Chairman's Press


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


Alexander: Senate Begins Debate on Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind, a “Law That Everyone Wants to Fix”

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7 - As the United States Senate today began debate on his and Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) bipartisan bill to fix No Child Left Behind, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the bill reflects the shared belief by both Democrats and Republicans that lawmakers should respect the judgments of those closest to the children "and leave to them most decisions about how to help 3.4 million teachers help 50 million children in 100,000 public schools improve student achieve… Continue Reading


Senator Alexander Delivers Opening Remarks as Senate Begins Debate on Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

Before the Democratic Leader leaves the floor, in a few moments, the Senator from Washington and I will make our opening statement on our proposed committee legislation to fix No Child Left Behind. Before I do that, I want to say to the Majority Leader first, to express my appreciation for his putting this bill on the floor, because I know the Majority Leader has a variety of other options, and he's giving us a chance to take our bill, which we'll be describing in a few minutes, and putting it o… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Labor Department’s Proposed Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the Department of Labor's proposal to more than double the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay: "Just imagine how discouraging this rule will be to the working mother who can no longer negotiate her schedule to, say, work from home when she needs to, or to the young restaurant assistant manager who loses his title and is returned to an hourly job with no more … Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell: "It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court didn't read the law the way that Congress wrote it. The 36 percent increase in some individual health care rates announced recently should remind Tennesseans that Obamacare was an historic mistake. It gave Americans higher health care costs while reducing our choices of health p… Continue Reading


Alexander: Appropriations Committee Passes Legislation that Supports the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and Our Nation’s Students

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today voted for the fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations legislation, which he said is an example of "the Senate at work," as the ninth appropriations bill ready for consideration by the full Senate. The legislation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 16 to 14. "Governing… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray: Full Senate to Begin Debate on Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, July 7

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24 - 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 their bipartisan agreement to fix No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, July 7, said they look forward to an open debate on the Every Child Achieves Act, which passed unanimously out of committee in April. "The consensus that Senator Murray and I, along with the entire Senate … Continue Reading


17 GOP Lawmakers Call on EEOC to Make Significant Changes to Proposed Rule on Workplace Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, June 23 - Seventeen Republican lawmakers last week called on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to make significant changes to the agency's proposed rule on workplace wellness programs to ensure the agency does not create any further confusion for employers who want to offer these programs to lower their employees' health insurance costs. On Friday, the lawmakers submitted comments to the agency, writing that the proposed rule on workplace wellness programs "is incon… Continue Reading


Alexander: Accreditation Must Improve, Because Neither Congress nor Department of Education Are Up to the Task of Monitoring Quality

"The Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education, which was commissioned by a bipartisan group of senators on this committee, told us in a detailed report that federal rules and regulations on accreditors have turned the process into federal 'micro-management.'" - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., June 17 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Congress had better find a way to improve the accreditation system that measures and ensures quality … Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Announce Series of Bipartisan Hearings on Ways to Improve Health Information Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced today's hearing would mark the start of a series of bipartisan hearings on possible solutions to achieve the promise of health IT. The senators announced that Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) will chair, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will serve as ranking member, for the committee's next hearing in the series, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will chair a sub… Continue Reading


Alexander: Committee Working to Identify Immediate Solutions to Electronic Health Records Program that has Physicians “Terrified”

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10 - Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today chaired the first in a series of hearings intended to solve problems with the federal government's six-year-old, $30 billion program meant to encourage adoption of electronic health records at doctor's offices and hospitals. Alexander said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in December that already a quarter of a million physicians have not been able to comply with the program's se… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Department of Education’s Corinthian Colleges Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the Department of Education's announcement regarding its debt-relief plan for former Corinthian Colleges students: "Students have been hurt, but the department is establishing a precedent that puts taxpayers on the hook for what a college may have done. Later this year in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act the Senate will review and address the right way to… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Seek Answers Following Contamination that Led to Indefinite Shutdown of National Institutes of Health Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are seeking answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell today, following news that at least six patients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center received injections in April from an NIH-manufactured batch of albumin that contained contaminated vials. News of the contamination was released yesterday by NIH, following a Food and Drug Admin… Continue Reading


Alexander: Stop Telling Students They Can’t Afford College

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that it is easier to pay for college than many think, noting that with federal grants, community college can be free for many students, and with state aid and federal loans, 4-year colleges can be affordable. "The question before us is, can you afford to pay for college? I believe the answer for most Americans is, yes. For millions, two years of college is free…. For most students, four years at a public univer… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Health Insurance Rate Increase Requests for 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the announcement of the requests for double-digit rate hikes by four Tennessee health insurance companies, recently submitted to the Tennessee Commissioner of Insurance for approval and posted on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website earlier today: "The unfortunate reality is, principally because of Obamacare, tens of thousands of Tennesseans who buy ind… Continue Reading


Alexander to Jackson Education Leaders: Senate Education Bill Will Restore Responsibility for schools to Local Officials, Teachers and Parents

* * * "My top priority in Congress this year is to fix No Child Left Behind by restoring responsibility to states and local government, reversing the trend to a national school board and ending Washington's Common Core mandate." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today hosted a roundtable in Jackson, Tenn., with area education leaders, college presidents, and state officials to discuss his bi… Continue Reading

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