Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alexander Statement on President’s “America’s College Promise” Proposal

KNOXVILLE, Jan. 9 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Obama's America's College Promise proposal: "The right way to expand Tennessee Promise nationally is for other states to do for themselves what Tennessee has done. Then, instead of creating a new federal program, the federal government can help in two ways. First, reduce federal paperwork for the ridiculous 108-question student aid application form which discourages 2 million American… Continue Reading


Alexander Elected by Republican Colleagues to Chair the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Washington, D.C., Jan. 7 - Senate Republicans today voted to elect U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to be the chairman-or lead senator-of the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "The work of no Senate committee affects the daily lives of more Americans more than this one-whether we are fixing No Child Left Behind, or reducing federal paperwork to make it easier for students to attend college, or making it simpler for medical treatments and cures to make their way … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Cut 108-Question Student Aid Form to 2 Questions

Bill introduced by Alexander, Bennet, Burr, Booker, Isakson, King will simplify financial aid application for 20 million Americans who fill it out each year WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) with Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Angus King (I- Maine) today introduced the FAST Act, a bill to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to attend college, allow yea… Continue Reading


Alexander Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Protect More than 2.5 Million Workers from Harmful Effects of Obamacare’s 30-Hour Workweek

"I'm glad to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation offered by Sens. Collins and Donnelly to overturn this damaging Obamacare provision and give a pay raise to more than 2.5 million low-income workers and their families. -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 7 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to change the definition of "full time" work from 30 hours per week-as it was establi… Continue Reading


King, Burr Lead Bipartisan Push to Reform Student Loan Repayment Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), along with Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), introduced legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. The Repay Act, which Senators King and Burr originally introduced last Congress, would simplify the complex maze of federal student loan repayment programs by consolidating many of the benefits of current repayment prog… Continue Reading


Alexander Highlights Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee Accomplishments for this Congress

"The Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee has produced some of the most significant legislation of any Senate committee this year. In a dysfunctional Congress, among senators with profound ideological differences, our work shows what can happen when you focus on getting results on issues important to the American people." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 22 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the ranking Republican member on the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on NLRB General Counsel’s “Joint Employer” Complaints Against McDonald’s

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 19 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the complaints filed today by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel, which hold McDonald's brand corporation liable as a "joint employer": "The NLRB general counsel's complaints today-hounding a separate brand corporation for actions of a local franchisee-go against three decades of precedent and plain old common sense and completely redefine what it means to be an employer in… Continue Reading


Kline, Alexander Respond to Administration’s College Ratings Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 19 - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statements after the Department of Education released the framework for an unprecedented college ratings system: "The same administration that created the debacle, now wants to arbitrarily grade and rank our nation's diverse system of colleges and universities," s… Continue Reading


Harkin, Alexander, HELP Committee Members Urge Continued Prescription Drug Abuse Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Prescription drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and prescription opioid abuse is an ever-growing problem. Following on their creation of a bipartisan Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group earlier this year, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today led HELP Committee senators in sending letters to a range of national, state, and local le… Continue Reading


Alexander Opposes Obama Nominee for Surgeon General

*** "The surgeon general is known as 'the nation's doctor.' He leads a professional corps of 6,800 commissioned public health officers. …Unfortunately, Dr. Murthy's experience does not demonstrate the leadership and knowledge of public health that we expect from our surgeons general." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 13 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said he opposes President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, citing the nominee's lack of pu… Continue Reading


McConnell, Alexander Statements on NLRB’s Final “Ambush Election” Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12 - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statements after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final rule today authorizing "ambush elections," which shorten the length of time in which a labor union certification is held-currently a median 38 days-to as little as 10 days: "I was very disappointed to see that the NLRB finalized a rule to significantly cut the amount of time availa… Continue Reading

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