Chairman's Press

02.25.14

Alexander on Small Business Premium Increases Under Obamacare

Washington, D.C., Feb. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the Obama administration report that 65 percent of small businesses will see health insurance premiums increase under Obamacare: "Now even the Obama administration admits that Obamacare will increase costs for two out of three small businesses, likely causing more employees to lose the insurance they were promised they could keep." … Continue Reading


02.21.14

Alexander Statement on Obama Administration Proposed Medicare Advantage Cuts

NASHVILLE, Feb. 21 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the Obama administration's proposal to reduce Medicare Advantage payments: "This is dismal news for seniors who choose Medicare Advantage, more than one in four of everyone using Medicare. It is one more broken promise to Americans who were told that if they liked their health care plan they could keep it." ###… Continue Reading


02.21.14

Alexander Statement on UAW Appeal of Chattanooga VW Vote

NASHVILLE, Feb. 21 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today released the following statement on the UAW's appeal to the National Labor Relations Board of last week's election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant: "Labor laws are written to allow employees to decide whether they want a union, not to ensure that unions win. For thirty years, tens of thousands of new auto jobs have raised Tennessee family incomes and our workers have deci… Continue Reading


02.20.14

Alexander Statement on President Obama’s Failure to Include Chained CPI in Budget

Nashville, Feb. 20 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, released the following statement on the White House announcement that President Obama has dropped chained CPI from his budget this year: "Using the most accurate measure of inflation for entitlement spending and tax rates would be the simplest, fairest way to take a meaningful step toward fixing the federal debt. The president was exactly right to include it in last year's budget… Continue Reading


02.20.14

Alexander Calls for Administration to Clarify Position on Patient Access to Personal Health Information

Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 20 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to clarify the administration's position on patient access to personal health information. The FDA last year said in a warning letter to genetic test maker 23andMe it was taking action to stop the company from marketing certain tests directly to consumers that FDA does not trust individuals with test results, … Continue Reading


02.19.14

Alexander Statement on CBO Report that Minimum Wage Bill Could Cost as Many as 1 Million Jobs

Washington, D.C., Feb. 18 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office report finding that the Democrats' bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour with annual increases for inflation could cost as many as 1 million jobs: "This CBO report reiterates a fundamental principle of our free-market economy: increasing the minimum wage eliminates jobs, cuts off the bottom r… Continue Reading


02.12.14

Op-ed by Sen. Alexander in National Review Online: 11 Million $2,100 'Scholarships for Kids': A Real Answer to Inequality

By Sen. Lamar Alexander February 12, 2014 On the same day that the president discussed income inequality during his State of the Union address, I introduced legislation that would allow $2,100 federal scholarships to follow 11 million low-income children to any public or private accredited school of their parents' choice. This is a real answer to inequality in America: giving more children more opportunity to attend a better school. The "Scholarships for Kids Act" will cost $24 billi… Continue Reading


02.12.14

McConnell, Coburn, Alexander Push for FDA Accountability on its Approval of Powerful Pure Hydrocodone Product

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg today to hold the agency accountable for decisions it makes that have the potential to negatively affect prescription drug overdose rates, misuse, abuse, and diversion. In 2010, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, largely driven by opioids. The F… Continue Reading


02.10.14

Alexander Statement on the President’s Latest Obamacare “Rewrite”

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., released the following statement on the Obama administration's announcement that businesses with fewer than 100 workers would not be required to provide health insurance to their employees in 2015 (or face a fine) and that businesses with more than 100 employees would have more time to comply with Obamacare's employer mandate: "President Obama by himself is rewriting Obamacare one more time instead of working with Congress to repeal t… Continue Reading


02.10.14

Alexander, Republican Senators Ask IRS to Clarify Enforcement of Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 - U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking the agency to clarify how it will enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate tax. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) cosigned the letter. The full text of the letter is below: February 10, 2014 John Koskinen Commissioner Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constit… Continue Reading


02.06.14

Alexander: “Question Is Not Whether, But How Best” to Make Early Childhood Education Widely Available

