Tennessee Senator Hagerty and Florida Senator Rubio Raise Alarm over Jet Fleet’s Removal from Japan

Tennessee Republican Senator Bill Hagerty announced on Thursday that he and his Florida Republican colleague Marco Rubio wrote to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin this week expressing alarm at the removal of America’s F-15-jet fleet from Okinawa, Japan. 

The United States Air Force last week publicized its intention to phase out the fleet’s presence at Kadena Air Base on the southeastern Japanese island starting on November 1. The two squadrons now being withdrawn comprise half of the roughly 100 fighter aircraft the United States currently maintains in Japan. Instead of replacing the jets, the Biden administration anticipates periodically sending F-22 planes from Alaska to the base. 

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Majority of Tennesseans Support the State’s Right-to-Work Amendment

A recent poll asking Tennessee voters whether they would support a proposed constitutional “right-to-work” amendment indicates the measure has strong backing.

According to a Cygnal survey of 500 likely voters conducted from October 7 through 9, 58 percent of respondents said they expect they will vote on November 8 to approve Amendment One which would enshrine the policy in the Tennessee Constitution. Only 22 percent anticipated they will vote against the proposal and 20 percent had not yet decided. Positivity toward the proposed amendment enlarged to 60 percent when only voters who indicate they “always” vote on ballot initiatives were examined.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Mourn Queen Elizabeth II’s Passing

Tennessee lawmakers are reacting after Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday at the age of 96. Her Majesty was surrounded by family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

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Senator Hagerty Says the Biden Administration’s Weakness Emboldens China

On Monday, U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN)  joined America Reports on Fox News in order to discuss the state of U.S. support of Taiwan in the face of aggression from the Chinese Communist Party the Asia-Pacific region.

Hagerty stated that he believes China is emboldened by what he calls the weakness of the Biden administration.

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Tennessee Republican Leaders Condemn FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Raid

Tennessee Republican leaders condemned the unprecedented Monday FBI raid on the Florida home of former President Donald Trump.

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty slammed the raid and pointed out the hypocrisy of the move given the fact that neither former President Bill Clinton nor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the same treatment.

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Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn Lambaste Passage of ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ Warn Higher Prices, Taxes are Coming

U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) criticized President Joe Biden and their Democrat colleagues on the passage of the $740 billion “Inflation Reduction Act” Sunday. As expected, no Republicans supported the measure, and so by a 51 to 50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris cast the deciding vote.

The Inflation Reduction Act, described by Forbes as “a slimmed-down version of the Build Back Better bill,” allows the government to control the price of prescription medications, contains funding for fighting climate change, would implement larger taxes for wealthy corporations, expand the IRS by some 87,000 agents, and more more.

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Bill Hagerty Condemns the Biden Administration’s ‘Spin’ on Potential Recession

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) denounced the Biden administration’s recent attempt to change the conversation on the economy and the potential of a recession with host Elizabeth MacDonald on Fox Business’ “The Evening Edit” on Monday.

“It’s more spin coming out of the White House, Liz. I think you look at the estimates – what’s going to happen on Thursday, we’re going to probably read a negative 1.5 percent GDP growth. That’s another straight consecutive quarter to quarter decline,” said Hagerty.

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Tennessee Republican Leaders React to Inflationary Rate Rising to Highest Level Since 1981

Tennessee Republican leaders took the Biden administration and Democrats to task on Wednesday over reports that the inflationary rate rose to 9.1%, the highest level since 1981.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.3 percent in June after rising one percent in May, reported on Wednesday, July 13.

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Bill Hagerty Announces U.S. Senate Staff Promotions and New Hires

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty announced several staff changes and promotions for his official Senate office on Tuesday.

Among the several new hires and promotions, were changes made to Hagerty’s press office staff. Two staffers were promoted and one new aide was hired.

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Senator Hagerty Promotes Participation in Letter Telling SEC to Back Off ESG Regulation Affecting Farmers

Tennessee U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty touted his participation on Saturday in a letter signed by more than 30 senators to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler  pushing back against a proposed Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) regulation that would harm America’s farmers.

The proposed rule is entitled, “Enhanced and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors.”

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Former President Trump Plays Golf with Senator Bill Hagerty While in Tennessee

Former President Donald Trump spent time with Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) while visiting Tennessee over the weekend. Previously, Hagerty traveled to Florida to visit Trump.

According to a tweet from the lawmaker, the duo played a round of golf and discussed “the future of our country and the type of strong leadership we need.”

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Tennessee Politicians Blast Biden, Democrats for Surge in Inflation

Republican politicians in Tennessee are blasting President Joe Biden and Democrats after inflation numbers from May showed prices rising 8.6 percent year over year, a 40-year high. 

