[SPAM] Weekly Newsletter -- 7/10

Senator Lamar Alexander
2017-07-16 03:40:24
Latest from Lamar, Notes from the Senate Desk *This week, I had the opportunity to meet with many Tennesseans visiting Washington, D.C., hold a hearing on several of President Trump�s labor nominees, and introduce legislation encouraging students to explore our national parks.�* *Reviewing how the draft Senate health care bill affects Tennesseans* This week, an updated draft of the Senate health care bill was released. As I told Bradley Countians last week, my first concern with the Senate health care bill is helping the 162,000 Tennesseans who make less than $12,000 a year and currently have no help with their health insurance and the 350,000 Tennesseans who may not be able to buy insurance in the individual market next year. The revised Senate health care bill ensures financial assistance for those 162,000 Tennesseans and includes an additional $70 billion to help lower-income Americans in the individual market in Tennessee and elsewhere be able to buy a reasonable health insurance policy. I am continuing to review this draft and will see what it costs when the Congressional Budget Office gives its report. Then, I�ll stay focused on how it affects Tennesseans as the bill next week goes to the Senate floor, where it will be subject to virtually unlimited amendments. My goals for this bill have not changed since I laid them out in May: 1) rescuing the thousands of Tennesseans and millions of Americans who will be trapped in collapsing��Affordable�Care Act exchanges�with few�or even zero options for health insurance in 2018 unless Congress acts; 2)�lowering�premium costs, which have increased under the ACA law; 3) gradually giving states more flexibility on the Medicaid program, but doing this in a way that does not pull the rug out from under people who rely on Medicaid; and 4) making sure those with pre-existing conditions have access to insurance. � On Thursday, I met with a group from Moms Clean Air Force. In recent years, Tennessee has worked to make the air demonstrably cleaner � which is important for Tennesseans� health and shows that the state is open for business. �* � *America�s workers deserve a properly staffed Labor Department and full board at the NLRB * On Thursday, the Senate labor committee held a hearing on several of President Trump�s nominations, including Patrick Pizzella to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor and Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Pizzella will be tasked with helping keep workers safe and ensuring they are paid what they�re owed. Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Kaplan will fill positions on the NLRB that have sat vacant� one for 23 months since President Obama declined to nominate a Republican for the then-minority seat, and the other for 11 months. My hope is that these nominees will help restore some balance to the labor board and bring some stability to our nation�s workplaces. This week, the Trump Administration nominated four Tennesseans to serve as U.S. District Judges � Chip Campbell and Eli Richardson for the�Middle District of Tennessee�and Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Tommy Parker for the�Western Districts of Tennessee. I look forward to introducing all four to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and hope the Senate will quickly consider their nominations.* *Senate confirms Nashvillian Bill Hagerty as U.S. Ambassador to Japan * On Thursday, the Senate voted to send Bill Hagerty to Japan to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Mr. Hagerty is an outstanding choice and was one of President Trump�s best nominations. He has lived and worked in Japan, and he understands how close ties between Japan and the United States can bring bigger paychecks for Americans. I introduced Mr. Hagerty at his confirmation hearing on May 18 and strongly recommended he be approved for the position�adding his name to a distinguished list of ambassadors since World War II, including Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr. from Tennessee. Before the vote, I spoke on the floor and urged [link 9] the Senate to confirm his nomination.� *On Wednesday, I met with a group of students from Middle Tennessee visiting Washington, D.C. The students, in town with the Close Up Foundation, held a mock Congress to experience the policy-making process and met with members of Congress.* �Encouraging our students to explore America�s national parks �* On Wednesday, I joined a bipartisan group in the Senate and the House in introducing legislation to provide free passes to our national parks and public lands to fourth graders and their families. I grew up next to the�Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means I�really grew up in the park and made many of my childhood memories there.�It is my hope that fourth�graders across the country will take some time to explore our country�s national parks and create their own memories. � On Wednesday, I visited with Lela Moody, a brave young girl and patient at St. Jude Children�s Research Hospital in Memphis. I met with Lela�s family and doctors in my Washington office and talked about how biomedical research, like the kind we supported in last year�s 21st Century Cures Act, would help patients like Lela.�* *Time for the Senate to vote on the bipartisan FDA user fee agreements* �This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote its Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements after working on them with the Senate in a bipartisan way for the last 18 months. It�s time for the Senate to vote on these agreements, which are integral to helping patients who rely on medical innovation. To read more on the Senate health committee�s meetings on the FDA agreements, follow the links here, here, and here. *I had the opportunity to meet with the Tennessee Farm Bureau during their visit to Washington, D.C., this week and discuss issues that are important to farmers and rural areas in Tennessee. ��* If you want a standing ovation, seat a few friends in the front row. -��������� *#5 from Lamar Alexander�s *Little Plaid Book**
   

This week, I had the opportunity to meet with many Tennesseans visiting Washington, D.C., hold a hearing on several of President Trump�s labor nominees, and introduce legislation encouraging students to explore our national parks. 

Reviewing how the draft Senate health care bill affects Tennesseans

This week, an updated draft of the Senate health care bill was released. As I , my first concern with the Senate health care bill is helping the 162,000 Tennesseans who make less than $12,000 a year and currently have no help with their health insurance and the 350,000 Tennesseans who may not be able to buy insurance in the individual market next year. The revised Senate health care bill ensures financial assistance for those 162,000 Tennesseans and includes an additional $70 billion to help lower-income Americans in the individual market in Tennessee and elsewhere be able to buy a reasonable health insurance policy.

I am continuing to review this draft and will see what it costs when the Congressional Budget Office gives its report. Then, I�ll stay focused on how it affects Tennesseans as the bill next week goes to the Senate floor, where it will be subject to virtually unlimited amendments.

My goals for this bill have not changed : 1) rescuing the thousands of Tennesseans and millions of Americans who will be trapped in collapsing  Affordable Care Act exchanges with few or even zero options for health insurance in 2018 unless Congress acts; 2) lowering premium costs, which have increased under the ACA law; 3) gradually giving states more flexibility on the Medicaid program, but doing this in a way that does not pull the rug out from under people who rely on Medicaid; and 4) making sure those with pre-existing conditions have access to insurance.

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