Joel Ebert and Natalie Allison Nashville Tennessean Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 19, 2018 With two years left in office, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is not planning to become a lame duck lawmaker. When he attended the unveiling of Gov. Bill Haslam's portrait in Nashville on Monday, Alexander — who later in the day said he would not seek a fourth term in 2020 — shared a story about a time when he lived in Australia after he left the governor's office. "A diplomat came up to me and said, 'We have a name for people like you,'" Alexander said. "He said, 'Rooster today, feather duster tomorrow.'" Although Alexander and Haslam have frequently said the phrase during public appearances in recent months as a reference to the fleeting influence of departing lawmakers, the 78-year-old former governor has vowed to continue tackling key issues in the next two years. During a wide-ranging interview at his Nashville office on … [Read more...] about Sen. Lamar Alexander to focus on health care, higher education in final stint
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More than two months after the pipeline gas explosions and fires, the Merrimack Valley is still struggling. More than a thousand homes remain without gas. “I feel that Lawrence is in crisis,” said resident Luz Pena. “There are still people going through hardship.” As the repair work continues, the search for answers is really getting underway. Residents affected by the gas fires and explosions in Merrimack Valley will receive hot Thanksgiving meals from Columbia Gas. (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018) Democratic Sen. Ed Markey says the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a full committee hearing Monday where they'll be taking testimony. The hearing will focus on responses to the Sept. 13 explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover that killed one, injured about two dozen, and damaged more than 100 structures. “Tomorrow will be a day of accountability,” said Senator Markey, a member of the … [Read more...] about Senate Committee to Hold Hearing Monday on Natural Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley
House-Senate negotiators were unable to reach consensus on a major overhaul of the health care system, dooming the issue until next year. "Unfortunately, we couldn't come to an agreement," said Sen. Jim Welch, D-West Springfield, chairman of the Committee on Health Care Financing and one of the lead negotiators on the bill. "It became very clear unfortunately that the large dominant players in the industry just had too much influence over the negotiations, and we weren't able to get past it." The Massachusetts Senate passed a major health care cost containment bill in November. The House passed its bill in June, framing it as a way to improve the fiscal health of community hospitals. The House named its bill after the late Rep. Peter Kocot, a Northampton Democrat who was the House chairman of the Committee on Health Care Financing until his death in February. But negotiators were unable to reach a resolution before the session ended Tuesday night. The House bill envisioned a … [Read more...] about Talks fall apart on health care overhaul that would have helped community hospitals
Use Your Brain and Mind to Improve Each Other. Emotionnal Health can now be defined, measured, tested and healed. Emotionally Healthy Brain Generates Emotional Intelligence. The bottom line cause of why not much changes regarding the social ills, is our ignorance regarding the role of the brain in human behavior. Please let us make the right beginning with a hearing on my solutions for an Emotionally Healthy America.”— Sajid KhanWASHINGTON, DC, NJ, UNITED STATES, June 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Please consider a super hearing on Emotional Health where the Chairman of each and every committee participates. Emotional health is 50% of health and yet while there are guidelines and tests for every other aspect of health there is no testing and no guidelines for emotional health. Your committee respectively is striving for every possible means to flush out solutions for the problems facing America in your respective field. The bottom line reason for most of these problems is … [Read more...] about An Appeal to the Congress and Senate Committees on all Areas of Interest.
click to enlarge A Senate committee has taken the unusual step of rejecting Gov. Phil Scott’s appointee to the Vermont Labor Relations Board. Confirmations are typically perfunctory affairs in the Statehouse, but the Vermont State Employees' Association has been campaigning strenuously against the appointment of retired lawyer Karen O’Neill, who joined the quasi-judicial board that handles labor disputes earlier this year. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs voted 4-1 not to confirm O’Neill. The panel's lone Republican, Sen. David Soucy (R-Rutland), cast the dissenting vote. The entire Senate is expected to vote on the matter later this week. The dispute centers around whether O'Neill is qualified to serve as a neutral arbiter. State law requires that the Labor Relations Board consist of two members with management experience, two members with a background in labor and two neutral members. A separate hiring … [Read more...] about In Rare Move, Senate Committee Rejects Scott’s Labor Board Appointee