“I hope come November when folks head to the polls, they remember Democrats decided to put politics first instead of focusing on the real-life issues we all face today,” Rep. John Rose (R-TN-06) said Friday. 

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U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty: Biden Is Putting Himself and America in a Position Where We Have Subsidized Russia’s War on Ukraine

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, guest host Gulbransen welcomed U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) to the newsmaker line to comment upon historic gas prices, inflation, and the true intentions of the Biden administration for America.

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All-Star Panelist Clint Brewer: Tennessee Delegation’s Reluctance to Back $40 Billion in Ukraine Aid Due to ‘Lack of Trust and Belief’ in Biden’s Intent and Competency

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer in-studio to comment upon Tennessee’s reluctance to support the $40 billion Ukraine package and Russia’s position on the world stage.

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TN-5 Candidate Andy Ogles on $40 Billion Ukrainian Aid Package: ‘It’s America First, Not Ukraine First’

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles praised Tennessee U.S. Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn for their votes against H.R. 7691, known as the $40 billion Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022.

In a statement, Ogles said, “It’s time we follow the words of President Trump and put America First.  At a time when mothers cannot find baby formula, we are facing runaway inflation and a disgraceful collapse of our southern border this inept Biden administration seems hellbent in destroying our economy and the middle class with it.”

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Hagerty: DHS Disinformation Board Likely Illegal

U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty says the creation of a board within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tasked with combating “disinformation” is likely illegal.

Creating the board and hiring its new director without Congressional authorization violates several federal laws, Hagerty, R-Tenn., argues. Knowingly and willfully violating one of them carries a $5,000 fine and up to two years in prison, he adds.

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Congressman David Kustoff Answers Tough Questions on Russia, Ukraine and Foreign Policy

Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, hos Leahy welcomed Congressman David Kustoff to the newsmakers line to answer tough questions on the Russia Ukraine conflict and US foreign policy.

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U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty Weighs In on Durham Report and Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed US SEnator Bill Hagerty to the newsmakers line to comment on the latest Durham report and his analysis of the Russia Ukraine conflict.

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U.S. Senate Lawmakers Call on the IRS to Provide Maximum Support for Taxpayers This Filing Season

Tennessee Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have joined their Senate colleagues in urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to do “everything it can to support taxpayers during the current tax filing season.”

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Senator Bill Hagerty Co-sponsors Bill That Would Prevent Illegal Immigrants from Using Arrest Warrants as TSA ID

On Wednesday, a group of Senate Republicans introduced the Strengthening Enforcement to Curtail Unlawful, Risky Entrance to Flights Act, or SECURE Flights Act of 2022.

The bill, if passed, would prevent the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) from allowing illegal aliens to use immigration enforcement documents, such as arrest warrants, as identification when boarding commercial flights, according to a press release by one of the bill’s authors – Senator Jim Risch (R-ID).

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All-Star Panelist Roger Simon Comments on Iran Letter That 34 Republican Senators Sent to the Biden Administration

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Roger Simon in studio to comment upon the recent letter signed by 34 Republican Senators regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

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Tennessee Senators Blackburn and Hagerty Join Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Sending Letter to President Biden Regarding Iran Nuclear Deal

Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in sending a letter to President Biden rebuking the administration’s negotiations for a new Iran nuclear deal.

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Tennessee Senators Hagerty and Blackburn Join Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Enforce Sanctions on Iranian Oil Tankers

Tennessee Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined eight colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he enforce mandatory sanctions against the growing fleet of oil tankers selling Iranian oil and against the entities purchasing this oil.

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Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn Join 16 Colleagues in Demanding Portions of Afghanistan Withdrawal Hearings to be Public

Tennessee Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), joined 16 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the chairs of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty Back Legislation That Would Ensure Abortion Data Is Reported Accurately and Completely

Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty and Joni Ernst

On Friday, Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would require states to report accurate and complete data about abortion—including cases where babies are born alive during abortions.

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Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema Introduce the Chance to Compete Act

Kyrsten Sinema and Bill Hagerty

On Thursday, Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Chance to Compete Act, which would require federal agencies to focus hiring practices on the skills job seekers possess rather than whether and where they earned a college degree, according to a press release by Hagerty’s office.

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Tennessee Senators Blackburn and Hagerty React to Supreme Court Ruling on President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate that would apply to large U.S. businesses. The mandate, which would have been enacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), could have forced businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine or weekly testing.

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Tennessee Senators Blackburn and Hagerty React to 40-Year High Inflation in the U.S.

Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) both released statements this week after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation in the U.S. had soared to its highest level since 1982 in December of 2021.

