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Lamar Alexander says “Sweeping Relief” On Its Way to Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers, Relieve Financial Burdens For Americans Hurt by Coronavirus

 

Unprecedented legislation will provide $1,200 checks for individuals, increase unemployment compensation, defer tax and student loan payments, generate trillions in economic support to keep businesses open and billions to help hospitals buy medical supplies and speed development of tests, treatments and vaccines

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said legislation he voted for and the Senate passed today by a vote of 96-0 will send “sweeping relief to keep paychecks coming for workers and relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by coronavirus (COVID-19).”  

The senator said that unprecedented legislation will provide $1,200 checks for individuals, increase unemployment compensation, defer tax and student loan payments, generate trillions in economic support to keep businesses open and billions to help hospitals buy medical supplies and speed development of tests, treatments and vaccines.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Chairman Lamar Alexander says Senate Legislation Will Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers, Help Relieve Financial Burdens for Americans Hurt by COVID-19

 

Bipartisan provisions from Senate HELP Committee will be included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the Senate will soon consider

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will help keep Americans healthy, keep paychecks coming for workers, and help relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The government has shut down the economy for the public health, so the Senate is responsible for taking steps to help families, workers and business who have been hurt by the outbreak of COVID-19,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Lamar Alexander Statement on Donald Trump Administration Coronavirus Testing Actions

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Donald Trump Administration announced actions to help address diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

“The Trump Administration’s actions yesterday are the type of leadership needed from the federal government in order for our country to better combat COVID-19. Laboratory developed tests are a crucial part of our health care infrastructure, and emergency use authorizations are the right thing to do in order to better adapt to the threat as we learn more about it. I’m encouraged by these steps taken by HHS and hopeful that more labs follow this example in the coming weeks.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Congress Should Double Funding for Energy Research to Put the United States on a Path Toward Cleaner, Cheaper Energy

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today emphasized to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette the importance of continuing to prioritize funding for American research and technology development. 

“Last March, I proposed a ‘New Manhattan Project for Clean Energy,’ a five year project with Ten Grand Challenges that will use American research and technology to put our country and the world firmly on a path toward cleaner, cheaper energy,” Senator Alexander, who serves as chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Visiting Tennessee communities impacted by Tuesday’s catastrophic Tornadoes

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Tennesseans who were impacted by Tuesday’s storms continue to be in my prayers, particularly those whose loved ones were injured or killed. I have seen floods, and I have seen fires – the damage they cause is terrible, but there is nothing quite like seeing what a tornado can do. It can arrive in 30 seconds or a minute and then be gone, leaving behind it death and buildings laid flat to the ground.

I have been visiting the areas affected by this storm, and it’s heart-wrenching to see the devastation caused by the tornadoes, but we are taking aggressive action to help Tennessee families recover.

President Trump visited some of Tennessee’s affected communities, and I appreciate his support. Tennesseans are resilient, and we will come through this difficult time stronger than ever. (Photo credit to George Walker IV, The Tennessean)

President Trump visited some of Tennessee’s affected communities, and I appreciate his support. Tennesseans are resilient, and we will come through this difficult time stronger than ever. (Photo credit to George Walker IV, The Tennessean)

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Tennessee Strong

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – The fallout from the multiple tornadoes that hit our state left us grieving, surrounded by debris and destruction. When I woke up to the news Tuesday morning, I knew I had to return home. I flew to Nashville and went straight to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s (TEMA) state emergency operations center.

I met TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan, Major General Jeff Holmes and others who walked me through the initial reports and briefed me on what assets were needed on the ground. TEMA was so well prepared, there was not an overwhelming need for food or water.

Marsha Blackburn getting a report on the tornado damage.

Marsha Blackburn getting a report on the tornado damage.

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Tennessee Members of Congress Urge Administration to Abandon Proposal to Sell TVA Transmission Lines

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Representatives Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and John Rose (R-Tenn.) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the administration to abandon its proposal to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) transmissions assets.

“We write to state our strong objections to Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) proposal to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) transmission assets. This proposal was soundly rejected by Congress last year when OMB recommended selling TVA’s transmission assets.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander releases Statement on Tennessee’s First Confirmed Coronavirus Case

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the state’s first confirmed case of coronavirus in Williamson County:

“The United States is among the countries that are best prepared to keep Tennesseans – and all Americans – safe from the coronavirus and to prepare for additional cases. Today, the Senate will be voting on nearly $8 billion in funding, including $950 million for state and local governments.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Lamar Alexander says Congress Acting Quickly to Fight Coronavirus

 

Says nearly $8 billion in new emergency spending will support research and development of a vaccine and purchase additional medical supplies.

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the coronavirus supplemental funding legislation:

“This legislation will deliver an important boost in funding to fight coronavirus and the Senate should pass it this week so President Donald Trump can sign it into law as soon as possible. The United States has taken aggressive steps to keep Americans safe from the coronavirus and to prepare for additional cases, and this legislation will help that effort.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senators Lamar Alexander, Marsha Blackburn Thoughts on Last Night’s Tornadoes

 

Written by Lamar Alexander

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Our hearts go out to the Tennessee families who were hurt by the severe tornadoes last night. Senator Marsha Blackburn and I are going to do everything we can to work with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, mayors and others to make sure that federal assistance is available.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), “Our hearts go out to the Tennessee families who were hurt by the severe tornadoes last night in Middle Tennessee and Benton County. Senator Blackburn and I are going to do everything we can to work with Governor Lee, mayors and others to make sure that federal assistance is available.”

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