Chairman's Press

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


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

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