Chairman's Press

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


03.06.17

Chairmen Johnson, Alexander Applaud Passage of Resolution to Roll Back Harmful Blacklisting Regulation

WASHINGTON - 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, applauded the passage of a resolution which would block implementation of the Obama administration's flawed and burdensome "blacklisting" rule through the Congressional Review Act. "Overturning this harmful rule will reduce the regulatory burden plaguing our economy," s… Continue Reading


03.02.17

10 Senators Introduce Resolution to Rescind Obama Administration Education Regulation

Regulation specifically violates federal law by doing what Congress told the department not to do WASHINGTON, March 2 - A group of 10 senators led by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) this week introduced a resolution to rescind the Department of Education's final regulation for implementing the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Senator Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Here is the problem with this rule that was put out by the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Senator Alexander Meets with Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

WASHINGTON, March 1 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting today with Alexander Acosta - President Trump's nominee to become the next United States Secretary of Labor: "I enjoyed meeting today with Alexander Acosta, who understands how harmful Obama-era labor regulations have made it harder for Americans to create, find, or keep good-paying jobs. I plan to schedule a confirmation hearing promptly after his nomination papers are com… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Alexander Statement on President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress: "The president's speech was hopeful and well-delivered. I especially liked his focus on the importance of national defense, on restoring local control of schools, and on repairing the damage Obamacare has caused and replacing it with health care systems that provide Americans with more choices of health insurance at a lower cost."… Continue Reading


02.21.17

Bipartisan Group of Senate and House Committee Leaders: “Vaccines Save Lives”

WASHINGTON, February 21 - A bipartisan group of Senate and House health committee leaders today sent colleagues a letter to highlight the importance of immunizations, saying: "Vaccines save lives." "The introduction of vaccines was a turning point in our country's public health history. Vaccines led to the elimination of certain diseases, including polio and measles, from the United States," write Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Was… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on Selection of Alexander Acosta to Serve as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the selection of Alexander Acosta to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor: "Mr. Acosta's nomination is off to a good start because he's already been confirmed by the Senate three times. He has an impressive work and academic background. We will schedule a hearing promptly after his nomination papers arrive in the Senate, and I look forward to exploring his views on how Ame… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Alexander Statement on Andy Puzder Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 15, 2017 -Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on Andy Puzder's decision to withdraw his nomination for Labor Secretary: "Andy Puzder has the experience and ability to make an excellent Labor Secretary, but I respect his decision. He understands the difficulties American workers face in a rapidly changing workforce and I look forward to continuing to hear his insights." # # #… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Alexander: HHS Action a Good First Step to Rescue Americans from Collapsing Health Care Market

WASHINGTON, February 15 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on market stabilization to help rescue Americans from the currently collapsing Obamacare individual market: "Today's administrative action by Secretary Price is a good first step towards rescuing the health care market that Tennessee's insurance commissioner says is 'very near collapse.' Without this c… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Alexander: Humana Announcement Could Leave 40,000 Knoxville Residents with Zero Health Exchange Options for 2018

WASHINGTON, February 15 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the news that Humana is pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges in Tennessee and 10 other states, leaving 70,000 Tennesseans faced with finding new health coverage for next year - including 40,000 Knoxville residents who currently have no other insurance options on the exchange: "Yesterday's news from Humana should light a fire under every member of Congress to work together… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Chairman Alexander Statement on Secretary DeVos Letter to Chief State School Officers

WASHINGTON, February 10 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on Secretary DeVos's letter to Chief State School Officers clarifying the timeline and process for submitting their state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act: "Today's letter is a good step towards ensuring that states have clarity and are able to follow the timeline they have already been working towards for developing and submitting their new state plans to get… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Alexander Votes to Confirm Rep. Tom Price to Serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, February 10 - United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.) to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services: "As the former chairman of the House Budget Committee, Dr. Price has a thorough understanding of health care policy and the damage that Obamacare has caused. He can see the view from the doctor's office as well as from the lawmaker's office and will be an… Continue Reading


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

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