Chairman's Press

11.18.13

Senate Health Policy Leaders Hail Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Safety of Compounded Drugs, Track Prescription Drugs; Bill Now Heads to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and HELP Committee members Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today hailed Senate passage of legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and to track all prescription drugs from the time they are manufactured to the moment they are picked up at the dru… Continue Reading


11.18.13

Senate Education Committee Members Announce Task Force to Review Higher Ed Regulations and Reporting Requirements

Task force of higher ed officials and experts will identify ways to reduce and streamline confusing or costly regulations WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 - Senate education committee Ranking Member Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and members Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today announced the formation of a task force to examine burdens on institutions of higher education. The Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education will conduct a comprehens… Continue Reading


11.15.13

Senate Passes Alexander-Bennet Bill to Reduce Premature Births

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15. - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and committee member Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today praised the Senate passage of their bill to reduce infant deaths and disabilities by expanding research, education, and intervention activities related to premature birth. The House passed the bill on Tuesday, and it now heads to the president's desk. "This bill will help the scientists and… Continue Reading


11.14.13

HATCH, ALEXANDER INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN WORKER RIGHTS

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), current member and former Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), current Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, introduced legislation today to significantly reform labor laws for the first time in more than 50 years to improve worker rights. The Employee Rights Act gives workers the freedom to choose to unionize or not and be free from intimidation or retribution for … Continue Reading


11.14.13

Alexander: 5 Million Americans Know “After Too Many Broken Promises From This Administration, the Details Matter”

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the president's speech announcing a proposal to fix the Obamacare provision leading to millions of canceled health care plans: "The 5 million Americans - including 82,000 Tennesseans - losing their health care plans know that, after too many broken promises from this administration, the details matter. The president should send his proposa… Continue Reading


11.14.13

Alexander: Federal Financial Aid Application “A Good Place to Start From Scratch”

*** "I believe that making the financial aid process more user-friendly and more accessible will encourage more students to apply for federal funds to follow them to the college or university of their choice, and more students will go to college." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - At a committee hearing on ways to simplify the federal financial aid process, the senior Republican on the Senate education committee today held up the 10-page federal financial aid application, or FAFSA form, … Continue Reading


11.14.13

Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Children Continue to Benefit from Pediatricians Trained at St. Jude and Other Children’s Hospitals

*** "Our children and grandchildren in Tennessee and across the country will continue to benefit from pediatricians trained at children's hospitals like St. Jude." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee today praised Senate passage of a bill to continue the successful children's hospital graduate medical education (CHGME) program that supports the training of pediatricians at children's hospitals in Tennessee and across the nation. The… Continue Reading


11.14.13

GOP Senators to Administration: No Union Carveouts from Obamacare

*** "The regulatory process is meant to implement the law as written, not as the Administration wishes it were. If the law will unfairly hurt certain groups, it should be repealed or amended through Congress." - Letter to OMB Director Burwell WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Thune (R-S.D.) and 18 of their Republican colleagues today urged the Obama administration against moving forward with a proposed regulation that would exempt unions from … Continue Reading


11.13.13

Alexander: “You Could Fit Everyone Who Signed Up for Obamacare Into Neyland Stadium”

*** "That's bad news for the 5 million Americans who've had their policies canceled by Obamacare. This demands that the president put his promise into law and allow Americans to stay on the health care plans they like." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the administration's reported Obamacare exchange enrollment figures: "You could fit everyone who sign… Continue Reading


11.12.13

Alexander: Senate One Step Closer to Passing Compounding Agreement to Help Prevent Future Tragedies

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today praised the Senate's vote, 97 to 1, to move forward on consideration of the legislative agreement he reached with House and Senate health committee leaders to make injections of compounded sterile drugs safer. The House passed the bill on Sept. 28. Alexander said: "The Senate should consider and pass this legislation immediatelyso we can help prevent another meningitis outbreak l… Continue Reading


11.07.13

Alexander, Colleagues Ask President Obama to Relieve HHS Secretary Sebelius of Her Duties

