Chairman's Press

12.22.15

Alexander Highlights Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Accomplishments for 2015

With Republicans in charge, 4 Senate HELP Committee bills signed into law-including legislation fixing No Child Left Behind and "reversing the trend toward a National School Board" WASHINGTON, December 22 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today highlighted the committee's accomplishments during his first year as Chairman, calling it "one of the most productive committees in the entire Senate." Alexander continued: "It's hard to get t… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Senate Passes Legislation to Help Prevent Suicide, Help Children Recover from Traumatic Events, Provide Mental Health Awareness for Teachers

WASHINGTON, December 18 - The chairman and ranking member of the Senate health committee today urged House passage of their legislation to help state and local communities prevent suicide, help children recover from traumatic events, and help improve mental health awareness for teachers and others. The bipartisan Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act passed the Senate by unanimous consent. "I urge the House to pass this legislation without delay so that we can offer crucial support to the… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Alexander, Murray Commend Senate Passage of Bill to Provide Teachers & School Leaders with Better Education Research and Information

WASHINGTON, December 18 - The chairman and ranking member of the Senate education committee today commended Senate passage of legislation to "improve the quality of education research and make research more relevant and usable for teachers, principals, school districts and states." "This bill makes research on education more relevant, accessible and useful for the people who need it most - teachers, principals and administrators," Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said. "This bill also goes a … Continue Reading


12.17.15

Alexander: Bill to Extend Perkins Loan Program for 2 Years Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 17 - The chairman of the Senate education committee today made the following statement on his legislation to extend the Perkins Loan Program for two years, which now heads to the president's desk for signature after passage today in the House: "My goal in the Senate education committee is to find ways to simplify the complicated maze of federal grant and loan programs that are available to students, making it easier for them to apply for financial aid and afford college,"… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Alexander: Obamacare Waiver Guidance is “Not Much Flexibility, Not Much Relief”

WASHINGTON, December 16 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today said that guidance released by the Obama administration that tells states how they can obtain waivers from Obamacare is "not much flexibility and not much relief." "This so-called waiver provides surprisingly little relief from Obamacare, which should be the entire point of a waiver in the first place," said Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). "The guidance released today essentially says that if a state needs relief fr… Continue Reading


12.10.15

President Signs Bill to Reform K-12 Education

WASHINGTON - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statements after President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: "Today we begin a new a… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Alexander: Senate Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act is “a Big Christmas Present” for 50 Million Students

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today, after the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, 85-12, said he hopes "President Obama will wrap a big red bow around it and sign it" for 50 million children and 3.4 million teachers in 100,000 public schools. "Mr. President, the United States Senate, by a vote of 85-12, has sent a Christmas present to 50 million children across the country," Alexander said on the Senate floor. "First, it has to go down Pennsylvania Av… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Alexander Hails Senate Passage of Legislation to “Reverse Trend Toward a National School Board”

"By restoring responsibility to states and classroom teachers, we are inaugurating a new era of innovation and excellence in student achievement ... [and] in the future, the path to higher standards, better teaching and real accountability will be through states, communities and classrooms and not through Washington, D.C." WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - Following Senate passage today by 85-12, legislation sponsored by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) heads to the pres… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Alexander, Murray: Senate Passes Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind, 85-12

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - Following Senate passage today by 85-12, the Every Student Succeeds Act to fix No Child Left Behind, sponsored by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), heads to the president's desk. The House of Representatives approved the bill last week, 359-64. Alexander said: "The huge bipartisan vote in both the Senate and the House reverses the trend toward a national school board and makes clear that, in the fu… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Alexander: “More Than 1,000 Tennesseans Die Each Year” From Opioid Abuse—“Nation Must Act to Combat this Growing Epidemic”

"The human costs of this epidemic are too high, and I hear about the challenges of dealing with this epidemic at home in Tennessee, particularly in East Tennessee where I am from. ...[b]ut, the truth is, this problem affects all states and is frontline issue for communities all over." WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today said that with millions of Americans abusing opioids-which include prescription opioid painkillers, like hydrocodone and morphine, as we… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Alexander, Murray: Full Senate to Begin Debate on Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that the Senate would take up the bipartisan, bicameral agreement to fix No Child Left Behind next week, said they look forward to a successful vote in the Senate, following passage in the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 359-64. "The legislation before the Senate next week fixes No Chil… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Alexander Calls On President to Sign Legislation to Fix Damage Caused By Obamacare

