Chairman's Press

01.18.17

Alexander to Dr. Price: We Will Work to Rescue Americans Trapped in Collapsing Obamacare System, Build Better Systems

WASHINGTON, January 18 - At today's Senate health committee hearing on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced simultaneously and concurrently as President-elect Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have also suggested. "To me, 'simultaneously' and 'concurrently' means Obamacare should be finally repealed only when there are concrete, practical reforms in place tha… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Alexander: Betsy DeVos is On Our Children’s Side

WASHINGTON, January 17 - At today's Senate education committee hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said "Betsy DeVos is on our children's side. On charter schools and school choice, she is in the mainstream of those trying to help children succeed and her critics are outside of it." Alexander, who was Education Secretary for President George H. W. Bush, said his last act as secretary in 1993 was to ask every U.S.… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Alexander: Labor Committee Hearing on Nomination of Andy Puzder to Become Labor Secretary to be Held on February 2nd

WASHINGTON, January 17 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the committee will plan to hold its confirmation hearing for Andy Puzder - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to become the next Secretary of Labor - on February 2nd. Chairman Alexander said: "Mr. Puzder is a respected Tennessee business leader who understands how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise. I look forward to hearing from him about how w… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Senator Alexander Meets with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Nominee Seema Verma

WASHINGTON, January 12 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting this morning with Seema Verma - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to become the next Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): "I had an excellent meeting this morning with Seema Verma, and I look forward to working together as she leads CMS, an agency with an annual budget of nearly a trillion dollars. She will oversee two of the larges… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Alexander Votes to Take First Step Toward Repealing Obamacare, Building Better Health Care Systems

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) tonight took the first step toward building better health care systems that give Americans access to truly affordable health care by voting for the Senate budget resolution that provides the tools necessary to begin repealing Obamacare. He rejected Democrats' efforts to lock Americans into the failing health care law and its collapsing exchanges. Alexander has proposed a plan for repealing and replacing O… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Alexander: DeVos Will Be an "Excellent Education Secretary"

WASHINGTON, January 10 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today met with Betsy DeVos - President-elect Trump's nominee to become Secretary of Education. Senator Alexander said: "Betsy DeVos and I had a great meeting today, and she is going to make an excellent Secretary of Education. I'm looking forward to her hearing because I know she will impress the Senate with her passionate support for improving education for all children. I am fully confident that she will be… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Alexander: Repeal and Replace Obamacare Simultaneously, Concurrently

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today proposed a three-step plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare simultaneously and concurrently, as President-elect Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have suggested. "To me, 'simultaneously' and 'concurrently' mean Obamacare should be finally repealed only when there are concrete, practical reforms in place that give Americans access to truly affordable health care. The American people deserve health care… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Alexander, Murray Joint Statement on Betsy DeVos Hearing Date

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the committee will move its confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos to January 17. Alexander and Murray said: "At the request of the Senate leadership to accommodate the Senate schedule, we have agreed to move the nomination hearing of Betsy DeVos to Tuesday, January 17th at 5:00 pm." # # #… Continue Reading


01.04.17

Alexander Welcomes Sen. Todd Young to HELP Committee

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2017 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today welcomed freshman Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, after Senate Republicans announced committee assignments for the 115th Congress: "I welcome Sen. Young to our committee and look forward to working with him on reforming our health care system to give Americans more choices of low-cost insurance, making it easier and simpler for more students to attend college, and working… Continue Reading


12.20.16

Alexander: "21st Century Cures" Law Highlights 2016 Accomplishments of Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

NASHVILLE, December 20 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today highlighted the committee's accomplishments for 2016 saying that it "was one of the most productive in the Senate, with 24 significant, bipartisan bills now signed into law - including legislation that will help virtually every American family." Alexander continued, "For the second consecutive year, President Obama has signed into law what he called last year 'a Christmas mir… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Alexander: President Signs “Christmas Medical Miracle That Will Help Virtually Every American Family”

