An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
We’ve had a busy week in Washington. Our legislative week was cut short due to the impending snowstorm, so I got home early and got to work in the District. I’ve spent the past two days out and about meeting with constituents in Hickman, Humphreys, Benton, Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Hardin, Wayne, and Lawrence Counties. You can keep up with the travel through the District on Twitter. Be sure to follow and retweet!
Dating back to my Tennessee State Senate days, I’ve always fought for smaller and more responsible government. That’s still my charge today. Since coming to Congress, I’ve been leading the fight to reduce out-of-control spending and making sure your hard-earned tax dollars are protected from waste, fraud, and abuse. I’m happy to report this week the Budget Committee approved two key pieces of legislation that will bring accountability to the budget process and hold bureaucrats responsible for every one of our tax dollars they spend. As a member of the Budget Committee, I gladly give H.R. 1869, the Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act, and H.R. 1872, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act my support and look forward to voting for them on the House Floor.
It’s with reducing our spending in mind that I voted against increasing the debt ceiling. Raising the debt ceiling without any guarantee of cutting spending is irresponsible. It only makes our fiscal problems worse. I’ve been working and fighting to get our economy back on the path to fiscal health, and I’m going to keep fighting. We have a spending problem in Washington and it won’t get fixed by spending more money. Here’s my interview with C-SPAN with more on the debt ceiling vote.
I’ve heard from many of you regarding your frustration that President Obama delayed another piece of his health care law. Once again, President Obama is providing relief for businesses while ignoring the millions of individuals who are suffering under this failed law. I certainly join you in your frustration. While I am continuing to hold accountable both President Obama and his administration, I am fighting for health care reform that is fiscally sound and makes sense. While President Obama is delaying relief, I’m going to keep working for conservative solutions. I hope you’ll consider becoming a citizen co-sponsor of the conservative American Health Care Reform Act and fighting with me.
Finally, I wanted to make sure you knew about this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Started in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition recognizes award-winning art from high school students across the country. Each spring, artists submit their art to the Franklin District Office. One winner is selected and their art is displayed in the United States Capitol for a full year. More details are on the website. Please share with high school students that you know. It’s a great program and I love the talent that comes out of the Tennessee Seventh Congressional District!
Last year alone the House conducted over 1,300 oversight hearings across all of our committees.2014 will be no different. I wanted to share with you an overview of what we did in Congress this past week to hold President Obama’s administration accountable. You can read about our work HERE.
As Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I have been leading the effort to ensure your personal information is protected from the threat of cyber attacks. On Wednesday, we examined the issue at a Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee hearing with Target and Neiman Marcus to discuss next steps in giving you the tools to protect your virtual presence.
This week brought us another disappointing jobs report that further shows the uncertainty being created due to this administration’s over-reaching policies and the negative effect these policies are having on the job market. Neither the Senate or White House has an understanding of how the free market works and what real job solutions look like. I continue to lead on legislative efforts to get regulation out of the way and people back to work.
In addition, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed this week what we have been saying for years, that Obamacare is devastating for the economy. According to a report released by CBO, the President’s health care law will cost $2 trillion over the next 10 years, add $1 trillion to the deficit, and leave the workforce with 2.5 million fewer people working full time by 2024.
This report follows months of reports about the health care law’s rate shock, sticker shock, and the President’s broken promises. This law is a disaster and the White House is clearly in damage control mode. Sadly, whatever nuanced talking points they can produce cannot change the sad state of this law. That is why I have worked with my Republican colleagues to craft an alternative to address this failure. You can read more about our proposal here: H.R. 3121, The American Health Care Reform Act.
Finally, as a strong advocate of our men and women serving in uniform, I was pleased this week to support legislation approved by the House to provide certainty and the guarantee to all of our nation’s veterans that they will have the ability to access the educational opportunities they deserve. H.R. 357, the G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act, would allow veterans to attend the state-run higher-education institution of their choice at the in-state tuition rate. This would ensure that our veterans can attend an institution of higher learning that meets their specific needs without worrying about the inflated costs which out-of-state-residents often must pay. Both our active duty and our National Guardsmen serve willingly to protect our nation’s freedom. This is one more way we can appropriately recognize their service.
