Chairman's Press

05.07.20

Alexander, Warner Introduce Legislation to Help Rural Hospitals


05.07.20

Alexander: All Roads Back to Work and Back to School Lead Through Testing

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "all roads back to work and back to school lead through testing." Alexander made his remarks during the Senate health committee hearing-"Shark Tank: New Tests for COVID-19"-which featured testimony from Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Gary Disbrow of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) about efforts to create new technologies desig… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Alexander Statement on Title IX Final Rule

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2020 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education made final its rule clarifying Title IX - a federal law protecting students from sex discrimination in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance, so that schools will more fully understand their roles and responsibilities to better comply with the law: "This final rule respects and supports vic… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Alexander Statement on COVID-19 Testing for Members of Congress

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement: "With the increasing number of diagnostic tests available, I expect attitudes to change quickly about accepting the president's offer to test members of Congress for COVID-19, especially as the House of Representatives comes back to work. From a public health point of view, this is not mostly about protecting members of Congress. It is about protecting the people members might infec… Continue Reading


04.29.20

Blunt-Alexander “Shark Tank” COVID-19 Testing Plan Gets Underway at NIH

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, applauded an announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that it has begun implementing a new public-private partnership to accelerate the development of COVID-19 testing technologies. Blunt and Alex… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Alexander Statement on “Nation’s Report Card” Results

MARYVILLE, Tenn., April 23, 2020 - United States Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the 2018 results released today from the "Nation's Report Card:" "These results from the 'Nation's Report Card' are sobering. They remind us that the worst scores for American high school students often are not in science and math, but in United States history. And, if our children do not learn United States history, they will not grow up learning what i… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Alexander: Senate “Pulls Out All the Stops” to Help Increase COVID-19 Testing

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, April 21, 2020 - U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Senate has "pulled out all the stops" to help increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in order to contain the disease and give Americans the confidence to go back to work and back to school. Senator Alexander made his remarks after the Senate passed legislation containing provisions he co-authored with Senate health appropriations committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that will… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Alexander Appointed to President Trump’s Economic Recovery Initiative

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, April 16, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after being appointed to President Trump's Economic Recovery Initiative: "The way to contain this disease and get back to work and back to school is to put politics aside and work together as fast as we can on new tests, new treatments, and new vaccines. Everyone I know wants this to happen as quickly as we responsibly can, and I welcome the opportunity to help in this w… Continue Reading


04.15.20

Chairman Alexander Statement on COVID-19 Testing

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, April 15, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on COVID-19 testing: "Without more tests with quick results, it will be difficult to contain this disease and give Americans confidence to go back to work and back to school. In the last month, Congress has given federal agencies up to $38 billion to develop tests, treatments, and vaccines. Nothing is more important than finding a new diagnostic technology that wi… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Key Health Committee Senators Urge Making COVID-19 Antibodies Test Free for Everyone

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2020 - The chairmen of the United States Senate's top health committees today urged Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to confirm that the new law allows free tests for Americans who have had COVID-19 and are likely immune to the disease. A copy of the letter is available here. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairmen of the two Senate committees responsible for health policy and spending said, "Health professionals agree that Am… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Alexander: President Signs Into Law Bill to Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers and Relieve Financial Burdens For Americans Hurt By COVID-19

MARYVILLE, Tenn., March 27, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said legislation the president signed into law today provides "sweeping relief to keep paychecks coming for workers, to relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by COVID-19, and especially, to contain the disease." Alexander voted for and the Senate passed the legislation Thursday by a vote of 96-0. The senator said that this unprecedented legislation will provide $1,200 checks for individuals, increase unemp… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Alexander: “Sweeping Relief” On Its Way to Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers and Relieve Financial Burdens For Americans Hurt By COVID-19

"The government has temporarily shut down the economy because of this disease, and the government must help those who are hurt by it." - Senator Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said legislation he voted for and the Senate passed today by a vote of 96-0 will send "sweeping relief to keep paychecks coming for workers and relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by COVID-19." The senator said that unprecedented legislation will pr… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Chairman Alexander: Senate Legislation Will Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers and Help Relieve Financial Burdens For Americans Hurt By COVID-19

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 - Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will help keep Americans healthy, keep paychecks coming for workers, and help relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by COVID-19. "The government has shut down the economy for the public health, so the Senate is responsible for taking steps to help families, workers and business who have been hurt by … Continue Reading


03.23.20

Alexander to Senate Democrats: This Is No Time to Be Running a Political Campaign

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2020 - "This is no time to be running a political campaign," U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today on the Senate floor as Democrats block legislation that will generate trillions in economic support to help keep employees on payrolls and to relieve Tennesseans' - and all Americans' - financial burden while containing COVID-19. As chairman of the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Alexander has been negotiating with his Democrat coun… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Alexander: "This Legislation is About Your Paycheck"

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2020 - "This is about your paycheck," Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today in describing a collection of Republican and Democrat senators' ideas that he said will generate trillions in economic support to help keep employees on payrolls and to relieve Americans' financial burden while containing COVID-19. He said that about $1.7 trillion is federal spending. The legislation also authorizes the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury to create trillions more in financ… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Health Care Provisions of Third COVID-19 Bill Will Keep Americans Healthy, Improve Access to Medical Supplies, Help Doctors and Nurses

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2020 - The Chairmen of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee today released the following statements on provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to keep Americans healthy and help families, workers, and schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. "This urgent situation requires a united approach to help Americans hurt by the outbreak. That includes fixing problems with the paid leave mand… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Alexander: “We Are Going to Have to Pay What It Costs to Contain This Disease”

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after he voted for and the Senate passed, by a vote of 90-8, a second piece of legislation to address the COVID-19 outbreak: "We are here not as Democrats and Republicans, but we are here to work together to do whatever we can to address COVID-19. Since the federal government is closing down the country - on behalf of all the people -- to contain a disease, we're going to have to … Continue Reading


03.13.20

Alexander Statement on Trump Administration COVID-19 Testing Actions

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, March 13, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced actions to help address diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 outbreak: "The Trump Administration's actions yesterday are the type of leadership needed from the federal government in order for our country to better combat COVID-19. Laboratory developed tests are a crucial part of our health care infrastructure, and emerge… Continue Reading


03.12.20

DURBIN, ALEXANDER, SENATORS INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO ADDRESS MEDICAL SUPPLY VULNERABILITY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

WASHINGTON - Amid the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with a group of nine Senators, today introduced the Commission on America's Medical Security, bipartisan legislation to safeguard America's medical supply chain and address shortages due to the United States' dependence on foreign-made medical equipment. Approximately 40 percent of finished drugs and 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients are manufactured overseas-primarily fr… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Alexander Statement on Final Electronic Health Records Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2020 - U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration released two final electronic health record rules: "These rules are a continuation of the effort to make electronic health records systems work so patients have access to their own medical records. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these two rules should give more than 125 million patients easier acc… Continue Reading

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