Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alexander: Out-of-Control Obamacare Costs Force Wal-Mart, Others to Cut Benefits for Tennesseans Working Part-Time

*** "Obamacare took away choices and increased costs, forcing many hard-working Americans to lose their plans." -Lamar Alexander CHATTANOOGA-Oct. 8 - As Obamacare costs force Wal-Mart to eliminate health benefits for part-time workers and a Gallup Poll finds an increasing number of Americans hurt by Obamacare, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that Republican proposals will make it easier for employers to offer health benefits, and easier for individuals to afford health ins… Continue Reading


Alexander, Johanns Call on Obama Administration to Suspend Rule That Could Threaten Access to In-Home Care for 12 Million Americans

Washington, D.C., October 7- U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today renewed their call on the Department of Labor (DOL) to suspend its rule that significantly changes the overtime exemption for companionship care-which would increase costs for many seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on non-medical caregivers for help with daily activities like eating, dressing, and moving about their home. Their call comes after DOL's announcement today that it will… Continue Reading


Alexander: Tennessee’s Small Businesses Hurt Most by Job-Killing Obamacare Taxes

MARYVILLE, October 7 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement regarding a report that tax on health insurance required by the president's health care law could reduce private sector employment by nearly 300,000 jobs by 2023, with 57 percent of those losses coming from small businesses in Tennessee and other states: "Too often I hear from a small-business owner in Nashville or Bristol that Obamacare is forcing them to let go of employees or raise prices on cust… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Obama Call for Increased U.S. Airport Screening for Ebola

NASHVILLE, October 6 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), today released the following statement after President Obama announced the government will increase screening at U.S. airports of travelers coming from countries affected by the outbreak of Ebola: "I said last week that our country should screen at all U.S. airports all passengers arriving from countries with the Ebola epidemic, and I am glad the president will now increase screening." He added: "My second recommendation last week … Continue Reading


Alexander Calls for Immediate Screening at U.S. Airports of Travelers From Ebola Outbreak Countries

NASHVILLE, October 3 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today urged President Obama to accelerate the United States' response to the West African Ebola epidemic. "I am today urging President Obama to take two steps to accelerate our country's response to the Ebola epidemic: First, immediately begin screening at all U.S. airports any person who is traveling to the U.S. from one of the countries with an Ebola epidemic. This screening in the U.S. would be in addition to the screening they … Continue Reading


Alexander to Obama Administration: Don’t Hide Obamacare Rates from Public Because of Elections

MARYVILLE, October 2 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today called on the Obama administration to make public the final insurance premium rates for next year as soon as they are finalized on November 3, so families can plan their budgets before the exchanges open on November 15. "The administration will know exactly what health insurance plans cost on November 3, and they should release that information to the public on that day so families can start to plan. If the Senate majority lead… Continue Reading


Alexander: National School Board Has Gone from Dictating State Standards to Judging the Quality of Carpets

MARYVILLE, October 2- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today called on the Obama administration to immediately rescind the Education Department's 37-page guidance issued to instruct 14,000 local school districts from Washington on how to distribute state, local and federal funds to ensure students have equal access to educational resources and instead submit the proposal to Congress to approve or reject. "This administration's National School Board has gone from telling states what academic … Continue Reading


Johanns, Alexander, Walberg Lead Push For Administration To Suspend Rule That Could Dramatically Increase Home Care Costs To Seniors, Disabled

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) today led an effort urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to suspend a rule that could dramatically increase costs of non-medical, in-home personal care services, many of which are administered through Medicaid or other state programs. The rule, which would make changes to a long-standing exemption for these personal care services, is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Numer… Continue Reading


Alexander: On First Anniversary of Obamacare Exchanges, 2,000 Tennesseans Lose Their Health Plans

MARYVILLE, Oct. 1 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the first anniversary of the Obamacare exchanges opening and the news that another 2,000 Tennesseans are receiving notices this month of their health plans being canceled: "Today we learn that 2,000 more Tennesseans are losing their plans because of Obamacare and joining the likes of Emilie from Middle Tennessee, who last year lost her $50-a-month CoverTN plan because of Obamacare and is now paying… Continue Reading


Alexander: Study Shows Double-Digit Obamacare Premium Increases in Store for Tennesseans in 2015

ASHLAND CITY, Sept. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers showing that health insurance premiums for Tennesseans will increase by an average of 14 percent in 2015 is "one more reason Americans need a Republican majority in the Senate to start over to repair the damage Obamacare has done and prevent future damage." "Too many Tennesseans and Americans around the country have been hurt by the false promises that led to Obamacare becoming law-an… Continue Reading


Alexander Praises Nashville-Based HCA Healthcare for $1 Million Donation to Respond to Ebola Epidemic

NASHVILLE, Sept. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on Nashville-based HCA Healthcare's donation of $1 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation to help respond to the Ebola epidemic: "I'm glad to see such a prominent Tennessee company joining Samaritan's Purse and Doctors Without Borders and others in understanding the size of the response that will be necessary to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa." Yesterday, Al… Continue Reading


Hatch, Alexander Highlight GAO Report Confirming Need for Additional Oversight of Department of Labor Grants

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 - U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today highlighted a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled, "DOL's Use of Financial and Performance Monitoring Tools Needs to Be Strengthened," that found the Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) should improve its financial and… Continue Reading

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