Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alexander: Obamacare Waiver Guidance is “Not Much Flexibility, Not Much Relief”

WASHINGTON, December 16 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today said that guidance released by the Obama administration that tells states how they can obtain waivers from Obamacare is "not much flexibility and not much relief." "This so-called waiver provides surprisingly little relief from Obamacare, which should be the entire point of a waiver in the first place," said Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). "The guidance released today essentially says that if a state needs relief fr… Continue Reading


President Signs Bill to Reform K-12 Education

WASHINGTON - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statements after President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: "Today we begin a new a… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act is “a Big Christmas Present” for 50 Million Students

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today, after the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, 85-12, said he hopes "President Obama will wrap a big red bow around it and sign it" for 50 million children and 3.4 million teachers in 100,000 public schools. "Mr. President, the United States Senate, by a vote of 85-12, has sent a Christmas present to 50 million children across the country," Alexander said on the Senate floor. "First, it has to go down Pennsylvania Av… Continue Reading


Alexander Hails Senate Passage of Legislation to “Reverse Trend Toward a National School Board”

"By restoring responsibility to states and classroom teachers, we are inaugurating a new era of innovation and excellence in student achievement ... [and] in the future, the path to higher standards, better teaching and real accountability will be through states, communities and classrooms and not through Washington, D.C." WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - Following Senate passage today by 85-12, legislation sponsored by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) heads to the pres… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray: Senate Passes Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind, 85-12

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - Following Senate passage today by 85-12, the Every Student Succeeds Act to fix No Child Left Behind, sponsored by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), heads to the president's desk. The House of Representatives approved the bill last week, 359-64. Alexander said: "The huge bipartisan vote in both the Senate and the House reverses the trend toward a national school board and makes clear that, in the fu… Continue Reading


Alexander: “More Than 1,000 Tennesseans Die Each Year” From Opioid Abuse—“Nation Must Act to Combat this Growing Epidemic”

"The human costs of this epidemic are too high, and I hear about the challenges of dealing with this epidemic at home in Tennessee, particularly in East Tennessee where I am from. ...[b]ut, the truth is, this problem affects all states and is frontline issue for communities all over." WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today said that with millions of Americans abusing opioids-which include prescription opioid painkillers, like hydrocodone and morphine, as we… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray: Full Senate to Begin Debate on Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that the Senate would take up the bipartisan, bicameral agreement to fix No Child Left Behind next week, said they look forward to a successful vote in the Senate, following passage in the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 359-64. "The legislation before the Senate next week fixes No Chil… Continue Reading


Alexander Calls On President to Sign Legislation to Fix Damage Caused By Obamacare

"Six years ago, Republicans warned the president about the disastrous consequences of Obamacare for millions of Americans. Unfortunately for these Americans, Republicans were right when we said that Obamacare would burden state Medicaid budgets, increase premiums and taxes, and hurt jobs. We need to start over and go step by step toward the goal of reducing health care costs." WASHINGTON, December 3 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today called on President Obama to sign legislatio… Continue Reading

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