Chairman's Press

05.08.15

Alexander: Congress Showing Bipartisan Interest in “Weeding the Garden” of Bad Laws, Regulations

* * * "Nothing used to make me madder as governor than to look up towards Washington and see some member of Congress coming up with a big idea, holding a press conference, passing a law, taking credit for some great leap forward in sending the bill to me as governor. Then the next thing I know, that congressman would be home in Tennessee at the Lincoln Day Dinner or the Jackson Day Dinner giving a big speech about local control." -- Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8 - In a keynote speec… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Alexander, Lankford Begin Investigation into Federal Agencies’ Use of Regulatory Guidance

*** "We are concerned that federal agencies are increasingly using guidance that appears to create new requirements without the benefit of notice and comment but with the expectation that the public comply." - Senators' letter to agencies WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7 - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today began an investigation into federal agencies' use of guidance, looking into whether agencies are skirting notice and comment laws to create new requirements … Continue Reading


05.06.15

Alexander and Bennet Introduce Resolution Recognizing 16th Annual National Charter Schools Week

Washington, D.C., May 6 - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) along with 21 cosponsors, this week introduced a resolution congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and administrators of charter schools across the nation, expressing strong support for public charter schools and marking the 16th annual National Charter Schools Week, which lasts from May 3 to 9 this year. Alexander said: "Charter schools now serve nearly 3 million children throughout the country and… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Alexander: Federal Government Better at Collecting Data from Colleges and Universities than Explaining it to Students

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 6 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the government has done a better job of collecting information from colleges and universities than it has in sharing that information with students, and suggested that the federal government should enable its dissemination, rather than try to do it itself. "How do we encourage the dissemination of this information in useful ways? Our temptation often is, 'well here's a problem, we'll fix it.' And we don't fix that… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Senate, House Committee Leaders Urge Passage of Legislation to End NLRB’s Ambush Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 6 - After Senate Democrats yesterday blocked a simple up or down vote to override President Obama's veto of a Congressional Review Act resolution that would stop the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) ambush election rule, Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and House Health, Employment, L… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Senate Democrats Block Vote on Overriding Veto of Resolution to Stop Ambush Elections Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2015 - Senate Democrats today refused to allow the United States Senate to vote on overriding the president's veto of a Congressional Review Act resolution that would stop the National Labor Relations Board's ambush election rule. A Senate majority voted to stop the rule on March 4. A House majority voted to stop the rule on March 19. The president vetoed the resolution on March 31 and Senate Democrats have objected to a simple up or down vote to override this veto. … Continue Reading


05.05.15

Alexander: Failing Electronic Health Records Program May Stand in Way of Precision Medicine

"Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National institutes of Health, has told us that a properly functioning records system is essential both to help assemble the genomes of one million individuals and for doctors to be able to use a patient's genetic information when they write a prescription for individual patients." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the "failed promise" of the $28 billion electronic health records program may st… Continue Reading


05.04.15

Alexander Honors Teacher Appreciation Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today released the following statement recognizing "Teacher Appreciation Week," being celebrated this week: "This week we honor the 3.4 million teachers who work so hard each day so our nation's children can succeed. It doesn't take long to figure out how important a great teacher is, and as the son of a former teacher, I know firsthand the impact teachers have on a child's ability to … Continue Reading


04.30.15

Senate Health Committee Republicans Urge FDA to Provide Clarity, Certainty on Biosimilar Drug Approval Process

WASHINGTON, April 30 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today led a group of nine Republicans on the Senate health committee in urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately finalize all guidance regarding the approval of biosimilar drugs. Alexander was joined by Sens. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-La.) in calling for f… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Alexander Statement on Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling that Puts Check on EEOC

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must take steps to reconcile discrimination complaints before suing employers: "The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision put a check on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's runaway litigation strategy. The EEOC is required by law to attempt to work out discrimination complaints befo… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Working Group to Identify Ways to Improve Electronic Health Records

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a bipartisan, full committee working group to identify ways to improve electronic health records (EHRs). "After $28 billion in taxpayer dollars spent subsidizing electronic health records, ‎doctors don't like these electronic medical record systems and say they disrupt workflow, interrupt the doctor-patient relationship and haven't been worth the… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Alexander: FDA and NIH Must be Ready for the Medical Breakthroughs that are Coming

* * * "Our task is to help ensure that the exciting new technologies being developed and discoveries being made are reaching patients, and that the NIH is equipped to support the early-stage research required to make these advancements and that the FDA is equipped to review them." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today urged experts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help Congress in it… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Alexander Says He Will Fight NLRB Attempt to Undermine State Right-to-Work Laws

Says Board action is an "outrageous move that will jeopardize worker rights and job growth" * * * WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) request for legal briefs to examine the question of 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: "I will fight any effort by the NLRB to f… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Strong Support for Bipartisan Legislative Agreement to “Fix No Child Left Behind”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21 - The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, introduced earlier this month by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to fix "No Child Left Behind," last week passed the committee unanimously and is receiving broad support from governors, chief state school officers, teachers, school board members, and school superintendents. According to Sen. Alexander, "The consensus the committee reached is this: Continue … Continue Reading


04.16.15

Alexander: Unanimous Committee Passage of Bipartisan Agreement to Fix No Child Left Behind Shows Consensus on Urgent Need to Fix the Law and How to Fix It

* * * "The consensus that the committee found is the same that Senator Murray and I found. 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." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16 - Senate education committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised the work of the committee in a… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Alexander Votes to End Threat of Payment Cuts to Doctors Who Serve Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, legislation that will permanently put an end to the formula, passed by Congress in 1997, that dramatically capped Medicare payments to physicians and has since been temporarily overridden by Congress 17 times. The bill also includes 10 years of funding for Tennessee's Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program, which helps Tennessee hospitals cover the… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Senate, House Leaders Continue Fight Against Ambush Union Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and House Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) today introduced legislation that will preserve long-standing union election procedures by safeguarding the right of workers to make informed dec… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Alexander: Bipartisan Legislative Agreement to Fix No Child Left Behind Will Produce Fewer Tests, Advance Higher State Standards, Better Teaching, Real Accountability

* * * "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. This change should produce fewer tests and more appropriate ways to measure student achievement." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14 - At the start of the Senate education committee's action on legislation to fix No Child Left Behi… Continue Reading


04.07.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Fixing “No Child Left Behind”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a bipartisan agreement on fixing "No Child Left Behind." They scheduled committee action on their agreement and any amendments to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14. Alexander said: "Senator Murray and I have worked together to produce bipartisan legislation to fix 'No Child Left Behind.' Basically, our agreement continues important measurements of … Continue Reading


04.02.15

Broad Support for Legislation to Provide Certainty to Employers Offering Innovative Employee Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 - The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, introduced by Senate and House leaders last month to provide legal certainty for employers offering innovative employee wellness programs, is receiving broad support from business leaders and health care industry experts. The bill was introduced last month by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), … Continue Reading

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