Chairman's Press

02.07.17

Alexander: New Education Secretary Will Restore Tennessee Classrooms to Tennessee Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 7 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Betsy DeVos, confirmed by the Senate today as Education Secretary, will restore Tennessee classrooms to Tennessee communities-adding that her confirmation "swaps a national school board for a local school board." "I championed Betsy DeVos because she will implement the new law fixing No Child Left Behind the way Congress wrote it: to reverse the trend toward a national school board and resto… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Alexander: Senate Poised to Confirm Betsy DeVos and “Swap a National School Board for a Local School Board”

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2017 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Senate was poised to confirm Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, "swapping a national school board for a local school board," after the Senate today voted to end debate on her nomination and move to a vote. "She believes what 85 of us voted for in the law that President Obama called a 'Christmas Miracle' in December, 2015-and that is to reverse the trend from a national school board and restore control of … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Alexander: Senate Takes Next Step to Confirming Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2017 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the U.S. Senate had taken the next step to confirming Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, after the Senate voted to begin debate on her nomination. "Betsy DeVos will be an excellent Education Secretary. Mrs. DeVos believes in our children, their teachers and parents-she believes in the local school board instead of the national school board. She's committed to public education, and there's no better example of th… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Alexander: Congress and the Administration Must Act to Rescue the 18 Million Americans Trapped in an “Obamacare Emergency,” then Replace and Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the 18 million Americans in the individual insurance market are facing an "Obamacare emergency" and "without quick action, many of these 18 million Americans may have zero choices for insurance next year." Tennessee state insurance commissioner Julie Mix McPeak - who testified today at a Senate health committee hearing Alexander chaired - said in August of last year that the Tennessee O… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Alexander Announces Enzi, Isakson, Paul to Serve as HELP Subcommittee Chairmen for the 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 31 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced the chairs and assignments for the committee's three subcommittees for the 115th Congress, after committee members approved the subcommittees and rules in an executive session this morning. The three subcommittees are Primary Health and Retirement Security, led by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.); Employment and Workplace Safety, led by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.); and Children … Continue Reading


01.31.17

Alexander: Senate Education Committee Sends Nomination of Betsy DeVos to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, January 31 - The Senate's education committee today favorably reported out the nomination of Betsy DeVos to become the next United States Secretary of Education. DeVos's nomination is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. "Betsy DeVos is on our children's side. On charter schools and school choice, she is in the mainstream of those trying to help children succeed and her critics are outside of it," said Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). "I am proud that our education com… Continue Reading


01.30.17

House, Senate Leaders Move to Protect Small Businesses, Promote National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House and Senate leaders with jurisdiction over workforce protections and federal contracting today introduced a joint resolution of disapproval that would block implementation of the Obama administration's flawed, redundant, and burdensome "blacklisting" rule through the Congressional Review Act. The rule would make a system designed to protect workers less efficient, undermine our nation's military readiness, and limit the ability of small businesses to compete for federal c… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Alexander Commemorates School Choice Week 2017

WASHINGTON, January 24 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement commemorating National School Choice Week 2017: "The real answer to inequality in America is giving more children more opportunities to attend a better school. Since the GI Bill for Kids in 1992, there's been growing support in Congress for this idea, and nearly 3 in 4 Americans support school choice, according to a 2013 Luntz Global Public Opinion Survey. I look forward… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Alexander Statement on Education Department’s Withdrawal of Proposed Supplement-Not-Supplant Regulation

WASHINGTON, January 18 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today issued the following statement after the Department of Education withdrew its proposed regulation on Supplement-Not-Supplant: "I am glad the Education Department has listened to Congress and has chosen not to move forward with its proposed 'supplement-not-supplant' regulation. This proposal would have dictated from Washington how states and school districts should spend nearly all state and local tax do… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Alexander to Dr. Price: We Will Work to Rescue Americans Trapped in Collapsing Obamacare System, Build Better Systems

