Vitter move to ax health benefits for Congress, staff causes friction

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Senators will vote on a plan by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that would end federal contributions to healthcare coverage for lawmakers and staffs, an aide said.

State lawmaker to take on incumbent in Tennessee GOP primary

NASHVILLE, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Tennessee lawmaker said he'll challenge incumbent Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

Senate approves five NLRB nominees

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm five executive branch nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.
Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Two more vacancies in President Obama's Cabinet were filled Thursday as the U.S. Senate confirmed Labor Department and Environmental Protection Agency heads.
Politico: Senators reach deal on student loans

Politico: Senators reach deal on student loans

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate leaders Wednesday reached a deal on student loans and will schedule a vote by next week, sources told Politico.

Perez nomination as labor secretary advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 60-40 to end debate on the nomination of Thomas Perez, clearing the way for his confirmation as secretary of labor.

Stafford student loan rates on path to double next week

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Interest rates on some new federal student loans appear destined to double next week, U.S. senators say, with a Monday deadline looming.
Senate wards off GOP filibuster on U.S. immigration reform bill

Senate wards off GOP filibuster on U.S. immigration reform bill

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Monday voted 67-27 to kill a Republican attempt to filibuster the immigration reform bill.

Alexander: GOP, Obama agree on fixing student loan rates

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- Republicans have significant differences with the White House on education policy, but agree about student loans, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Saturday.
GOP denies Hagel block a true filibuster

GOP denies Hagel block a true filibuster

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans denied their move to block Chuck Hagel's defense secretary nomination was a true filibuster because they expected Hagel to be confirmed.
Obama: Act even if action is 'imperfect'

Obama: Act even if action is 'imperfect'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama said Monday the United States has "limitless" possibilities and called on Americans to carry on the tasks of the nation's pioneers.

D.C. veteran joins GOP leadership group

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A former press secretary for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is the communications director for Republican State Leadership Committee, the group's leader said.

Online tax vote unlikely in this Congress

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Congress is unlikely to vote before the current session ends in January on allowing states to tax goods sold online, an aide to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says.
Who's willing to break Grover Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge?

Who's willing to break Grover Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge?

Will they or won't they? Is it or isn't it? The answer to both of those questions may determine whether the United States falls off the fiscal cliff into a sea of tax rate hikes, an enlarged alternative minimum tax and draconian across-the-board spending cuts – none of which anyone says they want.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted against a Republican measure that would eliminate regulations cutting mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants.
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Lamar Alexander
Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-TN, speaks during a forum on Medicare fraud on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 28, 2008. Medicare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers as much as $80 billion a year. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)

Andrew Lamar Alexander (born July 3, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Tennessee and Conference Chair of the Republican Party. He was previously the 45th Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987, United States Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993 under President George H. W. Bush and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000.

Alexander was born in Maryville, Tennessee, where he was raised, to Genevra Floreine (née Rankin) and Andrew Lamar Alexander. In high school he was elected Governor of Tennessee Boys State. Alexander graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1962 and from the New York University School of Law in 1965. After graduating from law school, Alexander clerked for United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit judge John Minor Wisdom in New Orleans from 1965 to 1966.

In 1969 Alexander married Honey Buhler, who grew up in Victoria, Texas, and graduated from Smith College of Massachusetts. They had met during a softball game for Senate staff members; he was then a staffer for Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee while she worked for Senator John Tower of Texas. Together they have four children: Drew, Leslee, Kathryn, and Will.

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