Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


House Passes Alexander Bill Requiring Weekly Reports on Obamacare Exchanges

*** "Before the Internet, RCA knew how many records Elvis was selling, Ford knew how many cars it was selling and McDonald's knew how many hamburgers it was selling. It would be laughable in the Internet age that the Obama administration still can't tell us how many Americans have actually enrolled in Obamacare, if the consequences of this historic mistake weren't so serious for families and states." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced tod… Continue Reading


Alexander: Supreme Court Has “Opportunity to Guard Against the Dangers of an Imperial Presidency”

*** "One of the Senate's most important roles in our system of checks and balances is its constitutional power of advice and consent on presidential nominees, and the Senate decides when it is in session - not the president."- Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on whether President Obama unconstitutionally appointed nominees to the National Labor Relation… Continue Reading


GOP Senators Express Concern Over HHS IG Report Citing Insufficient Oversight of Electronic Health Record Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today expressed concern over a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) report finding insufficient oversight by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the $32.7 billion electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use incentive program. The IG found that few, if any, protections have be… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Upcoming Senate Vote on Unemployment Benefits

MARYVILLE, Jan. 5 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Senate's upcoming vote on Monday to consider legislation to extend long-term unemployment benefits: "I will not vote to bring this legislation to the floor unless senators have an opportunity to debate and vote on the many good ideas for helping unemployed Americans find a job. Unfortunately, the Senate appears to be starting the new year just like the old one ended, with the Democrati… Continue Reading


Alexander: Congress Must Hold FDA Accountable in 2014 to Help Prevent Another Nightmare Like Meningitis Outbreak

*** "Tennesseans deserve to know that the FDA and other regulators are properly implementing this new law, which makes clear who is on the flagpole to prevent another nightmare like the deadly meningitis outbreak of 2012." - Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, Jan. 3 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the lead Republican on the Senate health committee, today said that he'll push in 2014 for an oversight hearing of the Food and Drug Administration and monitor its activities to ensure proper imple… Continue Reading


Alexander: Obamacare Creating More Substitute Teachers for Tennessee Schools

*** "Individuals, families and businesses aren't the only ones facing financial challenges because of Obamacare - Tennessee schools are also being hit hard by higher health insurance costs that are forcing districts to cut jobs or hours. Obamacare has forced schools to save costs by creating more part-time employees, from substitute teachers to coaches to custodial and administrative staff."- Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, Jan. 2 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a former U.S. Secretary of… Continue Reading


Alexander: Unhappy New Year for Tens of Thousands of Tennesseans Whose Health Insurance on the Job Will Change Because of Obamacare

*** "The president's broken promise that 'If you like your health insurance, you can keep it' was an unwelcome Christmas present for 82,000 Tennesseans buying insurance on their own. Now, since nearly 13 times as many Tennesseans receive health insurance on the job, Obamacare threatens to bring an Unhappy New Year for tens of thousands more Tennesseans." - Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, Dec. 31 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that since nearly 13 times as many Tennesseans r… Continue Reading


Alexander: Obamacare “Delivering an Unwelcome Christmas Present to Tennesseans”

*** "Between putting many health insurance plans on the naughty list, and increasing health insurance costs for many families, Obamacare's mandates are delivering an unwelcome Christmas present to Tennesseans." - Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, Dec. 24 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today said that at least 82,000 Tennesseans are on track to lose their individual health insurance Jan. 1, one of the many ways that the "historic mistake… Continue Reading

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