Chairman's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alexander Joins Sens. Paul, McConnell, Scott, and Lee in Hosting School Choice Forum

WASHINGTON, July 31-Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee, on Tuesday joined committee members Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), in hosting a forum on school choice, where the senators heard from parents and students in Washington, D.C. charter and private schools. Alexander told the forum participants: "I would think teachers would be knock… Continue Reading


Alexander: U.S. Senate is Telling Any President “You May Not Abuse the Constitutional Right of Recess Appointments”

WASHINGTON, July 30-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee said today that the president's withdrawal of two National Labor Relations Board nominees whose appointments have been ruled unconstitutional by multiple federal courts was "an important moment in the history of our ability as a country to maintain checks and balances and a certain separation of power among the various branches of government, and especially to restrain the executive." Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn.) sa… Continue Reading


Op-Ed by Sens. Alexander, Paul, Lee, Scott, McConnell: "School Choice: Part of the Solution to Our Broken Education System"

By Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander One of the most important things we do as a society is educate our kids. Opportunity in education is the gateway to opportunity everywhere else -- in our economy, in our society and in our democracy. All children, no matter who they are or where they live, deserve an equal chance to develop their skills and intellect. But today in America, too many kids don't get that chance. We have a system in which politicians … Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Members Urge Senate Action on Bill to Help Prevent Another Compounding Crisis Like the Deadly Meningitis Outbreak, Protect Nation’s Drug Supply

WASHINGTON D.C., July 25 - A bipartisan coalition of senators on the U.S. Senate committee overseeing health policy today urged Senate action on their legislation to help prevent another compounding crisis like the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that has led to 61 deaths and 749 illnesses, as well as protect the nation's drug supply chain for the nearly 4 billion prescriptions filled annually by establishing a uniform, national prescription drug-tracing framework. The senators released an upd… Continue Reading


Responses of Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer, nominees for the National Labor Relations Board, to Questions for the Record Submitted by Republican Members of the HELP Committee

WASHINGTON, July 25 - The following documents are Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer's responses to questions for the record submitted by Republican members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The nominees' responses were received by the committee July 24. Please click here to see questions from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Please click here to see questions from Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) Please click here to see questions from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Plea… Continue Reading


Alexander: Senate Action on Student Loans Lowers Interest Rates for 200,000 Tennesseans Going to College This Fall

WASHINGTON, July 24-The Senate today passed a bill sponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would lower student loan interest rates for 200,000 Tennesseans going to college this fall. Rates on all new undergraduate loans taken out this year since July 1 will be 3.86 percent, cutting the current rate nearly in half. Alexander, the senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee and former secretary of education, said: "This permanent, market-based plan makes students' loans … Continue Reading


Alexander Votes Against Obama NLRB Nominees With “Pro-Union Advocacy Past”

WASHINGTON, July 24-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate committee overseeing labor policy today voted against President Obama's two labor board nominees, citing their history of work as advocates for labor unions. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn.) said: "My primary concern is the ability of these two to set aside their pro-union advocacy past and act as neutral arbiters between employees and employers, so those parties can trust them to fairly adjudicate labor disputes. Will they be judges … Continue Reading


Alexander Presses Obama Labor Board Nominees to Protect Right-to-Work Freedoms

Washington, D.C., July 23 -The senior Republican on the Senate committee overseeing labor policy today pressed President Obama's two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board to protect state right-to-work laws. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) warned against the board making an end run around Congress to undermine the laws, citing a case where the acting general counsel moved to stop Boeing, the nation's largest manufacturer, located in Washington, a non-right-to-work state, from ex… Continue Reading

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