Chairman's Press

09.24.14

Alexander: Vanderbilt Ebola Researchers, State Health Experts “Ready to Run Toward the Flames with Fireproof Suits On”

NASHVILLE, September 24 - At a roundtable today with Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts and state health officials, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tennessee and the nation must be prepared to respond to the Ebola epidemic "with the urgency required of a threat as deadly and dangerous as ISIS." The roundtable came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that under a worst case scenario with no intervention, the Ebola epidemic could reach 1.4 mi… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Alexander Statement on HHS Inspector General Report on Healthcare.gov Security Weaknesses

KNOXVILLE, Sept. 23 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the report by the Health and Human Services' Inspector General on Healthcare.gov's security weaknesses: "Seems like every day we hear a new report on problems with the Obamacare website. All these reports tell us one thing-President Obama's administration cared more about appearing to be on time than about getting this website right. That mismanagement means that nearly 300,000 Tennesseans and mil… Continue Reading


09.18.14

House, Senate Leaders Repeat Calls for Administration Transparency on Health Law’s Medicaid Changes

WASHINGTON, DC - Republican leaders of the House and Senate Committees of jurisdiction today sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner regarding the ongoing challenges states are facing while implementing the health law's changes to Medicaid. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member L… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Harkin, Alexander, Reed, Isakson Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Sunscreen Innovation Act just hours after it was passed by the HELP Committee. "I am pleased that the Senate took swift action to approve the bipartisan and critically important Sunscreen Innovation Act," said Harkin (D-IA). "… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Murray, Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bipartisan Senate Resolution recognizing the week of September 22nd , 2014 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy week. "I am proud to cosponsor this bipartisan resolution that recognizes the importance of adult education and literacy programs," said Senator Patty Murray. "As we continue to look for ways to create jobs and grow the economy, adult education and literacy programs are cri… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Alexander Votes Against Obama Nominee to NLRB

Washington, D.C., Sept. 17 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted against moving the nomination of Sharon Block, President Obama's nominee for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), out of committee. Alexander said today: "Ms. Block showed a troubling lack of respect for the Constitution, the separation of powers, and the Senate's constitutional role of advice and consent by continuing to serve on the board and participate in hundreds of decisions after the D.C. Circuit and the… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Senate, House Republican Leaders Demand Immediate Details on HealthCare.Gov Security Problems

WASHINGTON, September 17 - Republican committee leaders in the Senate and House today called on the Obama administration to provide details on the security of HealthCare.gov after a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found systemic security weaknesses in the website, many because of administration actions, that could leave Americans' personal information vulnerable to attack. "In order to enroll beneficiaries in the exchange, HealthCare.gov collects, obtains and … Continue Reading


09.16.14

Alexander Statement on GAO Report on Healthcare.gov Security Weaknesses

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the report released tonight by the Government Accountability Office detailing security weaknesses at Healthcare.gov that put Americans' sensitive personal information at risk: "The president and his administration launched Healthcare.gov knowing that the personal information of Americans who bought insurance through the website was not safe. Their personal information was not safe then, and it is not safe n… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Alexander Tells Administration Health Officials: “We Must Take Deadly Threat of Ebola as Seriously as We Take ISIS”

WASHINGTON, September 16 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), said today the United States and other countries must respond more urgently to the threat of Ebola, which he said is "as deadly and dangerous as ISIS." At a joint Senate hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, Alexander told administration officials testifying, "This is an instance where we should be running toward the burning flames with our fireproof suits … Continue Reading


09.16.14

McConnell, Alexander Introduce Bill to Turn National Labor Relations Board from Advocate to Umpire

Washington, D.C., Sept. 16 - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) 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: "Sen. Alexander has always been a strong advocate of smart reform policies, and I commend him for introducing this much needed reform of the National Labor Relati… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Alexander: We Must Take Deadly, Dangerous Threat of Ebola as Seriously as ISIL

