Chairman's Press


Alexander to Vote Against Confirmation of President Obama’s Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, July 17-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate committee on labor policy said today that he would vote against confirmation of President Obama's nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Mr. Perez's involvement in a quid pro quo arrangement between the Department of Justice and the city of St. Paul seems to me an extraordinary amount of wheeling and dealing outside the normal responsibilities of the Assistant Attorney General over the… Continue Reading


Alexander: Nominations Agreement “Allows Senate to Make Clear that This President, or Any President, Cannot Thumb His Nose at Senate’s Constitutional Role”

WASHINGTON, July 16-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate committee on labor policy today released the following statement on the agreement reached by Senate leadership and the White House that the administration will send two new nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), replacing Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, Jr.: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn) said: "This is the suggestion I offered in the HELP committee in May, that the president send us two new members to replace those … Continue Reading


Thune, Alexander Question Secretary Duncan on Education Department’s Role in ObamaCare Implementation

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, were joined today by several of their Republican Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan questioning the Department of Education's involvement in implementing ObamaCare. The senators write: "While we understand that the effects of the President's health care law will … Continue Reading


Alexander Votes to Delay Obamacare’s Individual, Employer Mandates

WASHINGTON, July 11-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate committee on health policy today voted to delay the new health care law's employer mandate and individual mandate. The votes, on amendments offered in a Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014, failed in party-line votes, as Democrats voted against the measures. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Republicans are working to protec… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Today’s Student Loan Vote

WASHINGTON, July 10 - Senator Lamar Alexander, the senior Republican on the Senate's education committee today released the following statement about the Senate voting down a student loan proposal supported by some Democrats: "Today's vote was the failure of a bad idea-the Senate voted against a short-term political fix that would have left 7 million middle-income students twisting in the wind and helped low-income students for just one year. We must focus our attention now on a long-term solut… Continue Reading


Alexander: Democratic Student Loan Bill “Leaves More Than 7 Million Middle-Income Students Twisting in the Wind, Paying Double the Rates They Should”

WASHINGTON, July 9-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee today in a speech on the Senate floor (Video HERE) called on Senate Democrats to support a proposal to lower student loan rates for all student borrowers, rather than the Democratic proposal scheduled for a vote tomorrow that will lower rates only on subsidized Stafford loans for a year. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "The only proposal that we're voting on tomorrow appears to be one that will leave [more than… Continue Reading


Alexander, Corker Introduce Bill to Protect Tennessee Medicare Recipients Who Count on Blood Pressure Monitors, Wheelchairs, and Other Medical Equipment

July 3 -U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced today they have introduced legislation to ensure Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee continue to have access to medical equipment. The bill would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct a rebid for contracts to supply medical equipment to Tennessee's Medicare beneficiaries through a new competitive bidding system that launched July 1. The senators have called for CMS to fix and res… Continue Reading


Sen. Alexander: Obamacare Unraveling

*** "This is the train wreck that the senator who wrote the law predicted was coming. The new health care law should be repealed and replaced with effective legislation that will reduce costs by involving patients more in health care decision-making." -Lamar Alexander MARYVILLE, Tenn., July 2-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee today released the following statement on the administration's announcement that it would delay until 2015 the new health care law's mandate … Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Must Vote on Compounding Legislation “As Soon As Possible”

Washington, D.C., July 2 - The lead Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee today called for the full Senate to vote "as soon as possible" on legislation unanimously approved by the health committee in May to clarify oversight of drug compounders, as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the number of deaths caused by a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to 61. Contaminated drugs traced last year to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy led to the outbre… Continue Reading


Alexander: Still Time for Congress to Avoid Student Loan Interest Rate Hike

MARYVILLE, Tenn., July 1-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee said that if Congress acts next week, there is still time to avoid today's automatic increase in interest rates from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on 40 percent of all new government loans for college students. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that today's rate hike "is completely unnecessary and constitutes congressional malpractice by some Democratic senators who are stubbornly holding out for a short-term politic… Continue Reading


