Chairman's Press

12.10.19

Alexander Statement on Fourth Anniversary of Fixing No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2019 - U.S. Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the Every Student Succeeds Act becoming law: "Four years ago, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, calling it a 'Christmas Miracle.' Today, states are taking advantage of what the Wall Street Journal called 'the largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter-century.' "Under ESSA, every state plan for s… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Senate Passes Bill with Alexander-Murray Amendment to Permanently Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Simplify Federal Student Aid Application Form

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2019 - The United States Senate today passed bipartisan legislation that included an amendment from Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that permanently reauthorizes $255 million in annual funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that 20 million families, including 8 million minority… Continue Reading


12.08.19

Bipartisan House and Senate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement on Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, December 8, 2019 - Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) along with Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today announced they have reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation to lower what Americans pay out of pocket for their health care. "I do not think it is possible to write a bill that has broader agreement than this among Senate and House Democrats and Republicans on… Continue Reading


12.05.19

Senate Passes Bipartisan Solution to Permanently Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and Simplify the FAFSA for 20 Million Families

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2019 - The United States Senate today passed a bipartisan amendment to the House-passed FUTURE Act sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) to make permanent $255 million in annual funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions, simplify the Free Application… Continue Reading


12.05.19

Alexander: Senate Takes “Big First Step” in Simplifying the FAFSA for 20 Million American Families

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2019 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "the Senate has taken a big first step in simplifying the FAFSA for 20 million families, including 8 million minority students," after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that makes permanent $255 million in annual funding for HBCUs, cuts up to 22 questions from the federal student aid application form (FAFSA), and eliminates bureaucratic verification nightmare for most students. The bip… Continue Reading


12.03.19

Senate Education Leaders Propose Bipartisan Solution to Simplify the FAFSA for 20 Million Families and to Permanently Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2019 - Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today released a bipartisan amendment to the House-passed FUTURE Act to make permanent $255 million in annual funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions, simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for… Continue Reading


12.03.19

Alexander: In Bipartisan Vote, Senate Health Committee Approves Dr. Stephen Hahn to Serve as FDA Commissioner

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2019 - The Senate health committee today approved the nomination of Dr. Stephen Hahn to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a bipartisan vote of 18-5. "Dr. Hahn has extensive medical and research experience and is a proven leader in large health systems-all around, he is exactly the type of nominee we want to lead an agency as important as the FDA," Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said at today's committee vote. "Now it's time for … Continue Reading


11.20.19

Alexander: Dr. Stephen Hahn is an “Impressive Choice” to Lead FDA at This Critical Time

"This is a critical time for FDA, and there is a lot that FDA needs to do - approve lifesaving drugs, regulate tobacco and e-cigarettes, complete the ongoing lung injury investigation and continue addressing the opioid crisis. …Dr. Hahn is well prepared and a strong choice to lead the FDA." - Senator Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20 - At today's Senate health committee hearing, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Dr. Stephen Hahn is an "impressive choice" to lead th… Continue Reading


11.20.19

Senate Education Committee Chairman: Now is the Time to Pass Permanent Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2019 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said "now is the time to pass permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions." Alexander made his remarks on the Senate floor after Senate Democrats blocked Alexander's bipartisan package of higher education proposals that includes $255 million in permanent annual funding for HBCUs and simplifying the FAFSA federal aid application that 8 milli… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Alexander Statement on HBCU Funding

U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement regarding funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions: "Two weeks ago, Senate Democrats blocked my bipartisan package of higher education proposals that included $255 million in permanent annual funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions. This package has plenty of time to become law because the U… Continue Reading


11.13.19

Senate Health Committee Questions FDA & CDC About Mysterious Lung Illness Tied to E-Cigarette Devices, Injuring Over 2,000 Americans

"I often suggest that Americans look at Washington, D.C., as if it were a split-screen television and today is a good example. On one side, you have the House of Representatives beginning public impeachment hearings. But on the other side, you have a bipartisan group of senators investigating a mysterious illness tied to the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products that has injured over 2,000 Americans, 39 of which have died, at a time when as many as one in ten Tennessee high school students may… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Education Groups Overwhelmingly Support Bipartisan Legislation to Simplify the FAFSA

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2019 - Higher education organizations across the country have announced their support for bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that nearly 20 million families fill out every year to apply for federal student aid. The FAFSA Simplification Act addresses one of the largest challenges low-income students who want to go to college face by reducing the 10… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Chairman Alexander Announces Support for Dr. Stephen Hahn, Nominee to Lead FDA

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting with Dr. Stephen Hahn-President Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "I had an excellent meeting with Dr. Hahn and believe he is well-qualified to lead the FDA. As an oncologist, Dr. Hahn knows firsthand the importance of bringing new, lifesaving drugs and devices quickly through the regulatory process as well as the need … Continue Reading


11.05.19

Senate Democrats Block Permanent Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2019 - Senate Democrats today blocked legislation offered by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would permanently fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions. "The right way to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities is to pass permanent funding for these institutions as part of a package of bills that I've introduced, which includes simplifying the FAFSA, a bill that Senator Doug Jon… Continue Reading


11.01.19

Alexander Statement on the Nomination of Dr. Stephen Hahn to Serve as FDA Commissioner

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., November 1, 2019 - U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the selection of Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "Having the right person lead the FDA is critical to virtually every American. The FDA is responsible for ensuring drugs and medical devices that patients rely on are safe and effective, protecting the nation's food supply, regulating tobacco products, and implementing 21st Ce… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Alexander: Senate Health Committee Approves Eight Bipartisan Public Health Bills

"I often suggest Tennesseans look at Washington D.C. like a split screen television. On one side, you have the controversies of the day - Democrat impeachment and the president's daily tweets. But on the other side, you'll often see senators working together to achieve results for the American people. That has been the case for this committee." WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2019 - The Senate health committee today voted on eight bipartisan public health bills, which Chairman Lamar Alexander (R… Continue Reading


10.30.19

Alexander: To Celebrate Halloween, Senate Democrats Have Come Up With a Scary Fairytale Without an Ounce of Truth

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "to celebrate Halloween, Senate Democrats have come up with a scary fairytale without an ounce of truth." Alexander made his remarks today on the Senate floor before Democrats tried unsuccessfully to block the Trump Administration from giving states more flexibility to offer affordable health insurance-known as a Section 1332 waiver that was created as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate… Continue Reading


10.22.19

Alexander, Jones Introduce Bill to Simplify the FAFSA

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2019 - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today introduced legislation to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that nearly 20 million families fill out every year to apply for federal student aid. "The 108-question FAFSA is one of the biggest challenges low-income students who want to go to college face," Alexander, chairman of the Senate education committee, said. "Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam told me that … Continue Reading


09.26.19

Alexander Introduces Long-Term Solution to Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, September 26, 2019 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced a long-term solution to fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions as part of a legislative package of eight bipartisan higher education proposals drafted by 35 Senators - 20 Democrat, 15 Republican. "I am today introducing a long-term solution to permanently provide funding for Minority Serving Institutions, including the six HBCUs in Te… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Alexander: The Senate Should Confirm Eugene Scalia to Serve as Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2019 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Senate should confirm Eugene Scalia to serve as Secretary of Labor. "I have received 32 letters in support of Mr. Scalia's nomination from small business owners, employers, workers, and Mr. Scalia's colleagues and mentees, including a number of women and former career attorneys at the Department of Labor," Alexander said in a speech delivered this afternoon on the Senate floor. "Forme… Continue Reading

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