Corker Says VA Bill Needs More Work

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Senator Bob Corker released the following statement on the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (S. 2450). A preliminary analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that Title III of the bill, which would authorize and fund enhancements to several programs of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), alone would increase direct spending by more than $35 billion in the next three years.

“I value too much the sacrifice and service our veterans have given to our country to vote for a bill that was thrown together without any discussion by this body and increases the deficit by at least $35 billion.

“This bill is moving back to the House where I hope they will more thoughtfully address the serious issues that have been uncovered in the VA and ensure the bill is paid for in a way that does not burden future generations with crushing debt so I can support it when it comes back to the Senate.”


Commissioners Have Lot Of Questions On Vote Involving Transfer Of East Ridge High Athletic Facilities

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Tim Boyd Apologizes For Text Message To Joe Smith

County Commissioner Tim Boyd on Wednesday apologized for a text message to County School Board member Joe Smith in which he demanded that he set a new school for CSLA as his top priority. Instead, Mr. Smith and a majority of the board put a new $35 million Harrison Elementary ahead of the $64 million plan to make CSLA a K-12 school with completely new facilities. Commissioner ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

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Roy Exum: Marshall’s 3% Folly

The National Health Interview Survey is believed to be the best gauge of health and behaviors in the United States. It is under the umbrella of the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so first let me share that the figures I am going to present are directly attributed to what is the best source believed to be out there. I didn’t make these numbers up and I had nothing ... (click for more)

Red Bank Girls, Tyner Boys Prevail In 6-AA Title Games

The capacity crowd at Hixson High School got their money’s worth and more Tuesday night in the championship finals of the District 6-AA basketball tournament. The Red Bank-Tyner girls have had four extremely tight games this season and the same can be said for the Tyner-Brainerd boys, so you had to know that the two games on tap for the tournament titles would be top-notch and ... (click for more)

Cleveland Manhandles East Hamilton For District 5-3A Tourney Title

Almost every time Diontae Davis got the basketball in his hands he heard a little voice. “Give me the ball! Give me the ball!” It was Davis’ teammate KK Curry. Davis fed Curry a steady diet of passes from every imaginable angle on the court and so did other teammates. The big, lanky junior responded with a game-high 29 points and led Cleveland to a surprising ... (click for more)