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This week, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander launched the first hearings on a sweeping response to the opioid crisis. Alexander chairs the Senate's health committee.

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A bipartisan effort to stabilize the individual health insurance markets appears to be falling apart — polarized by the politics of abortion. The effort — led by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee — was on track to be included in a broad spending bill set for votes this week.

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Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is putting some election-year pressure on Congress to shore up the individual insurance marketplace. As the head of the Senate's health committee, he promised the bi-partisan legislation as a way to mitigate any damage from canceling the individual mandate to buy insurance.

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Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he's on board with strengthening background checks, as the White House has implicitly endorsed. He also says there's no excuse for inaction after the Parkland school shooting.

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Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander voted with most in his party on all but one of the immigration proposals put forward this week. 

The bipartisan legislation from the so-called "Common Sense Coalition" was swatted down by most Republicans. But Alexander voted with Democrats in favor of it.

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Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander has backed off his demands to add health insurance subsidies for low-income Americans to a year-end spending bill.

Alexander was the co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would fund subsidies to insurance companies that offer plans on the marketplace. Another bill addressing Obamacare was co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander acknowledges that the final tax bill set to pass this week will increase health insurance costs for those who use the federal exchanges. But he says his bipartisan bill to stabilize the insurance marketplace will offset the cost increase.

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Sen. Bob Corker just came out in support of the GOP tax bill. Initially he was worried about its impact on the federal deficit. But fellow Tennessee Republican, Sen. Lamar Alexander, who peddled the plan Friday morning at the Rotary Club of Brentwood, says he thinks the plan will help the nation's debt.

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Senator Bob Corker sang the praises of Bill Hagerty before the chamber overwhelmingly confirmed the Nashville businessman Thursday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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Updated 3:30 p.m.: Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says delaying a vote on the health care bill should show that the senate wants "to get it right." He says in a statement that he will work over the next few days to "resolve a number of legitimate issues."

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