Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alexander, Murray Statement on Fixing No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement: "We've agreed to move forward to develop a bipartisan chairman's mark to fix No Child Left Behind. Our staffs will begin working today with each other and with the staffs of other senators on the committee. We know our constituents expect us to fix this broken law and improve education for students, families, and communities ac… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Commissioner Margaret Hamburg Stepping Down from the FDA

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the announcement from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg that she plans to step down as commissioner at the end of March: "I am grateful to Dr. Hamburg for her leadership of the FDA. We worked together to find a solution that would help prevent another compounding crisis after the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people, including 16 Tennesseans. I hope… Continue Reading


Alexander: NLRB Decision “Could Destroy a Small Business Opportunity for More than 700,000 Americans”

*** "The pending decision by the National Labor Relations Board would threaten this very American way of life, knocking the ladder out from under hundreds of thousands of Americans…" -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5, 2015 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate labor committee, today said the pending National Labor Relations Board decision to change the joint employer standard "could destroy a small business opportunity for more than 700,000 Americans." … Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Announce HELP Committee to Hold Hearing on Vaccinations

Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, at 10 a.m. WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2015 -U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate health committee, today announced they will be holding a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 10, on vaccinations, in the wake of a multi-state measles outbreak that has caused more than 100 people to become sick. Alexander said: "The federal government is spending millions to spur the discovery of an Ebola vacci… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray Announce Initiative to Examine Drug, Device Development and Review Process

Leaders of HELP Committee plan bipartisan working groups, series of hearings WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, today announced they are launching a bipartisan initiative to examine the process for getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients and the roles of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in that process. Alexander said: … Continue Reading


Alexander: Federal Dollars Should Enable and Encourage—Not Mandate—State, Local K-12 Innovation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - At a roundtable on fixing No Child Left Behind today, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, said the federal government ought to be an enabler and encourager, rather than a mandater, of state and local K-12 innovation. Today's roundtable marked the 27th hearing in the last six years about fixing No Child Left Behind or a related elementary and secondary education issue. Below are excerpts of his prepared remarks: This is… Continue Reading


Kirk, Feinstein, Alexander, Bennet Introduces Bill to Expand Charter School Access and Opportunity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), along with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Michael Bennet (D-Utah) and today introduced S. 316, The Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Act, which streamlines existing Charter School Programs and provides startup, replication and expansion funding for high-quality charter schools. This bill aims to improve educational opportunities for all students by expanding the number of high-quality charter… Continue Reading


Alexander to Meet with White House on Precision Medicine Initiative

*** "We have a real opportunity to work together and get a result so that cutting-edge medicine begins reaching patients more quickly, while still preserving this nation's gold standard for safety and quality …The President has recognized this, Chairman Upton in the House is working on this, and I have spoken with Secretary Burwell about our plans in the Senate health committee to work in a bipartisan way to modernize the way drugs and medical devices are discovered, developed, and ‎… Continue Reading


House and Senate Committee Leaders Press Administration on Security

WASHINGTON - Republican leaders in the House and Senate today sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell amidst growing concerns about the security and privacy of consumer information shared on This letter follows a September 17, 2014, letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding a report from the Government Accountability Office outlining security vulnerabilities on The leaders have not yet received a response to the… Continue Reading


Alexander, Burr Release “Innovation for Healthier Americans” Report

Report details challenges to getting cutting-edge treatments, devices and cures to American patients WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today released a report on the challenges to getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively, examining what is working, and what isn't, at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The senators are soliciting feedback on their report as Chairman … Continue Reading

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