Chairman's Press

12.16.19

Alexander: Congress to Vote This Week on Several Important Provisions of the Lower Health Care Costs Act

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress will vote this week on several important provisions of the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019. "The government funding legislation that Congress will consider this week takes several important steps to address Americans' number one financial concern: what they pay out of their own pockets for health care," Alexander said. "The legislation includes five provisions from the bipartisan L… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Alexander: I Will Continue to do Everything I Can to Keep Surprise Medical Bills at the Top of Congress’ To-Do List Until it’s Done

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said he intends to do everything he can to keep surprise medical billing at the top of Congress' to-do list in 2020 until it's done. "Protecting patients from surprise billing is something almost everyone wants fixed. One out of five patients who goes to an emergency room eventually receives an unexpected bill for as much as $300 or $3,000 or $30,000 because the doctor who treated them was not part … Continue Reading


12.12.19

Alexander: Dr. Hahn’s Experience as a Practicing Oncologist, a Successful Leader of MD Anderson and Work at NIH, Make Him the Right Leader for the FDA

"Dr. Hahn can now get to work approving new life-saving drugs and devices, regulating tobacco and e-cigarettes, addressing the opioid crisis, ensuring pain patients can receive the medications they need and protecting our nation's food supply." - Senator Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, December 12, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that "Dr. Stephen Hahn's experience as a practicing oncologist, a successful leader of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and work at the… Continue Reading


12.12.19

Alexander: Health Committee Approves Legislation to Help States Prevent Child Abuse and Ensure Safety and Welfare of Children

"This is a very diverse committee that is known for reaching agreement on issues that are consequential to the American people. I am glad that we have continued that record this year. So far the Committee has passed 13 bills, three of which have become law - I anticipate there will be more before the year is over. We approved 46 nominees, 39 whom have been confirmed by the full Senate. And we held 13 hearings on topics that impact the lives of every American, including e-cigarettes and vaping; t… Continue Reading


12.10.19

House Passes Alexander-Murray Bill to Simplify Federal Student Aid Application Form

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2019 - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that 20 million American families, including 8 million minority students, fill out every year to qualify for federal student aid. The legislation also permanently reauthorizes and provides $255 million in a… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Alexander: Senate Passes “Most Important” New Law For Over-the-Counter Drugs in 40 Years

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 10, 2019 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Senate today passed "the most important new law affecting the safety, innovation, and affordability of over-the-counter drugs since the 1970's." "In 2015, as the Senate health committee was working on the 21st Century Cures Act, I asked Janet Woodcock, the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, if there was any change she needed but had… Continue Reading


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

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