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Lamar Alexander Urges Congress to Act Now On Preparing for Inevitable Next Pandemic

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Congress needs to break the cycle of “panic, neglect, panic” in response to public health threats.

Alexander made his remarks at the Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 Coronavirus response efforts so far, as well as what steps Congress can take now to prepare for the next pandemic.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Money Paid to Student Athletes for Their Name, Image, Likeness Should Benefit All Student Athletes at that Institution

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – “Money paid to student athletes for use of their name, image, and likeness should benefit all student athletes at that institution,” Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told a Senate hearing Tuesday, September 15th, 2020. “Student athletes should not be on the payroll and treated as hired hands.”

“I do not see a good ending to allowing a few student athletes to be paid by commercial interests while most of their teammates are not,” Alexander said. “If young athletes want to be a part of a team, enjoy the undergraduate experience, learn from coaches who are among the best teachers, and be paid a full scholarship that helps them earn a degree worth $1 million during their lifetime, their earnings should benefit all student athletes at that institution. If they prefer to keep the money for themselves, let them become professionals.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Remembering September 11th, 2001

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – September 11th, 2001 was a tragic day for the United States. Please join me in remembering the innocent civilians, service members, first responders and their families who have suffered every day.

May God hold them near.

Big Tech companies have stretched their liability shield past its limits, and the national discourse now suffers because of it. Today’s internet is a different animal from the online world we knew in 1996.

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Lamar Alexander reports Democrats Block Bill to Help Americans Go Safely Back to School, College, Child Care and Prepare for Future Pandemics

 

Lamar Alexander says the only way for Congress to help the American people get through the COVID-19 pandemic is for Democrats and Republicans to work together

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Thursday, September 10th said “the only way for Congress to help the American people get through the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is for Democrats and Republicans to work together” after Democrats blocked a proposal to help Americans go safely back to school, college and child care and prepare for future pandemics from being debated on the Senate floor.

The proposal—Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act—provides $105 billion to help schools re-open and gives parents more choices of schools for their children, $15 billion to provide more child care for working parents, $16 billion for states to conduct more testing and contact tracing, $31 billion for tests, treatments, and vaccines development.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Senate Republican Proposal Will Help Americans Go Safely Back to School, College, Child Care, and Prepare for Future Pandemics

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said a new Republican proposal to respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic will “help Americans go safely back to school, college and child care and prepare for future pandemics.”

The Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act “provides $105 billion to help schools re-open and gives parents more choices of schools for their children, $15 billion to provide more child care for working parents, $16 billion for states to conduct more testing and contact tracing, $31 billion for tests, treatments, and vaccines development. It also provides for sustained funding to prepare for future pandemics.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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August Jobs Report: Economy Continues to Rebound As Unemployment Rate Drops

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – In August, America added nearly 1.4 million new jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly Employment Situation Report, in line with the consensus forecast. The unemployment rate fell by 1.8 percentage points to 8.4 percent, the second largest decline on record. The August jobs report confirms that the strong recovery continues.

Just a few months ago, America had an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent—the lowest rate in 50 years—before jumping to a peak of 14.7 percent in April due to devastation wrought by COVID-19 Coronavirus.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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How Labor Day Started

 

Labor DayWashington, D.C. – On the first Monday in September, Labor Day is observed. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886.

President Woodrow Wilson (Left) with American Federation of Labor founder and long-time president, Samuel Gompers (Center), and DOL Secretary William B Wilson at an undated Labor Day Rally.

President Woodrow Wilson (Left) with American Federation of Labor founder and long-time president, Samuel Gompers (Center), and DOL Secretary William B Wilson at an undated Labor Day Rally.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: 95 County Virtual Tour

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – During my first year in the Senate, I traveled to every single county in Tennessee and met with local and state community leaders. This year has been chock full of adjustments to our everyday lives, but my commitment to hearing from constituents will never change.

In light of all the new social distancing rules, I’ve taken my 95 county tour online! These virtual roundtables have given me the opportunity to hear firsthand from every single county on how Washington can best serve their needs. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Closing The Digital Divide

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Over the past several months, our lives have taken a remarkably virtual turn.

A high-speed internet connection is now a necessity: offices have shifted to working from home, health care is delivered over video chat, and storefronts have been replaced by virtual marketplaces.

But the reality is millions of rural Americans lack a reliable broadband connection, putting them at an economic disadvantage. 

We must close the digital divide, which is why I pushed for Congress to include funding for broadband in our response to COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Legal Aid Society: Workers Have the Legal Right to Discuss Pay and Working Conditions

 

By Alix Rogers and Krishna Ammisetty, Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – Imagine this scenario: You’ve worked at a job you have had for a few years. You like your work.   You get along so well with your coworkers that you feel comfortable enough to discuss your pay with them.

However, discussing pay with coworkers violates a rule in your employee handbook prohibiting the discussion of pay with coworkers.

(L to R) Alix Rogers and Krishna Ammisetty.

(L to R) Alix Rogers and Krishna Ammisetty.

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