Chairman's Press


Senate Health Committee Approves Last of 19 Bipartisan Bills, Completing Work on Companion to House-Passed 21st Century Cures Act

"The House has done its work. The president has proposed his initiatives. I am hopeful we can take this to the Senate floor soon and ensure the president's Precision Medicine and cancer 'moonshot' initiatives and ideas in the 'Cures' bill can become reality this year. …Sometimes we get caught up in bill numbers and sections, and back and forth of politics and legislating, but as we finish our work, I hope we can focus on the fact that this bill will help improve the health of virtually ev… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Labor Department’s Final Fiduciary Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the Labor Department's release of its final rule to redefine and expand the term "fiduciary": "I am carefully reviewing the final rule released by the Labor Department to ensure that it is nothing like the proposed rule, which would have crippled low- and middle-income Americans' access to affordable retirement advice-ensuring good retirement advice is only available to th… Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander’s Prepared Remarks for the Senate Health Committee’s Final Meeting on Innovation 2016

WASHINGTON, April 6 - Below are the prepared remarks from Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) for today's executive session: This is our third and final markup of legislation that is part of our innovation, or "cures," agenda-that is, our effort to take advantage of this exciting time in science and enable safe treatments, drugs, and devices to reach patients more quickly. Today's markup completes action on about 50 bipartisan proposals this committee has been working on… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Release Bill to Let NIH “Spend More Time on Life-Saving Treatments and Cures”

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31 - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate health committee released legislation to help the bright minds at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spend more time developing life-saving treatments and cures for America's patients. "In two separate studies, the National Academies found that principal investigators spend 42 percent of their time on federal research projects handling related administrative tasks, rather than research itself - when the head o… Continue Reading


Alexander: Cyber Attack at MedStar Health Shows Need for HHS to Implement Cybersecurity Law “with the Urgency Patients and Hospitals Deserve”

Congress has passed a law to help keep hospitals and patients safe from these malicious attacks … Yesterday's attack, which, unfortunately, is not unique, shows the need for HHS to implement the law with the urgency patients and hospitals deserve." WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29 - The chairman of the Senate health committee said yesterday's hacking of MedStar Health shows the need for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement cybersecurity legislation passed by Cong… Continue Reading


Alexander: New Labor Department Rule Will Discourage Employers from Seeking Legal Advice

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 23 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after the Department of Labor released the final version of their proposed "persuader" rule: "If you're a small business owner and some of your employees just petitioned to form a union, there is a mountain of rules and regulations you must follow from the moment you receive notice of the petition. Now the administration, which just sped up the election process for employers… Continue Reading


Alexander: Today, More than Ever, Americans Need Congress to Go Step-by-Step to Reduce Health Care Costs

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 23 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the sixth anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law: "Six years ago, both Republicans and Democrats believed that our health care system was broken and needed to be fixed. At the White House Summit, on behalf of Republicans, I told the president we needed to go step-by-step to expand access to quality health insurance with the goal of reducing health care costs. Ins… Continue Reading


Senate and House Committee Leaders Seek Answers from Administration on 316 Security Breaches on

WASHINGTON, March 23 - Republican committee leaders in the Senate and House today asked the administration for information about the 316 security breaches on catalogued in a new report released by the nonpartisan government watchdog, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Senate and House members sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt seeking information about … Continue Reading


GOP Senators to Administration: Give Americans More Time to Weigh in on Proposal to Increase by 20-Fold Data EEOC Requires From Employers

WASHINGTON, March 22 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today led a group of 10 Senate Republicans in asking for more time for Americans to weigh in on the administration's new proposal to increase by 20 times the employment data it currently collects from each of the 61,000 private employers on their 63 million employees. The letter, sent today to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Jenny Yang, requests that the EEOC give the public 90 days to review the prop… Continue Reading


Alexander: Obama Labor Rule Will Increase Tuition on One Tenn. Campus $1,000 Per Student

"If the president is going to going to go around saying we want to keep college costs down… how can you justify an overtime rule that might raise the cost of college by one thousand dollars per student?" WASHINGTON, March 17 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today asked U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez why the labor department is moving forward with its proposed "Overtime" rule "which colleges say could raise tuition by $1000 per student." At this morning's hearing on the FY17 budg… Continue Reading


Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Amendment based on the Bipartisan, Bicameral Reducing Unused Medication Act to Allow Partial Filling of Opioid Prescriptions

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment based on the bipartisan, bicameral Reducing Unused Medication Act that would allow prescriptions for opioid medications to be partially filled by pharmacists at the request of patients or doctors, reducing the number of unused painkillers. More than 70 percent of adults who misuse prescription opioids get them from friends or relatives, according to the National… Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Leaders Introduce Bill to Help FDA and NIH “Attract Top Talent During This Exciting Time in Science”

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17 - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate health committee today introduced legislation to help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) "attract top talent during this exciting time in science." The FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act, introduced today by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will also authorize the agencies to streamline coordination and cut … Continue Reading


Senate, House Members Introduce Legislation to Ensure Responsible Update of Federal Overtime Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17- Lawmakers in the Senate and House today introduced the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, legislation that will ensure the Department of Labor pursues a balanced and responsible approach to updating federal overtime rules. The sponsors of the legislation - members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce - released the following statements upon introduction: "The Obama … Continue Reading


Alexander Bill Would Subject Obama Administration to Same “Absurd” Data Collection Rule it Plans to Impose on 61,000 Employers

"This legislation would give the EEOC a dose of its own medicine." WASHINGTON, March 16 - The chairman of the Senate labor committee today introduced legislation to subject the Obama administration to its own proposal to increase by 20 times the employment data it currently collects from each of the 61,000 private employers on their 63 million employees. The proposal by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the subject today of a public hearing. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) sai… Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Passes Alexander, Murray, Cassidy, Murphy Legislation to Help Address Mental Health Crisis in America

WASHINGTON, March 16 - The Senate health committee today passed legislation to help address the country's mental health crisis and help ensure Americans suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders receive the care they need. The committee also passed additional legislation to help tackle the opioid epidemic by addressing prevention and treatment efforts to fight opioid addiction and abuse. "One in five adults in this country suffers from a mental illness, and nearly 60 percent are… Continue Reading


Alexander: New Education Secretary Now Confirmed by and Accountable to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after the Senate voted to approve the nomination of Dr. John King Jr. to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education: "We need an education secretary confirmed by and accountable to the United States Senate so that the law fixing No Child Left Behind will be implemented the way Congress wrote it. "This is such an important year for our nation's 100,000 public schools. We are w… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Takes Important Step to Address Epidemic Claiming More Than 1,000 Tennesseans’ Lives Each Year

WASHINGTON, March 10 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today the Senate's passage of legislation to address heroin and prescription drug abuse is "an important step in addressing this fast-growing epidemic that is claiming the lives of more than 1,000 Tennesseans each year." The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 94-1. Alexander, the chairman of the Senate health committee, said: "It's important to remember that behind these numbers there are very real human beings whose lives … Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Passes 7 More Bipartisan Bills in Innovation Agenda

"I think we can produce the most important bill of the Congress this year because our work on this bill will affect virtually every American - and I look forward to doing it promptly." Senator Alexander also delivered remarks on #Innovation2016 this afternoon on the Senate floor. Click HERE for full video of those remarks WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9 - Following committee passage today of seven more biomedical innovation bills with bipartisan support, the Senate health committee chairman said the… Continue Reading


Alexander: Biomedical Innovation Would be the Most Important Bill Signed into Law this Year

"Last year, No Child Left Behind was the law everyone wanted fixed - this year, biomedical innovation is the opportunity everyone wants to take….Virtually every American could be helped by what we do." WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that if the committee succeeds on its bipartisan biomedical innovation agenda, "it will be the most important bill signed into law this year." "I do not know of another way this year to get s… Continue Reading


Senate Education Committee Approves Education Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement after the Senate education committee voted to approve the nomination of Dr. John King Jr. to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education: "The new bipartisan law fixing No Child Left Behind represents a dramatic change in direction for federal education policy, but we know a law's not worth the paper it's printed on unless it is implemented properly. I urged the president to send the Senate a nominee for educ… Continue Reading

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