"Six years ago, Republicans warned the president about the disastrous consequences of Obamacare for millions of Americans. Unfortunately for these Americans, Republicans were right when we said that Obamacare would burden state Medicaid budgets, increase premiums and taxes, and hurt jobs. We need to start over and go step by step toward the goal of reducing health care costs." WASHINGTON, December 3 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today called on President Obama to sign legislatio… Continue Reading


12.03.15

What They're Saying: House Passes Every Student Succeeds Act with Overwhelming Majority

"A bipartisan compromise has emerged from the Senate and House … [that] would represent the largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter-century." - Wall Street Journal editorial, 11/30 "Gone are No Child Left Behind's proficiency benchmarks and mandated federal interventions. The Education Department wouldn't be able to prescribe accountability systems and standards." - Wall Street Journal editorial, 11/30 "Republicans will have more chances to reform Washington's r… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Alexander Commends House Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act

WASHINGTON, December 2 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on House passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act - legislation to fix No Child Left Behind - by a vote of 359 to 64: "The real winners in today's House vote are 50 million children and 3.4 million teachers in 100,000 public schools. This legislation fixes No Child Left Behind by reversing the trend toward a national school board and restoring to states, communities and… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Alexander: Republican Predictions Were Right: “Obamacare Was an Historic Mistake”

WASHINGTON, December 1 - Five and a half years after the White House health care summit at Blair House, Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today spoke on the Senate floor to discuss what Republicans warned the president would happen if Obamacare became law - and to outline what this "historic mistake" of a law looks like for millions of Americans today. Alexander was asked by both then-Minority Leader Boehner and then-Minority Leader McConnell to lead in speaking on beha… Continue Reading


11.30.15

Alexander Statement on NGA Endorsement of Every Student Succeeds Act

WASHINGTON, November 30 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, released the following statement on the National Governors Association's full endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act: "The National Governors Association's full endorsement of our bipartisan legislation to fix No Child Left Behind-the group's first such endorsement of any federal legislation in nearly 20 years-is of huge significance. It is one more sign that there is a consensus… Continue Reading


11.30.15

House, Senate Education Committees Release Final Proposal to Replace NCLB

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today bipartisan leaders on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released the final legislative text for improving K-12 education and replacing No Child Left Behind. The final bill is being released after legislative proposals passed separately by the House and Senate in July and embodies the reforms agreed to by members serving on a joint conference committee earlier this month. The House-Senate … Continue Reading


11.19.15

House-Senate Conference Committee Approves Framework to Improve K-12 Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. | November 19, 2015 - Today, the House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal to improve K-12 education and replace No Child Left Behind. The agreement represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177). "No Child Left Behind has been failing students, parents, teachers, and state and local education leaders for far too long, and today we took an important step in r… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Alexander: Committee Approves 2 Bills to “Help Americans Lead Healthier Lives,” Continues Record of Results-Oriented Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON, November 18 - The chairman of the Senate health committee today urged full Senate passage of two pieces of bipartisan public health legislation, after they passed out of committee, which he said are proof of the committee's "record of results-oriented bipartisanship." So far this Congress, the Senate health committee has reported nine bipartisan bills out of committee. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "On the Senate health committee, we have the opportunity to work on legisl… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Alexander: House, Senate Conference Committee Begins Process to Fix No Child Left Behind, a “Law That Everyone Wants to Fix”

"There are a lot of people counting on us to get a result: 50 million children and 3.4 million teachers in 100,000 public schools." WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 18 - At the meeting today of the joint House and Senate conference committee to fix No Child Left Behind, the chairman of the Senate education committee said that members of Congress have the opportunity to get a result and fix the law that Newsweek magazine called "the law that everybody wants fixed." Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "G… Continue Reading

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