Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation Members Say Whether They Support Donald Trump’s Call For A Fair Election

Most members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation support U.S. President Donald Trump and his call for a fair and transparent election.

Trump, a Republican, said he believes voter fraud put his opponent Joe Biden, a Democrat, over the top in certain battleground states after a close election.

But U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) said in a newsletter to his constituents Sunday that Trump’s statements are false and baseless.

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Retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander Defends Dr. Fauci’s COVID-19 Advice

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) defended Dr. Anthony Fauci’s COVID-19 advice after President Donald Trump’s remarks.
The senator also stated that people weren’t doing enough to counteract the spread of the virus.

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New Poll Seems to Contradict U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Surprise Medical Billing

Members of the Washington, D.C.-based Taxpayer Protection Alliance (TPA) have released a new poll about surprise medical billing that apparently rebukes U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and his position on the matter.

As The Tennessee Star reported last year, surprise medical billing happens when a patient receives out-of-network care without his or her knowledge – either in an emergency or during a visit to an in-network facility. Weeks later, insurance companies send bills demanding patients pay money for services they assumed insurance would cover.

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Lamar Alexander Weighs in on Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Sunday shared his thoughts on U.S. President Donald Trump’s intent to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg died Friday.

Alexander also weighed in on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) announcement that the Senate will vote on that nomination.

This, according to a press release that Alexander shared on his Facebook page.

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Dr. Manny Sethi to Supporters: Continue the Fight

At about 9 p.m. Dr. Manny Sethi gave his concession speech to several hundred people just down the road from where he grew up in Coffee County, telling supporters three separate times to continue the fight.

With 15 people in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Lamar Alexander, Sethi got about 240,000 votes or 40 percent of the vote against the winner Bill Hagerty with just over 300,000 votes or 50 percent.

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Sen. Rand Paul Says Sen. Marsha Blackburn ‘Must be Confused’ About Ad He Cut for Manny Sethi

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday that U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) misunderstood him when he faulted Republicans who represent Tennessee in one or both houses of Congress and said they vote like Democrats.

Paul suggested to The Tennessee Star Monday that he had criticized another prominent Tennessee Republican —not Blackburn.

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Lamar Alexander Introduces Bill to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who also chairs the Senate Health Committee, this week introduced the Preparing for the Next Pandemic Act.

According to a press release that Alexander’s staff published on his website, the legislation “will maintain sufficient onshore manufacturing for tests, treatments and vaccines, and rebuild state and federal stockpiles of supplies like masks and ventilators.”

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Lamar Alexander Criticizes Trump’s Decision to Leave WHO

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he disagrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the United States’ membership in the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations this week of its decision to leave WHO, The New York Times reported.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander: Make the Two Most Important COVID-19 Telehealth Policy Changes Permanent

U.S. Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) this week weighed in on the topic of telehealth.

Alexander said the government should permanently extend at least two of the most important temporary changes in federal policy made to help patients see doctors by phone or video during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Manny Sethi Releases New Ad Addressing What He Calls Liberal Hypocrisy on COVID-19 Restrictions

U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi released a new ad Thursday entitled “Leftwing Lockdown.”

“For the last three months liberals said social distancing is so important, you deserve to be arrested if you go out to eat or go to church with too many people. They destroyed small businesses and ruined lives,” Sethi said in an emailed press release.

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Lamar Alexander Lays Out Ways for Students to Return to School After COVID-19

Senate Health and Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) said students safely going back to public and private schools in the fall “will help our country take its surest step toward normalcy.”

Alexander said this on Wednesday during the Senate Health and Education Committee hearing — “COVID-19: Going Back to School Safely.” The hearing featured witnesses from across the country who are on the ground working to help students go back to school in the fall safely.

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Bill Hagerty Says He Stands with Law Enforcement Officers

U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty said Monday that he will continue to support law enforcement officials and their full funding.

This, after Minneapolis officials pledged to dismantle their police department.

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our communities safe. They are the only thing standing between anarchy and law and order,” Hagerty said in a press release on his campaign’s website.

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Lamar Alexander Discusses When and How Colleges Can Reopen Safely

Senate Health and Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) this week said “the question for administrators of 6,000 colleges and universities is not whether to reopen in August, but how to do it safely.”

Alexander made his remarks during this week’s Senate Health and Education Committee hearing — “COVID-19: Going Back to College Safely” — which featured college and university presidents discussing their work to help students go back to school in the fall as safely as possible.

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Tennessee Economist and Others Urge Donald Trump and Congress Not to Impose Price Controls to Fix Surprise Medical Billing Problem

Members of the Washington, D.C.-based Taxpayers Protection Alliance have released a letter ripping politicians’ proposals to set price controls for health care coverage.

Several academics from around the country attached their names to the letter, including the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga economics professor Bruce Hutchinson. These economists compose a group called the Coalition Against Rate Setting.

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Senator Lamar Alexander to Chair COVID-19 Hearing Tuesday

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Sunday that someone could potentially test themselves for COVID-19 using something as seemingly mundane as a lollipop.

Alexander said this on NBC’s Meet the Press.

“You might be able to put a lollipop in your mouth with a swab and take a picture of it with your cell phone. If it lights up then you’re positive,” Alexander told host Chuck Todd, while referring to one potential breakthrough.

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Senate Candidate Bill Hagerty to Host Tele-Town Hall on Economy with Larry Kudlow

Bill Hagerty, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, announced that he will be hosting a telephone town hall Wednesday with Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s director for the National Economic Council.

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Some Senate Republicans Might Not Go Along with Lamar Alexander on Surprise Medical Billing

Some Republicans in the U.S. Senate are reportedly drifting toward another surprise medical billing proposal, one that differs from what U.S. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has to offer.

This, according to ModernHealthcare.com, which reported some of these Republican senators have competitive re-election races this year.

“As a May 22 deadline to fund expiring healthcare programs gets closer, several vulnerable GOP senators have announced their support for a surprise billing proposal pushed by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that has been shelved by committee leadership. Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced their support for Cassidy’s bill on Feb. 11, and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) followed suit on March 3,” according to the website.

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Conservative Group Wants to Steer Lamar Alexander and Other Legislators Toward Market-Based Solutions on Health Insurance

The Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Action last week argued against U.S. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Surprise Medical Billing legislation and said conservatives must steer legislators away from what it called “the heavy hand of big government.”

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Says ‘No’ to Impeachment Witnesses

In a statement released late Thursday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he will vote against having witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Alexander was one of four Republican senators that Democrats were trying to convince to support extending impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate for at least another week in order to call the witnesses the House of Representatives failed to prior to delivering Articles of Impeachment two weeks ago.

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Jeff Webb Applauds Blackburn After She Asked Four Democratic Senators Seeking the White House to Recuse Themselves From Senate Impeachment Trial

Jeff Webb, founder and chairman of The New American Populist (TNAP), praised Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) after she asked the four Democratic senators running for president to recuse themselves from the Senate’s impeachment hearings.

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Lamar Alexander’s ‘Surprise Billing’ Health Legislation Would Insert Federal Bureaucrats Into Health Decisions, Group Says

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee have reached a deal on health care legislation that includes a proposal to address payment disputes over surprise medical bills.

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Three Tennessee Congressional Members Sent a Letter to President Trump Asking Him to Support Gov. Lee’s Federal Aid Request

  Tennessee’s Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, along with Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07), sent a letter to President Donald Trump Monday asking him to support Gov. Bill Lee’s federal aid request for a major disaster declaration. “The storms that swept across the State of Tennessee beginning on October 26th…

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