Chairman's Press

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


08.22.14

Senators Release Discussion Draft of Bill to Speed FDA Review of Life-Saving Sunscreen Ingredients

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 22 - Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today released for public comment a draft bill that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed the review process for life-saving sunscreen ingredients and provide more certainty to makers of over-the-counter drugs. Currently there are eight applications for new sunscreen ingredients - products that are already available to consumers in other countries -… Continue Reading


08.20.14

Alexander: Gallup Poll Shows Americans Don’t Want a National School Board

Nashville, Aug. 20 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the Gallup poll released today, which shows the overwhelming majority of Americans believe states or local school boards-not the federal government-should have the greatest influence on what is taught in public schools: "The Obama administration has used the combination of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and waivers from No Child Left Behind to, in effect, convert itself into a national school boa… Continue Reading


08.19.14

Alexander: IRS Mishandling of Medical Device Tax Hurts Tennessee Companies, Costs Jobs

Washington, D.C., August 19 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the report today from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on the Internal Revenue Service's inadequate enforcement of the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers. "Tennessee companies have been burdened by the outrageous tax, increasing health care costs and costing jobs for Tennesseans. Today's report showing the IRS has no idea how to implement this job-killing… Continue Reading


08.12.14

Alexander, Kline Call for GAO Study on Education Department’s Waiver Requirements

Washington, D.C., Aug. 12 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) today requested a study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Department of Education's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver policies. In a letter to GAO, they wrote, "In 2011, the department began issuing waivers to states regarding s… Continue Reading


08.01.14

Alexander, Hatch Call on Burwell to Immediately Release Guidance on Biosimilar Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 1 - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today led colleagues in calling on the Obama administration to release guidance documents on biosimilar drug approvals. The senators were joined by three Republican members on the Senate health committee, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.). In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, the senators write: "We write today with concerns about t… Continue Reading


07.30.14

Alexander Statement on GAO Report Detailing Administration’s Obamacare Website Failures

Washington, D.C., July 30 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the report released by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office detailing failures in the administration's oversight of the Obamacare exchange website: "It would be difficult to find a greater litany of mistakes and general carelessness than is contained in this nonpartisan report on the Obamacare rollout. Americans deserve… Continue Reading


07.29.14

Alexander on NLRB General Counsel Ruling McDonald’s Shares Responsibility for Franchisees’ Employees

Washington, D.C., July 29- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today released the following statement on reports that the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel determined that McDonald's holds joint employer responsibilities of workers at its franchisees' restaurants: "Imagine being an owner of a franchise business and being told that all the employees that you recruit, hire, train, pay, promote, and work alongside day after da… Continue Reading


07.24.14

Alexander: States are Leading in Higher Education Innovation, Washington Getting in the Way

*** "Many states are doing innovative work…. I am interested in how the federal government is getting in the way of state innovation." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., July 24 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate education committee, today said the Washington bureaucracy, regulations and mandates are getting in the way of innovation in higher education in the states, which run the public 2- or 4-year institutions that three quarters of Ameri… Continue Reading


07.22.14

Alexander on Federal Appeals Court Striking Down Obamacare Subsidies for Tennesseans, Americans in 36 States

Washington, D.C., July 22 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on a federal appeals court ruling that Americans in 36 states, including Tennessee, cannot receive Obamacare subsidies through the federal exchange: "This is yet more evidence that Obamacare is not working - and cannot work - for the American people. It was an historic mistake. It is time for Democrats and the president to realize thi… Continue Reading


07.17.14

Alexander Cosponsors Bill to Repeal Davis-Bacon Act, Save Taxpayers Billions Each Year

"Enough is enough: For 83 years, this handout to labor unions has meant that, rather than getting the job done for the lowest cost, taxpayers get charged extra on everything from building roads to painting buildings." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., July 17- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today cosponsored a bill introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, a law mandating a wage subsidy on nearly all fed… Continue Reading


07.16.14

Alexander on Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision: “Senate Democrats Are Proposing to Carve a Giant Hole Out of America’s Religious Freedom”

"[The Supreme Court's decision] ought to have been a victory for everyone, if it is true in our country that when any American's religious freedom is upheld, all of us benefit." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., Jul 16 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that the Senate Democrats' bill to roll back the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would "carve a giant hole out of America's religious freedom." Alexander said, "Twenty-one years ago the Congress voted to pass the Religious … Continue Reading

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