Chairman's Press

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


10.30.14

Alexander: Obama Administration’s Gainful Employment Regulation “Not the Way to Weed Out Bad Actors”

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Oct. 30 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Obama administration's new rule on gainful employment: "If the administration wants to weed out bad actors among the 6,000 public and private colleges and universities, this is not the way to do it. This regulation could shut down a bachelor's degree nursing program at a for-profit institution but not one in exactly the same circumstances at a non-profit or public institution." … Continue Reading


10.28.14

Harkin, Alexander Will Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Speed 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) announced their intention to introduce a bill to speed the development of treatments and vaccines for Ebola by adding Ebola to FDA's priority review "voucher" program, a program at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to incentivize the development of new drugs for neglected tropical diseases. Currently Ebola is n… Continue Reading


10.22.14

Alexander Bill Would Give Tennessee 100 Percent Control Over Common Core and Tennessee Schools

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 22 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on Governor Haslam's announcement of a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math: "My bill to end the National School Board and return decisions over standards and curriculum to states and local school boards will allow Governor Haslam and the state of Tennessee to have 100 percent control over what Tennessee's academic standards are, including Co… Continue Reading


10.17.14

Alexander Statement on Obama’s Appointment of Ron Klain

Memphis, Oct. 17 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement about the president's appointment of Ron Klain to serve as coordinator of the administration's Ebola response: "The president already has too many White House staff 'czars' who are not accountable to Congress. I urged the president two weeks ago to designate immediately an individual to coordinate a more urgent Ebola response. I had in mind a cabinet-level official with the skills of a four-star gen… Continue Reading


10.15.14

Alexander Calls for Restricted Travel from Ebola-Infected West African Countries to U.S.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 15 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee,today called for restricted travel from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to the United States. Alexander said: "Given the spread of Ebola in Dallas, the most sensible way to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States is to restrict travel to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa to essential personnel, and to develop quarantine procedures for … Continue Reading


10.14.14

Alexander: Obamacare Costs to Tennessee Patients, Taxpayers “Nothing Like Tennesseans Were Promised”

KNOXVILLE, Oct. 14- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on analysis by the Senate Budget Committee released today showing Obamacare will likely increase the federal deficit by approximately $131 billion by 2024: "Democrats in Congress and President Obama have made a lot of promises about what Obamacare would do to lower patients' costs and to lower the cost of health care to taxpayers, but the reality is nothing like Tennesseans were promised. Not only are Obamacare… Continue Reading


10.09.14

Alexander: 5 Economic Facts About Millennials Under Obama Administration

NASHVILLE, Oct. 9 - As the Obama administration today broadcast its economic report on millennials, those born between 1980 and the early 2000s, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released five facts on the reality for this generation under the Obama administration: "What the Obama administration's report neglects to say is that under this administration, we are watching America pass from the hands of the Greatest Generation to what will forever be known as 'the debt-paying generation,' wi… Continue Reading

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