Chairman's Press

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


12.02.16

Alexander on Selection of Rep. Greg Walden as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON, December 2 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the selection of Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.) by his caucus to become the next Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee: "I look forward to working with Representative Walden on repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-centered, market-based reforms, and supporting biomedical innovation to get safe, cutting-edge treatments and cures into doctors' … Continue Reading


12.02.16

Alexander on Selection of Rep. Virginia Foxx as Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee

WASHINGTON, December 2 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the selection of Representative Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) by her caucus to become the next Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee: "I look forward to working with Representative Foxx, who is a diligent, hard-worker on ensuring that the law fixing No Child Left Behind is implemented the way that Congress wrote it. We will also turn our attention to higher… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Alexander: Leader McConnell Announces Senate on Monday Will Take Up “Most Important Legislation of the Year”

"This legislation will help us seize on the breathtaking advances in biomedical research and bring those innovations to doctors' offices and patients' medicine cabinets around the country. It will advance Vice President Biden's moonshot to find cures for cancer, President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, and Alzheimer's research. Finally, it will help states in the fight against opioid abuse and help the one in five adults in this country suffering from a mental illness get the treatment t… Continue Reading


11.30.16

Alexander: House Passes “Most Important Legislation of the Year” by an Overwhelming Margin, 392 to 26

"The real winners today are American families whose lives stand to be improved by the Cures legislation passed overwhelmingly today by the House and that we should pass by a wide margin in the Senate. This bipartisan legislation - which Majority Leader McConnell has called "the most important legislation Congress will pass this year" - will help us take advantage of the breathtaking advances in biomedical research and bring those innovations to doctors' offices and patients' medicine cabinets ar… Continue Reading


11.29.16

Alexander: Senate Passes Bill to Help Doctors Treat Complex Diseases in Rural Tennessee

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today after the Senate passed the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which Alexander cosponsored: "This bill will help provide a way for people who live in rural Tennessee and other rural and underserved areas who are suffering from complex illnesses to get the specialized care they need more quickly and more conveniently - even when there are no medical specialists near where t… Continue Reading


11.29.16

Alexander on Selection of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, November 29 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President-elect Trump's selection of Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.) to become the next United States Secretary of Health and Human Services: "Dr. Price has a thorough understanding of health care policy and the damage that Obamacare has caused - he can see the view from the doctor's office as well as from the lawmaker's office. I look forward to working with him to fi… Continue Reading


11.28.16

Alexander Statement on Final ESSA Accountability Rule

WASHINGTON, November 28 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Department of Education's final regulation for implementing the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act: "This regulation goes to the heart of the new law fixing No Child Left Behind, which reversed the trend toward a national school board and restored to states, communities and classroom teachers responsibility for the education of our childr… Continue Reading


11.26.16

21st Century Cures Bill Released

WASHINGTON, DC - House and Senate health committee leaders have released the final "21st Century Cures" bill and announced that the House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a $6.3 billion landmark medical innovation package that will accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new cures and treatments and provide new funding for the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. The leaders said the House would also vote Wednesday to include in the Cures bill l… Continue Reading


11.23.16

Alexander Statement on Selection of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

MARYVILLE, Tenn., November 23 — Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President-elect Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the next United States Secretary of Education: “Betsy DeVos is an excellent choice. The Senate’s education committee will move swiftly in January to consider her nomination. Betsy has worked for years to improve educational opportunities for all children. As secretary, she will be able to implement the … Continue Reading


11.22.16

Alexander: Federal Court Decision Gives President-elect Trump and Congress Opportunity to Revise Destructive “Time Card” Rule

MARYVILLE, Tenn., November 22 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that the decision today by a Texas federal judge to halt the Labor Department's "Time Card" rule-which was set to take effect on Dec. 1-gives President-elect Trump and Congress an opportunity next year to revise the "destructive" overtime rule that "would have raised college tuition, cut non-profit services and sent the nation's workers backwards - demoting millions back to punching a time clock." As … Continue Reading


11.18.16

Alexander Statement on FDA’s Decision to Delay Making Final Guidance on Lab-Developed Tests

NASHVILLE, Nov. 18 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's announcement it will delay making final its guidance regarding lab-developed tests until the next administration: "I am glad that the FDA has listened and will delay making final its current draft guidance that could have halted more than 60,000 lab-developed tests in their tracks, and will work with Congress and the new administration on next … Continue Reading

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