Chairman's Press

03.17.15

Senators Roberts, Alexander, Murray and Stabenow Call for Extension of Dietary Guidelines Comment Period

WASHINGTON, DC - A key, bipartisan group of four senators today requested a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) Scientific Report. Chairmen Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., joined Ranking Members Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., in sending a letter requesting the extension to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Alexander: Government Should “Enable and Encourage” Adoption of Electronic Health Records, Rather than Trying to Force by Taking Away Medicare Payments

"…The administration rushed the process with its penalties-and at the same time made the federal government the arbiter of IT quality." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the government should enable and encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), rather than try to force adoption by taking away Medicare payments. "Transitioning to electronic health records requires a real transformation in h… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Alexander: Government Should “Enable and Encourage” Adoption of Electronic Health Records, Rather than Trying to Force by Taking Away Medicare Payments

*** "…The administration rushed the process with its penalties-and at the same time made the federal government the arbiter of IT quality." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the government should enable and encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), rather than try to force adoption by taking away Medicare payments. "Transitioning to electronic health records requires a real transformation … Continue Reading


03.11.15

HELP Republicans: Proposed Labor Rule Could Restrict Access to Affordable Retirement Advice

In letter to OMB Director Donovan, senators warn of potential negative consequences for American workers if DOL "fiduciary" rule has not changed significantly from previous proposal WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11 - Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) led a group of 8 Republicans on the Senate labor committee in a letter Tuesday cautioning Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan on the potential negative impact of approving the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed rule to redefi… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Senate Health Committee Holds First Hearing on Innovation Initiative: How to Get Medical Devices, Drugs, Treatments From Discovery to the Medicine Cabinet

*** "Today discoveries supported by NIH often do not come to FDA's door for six, eight, ten, or even twelve years. And the average cost to get a single drug from the laboratory through the approval process to the medicine cabinet is, according to some estimates, about $1 billion. Other estimates say it's double that or even more." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today held the first committee hearing on his bipartisan initiative with Rankin… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Alexander, Murray Statement on Fixing No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, March 9 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement: "During the last several weeks we have been working together to build the base for legislation to fix the problems with No Child Left Behind. We are making significant progress in our negotiations. We are aiming to consider and markup legislation to fix the law during the week of April 13th." ### For access to this release a… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Alexander, Johnson, Kline Call on NLRB General Counsel to Explain Pursuit of Joint-Employer Cases

WASHINGTON, March 5 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee, and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, today called on National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin to provide an explanation of his recent comments on his pursuit of labor violation cases against franchisors as joint employers… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Alexander Receives John M. Ashbrook Award for Championing History and Civics Education

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was presented Wednesday evening with the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University's 2015 John M. Ashbrook Award for his work in championing American history and civics education. "In my first address as a U.S. Senator, I proposed that we create summer academies for outstanding teachers in United States history. The next year, Congress passed legislation to create the Presidential and Congressional academies to inspire better teachi… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Alexander on King v. Burwell Oral Arguments

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, released the following statement on today's Supreme Court oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case, which Alexander attended: "Hopefully the Supreme Court will rule that the law means what it says. If the court does, states will have two options for the 6 million Americans who today receive tax credit subsidies. First, states without exchanges can still create them, but Republicans in … Continue Reading


03.04.15

Senate Passes Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule

WASHINGTON, Mar. 4 - The Senate today passed a joint resolution offered by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to stop the National Labor Relations Board from implementing its "ambush election" rule. The rule was finalized in December to shorten the length of time in which a labor union certification election is held-currently a median 38 days-to as little as 11 days. The senators introduced the resolution under the Cong… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Alexander Receives John M. Ashbrook Award for Championing History and Civics Education

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was presented Wednesday evening with the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University's 2015 John M. Ashbrook Award for his work in championing American history and civics education. "In my first address as a U.S. Senator, I proposed that we create summer academies for outstanding teachers in United States history. The next year, Congress passed legislation to create the Presidential and Congressional academies to inspire better teachi… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Senate, House Leaders Introduce Bill to Provide Certainty to Employers Offering Innovative Employee Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3 - 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), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) yesterday introduced legislation to provide legal certainty-and eliminate confusion caused by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)-for employers offering employee wellness programs that lower health insurance premiums to reward healthy lifest… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Alexander: Bipartisan Report Finding Colleges in a Jungle of Red Tape Shows “Sloppy, Inefficient Government that Wastes Money, Hurts Students, Discourages Productivity and Impedes Research"

"Such waste should be an embarrassment to all of us in the federal government. So if all of us created this mess, then it is up to all of us to fix it." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today said a report released by a task force of college and university leaders-and commissioned by a bipartisan group of senators-shows colleges in a jungle of red tape that "should be an embarrassment to all of us in the f… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Alexander Cosponsors Rubio Bill to Allow Employers to Give Unionized Employees Raises for Performance

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 12 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored legislation offered by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) that would enable employers to pay individual employees more based on their job performance, rather than seniority in a collective bargaining unit. Alexander said, "This bill will give employers the freedom to pay their employees more for a job well done, for their dedication and hard work, rather than for their time spent in a union." The Re… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Bipartisan Group of Senators Announces Report on Simplifying Federal Regulations for America’s 6,000 Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 12 - A bipartisan group of senators on the Senate education committee, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), today announced a report detailing ways Congress and the Department of Education could streamline and reduce federal regulations for America's 6,000 colleges and universities, while protecting students and taxpayers. Chairman Alexander also announced a hearing to discuss the findings of the… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Alexander Statement on House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Passage of Chairman Kline’s Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement this evening on passage by the House Education and the Workforce Committee of a bill by Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) to fix No Child Left Behind. "Chairman Kline has worked diligently in this Congress and in the last two Congresses to pass a bill to fix No Child Left Behind. In the Senate, Ranking Member Murray and I are focused now on developing a bipartisan Chairman's mark to fix this broken law … Continue Reading


02.11.15

Alexander: NLRB Ambush Election Rule Jeopardizes Employee Privacy, Forces Elections Before Employers Have a Say

*** "I refer to this as the ambush election rule, because it forces a union election before an employer has a chance to figure out what is going on. Even worse, it jeopardizes employees' privacy by requiring employers to turn over employees' personal information including email addresses, phone numbers, shift hours and locations to union organizers." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, today said a rule issu… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Alexander: Vaccines Save Lives

*** "From smallpox to polio, we have learned in the United States that vaccines save lives. And yet a troubling number of parents are not vaccinating their children." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2015 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate health committee, today said, "vaccines save lives." At a hearing on the re-emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases, Alexander said: "From smallpox to polio, we have learned in the United States that vaccines sa… Continue Reading


02.09.15

Senate, House Leaders Introduce Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) today took the first step in stopping the National Labor Relations Board from implementing its "ambush election" rule, which was finalized in December to shorten the length of time in which a labor union certification election is held-currently a median 38 days-to as little … Continue Reading


02.06.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Oversight Initiative on Security of Health IT

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 6 -U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a bipartisan initiative focused on examining the security of health information technology and the health industry's preparedness for cyber threats. Alexander: "Patients, hospitals, insurers-and all Americans who value the safety and privacy of their sensitive personal information-have a right to be alarmed by reports that their electronic records m… Continue Reading

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