Chairman's Press

04.04.17

Isakson, Alexander Applaud Delay of Burdensome ‘Fiduciary Rule’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., praised today's decision by the Trump administration to delay implementation of the Obama administration's burdensome "fiduciary rule" that would hinder access to retirement planning for middle-income American families. The rule was scheduled for application on April 10, but will now be delayed by 60 days to June 9 to give the Department of Labor time to fully and thoroughly review how the rule will affect access to… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Alexander: Senate Labor Committee Sends Nomination of Alexander Acosta to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, March 30 - The Senate's labor committee today favorably reported out the nomination of Alexander Acosta to become the next United States Secretary of Labor. Acosta's nomination is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. "The Secretary of Labor should really be called the Secretary of the Workforce because the issue for workers today is not whether they belong to a union, it is whether they have the skills to adapt to the changing marketplace and to create, find, or keep good… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Alexander, Corker Introduce Bill to Rescue Americans with Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to rescue Americans with Affordable Care Act subsidies who have zero options for health insurance on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year. "There are 34,000 Knoxville area residents who rely on an Affordable Care Act subsidy to purchase insurance, and after the one remaining insurer pulled out of the exchange for 2018, these subsidies are worth as much as bus tickets in a town with… Continue Reading


03.27.17

President Trump Signs Resolution Overturning Obama-era Regulation that Undermined Local Control of Schools

WASHINGTON, March 27 - President Trump today signed a resolution to rescind the Obama administration's final regulation implementing accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - a victory for local school boards over a National School Board and an affirmation that Congress writes the law, not the Department of Education. After the President's signature overturning the Obama-era regulation, Senate and House education committee leaders today released the following statement… Continue Reading


03.27.17

President Signs Resolution to Rein in Federal Role in Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump today signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act that blocks a flawed Obama administration regulation related to teacher preparation programs. Introduced in the House by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, and championed by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the Senate, H. J. Res. 58 is one of two resolutions passed by Congress and signed by the president to rein in the federal rol… Continue Reading


03.27.17

President Trump Signs Johnson, Alexander Resolution into Law to Repeal Burdensome Blacklisting Rule

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following statements after President Donald Trump signed into law a resolution blocking implementation of the Obama administration's flawed and burdensome blacklisting rule. Senators Johnson and Alexander authored the resolution to repeal the blacklisting rule that passed … Continue Reading


03.27.17

Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While Student Aid Tool Is Unavailable

WASHINGTON, March 27 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, and 39 additional Members of the Senate and House Education committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking the Department to take … Continue Reading


03.24.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on House Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2017 - Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the American Health Care Act: "The House decision today not to vote changes nothing about the urgency of rescuing 230,000 Tennesseans who buy insurance on Obamacare exchanges that our state insurance commissioner has said 'are very near collapse.' Unless Congress and the President act soon, these Tennesseans-some of the most vulnerable citizens in our state-are likel… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Alexander Meets with FDA Commissioner Nominee Dr. Scott Gottlieb

WASHINGTON, March 23 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "I had an excellent meeting with Dr. Gottlieb and believe he's well-qualified to lead the FDA. He has held three roles at the agency, been a practicing physician, and is a cancer survivor, so he understands from nearly every perspective the importance of the agenc… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Alexander Votes to Stop Obama-era Labor Regulation That Ignores the Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22, 2017 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Senate passage of legislation to overturn the Obama administration's harmful "Volks" rule will eliminate a regulation that does not follow the law. "This Obama regulation is a good example of what happens when officials at federal agencies ignore and try to rewrite the law--the result is a policy that makes no sense, does not help any workers, harms smaller employers most of all, and ultimate… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Alexander: Goal of Labor Secretary, Congress is to Create Environment for American Workers to Succeed in Rapidly Changing Workplace

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22 - The chairman of the Senate labor committee today said that the Labor Secretary and Congress's goal is to create an environment for American workers to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace and that harmful Obama-era labor regulations have only made it harder for Americans to create, find, or keep good-paying jobs. "The issue for workers today is not whether they belong to a union," Sen. Lamar Alexander said at today's confirmation hearing for Labor Secretary nomin… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Alexander: American Workers and Job Creators Support Nomination of Alexander Acosta to Serve As Next Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, March, 21 - Today, Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander announced that organizations representing American workers-from small business owners to builders to first responders-support the nomination of Alexander Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor, saying: "Alexander Acosta understands how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise. He has an impressive work and academic background, and his nomination has drawn support from worke… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Alexander: Congress Owes Patients and Their Families a Prompt, Bipartisan Reauthorization of FDA User Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21 - Senate health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress owes patients and their families a prompt, bipartisan reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical devices and drug user fees agreements, which are set to expire on Sept. 30. "We ended last year passing the 21st Century Cures Act, which Leader McConnell called 'the most important piece of legislation' that year," Alexander said at today's hearing. "94 Senators voted… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Alexander, Murray, Foxx, Scott Request Briefing from Department of Education on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

(Washington, D.C.) -Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking for more information about the cause and scope of the outage of the Internal Revenue Servic… Continue Reading


03.13.17

Alexander Votes to Confirm Seema Verma to Serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON, D.C., March. 13, 2017 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): "As the architect of Indiana's Medicaid expansion, Seema Verma has a thorough understanding of how changing the direction of CMS will allow states to be more flexible and innovative. I look forward to working with her as Congress and the president work to move health ca… Continue Reading


03.10.17

Alexander Statement on the Selection of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to Head the FDA

NASHVILLE, March 10 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the selection of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "It's critical to have the right person in charge of the FDA, an agency that affects virtually every American and regulates about a quarter of all consumer spending in the United States. Dr. Gottlieb has impressive qualifications helping American patients as both a physician and in his previous… Continue Reading


03.09.17

Senate Overturns Obama-era Education Regulation that Undermined Local Control of Schools

WASHINGTON, March 9 - The Senate today voted for local school boards over a National School Board and affirmed that Congress writes the law, not the Department of Education. The Senate sent to President Trump's desk a resolution to rescind the department's final regulation for implementing the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The resolution that now heads to the president's desk was led by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and nine Republi… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Alexander: Obama-era Education Regulation is in “Direct Violation of Law that 85 Senators Voted for 15 Months Ago”

WASHINGTON, March 8 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Senate is poised to overturn an Obama administration education regulation that "is in direct violation of the law that 85 senators voted for just 15 months ago." In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Alexander today said: "In 2015, 85 United States senators voted for the law fixing No Child Left Behind that reversed the trend to a National School Board and restored decisions to classroom t… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Senate Sends Teacher Resolution to President

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement after the Senate passed H.J.Res. 58, a resolution to overturn the Obama Administration Department of Education's rule regulating teacher preparation programs. "This is a win for kids because Washington's good intentions can't excuse garbage rules," said Sasse. "Every single member of the Senate wants good teachers for our kids, but that's not what the rule was about. Nearly 700 pages wer… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Alexander: House Bill Would Help 40,000 Tennesseans Who May Otherwise Have Zero Obamacare Insurance Options Next Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7 -Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the American Health Care Act, legislation introduced in the House to begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare: "One especially encouraging aspect of the House bill is that it would help 40,000 Knoxville-area residents who are expected to have no insurance plans available on the exchange next year by allowing them to use their Affordable Care Act subsidy o… Continue Reading

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