Alexander Praises Committee Passage of Public Health Bills

Supports Legislation to Improve Health Facilities and Prevent and Treat Diseases

Posted on November 14, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today praised passage of legislation by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that supports the work of community health centers and focuses on disease prevention. “Over 250,000 Tennesseans receive quality care from community health centers and primary care clinicians from the National Health Service Corps each year,” said Alexander, a member of the HELP Committee. “I’m proud to support legislation to update these crucial programs and further the research, prevention, and treatment of chronic and infectious diseases.” Legislation supported by Alexander from today’s HELP Committee session includes: Health Centers Renewal Act of 2007 - to reauthorize the Community Health Center and National Health Service Corps programs to provide services to low-income and uninsured people. Conquer Childhood Cancer Act - to establish programs of research excellence in the area of pediatric cancers. Comprehensive Tuberculosis Elimination Act - to create research and demonstration projections for the prevention, treatment, control and elimination of tuberculosis. Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act - to require Health Resources and Services Administration grants to provide education and training in newborn screening. ALS Registry Act - to establish a national registry for the collection and storage of data on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) “Lou Gehrig's Disease” and other motor neuron disorders. Addressing the Disaster Needs of Children Act of 2007 – to establish a National Commission on Children and Disasters to examine the needs of children in hazards, disasters and emergencies. The bills were passed by the committee this morning unanimously. They must now be considered by the full U.S. Senate. Alexander is a member of the HELP Committee and is the senior Republican on the HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families.