Capital Building

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Committee Background

Year Established


Key Issues

Federal labor and employment laws, including labor standards; private pension plans; public health programs


Activities of Dept. of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration; workforce education and training; worker health and safety; wage and hour laws; workplace flexibility; employment discrimination; aging; union-management relations; Head Start; child care and support; Family Medical Leave Act; women and children’s healthcare; substance abuse and mental health; health care disparities; railroad retirement; individuals with disabilities; domestic activities of the Red Cross

Committee Leadership

Chair Lamar Alexander (R - TN)
Ranking Mem. Patty Murray (D - WA)
Ranking Member

Vital Stats

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