WASHINGTON, December 13 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said President Obama signed into law a "Christmas Medical Miracle," the 21st Century Cures Act, which has been called "the most important legislation of the year" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and has the potential to help virtually every American family. Alexander was the chief Senate sponsor of the legislation along with Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash). "The real winners today are American families whose lives… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Alexander: President Signs “Christmas Medical Miracle That Will Help Virtually Every American Family”

WASHINGTON, December 13 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said President Obama signed into law a "Christmas Medical Miracle," the 21st Century Cures Act, which has been called "the most important legislation of the year" by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and has the potential to help virtually every American family. Alexander was the chief Senate sponsor of the legislation along with Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash). "The real winners today are American families whose lives stand … Continue Reading


12.12.16

Alexander Meets with Labor Secretary Nominee Andy Puzder

NASHVILLE, December 12 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting this afternoon with respected Tennessee businessman Andy Puzder - President-elect Trump's nominee to become the next Secretary of Labor: "Andy Puzder and I had an excellent meeting this afternoon. I am impressed with his understanding of how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise. As an experienced and respected Tennessee busi… Continue Reading


12.10.16

Alexander: Senate Funds New 21st Century Cures Law, Cancer Moonshot, $500 Million in State Grants “to Boost Front Lines in Opioid Fight”

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 10, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate's vote to fully fund the government through April and keep national parks open would also fully fund his 21st Century Cures bill for next year, "sending $500 million in state grants to boost the front lines in the opioid fight." "This bill is going to pretty quickly send a boost to the front lines of the opioid fight in many states, which will be a big opportunity for Tennessee. It shows our commitment t… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Alexander Statement on Selection of Respected Tennessee Businessman Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, December 8 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President-elect Trump's selection of respected Tennessee businessman Andy Puzder to become the next United States Secretary of Labor: "Mr. Puzder is a respected Tennessee business leader who understands how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise. I look forward to working with him to create an environment to help create jobs fo… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Alexander Meets with HHS Secretary Nominee Rep. Tom Price

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 8, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after meeting this afternoon with nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary Rep. Tom Price: "I spent an hour with Dr. Tom Price this afternoon and was greatly impressed with his understanding of the need to begin immediately to repeal Obamacare and reform the nation's health care system but to do it in a thoughtful, careful way that gives Americans more choices of low-cost insurance. … Continue Reading


12.07.16

Alexander: Senate Sends “Most Important Bill of the Year” to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, December 7- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "the most important bill of the year is headed towards the President's desk," after the United States Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94 to 5: "For the second consecutive year, the Senate is sending the President another Christmas miracle for his signature. Last year, it was the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this time, it's the 21st Century Cures Act-a bill that will help virtua… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Alexander: Bill Headed to President’s Desk is “Good News for People Fighting Complex Diseases in Rural Tennessee”

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said a health care bill he cosponsored in the Senate that will help make the medical brain power of institutions like Vanderbilt University Medical Center available to doctors in rural parts of Tennessee and other rural areas of the country is ready for the president's signature. "House passage of this legislation is good news for people fighting complex diseases in rural Tennessee and other parts of the country that are far a… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Alexander: Senate on Track to Pass “Most Important Bill of the Year”

"For the second year in a row, the Senate is poised to send the President another Christmas miracle for his signature-one that will help virtually every American family… I am looking forward to another successful vote in the Senate tomorrow, so we can send this legislation to the White House where the president has his pen ready to sign it." WASHINGTON, December 5 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the United States Senate is on track to pass what Maj… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Alexander: Over 320 Organizations Representing Patients, Doctors, and Researchers Urge Senate to Pass 21st Century Cures

WASHINGTON, December 5 - Ahead of today's Senate vote to move forward on the 21st Century Cures Act, Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced more than 320 organizations - from leading research hospitals to organizations representing patients with rare diseases - are urging Congress to pass the legislation. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the legislation by a vote of 392 to 26, readying the game-changing medical innovation package that includes new … Continue Reading

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