Ranking Member's Press


Alexander: FDA-Approved COVID-19 Vaccine is the Way to Stop More Deaths

"The true miracle of modern medicine is vaccines, which can prevent humans from acquiring the disease at all. That is why today in all 50 states and the District of Columbia schoolchildren are required to take vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, and chicken pox before entering school. The vaccination will protect the child from getting the disease, which in turn prevents the child from infecting someone else - a pattern that has caused these diseases eventua… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Republican Proposal Will Help Americans Go Safely Back to School, College and Child Care and Prepare for Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2020 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said a new Republican proposal to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic will "help Americans go safely back to school, college and child care and prepare for future pandemics." The Delivering Immediate Relief to America's Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act "provides $105 billion to help schools re-open and gives parents more choices of schools for their children, $1… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Executive Orders

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, August 8, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's executive orders to provide COVID-19 relief: "The president is doing all he can to help workers, students and renters, but Congress is the one who should be acting. Democrats should stop blocking common sense proposals to help students going back to school and college and parents going back to work who need child care." ###… Continue Reading


Alexander: NIH “Shark Tank” is Doing in Months What Usually Takes Three to Seven Years

"This is the surest path toward normalcy until we have a vaccine. Thanks to NIH's 'Shark Tank,' scientists are transforming COVID-19 testing by fast tracking new technologies with a goal of producing tens of millions more diagnostic tests this fall that can deliver results in minutes, instead of waiting days for a laboratory to send a result." - Senator Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, Tennessee, July 31, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the "Shark Tank"… Continue Reading


Alexander: Make Telehealth Changes Permanent

"The COVID-19 pandemic has led to one of the most dramatic developments in the delivery of medical services ever. Congress should learn from these four months of lessons, which will likely mean that hundreds of millions of physician-patient visits will be remote or online that were in-person before." - Senator Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, July 30, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced the Telehealth Modernization Act - legislation that will help en… Continue Reading


Alexander Votes to Confirm National Labor Relations Board Nominees

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2020 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on Senate confirmation of Marvin Kaplan and Lauren McFerran to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): "Today the Senate confirmed two qualified nominees, one Republican, one Democrat, to the National Labor Relations Board-keeping with the bipartisan tradition of maintaining balance on the board, which has been without a Democrat member since December." … Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray, Pallone, Walden, Scott, Foxx Joint Statement on White House Surprise Medical Billing Report

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2020 - Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-Ore.), House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) today released the following statement on the White House's call for Congress to pass legislation ending the practice of surprise medical billing: "Patien… Continue Reading


To Respond to COVID-19, Alexander Introduces Bill to Help Manage Student Debt, Expand School Choice and Provide More Child Care

"If you are one of 43 million Americans with a student debt, you can continue to defer your monthly payment after October 1 if you have no income. When you do begin earning income your monthly payment will never be more than 10% of your income AFTER deducting the necessities of life such as rent or mortgage and food." - Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, July 27, 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate health and education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced … Continue Reading


Alexander: Give Parents More Choices of All Schools for Their Children

"Giving children more opportunity to choose their school is a real answer to inequality in America." - Senator Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, July 22, 2020 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) cosponsored the "School Choice Now Act," legislation introduced today by committee member Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), saying the bill will give families "more options for their children's education at a time that school is more important than ever." "All parents, regardless of … Continue Reading


Scott and Chairman Alexander Introduce School Choice Now Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Congressional School Choice Caucus co-chair, introduced the School Choice Now Act - legislation that ensures all students will return to their pre-pandemic educational institutions. Senator Scott was joined by Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN). "Growing up in a single-parent household in a distressed neighborhood, I fully understand what it means to be overlooked and underserved. As a supporter of School Choice legislation, I… Continue Reading


Senate Education Committee Chairman Publishes Resource Webpage to Help Schools Plan to Reopen Safely in the Fall

