Articles by: Matt Laslo

DesJarlais Steadfast Despite Latest Complaint

DesJarlais Steadfast Despite Latest Complaint

by / on November 29, 2012

Tennessee’s congressional delegation remains tight lipped about embattled congressman Scott DesJarlais. Just this week the watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington filed its third complaint against the physician-lawmaker. DesJairlais remains ?undaunted.

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TN Reps Challenge Health Law’s Missing Language

by / on July 20, 2012

With outright repeal efforts nowhere, the G-O-P is attacking president’s signature health care law piece by piece, and two Tennessee Republicans believe they’ve found a way to unravel the legislation.

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Cooper, Black Join ‘Fix Congress Now’ Caucus

by / on May 17, 2012

Nashville Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper says support is growing for his ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Act. But the legislation still hasn’t caught the eye of the power brokers on Capitol Hill.

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Corker Positioned for Senate Chairmanship

Corker Positioned for Senate Chairmanship

by / on May 11, 2012

A fellow Republican’s loss could turn into Senator Bob Corker’s gain. After 36 years in Washington, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar was sent packing this week, which opens up the top G-O-P slot on the Foreign Relations Committee. Corker is next in line according to the committee’s seniority system, but his ascension is not a done deal.

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Cooper, Corker Hesitant On Arming Syrian Opposition

by / on March 12, 2012

While some prominent lawmakers in Washington are calling for the U.S. to help overthrow the Syrian regime through arms and airstrikes, Tennessee lawmakers say that’s currently a dangerous proposition.

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Haslam Wants Federal Officials to Create Healthcare Waivers

by / on February 27, 2012

Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam spent the weekend in Washington where he and other governors asked the president and cabinet officials for more freedom from federal mandates.

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Tennessean Congressmen Split on Payroll Tax Bill

by / on February 17, 2012

The Tennessee congressional delegation was divided over legislation to extend a payroll tax holiday for millions of average workers, but unlike past battles the bill’s critics didn’t put up much of a fight.

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Tennessee a Winner – So Far – in Defense Cut Plans

by / on February 13, 2012

As the Pentagon prepares for deep budget cuts Tennessee is getting some good news from Air Force officials, but spending cuts could still be coming down the pike for the state’s military installations.

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Rep. Black: Getting Grip on Iran Requires Sensitive Touch

by / on February 6, 2012

Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black says there are many nuances required when dealing with Iran and its nuclear program.

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Corker Wants End to “Budget Gimmicks”

Corker Wants End to “Budget Gimmicks”

by / on February 1, 2012

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker stood with more than twenty Republican colleagues from the U.S. House and Senate today to oppose what they call budget gimmicks.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Encourage Super Committee, Make Contingency Plans

by / on November 17, 2011

If the so-called congressional “super committee” fails to cut more than a trillion dollars from the deficit, Tennessee risks a downgrade of its bond rating. The panel remains gridlocked, but some members of the state’s congressional delegation are trying to pressure the group to reach a deal.

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Corker, Alexander Support President’s Proposal to Spur Vet Hiring

by / on November 10, 2011

Tennessee’s senators – both Republicans – helped pass a portion of President Obama’s jobs bill that provides tax credits to business for hiring veterans. The vote was more about rewarding military service than spurring economic growth in Middle Tennessee.

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Corker and Cooper Not Happy With Political Play over Disaster Funding

by / on September 16, 2011

More than two thirds of Tennessee’s counties have been declared disaster areas this year, which is on top of last year’s flood damage. State officials are waiting for Congress to send them $165 million to pay for recovery efforts. But as of now that emergency funding is caught in a political battle.

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