Ranking Member's Press


Alexander: Congress Set to Deliver $2 Billion Increase in Funding for Medical Research for 2nd Consecutive Year; Restore Year-Round Pell Grants

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2017 - Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill increases funding for breathtaking advances in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $2 billion for the second consecutive fiscal year. The bill also restores year-round Pell Grants. "This bill provides a major boost for programs like the Cancer Moonshot to speed cancer research, the Precision Medicine Initiative to develop tr… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Alexander, Bennet Resolution Celebrating 18th Annual National Charter Schools Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1 - Today, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) celebrating the 18th annual National Charter Schools Week, which runs from May 1 through May 5 and congratulates the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of our nation's 6,950 charter schools. Senate education committee Chairman Alexander said: "Since their creation in the 1990's by the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party, charter schools… Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Sends Nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to be FDA Commissioner to Senate Floor

Senate Health Committee Sends Nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to be FDA Commissioner to Senate Floor Chairman Alexander says Dr. Gottlieb is "the right person to move FDA forward to help patients take advantage of the remarkable discoveries our nation's researchers are working on" WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27 - The Senate's health committee today favorably reported out the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Gottli… Continue Reading


Alexander: New Labor Secretary “Can Now Begin Work to Create a Better Environment to Help More American Workers Succeed”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Alexander Acosta, confirmed by the Senate today as Labor Secretary, "can now begin his work to create a better environment to help more workers succeed in the rapidly changing workplace." "American workers are fortunate to now have a Secretary of Labor who understands the importance of a good-paying job and that harmful regulations from Washington have only made it harder to create, find, or k… Continue Reading


Alexander: President’s Directive Ensures Faithful Implementation of the Law that Restored Local Control of Classrooms

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the Trump Administration executive order ensuring faithful implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act - the new education law that Alexander sponsored to restore local control of classrooms: "In 2015, there was a consensus that No Child Left Behind needed to be fixed and, remarkably, there was a consensus on how to fix it: Continue the law's important measuremen… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Now Poised to Confirm Alexander Acosta to Become Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, April 26 -Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Senate is now poised to confirm Alexander Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor and "begin creating an environment for workers to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace," after the Senate today voted to end debate on his nomination and move to a vote. "We are fortunate to have a presidential nominee for Labor Secretary who understands how a good-paying job is critical to helping workers realize the America… Continue Reading


Senate HELP Committee Sends 4 Bipartisan Public Health Bills to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2017 - The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee today voted overwhelmingly to send four bipartisan public health bills to the Senate floor. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said: "Today our committee continues its tradition of working together to get results for American families by approving four bipartisan bills. These health bills will help states screen and link to follow-up care for infants with hearing loss, identify ways to improve f… Continue Reading


Alexander: First Round of 21st Century Cures Funding Sends Nearly $14 Million to Combat Tennessee’s Opioid Abuse Epidemic

MARYVILLE, Tenn., April 19 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price announced Tennessee will soon receive nearly $14 million in funding to combat opioid abuse - the first of two rounds of funding to be delivered as part of the 21st Century Cures Act that Alexander sponsored and President Obama signed into law last year: "Last year, Leader McConnell called 21st Century Cures 'the mo… Continue Reading


Alexander: Goal for New Labor Secretary is to Create Environment for Tennessee Workers to Succeed in Rapidly Changing Workplace

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., April 19, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Tennessee Association of Manufacturers that President Trump's Labor Secretary nominee, Alexander Acosta, would soon be confirmed by the United States Senate so "he can get to work creating an environment for workers in Tennessee and across the country to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace." "The issue for Tennessee workers today is not whether they belong to a union, it's whether they have… Continue Reading


Alexander Tells Elizabethton: I’m Working to Help 1,700 in Carter County Trapped in Collapsing Individual Insurance Market

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn., April 18, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethton that he is working to give Tennessee the flexibility it needs to help Tennesseans trapped in the state's collapsing Obamacare exchange. Tennesseans who buy their insurance on the Obamacare exchange face increased premiums and fewer options as high health care costs and one-size fits all Washington regulations have made it too costly for several insurance companies to o… Continue Reading


