Chairman's Press

09.24.13

Enzi, Alexander and Colleagues to IRS: $100 billion in Obamacare health insurance taxes deserve scrutiny

Washington, D.C. - The President's health care law imposes a number of new taxes on American businesses and individuals that will drain money from Americans' pocketbooks. Among the many taxes and fees imposed by Obamacare is an annual fee levied on health insurance providers which is estimated to take more than $100 billion out of the economy by 2022. Yet despite this staggering figure, the Administration did not conduct a study of the effects of the health insurance premium tax on the economy. … Continue Reading


09.24.13

Thune, Alexander Call on HHS to Extend Deadline for Stage 2 of Electronic Health Records Incentive Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, were joined today by several of their colleagues in sending a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, calling for a one-year extension for health care providers to complete the second stage of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentive program, which is increasing… Continue Reading


09.20.13

Alexander Asks Atty. Gen. Holder to Withdraw DOJ Motion Against Louisiana School Vouchers Program

*** "Given the Department of Justice's enormous discretion in choosing which enforcement actions to pursue, and its repeated claims that its budget is stretched too thin, it is hard to see how this case is a good use of federal resources." - Letter to Attorney General Holder WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an immediate withdrawal of the Department of Justice's motion against t… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Alexander: Senate Should “Start From Scratch” on Higher Education Act

*** "Let's write a new law…not as an ideological exercise but simply in the way that someone would weed a garden before planting a new crop." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 19-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee said today that the committee should "start from scratch" on a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Let's write a new law-repeal the old law and have new regulations written with our oversight, not as a… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Alexander: Today’s American Higher Education System is Like the Auto Industry of the 1970s

"The stakes are high - just as the decline in the auto industry sent jobs and profits overseas, a similar failure in U.S. higher education would damage our economy and send the best minds overseas. In a highly competitive world, there is no guarantee that we will continue to produce 25% of the world's wealth." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 19- The following are remarks prepared by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensi… Continue Reading


09.18.13

21 Senate Republicans Urge Against Any Regulation Allowing Obamacare Carve-Out for Unions

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 - A group of 21 Republican senators today urged the administration to prohibit union health plans from receiving a carve-out in Obamacare, specifically premium assistance tax credits that are intended for the uninsured to purchase health insurance - a benefit no non-union member in America would receive. In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell, the senators write: "We write to urge that you not authorize the release of any regulations tha… Continue Reading


09.18.13

Alexander: NLRB Needs to Be “Umpire Rather Than Advocate”

*** "I am going to be looking for long-term solutions on a restructuring of the National Labor Relations Board that will ensure that it is more likely to be an umpire and an adjudicator than an advocate, whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican."- Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 18-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee today said he would be working on a way to restructure the National Labor Relations Board so that it is "an umpire rather than an advocate." Sen… Continue Reading


09.18.13

Alexander: Bill Passed by Labor Committee "Will Help Tennessee Families Choose the Child Care That Suits Their Needs”

*** "This legislation puts vouchers in the hands of many working mothers so they can make their own decisions about what child care suits their needs the best." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 - The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee released the following statement on passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "For working mothers … Continue Reading


09.18.13

Burr, Mikulski, Harkin, Alexander Applaud Committee Passage of Bipartisan Reauthorization of Child Care and Development Block to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) applauded the passage of the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. This bill reauthorizes and updates the CCDBG program, which helps low income parents access and afford child care while they work or attend school. "The Child Care Development Block Grant … Continue Reading


09.16.13

Alexander: “The President’s Policies are Hurting American Workers”

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee released the following statement on the President's speech today on the economy: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn) said: "The president's policies are hurting American workers. Today, 7.3 percent of Americans qualify as unemployed, while millions more have taken part-time work because that is all they can find, and so many have given up searching for work entirely that the rate of workers participating in the job marke… Continue Reading


09.13.13

Alexander: New Drug Warnings “Should Help Tennessee Combat the Epidemic of Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers”

KNOXVILLE, Sept. 13-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee today said a new requirement that certain painkillers come with a warning to mothers and prescribers that chronic use during pregnancy can cause babies to suffer from life-threatening withdrawal "should help Tennessee combat the epidemic of babies addicted to painkillers." Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Already this year, 510 Tennessee babies have been born addicted to painkillers because their moms were using … Continue Reading


