Chairman's Press

02.16.16

Alexander: Congress Should Pass Bills this Year to Make it Easier For Tennessee Students to Attend College, Repay Loans

"Last year Congress saw an urgent need and passed a bill to fix No Child Left Behind with broad support from Republicans and Democrats. This year, the urgent need is higher education." Nashville, Tenn., February 16 - Congress should this year help more students attend college by simplifying the "dreaded" FAFSA application for financial aid and by making it easier to lower your loan payments after you graduate, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today in Nashville. "It's never easy to rea… Continue Reading


02.16.16

Alexander: “The Republican Majority Kept Its Promise to Repeal the Federal Common Core Mandate”

"The backlash against Washington trying to tell 100,000 schools what they should be doing caused people on both the left and the right to remember that the path to higher standards and better teaching and real accountability is community by community, classroom by classroom, state by state, and not through the federal government dictating the solution." Murfreesboro, Tenn., Feb. 16 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today said that the Republican Senate majority "kept its promise to repeal the federa… Continue Reading


02.11.16

Alexander: Non-Partisan CBO Finds Health Insurance Premiums to Keep Rising Despite Obamacare’s Promise to Lower Costs

"Obamacare was a takeover of the health care system, the federal pocketbook, and the family budget." WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11 - A new study of Obamacare by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office requested by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) finds that health insurance premiums will continue to rise despite Obamacare's federal takeover of health care. Alexander said: "At the White House health care summit in 2010, I warned President Obama that his takeover o… Continue Reading


02.11.16

Alexander Statement on Nomination of King as Education Secretary

WASHINGTON, February 11 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, released the following statement on the White House announcement that the president intends to nominate John King Jr. to serve as U.S. education secretary: "I have urged the president to nominate an education secretary, and I am glad he has done so. John King will receive a prompt and fair hearing in our committee. For proper accountability, especially as we work with the administration… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Senate Health Committee Unanimously Passes Alexander, Murray Legislation to Improve Health Information Technology for Patients, Doctors, Hospitals

WASHINGTON, February 9 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that the Senate health committee has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that will improve health information technology. Alexander said: "Our goal is to make our country's electronic health record system something that helps patients rather than something that doctors and hospitals dread so much that patients are not helped. We have worked for months - with input from tho… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Senate Health Committee Kicks Off Its Biomedical Innovation Agenda, Passing 7 Bills with Bipartisan Support

"The House has completed its work on the 21st Century Cures Act, the president has announced his support for a Precision Medicine Initiative and a 'cancer moonshot'-and with this bipartisan action in committee today, we've shown the Senate's potential to be the vehicle that turns these groundbreaking ideas into law this year to help improve the lives of nearly every single American." WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9 - The Senate health committee today kicked off the first of three committee meetings on… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Senate Health Committee to Hold Zika Hearing on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 4 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the Senate committee overseeing public health policy will hold a hearing on the Zika virus on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. Alexander said: "Americans have many questions about the Zika virus, as we have watched news of its spread through Central and South America, as well as recent reports of several cases in the U.S. Our February 24th hearing will help Congress and the publ… Continue Reading


01.28.16

Alexander: Despite Extra $1 Billion to Speed Generic Drug Approvals, FDA Process Still Too Slow

"To best restrain the growth of drug prices, we must encourage investment in life-saving therapies, avoid unnecessary regulatory burdens that slow down development and drive up costs, and ensure the marketplace remains competitive." WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 28 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today said that despite the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receiving an extra $1 billion in fees from the generic drug user fee program, the agency has slowed down its pace of approving gen… Continue Reading


01.26.16

Alexander: School Choice: “the Real Answer to Inequality in America”

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 26 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement commemorating National School Choice Week 2016: "Since World War II, federal dollars following students to the colleges of their choice have helped build the best system of higher education in the world. We should use this same strategy to create the best K-12 schools and to make sure that all children have access to them. Congress should pass The Scholarship for K… Continue Reading


01.25.16

Alexander Statement on CBO Report Projecting Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund Will Be Exhausted in 2026

Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 25 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on today's Congressional Budget Office report projecting that Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund will be exhausted in 2026: "Millions of Americans are counting the days until they are eligible for Medicare, and today's Congressional Budget Office report tells us that in just 10 years Medicare won't be able to help seniors pay all of their hospital bills. I hope the preside… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Alexander, Murray Release Bipartisan Senate Health Committee Staff Draft of Bill to Help Improve Health Information Technology for Doctors & Their Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20 - To inform the committee's final legislation, Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released for feedback a staff discussion draft of the committee's bipartisan legislation to improve health information technology, including electronic health records. The draft legislation released today is the product of a bipartisan, full committee health information technology working group announced by Alexander … Continue Reading


01.20.16

Alexander: Committee Plans to “Move Promptly” to Offer Bipartisan Recommendations to Address America’s Mental Health Crisis

"I look forward to hearing from the doctors, nurses, advocates and administrators who work every day with Americans who struggle with a mental health condition about how the federal government can help patients, health care providers, communities, and states to better address mental health issues." WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate health committee plans to "move promptly" to offer bipartisan recommendations to help address the mental health cr… Continue Reading


01.19.16

Chairman Alexander Announces Committee Schedule for “Step by Step” Consideration of Biomedical Innovation Bills

"The House has completed its work on the 21st Century Cures Act. The president has announced his support for a precision medicine initiative and a cancer 'moonshot.' It is urgent that the Senate finish its work and turn into law these ideas that will help virtually every American." WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the Senate health committee will hold its first executive session considering bills on biomedical innovation on Tuesday, Feb. 9. At that … Continue Reading


01.12.16

Alexander Statement on Tonight’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on President Obama's last State of the Union address: "Last year the Republican Senate majority made a real difference by passing several pieces of bipartisan legislation that will help American families, including the first major education reform since 2002 that fixes No Child Left Behind. This record shows that if President Obama focuses on what he agrees on with Congress instead of what we disa… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Senate Health Committee Approves FDA Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 12 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the Senate health committee's approval of Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "The FDA affects the lives of nearly every single American and regulates about a quarter of all consumer spending in the United States-over $4 trillion annually. Americans need competent leadership to head this significant agency and to help bring safe drugs and devices to market faster an… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Alexander Commends House Passage of Legislation to Repeal Obamacare

MARYVILLE, Tenn., January 6 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today urged President Obama to sign legislation to repeal Obamacare after it passed the House of Representatives. The Senate voted to pass this legislation last month. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "Unfortunately Republicans were right when we warned President Obama and Democrats that Obamacare would result in fewer jobs and increased costs. Today, I renew our invitation to President Obama to work with Republic… Continue Reading


12.22.15

Alexander Highlights Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Accomplishments for 2015

With Republicans in charge, 4 Senate HELP Committee bills signed into law-including legislation fixing No Child Left Behind and "reversing the trend toward a National School Board" WASHINGTON, December 22 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today highlighted the committee's accomplishments during his first year as Chairman, calling it "one of the most productive committees in the entire Senate." Alexander continued: "It's hard to get t… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Senate Passes Legislation to Help Prevent Suicide, Help Children Recover from Traumatic Events, Provide Mental Health Awareness for Teachers

WASHINGTON, December 18 - The chairman and ranking member of the Senate health committee today urged House passage of their legislation to help state and local communities prevent suicide, help children recover from traumatic events, and help improve mental health awareness for teachers and others. The bipartisan Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act passed the Senate by unanimous consent. "I urge the House to pass this legislation without delay so that we can offer crucial support to the… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Alexander, Murray Commend Senate Passage of Bill to Provide Teachers & School Leaders with Better Education Research and Information

WASHINGTON, December 18 - The chairman and ranking member of the Senate education committee today commended Senate passage of legislation to "improve the quality of education research and make research more relevant and usable for teachers, principals, school districts and states." "This bill makes research on education more relevant, accessible and useful for the people who need it most - teachers, principals and administrators," Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said. "This bill also goes a … Continue Reading


12.17.15

Alexander: Bill to Extend Perkins Loan Program for 2 Years Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 17 - The chairman of the Senate education committee today made the following statement on his legislation to extend the Perkins Loan Program for two years, which now heads to the president's desk for signature after passage today in the House: "My goal in the Senate education committee is to find ways to simplify the complicated maze of federal grant and loan programs that are available to students, making it easier for them to apply for financial aid and afford college,"… Continue Reading

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