A Nashville Democrat proposes raising Tennessee’s tax on cigarettes to fund expansion of TennCare, a plan he says answers Republican claims that the state cannot afford to offer coverage.
State Rep. Gary Odom is filing a measure that would increase Tennessee’s cigarette tax, currently among the lowest in the nation, by 44 cents a pack. Odom says the tax increase would raise about $175 million a year, more than enough to offset the state’s eventual share of TennCare expansion, while also taking aim at the harmful effects of smoking.
Tennessee now collects 62 cents a pack on cigarettes, the 13th-lowest rate in the nation.
Once again, the Dems want to cut off their noses to spite their face. When the tax goes up, people will either quit smoking, go to other states, or make their own. The state loses money through such stupidity. It’s not hard to figure out, if only they’d use what God gave them, called a brain! They want to increase revenue by increasing a ‘sin tax’, but what they really end up doing is making ‘criminals’ out of law abiding citizens, and the state loses money!
TennCare is a failure. Why can’t they figure this one out? Even across the state line, in Mississippi, they won’t take it anymore! Poorly run government programs should be handed over to a private company, and allow the system to actually work for what it was intended. Taking money away from people who don’t use the system, as with all government programs, is theft! Plain and simple.
Since we have a Republican run Assembly, I’m praying that those in charge will use their God given brains, and shoot down this absurd proposal. Do you want companies and individuals coming to the state, or do you want to run people OUT of the state, where they’ll spend THEIR hard earned money elsewhere? I’ve come to the conclusion that Democrats are nothing more than thieves. They lie, they cheat, and they steal! They want YOUR money to spend on THEIR stupidity!
Tennessee has a great deal to offer, but please, if you come here, don’t bring your northeastern political mindset with you!
FYI, the whole letter will be below the ‘fold’.
Now, there are several things I noticed about this newsletter from my state rep, Vance Dennis. I like Vance, he’s a good guy. I like his wife, and consider her a friend. But I gotta say, I honestly think he could do more to encourage some job growth in our county. There are a lot of folks here who aren’t working, and bringing even a small factory to the area would be a boon. You wouldn’t believe how many small businesses open and close within six months around here. Why? Because people just don’t have the money to spend. Why are the bigger counties the ones who get the good stuff? Just wondering.
But hey….Tennessee being name ’2013 State of the Year” for economic development is quite an honor. It’s a good state, with good folks, and guess what! We have indoor plumbing, and ‘lectric lights, and even some folks can read and write! To top it off, there are even some who gradgamacte from college. Ok, I’m being a bit sarcastic here for the benefit of those folks in the northeast who believe that just because we speak slow, we’re all a bunch of ignorant hicks! Southerners are friendly and welcoming. If they aren’t, it’s a sure bet they moved down here and brought their Yankee hostility with them. Just sayin’.
Now, there’s that last item of the newsletter that gives me pause. Ethics training? Seriously, these people need to be trained to be ethical? If that’s the case, then they are in the wrong place!! These are people we depend on to do the right things for the state. If they aren’t ethical, then they ought to pimps, or drug dealers, or some other ‘career’ where ethics aren’t an issue. Sheesh!
It’s not bad enough we have major RINO in the Senate, supposedly representing the folks in the state of Tennessee? He now blocks his constituents? Seriously?
Sam Hatt, a self-described constitutional conservative and Sparta,Tennessee resident , tells us that Alexander blocked him shortly after Representative Carr announced he would challenge him for the Senate seat. “I asked Alexander how many pieces of silver Washington was paying him to vote liberal. I was no longer allowed to comment or contact the Senator,” says Hatt.
Phil Dedrick, another self-described constitutional conservative and legislative activist living in Waynesborro,Tennessee, has voted for Alexander every time he has run for office since 1978. “Things are different now,” says Dedrick. ”He votes Liberal and we Tennesseans sent him to DC to vote as a conservative, and only as a conservative. If Lamar is going to vote the way he has been, then he should run as a Democrat.”
Dedrick was blocked after posting Lamar’s voting record on a post where the senator had lied to voters about his vote. “I was simply trying to show voters the truth,” says Dedrick.
I guess the ‘gentleman from Tennessee’ has a VERY thin skin! If he can’t take criticism from his constituents, then perhaps he needs to find another line of work. Oh…that’s right! We’re trying to help him do JUST THAT!
