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Senator Lamar Alexander issues Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement concerning President Donald Trump’s intent to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) announcement that the Senate will vote on that nomination:

“No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President’s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year. The Constitution gives senators the power to do it. The voters who elected them expect it.”

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Lamar Alexander says Finish Fixing the FAFSA, This Year

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, “the time to finish fixing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now and I hope we can pass bipartisan legislation to do so by the end of this year,” during this morning’s committee hearing to discuss how Congress can finish the job of shortening the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

“Twenty million students and their families are in the middle of what is likely the strangest first semester of college in a century,” Alexander continued. “Almost everything has changed for students – except for one thing – students still have to answer 108 questions on the dreaded FAFSA form.”

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Lamar Alexander Urges Congress to Act Now On Preparing for Inevitable Next Pandemic

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Congress needs to break the cycle of “panic, neglect, panic” in response to public health threats.

Alexander made his remarks at the Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 Coronavirus response efforts so far, as well as what steps Congress can take now to prepare for the next pandemic.

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Lamar Alexander says Money Paid to Student Athletes for Their Name, Image, Likeness Should Benefit All Student Athletes at that Institution

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – “Money paid to student athletes for use of their name, image, and likeness should benefit all student athletes at that institution,” Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told a Senate hearing Tuesday, September 15th, 2020. “Student athletes should not be on the payroll and treated as hired hands.”

“I do not see a good ending to allowing a few student athletes to be paid by commercial interests while most of their teammates are not,” Alexander said. “If young athletes want to be a part of a team, enjoy the undergraduate experience, learn from coaches who are among the best teachers, and be paid a full scholarship that helps them earn a degree worth $1 million during their lifetime, their earnings should benefit all student athletes at that institution. If they prefer to keep the money for themselves, let them become professionals.”

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Lamar Alexander: FDA approved COVID-19 Vaccine is the way to stop more deaths

 

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – I chaired a hearing in the Senate health committee on Tuesday to explore the remarkable progression science is making toward a COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccine, as well as to remind parents to have their children get their childhood vaccinations and encourage as many Americans as possible to get the flu vaccine this fall.

I received an update on Operation Warp Speed, which is working around the clock to develop, manufacture, and distribute safe and effective COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccines as rapidly as possible.

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Lamar Alexander reports Democrats Block Bill to Help Americans Go Safely Back to School, College, Child Care and Prepare for Future Pandemics

 

Lamar Alexander says the only way for Congress to help the American people get through the COVID-19 pandemic is for Democrats and Republicans to work together

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Thursday, September 10th said “the only way for Congress to help the American people get through the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is for Democrats and Republicans to work together” after Democrats blocked a proposal to help Americans go safely back to school, college and child care and prepare for future pandemics from being debated on the Senate floor.

The proposal—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, $15 billion to provide more child care for working parents, $16 billion for states to conduct more testing and contact tracing, $31 billion for tests, treatments, and vaccines development.

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

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said a new Republican proposal to respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus 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, $15 billion to provide more child care for working parents, $16 billion for states to conduct more testing and contact tracing, $31 billion for tests, treatments, and vaccines development. It also provides for sustained funding to prepare for future pandemics.”

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

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said “an FDA-approved COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccine is the way to stop more deaths, while the unpleasant alternative is to let the epidemic run its course until everyone is either killed or recovered,” during this morning’s committee hearing on the role of vaccines in preventing infectious disease outbreaks and protecting public health.

“What is new about dealing with epidemics is modern medicine, including the ability to diagnose the disease and then to create treatments to make it easier to recover,” Alexander continued. “But the true miracle of modern medicine is vaccines, which can prevent humans from acquiring the disease at all.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Tennessee Could Receive Up to One Million New Rapid, Reliable $5 COVID-19 Tests during October

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement Friday, August 28th, 2020:

“The Donald Trump Administration has announced that during the next three months the federal government will help make available 150 million new Abbott COVID-19 antigen diagnostic tests costing $5.00 each that deliver rapid results in 15 minutes.”

“This could mean as many as one million additional tests just during October for use in Tennessee hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health care settings to help schools, colleges, child care centers and workplaces continue to safely reopen.”

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Senator Lamar Alexander says TVA’s Rate Cut “A Lesson for California”

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) decision to provide a two and one half percent “Pandemic Relief Credit” to wholesale customers, in effect lowering electric rates by two and one half percent, “is a lesson for California and its poor energy policy decisions.”  

He said Californians are suffering electricity blackouts as electricity prices skyrocket, while TVA cuts rates and provides 99.9 percent reliability.   

“There’s a lesson here,” Senator Alexander said. “California has closed its zero emission nuclear plants, closed low emission gas plants and relied on windmills and imported power from coal plants.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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