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President Donald Trump Signs Legislation into law to End Surprise Medical Billing

 

The legislation also Finishes Simplifying the FAFSA, Strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Restore Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – President Donald J. Trump has signed into law the government funding legislation that included U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) bipartisan, bicameral proposal that holds patients harmless from surprise bills and resolves payment disputes between providers and insurers.

The legislation signed into law also includes Alexander’s bipartisan higher education proposals, which significantly simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by reducing its 108 questions to a maximum of 36 questions, restores the ability for incarcerated individuals to get a Pell Grant, reinstates Pell Grant eligibility for students who have been defrauded, forgives the outstanding debt of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that received loans under the federal HBCU Capital Financing Loan Program, and removes certain unnecessary regulations and aid limitations on institutions of higher education and students.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander Statement on Presidential Election

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement:

“The presidential election is rapidly coming to a formal end. Recounts are being completed. Courts are resolving disputes. Most states will certify their votes by December 8th. Since it seems apparent that Joe Biden will be the president-elect, my hope is that President Donald Trump will take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed. When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander recommends U.S. District Court Judge Nominees Chuck Atchley, Katherine Crytzer to Senate Judiciary Committee

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced the president’s two nominees, Chuck Atchley and Katherine Crytzer, at their confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. District Court Judges for the Eastern District of Tennessee before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The Senate’s constitutional power to advice and consent on presidential nominations is one of the Senate’s best known and most important responsibilities,” Senator Alexander said. “Lately, the Senate has been taking one week to confirm five nominations, but it wasn’t so long ago that most federal district judges and most presidential nominees were promptly approved by voice vote.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Senate Appropriations Committee Includes Complete Funding to Construct a New Federal Courthouse in Chattanooga

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, has released the following statement on the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that would provide $189.1 million for the construction of a new federal courthouse in Chattanooga Tennessee.

“This bill, at my request, provides $189.1 million to build a badly needed new courthouse in the largest and busiest judicial district in Tennessee. Construction for this new courthouse has been through a rigorous justification and prioritization process for 21 years, and is the only solution to addressing the significant operation, space, and security deficiencies that exist at the current federal courthouse in Chattanooga – the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse – which was constructed 87 years ago,” Senator Alexander said. 

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Senate Proposes Sixth Year of Record Funding for 17 National Laboratories, Seventh Year of Record Funding for Locks, Dams, Harbors

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee today unveiled legislation sponsored by subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that includes the sixth consecutive year of record funding for the Office of Science – the most important U.S. Department of Energy program that supports work at our 17 national laboratories, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

The Senate bill also prioritizes funding for supercomputing and advanced nuclear programs and provides the seventh consecutive year of record funding for the Corps of Engineers.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander Statement on Veterans Day

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement in honor of 2020 Veterans Day:

“I am deeply grateful for the men and women of the Armed Services whose dedication has protected our way of life and our freedoms.”

“Thank you for your great sacrifice, and thank you to your families who sacrifice with you.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Lamar Alexander Statement on Counting of Votes in Presidential Election

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today, Saturday, November 7th, 2020, released the following statement on the counting of votes in the presidential election:

“After counting every valid vote and allowing courts to resolve disputes, it is important to respect and promptly accept the result. The orderly transfer or reaffirming of immense power after a presidential election is the most enduring symbol of our democracy.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander: Donald Trump Administration Doing the Right Thing By Providing Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Tens of Millions of Americans Including Seniors, Low-Income Families

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Donald Trump Administration is “doing the right thing by providing free COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccines for tens of millions of Americans including seniors and low-income families,” after the Trump Administration released a plan that makes COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccines free for seniors through Medicare, low-income populations through Medicaid, and those with private insurance.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Chairman Lamar Alexander: Donald Trump Administration Price Transparency Rule Will Protect Patients, Contain Costs

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Trump Administration’s final rule requiring health insurers to disclose price and out-of-pocket costs information will protect patients and contain costs, adding that Congress should do its part by passing the bipartisan, bicameral Lower Health Care Costs Act.

“You can’t lower your health care costs until you know what your health care costs,” Alexander said. “The Senate health committee and two House committees agree on provisions to increase transparency, consistent with today’s action by the Trump Administration which will help patients have a clearer understanding of what their health care costs by requiring health insurers to disclose greater pricing information.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Oak Ridge Corridor to Support New Advanced Nuclear Reactors

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) says Oak Ridge National Laboratory will support the development of new advanced nuclear reactors after the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $160 million to two projects as part of the Advanced Reactors Demonstration Program (ARDP). 

The new program, which was created last year, is a cost-shared partnership between the federal government and private industry. The funding that was announced will support the construction of  two reactors that are intended to be operational in five to seven years.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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