Chairman's Press

09.14.15

Alexander, Enzi: Immediate Action Needed to Prevent Massive Fraud in Railroad Disability Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and retirement security subcommittee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today called on the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) to take immediate action to prevent fraud and abuse in its occupational disability program. In 2008, a New York Times investigative report identified widespread fraud in the occupational disability program in which almost every career Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) employee collected an occup… Continue Reading


09.09.15

Legislation Will Roll Back Labor Decision that “Threatens to Steal the American Dream from Owners of the Nation’s 780,000 Franchise Businesses and Millions of Contractors”

NLRB's new "joint employer" standard "would make big businesses bigger and the middle class smaller by discouraging companies from franchising and subcontracting work" Washington, D.C., September 9 - Senior Republican lawmakers today introduced legislation to roll back the National Labor Relations Board's "joint employer" decision, which the chairmen of the House and Senate labor committees say "threatens to steal the American dream from owners of the nation's 780,000 franchise businesses and… Continue Reading


09.04.15

Alexander: Tennessee to Get “Big Boost” in Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic Affecting About 5 Percent of Tennesseans

* * * "Tennessee has been working hard to fight this fast-growing drug problem, but we are losing more than a thousand Tennesseans a year to drug overdose." -Lamar Alexander KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 4 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Tennessee will get a "big boost" in its fight against prescription drug abuse, an epidemic affecting about five percent of Tennesseans. The state ranks third in the nation for prescription drug abuse and 12th in the natio… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Alexander to Tullahoma Education Leaders: Over 2,000 Area High School Graduates Lost Out on College Aid This Year Because of Overly Complicated Form

TULLAHOMA, Tenn., August 27, 2015 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today hosted a roundtable at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn., with area college presidents, students, student affairs and financial aid advisors, and high school guidance counselors to discuss his plan to simplify the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, that 430,000 Tennessee families fill out each year. The first class of Tennessee Promise students began classes … Continue Reading


08.27.15

Alexander: NLRB “Joint Employer” Decision Could Destroy Small Business Opportunities for Millions of Americans, Including More Than 780,000 Who Own Franchises

MARYVILLE, Tenn., August 27th - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board's decision which retroactively revises the standard for determining joint employer status: "Today's ruling seems intended to destroy a small business opportunity for more than 780,000 Americans in our country working 12 hours a day and facing the pressure of meeting payroll, paying taxes, and providing for their families - all as … Continue Reading


08.17.15

Alexander Statement on NLRB Overturning Regional Rule Allowing Northwestern Football Players to Unionize

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17th - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board's decision to dismiss a regional ruling which would have allowed college athletes to unionize: "The National Labor Relations Board has made the right decision for student athletes in this case, but it has done student athletes and all students no favor by leaving the question open for the future. I do not believe that Congress, w… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Alexander: Americans Need More Job Opportunities, More Flexibility

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Senate Democrats' proposals to create new mandates on American employers were "designed to make it harder to hire and harder to find work." "With more than 10 percent of American workers either unemployed or working part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work - it's clear that what Americans need are job opportunities and policies from Washington that encourage businesses to grow and hire… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Alexander Commends Hatch, Shaheen Legislation to Give Higher Ed Institutions ‘Skin in the Game’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the "Student Protection and Success Act," introduced today by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to give colleges and universities a stronger role in sharing the risk of lending to students: "As our committee works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, we've been studying closely the question of how best to ensure that all of our more than 6,00… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Alexander: Federal Policies Should Encourage Students to Complete College on Time, Encourage Colleges to Help Students Finish

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said federal aid policies should encourage students to make progress in college and complete on time, and higher education policies should help colleges and universities help their students finish their degree or certificate. "Few can afford to be stuck with debt and no degree, but this is what's happening to far too many college students," Alexander said. "We need to find a way to encourage ou… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Alexander Statement on Administration Plan to Give Pell Grants to Prisoners

