Chairman's Press

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


11.10.16

Alexander: Voters Expect New Congress, President to Fix Obamacare Emergency and Stop Washington from Telling Them What To Do

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Chattanooga Rotary that the results of Tuesday's election should mean "less Washington involvement in telling us what to do in our everyday lives" and an opportunity to fix the "Obamacare emergency." Alexander said, "A Republican president, working with a Republican Congress, could reduce Washington's involvement in our lives and solve some of the problems that were the source of voters' frustrati… Continue Reading


11.07.16

25 Senate, House Education Committee Members: Education Department Should Withdraw Rule that Violates “the Unambiguously Expressed Intent of Congress”

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 - Twenty-five Republican members of the Senate and House education committees today urged the Department of Education to withdraw its proposed "supplement not supplant" regulation, saying it "violates the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress," and called on the department to instead work with Congress to implement the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act as it is written. The regulatory proposal would change the longstanding requirement that prevents school districts f… Continue Reading


10.25.16

Alexander Statement on District Court Ruling Halting Obama Administration’s “Blacklisting” Regulations

ALAMO, Tenn., Oct. 25, 2016 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the United States District Court's preliminary injunction Monday, which temporarily halted implementation of the administration's "blacklisting" regulations on federal contractors and subcontractors: "The District Court's decision to halt the administration's 'blacklisting' regulations - which were set to take effect today - is good news for our nation's federal contractors an… Continue Reading


10.19.16

Alexander: 1,444 Cocke Countians on Obamacare Lose Blue Cross Blue Shield as an Option Next Year, Will Have Only 1 Insurer to Choose From

NEWPORT, Tenn., October 19, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Cocke County Chamber of Commerce that "the next Congress and the next president must fix the Obamacare emergency," noting that the 1,444 Cocke Countians who this year have insurance on the Obamacare exchange have lost the option to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield next year, and will have only one insurer to choose from. In August, Tennessee's insurance commissioner described the state's Obamacare excha… Continue Reading


10.19.16

Alexander: 2,366 Hamblen Countians on Obamacare Lose Blue Cross Blue Shield as an Option Next Year, Will Have Only 1 Insurer to Choose From

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., October 19, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce that "the next Congress and the next president must fix the Obamacare emergency," noting that the 2,366 Hamblen Countians who this year have insurance on the Obamacare exchange have lost the option to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield next year, and will have only one insurer to choose from. In August, Tennessee's insurance commissioner described the state's Obamaca… Continue Reading


10.18.16

Alexander: More Than 400 Organizations Representing Non-profits, School Boards, Cities, Roofers, Farmers, Restaurants, and Others Support Bill to Fix Obama Administration Overtime Rule Alexander bill would stretch out the timeline for implementation

GREENEVILLE, Oct. 18, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that more than 400 organizations-from Christmas tree farmers to festival organizers-are supporting his legislation to change the timeline for implementation of the Obama Administration's "Time Card" overtime rule, which is set to take effect on Dec.1, 2016. "Non-profits, local governments, and job creators across the country are supporting the Overtime Reform and Review Act because it makes urgently needed modifica… Continue Reading


10.12.16

Alexander Statement on Education Department’s Final Regulation on Teacher Preparation Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 12 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the Education Department's regulation on teacher preparation programs, which was made final today: "Today's regulation appears to violate the Higher Education Act, which specifically says that states-not bureaucrats at a distant department in Washington-are responsible for evaluating whether a college's program gives teachers the skills they need for the classroom. The regul… Continue Reading


10.12.16

Alexander Statement on Education Department’s Final Regulation on Teacher Preparation Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 12 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the Education Department's regulation on teacher preparation programs, which was made final today: "Today's regulation appears to violate the Higher Education Act, which specifically says that states-not bureaucrats at a distant department in Washington-are responsible for evaluating whether a college's program gives teachers the skills they need for the classroom. The regul… Continue Reading


09.29.16

New Nonpartisan Report Examines Tools to Help Medicaid Beneficiaries Find Providers to Receive Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Bicameral Republican leaders today shared a new report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) examining state resources for helping Medicaid beneficiaries find providers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that approximately 77 million Americans are enrolled in Medicaid this year. Managed care is the dominant mode that beneficiaries receive their care. Still, GAO found that an estimated 16 million beneficiaries remain in fee-for-service delivery syste… Continue Reading

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