Alexander Expected To Be Top Republican On Committee On Health, Education, Labor, Pensions In New Congress

Thursday, January 3, 2013

When Senate Republicans meet later this month, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) is expected to be elected by his Senate colleagues to be the lead Republican, known as the “Ranking” member, on the committee governing health, education, labor, and pension issues, as well as chosen to continue his role as top Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee handling funding of energy and water issues.

“I welcome this opportunity because Tennessee has become a leader in health care and education innovation. My committee assignments will also give me an opportunity to continue fighting for policies that bring lots of cheap, clean energy to Tennessee, as well as working to rebuild our waterways, which grows our economy and allows the private sector to create good jobs.”

The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee handles an unusually high volume of legislation, and in terms of jurisdiction over the nation’s economy, is among the largest Senate committees. The HELP committee oversees the health-care industry—an industry for which Tennessee has proven a hub of entrepreneurial activity—as well as education, which this Congress will be of particular importance as it must address the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law. Senator Alexander has long championed and defended right-to-work laws, both as governor of Tennessee and now as senator, and this committee oversees all labor legislation.

As the expected lead Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, Senator Alexander is positioned to continue his work strengthening Oak Ridge National Lab and his efforts to rebuild Chickamauga Lock.

Senator Alexander’s voice on energy issues will be expanded in the new Congress, as he has been appointed to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he will be have greater influence on legislation dealing with national energy policy, nuclear waste policy, national parks, and water resources.

He will also remain on the Senate Rules Committee, on which he served as lead Republican this past (112th) Congress, where he’ll continue working to preserve the Senate’s unique role in our nation as the “protector of minority rights.”

Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 5.6 Percent In October

The Georgia Department of Labor announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in October was 5.6 percent, unchanged from September. The rate in October 2014 was 6.8 percent. While the rate was unchanged, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 741, or 29.1 percent, to 3,291 in October. Most of the increase was due ... (click for more)

October 2015 County Unemployment Rates

County unemployment rates for October 2015, released Wedesday, show the rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in four, and remained the same in one county. Specific county information for October is available on the Internet .   Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in October at 4.2 percent, down from September’s rate of 4.6 percent. Knox ... (click for more)

Christina Strickland, 35, Shot On Thursday

Christina Strickland, 35, was shot on Thursday.  Chattanooga Police were informed that a shooting victim had arrived by personal vehicle at a local hospital. A Violent Crimes investigator responded and interviewed her. She  suffered a single non-life threatening injury to the ankle. She  was unable to provide any information about her location when she was injured ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Why I Am Thankful, 2015

I can’t really remember when I first started this – sometime in the 1970s – but my favorite column every year comes during Thanksgiving when I literally pause and use my fingers to thank God for all His richest blessings. The year 2015 has been bountiful so here are just a few of the things I will carry in my heart as I take my place at today’s table: I AM THANKFUL that tomorrow, ... (click for more)