*** "Here is what we should not do - and that is to fall back into the familiar Washington pattern of noble intentions, a grand promise, lots of federal mandates and sending the bill to the states with disappointing results." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate education committee, urged Congress to fully implement the 200 Head Start Centers of Excellence it previously authorized in 2007, saying "the question is not… Continue Reading


02.06.14

Alexander Statement on Unemployment Benefits Vote

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote against cutting off debate on Democratic legislation that would extend unemployment compensation without consideration of Republican proposals for helping unemployed Americans: "Unfortunately, the Senate is starting the new year just like the old one ended, with the Democratic leader bypassing committee consideration and cutting off amendments and debate on an important issue. In this … Continue Reading


02.05.14

GOP Senate, House Lawmaker Inquiry Reveals Weak Administration Oversight of Drug Discount Program for Uninsured, Low-Income Americans

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 - A group of Republican Senate and House lawmakers released statements today in response to a report the lawmakers requested of the Office of the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The lawmakers asked the IG to look into the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, through which prescription drug manufacturers give health safety net providers access to discounted prices on outpat… Continue Reading


02.05.14

Alexander Statement on NLRB Plan to Approve “Ambush Elections”

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee, today released the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board's intentions to finalize its rule authorizing "ambush elections," which shorten the length of time in which a labor union certification is held to as little as 10 days: "Ambush elections are one more example of how the Obama National Labor Relations Board continues to be more of a union advocate than an ump… Continue Reading


02.04.14

Alexander: Surgeon General’s Office Shouldn’t be “Bully Pulpit” for Obamacare, Gun Control

*** "I would hope you know that Americans have a First Amendment right to advocate the Second Amendment or any other amendment, and the Second Amendment is not a special interest group - it's part of our Constitution." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the lead Republican on the Senate health committee, today pressed President Obama's nominee for U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, on whether he would use the "bully pulpit" as "the nation's doct… Continue Reading


02.04.14

Alexander Statement on CBO Report That Obamacare Could Push Two Million Americans Out of Workforce

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the lead Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on a report by the Congressional Budget Office stating that Obamacare could push two million Americans out of the workforce: "The CBO's new report that Obamacare is likely to force more than two million Americans out of their jobs is yet more evidence that the president took the country in the wrong direction on health care reform. We need to st… Continue Reading


01.31.14

Alexander, Kline Statement on Student Loan Interest Rate Report

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate education committee, and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) issued the following joint statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on federal student loan interest rates: "Today's GAO report makes it clear that Congress was exactly right to tie student loan interest rates to market rates, because that is the fairest way to ensu… Continue Reading


01.30.14

McConnell, Alexander, Barrasso Seek Input from GOP Governors on Obamacare Alternatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, joined by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and John Barrasso (R-WY), today asked Republican governors for their input and ideas for alternatives to Obamacare's mandates, taxes and higher premiums if Congress were able to repeal the law and replace it with real reform. "We believe this law is flawed beyond repair, and the only true solution is to repeal Obamacare," the senators wrote in their letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, chai… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Alexander Proposes 11 Million $2,100 “Scholarships for Kids”

*** "This is a real answer to inequality in America: giving more children more opportunity to attend a better school." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation that would allow states to create $2,100 scholarships out of existing federal education dollars to follow 11 million low-income children to any public or private school of their parents' choice. The Scholarships for Kids Act would redirect $24 billion, or 41 percent of … Continue Reading


01.22.14

Alexander Leads Inquiry into FDA’s Proposed Change to Generic Drug Labeling Policy

*** "As the FDA itself has recognized, 'Consistent labeling will assure physicians, health professionals, and consumers that a generic drug is as safe and effective as its brand-name counterpart.' Allowing generic manufacturers to unilaterally change their labeling means potentially dozens of drugs that are chemically and biologically identical might nonetheless bear different safety information, confusing patients and prescribers alike." - Letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg NASHVILLE, Jan. 22… Continue Reading

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