Chairman's Press

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


02.06.15

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


02.05.15

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


02.05.15

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


02.03.15

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


02.03.15

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


02.03.15

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


01.30.15

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


01.30.15

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


01.30.15

House and Senate Committee Leaders Press Administration on HealthCare.gov 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 HealthCare.gov. 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 HealthCare.gov. The leaders have not yet received a response to the… Continue Reading


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

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