Chairman's Press

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


04.04.17

Isakson, Alexander Applaud Delay of Burdensome ‘Fiduciary Rule’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., praised today's decision by the Trump administration to delay implementation of the Obama administration's burdensome "fiduciary rule" that would hinder access to retirement planning for middle-income American families. The rule was scheduled for application on April 10, but will now be delayed by 60 days to June 9 to give the Department of Labor time to fully and thoroughly review how the rule will affect access to… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Alexander: Senate Labor Committee Sends Nomination of Alexander Acosta to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, March 30 - The Senate's labor committee today favorably reported out the nomination of Alexander Acosta to become the next United States Secretary of Labor. Acosta's nomination is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. "The Secretary of Labor should really be called the Secretary of the Workforce because the issue for workers today is not whether they belong to a union, it is whether they have the skills to adapt to the changing marketplace and to create, find, or keep good… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Alexander, Corker Introduce Bill to Rescue Americans with Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to rescue Americans with Affordable Care Act subsidies who have zero options for health insurance on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year. "There are 34,000 Knoxville area residents who rely on an Affordable Care Act subsidy to purchase insurance, and after the one remaining insurer pulled out of the exchange for 2018, these subsidies are worth as much as bus tickets in a town with… Continue Reading


03.27.17

President Trump Signs Resolution Overturning Obama-era Regulation that Undermined Local Control of Schools

WASHINGTON, March 27 - President Trump today signed a resolution to rescind the Obama administration's final regulation implementing accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - a victory for local school boards over a National School Board and an affirmation that Congress writes the law, not the Department of Education. After the President's signature overturning the Obama-era regulation, Senate and House education committee leaders today released the following statement… Continue Reading


03.27.17

President Signs Resolution to Rein in Federal Role in Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump today signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act that blocks a flawed Obama administration regulation related to teacher preparation programs. Introduced in the House by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, and championed by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the Senate, H. J. Res. 58 is one of two resolutions passed by Congress and signed by the president to rein in the federal rol… Continue Reading


03.27.17

President Trump Signs Johnson, Alexander Resolution into Law to Repeal Burdensome Blacklisting Rule

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following statements after President Donald Trump signed into law a resolution blocking implementation of the Obama administration's flawed and burdensome blacklisting rule. Senators Johnson and Alexander authored the resolution to repeal the blacklisting rule that passed … Continue Reading


03.27.17

Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While Student Aid Tool Is Unavailable

WASHINGTON, March 27 - Sens. 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, and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, and 39 additional Members of the Senate and House Education committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking the Department to take … Continue Reading


03.24.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on House Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2017 - Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the American Health Care Act: "The House decision today not to vote changes nothing about the urgency of rescuing 230,000 Tennesseans who buy insurance on Obamacare exchanges that our state insurance commissioner has said 'are very near collapse.' Unless Congress and the President act soon, these Tennesseans-some of the most vulnerable citizens in our state-are likel… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Alexander Meets with FDA Commissioner Nominee Dr. Scott Gottlieb

WASHINGTON, March 23 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "I had an excellent meeting with Dr. Gottlieb and believe he's well-qualified to lead the FDA. He has held three roles at the agency, been a practicing physician, and is a cancer survivor, so he understands from nearly every perspective the importance of the agenc… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Alexander Votes to Stop Obama-era Labor Regulation That Ignores the Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22, 2017 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Senate passage of legislation to overturn the Obama administration's harmful "Volks" rule will eliminate a regulation that does not follow the law. "This Obama regulation is a good example of what happens when officials at federal agencies ignore and try to rewrite the law--the result is a policy that makes no sense, does not help any workers, harms smaller employers most of all, and ultimate… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Alexander: Goal of Labor Secretary, Congress is to Create Environment for American Workers to Succeed in Rapidly Changing Workplace

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22 - The chairman of the Senate labor committee today said that the Labor Secretary and Congress's goal is to create an environment for American workers to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace and that harmful Obama-era labor regulations have only made it harder for Americans to create, find, or keep good-paying jobs. "The issue for workers today is not whether they belong to a union," Sen. Lamar Alexander said at today's confirmation hearing for Labor Secretary nomin… Continue Reading

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