Chairman's Press

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


04.04.18

Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of Bipartisan Legislation to Address Urgent Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2018 - The leaders of the Senate health committee today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation to address the opioid crisis. The leaders also announced that a committee hearing on the draft legislation will take place on Wednesday, April 11th. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 will improve the ability of the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of H… Continue Reading


03.26.18

Alexander: Draft Legislation Would Require Dispensing Opioids in Short-Term Blister Packs, Help FDA Stop Illegal Fentanyl at Borders

NASHVILLE, March 26, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released two discussion drafts of legislation to improve the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ability to address the opioid crisis. "The Senate health committee has held six bipartisan hearings so far this Congress on nearly every aspect of the opioids crisis, to inform legislation to better help states and communities on the front lines," Alexander said. "I want to ensure that the Food and Drug Adm… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Democrats Block up to 40% Reduction in Health Insurance Premiums

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2018-Democrats today blocked legislation that its Republican sponsors said would lower health insurance premiums by up to 40 percent for self-employed business people, plumbers, farmers, and songwriters who buy individual insurance without a government subsidy. "They are going to have a hard time explaining to working Americans who make $60,000 and pay $20,000 for insurance why they blocked cuts to premiums of $8000 over three years," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Alexander: Democrats Scrambling to Explain Why They Just Blocked Bill to Lower Premiums Up to 40%

Click here to watch Senator Alexander's floor speech. "Today Democrats are voting in the Omnibus appropriations bill to apply the Hyde language to more than 100 other federal health programs while saying they can't apply Hyde to health insurance." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that Senate Democrats' are "scrambling and coming up with excuse after excuse" after blocking an up to 40 percent health insurance rate decreas… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Alexander: Spending Bill Includes Billions to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes "$3.6 billion to help fight the opioids crisis - an increase of $2.55 billion or 244 percent - a major boost to those on the frontlines of this epidemic." "The devastation of the opioid crisis has touched nearly every community," Alexander said. "This funding will help the National Institutes of Health develop a non-addictive painkiller… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Alexander Statement on Appointment of Dr. Robert Redfield as CDC Director

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2018 - Senate health Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the president announced Dr. Robert Redfield will serve as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): "Dr. Redfield has a strong background to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- he has spent his career researching public health threats such as H… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Alexander Statement on Proposal to Lower Health Insurance Premiums

WASHINGTON, March 20 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement today on the proposal released yesterday by Senators Alexander and Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Congressmen Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) to lower health insurance premiums in the individual market: "It is disappointing that an opportunity to lower health insurance rates by up to 40 percent for working Americans has turned into a debate about the mechanics of funding f… Continue Reading


03.19.18

CBO: Health Insurance Proposal Lowers Rates 10-20 Percent

Washington, March 19, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Representative Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) analysis on their legislation to help lower premiums for Americans in the individual insurance market with permanent state flexibility, 3 years of invisible high risk pools/reinsurance, cop… Continue Reading


03.19.18

Legislation to Lower Health Insurance Premiums in Individual Market by up to 40% Proposed for Omnibus Spending Bill

"A self-employed plumber making $60,000 may be paying $20,000 for health insurance. Our proposal could cut up to $8,000 from that insurance bill." -Sens. Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins, Congressmen Greg Walden and Ryan Costello WASHINGTON, March 19, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Representative Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) today proposed legislation that would … Continue Reading


03.15.18

Alexander: 340B Program May Need Improvement to Fulfill Purpose of Helping Low-Income Patients

"Hospitals and clinics use the $6 billion in savings they generate through the 340B program to help offset the money they spend in uncompensated care. On the other hand, we also know there are instances where 340B hospitals and clinics may not be using the savings to help low-income patients afford their medications or to provide care." WASHINGTON, March 15, 2018 - At the Senate health committee's first hearing looking at the 340B Discount Drug Program, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today … Continue Reading


03.14.18

Senate HELP Committee Approves NLRB, Education, Mine Safety Nominees

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the committee approved four nominees with "impressive qualifications." Alexander on John Ring, nominated to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board: "Mr. Ring has varied experiences that will be a strength as a member of the nation's labor board - he has worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters while a… Continue Reading


03.12.18

Report: Individual Insurance Premiums Next Year 40% Lower Under Alexander-Murray, Collins-Nelson Than if Congress Doesn’t Act

Washington, March 12-Health care experts at Oliver Wyman released an analysis today showing that the passage of a proposal based on the Alexander-Murray Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act and the Collins-Nelson Lower Premiums Through Reinsurance Act will lower premiums, compared to what people in the individual market will pay if Congress doesn't act, by more than 40 percent in the individual market and provide insurance coverage to an additional 3.2 million individuals. Oliver Wyman ba… Continue Reading

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