"Nothing was more disruptive to American life, and nothing would help lead it back toward normalcy than for our 135,000 public and private K-12 schools to reopen safely this fall." - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) WASHINGTON, July 22, 2020 - The Senate Education Committee Chairman today published a webpage featuring a collection of resources to assist the efforts of states and local school districts and private schools to reopen schools safely in the fall, including federal guidance, hea… Continue Reading


Alexander Proposes “No Income. No Monthly Payment.” For 43 Million Student Loan Borrowers

"In other words, if you have a student loan, your monthly payment is ZERO if you do not have any income, for whatever reason. When you do begin earning income, your monthly payment will never be more than 10 percent of your income AFTER you deduct the necessities of life, such as the cost of housing and food." - Senator Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, July 21, 2020 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) proposed today that 43 million student loan borrowers be able to con… Continue Reading


Senate Health Chairman Alexander Introduces Bill to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

"Let's not succumb to the familiar dangerous habit of 'Panic. Neglect. Panic.' Congress can take these three steps to keep vaccine manufacturing on shore and stockpiles supplied, now, while the pandemic has our attention, while we have our eye on the ball." - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) WASHINGTON, July 20, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced the Preparing for the Next Pandemic Act - legislation that will maintain sufficient onshore manufa… Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander Statement on Democratic White Paper on COVID-19 Vaccines

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 13, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Democratic white paper on COVID-19 vaccines: "The United States is developing safe and effective vaccines for a new virus faster than at any other time in our history. Democrats and Republicans should be working together to help further accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of new tests, treatments and vaccines, and I look forwar… Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander Statement on Democratic Staff Report on COVID-19 Testing

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, July 9 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Democratic staff report on COVID-19 diagnostic testing: "Blaming President Trump for a problem that four Presidents and several Congresses have tried to solve for twenty years does not make Americans safer. Instead of pointing fingers, Democrats and Republicans should be working together. Already the United States is testing twice as many people as any other co… Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander Statement on World Health Organization

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, July 7, 2020 - U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's decision to terminate the United States' membership in the World Health Organization (WHO): "I disagree with the president's decision. Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, no… Continue Reading


Sen. Alexander: “Will There Be Enough COVID-19 Tests So We Can Watch Some Football This Fall, Or Basketball This Winter?”

*Click HERE for video of the senator's remarks.* "The administration has said that 40-50 million tests will be available per month by September, enough for widespread testing as Americans go back to school and back to work. Whether there will be enough tests to allow teams to play sports or spectators to watch may depend upon breakthrough concepts being fast tracked at the National Institutes of Health 'shark tank.' The more tests, the more sports." - Senator Lamar Alexander Washington, … Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander: “Stakes are Too High” for Pro-Trump, Anti-Trump Mask Debate to Continue

"Unfortunately, this simple lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask. If you're against Trump, you do. But the administration's four health experts testifying today have said: 'If you want to be able to go back to school, back to work and out to eat: wear a mask.' The University of Tennessee's Athletic Director, Phillip Fulmer, has told us, 'If you really, really want sports, football, and all those things, then wear a mask a… Continue Reading


Alexander: “Millions Who Admire President Trump Would Follow His Lead If He Wore a Mask When Appropriate”

"Most of the time he's with people who have been tested, he's been tested...but there are times when he could wear a mask or the vice president could wear a mask. I think it would be a sign of strength if he would from time to time wear a mask and remind everyone it's a good way [to slow the spread of COVID-19]." - Senator Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, Tenn., June 28, 2020 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told Manu Raju on CNN's "Inside Politics" that "millions of Americans who… Continue Reading


Alexander: Now is the Time to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said on the Senate floor that "now, during this pandemic when we have got our eye on the ball," is the time for Congress to act on needed changes to prepare for the next pandemic. Alexander discussed some key takeaways from yesterday's Senate health committee hearing - "COVID-19: Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic" - which featured testimony from former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist… Continue Reading

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