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Lamar Alexander announces Bipartisan House, Senate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement on Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs

 

U.S. SenateMemphis, TN – Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) along with Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) yesterday announced they have reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation to lower what Americans pay out of pocket for their health care.

“I do not think it is possible to write a bill that has broader agreement than this among Senate and House Democrats and Republicans on Americans’ number one financial concern: what they pay out of their own pockets for health care,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Advocating for Basic Privacy Safeguards

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Almost every moment of our lives is conducted in the digital sphere, from sending emails to paying rent. Implementing basic privacy safeguards, like allowing users to opt in to the collection of sensitive data, puts Americans in control of their information.

“At the Senate Commerce hearing, I proposed my BROWSER Act as the best path to safeguarding consumers’ privacy,” states U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Lamar Alexander says The Best-Kept Secret in Washington is Record Funding for National Laboratories, Supercomputing, Biomedical Research

 

U.S. SenateOak Ridge, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Friday, December 6th, 2019, told members of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) that “the best-kept secret in Washington is record funding for our national laboratories, supercomputing and biomedical research.”

“Last year, Congress sent a total of $4.6 billion to the Oak Ridge complex – which funds the nation’s largest science and engineering laboratory, Y-12, which is building the largest federal construction project in Tennessee since World War II, and the best federal environmental cleanup program in the country,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Marsha Blackburn, Colleagues Urge Olympic Committee to Hold China Accountable, Ensure Human Rights Upheld at 2022 Beijing Olympics

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – As Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the international community remembers the human rights abuses that occurred during China’s 2008 tenure as host.

Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are urging the International Olympic Committee to implement its Host City Contract requirements in time for the Beijing Games instead of the current timeline of 2024. The new guidelines, among other requirements, hold host cities to international human rights norms and standards.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senator Lamar Alexander Statement on Tennessee Major Disaster Declaration

 

U.S. SenateOak Ridge, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after U.S. President Donald J. Trump approved federal disaster assistance for 10 Tennessee counties impacted by severe storms and straight-line winds in October.

“I commend President Trump for quickly approving Governor Bill Lee’s request for a major disaster declaration to help the 10 Tennessee counties that were harmed by severe storms earlier this year. This federal assistance will help Tennessee communities begin to rebuild and recover.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Lamar Alexander Votes to Confirm Dan Brouillette to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on his vote to confirm U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy: 

“I supported Mr. Brouillette’s nomination to serve as deputy secretary in 2017, and I was happy to vote for him again today to lead the energy department. I’m confident he will continue to build on the progress former Secretary Rick Perry made by supporting energy research, our 17 national laboratories and supercomputing, which helps give America its competitive edge in creating jobs,” Senator Alexander said. 

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Discusses TikTok’s Policy Change, Data Privacy

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – This evening, Wednesday, December 4th, 2019, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke with Bloomberg Technology to discuss her concerns regarding youth use of TikTok, as well as her questions at today’s Senate Commerce hearing on “Examining Legislative Proposals to Protect Consumer Data Privacy,”

On TikTok’s Decision to Raise the Minimum Age for In-App Purchases: “I am pleased that they have changed the age. That is an important first step. Having these children streaming these videos, buying these emojis that can be converted to cash by the recipients, it is just inappropriate.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Members of Tennessee Delegation Send Letter to President Donald Trump Supporting Governor Bill Lee’s Disaster Declaration

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Members of the Tennessee U.S. congressional delegation announced today that they have sent a letter to President Donald Trump supporting Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s request for a major disaster declaration for 10 counties impacted by severe storms and straight-line winds in October.

The full text of the letter follows:

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the State of Tennessee, we are writing to express our support for Governor Bill Lee’s request to declare a major disaster pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act as a result of the damage caused by straight-line winds and storms associated with Tropical Storm Olga on October 26th, 2019.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz Condemn EU Ruling Permitting Anti-Israel Business Practices

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) condemned the Court of Justice of the European Union’s recent ruling to permit anti-Israel business practices in the 28 member states.

The ruling singles out Israeli goods for discrimination and requires special labels indicating the origin of products imported from Israeli settlements and areas the EU deems “occupied by Israel since 1967.”

“In Nazi-occupied Europe, the Jewish people were forced to wear a yellow star as a means of discrimination. Similarly, this label will apply only to products from Israel and associated disputed territories, thereby discriminating against Israel and against specific Israeli businesses,” the Senators write.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Giving Thanks

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – In November 1621, after the pilgrims’ first successful corn harvest, a celebratory meal was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It wasn’t for over two hundred years that the meal now known as Thanksgiving was held on a consistent date across the nation.

Just days after delivering the Gettysburg address in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be the final Thursday of November. In 2019, it is customary to reflect on the many things we are grateful for. 

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