Chairman's Press

11.10.16

Alexander: Voters Expect New Congress, President to Fix Obamacare Emergency and Stop Washington from Telling Them What To Do

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Chattanooga Rotary that the results of Tuesday's election should mean "less Washington involvement in telling us what to do in our everyday lives" and an opportunity to fix the "Obamacare emergency." Alexander said, "A Republican president, working with a Republican Congress, could reduce Washington's involvement in our lives and solve some of the problems that were the source of voters' frustrati… Continue Reading


11.07.16

25 Senate, House Education Committee Members: Education Department Should Withdraw Rule that Violates “the Unambiguously Expressed Intent of Congress”

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 - Twenty-five Republican members of the Senate and House education committees today urged the Department of Education to withdraw its proposed "supplement not supplant" regulation, saying it "violates the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress," and called on the department to instead work with Congress to implement the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act as it is written. The regulatory proposal would change the longstanding requirement that prevents school districts f… Continue Reading


10.25.16

Alexander Statement on District Court Ruling Halting Obama Administration’s “Blacklisting” Regulations

ALAMO, Tenn., Oct. 25, 2016 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the United States District Court's preliminary injunction Monday, which temporarily halted implementation of the administration's "blacklisting" regulations on federal contractors and subcontractors: "The District Court's decision to halt the administration's 'blacklisting' regulations - which were set to take effect today - is good news for our nation's federal contractors an… Continue Reading


10.19.16

Alexander: 1,444 Cocke Countians on Obamacare Lose Blue Cross Blue Shield as an Option Next Year, Will Have Only 1 Insurer to Choose From

NEWPORT, Tenn., October 19, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Cocke County Chamber of Commerce that "the next Congress and the next president must fix the Obamacare emergency," noting that the 1,444 Cocke Countians who this year have insurance on the Obamacare exchange have lost the option to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield next year, and will have only one insurer to choose from. In August, Tennessee's insurance commissioner described the state's Obamacare excha… Continue Reading


10.19.16

Alexander: 2,366 Hamblen Countians on Obamacare Lose Blue Cross Blue Shield as an Option Next Year, Will Have Only 1 Insurer to Choose From

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., October 19, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told members of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce that "the next Congress and the next president must fix the Obamacare emergency," noting that the 2,366 Hamblen Countians who this year have insurance on the Obamacare exchange have lost the option to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield next year, and will have only one insurer to choose from. In August, Tennessee's insurance commissioner described the state's Obamaca… Continue Reading


10.18.16

Alexander: More Than 400 Organizations Representing Non-profits, School Boards, Cities, Roofers, Farmers, Restaurants, and Others Support Bill to Fix Obama Administration Overtime Rule Alexander bill would stretch out the timeline for implementation

GREENEVILLE, Oct. 18, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that more than 400 organizations-from Christmas tree farmers to festival organizers-are supporting his legislation to change the timeline for implementation of the Obama Administration's "Time Card" overtime rule, which is set to take effect on Dec.1, 2016. "Non-profits, local governments, and job creators across the country are supporting the Overtime Reform and Review Act because it makes urgently needed modifica… Continue Reading


10.12.16

Alexander Statement on Education Department’s Final Regulation on Teacher Preparation Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 12 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the Education Department's regulation on teacher preparation programs, which was made final today: "Today's regulation appears to violate the Higher Education Act, which specifically says that states-not bureaucrats at a distant department in Washington-are responsible for evaluating whether a college's program gives teachers the skills they need for the classroom. The regul… Continue Reading


10.12.16

Alexander Statement on Education Department’s Final Regulation on Teacher Preparation Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 12 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the Education Department's regulation on teacher preparation programs, which was made final today: "Today's regulation appears to violate the Higher Education Act, which specifically says that states-not bureaucrats at a distant department in Washington-are responsible for evaluating whether a college's program gives teachers the skills they need for the classroom. The regul… Continue Reading


09.29.16

New Nonpartisan Report Examines Tools to Help Medicaid Beneficiaries Find Providers to Receive Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Bicameral Republican leaders today shared a new report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) examining state resources for helping Medicaid beneficiaries find providers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that approximately 77 million Americans are enrolled in Medicaid this year. Managed care is the dominant mode that beneficiaries receive their care. Still, GAO found that an estimated 16 million beneficiaries remain in fee-for-service delivery syste… Continue Reading


