Chairman's Press

06.12.18

Alexander: FDA Taking Action to Remove Barriers to Lower Drug Prices

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "smart action" by the Food and Drug Administration would help remove barriers to lower drug prices, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. "Today's action by the FDA means insurance companies can negotiate better prices on drugs and devices for the patients they cover. Right now, a drug or medical device company is limited in what information they can share with insurance companies if the com… Continue Reading


05.31.18

Alexander: Colleges Should Apply Same Enthusiasm to Underrepresented Points of View that they Apply to Underrepresented Students

New York, May 31- Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "colleges should apply the same enthusiasm to underrepresented points of view that they have applied to underrepresented students." "We don't want to graduate a generation of students who have to go to a 'safe place' because they don't know how to handle an offensive tweet," Alexander said. "Colleges are supposed to be places where you learn how to deal with the world you're about to be in... You need … Continue Reading


05.24.18

Senate Health Committee Announces Hearing on President Trump’s Drug Pricing Plan

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the committee will hold a hearing on June 12 at 10:00 am EDT with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, to examine President Trump's drug pricing blueprint: "Biomedical research has made it possible to cure Hepatitis C, prevent migraines, and stop a stroke, but it is important that patients are able to afford these miracle drugs. The cost of prescription drugs is a complex problem… Continue Reading


05.23.18

Alexander: Senate Health Committee Passes Bill to Help Tennesseans Better Prepare for Flu, Wildfires, Bioterrorism

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2018 - The Senate health committee today approved legislation that its Chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said would "help ensure Tennesseans are better prepared to handle threats such as pandemic flu, wildfires, and deliberate attacks with dangerous agents like anthrax." "Tennesseans want to know we are better prepared to face public health threats-whether that's outbreaks of infectious diseases like Ebola, Zika, or the flu; natural disasters, such as hurricanes an… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Alexander: Gap Between Americans Who Need Health Care and Those Who Provide Care Has Potential to Widen

"Rural areas where 60 million Americans live suffer the greatest impact of the shortage of health care professionals. According to the National Rural Health Association, there are only 39 primary care doctors for every 100,000 people living in rural areas, but there are 53 primary care doctors for every 100,000 people in urban areas." WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said, "We know that the shortage of health care professionals -… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Alexander: Democrats’ 5-month Delay in Confirmation of Deputy Education Secretary “Inexcusable”

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2018 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that Senate Democrats' five month delay in confirming Brigadier General Mitchell Zais as Deputy Secretary of Education was "inexcusable" and "this extremely well-qualified nominee did not deserve to be subject to Democrats' unreasonable and unnecessary obstruction." "Mitchell Zais has broad experience in public education. He has been a college president, state superintendent of education and a… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Alexander: Federal Watchdogs Agree that 340B Discount Drug Program Needs Better Oversight

"It very well may be that hospitals and clinics are using the savings to benefit low-income patients as intended. But it is hard to know that until we have more information." WASHINGTON, May 15, 2018 - At the Senate health committee's second hearing this year on the 340B Drug Discount Program Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that federal watchdog reports find the program needs better oversight, and the agency in charge may need more authority to conduct that oversight and collect … Continue Reading


05.11.18

Alexander Statement on President Trump’s Drug Pricing Announcement

WASHINGTON, May 11 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's drug pricing announcement: "The President's plan is sweeping, comprehensive and sophisticated. It appears to put patients and taxpayers first. I especially welcome the proposals to lower prices by creating more competition and to examine the practice of list price rebates which make it hard for consumers to know what they are paying and what alternatives ar… Continue Reading


05.11.18

exander Statement on President Trump’s Drug Pricing Announcement

WASHINGTON, May 11 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's drug pricing announcement: "The President's plan is sweeping, comprehensive and sophisticated. It appears to put patients and taxpayers first. I especially welcome the proposals to lower prices by creating more competition and to examine the practice of list price rebates which make it hard for consumers to know what they are paying and what alternatives ar… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Alexander, Bennet Introduce Resolution Celebrating 19th Annual National Charter Schools Week