09.12.13

Alexander: “No Family in Tennessee Should Ever Be Forced to Comply with the Mess and Mistakes of Obamacare”

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee this week joined in introducing a bill and an amendment to delay the health care law's employer and individual mandates until 2015. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Full repeal of this law is my goal-no family in Tennessee should ever be forced to comply with the mess and mistakes of Obamacare-but I hope even Democrats will be willing to see that families certainly shouldn't have to next year when American busin… Continue Reading


09.09.13

Alexander on End of CoverTN: Obamacare “Has Destroyed a Plan That is Helping 16,000 Tennesseans Afford Health Insurance”

NASHVILLE, Sept. 9-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee today released the following statement on the news that the health care law is forcing an end to Cover Tennessee, a state program created in 2006 to help provide affordable coverage to Tennesseans who are uninsured or have pre-existing conditions: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn) said: "The new health care law has destroyed an innovative state health insurance plan that is helping 16,000 Tennesseans afford health care co… Continue Reading


08.28.13

Alexander on Newest Obamacare Delay: “No Train Wreck Has Ever Had This Many Warning Signs”

KINGSPORT, Tenn., August 28-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee released the following statement today on the administration's delay until mid-September in signing final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on the health insurance exchanges on October 1: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn) said: "I've been warning that a train wreck is coming with this law, but the truth is that no train wreck has ever had this many warning signs. The avalanche of last-minute delays shoul… Continue Reading


08.24.13

Op-Ed by Sen. Alexander in Knoxville News Sentinel: "Student Loan Bill Will Make Cost of Borrowing Easier and Cheaper"

A new law I worked to help enact lowers interest rates for every new federal student loan this year, making it easier for 11 million borrowers - including 200,000 Tennessee students - to pay for college. Undergraduates will pay 3.86 percent interest instead of 6.8 percent under previous law, graduate students with Stafford loans will pay 5.41 percent instead of 6.8 percent, and parents and graduates with PLUS loans will pay 6.41 percent instead of 7.9 percent. So, every single new loan will ha… Continue Reading


08.22.13

Alexander Statement on the President’s Higher Education Proposal

WASHINGTON, August 22 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R- Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate's education committee today released the following statement in response to President Obama's higher education proposal: "The president and Congress took a good first step last month in helping students afford college by lowering interest rates on student loans and reducing college costs by billions of dollars. "I'd like to hear the president talk about how he's going to work with Congress to reduce… Continue Reading


08.12.13

Alexander: Recall of Tainted Compounded Drugs in Texas Confirms “Congress Must Act Soon to Prevent Another Health Crisis”

*** "It is deeply troubling to hear of more patients who may have been harmed by tainted compounding drugs…We know the problem, we have the solution, and it's up to Congress to pass this bill as soon as it returns." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, August 12-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health policy committee said today that a recall of tainted drugs by a Texas-based compounding facility confirms that "Congress must act soon to prevent another health crisis." Alexander has u… Continue Reading


08.09.13

Alexander: Bill to Lower Rates for 11 Million Students, Including 200,000 Tennesseans, Becomes Law Today

*** "This permanent, market-based plan makes loans cheaper, simpler and more certain for the 11 million students nationwide - including more than 200,000 in Tennessee - heading to college this fall." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, August 9- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn), the senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee, today released the following statement on the president signing into law a student-loan bill Alexander and a bipartisan group of senators cosponsored in the Senate:… Continue Reading


08.01.13

39 Republican Senators Call on White House for Details on Obamacare Implementation at 21 Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, August 1-A group of 39 Republican Senators today called on the White House to provide details on efforts by at least 21 federal agencies to help implement the new health care law-specifically, "agencies with no responsibilities" to implement or promote under that law. In a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, the senators write: "We write to ask for information about the activities being undertaken by twenty or more federal agencies with no responsibilities under the Pres… Continue Reading


07.31.13

Alexander: “Today’s House Action Takes Us One Step Closer to Cheaper, Simpler and More Certain Loans for 11 Million Students Heading to College This Fall”

WASHINGTON, July 31 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee, today released the following statement on passage by the House of Representatives, by a vote of 392 to 31, of the bipartisan student-loan bill Alexander and a bipartisan group of senators cosponsored in the Senate: "Today's House action takes us one step closer to cheaper, simpler and more certain loans for 11 million students heading to college this fall. This permanent, … Continue Reading

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