Ranking Member's Press


McConnell, Alexander Introduce Bill to Reform National Labor Relations Board

Washington, D.C., January 28 - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, today introduced the NLRB Reform Act to turn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from an advocate to an umpire and keep the general counsel from operating as an activist for one side or the other. McConnell said: "The NLRB's politically motivated decisions and controversial regulations threaten the jobs of hardworking Americans who … Continue Reading


Senators Alexander, Murray Comment on Chairman Upton’s Discussion Document for the “21st Century Cures” Initiative

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) commented on the release of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton's (R-Mich.) discussion document for the "21st Century Cures" initiative: "One of the committee's top priorities this year will be modernizing the Food and Drug Administration, helping to get treatments and medicines to patients as quickly and as safely as possible," said Alexander. "This wor… Continue Reading


Alexander: Washington Telling States How to Evaluate Teachers Has Caused “Enormous Backlash”

Given all of the great progress that states and local school districts have made on standards, accountability, tests, and teacher evaluation over the last 30 years-you'll get a lot more progress with a lot less opposition if you leave those decisions there." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 27 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate education committee, today said Washington must encourage-but not mandate-teacher and principal evaluation systems if they want to… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on Secretary Burwell’s Announcement of Goals for Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursements

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 26 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell's announcement of goals for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, proposed to pay providers based upon quality, rather than quantity of care: "Moving away from fee-for-service payments is one step toward providing higher quality and lower costs for Medicare and Medicaid payments, but it is still important to enact benefit reforms, or seniors wil… Continue Reading


Alexander Celebrates National School Choice Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 26 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today marked the celebration of "National School Choice Week," saying:‎ "America's higher education system is the best in the world because our colleges and universities have autonomy and compete for federal money that follows students to the schools of their choice. Why don't we borrow this idea from our colleges and universities and allow parents to decide what elementary or high s… Continue Reading


Alexander: Restoring Full-time to 40 Hours Could Give 2.6 Million Workers a Pay Raise

Says Obamacare's definition of full-time as 30 hours is causing thousands of low-wage workers to lose hours and income * * * "Republicans have talked a lot about wanting to repair the damage of Obamacare. We have also talked about wanting to get results. This bipartisan bill should be an important step to doing both." -Lamar Alexander Washington, D.C., January 22 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, today said the Senate should change the Obamacar… Continue Reading


Hatch, Alexander Introduce Bill to Repeal Individual Mandate

Hatch, Alexander Introduce Bill to Repeal Individual Mandate WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), along with 20 other senators, introduced the American Liberty Restoration Act, S. 203, a bill that repeals Obamacare's individual insurance mandate. "Forcing Americans to purchase insurance goes against our nation's history of individual liberty. This legislation strikes Obamaca… Continue Reading


Alexander: It is Time to Fix No Child Left Behind

*** "Are there too many tests? Are they the right tests? Are the stakes for failing them too high? What should Washington, D.C. have to do with all this?" -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 21 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today gaveled in his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, calling for the committee to pass a bipartisan bill to Fix No Child Left Behind by the end of February. "Almost everyone seems to agree that it's time … Continue Reading


Excerpts of Sen. Alexander’s Opening Statement on “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability”

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 21 -The following are excerpts of remarks prepared by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, for his opening statement at today's hearing: At the center of the debate about how to fix No Child Left Behind is what to do about the federal requirement that states annually administer 17 standardized tests with high-stakes consequences. Educators call this an accountability system. Are ther… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on State of the Union Address

*VIDEO* WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Obama's annual State of the Union address: "Unfortunately, much of what I heard from President Obama tonight are partisan proposals that don't have any chance of becoming law - and that he intends to pursue despite the message the American people sent him in November by electing a Republican Congress. "We need to hear more about proposals that Congress might actual… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray, Burr, Sanders Introduce Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services for Nearly 12 Million U.S. Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20 -U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) with Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that supports social and nutrition services-from Meals on Wheels to senior centers-for nearly 12 million seniors. "This legislation will help more than 150,000 seniors in Tennessee-and millions more throughout the country… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on President Obama’s Call for Mandatory Paid Sick Time

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 15 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate labor committee, today made the following statement on President Obama's call for mandatory paid sick time: "Americans have great freedom when it comes to work-they can choose the career they like and negotiate with their employer for the things they need, and they can one day become employers, opening businesses with few restrictions compared to the rest of the world. One more government mandate, however well… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on District Court Decision Overturning Labor Department’s In-Home Care Rule

Calls latest court decision "more good news for nearly 240,000 Tennesseans who've had access to in-home care threatened" by DOL rule *** "The department should abandon any further attempt to force this rule on the 12 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on in-home care to live independently." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 14 -U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the federal district court decision today that overturned much of th… Continue Reading


Chairman Alexander Announces Plan to Fix No Child Left Behind

Releases Staff Discussion Draft and Announces Committee Hearing on Testing and Accountability *** "During the last six years, this committee has held 24 hearings and reported two bills to the Senate floor to fix the law's problems. We should be able to finish our work within the first few weeks of 2015 so the full Senate can act." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13 -U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced on the Senate floor his plans to fi… Continue Reading


Alexander Statement on President’s “America’s College Promise” Proposal

KNOXVILLE, Jan. 9 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Obama's America's College Promise proposal: "The right way to expand Tennessee Promise nationally is for other states to do for themselves what Tennessee has done. Then, instead of creating a new federal program, the federal government can help in two ways. First, reduce federal paperwork for the ridiculous 108-question student aid application form which discourages 2 million American… Continue Reading


Alexander Elected by Republican Colleagues to Chair the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Washington, D.C., Jan. 7 - Senate Republicans today voted to elect U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to be the chairman-or lead senator-of the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "The work of no Senate committee affects the daily lives of more Americans more than this one-whether we are fixing No Child Left Behind, or reducing federal paperwork to make it easier for students to attend college, or making it simpler for medical treatments and cures to make their way … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Cut 108-Question Student Aid Form to 2 Questions

Bill introduced by Alexander, Bennet, Burr, Booker, Isakson, King will simplify financial aid application for 20 million Americans who fill it out each year WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) with Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Angus King (I- Maine) today introduced the FAST Act, a bill to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to attend college, allow yea… Continue Reading


Alexander Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Protect More than 2.5 Million Workers from Harmful Effects of Obamacare’s 30-Hour Workweek

"I'm glad to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation offered by Sens. Collins and Donnelly to overturn this damaging Obamacare provision and give a pay raise to more than 2.5 million low-income workers and their families. -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 7 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to change the definition of "full time" work from 30 hours per week-as it was establi… Continue Reading


King, Burr Lead Bipartisan Push to Reform Student Loan Repayment Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), along with Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), introduced legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. The Repay Act, which Senators King and Burr originally introduced last Congress, would simplify the complex maze of federal student loan repayment programs by consolidating many of the benefits of current repayment prog… Continue Reading


Alexander Highlights Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee Accomplishments for this Congress

"The Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee has produced some of the most significant legislation of any Senate committee this year. In a dysfunctional Congress, among senators with profound ideological differences, our work shows what can happen when you focus on getting results on issues important to the American people." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 22 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the ranking Republican member on the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor… Continue Reading

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