Year-End Newsletter

Senator Lamar Alexander
2014-12-10 18:15:13
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Year-End Newsletter

December 10, 2014-

As the year comes to an end, I’d like to share with you some of what I’ve been working on in Tennessee and Washington:

Preparing to fix our broken system as part of a new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate

In November, Americans elected a new Republican Senate majority determined to fix our broken system in Washington and move our country in a new direction. When the new Republican majority takes over in the new year, I am ready to hit the ground running with proposals to grow jobs, turn our health care system in the direction of more choices and lower costs, return control over our public schools to communities and classroom teachers, and put an end to the Obama administration’s unconstitutional overreach into so many areas of Americans’ lives. I look forward to accomplishing these goals in a way Tennesseans know well—working with others to get results.

Encouraging job growth in Tennessee and keeping Washington out of the way

Throughout the past few months, I had the opportunity to attend several groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies across Tennessee, all celebrating good, new jobs being created around the state. Because of our state’s strong right-to-work law and low taxes, Tennessee continues to be one of the country’s most attractive states for companies to invest and create new jobs. 

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Preventing the spread of Ebola in Tennessee and around the nation

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, I pressed for a more urgent response from the United States and other countries to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. It is clear that this is a threat we should be taking as seriously as that of

You can watch me discuss the threat from Ebola

Helping more Tennesseans go to college by simplifying student aid

In June, Senator Michael Bennet and I

This is one of the many proposals I plan to push as chairman of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions when Republicans take the majority next year. Read more here"on my plan to reform No Child Left Behind to return responsibility to states and local communities to create and implement their own education standards and tests, evaluate teachers and principals, and improve schools. We also need to get rid of Obamacare and repair the damage it has caused as rapidly and responsibly as possible with step-by-step proposals to increase freedom and choice and to reduce the cost of health insurance.

Fighting to secure the border and stop the president’s executive amnesty agenda

Last month, the president announced he is going to bypass Congress and unilaterally give amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants currently living in our country. Our immigration system is broken and our border is a mess. Rather than acting like a king, the president should be working with Congress to secure the border and create a system of legal immigration – not disregarding the rule of law and the will of the American people.

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