Read the whole column. Quite an eye opener on the hopefully EX TN Senator!!
Isn’t it funny. I have contacted Alexander on a number of issues since we moved to Tennessee, and of all the many emails I’ve sent, I’ve received perhaps 2, maybe 3 responses…form letters of course, that never answers any questions. I get the impression he doesn’t like me very much. Shoot, I get the impression he doesn’t like conservatives! Hmmm… Not a good idea to shaft the folks who vote you in, or out, as the case may be. In your case, we are hoping for OUT in the not too distant future!
The ALL have my address!
On 16 June 2013, I posted the Heritage’s rankings of Tennessee’s so called representative, that you can see here. I was disappointed that my Rep had dropped in the rankings, so you can imagine my distress when I learned that not only Marsha had dropped, but my two Senators dropped….significantly!
Votes. A drop of 3% in Heritage’s ‘conservative rankings.
Votes. A drop of 6%.
Votes. And last, we have Corker, with quite a significant change of 13%.
Now, I’m not saying that Heritage is the final voice in conservatism, but they ARE a voice that addresses a great many issues that concern the majority of conservatives today. When I see my so called representatives voting against issues that are important to me and mine, I just have to wonder….who, exactly, are they representing?
See how your reps stack up here. Funny how Sen Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen Mike Lee of Utah have a 100% ranking, isn’t it. The guys the libs love to hate! :D They really should get a new hobby….like basket weaving or some such, don’cha know.
This does NOT make me very happy, or confident! She’s dropped.
Honestly, I have no idea why these two still call themselves Republicans, much less TRY to pretend to be conservative. Dudes! It ain’t workin’! We’ve got your number!! And it’s LOW!! Y’all can either snap out of your stupidity, or find another line of work!
The whole state is here, and you can find yours, if in another state, here. You can find the bestest of the whole lot is here, then it goes downhill! Needless to say, all the ZEROES are Ds, but what’s more disappointing is how many R’s that are below 50%. Shoot, there is even a D or two that rank HIGHER than some Rs. *shakes head* We have GOT to fix this problem!!! What is best for the country is not a bunch of self serving yahoos, spending OUR money on crap that does NOTHING to improve the nation, or her citizens!
Donnie Harwood, Tn Tea Teams Coordinator led his team into battle yesterday (Tuesday) in a huge community meeting about the push for Sharia law compliance in Tennessee. Donnie estimates that there were over 1500 people in attendance along with FBI agents, Islamic Imams and elected officials.
This was a perfect opportunity for a Tea Teams “Pledge of Allegiance” mission and Donnie and his crew did it right. They brought a large American flag with them and spontaneously launched into the pledge of allegiance…..joined by the majority they “shouted” ONE NATION UNDER GOD! The rafters shook with the enthusiasm of American patriotism.
Tennessee got its first glimpse of the new Tea Teams USA. Our roaring lion logo was on display and Donnie received many positive comments from the citizens.
Tea Teams is now in demand for other events in Tennessee and Donnie and his team are gearing up to take on all comers.
When Tea Teams roar, the American heart listens.
Score one for the GOOD guys!
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Calling all Tennesseans…or anyone else who is the vicinity!! We need warm bodies! We are AMERICANS! We do NOT follow sharia! We do NOT bow to Mecca! We do NOT kowtow to muslim infiltrators!!
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd., Manchester, TN
Sponsor of the event is the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee. Special speakers for the event will be Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division.
Naturally, I gave my buck and a quarter’s worth here.
We’re #3? Well, I reckon that’s not so bad, however….
Tennessee is one of the freest states in the country, placing just behind the Dakotas at the top of the rankings. Like the Dakotas, it fares better on economic freedom than personal freedom.
Contrary to what my state rep thinks, when the government tells a privately owned business what they can and cannot do, that’s an infringement on person liberty. They might want to rethink some of those far reaching policies, that is NOT that job. K?
Mark Levin asked a question yesterday, that I find highly telling. “What’s MORE important? Liberty of equality?” I can give my answer without hesitation. Can you? Without liberty, there can be no equality!