09.29.16

BREAKING: Nonpartisan Watchdog Rules Obamacare Reinsurance Scheme Unlawfully Diverting Billions From Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of bicameral Republican health care leaders are pointing to a new legal opinion issued on Obamacare's controversial reinsurance program. The leaders urged the Comptroller General of the United States this spring to publish a legal opinion on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to ignore federal law, and a previous CMS regulation that required taxpayers and the Treasury be paid under the Obamacare reinsurance program. To date, CMS has ignored … Continue Reading


09.29.16

Alexander, Collins, Lankford, Scott, Flake Introduce Bill to Protect Workers, Non-Profits, Colleges, Local Governments from Dec. 1 Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 29 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today introduced legislation similar to a bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon to change the timeline for implementation of the Obama Administration's "Time Card" overtime rule - set to take effect on Dec.1, 2016. The legislation would stretch out over five years the administration's increase in the salary threshold f… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Senate, House Leaders: Cures to be Top Priority in Lame Duck

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016-The Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the House, and Senate and House health committee leaders all said this week that it is a priority to pass medical innovation legislation into law this year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters today that "We've got about three weeks back here after the election. My own personal priorities are funding the government and the 21st Century Cures bill, which I think could end up being the most significant pie… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Alexander, Murray Committed to Getting a Result This Year on Legislation to Drive Medical Innovation, Support Precision Medicine and Cancer Moonshot

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28, 2016 - The leaders of the Senate health committee, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), today released the following statement on their work on a Senate version of the 21st Century Cures legislation: "We continue our work on bipartisan legislation to spur cures and treatments and better health for Americans. We've been working for a year and a half on behalf of patients and scientists, and we are committed to getting a result this year that… Continue Reading


09.26.16

Alexander: More Than 131,000 Tennesseans Forced to “Scramble” for New Health Plans as State’s Largest Insurer Exits 3 Major Cities

MARYVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 26 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the news that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee - the state's largest insurer - is pulling out of Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville, leaving more than 131,000 Tennesseans "scrambling" to find a new health insurance plan for next year: "More than 131,000 Tennesseans who buy their insurance on the Obamacare exchange will lose their current insurance policy and have to scr… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Casey, Isakson, Alexander: Senate Extends Program to Encourage New Drugs and Treatments for Children with Rare Diseases

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 22 - Senators today reached agreement on short-term legislation to prevent an end to a successful program driving faster treatments and cures to children with rare diseases. Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called on the House to quickly pass the legislation. Today's agreement extends a law enacted in 2012 sponsored by Sens. Casey and Isakson to continue through the end of 2016 a program otherwise set to expire this month tha… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Alexander Statement on Education Department Decision to Withdraw Recognition of College Accreditor

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2016 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate education committee, today released the following statement about the decision by the U.S. Department of Education to terminate federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a national institutional accrediting agency that accredits 245 colleges serving 600,000 students: "With this decision, 245 colleges will start the extraordinarily difficult hunt to… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Chairman Alexander Holds Senate Health Hearing on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 22 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) prepared remarks for today's hearing, "Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety," are as follows: Today's hearing is an opportunity for the committee to learn about how cosmetics and personal care products are developed, what is being done to make sure they are safe, and what we can improve to better ensure the safety of these products that Americans spend $60 billion on each year. … Continue Reading


09.20.16

Alexander: FDA’s Proposed “Double Regulation” Could Halt More Than 60,000 Lab-developed Tests Americans Depend on for Lifesaving Treatments, Cures

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20-Today U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that under the FDA's proposal to regulate laboratory-developed tests, which Alexander pointed out are already regulated by an arm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), "the biggest loser, it seems to me, would be Americans who stand to benefit from the rapid pace of science and discovery." At a hearing of the Senate health committee, which Alexander chairs, he said that this amounts to unnecessary "double reg… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Alexander on Democrats’ Public Option Plan: “Democrats are Trying to Cure the Obamacare Disease Using the Same Prescription that Created the Problem”

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 15, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on Senate Democrats' resolution in support of a "public option," meaning a government-run health care plan: "The Democrats are trying to cure the Obamacare disease using the same prescription that created the problem in the first place. Obamacare exchanges are collapsing because of federal mandates and a lack of flexibility for states and choices for families. The right prescription… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Eight Senators Introduce Emergency, One-Year Legislation Allowing States to Offer Americans More Health Insurance Options Next Year

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14-A group of eight United States Senators today introduced emergency, one-year legislation that would give states the authority to allow Americans who rely on Obamacare subsidies to have more options to buy health insurance unavailable on the failing Obamacare exchanges, and waive any penalty if they do not find a plan that suits their or their family's needs. Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "If you aren't on Medicare or Medicaid and don't obt… Continue Reading

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