Chairman's Press

06.11.20

Alexander: The Single Best Thing We Could Do to Help Minority Children is to Help Them Go Back to School Safely This Fall

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2020 - Senate health and education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "the single best thing that we could do to help minority children and minority families is to help them go back to school safely in August and September." Alexander said on the Senate floor this morning that our country's 56 million K-12 students returning as safely as possible in the fall to our 100,000 public schools and 34,000 private schools, and 20 million college students ret… Continue Reading


06.10.20

Alexander: 56 Million Students Going Back to School This Fall Will be Surest Step Toward Normalcy

"Any teacher can explain the risk of emotional, intellectual and social damage if a child misses a school year. 91.3 percent of families with children have at least one parent employed, and among married families with children, 64.2 percent had both parents employed. Many children live in environments where the school is the safest place they'll be all day. It's also the place where almost 30 million students receive a school lunch." - Senator Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, June 10, 2020 - Senate… Continue Reading


06.09.20

Senate Health Committee Chairman Alexander Says Congress Should Prepare This Year for the Next Pandemic

"In this internet age attention spans are short. Even with an event as significant as COVID-19, memories fade and attention moves quickly to the next crisis. That makes it imperative that Congress act on needed changes this year in order to better prepare for the next pandemic." WASHINGTON, June 9, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released "Preparing for the Next Pandemic" - a white paper with five recommendations to address future pandemics based on less… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Alexander: The Question for Administrators of 6,000 Colleges and Universities is Not Whether to Reopen in August, but How to Reopen Safely

"President Trump and Congress should not be telling the California State University System that it must open its classes in person, or telling Notre Dame it cannot-or telling UT-Knoxville that it must test everyone on the campus or telling Brown University that it cannot. Colleges themselves, not Washington D.C., should make those decisions." WASHINGTON, June 4, 2020 - Senate health and education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "the question for administrators of 6,00… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Alexander on NPR: The Question Is Not Whether We Go Back To School, But How We Go Back To School Safely

MARYVILLE, Tenn., May 14, 2020 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today spoke to National Public Radio's (NPR) Mary Louise Kelly to discuss efforts to ramp up COVID-19 testing to allow students to go back to school this fall and his work as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I think any principal, any chancellor of a university can say, 'We will take testing. We'll take pneumonia shots. We'll try to keep people as separate… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Alexander on Fox News: We Will Go Back To Work and Back To School State By State

MARYVILLE, Tenn., May 13, 2020 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined FOX News' "America's Newsroom" to discuss efforts to ramp up COVID-19 testing to allow students to go back to school this fall, and his work as chairman of the Senate health committee during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transcript of the interview below: Fox News: Mr. Chairman, I thought a critical moment was when the Democratic Ranking Member, Patty Murray, pressed Dr. Fauci at one point and said, "If we open up t… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Alexander: Interest Rates on New Federal Student Loans Will Drop to Historic Lows on July 1st

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, May 12, 2020 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "interest rates on new federal student loans will drop to historic lows on July 1st. "This rate drop is a result of Congress working together in 2013 with President Obama to tie student loan rates to actual federal government borrowing costs," Alexander said. "And I plan to continue working together with my colleagues in a similar bipartisan fashion this year to continue passing legisl… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Alexander: United States COVID-19 Testing is Impressive — Enough to Begin Going Back to Work

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, May 12, 2020 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that COVID-19 testing in the United States is "impressive" and "enough to begin going back to work." "But millions more rapid tests created by new technologies are needed to give the rest of America enough confidence to go back to work and back to school," Alexander added. Alexander made his remarks today during the Senate health committee hearing - "COVID-1… Continue Reading


05.10.20

Statement from U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Office

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 10, 2020 - David Cleary, chief of staff for United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), today released the following statement: "Today, Sunday, May 10, a member of Senator Lamar Alexander's staff tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is recovering at home and is doing well. "Senator Alexander has no symptoms and tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon, May 7. After discussing this with the Senate's attending physician, Senator Alexander, out of a… Continue Reading


05.10.20

Alexander on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: What We’re Doing on Testing is Impressive

MARYVILLE, Tenn., May 10, 2020 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" to discuss efforts to ramp up COVID-19 testing and his work as chairman of the Senate health committee during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transcript of the interview below: Chuck Todd: You've been a big proponent of this initiative over at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which you have compared to the show "Shark Tank," essentially to develop a rapid screening test that… Continue Reading


05.10.20

Chairman Alexander Update on Upcoming Hearing “COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School”


05.09.20

Alexander Statement on Administration Witnesses for Upcoming Hearing “COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School”

Alexander Statement on Administration Witnesses for Upcoming Hearing "COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School" MARYVILLE, Tenn., May 9, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement regarding the upcoming committee hearing "COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School," scheduled for Tuesday, May 12. "After working with the Trump Administration, the Senate health committee scheduled a hearing with four Admi… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Alexander, Warner Introduce Legislation to Help Rural Hospitals


05.07.20

Alexander: All Roads Back to Work and Back to School Lead Through Testing

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "all roads back to work and back to school lead through testing." Alexander made his remarks during the Senate health committee hearing-"Shark Tank: New Tests for COVID-19"-which featured testimony from Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Gary Disbrow of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) about efforts to create new technologies desig… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Alexander Statement on Title IX Final Rule

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2020 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education made final its rule clarifying Title IX - a federal law protecting students from sex discrimination in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance, so that schools will more fully understand their roles and responsibilities to better comply with the law: "This final rule respects and supports vic… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Alexander Statement on COVID-19 Testing for Members of Congress

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement: "With the increasing number of diagnostic tests available, I expect attitudes to change quickly about accepting the president's offer to test members of Congress for COVID-19, especially as the House of Representatives comes back to work. From a public health point of view, this is not mostly about protecting members of Congress. It is about protecting the people members might infec… Continue Reading


04.29.20

Blunt-Alexander “Shark Tank” COVID-19 Testing Plan Gets Underway at NIH

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, applauded an announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that it has begun implementing a new public-private partnership to accelerate the development of COVID-19 testing technologies. Blunt and Alex… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Alexander Statement on “Nation’s Report Card” Results

MARYVILLE, Tenn., April 23, 2020 - United States Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the 2018 results released today from the "Nation's Report Card:" "These results from the 'Nation's Report Card' are sobering. They remind us that the worst scores for American high school students often are not in science and math, but in United States history. And, if our children do not learn United States history, they will not grow up learning what i… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Alexander: Senate “Pulls Out All the Stops” to Help Increase COVID-19 Testing

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, April 21, 2020 - U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Senate has "pulled out all the stops" to help increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in order to contain the disease and give Americans the confidence to go back to work and back to school. Senator Alexander made his remarks after the Senate passed legislation containing provisions he co-authored with Senate health appropriations committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that will… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Alexander Appointed to President Trump’s Economic Recovery Initiative

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, April 16, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after being appointed to President Trump's Economic Recovery Initiative: "The way to contain this disease and get back to work and back to school is to put politics aside and work together as fast as we can on new tests, new treatments, and new vaccines. Everyone I know wants this to happen as quickly as we responsibly can, and I welcome the opportunity to help in this w… Continue Reading

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