And his wife, Ashley, is a treasure too! If I hadn’t opened my eyes long enough to peruse through my email, I might have missed this little tidbit of VERY good news!
Tennessee insurance companies would be prohibited from participating in the state’s federal health care exchange that will provide federally-subsidized medical insurance under a bill approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee.
Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, said he had found “the Achilles heel of Obamacare” with his bill (HB476) and, once Tennessee approves it, other states are likely to follow and doom the federal health care program.
“With this bill, I bring you the opportunity for your children and grandchildren and my children and grandchildren to save billions and billions of dollars of money being borrowed against them by the federal government,” said Dennis.
The “Achilles heel,” Dennis said, is that the federal law still allows states to control insurance companies. Thus, by declaring a state’s insurance companies cannot use the health care exchanges set up under Obamacare, the law can be negated, he said.
But for the love of all that’s holy, do NOT tell those jackwipes in D.C.! I’ve no doubt they’ll come up with some E.O. or other unconstitutional B.S.
Dennis also contended that Obamacare would take business away from state insurance agencies writing policies for private insurance that is not subsidized by Obamacare.
But insurance company lobbyists and an attorney with the state Department of Commerce and Insurance said passage of the bill would likely mean that out-of-state insurance companies would wind up serving Tennesseans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“It’s going to be very frustrating for us not to give Tennesseans the option to purchase on the exchange and have the option of the subsidy,” said David Locke, lobbyist for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee.
The assclown is a LOBBYIST….FOR AN INSURANCE COMPANY! I seriously doubt he, or BC-BS give a flying flip about the common man. U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn, also my rep, has been trying for years to get a bill through that would allow people to buy insurance from other states, even if that company didn’t have an office in the state you live in. Well, we know how well that’s gone over with the fat cat insurance lobbyists. Apparently, there are many companies that do not like competition, and will spend big bucks to influence our so called representatives to squash any and all….like a bug!
The bill declares that no insurance company licensed to do business in Tennessee can be part of a health care exchange established by the ACA. Gov. Bill Haslam recently declared that Tennessee will not set up its own state-operated exchange under the federal law, leaving the state exchange to be operated by the federal government.
Tony Greer, general counsel for the department, said the bill is “trying to nullify the (health care) exchange provision of the ACA.”
Well DUH, socialist dude! That’s the whole idea! 70% of Americans did NOT want this crap they foisted on us, and thank goodness there are honorable men and women, still concerned with those who sent them to office to SERVE in OUR best interest. This ObamaCare crap is NOT in our best interest!
He also disagreed with Dennis’ “Achilles heel” proposition. The ACA does have a provision saying that it will preempt any state law that is in conflict, he said, and Dennis bill would likely be deemed in conflict since it tries to keep the federal law from working in Tennessee.
Uh no…sorry, once again, socialist dude! The 10th Amendment clearly states that we CAN nullify unconstitutional federal law! False Assertion 1: That States can’t nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government because the Constitution doesn’t say they can do it. False Assertion 2: That Nullification is literally impossible. People….seriously…. y’all need to education yourself before making such idiotic statements! Sadly, we live in an age of ignorance.
The upshot, Greer said, could be the federal health exchange authorizing companies not licensed in Tennessee to sell federally-subsidized insurance within the state while companies with a Tennessee license could not. He said some Tennessee-based companies could choose to “become unlicensed companies” so they would be able to sell the subsidized policies.
Uh…no. Actually, that would be a criminal act. It’s against the law for any insurance company not licensed in a particular state to sell insurance in that state. I know…I tried. See? Ya jack wagons, should have passed Marsha’s law while ya had the chance. Morons!
After their testimony, Dennis, an attorney, said he still disagreed with the conflicting assessments.
“I don’t believe anything in Obamacare allows an out-of-state company to sell to Tennessee residents,” he said.
When it comes right down to it, there is nothing Constitutional about this whole chitworks! People can NOT be forced to buy something they don’t want, Congress can NOT force citizens to go against their religious beliefs, and the Supreme Court (see the above link) is NOT the final say in anything, contrary to what many may believe these days. The federal government is severely limited in what powers it is granted, BY THE PEOPLE. It might be a REAL good idea for them to remember that, and start upholding that ‘dusty old document’ they swore to uphold and defend!
