Chairman's Press

04.01.14

Alexander: Congress Should Focus on More Flexibility for Working Parents, Not Higher Incomes for Trial Lawyers

*** "Instead of a law like the one proposed here, which would literally reduce the flexibility that employers can provide their employees to do things like go to their child's football game or the school play. I think we need more flexibility." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., April 1 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, said today that Congress should focus on finding ways to provide more flexibility for working parents, rather than … Continue Reading


03.28.14

Washington Times Op-Ed: Obama’s unfair union-election tilt By Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. John Kline, and Rep. Phil Roe

The president is waging a public-relations campaign about income inequality in this country, but rather than focus on growing the economy and encouraging businesses to hire, this administration has fallen back on stale, bankrupt ideas that don't help workers achieve more. The latest is a rule proposed by the National Labor Relations Board to speed up union elections, reduce the time workers have to decide whether or not to join a labor union, and force employers to hand over to union organizers… Continue Reading


03.27.14

Alexander: “College More Affordable than Most Students Think”

*** "The average community college student in America is receiving about $1,500 more in grants and scholarships than it costs in tuition and fees…. The average in-state tuition and fees [at public four-year universities] are about $8,900, and those students receive on average $5,800 in grants and scholarships, leaving them to pay $3,100 on average, in tuition and fees." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, March 27 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that college is more afford… Continue Reading


03.27.14

Senate, House Leaders Introduce Legislative Response to NLRB Ambush Election Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27 - Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN), today introduced legislation that will protect the rights of workers and employers by rolling back the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) controversial ambush election rule. "The National Labor Relations Board ou… Continue Reading


03.26.14

Alexander Statement on NLRB Decision in Northwestern Football Unionization Case

WASHINGTON, March 26 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that Northwestern University football players are employees eligible to form a union: "Imagine a university's basketball players striking before a Sweet Sixteen game demanding shorter practices, bigger dorm rooms, better food, and no classes b… Continue Reading


03.26.14

Alexander: Let’s Rewrite “Outdated, Imprecise” Teacher Preparation Reporting Requirements in Higher Education Act

*** "After the parent, a teacher is the most important person in a child's life. So, what can we do to create an environment in which the best teachers can succeed?...I'd like to review the requirements we impose from Washington on teacher colleges today and make sure they're current and that they're useful and that they just haven't stacked up over the last 40 years." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., March 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate ed… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Alexander: Obamacare a “Thumb in the Eye to Our Constitution’s Protections of Religious Freedom”

Washington, D.C., March 25- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius: "Obamacare is a thumb in the eye to our Constitution's protections of religious freedom. The United States ought to be the last country on earth where people of faith are forced by their government to d… Continue Reading


03.21.14

Alexander on 4th Anniversary of Obamacare: Republicans Were Right Then, and We’re Right Today

JACKSON, Tenn., March 21 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the fourth anniversary of Obamacare this Sunday, March 23: "Look back at the health care debate as the president rammed his bill through Congress four years ago and you'll discover something: Republicans were right. We said the president would never be able to keep his promise that Americans could keep their plans under Obamacare. We … Continue Reading


03.19.14

Senators Urge Further Clarity and Transparency from FDA on Medical Mobile Apps

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of senators is urging the FDA to provide further clarity and transparency in its policy regarding medical mobile apps. Senators Michael Bennet, Orrin Hatch, Tom Harkin, Lamar Alexander, Mark Warner, and Richard Burr urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to further clarify rules for medical software application developers to promote innovation and keep consumers safe in light of changing technologies. In a joint letter to the FDA, the senators stated… Continue Reading


03.14.14

Alexander Statement on President’s Overtime Directive

Washington, D.C., March 14 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today released the following statement on the president's order to change overtime rules: "The president's directive-combined with his support for a minimum wage hike, his executive order increasing minimum wage for federal employees and federal contractors, and the heap of mandates from his health care law-seems engineered to make it as unappealing as possible to be an empl… Continue Reading


03.14.14

Alexander: Proposed Gainful Employment Rule “Will Weaken Both Choice and Access”

