Chairman's Press

02.07.13

Senators Burr, Harkin, Enzi, Casey, and Alexander Introduce Bill to Better Prepare Nation for the Threat of Pandemics or Bioterror Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Harkin, Enzi, Casey, and Alexander introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, a bipartisan effort to ensure that our nation is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or the result of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack. As a result of the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness A… Continue Reading


02.01.13

Alexander Announces Staff Changes

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the following staff changes stemming from his election as the top Republican, or Ranking Member, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee: At the committee, Alexander's current legislative director, David P. Cleary, will serve as Republican staff director, MarySumpter Lapinski will serve as health policy director, Peter Oppenheim will serve as education policy director, Lindsey Ward Seidman w… Continue Reading


02.01.13

Alexander: “Get the Government Out of the Economy’s Way”

MARYVILLE, Feb. 1 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced he is an original cosponsor of a bill in the U.S. Senate that he said would help reduce the negative impact excessive regulation has on the economy. "For too long, the federal government has been throwing a big, wet blanket over the economy with unrealistic regulations that burden businesses," Alexander said. "The best thing we can do to create more jobs for Tennesseans is to get the government out of the economy's way."… Continue Reading


01.31.13

Alexander, McConnell and 38 Republican Senators Send Letter to President Obama’s Unconstitutional NLRB Appointees Insisting They Leave Immediately

Washington, D.C., January 31 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and 38 Republican senators, sent a letter to Sharon Block and Richard F. Griffin, Jr., the two individuals whose alleged appointments to the National Labor Relations Board have been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, insisting that they leave the board immediately, "withdraw from all Bo… Continue Reading


01.31.13

Alexander Calls for Best Ideas on “Simple Plan for Voluntary Savings that Employers Would Be More Likely to Adopt”

Washington, D.C., January 31 - At a hearing today of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on retirement savings, Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), asked four expert witnesses to "start from scratch" and offer the committee a simple plan for voluntary savings that employers would be more likely to adopt. "Because of the problems of complexity, legalese, and liability, there seem to be plenty of opportunities to make it easier for employees to choose pla… Continue Reading


01.31.13

Johanns, Alexander, Cornyn File Bill Stopping Unconstitutional NLRB, CFPB Actions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today introduced legislation prohibiting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from enforcing or implementing decisions and regulations without a constitutionally confirmed board or director. Johanns said, "These agencies have been operating under a ruse for more than a year. Any decisions or regulations made by the people who have no right to be… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Alexander: “The Case for Repealing Obamacare Has Only Grown Stronger”

Washington, D.C., January 29 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today announced he is cosponsoring a bill introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to fully repeal the health care law, saying: "I told the President at the White House health care summit that his law would increase individual premiums and it has." Alexander said: "The case for repealing this law has only grown stronger as American businesses and … Continue Reading


01.29.13

Op-ed by Sen. Alexander in National Review Online: "Obama NLRB Appointees Should Resign Immediately"

On Friday, a ruling by a federal court of appeals panel confirmed the worst of what many of us in the Senate have warned about the overreach of President Obama's administration: The court ruled that President Obama violated the Constitution when he used his recess power to appoint three individuals to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in January 2012. After the ruling, NLRB chairman Mark Gaston Pearce issued a statement saying, in effect, the board is open for business. But the board sh… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Alexander Celebrates National School Choice Week

*** "Our higher education system is the best in the world…When we let parents decide which elementary or high school is best for their children, we'll see similar results." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today marked the celebration of National School Choice Week, saying, "it's time to free up our children to learn, free up our teachers to educate, and fre… Continue Reading


01.25.13

Senate Labor Committee Republicans Comment on Court Ruling that Obama Appointees to NLRB are Unconstitutional

Washington, D.C., January 25 - Republican members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today issued the following statements after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled President Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during a pro-forma session of the United States Senate were unconstitutional. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the committee, said: "The court has found that the president violated the Constitutio… Continue Reading


01.25.13

Alexander Says Court Decision Requires Immediate Resignation of Obama Appointees to NLRB

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today called on the members of the National Labor Relations Board appointed by President Obama in January during a pro-forma session of the United States Senate to resign immediately after a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled those appointments unconstitutional. Alexander said: "The court has found that the president violated the Constitution … Continue Reading


01.24.13

Tennessee Community Mental Health Centers in Spotlight at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 - At a hearing today of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the chief executive officer of Centerstone in Tennessee testified that an initiative Ranking Member Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) launched in Tennessee as governor 30 years ago was an example of how education and mental health systems can work together "for the sole purpose of addressing our health care crisis." The hearing on mental health was the first for which Alexander served as Ran… Continue Reading


01.24.13

Alexander Calls for Best Ideas on “Simple Plan for Voluntary Savings that Employers Would Be More Likely to Adopt”

Washington, D.C., January 31 - At a hearing today of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on retirement savings, Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), asked four expert witnesses to "start from scratch" and offer the committee a simple plan for voluntary savings that employers would be more likely to adopt. "Because of the problems of complexity, legalese, and liability, there seem to be plenty of opportunities to make it easier for employees to choose pla… Continue Reading


01.22.13

Alexander Elected by Republican Colleagues to Top Spot on Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Washington, D.C., January 22 - Senate Republicans today voted to elect U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) as the top Republican, or Ranking Member, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "I am honored that my Republican colleagues elected me as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Tennessee is helping lead the country in health care and education innovation, and this opportunity will give me a strong voice in reducing r… Continue Reading


01.22.13

HATCH, ALEXANDER INTRODUCE LEGISLATION REPEALING HEALTH LAW’S INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE MANDATE

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation, the American Liberty Restoration Act, repealing the individual insurance mandate that is a central tenet of the President's health care law. This legislation garnered the support of 30 Senators in the 112th Congress. "The $2.6 trillion health law is driving up health care costs, increa… Continue Reading


11.30.12

Senator Enzi Calls for Continued Efforts on World AIDS Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, noted that although great progress has been made in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, there is still much to be done to overcome one of the world's greatest public health challenges. Enzi said it is important to discuss and examine the advances being made to halt the HIV/AIDS epidemic both here in the United States and around the worl… Continue Reading


11.15.12

We Must Take Steps to Prevent Another Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today examining the recent meningitis outbreak, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said the catastrophic failure by regulatory agencies charged with protecting patients from unsafe drugs is unacceptable. Enzi said it is important to critically examine what happened in order to determine what needs to be done to prevent it from reoccurring. "Thirty-two Americans have died and more than 400 … Continue Reading


09.26.12

Senate Republicans File Amicus Brief in Suit Over Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

The President's decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab," Sen. McConnell said. "We will demonstrate to the Court how the President's unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress's role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Re… Continue Reading


09.20.12

Enzi Encourages Small Business Participation in Pension System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing on pensions today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, encouraged small business participation in the pension system to help improve and expand retirement savings in the country. "There is little doubt about the power of retirement dollars in our economy," said Senator Enzi. "As a former small business owner, I believe it is important to encourage the business community to participa… Continue Reading


09.13.12

States are Key to Addressing Rising College Tuition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on addressing the challenges in paying for college education, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said while reauthorizing the Higher Education Act and looking for ways that the federal government can better serve American students is critical, it is also important to closely consider what is being done at the state level. "When it comes to rising college tuition, it is imperat… Continue Reading

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