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Senator Bill Hagerty Joins GOP Colleagues in Introducing the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation, and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022

Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations Committees, joined 15 of his GOP colleagues in introducing the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation, and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022, according to a Tuesday press release by Hagerty’s office.

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Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty Want Answers Concerning Joe Biden’s ‘Attack on State Medicaid Programs’

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) wants the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to disclose the impact of what she calls “President Joe Biden’s federal overreach on on state Medicaid programs through the Build Back Broke budget. Blackburn formally requested the information in a letter this month.

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Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn File Challenge to President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Tennessee Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have joined other Republicans to challenge President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate. Both Hagerty and Blackburn are utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the order and protect Americans from losing their jobs because of it.

The CRA is a tool that congress is able to use to overturn rules issued by federal agencies.

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Senator Bill Hagerty Appoints Michael Sullivan to Serve as State Director

In a press release Friday, Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) announced he appointed Michael Sullivan to serve as State Director for his U.S. Senate office. Sullivan will take over for Jim Henry, who is retiring.

According to the Tennessee Office of the Governor, during his political career, Jim Henry was appointed by Governor Haslam as deputy to the governor on June 30, 2015, after serving two years as commissioner for the Department of Children’s Services. Henry was previously the first commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. A former mayor of Kingston, Tennessee, Henry also served 12 years as a state representative and six of those years as the minority leader.

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Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty Leads 35 Republicans to Introduce Legislation to Protect the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Bill Hagerty

In a press release on Tuesday, Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) announced that he and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) led 35 Republican senators to introduce the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and block the Biden Administration’s efforts to subvert the law.

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Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty Asks Bernie Sanders to Speak Out Against Proposed Green Card Provisions

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may hold wildly opposite perspectives on economic, domestic, and foreign policy, but Hagerty says he hopes Sanders will join him in opposing one specific portion of the reconciliation bill.

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Tennessee Sen. Blackburn and Kansas Sen. Marshall Introduce Bill to Pause Gain-of-Function Research Funding

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is sponsoring legislation with Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) to place a moratorium on gain-of-function (GOF) research, problems with which many believe played a role in the outbreak of COVID-19.

GOF experiments enhance the severity or transmissibility of a virus or other biological agent. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have condoned such research “to help us understand the fundamental nature of human-pathogen interactions, assess the pandemic potential of emerging infectious agents and inform public health and preparedness efforts.” The NIH have however acknowledged major “biosafety and biosecurity risks” that warrant meticulous oversight.

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Tennessee U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty Urge Joe Biden to Fire Kamala Harris as Border Czar

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have joined nine other U.S. senators and formally asked that U.S. President Joe Biden replace Vice President Kamala Harris with a new border czar. This, considering Harris’s failure to stem the flow of illegal migrants to the United States and her failure to work with our neighbors to secure the border, Hagerty said in an emailed press release Thursday.

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Senator Bill Hagerty Demands Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hold Hearings On China and Taiwan Conflict

On Thursday, Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and five of his colleagues sent a letter to Senator Robert Mendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator James Risch (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, regarding Taiwan and Communist China.

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Tennessee Senators Blackburn and Hagerty Along with GOP Colleagues Introduce Legislation That Promotes Economic Opportunity for Women Worldwide

On Tuesday in a press release, Tennessee Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced that they have introduced legislation to codify the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative along with a few of their Republican colleagues.

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Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty Throws His Support Behind Senator Grassley’s Re-election Campaign

On Friday, Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) offered his support after Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that he’s running for re-election in 2022. On Friday at 4 a.m. on Twitter, Senator Grassley announced his campaign with a short video of him on an early morning run.

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Tennessee U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty Says Joe Biden Takes America Away from Its Allies

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) on Saturday faulted U.S. President Joe Biden for a lack of accountability on Afghanistan and for hurting America’s relationship with its political allies.
Hagerty made these remarks to anchorman Jon Scott on FOX News. “What we’ve seen in our allies is the Dutch Foreign Minister stepped down this week. The same for the British Foreign Minister, both have stepped down, they’ve stepped down over their role or their lack of accountability for Afghanistan. They’ve stepped up and taken responsibility,” Hagerty said.

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Tennessee’s U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty Sounds the Alarm on Inflation as the Consumer Price Climbs Another Three Percent

On Tuesday, Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) released a statement in response to the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showing that consumer prices rose again in August.

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Tennessee Senators Blackburn, Hagerty Join Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Honor 13 American Heroes Killed in Afghanistan

Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) have signed on as cosponsors to bipartisan bill S.2756 which would award Congressional Gold Medals to the 13 American servicemembers who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26th.

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