Alexander: “A Vote To End The Filibuster Is A Vote To Complete Yucca Mountain”

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) said on the Senate floor today that he does not expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to change Senate rules "because Reid knows that a vote to end the filibuster is a vote to complete Yucca Mountain.” 

Senator Alexander said Majority Leader Reid "has used Senate filibuster rules to stall the nuclear waste repository in Nevada and that if all Democrats who once voted for completing it did so again, there would be a bipartisan Senate majority to license and build the repository.

"

 

He also said that Majority Leader Reid would not change Senate rules further in this Congress because “he has said he would not do that, and senators keep their word.” He said Majority Leader Reid has said ending the filibuster would be the end of the Senate and that “no majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the United States Senate.”

 

Senator Alexander said that “if short-sighted Democrats turn the Senate into a place where a majority can do anything it wants, soon a majority of 51 Republicans will find a way to do anything we want.”

 

The senator then offered his list of 10 priorities "that a Republican majority would enact if the rules were to change as Majority Leader Reid has threatened to do":

 

S. 1: Repeal Obamacare

S. 2: Pell Grants for Kids

S. 3: Complete Yucca Mountain

S. 4: Make Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB) Accountable to Congress

S. 5: Drill in ANWR, Build Keystone Pipeline

S. 6: $1 Trillion Entitlement Reform

S. 7: Right-to-Work for Every State

S. 8: Repeal the Death Tax

S. 9: No EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

S. 10: Repeal Davis-Bacon 

Senator Alexander also said that to suggest that Republicans are using rules to frustrate President Obama’s nominations is “complete nonsense” and cited figures from the Congressional Research Service he said show that the president’s cabinet nominees are being approved as rapidly as were those of Presidents George W. Bush and Clinton. He said only five judges await confirmation. 

 

Senator Alexander said that at the beginning of the last two Congresses, he worked with Democrats and Republicans "to make it easier for any president to have their nominees more easily confirmed by reforming Senate rules."

 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ANDERSON, BRANDON MONTEZ  3216 GLEASON DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37412  Age at Arrest: 22 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FELONY EVADING ARREST DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE SPEEDING --- BELL, TYRELL LOVELL  2115 12TH ST CHATTANOOGA, ... (click for more)

Portion Of Roof Of Building Next To First Tennessee Pavilion Collapses

A portion of a roof on an old brick building next to the First Tennessee Pavilion by Finley Stadium collapsed on Friday. City public works employees were clearing the rubble and seeking to temporarily stabilize the building. Officials said steps would be taken to have it completely demolished. It was part of an old factory once at the site. The building is jointly owned ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

It is hardly a secret that since I have become intensely interested in public education in Chattanooga, I have tried to read, research and understand how our efforts have fallen horribly short in the last 15 years. We agree we have a crisis on many fronts and I hope it is equally obvious I am desperate for solutions. Much like school board member Karista Jones, I worry that we are ... (click for more)

Morgan, Smith, Parrott Pace Lady Pounders Past Bearettes 6-0

Maybe Central softball coach LeeAnne Shurette won’t nag her Lady Pounders so much in the coming days. Central collected eight hits, including two-run singles by Tatum Morgan and Janara Smith, on Friday to back Brooke Parrott’s three-hitter and the Lady Pounders defeated Bradley Central 6-0 in the East Hamilton tournament at The Summit. “Shurette has been nagging, maybe ... (click for more)

McCallie Earns 3-1 Soccer Win Over Rival Baylor

When his team needed him the most, McCallie senior Drew Viscomi did what he does best. Two minutes after the Blue Tornado allowed an equalizer to rival Baylor in the Division II Mid-East Region soccer match on the Red Raiders’ home field, Viscomi’s strike put his team back on top. Five minutes later, the All-American and school single-season scoring leader ... (click for more)