Chairman's Press

01.29.15

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


01.29.15

Alexander: EEOC General Counsel’s Actions May Discourage Employers from Using Wellness Programs to Lower Employee’s Health Care Costs

*** "If we're going to have a conversation in this country about enabling high-quality, lower-cost insurance, we should start with the roughly half of Americans who have health insurance through an employer." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate health committee, today said that actions taken by the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may discourage employers from using a tool authorized by Oba… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Hatch, Alexander Announce Legislation to Repeal Employer Mandate

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the American Job Protection Act, a bill to repeal Obamacare's job-killing employer mandate. Under the President's health law, businesses with 50 or more equivalent employees are required to offer health insurance of minimum value or pay a penalty between $2,000 and $3,000 for each employee working 30 hours or m… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Committee Passage of Bill to Help Teachers, School Leaders with Better Education Research and Data

Bill makes research easier to access and more relevant at state, local levels WASHINGTON, January 28 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the respective Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate education committee, today announced that the committee passed legislation to improve the quality of education research in the United States and make research more relevant and usable for teachers, principals, school districts and states. "Research on education can be very … Continue Reading


01.28.15

Senators Alexander, Murray Announce Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee Assignments for the 114th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 28 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced assignments for the committee's three subcommittees for the 114th Congress after committee members approved the subcommittees and rules in an executive session this morning. The three subcommittees are Primary Health and Retirement Security; Employment and Workplace Safety; and Children and Families. A full list of the s… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Senate Health Committee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services for Nearly 12 Million U.S. Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 28 - The Senate health committee today unanimously approved the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation by U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) with Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to support social and nutrition services for nearly 12 million seniors. "The legislation passed by the committee today enables important senior programs like Meals on W… Continue Reading


01.28.15

McConnell, Alexander Introduce Bill to Reform National Labor Relations Board

Washington, D.C., January 28 - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, today introduced the NLRB Reform Act to turn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from an advocate to an umpire and keep the general counsel from operating as an activist for one side or the other. McConnell said: "The NLRB's politically motivated decisions and controversial regulations threaten the jobs of hardworking Americans who … Continue Reading


01.27.15

Senators Alexander, Murray Comment on Chairman Upton’s Discussion Document for the “21st Century Cures” Initiative

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) commented on the release of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton's (R-Mich.) discussion document for the "21st Century Cures" initiative: "One of the committee's top priorities this year will be modernizing the Food and Drug Administration, helping to get treatments and medicines to patients as quickly and as safely as possible," said Alexander. "This wor… Continue Reading


01.27.15

Alexander: Washington Telling States How to Evaluate Teachers Has Caused “Enormous Backlash”

Given all of the great progress that states and local school districts have made on standards, accountability, tests, and teacher evaluation over the last 30 years-you'll get a lot more progress with a lot less opposition if you leave those decisions there." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 27 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate education committee, today said Washington must encourage-but not mandate-teacher and principal evaluation systems if they want to… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Alexander Statement on Secretary Burwell’s Announcement of Goals for Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursements

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 26 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell's announcement of goals for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, proposed to pay providers based upon quality, rather than quantity of care: "Moving away from fee-for-service payments is one step toward providing higher quality and lower costs for Medicare and Medicaid payments, but it is still important to enact benefit reforms, or seniors wil… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Alexander Celebrates National School Choice Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 26 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today marked the celebration of "National School Choice Week," saying:‎ "America's higher education system is the best in the world because our colleges and universities have autonomy and compete for federal money that follows students to the schools of their choice. Why don't we borrow this idea from our colleges and universities and allow parents to decide what elementary or high s… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Alexander: Restoring Full-time to 40 Hours Could Give 2.6 Million Workers a Pay Raise

Says Obamacare's definition of full-time as 30 hours is causing thousands of low-wage workers to lose hours and income * * * "Republicans have talked a lot about wanting to repair the damage of Obamacare. We have also talked about wanting to get results. This bipartisan bill should be an important step to doing both." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., January 22 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, today said the Senate should change the Obamacar… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Hatch, Alexander Introduce Bill to Repeal Individual Mandate

Hatch, Alexander Introduce Bill to Repeal Individual Mandate WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), along with 20 other senators, introduced the American Liberty Restoration Act, S. 203, a bill that repeals Obamacare's individual insurance mandate. "Forcing Americans to purchase insurance goes against our nation's history of individual liberty. This legislation strikes Obamaca… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Alexander: It is Time to Fix No Child Left Behind

*** "Are there too many tests? Are they the right tests? Are the stakes for failing them too high? What should Washington, D.C. have to do with all this?" -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 21 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today gaveled in his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, calling for the committee to pass a bipartisan bill to Fix No Child Left Behind by the end of February. "Almost everyone seems to agree that it's time … Continue Reading


01.21.15

Excerpts of Sen. Alexander’s Opening Statement on “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability”

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 21 -The following are excerpts of remarks prepared by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, for his opening statement at today's hearing: At the center of the debate about how to fix No Child Left Behind is what to do about the federal requirement that states annually administer 17 standardized tests with high-stakes consequences. Educators call this an accountability system. Are ther… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Alexander Statement on State of the Union Address

*VIDEO* WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Obama's annual State of the Union address: "Unfortunately, much of what I heard from President Obama tonight are partisan proposals that don't have any chance of becoming law - and that he intends to pursue despite the message the American people sent him in November by electing a Republican Congress. "We need to hear more about proposals that Congress might actual… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Alexander, Murray, Burr, Sanders Introduce Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services for Nearly 12 Million U.S. Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20 -U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) with Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that supports social and nutrition services-from Meals on Wheels to senior centers-for nearly 12 million seniors. "This legislation will help more than 150,000 seniors in Tennessee-and millions more throughout the country… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Alexander Statement on President Obama’s Call for Mandatory Paid Sick Time

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 15 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate labor committee, today made the following statement on President Obama's call for mandatory paid sick time: "Americans have great freedom when it comes to work-they can choose the career they like and negotiate with their employer for the things they need, and they can one day become employers, opening businesses with few restrictions compared to the rest of the world. One more government mandate, however well… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Alexander Statement on District Court Decision Overturning Labor Department’s In-Home Care Rule

Calls latest court decision "more good news for nearly 240,000 Tennesseans who've had access to in-home care threatened" by DOL rule *** "The department should abandon any further attempt to force this rule on the 12 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on in-home care to live independently." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 14 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the federal district court decision today that overturned much of th… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Chairman Alexander Announces Plan to Fix No Child Left Behind

Releases Staff Discussion Draft and Announces Committee Hearing on Testing and Accountability *** "During the last six years, this committee has held 24 hearings and reported two bills to the Senate floor to fix the law's problems. We should be able to finish our work within the first few weeks of 2015 so the full Senate can act." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13 -U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced on the Senate floor his plans to fi… Continue Reading

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