Chairman's Press

01.07.15

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


01.07.15

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


01.07.15

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


01.07.15

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


12.22.14

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


12.19.14

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


12.19.14

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 HealthCare.gov debacle, now wants to arbitrarily grade and rank our nation's diverse system of colleges and universities," s… Continue Reading


12.17.14

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


12.13.14

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


12.12.14

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


12.09.14

Harkin, Alexander, Hagan, Hatch Praise Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Life-Saving Newborn Screening Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and HELP Committee members Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today praised unanimous passage in the Senate of the bipartisan Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act. "Today I am pleased the Senate moved forward with this critical bill to invest in healthy families. Newborn screening programs play an essential role in the earl… Continue Reading


12.03.14

Alexander Votes Against EEOC General Counsel Nominee Lopez

"Mr. Lopez has been chiefly responsible for the agency's pursuit of high-profile lawsuits that have been rebuked by the courts." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted against the president's nominee for general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, David Lopez. "During his time as general counsel, Mr. Lopez has been chiefly responsible for the agency's pursuit of high-profile lawsuits that have been rebuked by the co… Continue Reading


12.02.14

Harkin, Alexander Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Ebola Treatments Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded unanimous Senate passage of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act. The bill was unanimously approved by the HELP Committee in November and now goes to the House. "We have seen real progress as the U.S. response to Ebola continues, but as the disease rages on in West Africa, it is c… Continue Reading


11.24.14

Alexander Report Finds EEOC Missteps Costing Taxpayers and Victims of Workplace Discrimination

*CLICK TO READ REPORT* WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 24 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today released a staff report that finds litigation missteps at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are costing taxpayers millions while EEOC faces a deep backlog of discrimination complaints. The report finds that today's EEOC "is pursuing many questionable cases through sometimes overly aggressive means-and, as a result, has suffered signif… Continue Reading


11.19.14

Harkin, Alexander Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Ebola Treatments Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded HELP Committee approval of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act. "As the U.S. continues to respond to Ebola, it is critical that we are doing all we can to get life-saving treatments to those impacted by the disease," Harkin said. "The bill approved today will help to accomplish that by a… Continue Reading


11.19.14

Alexander: Lopez “Chiefly Responsible for EEOC’s Pursuit of High-Profile Lawsuits that Have Been Rebuked by the Courts at Expense of Taxpayers”

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19 -In today's committee meeting, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) voted against the re-nomination of P. David Lopez as general counsel to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). "During his time as general counsel, Mr. Lopez has been chiefly responsible for the agency's pursuit of high-profile lawsuits that have been rebuked by the courts-and taxpayers are paying the cost of these rebukes," Alexander said of the nominee, who has served as EEOC general coun… Continue Reading


11.17.14

Harkin, Alexander, Mikulski, Burr Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded Senate passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will expand access to and improve the quality of child care for the more than 1.5 million children and families that benefit from the federal child care subsidy program. The law has been due for reauthorization since 2002. Harkin and Alexander … Continue Reading


11.13.14

Alexander Calls on EEOC Nominees to Say How They Would Address EEOC Practices that “Cost Taxpayers, Hurt Victims of Workplace Discrimination”

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 13 - At a hearing today on the nominations of P. David Lopez and Charlotte Burrows to serve as general counsel and member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called on the nominees to say how they would address EEOC practices that "cost taxpayers and hurt the victims of workplace discrimination." Alexander called out the commission, which is charged with investigating and resolving complaints of workplace discrimin… Continue Reading


11.12.14

Harkin, Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help with Development of Ebola Treatments

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with several other HELP Committee cosponsors introduced a bill to incentivize the development of treatments and vaccines for Ebola by adding the disease to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) priority review voucher program, an initiative designed to help speed the development of new drugs for neglected tropical … Continue Reading


11.05.14

Alexander: New Senate Majority “Determined to Fix Our Broken System”

Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 5 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today released the following statement on the results of yesterday's midterm elections: "Yesterday Americans elected a new Senate majority determined to fix our broken system and move our country in a new direction. I intend to help do this in a way Tennesseans know well-to work with others to get results. Americans want senators who know how to do more than make a speech; they want results. Republicans in the Senate are ready to h… Continue Reading

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