Chairman's Press

07.26.17

Alexander Votes Against Amendment to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Without Replacement

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017-United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote against the amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan: "I agree with President Trump that we should repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act at the same time. In 2015, we could have waited two years for relief, but we cannot now, when Tennessee insurance commissioner Julie McPeak says the state's individual insurance market is… Continue Reading


07.25.17

Alexander Statement on Senate Vote to Debate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement about the Senate's vote to begin debate on a health care bill: "Every senator, Republican and Democrat alike, will now have a virtually unlimited opportunity to debate and offer amendments to help put together a health care bill that helps Americans. Throughout this process, my focus will be on Tennessee, where 350,000 Tennesseans who buy their insurance in the col… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Alexander: Committee Approves Labor Board Nominees Who Can “Help Return NLRB to Neutral Umpire it Ought to Be”

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 19, 2017 - After the Senate labor committee approved the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called on his colleagues in the full Senate to support the nominees and "restore the stability that American workers deserve." "My hope is that filling the two open seats on the National Labor Relations Board will restore the board to its intended purpose of acting as a neutr… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on Senate’s Work on Individual Health Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 18, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement: "My main concern is doing all I can to help the 350,000 Tennesseans and 18 million Americans in the individual market who may literally have no options to purchase health insurance in 2018 and 2019. However the votes come out on the health care bill, the Senate health committee has a responsibility during the next few weeks to hold hearings to continue exploring how to stabilize the ind… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Alexander Statement on Revised Draft Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on revisions to the draft Senate health care bill: "As I told Bradley Countians last week, my first concern with the Senate health care bill is helping the 162,000 low-income Tennesseans who 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 … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Alexander: America’s Workers Deserve a Properly Staffed Labor Department, Full Board at the NLRB

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2017 - At today's confirmation hearing in the Senate labor committee, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "America's workers deserve a properly staffed Labor Department and a full board at the National Labor Relations Board." Today's hearing is to consider the nominations of Patrick Pizzella to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) and Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). "Today'… Continue Reading


07.12.17

Alexander: Time for the Senate to Vote on Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said it's now time for the full Senate to consider bipartisan FDA user agreements legislation after the House of Representatives unanimously passed its user fee legislation. "The Senate and the House have been working together in a bipartisan way for the last 18 months on these user fee agreements - and they are integral to helping the patients that rely on medical innovation," said Alexander. "I'm urgi… Continue Reading


07.11.17

Alexander on Alaska State Health Innovation Waiver: Draft Senate Health Care Bill Would Allow Secretary Price to Throw Lifeline to More States, Faster

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the news that Health and Human Services Secretary Price granted Alaska a State Innovation Waiver under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act: "This waiver ought to be a big help for Alaska as it works to stabilize the state's individual insurance market where Alaskans who don't get their insurance on the job or from the government buy their insurance. But the draft Sen… Continue Reading


06.28.17

Alexander Statement on Selection of William Emanuel to Serve on the National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, June 28 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after President Trump selected William Emanuel to serve on the National Labor Relations Board: "William Emanuel's extensive experience practicing labor law will be an important asset at the National Labor Relations Board. Once Mr. Emanuel's nomination paperwork is received, the Senate labor committee will move promptly to consider his nomination." President Trump last week nominat… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Alexander Statement on CBO’s Report on the Draft Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 26, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) report on the draft Senate health care bill: "The Congressional Budget Office report is helpful information for every senator to consider as we review the draft Senate bill and look at how it will affect our states. I'm encouraged that CBO says premiums would begin to fall under this bill starting in 2020, especially in states that take advantag… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Senator Alexander on Discussion Draft of Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22 - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the discussion draft of the Senate health care bill: "To begin with, the draft Senate health care bill makes no change in the law protecting people with pre-existing conditions, no change in Medicare benefits, and increases Medicaid funding- that's TennCare-at the rate of inflation. Let me repeat: it makes no change in the law protecting people with pre-existing conditions, no change in Medicar… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Alexander Statement on President’s Selection of Kyle Fortson to Serve as Member of National Mediation Board

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's selection of Kyle Fortson to serve as a member of the National Mediation Board: "The United States Senate labor committee has been fortunate to have Kyle Fortson as our policy director since 2010. Her experience, knowledge and diligence will make her an ideal member of the National Mediation Board."… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Alexander Statement on Selection of Marvin Kaplan to Serve on the National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON, June 20 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after President Trump selected Marvin Kaplan to serve on the National Labor Relations Board: "Marvin Kaplan has the qualifications to be an effective member of the National Labor Relations Board. Once Mr. Kaplan's nomination paperwork is received, the Senate labor committee will move promptly to consider his nomination." ###… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Alexander Statement on Selection of Patrick Pizzella to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, June 20 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after President Trump selected Patrick Pizzella to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Labor: "As the current Acting Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and a former Assistant Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, Mr. Pizzella's work experience makes him well qualified for this role. I look forward to a fair and prompt nomination process." ###… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Alexander Statement on President’s Selection of Kyle Fortson to Serve as Member of National Mediation Board

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's selection of Kyle Fortson to serve as a member of the National Mediation Board: "The United States Senate labor committee has been fortunate to have Kyle Fortson as our policy director since 2010. Her experience, knowledge and diligence will make her an ideal member of the National Mediation Board." ###… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander: Apprenticeship Programs Can Help Close Skills Gap That is Leaving Millions of Jobs Unfilled

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order that will expand and increase funding for Department of Labor apprenticeship programs: "In today's rapidly changing workplace, the challenge for Americans is acquiring the skills they need to adapt and to find, keep, or create a job-and apprenticeship programs are an important way for students to get that valuable real-wor… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander Recommends Administration Extend Cost-Sharing Payments Temporarily to Help Collapsing ACA Exchanges Transition to Stable Market

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today recommended the Trump administration "find a way, either through administrative action or legislation or a combination, to extend temporary cost-sharing payments under the Affordable Care Act at least through 2018-and probably should go ahead and do it through 2019." "These payments help to reduce the cost of premiums and co-payments for the roughly 4 percent of insured Americans who get their ins… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander Proposes Using “Secret Weapon” to Combat Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid Programs

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2017 - Today Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told HHS Secretary Tom Price that each year there are billions in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims, and supercomputers at our national laboratories can be used as a "secret weapon" in the effort to combat this waste, fraud and abuse. "The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a $1.6 trillion operation - with $820 billion in claims each year," said Alexander. "According to The Econ… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Alexander: Apprenticeship Programs Can Help Close Skills Gap That is Leaving Millions of Jobs Unfilled

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order that will expand and increase funding for Department of Labor apprenticeship programs: "In today's rapidly changing workplace, the challenge for Americans is acquiring the skills they need to adapt and to find, keep, or create a job-and apprenticeship programs are an important way for students to get that valuable real-wor… Continue Reading


06.14.17

GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Reverse NLRB Ambush Elections Rule that Forces Employees to Vote Before They Know What's Going On

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today led 15 Republican senators in introducing legislation that will protect the rights of workers and employers by rolling back the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) controversial ambush election rule. "The ambush elections rule forces union elections in as little as 11 days-before an employer and many employees even have a chance to figure out what is going on," said Alexander. "The rule also threaten… Continue Reading

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