Chairman's Press

02.28.18

Senate Health Committee Approves Bill to Help Keep Animals Healthy, Food Supply Safe

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2018-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the committee has taken a critical step in updating legislation to help keep our animals healthy after the committee approved a reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration animal drug and generic animal drug user fee agreements. The committee also approved three bipartisan public health bills to encourage pediatric cancer research, support rural health care, and help grandparent… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Senator Alexander Appointed to Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Senator Alexander Appointed to Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans WASHINGTON, February 27, 2018-United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate labor committee, issued the following statement on his appointment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans: "I look forward to working with other committee members to find responsible solutions to help protec… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Alexander: Most Helpful Federal Role in Opioid Fight May Be Supporting “Amazing Potential” of Technology

"Data can paint a more complete picture of the opioid crisis, revealing which communities are seeing a spike in prescriptions, helping doctors avoid prescribing opioids to someone recovering from addiction, and recording the last time someone who overdosed had filled a prescription." WASHINGTON, February 27, 2018 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the federal government's most helpful role in the opioid fight may be supporting data and technology. "As we… Continue Reading


02.20.18

Alexander in Shelby County: This Spring, Congress Could Pass New Law to Lower Health Insurance Premiums

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, February 20-United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said in Memphis that Congress could pass legislation this spring to deliver lower cost health policies, and to help the federal government become a better partner for states - like Tennessee - who are fighting the opioid crisis. "I went to Chick-fil-A in Nashville a few weeks ago, and as I was about to leave, a lady walked up to me and said, 'My name is Marty. I'm a self-employed farmer. And the year before O… Continue Reading


02.20.18

Alexander Statement on Administration Rule to Expand Access to Short-term Insurance Plans

NASHVILLE, February 20 - The chairman of the Senate health committee, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Administration issuing a proposed rule today to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance: "Millions of Americans who are between jobs and who pay for their own insurance will welcome this extended option for lower-cost, short-term policies. States will have the responsibility for making sure these policies bene… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Alexander, Murray Seek Input on Reauthorization of Higher Education Act

WASHINGTON, February 13-The Senate education committee is working on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with all members of the Committee, are seeking comments or suggestions for the Committee's consideration. Comments are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Please send comments to HigherEducation2018@help.senate.gov. ###… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Alexander: Animal Drug User Fee Legislation “Critical” to Keep Food Supply Safe, Animals Healthy

"Farmers often use animal drugs to prevent outbreaks of infectious disease, to treat pain, or prevent swelling of joints in animals. According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the cattle and calves industry and the poultry industry are two of Tennessee's largest agriculture sectors. So it is important that farmers and ranchers continue to have access to new medicines to keep their animals healthy and prevent and treat diseases, and help keep our food supply safe." WASHINGTON, Februa… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Alexander: Senate Democrats Finally Allow Confirmation of Important and Well-Qualified Nominee Overseeing Public Health, Nearly 9 Months After He Was Nominated

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2018-Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dr. Brett Giroir to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services: "It is bewildering that Americans were forced to wait nearly nine months for confirmation of this critical and qualified nominee as Senate Democrats filibuster nearly every one of the president's nominees… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Senate, House Health Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of FDA Animal Drug User Fees Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, February 8 - The leaders of the Senate and House health committees today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) animal drug and generic animal drug user fee agreements. The Animal Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2018 renews FDA's authority to collect user fees from the makers of new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs. The 2013 animal drug user fee amendments (ADUFA) and generic animal drug user fee … Continue Reading


02.08.18

Alexander, Murray Statement on Senate Health Committee's FDA Agenda for the Spring

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2018-U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the committee's Food and Drug Administration agenda for the spring: "We plan to put out a staff discussion draft on cosmetics reform by February 23; plan to mark up a reauthorization of the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Agreements in our committee on February 28; and markup … Continue Reading


02.08.18

Bipartisan Group of Senate Health Committee Members Introduce Bill to Spur Development of New Non-Addictive Painkiller