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

WASHINGTON, April 14 - The leaders of the Senate and House health committees today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration user fee agreements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 renews FDA's authority to collect user fees from the makers of prescription brand drugs, medical devices, generic drugs and biosimilars, and several vital programs at the FDA. The 2012 prescription drug user fee amendments … Continue Reading


Alexander: Secretary Price is Taking an Important Step to Begin Stabilizing Collapsing Individual Insurance Market

NASHVILLE, April 13 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price released a final rule on health insurance market stabilization: "Today's action by Secretary Price is an important step to begin stabilizing the Affordable Care Act's collapsing individual insurance market," Alexander said. "The urgency remains for Congress and the administration to continue helping the 4 percent of insure… Continue Reading


Alexander: Scott Gottlieb Has Impressive Qualifications and Is the Right Person to Lead FDA and Its “Vital Mission”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5 - At today's Senate health committee hearing, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Dr. Scott Gottlieb has "impressive qualifications from nearly every perspective" and is the right person to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its "vital mission" for patients. "The Food and Drug Administration has always been important," Alexander said, "but there's never been a more important time to capitalize on the significant funding Congress has given to medic… Continue Reading


Alexander: Timely FDA User Fee Reauthorization is “Integral to Helping Patients, Delivering on the Promise of 21st Century Cures”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4 - At the Senate health committee's second hearing on the reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements, Chairman Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a timely reauthorization is "integral to helping patients and delivering on the promise of 21st Century Cures." "After reviewing the recommendations from industry and the FDA, I believe these are good agreements for patients," Alexander said. "I look forward to working with Senator Murray and our … Continue Reading


Isakson, Alexander Applaud Delay of Burdensome ‘Fiduciary Rule’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., praised today's decision by the Trump administration to delay implementation of the Obama administration's burdensome "fiduciary rule" that would hinder access to retirement planning for middle-income American families. The rule was scheduled for application on April 10, but will now be delayed by 60 days to June 9 to give the Department of Labor time to fully and thoroughly review how the rule will affect access to… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Labor Committee Sends Nomination of Alexander Acosta to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, March 30 - The Senate's labor committee today favorably reported out the nomination of Alexander Acosta to become the next United States Secretary of Labor. Acosta's nomination is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. "The Secretary of Labor should really be called the Secretary of the Workforce because the issue for workers today is not whether they belong to a union, it is whether they have the skills to adapt to the changing marketplace and to create, find, or keep good… Continue Reading


Alexander, Corker Introduce Bill to Rescue Americans with Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to rescue Americans with Affordable Care Act subsidies who have zero options for health insurance on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year. "There are 34,000 Knoxville area residents who rely on an Affordable Care Act subsidy to purchase insurance, and after the one remaining insurer pulled out of the exchange for 2018, these subsidies are worth as much as bus tickets in a town with… Continue Reading


President Trump Signs Resolution Overturning Obama-era Regulation that Undermined Local Control of Schools

WASHINGTON, March 27 - President Trump today signed a resolution to rescind the Obama administration's final regulation implementing accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - a victory for local school boards over a National School Board and an affirmation that Congress writes the law, not the Department of Education. After the President's signature overturning the Obama-era regulation, Senate and House education committee leaders today released the following statement… Continue Reading


President Signs Resolution to Rein in Federal Role in Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump today signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act that blocks a flawed Obama administration regulation related to teacher preparation programs. Introduced in the House by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, and championed by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the Senate, H. J. Res. 58 is one of two resolutions passed by Congress and signed by the president to rein in the federal rol… Continue Reading


President Trump Signs Johnson, Alexander Resolution into Law to Repeal Burdensome Blacklisting Rule

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following statements after President Donald Trump signed into law a resolution blocking implementation of the Obama administration's flawed and burdensome blacklisting rule. Senators Johnson and Alexander authored the resolution to repeal the blacklisting rule that passed … Continue Reading

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