Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alexander Statement on House Passage of 21st Century Cures

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today on House passage of the 21st Century Cures Act: "The House has worked diligently on its legislation to spur innovation and reform the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, and I commend Chairman Upton and Representative DeGette for their commitment to this important initiative. Senator Murray and I continue our work on a parallel track in the … Continue Reading


Sen. Alexander Delivers Weekly Republican Address

"Not only is there consensus about the need to fix No Child Left Behind, there's also remarkable consensus about how to fix it. That consensus is this: Continue the law's important measurements of academic progress of students but restore to states, school districts, classroom teachers and parents the responsibility for deciding what to do about improving student achievement." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, will deliver the… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Nomination of Andy Slavitt to Head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the nomination of Andy Slavitt to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: "I will be interested in hearing from Mr. Slavitt whether he is ready to work with Congress to make the Medicare and Medicaid reforms necessary so that we can finally get our country's fiscal house in order-and so seniors can count on Medicare to pay their hospital bills." The Medica… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on House Passage of Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on House passage of legislation to fix No Child Left Behind: "Newsweek magazine calls No Child Left Behind 'the education law everyone wants to fix,' so it's hard to overstate the importance of what Chairman Kline has accomplished in passing a bill to do just that. House passage of this bill is the first step, Senate passage next week will be the next step, then we ca… Continue Reading


The Every Child Achieves Act: Common Core & State Standards

MYTH: The Every Child Achieves Act allows for federal involvement in state standards. FACT: FALSE. The bill explicitly prohibits any federal involvement with State standards. The HELP Committee incorporated language from bills introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. David Vitter that prevents the Secretary from reviewing state standards, interfering with state or local decisions about standards (or curriculum), or directing the supervision of any specific standards.State standards will once aga… Continue Reading


Alexander Amendment Would Provide 11 Million $2,100 “Scholarships for Kids”

"This is a real answer to inequality in America: giving more children more opportunity to attend a better school." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today offered an amendment (Click HERE for video) to the bill being debated by the Senate to fix No Child Left Behind that would allow $2,100 federal scholarships to follow 11 million low-income children to any public or private accredited school of their parents' choice. … Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on NLRB Decision to Suspend Latest Attempt to Undermine State Right-to-Work Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) announcement that it would suspend its call for briefs on whether employees in right-to-work states should be forced to pay union fees, even if they are not a member of their workplace's union. "The NLRB's request for briefs suggested to me that the board was thinking about undermining state right-to-work laws, which is as outrage… Continue Reading


Chairmen Roberts, Alexander Urge Sound Science in 2015 Dietary Guidelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging them to base the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on "sound scientific evidence and medical knowledge" and limit "agenda-driven" recommendations to nutrition and diet. In February, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) sent to the Secretaries a nearl… Continue Reading

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