Chairman's Press

04.09.13

Alexander Statement on President’s Nominations to National Labor Relations Board

Washington, D.C., April 9 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on the president's announcement that he intends to nominate Harry I. Johnson, III and Philip A. Miscimarra, and renominate Mark Gaston Pearce, to the National Labor Relations Board: "As tradition requires, the president has properly nominated two Republicans to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. It … Continue Reading


04.08.13

Alexander, Burr, Johanns, Coburn, Cornyn Call on Obama Administration to Reexamine Plan to “Undermine Care” by Raising the Cost of In-home Companion Care

Washington, D.C., April 8 - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today urged the administration to reexamine its plan to raise the cost of in-home companion care and perform "a more accurate analysis" to determine the "the actual cost that the proposed rule would have on recipients and caregivers." In a letter to Boris Bershteyn, the acting administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory… Continue Reading


03.28.13

Alexander, Corker Urge Quick Approval of Governor’s Request for Flexibility to Provide Health Care to 175,000 Tennesseans

March 28 - Tennessee Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker today urged the Obama administration to quickly consider Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's request for flexibility in using the federal dollars provided to expand health care coverage to 175,000 Tennesseans under the new health care law. In a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Alexander and Corker said: "We write to ask that you give timely and speedy consideration to a reques… Continue Reading


03.28.13

Alexander: New Nonpartisan Study is Evidence That Individual Insurance Premiums Will Rise Under Obamacare

Washington, D.C., March 27 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on a report by the Society of Actuaries that finds insurance claims in the individual market will rise an average 32 percent for Americans and 46.4 percent for Tennesseans, under the new health care law: "This nonpartisan report offers more evidence that what I told the president in 2010 is true: individual… Continue Reading


03.22.13

Alexander Proposes Repealing Tax on Medical Devices, Tennessee’s Top Export Industry

WASHINGTON, March 21 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today sponsored a budget amendment in the U.S. Senate that would repeal what he called a "wasteful federal taxpayer subsidy for unreliable, expensive wind energy" to help pay for the repeal of the federal government's excise tax on medical devices. "This amendment is about ending two damaging tax policies that are costing Americans billions of dollars, and costing Tennesseans good jobs," Alexander said. "It gets rid of a 20-year-old,… Continue Reading


03.22.13

Alexander Amendment Would “Help States and School Districts Pay Teachers More for Teaching Well”

Washington, D.C., March 22 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced an amendment to expand the Teacher Incentive Fund program, which encourages states and school districts to evaluate and reward teachers and principals based on their performance. Alexander said: "The holy grail of education is figuring out a fair system for paying teachers more for teaching well. It's something that states, worki… Continue Reading


03.21.13

Alexander: “Not a Single Cent” Should Go to Enforce Invalid NLRB Decisions

Washington, D.C., March 21 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today offered an amendment to defund the enforcement of any decisions or regulations made by an invalid National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) "quorum" that includes individuals whose presence at the board was ruled by a federal court to be unconstitutional. Alexander said: "The NLRB has just one member today-just one Senate-confirmed, constitutio… Continue Reading


03.21.13

Alexander-Corker Amendment Would End Federal Government’s Practice of Stalling State Requests for Medicaid Flexibility

Washington, D.C., March 21 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today offered a budget amendment to end the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services practice of ignoring and stalling state Medicaid waiver applications, in some instances for years, which has slowed innovations in care for Medicaid patients and impeded states' ability to manage their annual budget process. Ale… Continue Reading


03.21.13

Alexander, McConnell, Landrieu Charter-School Amendment Would Replicate Best Charter Schools

WASHINGTON, March 21 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) today introduced a budget amendment in the U.S. Senate that would support the expansion and replication of charter schools that have a proven record of success. Alexander said: "There are many successful charter schools that are changing students' lives, and it's that success that we need to replicate to reach many more children. These schools give te… Continue Reading


03.21.13

Alexander, Hatch Amendment Would End Obamacare Mandates That Cause “Rate Shock”

Washington, D.C., March 21 - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced an amendment to protect consumers, employers, and states from "rate shock" under the new health care law, by allowing states and employers waivers from the law's mandates if those mandates cause individual, small group or employer premiums to rise. Alexander said: "When the health care law is implemented in January, both individuals and businesses will see their insurance pre… Continue Reading


