Chairman's Press

05.04.16

Alexander: Senate Bill to Spur Treatments, Cures for Patients Would Be “Most Important Legislation This Year”

KINGSPORT, Tenn., May 4, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told members of the Kingsport, Bristol, and Johnson City Chambers of Commerce today that he is working on legislation that would "affect virtually every American and be the most important bill Congress considers this year." "Last August, Nashville resident Douglas Oliver was legally blind and today, he can see. Also today, a Tennessee company is 3-D printing artificial hips, some patients with Cystic Fibrosis are being cured--a… Continue Reading


05.02.16

Alexander, Bennet Resolution Celebrates 17th Annual National Charter Schools Week

WASHINGTON, May 2 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), along with 26 cosponsors, today commemorated the 17th annual National Charter Schools Week, which lasts May 1 through May 7 and congratulates the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of our nation's 6,800 charter schools. Senate education committee Chairman Alexander said: "Today, nearly 3 million students attend a charter school - these are schools that give principals the freedom to lead, more teachers th… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Upton, Brooks, Alexander, and Burr to Obama Admin: Hands Off BioShield Special Reserve Fund

WASHINGTON, DC - Concerned with depleting U.S. capabilities to respond to bioterror threats, House and Senate leaders today pressed HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on plans within the administration's emergency spending request on the Zika virus to raid the BioShield Special Reserve Fund for threats unrelated to our national security. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) spearheaded the effort along with committee member Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Senate HELP Committee Chai… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Senate REBOOT Members Release Draft Legislation to Improve Meaningful Use Program for Health IT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt to request feedback on legislation they drafted that would address the ongoing issues with implementation of the meaningful use program for health information techno… Continue Reading


04.25.16

Alexander: New Education Law Restores Control of Tennessee Classrooms to Tennesseans

"The national coalition that worked to pass the law is now working to see that it is implemented as Congress wrote it-a state coalition is just as important." NASHVILLE, April 25 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told a room full of Tennessee education leaders, legislators, teachers and students that "Tennessee public school classrooms are back in your hands," thanks to the new education law that fixes No Child Left Behind and restores local control of public schools. Speaking at Belmo… Continue Reading


04.21.16

Senators Introduce Legislation to Aid Rural Hospitals

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced bipartisan, budget-neutral legislation to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government so they are able to remain open and functioning, especially in underserved and economically struggling regions. The Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2016 (S.2832) would correct a flawed formula that results in disproportionate… Continue Reading


04.21.16

Alexander: Appropriations Committee Advances Bill Directing EEOC to Focus on “Massive” Backlog of 76,000 Unresolved Workplace Discrimination Cases

"Focusing on the backlog will force the agency to focus on its core mission of protecting American workers. Giving the public at least 30 days to comment on any new guidance will help ensure that the agency's guidances are not implemented without giving the public an opportunity to have a say." WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21 - The Senate Appropriations committee today advanced legislation including two priorities offered by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) - one directing the Equal Employment Opportu… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Alexander: Education Negotiators Deserve Thanks for Protecting Classrooms from National School Board

WASHINGTON, April 20 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement in support of the negotiated rulemaking committee members who refused to accept the Education Department's proposed "supplement not supplant" regulation, which goes against the law. "I'm grateful for the hard work of the negotiators who believe the Education Department should follow the law that Congress wrote. I'm sure they are frustrated not to reach a consensus, but they de… Continue Reading


04.19.16

President Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services Like ‘Meals on Wheels’ for Nearly 12 Million Seniors

WASHINGTON, April 19 - President Obama today signed into law the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 - bipartisan legislation to support social and nutrition services, from home-delivered meals to senior centers - for nearly 12 million older Americans. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "This bipartisan legislation continues services for the nearly 150,000 Tennesseans who rely on programs like Meals on Wheels, or on programs that provide rides to their doctors' appointments or… Continue Reading


04.19.16

President Signs Senate Health Committee-Passed Legislation to Spur Treatments and Cures for Zika

Zika WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement today on the president's signature of Senate health committee-passed legislation to spur treatments and cures for the Zika virus: "This legislation will help researchers find a faster treatment or cure for the Zika virus that causes heartbreaking birth defects, and I thank Senators Franken, Isakson, Nelson, and Brown for working in a bipartisan way to meet this urgent need. I was glad to support t… Continue Reading


04.18.16

Isakson, Alexander, Enzi Join Forces to Stop Threat to Middle-Income Americans’ Retirement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced a resolution to stop the Obama administration from implementing a harmful new regulation that will have devastating effects on retirement planning by hardworking families and small businesses. On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized a rewrite of its definition of a "fiduciary," allegedly to protect individuals from misleading investment advice, but, in practice, … Continue Reading


04.12.16

Senate Health Committee-Passed Legislation to Spur Treatments and Cures for Zika Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement today as Senate health committee-passed legislation to spur treatments and cures for the Zika virus heads to the president's desk for signature following today's passage in the House: "This legislation will help us take important strides in finding a faster treatment or cure for the Zika virus that appears to be the cause of heartbreaking birth defects, and I thank Senators Franken, Nelson, Isakson and … Continue Reading


04.12.16

Chairman Alexander: Already “Disturbing Evidence” that Education Department Is Ignoring the New Law

"I'll use every power of Congress to make sure the law is implemented the way we wrote it, including our ability to use the appropriations process and to overturn such regulations once they are final." WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said there is already "disturbing evidence" that the Education Department is ignoring the law that Congress passed in December and told the Education Secretary he would use "every power of Congress to make sure the law is imple… Continue Reading


04.07.16

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services for Nearly 12 Million Seniors

WASHINGTON, April 7 - The Senate today passed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016, bipartisan legislation sponsored by the chairman and top Democrat on the Senate health committee to support social and nutrition services - from home-delivered meals to senior centers - for nearly 12 million older Americans. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "This bipartisan legislation will continue services for the nearly 150,000 Tennesseans who rely on programs like Meals on Wheels, or o… Continue Reading


04.06.16

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


04.06.16

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


04.06.16

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


04.06.16

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


03.31.16

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


03.29.16

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

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