Chairman's Press

03.07.16

Alexander, Murray, Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Plan to Address Mental Health Crisis in America

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7 - A bipartisan group of Senate health committee members, including the Chairman and Ranking Member, today announced their plan to address the country's mental health crisis and ensure Americans suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders receive the care they need. The bipartisan draft legislation works to bring our mental health care system into the 21st Century by embracing mental health research and innovation, giving states the flexibility they need… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Alexander: New Education Law is “Dramatic Change in Direction for Federal Education Policy” but “Not Worth the Paper it’s Printed on Unless Implemented Properly”

"This new law reverses the trend toward what had become, in effect, a national school board, and restores to those closest to children the responsibility for their well-being and academic success." WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25 - The chairman of the Senate education committee today told the president's nominee for Education Secretary that the Senate is ready to help implement the new bipartisan law that fixes No Child Left Behind "as Congress wrote it." At a hearing on Dr. John King's nominati… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Alexander: $1.2 Million NIH Award to Vanderbilt is “Good News for Millions Who Will Benefit from Personalized Medicine

I'm committed to supporting the president's precision medicine initiative through our Senate health committee's innovation agenda to ensure that Americans can take advantage of this remarkable time in science." WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 25 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the White House's announcement that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is awarding more than $1.2 million to Vanderbilt University to partner with Google … Continue Reading


02.24.16

Chairman Alexander’s Prepared Remarks for Senate Health Committee’s Hearing – “Zika Virus: Addressing the Growing Public Health Threat”

WASHINGTON, February 24 - Below are prepared remarks from Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) for today's hearing - Zika Virus: Addressing the Growing Public Health Threat: Earlier this month, Senator McConnell hosted a briefing on the Zika virus with Secretary Burwell. Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee held a hearing with Dr. Frieden and Dr. Fauci. So this is the third opportunity that some of us hav… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Alexander: Senate Ready to Work with New FDA Head, Get a Result for America’s Patients

WASHINGTON, February 24 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after the Senate approved Dr. Robert Califf to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "Dr. Califf is now in place to lead an agency that regulates over $4 trillion annually and affects the lives of nearly every single American. A major priority of the Senate health committee this year is our biomedical innovation agenda - companion legislation to the House's 21st Century… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Alexander: Report Detailing Failures of Obamacare Website Shows Dangers of “Trying to Address Complex Issues through a Sweeping, One-Size-Fits-All Federal Solution”

"The failure of Obamacare's online insurance marketplace - which, according to today's report, cost taxpayers twice what was budgeted and still isn't operating the way the administration claimed it would - is just one symptom of an all too common affliction in Washington, D.C.: trying to address complex issues through a sweeping, one-size-fits-all federal solution." WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 23 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on today's ins… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Alexander Begins Hearings Today to “Make Sure Education Law is Implemented the Way Congress Wrote It”

"I look forward to hearing from our witnesses today about how we implement this law to spur a period of innovation and excellence, that I'm sure will be the result of this new era of accountability and responsibility and opportunity placed in the hands of those who should have the responsibility for our children and our schools: … [governors,] chief state school officers, teachers, principals, state legislatures, school districts, school boards and parents." WASHINGTON, February 23 - Cha… Continue Reading


02.21.16

Alexander Thanks Governors for “Leading Charge to Fix No Child Left Behind”

"There's no doubt, as the Wall Street Journal said, that this is the 'largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter-century.' There also is no doubt that a law is not worth the paper it's printed on unless it's implemented properly." WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 - The chairman of the U.S. Senate education committee today thanked the nations' governors for their role in fixing No Child Left Behind, saying they "led the charge" in passing a new law governing elementary and secondary edu… Continue Reading


02.17.16

NGA Presents Sen. Lamar Alexander With First-Ever Madison Award

WASHINGTON-At the closing session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, NGA Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will award Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander with the first-ever James Madison Award. The James Madison Award recognizes a prominent public figure for advancing the principles of federalism and strengthening state-federal collaboration. The award will be given annually by the NGA chair. "Sen. Lamar Alexander exemplifies the true spirit of federalism," G… Continue Reading


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

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