Fleischmann Votes To Delay Obamacare For A Year, Kill Medical Devices Tax; Alexander Agrees

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann joined the majority in the House to amend the Senate-passed continuing spending resolution.

He said, “In our continuing effort to both avert a government shutdown and defund Obamacare, I proudly cast my vote for two amendments to the continuing resolution.


"The first delays Obamacare for a year.  President Obama continues to delay bits and pieces of this train-wreck of a law; it’s time to get rid of the whole thing.  

"The second amendment permanently repeals the job-killing medical device tax.  Once again we in the House have done our part, and I hope the Senate will do the same."

Senator Lamar Alexander said the Senate should follow suit.

He said, "To avoid a government shutdown, the Senate should promptly agree with this eminently reasonable proposal by the House.  Seventy nine senators have previously voted to repeal the onerous medical device tax, including 34 Democratic senators. And the President himself has already delayed the employer mandate and at least seven other provisions of the new health care law, and hasn’t even finished writing the regulations, making it clear that Obamacare could not possibly be implemented on Oct. 1 as scheduled." 


Tom Graves Co-Sponsors Legislation To Award Purple Heart To Victims Of Chattanooga Terror Attack

Representative Tom Graves issued the following statement concerning his co-sponsorship of H.Res. 383, a bipartisan congressional resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the sailors and marines who were killed or injured in the domestic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, should be awarded the Purple Heart:   “Any member of the Armed Forces who is killed or wounded ... (click for more)

Senator Kelsey Files Amendment To Keep Local Funding In Hall Tax Repeal

Local governments would not lose revenue after repeal of the Hall tax under legislation sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown). Senator Kelsey, who continued to assert that the time is right for repeal of the tax, filed a “hold harmless” amendment on Tuesday which calls for providing cities and counties payment from the state based on an average of the last five years ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

Jeffrey Cross is a community activist in the very finest way. He has no idea that I and many others have followed what he has done, and tirelessly I might add, to enhance the St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I wish this world had a million Jeffrey Crosses. So when he wrote in protest of my Monday story, “We Want Our City Back,” I was more than eager to read ... (click for more)

Lady 'Canes Beat Bradley, Set Up Showdown With Ooltewah

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – East Hamilton and Bradley Central had played four times before their District 5-3A volleyball tournament opener on Monday. The two teams split the series. Monday’s match was clearly more important than the previous four, since the winner advanced in the district tourney and the loser went home. The No. 4 seed Lady Hurricanes (21-15) rallied impressively ... (click for more)

CSAS Advances In 5-A Volleyball With Win Over Copper Basin

Samantha Green didn't have any idea what her team's overall record was, but all that matters is that her CSAS Lady Patriots won their opening-round match of the District 5-A tournament on Monday at Silverdale and will face top-seeded Grace on Tuesday in the semifinals. The Lady Patriots beat the Copper Basin Lady Cougars on Monday, needing less than an hour to advance as CSAS ... (click for more)