Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


Alexander, Murray on Senate Appointment of Senate Conferees to Fix No Child Left Behind: “It’s Time to Get to Work”

WASHINGTON, D.C, November 18 - The chairman and ranking member of the Senate education committee today praised the Senate for voting to appoint all 22 members of the Senate HELP committee as conferees to work with members appointed by the House in a conference to fix No Child Left Behind. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released the following statement: "We are pleased that all of our fellow committee members will be part of this important step forwa… Continue Reading


Alexander: We Must Ensure the Right Person is Leading FDA, an Agency that Affects Nearly Every Single American & Regulates Over $4 Trillion Annually

"I want to hear what you think the FDA can do to build its capacity and fix the impact of its regulations so that the FDA is a partner in innovation, rather than a barrier." WASHINGTON, D.C., November 17 - At today's hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Senate health committee chairman said we must ensure the right person is leading the agency, which "affects nearly every single American and regulates about a quarter of all … Continue Reading


Joint Statement on Efforts to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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), issued the following joint statement on efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: We believe we have a path forward that can lead to a successful conference, and that is why we are recommending … Continue Reading


Alexander Pledges to Simplify “Dreaded” FAFSA, “the No. 1 Obstacle” to Students Applying for Tennessee Promise

CHATTANOOGA, Nov. 9 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told students and administrators gathered at Chattanooga State Community College that the "number one obstacle" to students applying for Tennessee Promise is the "dreaded FAFSA," which the senator pledged to simplify. Alexander said his bipartisan legislation, the FAST Act, would simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form that 430,000 Tennesseans fill out each year to be eligible to receive federal gr… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 6 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act this Sunday, Nov. 8: "Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the original Higher Education Act, which gave millions of students the opportunity to attend the college of their choice, earn a degree and get a leg up into the middle class. Today, our students have access to the best col… Continue Reading


Hatch, Alexander Press Administration on Failed Obamacare Co-Ops, Question Accounting Methods

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew M. Slavitt questioning the administration on the financial viability and accounting methods of Obamacare's Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs). The letter comes a day after Arizona announced its CO-OP would be removed… Continue Reading


Alexander: Federal Government Must Make It Easier for States Like Tennessee to Help the Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults with Mental Illness

"Already, there is an enormous response to try to help: at the state level, through the private sector, and from the federal government. As a former Governor, I know that states have traditionally been on the forefront." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 29 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the federal government must make it easier for states and communities to identify and help the nearly one in five American adults suffering from mental illne… Continue Reading


Alexander: Tennessee’s 23 Percent Rate Hike in Obamacare “Benchmark” Plans “Will Put a Dent in Tennesseans’ Family Budgets”

WASHINGTON, D.C, October 28 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the 23 percent rate increase for Tennessee's "benchmark" health care plan under Obamacare will "hurt those Tennesseans that this law was intended to help." Alexander, chairman of the Senate health committee, continued: "Tennesseans who buy Obamacare's 'benchmark' plan will see their premiums rise next year by 23 percent-that will put a dent in family budgets even though the president promised Obamacare would lower… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on “Nation’s Report Card” Results

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 28 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on results released today from the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), often called the "Nation's Report Card": "Today's results from the Nation's Report Card are disappointing news for our country's students and show that the No Child Left Behind federal law and waivers are no longer helping our students improve their performance. Our fourth graders are d… Continue Reading


Republicans Call on Administration to Halt Harmful Opioid Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, a bicameral group of 23 Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, calling on the Administration to pull a pending rule that would reverse course on curbing opioid drug abuse. Under the 2012 proposed rule, innovations for abuse-deterrent formulations would be subject to additional rebate obligations under the Medicaid program, thereby penalizing innovation in a field that is markedly important to the fight against prescription drug abuse. "We… Continue Reading


Franchisees Across the Country Slam Labor Decision that Threatens to “Steal the American Dream from Owners of the Nation’s 780,000 Franchise Businesses”

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 28 - Franchisees across the country are urging Congress to roll back the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent "joint employer" decision, which the chairman of the Senate labor committee says "threatens to steal the American dream from owners of the nation's 780,000 franchise businesses and millions of contractors." Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, "The NLRB's new joint employer standard would make big businesses bigger and the middle class smaller by d… Continue Reading


Alexander: America Needs a “Breakthrough” on Medical Devices

"Memphis-area medical devices are the top export of the region, accounting for $3.2 billion of the region's $11.3 billion in exports. The Memphis area and the state of Tennessee are at the forefront of this technology that is so crucial to improving Americans' health and quality of life." MEMPHIS, Oct. 26 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that America's patients need a "breakthrough" in the medical device industry after touring Smith & Nephew, a medical device company in M… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on the President's Remarks Today about "Over-Testing"

NASHVILLE - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate education committee and a former U.S. education secretary, released the following statement on the president's remarks today about "over-testing" in K-12 education: "The president is on the right track, but the real reason we have too many tests is that we have too many federal mandates. The best way to have fewer and better tests is for the president to sign Senate-passed legislation to fix No Child Left Behind and give more flex… Continue Reading


Senate, House Education Chairs Demand Administration End “Unprecedented Overreach” into College Accreditation Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 23 - The chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House education committees today called on a federal agency with authority over consumer financial products to immediately halt its "unprecedented" investigation into a college accreditor. Senate chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and House chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) sent a letter to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, following recent reports that the agency has initiated an investigation in… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Passes Bill To Address Tennessee's Tenfold Increase in Infants Born Addicted to Drugs

"This bill will help ensure that federal programs are more effective in preventing and treating opioid use disorders among pregnant women to increase their chances of having healthy children." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22 - Citing a tenfold increase in Tennessee of infants suffering health problems from drugs like painkillers and heroin, the chairman of the Senate health committee today urged House lawmakers to act quickly to pass legislation approved by the Senate that would … Continue Reading

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