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2018 - United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today introduced a resolution celebrating the 19th annual National Charter Schools Week, which runs from May 7 through May 11, 2018 and commends the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of our nation's more than 6,900 charter schools across 44 states and the District of Columbia. Senator Alexander said: "The 2017-2018 school year was the first year that states and charter schools started … Continue Reading


05.08.18

Alexander: Democrats Already Busy Finding Someone to Blame for Rising Obamacare Premiums

** Click here to watch Senator Alexander's full remarks ** "Health insurance rates didn't start increasing when President Trump took office, they've been increasing since Obamacare took effect five years ago." WASHINGTON, May 8 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said on the Senate floor that Democrats are "already busy finding someone to blame," after they blocked a proposal that could have helped avoid a sixth straight year of insurance rate increases since … Continue Reading


04.26.18

Senate HELP Committee Members Release Bipartisan Discussion Draft to Combat Bioterrorism and Pandemics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Burr, Casey, Alexander, and Murray released a bipartisan discussion draft to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), making targeted improvements to the tools at our nation's disposal to prepare for and respond to the threats that we face, whether naturally occurring like pandemic flu, or as a result of a deliberate attack on our country. PAHPA was enacted in 2006 and reauthorized in 2013 to establish and build upon an all-hazards fr… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Alexander: Senate Health Committee Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Bill to Take Next Step in Helping States Fight Opioid Crisis

"The challenge before us has often been described as needing a moonshot. Solving the opioid crisis might require the energy of a moonshot, but ultimately it is not something that can be solved by an agency in Washington, D.C. What the federal government can do is create an environment so that everyone can succeed in fighting the crisis." WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2018 - The Senate health committee today voted to approve the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which Chairman Lamar Alexander (… Continue Reading


04.17.18

Sens. Alexander, Murray Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address “Urgent Opioid Crisis”

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2018 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), leaders of the Senate health committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to address the "urgent opioid crisis" and said the committee will markup the legislation on Tuesday, April 24. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S. 2680) will improve the ability of the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes … Continue Reading


04.17.18

Sens. Alexander, Murray Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address “Urgent Opioid Crisis”

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2018 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), leaders of the Senate health committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to address the "urgent opioid crisis" and said the committee will markup the legislation on Tuesday, April 24. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S. 2680) will improve the ability of the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Hea… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Senate Confirms Patrick Pizzella to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm Patrick Pizzella to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor: "As we learned at his confirmation hearing last July-Patrick Pizzella is well-qualified to be Deputy Secretary of Labor. America's workers deserve a properly staffed Labor Department to help ensure workers are safe on the job and are paid the wages they're owed as well as help ensure employers comply … Continue Reading


04.11.18

Alexander: Opioids Bill Next Step in Helping End National Opioid Crisis

"This committee has spent the last six months hearing from governors, state and local officials, doctors, families, and experts from the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration at our six bipartisan hearings." WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today chaired a hearing on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, draft… Continue Reading


04.11.18

Senate Confirms John Ring to National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm John Ring to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board: "The National Labor Relations Board is important to our nation's workers and employers. John Ring's varied experiences working for a labor union while attending college and law school, and then having been a management lawyer will be a strength to the board. I am glad the Senate confirme… Continue Reading


04.10.18

Alexander: Trump EEOC General Counsel Nominee Can Improve Agency after “Embarrassing Losses, Rebukes” Under Previous General Counsel

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2018 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the "Equal Employment Opportunity Commission General Counsel is important to our nation's workers." The committee today held a hearing on Sharon Fast Gustafson to serve as General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). "If confirmed, Ms. Gustafson will be in charge of ensuring compliance with well-established anti-discrimination statutes, including Title VII of the… Continue Reading


04.09.18

Alexander: Senate to Confirm Two Important Labor Nominees This Week

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate this week is set to confirm two important labor nominees-John Ring to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board and Patrick Pizzella to serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor: "America's workers will benefit from Patrick Pizzella at the Labor Department and Mr. Ring at the National Labor Relations Board. Mr Ring is a well-qualified nominee to serve on the labor board - he has represented … Continue Reading

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