Alexander to lead HELP Committee

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will officially lead the upper chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, according to a statement from his staff.

{mosads}Alexander was voted HELP chairman by Senate Republicans on Wednesday. A former governor and Secretary of Education, he served as the panel’s ranking member in the last Congress.

Alexander called HELP one of the Senate’s most vital committees in a statement that pointed to his interest in legislation that will accelerate disease cures.

“The work of no Senate committee affects the daily lives of more Americans more than this one — whether we are fixing No Child Left Behind, or reducing federal paperwork to make it easier for students to attend college, or making it simpler for medical treatments and cures to make their way through the Food and Drug Administration to patients who need the help,” Alexander said.

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