*** "When you have good management and you have clear accountability, you usually get something done right-but in the rollout of this health care law, we have had neither." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today joined nine of his Republican Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama requesting that he "immediately relieve Secretary Sebelius of her duties as Secretary of Health and Human Services." Senator Lamar Alexande… Continue Reading


11.07.13

Alexander: “Hard-Working Tennessee Teachers, Parents, Governor Deserve the Credit” for State’s Top Rank in Student Improvement in Math, Reading

*** "There couldn't be any more important news for Tennessee, in terms of the future of our state."- Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov.7 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised Tennessee's performance in new nationwide test results for 4th and 8th graders that find Tennessee was the only state where students made significant improvements in both reading and math at both grade levels, and Tennessee students also made larger gains than students in any other state in three of the four tes… Continue Reading


11.05.13

Republican Health Committee Senators Confront Administration About Obamacare Failures

In hearing with CMS head Tavenner, senators raise questions about canceled policies, higher premiums, broken website, security issues WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 - At a hearing of the Senate health committee today, Republican senators questioned Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on the rollout of the health care law-specifically, canceled insurance policies, higher premiums, the broken website and related security issues. On canceled insurance polici… Continue Reading


11.05.13

Alexander to Administration: “Why Not Put the President’s Promise Into Law?”

*** "The president has said repeatedly, and it's on the White House website this morning, 'If you like your plan, you can keep it, and you don't have to change a thing due to the health care law.' Let me repeat, 'You don't have to change a thing due to the health care law.' That's the White House website today." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today called on the Obama administration to put the president's promise that "if you like yo… Continue Reading


10.31.13

Alexander: Committee-Passed Bill Ensures Children Continue to Benefit from Pediatricians Trained at St. Jude

*** "This bill means that our children in Tennessee and across the nation will continue to benefit from pediatricians trained at children's hospitals like St. Jude." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 - The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee today announced the committee approved a bill to continue the successful children's hospital graduate medical education (CHGME) program that supports the training of pediatricians at children's hospitals in Tennessee and across the co… Continue Reading


10.31.13

Alexander Spotlights Innovations at Austin Peay University in Senate Hearing on Higher Education

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 - The senior Republican on the Senate education committee today praised innovations at Austin Peay University in a hearing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and said lawmakers should look for ways to encourage similar innovations without creating mandates from Washington. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "What I am I looking for is the way to encourage a culture of innovation in our 6,000 institutions without throwing a big, wet blanket that smothers… Continue Reading


10.31.13

Alexander Cosponsors Bill to Allow Americans to Keep Their Insurance Plans

*** "The least we could do is keep the president's promise, even if he hasn't kept it, and let Americans stay on insurance plans they like." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today cosponsored a bill to repeal Obamacare requirements and allow Americans to stay on their insurance plans. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "The president promised Americans that if they liked their insurance, they'd be able to keep it, but at least 2… Continue Reading


10.31.13

Alexander Supports Subpoena for Exchange Documents Requested by Alexander, House Oversight Chairman Issa

Says "I hope it will force open the administration's black box of secrets that are keeping Congress and the entire American public in the dark" *** "We shouldn't have to issue a subpoena or pass a law to get the administration to tell us basic information about the Obamacare exchanges, but apparently that's what it's going to take." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today released the following statement in support of a subpoena issue… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Alexander: “Disappointing” that Senate Democrats Blocked Exchange Transparency Bill

*** "Before the Internet, RCA knew how many records Elvis was selling every day. Before the Internet, Ford knew how many cars they were selling every day. Before the Internet, McDonald's could tell you how many hamburgers it had sold each day. Yet the Obama administration cannot tell us how many Americans have tried to sign up for Obamacare." - Lamar Alexande WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 - After Senate Democrats this evening blocked his bill requiring weekly reports on the Obamacare exchanges, the sen… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Alexander Votes Against President’s Nominee to National Labor Relations Board

*** "The labor board needs to be umpire rather than advocate and Mr. Griffin's background as a union advocate and his work as general counsel for one of the major unions doesn't do anything to help me believe that he will improve the situation at the NLRB." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 - The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee today voted against confirmation of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominee for General Counsel, Richard Griffin Jr. Sen. Lamar Alex… Continue Reading

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