[SPAM] Latest from Lamar: Reaction to President Trump Delivering the State of the Union

Senator Lamar Alexander
2018-02-03 21:04:48
Latest from Lamar, Notes from the Senate Desk *This week, I had the opportunity to hear President Trump deliver his State of the Union address. * After a first year of tax cuts, reduced regulations, and conservative judges, I'm glad to hear the president's optimism about tackling the tough issues ahead of us. With his leadership, we can strengthen our borders, address the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, lower health care costs, and fight the opioid crisis. *I was glad to have Darren Morris as my guest at the State of the **Union. Mr. Morris served as Tennessee's state director for President Trump's campaign.* *Staff Sergeant Justin Peck of Clarksville was recognized by President Trump during the State of the Union address for his bravery and service to our country. Thank you for your remarkable courage, Staff Sergeant Peck.* *President Trump's immigration comments last week showed real presidential leadership * Last week, I talked with Harris Faulkner of Fox News about my work as part of a bipartisan group in the Senate trying to reach a result on border security and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. I said to the president earlier this year, "Mr. President, President Bush couldn't do it, President Obama couldn't do it, they both tried. You could do it. You could be Nixon to China on immigration." This isn't something that the Nashville City Council can solve or the state can solve, the president and Congress have to create a legal immigration system, and you can do it, and I think his comments last week are an important part of presidential leadership to solve the problem. *Overwhelming support for our bill to #StandWithSongwriters - from music creators, publishers, digital music companies, tech companies* Last week, I introduced a bill - along with Senator and songwriter Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and seven other senators, including Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) - that will help thousands of songwriters in Tennessee. The Music Modernization Act addresses two of the greatest challenges facing songwriters: One is that the arrival of the Internet has meant that many songwriters aren't paid royalties when their songs are played, and two, when they are paid, they aren't paid a fair market value for their songs. Several groups representing music creators, publishers, digital music companies and tech companies overwhelmingly support the legislation - and you can read their statements here. *Trump administration proposal could finally make affordable health insurance available to 11 million small business men and women, such as Tennessee farmers and songwriters* Last month, I went to the Chick-fil-A on Charlotte in Nashville. As I was about to leave, a lady walked up to me and said, "My name is Marty. I'm a self-employed farmer. And the year before Obamacare started, my monthly insurance premium was $300. Next year, it is $1,300, and it's very hard for me to afford." A new proposal by the Trump Administration would take down barriers to allow more self-employed Tennesseans like Marty and small businesses to band together in what is called an Association Health Plan, or an AHP. By banding together in an AHP, employers could reduce the cost of providing health insurance to their employees through spreading the administrative costs, bargaining for better deals from insurers, and creating a way to bring in more healthy people, which brings down costs for everyone. These plans would have the same important consumer protections as insurance offered by larger employers--under the proposed rule as written, AHPs could not charge higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions or refuse to admit employees to an AHP due to pre-existing conditions. This week, I spoke at a roundtable on Small Business Health Plans and discussed how this proposed rule could lower the cost of health insurance premiums and finally make affordable health insurance available to the 11 million American small business men and women and their employees or those who work for themselves--like farmers or songwriters--who today are priced out of our health insurance system. *Visiting Washington, D.C., on a Tuesday? Sign up [link 6] to attend Tennessee Tuesday, the weekly constituent breakfast I host with Senator Corker every week **that the Senate is in session. My office can also arrange tours of the U.S. Capitol and other attractions [link 7] throughout our nation's capital.* *Colleges should be more accountable for students not repaying loans* This week, the Senate education committee I chair held our fourth hearing this Congress on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. I want to ensure students are earning degrees worth their time and money, and so I believe Congress should consider new accountability measures that are more effective at holding all individual programs at all colleges and universities accountable for the ability of their students to pay back their loans. As we continue our work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, I want to look at how we hold all schools - public, private, and for-profit - accountable when students borrow too much money and are not prepared to pay those loans back. Be as committed to military men and women as military men and women are committed to our country. *#159 in Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book* Contact Information: Website: www.alexander.senate.gov/public/ Office Location: Washington, DC Office 455 Dirksen Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-4944 | Fax: (202) 228-3398 Privacy Policy: www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/privacypolicy Unsubscribe: alexander.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm
   

This week, I had the opportunity to hear President Trump deliver his State of the Union address.

After a first year of tax cuts, reduced regulations, and conservative judges, I’m glad to hear the president’s optimism about tackling the tough issues ahead of us. With his leadership, we can strengthen our borders, address the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, lower health care costs, and fight the opioid crisis.

 

 

 

 

I was glad to have Darren Morris as my guest at the State of the Union. Mr. Morris served as Tennessee’s state director for President Trump’s campaign.

 

 

 

 

Staff Sergeant Justin Peck of Clarksville was recognized by President Trump during the State of the Union address for his bravery and service to our country. Thank you for your remarkable courage, Staff Sergeant Peck.

President Trump’s immigration comments last week showed real presidential leadership 

 

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