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Lately, immigration has been a main focus in Washington, D.C. A group of Republican and Democratic Senators, known as the Gang of 8, have taken it upon themselves to develop a comprehensive immigration package to address the 11 million illegal immigrants living in our country. Unfortunately, I cannot support their proposal in its current form and would vote against it if it were to make its way to the House.
LAMAR ALEXANDER, u.s. senator Over the last decade, the U.S. Department of Education has become so congested with federal mandates that it has become, in effect, a national school board. This past week I proposed with my Senate Republican colleagues a plan that would restore responsibility for education to states, and give more freedom to parents and teachers. The congestion of mandates we’re trying to undo is caused by three
LAMAR ALEXANDER, Senator Students from Tennessee and all over the country are graduating from high school about this time, and roughly 70 percent of them will go to college next year. Taxpayers will help many of them afford a college education through taxpayer-subsidized student loans – the cost of which for students will go up on July 1 if Congress doesn’t act. I cosponsored a proposal with my Republican colleagues
You’ve heard it said many times that some of the worst assaults on public welfare and the national interest are not the actions that are illegal but those that, while odious, are strictly legal. Not many years go by without some additional support for that sad truth. Now we have more — the stunning success of Apple, perhaps the most admired American corporation, in avoiding a tax sum calculated in
All of the recent attention given to Nashville as a top city for job growth seems to be causing a ripple that is prodding decision makers. There was the news that the Music City Center had hit the symbolic mark of 1 million hotel rooms booked. Planning for a major bus rapid transit system is moving forward. And the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which had already accepted Metro planners’ assessment
On his first full day in office, President Obama declared “a new era of openness,” supposedly easing access to federal records and lifting the pall of secrecy that hovered over the George W. Bush White House. Just words. By some measures, Obama has been the worst modern president for press freedom. His administration has filed an unprecedented six criminal cases against whistle-blowers, accusing leakers of espionage when, as in the
This nation has been pinballing from one tragedy to another over the past half year, and at times it seems we are simply incapable of absorbing more grief. From the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the shooting in Newtown, Conn., to the bombing here at the Boston Marathon to the latest — the tornado that on Monday literally leveled the city of Moore, Okla. Yes, the city of 55,000