03.21.13

Alexander-Paul School Choice Amendment Allows Federal Dollars to Follow Low-Income Children to Schools They Attend

Washington, D.C., March 21 - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced a school choice amendment that would allow $14.5 billion in existing federal Title I education dollars to follow 11 million low-income children to any accredited school, public or private. The senators said, "Under current law too often these education dollars don't reach the low-income children they're supposed to help. The simplest way to fix this is to allow the $1,300 per child in exi… Continue Reading


03.21.13

Alexander Praises Committee Passage of Animal Drug User Fee Agreements

Washington, D.C., March 20 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today praised the committee's passage of the reauthorization Animal Drug User Fee Act and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act. Alexander said: "These programs have reduced the average waiting time for the FDA to approve generic animal drugs by 450 days and eliminated a backlog of applications, meaning farmers get faster access to cheaper and better … Continue Reading


03.21.13

Alexander Praises Committee Passage of Boxer-Coburn Bill to Allow Research on Organ Transplants Between HIV-positive Individuals

Washington, D.C., March 20 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today praised the passage in the committee of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which removes the ban on research of organ transplantation from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. Alexander said: "This bill will open the door for the medical community to pursue responsible research on organ transplants between HIV-positive indiv… Continue Reading


03.18.13

Alexander Statement on the President’s Nomination of Thomas Perez

Washington, D.C., March 18 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on the president's nomination of Thomas Perez to be U.S. Secretary of Labor: "I look forward to meeting with Mr. Perez and examining his record and qualifications. Any nominee for this position should be ready and able to work with both parties in Congress to make it easier for the private sector to create g… Continue Reading


03.14.13

Alexander: Making Hiring More Expensive “Hurts the People We Want to Help”

Washington, D.C., March 14 - At a hearing today of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Video HERE) on legislation to raise the minimum wage by more than 39 percent and mandate automatic increases every year by the rate of inflation, Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the proposal, "while well intentioned, hurts employees and hurts the people best positioned to help employees-their employers." Alexander said: "We won't help the 12 million Americans… Continue Reading


03.14.13

Alexander Praises Signing Into Law of Burr-Harkin Bill to Prepare Nation for Pandemic and Bioterror Attacks

Washington, D.C., March 14 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today praised the signing into law of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, a bipartisan effort to ensure that the nation is prepared to respond to a wide range of public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or the result of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack. Alexander said: "Ame… Continue Reading


03.06.13

Alexander: Health Care Law “Loading Up Employers With Costs That Make it More Expensive to Hire,” Keeping Unemployment High

Washington, D.C., March 6 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Tuesday said the health care law is "making it more difficult to lower the unemployment rate in this country, which has stayed too high with more than 12 million people still unemployed." (Video HERE) Alexander said: "Under the law, employers pay $2,000 if they do not offer insurance or a $3,000 penalty if they offer the wrong kinds of insurance. … Continue Reading


03.05.13

Alexander: “If the History Books Were Written Today, We Would Remember President Obama for the Sequester”

Washington, D.C., March 5 - In a speech on the floor of the Senate (VIDEO HERE), U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today said President Obama's leadership was "a colossal failure, because he will not respect this Congress and work with it in a way to get results…he's known for a year that the sequester was coming, but there was no meeting with the Republican or Democratic leaders that I know about unti… Continue Reading


03.01.13

Top Republicans on HELP, Appropriations, Finance Committees Question Administration Plans to Selectively Cut Programs for “Vulnerable Populations” in Sequester

Washington, D.C., March 1 - Senior Senate Republicans on committees overseeing labor, health and education programs today sought details from the administration on the methodology behind its sequestration plans, which appear designed to "dramatically cut funding for programs that serve some of the most vulnerable populations." In letters to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris, the senators write … Continue Reading


02.28.13

Alexander Praises Senate Passage of Burr-Harkin Bill to Prepare Nation for Medical Emergencies and Bioterror Attacks

Washington, D.C., February 28 -Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today praised passage by the Senate of a bill to improve the nation's ability to prepare for, and respond to, pandemics and bioterror attacks. "The threat of a bioterror attack or flu outbreak is real, and this bill helps ensure we're prepared for that threat and that our state and federal governments and local entities are working together to be as rea… Continue Reading

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