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the administration's plan to make some state and federal prisoners eligible for Pell grants: "This may be a worthwhile idea for some prisoners, but the administration absolutely does not have the authority to do this without approval from Congress, because the Higher Education Act prohibits prisoners from receiving Pell Grants. The Obama Administration should focus… Continue Reading


07.30.15

House, Senate Education Leaders Discuss Efforts to Replace No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, July 30 - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senate Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and House Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) today met to discuss proceeding with a conference committee to resolve differences in the House- and Senate-passed bills to replace No Child Left Behind. Kline said: "There is a lot of work to do in the coming months, a… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Alexander: Federal Laws, Regulations Should Help Create Campus Environment Safer from Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the committee's objective, in its work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, is to ensure that any federal law or regulation will help the nation's 6,000 colleges and universities create a campus environment that makes students safer from sexual assault. "At first blush, we might think that more laws and regulations will make colleges safer, but that is not always true. Laws that are duplicat… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Hatch, Alexander, Price Introduce Bicameral Employees Rights Act

Washington, D.C.-Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate as well as a member and former chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Employee Rights Act in the United States Senate today, alongside the sponsor of the House companion bill, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Chairman of the House Budget Committee. They were joined by current HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Reps. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and David Ro… Continue Reading


07.26.15

Alexander: Senate Republicans Are Ready to Put Patients Back in Charge

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26 - Following today's vote on an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to repeal Obamacare, Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a cosponsor of the amendment, said: "Passing Obamacare was an historic mistake-just last month, tens of thousands of Tennesseans who buy individual Obamacare policies were reminded of that when they learned their health care premiums may go up by double digits next year -and by more than 36 p… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Senate Republicans to Administration: Give the Public More Time to Weigh in on Overtime Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today led a group of 10 Republican senators in urging the administration to give the public "a reasonable opportunity" to review and respond to its proposed rule to make drastic changes to existing overtime eligibility. Alexander said: "Our workers and small businesses deserve more time to adequately review this significant and costly new regulatory proposal. I hope the administration could also use more time … Continue Reading


07.23.15

Alexander: Information Blocking is Standing in the Way of Patients, Promise of Electronic Health Records

"If I found myself suddenly at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center emergency room and the doctors there wanted to get my paperwork from the hospital and doctors I usually use -information blocking means that there is some obstacle getting in the way of my personal health information getting sent to them."- Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., July 23 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today chaired a hearing on the practice of "information blocking"-when something o… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Alexander: Washington Should Stop Discouraging Colleges and Universities from Innovating, Consider Ways to Embrace Models that Aren’t Traditional Colleges

"The American higher education system of today is like the American automobile industry of the 1970s. Like the Japanese auto manufacturers that ultimately brought the American auto industry to its knees for a time, there is an emerging market of new or upstart providers of affordable higher education." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Washington needs to stop policies that discourage traditional colleges and … Continue Reading


07.17.15

Senate Passes Older Americans Act, Bipartisan Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services for Nearly 12 Million U.S. Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with Senate health committee members, Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) commended Senate passage yesterday of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to support social and nutrition services-from home-delivered meals to senior centers-for nearl… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Keynote Speech to the American Enterprise Institute

Thank you, Andrew. It's great to be here. It's great to be at AEI, an organization for which I have lots of respect. I also have great respect for our institutions for higher education. As Dr. Kelly said, I was once president of the University of Tennessee. That's harder than it looks. I remember on my first day on campus a faculty member came up to me, I was very enthusiastic that day, and she said, "You have so much enthusiasm, you're reminding me of Clark Kerr." And I said, "Well, thank you v… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senate Passes Alexander, Murray Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16 - The Senate today passed by a vote of 81 to 17 the Every Child Achieves Act, the bipartisan agreement by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to fix the No Child Left Behind law, which is seven years overdue. Alexander said: "Last week, Newsweek Magazine called this the 'law that everyone wants to fix'-and today the Senate's shown that not only is there broad consensus on the need to fix this law-remar… Continue Reading

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