Chairman's Press

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


01.16.14

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


01.10.14

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


01.08.14

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


01.05.14

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


01.03.14

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


01.02.14

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


12.31.13

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


12.24.13

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


12.20.13

Alexander, Barrasso Comment on White House Announcement that Americans Unable to Replace Canceled Health Plans May Purchase Catastrophic Coverage

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee and the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee released the following statements in response to the Obama administration's announcement that it would allow Americans unable to replace their canceled health care plans to instead purchase "catastrophic" coverage: U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), said: "Republicans hav… Continue Reading


12.19.13

Alexander: Obamacare Delivers Unwelcome Christmas Present, Unhappy New Year for Many Tennesseans

*** "Unfortunately, at least 82,000 Tennesseans are losing their health policies this year, and that's an unwelcome Christmas present. Even more unfortunately, an Unhappy New Year is coming in which hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans could lose the employer-sponsored policies they have and like when Obamacare's burdensome mandates on employers kick in." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 - In a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) highli… Continue Reading


12.18.13

Alexander, Barrasso, Enzi Introduce Bill to Reverse Administration’s “Politically Motivated” Decision to Delay Next Year’s Obamacare Insurance Enrollment Until After 2014 Election

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today introduced legislation that would reverse the Obama administration's recent decision to delay next year's Obamacare insurance enrollment deadline until after the 2014 election. "The Premium Disclosure Act" would also require the administration to provide premium increase and cost-sharing information to Americans prior to open enrollment so they have time to make decisions about their he… Continue Reading


12.12.13

Alexander: Get Washington Out of the Way, College Accreditation Too Costly

*** "The whole purpose of accreditation to begin with was an effort by autonomous institutions to regulate themselves with the sole purpose of determining quality. … Are the accreditors doing some things they don't need to be doing? And are they spending enough time really focused on quality?" - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 - The senior Republican on the Senate education committee today questioned whether "the federal government has overstepped" in college accreditation, asking w… Continue Reading


11.27.13

Alexander Bill to Reduce Premature Births Signed Into Law

MARYVILLE, Nov. 27- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised the signing into law of his bill to reduce infant deaths and disabilities by expanding research, education, and intervention activities related to premature birth. "This is an important step to help reduce the rate of premature births in Tennessee, which is over 12 percent. Our legislation will help doctors and researchers working … Continue Reading


11.27.13

Alexander Compounding Legislation Signed Into Law to Help “Prevent Another Nightmare for Tennesseans Like Last Year’s Terrifying Meningitis Outbreak”

MARYVILLE, Nov. 27- Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today praised the signing into law of The Drug Quality and Security Act, a result of a legislative agreement he reached with House and Senate health committee leaders to make injections of compounded sterile drugs safer. Alexander said: "I have been working with my Senate colleagues for a year to find a solution that would help prevent a repeat of the terrifying meningitis outbreak that … Continue Reading


11.26.13

Alexander Statement on Supreme Court Agreement To Review Obamacare Religious Freedom Case

MARYVILLE, Nov. 26 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's announcement that it will review a mandate in Obamacare that requires business owners to offer employees reproductive services that violate the institutions' religious beliefs: "Requiring business owners to defy the basic tenets of their faiths shows a disturbing disregard for the Constitution's protections of religious … Continue Reading


11.22.13

Alexander: Administration Moves Next Year’s Obamacare Insurance Enrollment to After 2014 Election to “Help Democratic Politicians”

MARYVILLE - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, released the following statement on a U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announcement that it will delay the beginning of the next Obamacare enrollment season by one month, till Nov. 15, 2014, after the midterm elections, instead of beginning open enrollment season on the department's previously announced date of Oct. 15: "The only American consumers this change will help are Democrati… Continue Reading

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