WASHINGTON, February 8 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and committee members Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), today introduced legislation to advance urgently needed research to address the opioid crisis. The Advancing Cutting-Edge (ACE) Research Act would provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with more flexible authority to conduct innovative research to increase scientific understanding and lead to w… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Alexander: Senate Democrats Finally Allow Confirmation of Important and Well-Qualified Nominee Overseeing Public Health, Nearly 9 Months After He Was Nominate

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2018-Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dr. Brett Giroir to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services: "It is bewildering that Americans were forced to wait nearly nine months for confirmation of this critical and qualified nominee as Senate Democrats filibuster nearly every one of the president's nominees-a… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Alexander: Tennessee on Front Lines as Opioid Crisis Has Caused a “Sharp Increase” in Babies Born in Withdrawal

"Before we turn to today's focus, I wanted to say that later today, I, along with Ranking Member Murray, and Senators Young and Hassan, will introduce legislation to help address the opioid crisis. This committee plans to hold a markup on this bill, as well as other opioids legislation, as soon as the end of March." WASHINGTON, February 8, 2018-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander today said, that "Tennessee is on the front lines as the opioid crisis has caused what the Tennessee De… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Alexander, Murray Statement on Senate Health Committee's FDA Agenda for the Spring

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2018-U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the committee's Food and Drug Administration agenda for the spring: "We plan to put out a staff discussion draft on cosmetics reform by February 23; plan to mark up a reauthorization of the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Agreements in our committee on February 28; and markup … Continue Reading


02.06.18

Alexander on Making College More Affordable: Simplify Loans, Cut Red Tape, Encourage Innovation and Accountability

"The Appropriations Committee will consider whether Congress should appropriate more taxpayer dollars for student aid, but in the meantime, Congress can also help students afford college by better spending the $28 billion in grants and $92 billion in loans we spend annually. This would mean simplifying student aid, redirecting existing dollars for more Pell grants, helping students complete their degrees more rapidly, and making colleges more accountable for students repaying loans." WASHINGTON… Continue Reading


02.01.18

Alexander Seeks Input on Higher Education Accountability Measures to Ensure Students Receive Degrees Worth Their Time and Money 

WASHINGTON, February 1 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today released a staff white paper and asked for feedback on federal accountability concepts and proposals to ensure that students at our 6,000 colleges and universities are receiving degrees worth their time and money. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is working on a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The law dates to 1965 and has been reauthorized ei… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Alexander: Trump Administration’s Proposal Could Finally Make Affordable Health Insurance Available to 11 Million Small Business Men and Women, Such as Tennessee Farmers, Songwriters

WASHINGTON, January 30, 2018-Senate health and labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Labor Secretary Acosta's proposed rule on Association Health Plans "could lower the cost of health insurance premiums and finally make affordable health insurance available to the 11 million American small business men and women and their employees or those who work for themselves-like farmers, or songwriters-who today are priced out of our health insurance system." Chairman Alexand… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Alexander: Colleges Should Be More Accountable For Students Not Repaying Loans

"There are two groups of borrowers repaying student loans: nearly half-46 percent - who are repaying on their student loans and a little more than half - 54 percent - who are in default or are not making payments on time… The taxpayer should be concerned not just about borrowers in default, but also about the ones who are not making payments on time." Washington, D.C., January 30, 2018 - At the Senate education committee's fourth hearing this Congress on reauthorizing the Higher Educatio… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Alexander: Frank Brogan Is an “Impressive” Nominee Who Will Oversee Education Law That Restores More Freedom to States

"[The Every Student Succeeds Act] is an especially important law to the members of this committee. We held 27 hearings, spent countless hours working out our differences and reaching a consensus: Continue the law's important measurements of academic progress of students but restore to states, school districts, classroom teachers and parents the responsibility for deciding what to do about improving student achievement. This change should produce fewer tests and more appropriate ways to measure … Continue Reading


01.25.18

Alexander: Congress Should Create Environment That Allows Colleges to be as Versatile as Today’s Students

"Our reauthorization and today's hearing is focused on students. Today we will look at how we can help colleges provide an education that works for every student - whether it is an 18-year-old college freshman, a mom returning to school to finish her bachelors while also working full-time, or a 25 year old low-income student who is the first in his family to attend college." WASHINGTON, January 25, 2018-Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress should cre… Continue Reading

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