The bill was approved 6-2 – the two no votes coming from the only Democrats on the subcommittee. The bill now goes to the full Insurance and Banking Committee next week. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, is also scheduled for a committee vote next week.
Color me SHOCKED that the no votes were from BIG GUBMINT Dims! And by the way, Sen Gresham is my state Senator too! Heh. Hey! What can I say? We have some very smart folks in our district, who elect very smart reps!
While watching that almost local news last night, I heard something that made me smile…real BIG smile!
Madison County is one of the first counties in Tennessee to pass a resolution showing its support for Second Amendment rights.
“Send a message to the state and the federal government of where we stand as a county and as a body,” said Madison County Commissioner Doug Stephenson.
Commissioner Adrian Eddleman co-authored the resolution and said he took an oath to defend the Constitution.
“This resolution basically declares that we recognize our oath to the constitution we believe in the right of the 2nd amendment that from God,” said Eddleman.
They get it! :D Sadly, there was one dufus who was as clueless as they come!
“I believe any resolution that opposes or may oppose any decision made by the federal government as it relates to the Second Amendment, Constitution, Bill of Rights is unconstitutional in itself for that reason I voted against it,” said Pearson.
Instead of going against the federal government, Pearson said local government should support their laws.
“I believe state and local government should line up with the decisions of the federal government rather than take opposing positions,” said Pearson.
Unfortunately for the citizens this country, there are way too many elected officials who have NO understanding of the U.S. Constitution! Pearson is obviously one of them. When the federal government acts contrary to the U.S. Constitution, it is the DUTY of the states, and even the local government, to nullify their acts. The Constitution protects the PEOPLE, not the federal government. I’m going to take a wild stab, and say that Pearson is a Democrat?
I would urge, very strongly, that other Tennessee counties follow their lead, especially Hardin and McNairy!
Watch the video. Pearson shows up about half way through, his lack of knowledge is apparent.
The only…..ONLY….reasons for a person in Tennessee to EVER give up his/her carry permit:
If someone comes along and says you have to give it up, and your weapon(s) and you haven’t been issued one of these, and the reasoning for their claim isn’t listed here, then, tell ‘em to go pound sand!
Shared by Jerry.
The 2013 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is off to a good start with several pro-gun bills being introduced. Even though last session ended on a sour note, your NRA-ILA is confident that we can take many legislative steps this year to further protect the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Tennesseans. The following pro-gun bills have been introduced:
- House Bill 6, sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), would allow K-12 school personnel to possess a firearm on school property if the person has a handgun carry permit, is authorized by the school superintendent, has had 40 hours of basic school policing training and uses frangible bullets.
- House Bill 9, sponsored by state Representative William Lamberth (R-44), makes all information contained in and pertaining to a handgun carry permit application or renewal application and the status of a handgun carry permit confidential and not open for public inspection. State Senator Ferrell Haile (R-18) has sponsored the Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 108.
- House Bill 10, sponsored by state Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11), prohibits the allocation of state or local public funds to the regulation or enforcement of any federal law, executive order, rule or regulation that becomes effective on or after January 1, 2013, that imposes restrictions on citizens who lawfully possess or carry firearms in Tennessee. Senate Bill 40 is the companion bill.
- House Bill 108, sponsored by state Representative Sheila Butt (R-64), provides that a public or private employer cannot require an applicant for employment or an employee to disclose information about the ownership or storage of a firearm in the applicant or employee’s vehicle.
- House Bill 118, sponsored by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11), allows those with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-4) has filed Senate Bill 142, the companion bill to HB 118.
- Senate Bill 76, sponsored by state Senator Stacey Campfield (R-7), limits the number of handgun carry permit records that can be reproduced in a single day to fifteen.
- Senate Bill 77, also sponsored by Senator Campfield, allows certain persons employed by a local education agency as a faculty or staff member at a K-12 school to possess and carry a firearm.
SENATE BILL 1
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 3, relative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 3, is amended by adding the following as a new part: 4-3-2901. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the state shall not establish, facilitate, implement or participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as amended.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.
FYI…. Senator Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown. Co-sponsor – Senator Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma.
I’d like to know why my state senator, Delores Gresham, isn’t a co-sponsor! Sure would like to see a few more names added to that list.