Alexander: Suspend Military Sales, Transfers To Egypt Until “We Secure Key Commitments”

Friday, February 1, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) announced his cosponsorship of legislation offered by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ok.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that would suspend certain military sales to Egypt, including the F-16, until the administration certifies that Egypt has met specific commitments.

“I am cosponsoring Senator Inhofe’s proposal to delay the sale or transfer of these F-16s and tanks to Egypt while we secure key commitments from Egypt, because it is absolutely necessary during this dangerous time of transition,” Senator Alexander said. “If we don’t handle the crisis in Egypt correctly, we risk both our own security interests and the security of our allies, especially Israel.”

The bill would restrict the transfer of F-16s to Egypt until President Obama certifies that the Egyptian government continues to uphold its commitments under the Camp David Peace Accords; provides proper security, consistent with the Vienna Convention, at United States embassies and consulates; brings stability to Egypt by ending its systemic exclusion and silencing of political opposition; and takes concrete steps to engage in dialogue with those opposition parties in an effort to form a coalition government.


Tanker Truck Crushes Pickup In Collision On Broad Street

A pickup truck was crushed under a tanker truck after a collision on Broad Street at 25th Street on Monday afternoon. However, the driver of the Dodge Ram was able to climb from the wreckage. He apparently suffered only minor injuries.   (click for more)

Accused Animal Hoarder Geoffrey Peterson Back In Custody

A man facing animal cruelty charges in both Sequatchie and Hamilton County is back in jail. Geoffrey Peterson has returned to the Sequatchie County Jail. He got out in December after posting bonds on animal cruelty and possession of morphine charges. That related to the hoarding of some 70 dogs and other animals. He later signed the dogs over to animal shelters. Officials ... (click for more)

Tennessee Deserves Better Health Reform

Tennessee needs health care reform. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was not the best solution for Tennesseans. That is why the vast majority of Tennessee legislators never publicly supported the plan defeated in a special legislative session in February.   It is important to distinguish health care from health insurance. As one physician ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cameras Or Subterfuge?

State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) is an easy-to-like member of the Tennessee Legislature and the fact he is teaming with state senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) to rid the state of its loathsome traffic cameras is indeed a wonderful thing. The legislative action is long overdue, with the biggest winners being the out-of-state camera companies. That alone is just about all you ... (click for more)

Region 3-AA Boys Final At Chattanooga State Monday

The fifth meeting between the Brainerd Panthers and the Central Purple Pounders will be held at Chattanooga State on Monday night with the tipoff set for 7 p.m. This upcoming game will be the biggest to date as it's for the Region 3-AA boys championship. Monday's winner will be at home on Tuesday for a sectional game while the loser will be on the road Tuesday night.  Brainerd ... (click for more)

Greater Chattanooga HOF: Chairman John Farr To Step Down Class of 2015 Induction Dinner is Tonight At Convention Center

For chairman Dr. John Farr, tonight’s annual Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame dinner is the close of his decade of strong leadership.   A hall of fame board member since 1993, Dr.Farr plans to continue to hold a seat on the board, but has decided to step down as chair.   “I have enjoyed my 10 years as chairman, but I think it is time to let someone else ... (click for more)