Senate Republicans Call on HHS Secretary Sebelius to Produce Documents, Answer Questions Related to Fundraising

Washington, D.C., June 27 - A group of 28 Republican senators today sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for documents and answers previously requested by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senate Finance Committee Republicans. Alexander and Senate Finance members sent separate letters in May to Secretary Sebelius requesting information on reports that she was fundraising for Enroll America, a private non-profit group working on implementation and pr… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Forge Student Loan Compromise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Angus King (I-ME), and Tom Carper (D-DE) officially introduced today the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, a compromise bipartisan solution that would avert student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student loans. The Student Loan Certainty Act requires that, … Continue Reading


Senators Manchin, Burr, Coburn, Alexander, King Introduce Bipartisan Permanent Student Loan Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME) plan to introduce tomorrow a bipartisan compromise, the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act," to avert student loan rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student-loans. Manchin said: "This bipartisan agreement not only makes sure student rates will not doubl… Continue Reading


Alexander: Minimum Wage Hearing Is “On the Wrong Subject: I’d Like to See a Hearing on Creating More Jobs”

Washington, D.C., June 25 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the committee overseeing labor policy, today said the committee's hearing on minimum wage was "on the wrong subject-on fewer jobs-and I'd like to see it on creating more jobs." Alexander said: "My problem with this hearing is that it's a hearing on how to pay fewer people more money instead of how to get more new jobs, which is what we need in this country, with such a high rate of unemployment. I would … Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Case of NLRB Appointments

Washington, D.C., June 24 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the committee overseeing labor policy, today released the following statement on the announcement that the Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of the president's January 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board: "It is good news for American workers and employers that the Supreme Court will rule on whether the Senate or the president decides when the Senate is in session. In… Continue Reading


Op-ed by Sen. Alexander and Rep. Roe in USA Today: “Lamar Alexander: Obama appointments unconstitutional”

On January 4, 2012, President Obama made three so-called recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was not in recess. These appointments were unprecedented-no other president has made recess appointments while the Senate was in session. A year later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously held that the president's appointments violated the Constitution. The Senate decides when it is in session - not the president. Were it oth… Continue Reading


Probe by Tennessee Senators, Representatives Finds 30 of 98 Medicare Suppliers in Tennessee Not Licensed by State

WASHINGTON- Members of the Tennessee United States congressional delegation today announced that their inquiry into whether the administration awarded Medicare contracts to businesses not licensed in Tennessee has resulted in the finding that 30 of 98 suppliers were not licensed and will have their contracts voided. On May 21, Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), along with Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood), Phil Roe (R-Johnson City), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Knoxville)… Continue Reading


Health Committee Republicans Request Details on FDA’s Promotion of the New Health Care Law

Washington, D.C., June 19 - All Republican members of the Senate health committee today sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting details on the agency's promotion of the new health care law, saying, "The upcoming enrollment period and coverage availability under PPACA appear to be outside of your agency's mission to approve and regulate lifesaving medical products in a timely manner and keeping our food supply safe." Senator Lamar Alexand… Continue Reading


Alexander Delivers Weekly Republican Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today delivers the Weekly Republican Address, assuring Americans that Senate Republicans "will work hard with the President and the House" on the long-term student loans solution all agree on, while making clear that Republicans have "a major disagreement" with Democrats on K-12 education, saying, "To put it simply, Democrats want a national school board; Republicans favor local control." Alexander is the Ranking Republican on the Senate commi… Continue Reading


Alexander Cosponsors Bill to Protect Workers and Employers from NLRB Decision that Will “Destroy Jobs and Divide Workplaces”

Washington, D.C., June 14 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced he is cosponsoring a bill to reverse the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision establishing a sweeping new legal standard that allows unions to form micro bargaining units, or "micro-unions," for the purposes of collective bargaining with employers. "This bill will protect workers and employers from a decision that will destroy jobs, divide workplaces, and make it harder and more expensive for employers t… Continue Reading

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