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 14 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate education committee, today released the following statement on the administration's proposed gainful employment rule: "To take 841 pages of regulations to define two words in the higher education law shows exactly what is wrong with Washington and its desire to overregulate institutions of higher education. This proposed rule will weaken both choice and access for some of our most disadvant… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care Clears Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Bipartisan legislation to help American families access safe, affordable, and quality child care has cleared the Senate with strong support from senators on both sides of the aisle. U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statements today after the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will improve the quality of child… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Alexander: FDA “Off to a Fast Start” in Implementing New Law to Clarify Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies

*** "Now that the legislation has established who is on the flagpole, FDA and states can take the action necessary to ensure compounded drugs are safe in the facilities that they regulate." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., March 13 - At a Senate health committee hearing today with Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the committee's Senior Republican, praised the Food and Drug Administration's "fast start" in implementing the new… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Alexander, Thune, Hatch, 22 GOP Colleagues Call on Administration to Immediately Rescind Rule Giving Unions a Carveout from Obamacare

Senators say they will consider options such as the Congressional Review Act to prevent the rule from taking effect WASHINGTON, March 13 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Thune (R-S.D.) and 22 of their Republican colleagues today called on the Obama administration to immediately rescind its rule creating an unwarranted special carveout for some unions from Obamacare fees. In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell, the senators write: … Continue Reading


03.12.14

Alexander: Minimum Wage Hike “a Stale, Bankrupt, Ineffective Policy” That Will Destroy 500,000 Jobs

*** "There are better ideas: reform refundable tax credits to benefit all low-income workers, replace long-term unemployment compensation with job training, change Obamacare's work week definition from 30 hours to 40 to encourage full-time jobs, and use existing federal education dollars to give children of low-income families a $2,100 scholarship to choose a better school." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., March 12 - At a hearing today of the Senate labor committee, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexa… Continue Reading


03.06.14

GOP Senators Call For Details on Administration Plan to Grant Exemptions from Electronic Health Records Regulations

WASHINGTON, March 6 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today called on the administration to provide details on its plan to grant health care providers exemptions from new electronic health records regulations instead of granting additional time as groups nationwide have requested. Health care providers across the country are struggling to meet the requirements of Stage 2 of the new … Continue Reading


03.04.14

Alexander: Obama 10-Year Budget Never Balances, Adds $8 Trillion to Federal Debt

*** "If we don't make tough decisions now, we'll have let America slip from the hands of the 'greatest generation' to the 'debt-paying generation' with nothing to show for it but the bill." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, March 4 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said President Obama's proposed 10-year budget for 2015 "never balances" and does not do enough to address "runaway entitlement spending" that is driving the federal government's debt, which is more than $17 trillion. "Pre… Continue Reading


02.27.14

Alexander Opposes Obama Nominee for Surgeon General

Washington, D.C., Feb. 27 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today voted against moving President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, out of committee and to the Senate floor. "The surgeon general is known as 'the nation's doctor.' He leads a professional corps of 6,800 commissioned public-health officers. Dr. Murthy is obviously talented, but his experience does not measure up to the stature and leadership expected… Continue Reading


02.27.14

Alexander Highlights Success of Programs for Students with Disabilities at UT-Chattanooga, Vanderbilt at Senate Hearing

*** "One of the great advantages of our system of higher education is that our government support follows the student to the institution of their choice. So, a student with a disability can select a college campus that's a friendly environment." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., Feb. 27 - At a Senate hearing today, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate education committee, highlighted the success of programs for students with disabilities at the Universit… Continue Reading


02.26.14

Harkin, Alexander Co-Host Monthly Lecture Series on Deaf Community and Culture

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Last evening, U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) co-hosted the first in a series of monthly lectures for senators and their staff on the deaf community and its culture. The lectures will take place over the next five months and are intended to help senators and their staffers expand their knowledge of deaf culture and learn some basic phrases in American Sign Language (ASL) to more effectively communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors to their o… Continue Reading

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