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Corker releases statement on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump proclaimed January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “With the establishment of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and matching $25 million contributions from the U.S. and United Kingdom, […]

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From Senator Alexander’s desk

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This year was a productive one in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the committee I chair: 13 substantial bills in the committee’s jurisdiction were signed into law; our committee approved 32 of President Trump’s nominees; and we held 32 hearings to tackle issues important to Tennessee families. In 2017, the committee took […]

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ACUF’s 2017 Tenn. State Ratings: On track to be year’s top scorer

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The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the Tennessee General Assembly. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by the ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and are helpful in illustrating how both chambers of […]

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GOP tax plan hurts Tennessee’s working families, communities

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Today (Nov. 17) every Tennessee Republican member of Congress voted to cut Medicare, raise taxes on working families and continue their failed economic policies that are leaving millions of us behind. These are not Tennessee values. Tennessee families are struggling. They need leaders who will put them first, not big corporations. “Every Tennessean, no matter […]

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Funding for veterans homes included in state budget

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[Editor’s note: At our request, Sen. Mark Norris provided comments on recent legislative work on behalf of veterans.] I continue to serve as chairman of the Veterans Oversight Subcommittee of State and Local Government. I was honored to receive the Department of Defense Certificate of Appreciation “for leadership on public policy changes positively impacting the […]

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Sen. Alexander wants to repay ‘debt of gratitude’ to veterans

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[Editor’s note: At our request, the office of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) provided comments about legislative work on behalf of veterans. We added additional details about the appropriations bill he mentioned.] “We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude we cannot pay and must ensure they receive the health care, benefits and support they […]

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TN Democratic Party: Graham-Cassidy bill could cost state $61B

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Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, released the following statement heavily criticizing the Graham-Cassidy Bill: “The uninsured rate in Tennessee dropped from 15% to 9% because of the Affordable Care Act. It would be even lower if Tennessee Republicans had not blocked Medicaid Expansion in the state. The Graham-Cassidy bill will undo all […]

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Kelsey: ‘I will always advocate on behalf of Tennesseans’

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I have been spending my time working to improve the juvenile justice system in our state and making sure that the issues important to Tennesseans are heard. Juvenile justice I was honored to be appointed by Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally to serve as a member of the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force […]

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Legislative Roundup

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Corker urges sanctions after N. Korea’s missle launch CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has released the following statement in response to reports of a ballistic missile launch by North Korea. He supported near-unanimous Senate passage of legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea, which […]

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Legislative Update

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Kustoff’s bill would expand claims options for disasters WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced H.R. 3363, the Claims Licensing Advancement for Interstate Matters Act (CLAIM Act) on July 24. This legislation is designed to help independent insurance adjusters file insurance claims more efficiently, ensuring […]

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Corker releases statement on Trump actions against Iran

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Tuesday in response to the Trump administration’s actions against Iran. The administration announced new sanctions along with certification of Tehran’s technical compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A […]

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Lawmakers adjourn after passing budget, key bills

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The 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly has adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history with some of the most important bills of the year being approved during the final week of legislative action. This includes the passage of the $37 billion state budget. It proposes state government spending for the next fiscal […]

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