WASHINGTON, January 18 - At today's Senate health committee hearing on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced simultaneously and concurrently as President-elect Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have also suggested. "To me, 'simultaneously' and 'concurrently' means Obamacare should be finally repealed only when there are concrete, practical reforms in place tha… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Alexander: Betsy DeVos is On Our Children’s Side

WASHINGTON, January 17 - At today's Senate education committee hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said "Betsy DeVos is on our children's side. On charter schools and school choice, she is in the mainstream of those trying to help children succeed and her critics are outside of it." Alexander, who was Education Secretary for President George H. W. Bush, said his last act as secretary in 1993 was to ask every U.S.… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Alexander: Labor Committee Hearing on Nomination of Andy Puzder to Become Labor Secretary to be Held on February 2nd

WASHINGTON, January 17 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the committee will plan to hold its confirmation hearing for Andy Puzder - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to become the next Secretary of Labor - on February 2nd. Chairman Alexander said: "Mr. Puzder is a respected Tennessee business leader who understands how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise. I look forward to hearing from him about how w… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Senator Alexander Meets with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Nominee Seema Verma

WASHINGTON, January 12 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting this morning with Seema Verma - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to become the next Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): "I had an excellent meeting this morning with Seema Verma, and I look forward to working together as she leads CMS, an agency with an annual budget of nearly a trillion dollars. She will oversee two of the larges… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Alexander Votes to Take First Step Toward Repealing Obamacare, Building Better Health Care Systems

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) tonight took the first step toward building better health care systems that give Americans access to truly affordable health care by voting for the Senate budget resolution that provides the tools necessary to begin repealing Obamacare. He rejected Democrats' efforts to lock Americans into the failing health care law and its collapsing exchanges. Alexander has proposed a plan for repealing and replacing O… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Alexander: DeVos Will Be an "Excellent Education Secretary"

WASHINGTON, January 10 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today met with Betsy DeVos - President-elect Trump's nominee to become Secretary of Education. Senator Alexander said: "Betsy DeVos and I had a great meeting today, and she is going to make an excellent Secretary of Education. I'm looking forward to her hearing because I know she will impress the Senate with her passionate support for improving education for all children. I am fully confident that she will be… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Alexander: Repeal and Replace Obamacare Simultaneously, Concurrently

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today proposed a three-step plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare simultaneously and concurrently, as President-elect Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have suggested. "To me, 'simultaneously' and 'concurrently' mean Obamacare should be finally repealed only when there are concrete, practical reforms in place that give Americans access to truly affordable health care. The American people deserve health care… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Alexander, Murray Joint Statement on Betsy DeVos Hearing Date

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the committee will move its confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos to January 17. Alexander and Murray said: "At the request of the Senate leadership to accommodate the Senate schedule, we have agreed to move the nomination hearing of Betsy DeVos to Tuesday, January 17th at 5:00 pm." # # #… Continue Reading


01.04.17

Alexander Welcomes Sen. Todd Young to HELP Committee

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2017 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today welcomed freshman Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, after Senate Republicans announced committee assignments for the 115th Congress: "I welcome Sen. Young to our committee and look forward to working with him on reforming our health care system to give Americans more choices of low-cost insurance, making it easier and simpler for more students to attend college, and working… Continue Reading


12.20.16

Alexander: "21st Century Cures" Law Highlights 2016 Accomplishments of Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

NASHVILLE, December 20 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today highlighted the committee's accomplishments for 2016 saying that it "was one of the most productive in the Senate, with 24 significant, bipartisan bills now signed into law - including legislation that will help virtually every American family." Alexander continued, "For the second consecutive year, President Obama has signed into law what he called last year 'a Christmas mir… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Alexander: President Signs “Christmas Medical Miracle That Will Help Virtually Every American Family”

WASHINGTON, December 13 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said President Obama signed into law a "Christmas Medical Miracle," the 21st Century Cures Act, which has been called "the most important legislation of the year" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and has the potential to help virtually every American family. Alexander was the chief Senate sponsor of the legislation along with Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash). "The real winners today are American families whose lives… Continue Reading

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