Articles by: Capitol News Connection

Senator Corker To Help Work Out Differences On Financial Reform Bills

by / on May 1, 2013

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is getting one more chance to leave his imprint on the financial reform legislation winding its way thorough Congress.

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Alexander Joins Corker in Criticizing White House on Libya

by / on June 30, 2011

Senator Bob Corker has been a loud voice in the debate over whether the President needed Congressional permission to go into Libya. Tennessee’s other senator has started speaking in opposition to the White House.

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Obama’s Libya Rationale Leaves TN Senators Wondering

by / on June 17, 2011

Tennessee’s Senators remain unsatisfied with the Obama Administration’s report on the involvement in Libya.

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Nashville VA Knocked in New Internal Report

by / on June 6, 2011

Lawmakers in Washington are not happy about findings from an audit on veterans affairs offices. The report looked at 16 centers. Nashville’s center was among the worst.

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Federal Legislators Split Over Offshore Drilling and Oil Company Incentives

by / on May 12, 2011

The debate in Congress over off-shore drilling splits mostly along party lines. Pro and con. Black and white. Judging by his votes on a series of bills this week, Nashville Democrat Jim Cooper sees more shades of gray.

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Rep. DesJarlais Says State of the Union Fell Short

by / on January 26, 2011

Tennessee Freshman Republican Representative Scott DesJarlais says President Obama fell short at last night’s address.

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House Repeals Healthcare, Replacement Ideas Abound

by / on January 20, 2011

Tennessee Republicans voted along party lines Wednesday to repeal the health care law. Now, the GOP-controlled House begins working to replace the measure. From our Capitol Hill bureau in Washington, Manuel Quinones reports Tennessee freshman Republican, Diane Black wants to promote free market ideas.

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CNC: Cohen Wants to Carry

by / on January 13, 2011

Memphis Democrat Steve Cohen is one of several lawmakers planning to rely more on guns for their safety. That in the wake of the Tucson shooting rampage.

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Tennessee Part of Southern Growth Trend

by / on December 21, 2010

New census numbers show Tennessee grew over the last decade, but not enough to gain any seats in Congress.

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Representative-elect Black Wins Major Committee Seat

by / on December 20, 2010

Tennessee’s Diane Black is one of only two freshman Republicans tapped to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee when the new Congress convenes. Democrats are already crying foul over the appointment.

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Washington Fundraisers Already Underway for Freshman-elect

by / on December 13, 2010

Many newly elected Congressmen built their campaigns by running “against” Washington. They’re not even officially in office yet, but some are already getting comfortable with an inside-the-Beltway ritual.

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Corker Urges Congress To Just Get On With Tax Cut Extensions

by / on December 1, 2010

Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have joined in a threat to stop all legislation in the U.S. Senate until Congress deals with the so-called Bush tax cuts and government funding measures.

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DesJarlais Learns New Protocols

DesJarlais Learns New Protocols

by / on November 24, 2010

Representative-elect Scott DesJarlais as he looks forward to his new responsibilities as a member of the United States Congress

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Tennessee Newest Congressmen Learn, Look Forward

by / on November 19, 2010

Four Tennessee Republicans are among the freshman class currently getting a crash course on how the U.S. Congress works.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Vote Against Stimulus, Write Letters Supporting Projects

by / on October 25, 2010

Many lawmakers who voted against the stimulus package were pinpointed last week for also writing letters seeking stimulus funds for projects back home. Tennessee’s delegation is part of the widespread double-talk.

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Passage of Senate’s NASA Bill A Defeat For Retiring Gordon

by / on October 4, 2010

This week retiring Congressman Bart Gordon suffered a defeat in the debate over the future of NASA and human space flight.

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Tennessee Lags Behind In Earmark Bounty

by / on September 20, 2010

Lawmakers in Washington often bring federal dollars to Tennessee through the controversial earmarking process. But a recent Harvard Business School study found the state isn’t doing too well in comparison. Manuel Quinones has more from Washington.

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Tennessee Delegation Split in Congressional Tax Cut Extension Debate

by / on September 17, 2010

Tennessee lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are divided over whether to extend the so-called “Bush tax cuts.” The debate is one of the biggest remaining issues in Congress this year.

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Accreditation Process Questioned At Hearing About For-Profit Colleges

by / on August 4, 2010

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says for-profit career colleges likely need better oversight from the groups that approve the schools’ standards. Alexander made his comments at a congressional hearing Wednesday.

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Rep. Gordon Takes One Last Crack At Molding NASA’s Future

by / on July 26, 2010

Lawmakers are saying “no” to President Obama’s plans for NASA and the future of human space flight. And one of the many lawmakers standing in the President’s way is Tennessee Democrat Bart Gordon.

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