*** "There is no known cure. Half of those who get sick die. Each sick person could put 20 or more other people at risk, including caregivers, friends, or family." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that the nation's leaders "must take the deadly, dangerous threat of Ebola as seriously as they take ISIL." Alexander said the spread of the disease requires a more urgent response from the United States and other countries. "This is one of the most … Continue Reading


09.12.14

Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement Reached to Reform Child Care & Development Block Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of Senate and House leaders today announced a legislative agreement to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. Negotiated by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and David Loebsack (D-IA), the agreement will enhance transparency, strengthen health and safety protections, and improve the … Continue Reading


09.11.14

Senate Passes Legislation Cosponsored by Alexander to Improve Emergency Medical Care for More than 600,000 Tennessee Children Every Year

"Parents of the more than 600,000 children who receive emergency medical treatment at Tennessee hospitals every year deserve to know their child is receiving the best medical care possible-especially during already stressful and unexpected times." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., Sept. 11 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Senate unanimously passed the Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act, legislation he cosponsored to improve emergency m… Continue Reading


09.10.14

Alexander: Congress Should Give Tennessee’s 900,000 Working Parents More Flexibility, Not Provide Higher Incomes for Trial Lawyers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), today voted against moving to Democrats' proposal to create more litigation and less workplace flexibility. "Last year, 33 Tennesseans filed charges against their employers under the Equal Pay Act, which gives them tools to fight wage discrimination without destroying the flexibility Tennessee's 900,000 working parents count on. The Democrats' proposal would make it nearly impossible for a father in Knoxville to negotiate for a lowe… Continue Reading


09.09.14

Alexander: Obama Labor Board Nominee Has Caused “Mess of Confusion” for Tennessee Workers, Businesses

*** "I am concerned that the businesses and workers who count on the NLRB for stability are being asked to rely on the judgment of someone who chose instead to create confusion and instability." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., September 9 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today told President Obama's nominee for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Sharon Block, that her previous unconstitutional appointment created "a me… Continue Reading


09.05.14

Alexander: Latest Education Department Announcement Shows Need for Shorter Student Aid Application Form

*** "It's hard enough to go to college without having to wade through answering 108 questions, 106 of which are unnecessary-and then have to waste time and money redoing the application forms because the Department itself can't keep up with the complexity." -Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, September 5 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today his proposal to reduce the federal student aid application form from 108 questions to only two would help prevent the kind of errors that have f… Continue Reading


09.04.14

Alexander Statement on Obamacare Hacker Attack

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 4 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the news that a hacker gained access and uploaded malicious software onto HealthCare.gov: "This security failure is unacceptable-this administration has an obligation to keep Americans' personal information safe and secure from computer hackers, and default passwords won't cut it. In the coming days, I will be seeking information… Continue Reading


09.02.14

Senate Committee Leaders Alexander and Hatch Release Joint Report on Obama Administration’s Obamacare Claims

Washington, D.C., Sept. 2- Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the top Republicans on the Senate committees overseeing health policy, today released a joint report dispelling eight major claims from the Obama administration on the president's health care law. Alexander, the senior Republican on the Senate HELP Committee, said: "Too many Tennesseans and Americans around the country have been hurt by the false promises that led to Obamacare becoming law. They have lost th… Continue Reading


08.27.14

Barrasso, Alexander: Americans Deserve to See New, Accurate Obamacare Enrollment Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on the Obama Administration to provide Congress and the American people with new and accurate information about the number of people who are enrolled in Obamacare exchange coverage. The administration has not released information on exchange enrollment to the public since May. In their letter to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn Tavenner, the… Continue Reading


08.22.14

Alexander Statement on Obama Administration Announcement on Contraception Mandate

Washington, D.C., Aug. 22 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on rules issued by the Obama administration that would create new processes for religious nonprofits and certain for-profit companies to apply for an exemption from the Obamacare mandate to provide employee coverage for abortifacient drugs that violate their religious beliefs: "People of faith should not have their government tell them how to practice their religion, and these proposals still… Continue Reading

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