Articles by: Matt Laslo

DesJarlais Steadfast Despite Latest Complaint

DesJarlais Steadfast Despite Latest Complaint

November 29, 2012 at 5:40 am

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.

TN Reps Challenge Health Law’s Missing Language

July 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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.

Cooper, Black Join ‘Fix Congress Now’ Caucus

May 17, 2012 at 5:25 am

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.

Corker Positioned for Senate Chairmanship

Corker Positioned for Senate Chairmanship

May 11, 2012 at 5:02 am

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.

Cooper, Corker Hesitant On Arming Syrian Opposition

March 12, 2012 at 6:21 am

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.

Haslam Wants Federal Officials to Create Healthcare Waivers

February 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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.

Tennessean Congressmen Split on Payroll Tax Bill

February 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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.

Tennessee a Winner – So Far – in Defense Cut Plans

February 13, 2012 at 6:52 am

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.

Rep. Black: Getting Grip on Iran Requires Sensitive Touch

February 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

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

Corker Wants End to “Budget Gimmicks”

Corker Wants End to “Budget Gimmicks”

February 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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.

Tennessee Lawmakers Encourage Super Committee, Make Contingency Plans

November 17, 2011 at 6:00 am

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.

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

November 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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.

Corker and Cooper Not Happy With Political Play over Disaster Funding

September 16, 2011 at 6:11 am

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.