Chairman's Press

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


03.21.17

Alexander: American Workers and Job Creators Support Nomination of Alexander Acosta to Serve As Next Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, March, 21 - Today, Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander announced that organizations representing American workers-from small business owners to builders to first responders-support the nomination of Alexander Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor, saying: "Alexander Acosta understands how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise. He has an impressive work and academic background, and his nomination has drawn support from worke… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Alexander: Congress Owes Patients and Their Families a Prompt, Bipartisan Reauthorization of FDA User Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21 - Senate health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress owes patients and their families a prompt, bipartisan reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical devices and drug user fees agreements, which are set to expire on Sept. 30. "We ended last year passing the 21st Century Cures Act, which Leader McConnell called 'the most important piece of legislation' that year," Alexander said at today's hearing. "94 Senators voted… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Alexander, Murray, Foxx, Scott Request Briefing from Department of Education on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

(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, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking for more information about the cause and scope of the outage of the Internal Revenue Servic… Continue Reading


03.13.17

Alexander Votes to Confirm Seema Verma to Serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON, D.C., March. 13, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): "As the architect of Indiana's Medicaid expansion, Seema Verma has a thorough understanding of how changing the direction of CMS will allow states to be more flexible and innovative. I look forward to working with her as Congress and the president work to move health ca… Continue Reading


03.10.17

Alexander Statement on the Selection of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to Head the FDA

NASHVILLE, March 10 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the selection of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "It's critical to have the right person in charge of the FDA, an agency that affects virtually every American and regulates about a quarter of all consumer spending in the United States. Dr. Gottlieb has impressive qualifications helping American patients as both a physician and in his previous… Continue Reading


03.09.17

Senate Overturns Obama-era Education Regulation that Undermined Local Control of Schools

WASHINGTON, March 9 - The Senate today voted for local school boards over a National School Board and affirmed that Congress writes the law, not the Department of Education. The Senate sent to President Trump's desk a resolution to rescind the department's final regulation for implementing the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The resolution that now heads to the president's desk was led by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and nine Republi… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Alexander: Obama-era Education Regulation is in “Direct Violation of Law that 85 Senators Voted for 15 Months Ago”

WASHINGTON, March 8 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Senate is poised to overturn an Obama administration education regulation that "is in direct violation of the law that 85 senators voted for just 15 months ago." In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Alexander today said: "In 2015, 85 United States senators voted for the law fixing No Child Left Behind that reversed the trend to a National School Board and restored decisions to classroom t… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Senate Sends Teacher Resolution to President

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement after the Senate passed H.J.Res. 58, a resolution to overturn the Obama Administration Department of Education's rule regulating teacher preparation programs. "This is a win for kids because Washington's good intentions can't excuse garbage rules," said Sasse. "Every single member of the Senate wants good teachers for our kids, but that's not what the rule was about. Nearly 700 pages wer… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Alexander: House Bill Would Help 40,000 Tennesseans Who May Otherwise Have Zero Obamacare Insurance Options Next Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7 -Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the American Health Care Act, legislation introduced in the House to begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare: "One especially encouraging aspect of the House bill is that it would help 40,000 Knoxville-area residents who are expected to have no insurance plans available on the exchange next year by allowing them to use their Affordable Care Act subsidy o… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Chairmen Johnson, Alexander Applaud Passage of Resolution to Roll Back Harmful Blacklisting Regulation

WASHINGTON - 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, applauded the passage of a resolution which would block implementation of the Obama administration's flawed and burdensome "blacklisting" rule through the Congressional Review Act. "Overturning this harmful rule will reduce the regulatory burden plaguing our economy," s… Continue Reading


03.02.17

10 Senators Introduce Resolution to Rescind Obama Administration Education Regulation

Regulation specifically violates federal law by doing what Congress told the department not to do WASHINGTON, March 2 - A group of 10 senators led by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) this week introduced a resolution to rescind the Department of Education's final regulation for implementing the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Senator Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Here is the problem with this rule that was put out by the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Senator Alexander Meets with Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

WASHINGTON, March 1 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting today with Alexander Acosta - President Trump's nominee to become the next United States Secretary of Labor: "I enjoyed meeting today with Alexander Acosta, who understands how harmful Obama-era labor regulations have made it harder for Americans to create, find, or keep good-paying jobs. I plan to schedule a confirmation hearing promptly after his nomination papers are com… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Alexander Statement on President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress: "The president's speech was hopeful and well-delivered. I especially liked his focus on the importance of national defense, on restoring local control of schools, and on repairing the damage Obamacare has caused and replacing it with health care systems that provide Americans with more choices of health insurance at a lower cost."… Continue Reading


02.21.17

Bipartisan Group of Senate and House Committee Leaders: “Vaccines Save Lives”

WASHINGTON, February 21 - A bipartisan group of Senate and House health committee leaders today sent colleagues a letter to highlight the importance of immunizations, saying: "Vaccines save lives." "The introduction of vaccines was a turning point in our country's public health history. Vaccines led to the elimination of certain diseases, including polio and measles, from the United States," write Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Was… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on Selection of Alexander Acosta to Serve as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the selection of Alexander Acosta to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor: "Mr. Acosta's nomination is off to a good start because he's already been confirmed by the Senate three times. He has an impressive work and academic background. We will schedule a hearing promptly after his nomination papers arrive in the Senate, and I look forward to exploring his views on how Ame… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Alexander Statement on Andy Puzder Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 15, 2017 -Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on Andy Puzder's decision to withdraw his nomination for Labor Secretary: "Andy Puzder has the experience and ability to make an excellent Labor Secretary, but I respect his decision. He understands the difficulties American workers face in a rapidly changing workforce and I look forward to continuing to hear his insights." # # #… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Alexander: HHS Action a Good First Step to Rescue Americans from Collapsing Health Care Market

WASHINGTON, February 15 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on market stabilization to help rescue Americans from the currently collapsing Obamacare individual market: "Today's administrative action by Secretary Price is a good first step towards rescuing the health care market that Tennessee's insurance commissioner says is 'very near collapse.' Without this c… Continue Reading

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