Post Tagged with: "Senate"

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is trying to fend off a raft of bills that aim to fix the highly controversial guns in trunks law, which was opposed by the state's largest employers. Credit: WPLN

Medicaid Expansion Ban Gains Momentum Against GOP Leadership Wishes

by / on January 31, 2013

Nearly half of the Tennessee Senate has signed on to a bill that would keep the state from expanding its Medicaid program as envisioned under Obamacare.

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Corker’s Antibiotic Incentive Bill Passes Senate

Corker’s Antibiotic Incentive Bill Passes Senate

by / on May 24, 2012

Tennessee Republican Bob Corker’s GAIN Act has passed the Senate. As WPLN’s Nina Cardona reports, it’s a plan to spur development of new antibiotics that work on drug-resistant “superbugs.”

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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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Alexander Cosponsors Effort to Strip Away Tax Provision in Health Care Overhaul

by / on August 3, 2010

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is cosponsoring a bill to reverse provisions of the healthcare overhaul plan that he says make the tax code more complex.

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Corps of Engineers’ Flood Response Hindered by Communication Errors

by / on July 22, 2010

The Army Corps of Engineers’ regional commander says communication problems during the May flood will lead to changes in how the agency operates.

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Dean Says Flood Predictions Weren’t Enough

by / on July 22, 2010

Mayor Karl Dean says Nashville officials had to lean more on their own instincts than the predictions of weather and water experts during the May flood.

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Cooper Chastises Corps of Engineers

by / on July 22, 2010

Congressman Jim Cooper had harsh words for the Army Corps of Engineers during a Senate hearing Thursday. He says lack of communication about dam releases during May’s flood amounted to surprising local officials with a “water bomb.”

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Senate Takes Five (Days)

by / on May 13, 2010

Tennessee’s state budget won’t be enacted any earlier than the last week in May. The state Senate decided today to take next week off.

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Frist Doubts States Can Undo Federal Healthcare Overhaul

by / on April 15, 2010

Frist, the one-time Republican majority leader, says he’s proud of the Obama administration for addressing what he called an “inexcusable” gap in healthcare coverage. That’s even though the law passed narrowly, with only Democratic support.

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Colleges Shouldn’t Grow Complacent, Alexander Says

by / on October 19, 2009

In a cover story for Newsweek Magazine, the senator calls on schools to graduate students more efficiently.

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Senate Icon Attracts Primary Challenger

by / on September 29, 2009

A political novice is taking on the state Senate’s longest-serving member.

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Alexander Calls End-of-Life Provisions a Danger

by / on September 1, 2009

Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander says it’s dangerous to write laws dealing with end of life decisions.

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Corker To Vote No On Sotomayor

by / on July 29, 2009

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker will not vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor when her Supreme Court nomination goes before the full Senate.

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President Backs Pay-Go Proposal

by / on June 9, 2009

Nashville Democrat Jim Cooper calls the president’s support a huge step towards making Pay-as-you-go the law of the land.

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State Bill Advancing to Regulate Traffic Cameras

by / on May 27, 2009

A bill regulating traffic cameras in Tennessee passed out of the state House Finance committee Tuesday.

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Senate Passes Bills Allowing Guns in Parks, Trunks

by / on May 18, 2009

Last night the state senate passed a version of the so-called “guns in parks” bill, which would allow handgun-carry permit holders to bring their weapons into state and local parks.

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