers succeed in the rapidly changing workplace." "American workers are fortunate to now have a Secretary of Labor who understands the importance of a good-paying job and that harmful regulations from Washington have only made it harder to create, find, or k… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Alexander: President’s Directive Ensures Faithful Implementation of the Law that Restored Local Control of Classrooms

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the Trump Administration executive order ensuring faithful implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act - the new education law that Alexander sponsored to restore local control of classrooms: "In 2015, there was a consensus that No Child Left Behind needed to be fixed and, remarkably, there was a consensus on how to fix it: Continue the law's important measuremen… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Alexander: Senate Now Poised to Confirm Alexander Acosta to Become Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, April 26 -Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Senate is now poised to confirm Alexander Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor and "begin creating an environment for workers to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace," after the Senate today voted to end debate on his nomination and move to a vote. "We are fortunate to have a presidential nominee for Labor Secretary who understands how a good-paying job is critical to helping workers realize the America… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Senate HELP Committee Sends 4 Bipartisan Public Health Bills to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2017 - The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee today voted overwhelmingly to send four bipartisan public health bills to the Senate floor. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said: "Today our committee continues its tradition of working together to get results for American families by approving four bipartisan bills. These health bills will help states screen and link to follow-up care for infants with hearing loss, identify ways to improve f… Continue Reading


04.19.17

Alexander: First Round of 21st Century Cures Funding Sends Nearly $14 Million to Combat Tennessee’s Opioid Abuse Epidemic

MARYVILLE, Tenn., April 19 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price announced Tennessee will soon receive nearly $14 million in funding to combat opioid abuse - the first of two rounds of funding to be delivered as part of the 21st Century Cures Act that Alexander sponsored and President Obama signed into law last year: "Last year, Leader McConnell called 21st Century Cures 'the mo… Continue Reading


04.19.17

Alexander: Goal for New Labor Secretary is to Create Environment for Tennessee Workers to Succeed in Rapidly Changing Workplace

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., April 19, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Tennessee Association of Manufacturers that President Trump's Labor Secretary nominee, Alexander Acosta, would soon be confirmed by the United States Senate so "he can get to work creating an environment for workers in Tennessee and across the country to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace." "The issue for Tennessee workers today is not whether they belong to a union, it's whether they have… Continue Reading


04.18.17

Alexander Tells Elizabethton: I’m Working to Help 1,700 in Carter County Trapped in Collapsing Individual Insurance Market

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn., April 18, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethton that he is working to give Tennessee the flexibility it needs to help Tennesseans trapped in the state's collapsing Obamacare exchange. Tennesseans who buy their insurance on the Obamacare exchange face increased premiums and fewer options as high health care costs and one-size fits all Washington regulations have made it too costly for several insurance companies to o… Continue Reading


04.14.17

Senate, House Health Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of FDA User Fees Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, April 14 - The leaders of the Senate and House health committees today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration user fee agreements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 renews FDA's authority to collect user fees from the makers of prescription brand drugs, medical devices, generic drugs and biosimilars, and several vital programs at the FDA. The 2012 prescription drug user fee amendments … Continue Reading


04.13.17

Alexander: Secretary Price is Taking an Important Step to Begin Stabilizing Collapsing Individual Insurance Market

NASHVILLE, April 13 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price released a final rule on health insurance market stabilization: "Today's action by Secretary Price is an important step to begin stabilizing the Affordable Care Act's collapsing individual insurance market," Alexander said. "The urgency remains for Congress and the administration to continue helping the 4 percent of insure… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Alexander: Scott Gottlieb Has Impressive Qualifications and Is the Right Person to Lead FDA and Its “Vital Mission”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5 - At today's Senate health committee hearing, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Dr. Scott Gottlieb has "impressive qualifications from nearly every perspective" and is the right person to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its "vital mission" for patients. "The Food and Drug Administration has always been important," Alexander said, "but there's never been a more important time to capitalize on the significant funding Congress has given to medic… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Alexander: Timely FDA User Fee Reauthorization is “Integral to Helping Patients, Delivering on the Promise of 21st Century Cures”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4 - At the Senate health committee's second hearing on the reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements, Chairman Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a timely reauthorization is "integral to helping patients and delivering on the promise of 21st Century Cures." "After reviewing the recommendations from industry and the FDA, I believe these are good agreements for patients," Alexander said. "I look forward to working with Senator Murray and our … Continue Reading

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