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Blackburn Strives to Save Ceiling Fans from Obama Attack

News release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn:
WASHINGTON – Representatives Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) and Todd Rokita (IN-4) today fought back against burdensome regulations being imposed on American ceiling fan manufacturers by the Department of Energy (DOE). Blackburn and Rokita secured a provision in H.R. 2609, the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, that would prevent any funds from being used by DOE to finalize, implement, or enforce the proposed “Standards Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits” rule.
Ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits already face existing regulations set in place by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005). These existing provisions burden the ceiling fan industry with ineffective mandates. However, on March 11, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a 101-page rulemaking framework document evaluating potential energy-savings requirements on ceiling fans through new regulations. The new regulations being considered by DOE would significantly impair the ability of ceiling fan manufacturers to produce reasonably priced, highly decorative fans. These regulations would not only place a higher price tag on less aesthetically pleasing designs but could increase homeowners’ reliance on other cooling systems that consume more electricity.
“First, they came for our health care, then they took away our light bulbs, and raided our nation’s most iconic guitar company — now they are coming after our ceiling fans. Nothing is safe from the Obama administration’s excessive regulatory tentacles,” Blackburn said. “These regulations extend into the homes of American families, raise cost for consumers, and kill the ability of our manufacturers to grow and create jobs. Enough is enough.

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Ramsey Declares Victory in GOP Congressional Battle

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey declared victory Monday for Republicans in the congressional battle over federal spending and raising the debt limit, according to a report from Hank Hayes.
The Blountville Republican told a Greater Kingsport Republican Women’s luncheon he has been in GOP House Speaker John Boehner’s shoes as a negotiator at the state level.
Boehner, said Ramsey, sought “true cuts” with no tax increases plus a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“Folks, we have won on this issue,” Ramsey said. “When we get the liberal New York Times doing an editorial today saying that (Democratic President Barack) Obama caved … and saying the Tea Party is driving the agenda, we conservatives have won. You need to take that and run with it.” Liberal Democrats, Ramsey added, are experts at getting half of what they want.
“We as conservatives sometimes are so principled that if we don’t get 90 percent, I can’t vote for that,” Ramsey noted. “We need to take this today and run with it, and then come back next year and go on to something else. If you get 90 percent of what you want, grab it, run with it and come back next year.”
Ramsey and state Reps. Tony Shipley and Scotty Campbell were at the luncheon to explain core differences between Democrats and Republicans.

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TN U.S. House Delegation Splits 5-3 on Debt Ceiling Vote

Tennessee’s U.S. congressmen were split in voting on the debt ceiling deal Monday.
Voting yes were Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville and five Republicans — Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood, Diane Black of Gallatin, Jimmy Duncan of Knoxville, Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump and Philip Roe of Johnson City.
Voting no were Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis and two Republicans — Reps. Scott DesJarlais of Jasper and Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga.
For more on the Tennessee delegation and the deal, see Michael Collins in the News Sentine and Elizabeth Bewley in the Tennessean.

TN Will Be OK ‘Beyond 6 Weeks’ If Feds Flop

As the country nears a possible historic debt default, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and top officials said Thursday that the state can meet its obligations for weeks should Washington’s partisan disputes over raising the debt ceiling send the nation’s credit ratings careening off a cliff.
From Andy Sher:
“We’ve looked at what happens if the funding totally gets cut off if they shut down, and we’re actually in pretty good shape with how our payment flow works,” Haslam told reporters. “But it obviously impacts the credit ratings and funding that comes from Washington.
“It’s not a drastic like ‘Oh boy, we’re not going to be able to do state government the next day if they don’t meet the [deadline]'” he said.
Pressed on how long the state can go, Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes later said that preliminary figures show “we can go beyond six weeks.” He will meet with Haslam today to go over the figures, he said.
If the Republican-controlled U.S. House, Democratic-run Senate and Democratic President Barack Obama can’t agree on increasing the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit, some federal programs are expected to get less or no money.

TN Congressmen on Debt Ceiling Debate

Cooper: Cut Our Pay
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville is proposing legislation that would stop salary payment to congressmen if the United States defaults on the national debt, reports the City Paper.
The bill would prohibit members from receiving pay during a default, and would not allow for that pay to be recouped retroactively.
“Failure is not an option,” Cooper said in a release. “But, if default occurs, another paycheck for congressmen and senators should not be an option either.”
Cooper is a long-time advocate of a bipartisan debt plan that reduces spending, reforms the tax code and puts the nation on a sustainable fiscal path. Cooper has urged to allow a vote on the “Gang of Six” bipartisan proposal that would have reduced the debt by almost $4 trillion over the next 10 years. The proposal has not been voted on.

Note: Cooper wrote an op-ed piece for the Tennessean on his proposal, available HERE.
Duncan, Roe, DesJarlais Swamped With Calls
The calls started so early and came so often that U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. arrived in the office at 6:30 in the morning to personally help answer the phones, reports Michael Collins. U.S. Rep. Phil Roe’s congressional website was so overwhelmed that it crashed and was out of service for a good part of the day.
Even social media networks were inundated with angry and often colorful posts as fed-up Americans gave lawmakers an earful about the squabbling that has been going on for weeks between Congress and the White House over raising the nation’s debt limit.
“I don’t care if you have to shut the whole thing down. DO NOT BORROW ANOTHER DIME!!!” one man wrote on U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ Facebook page.
“Please consider paying the bills that Congress has contracted to pay and stop this childish insolent behavior of ‘No No No,'” wrote another. On and on it went Tuesday, the day after President Barack Obama went on national television and encouraged Americans to call their Congress members and urge them to end the stalemate over raising debt ceiling
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Lawmakers Representing West TN ‘All Over the Map’
Bart Sullivan says Memphis area congressmen and senators are “all over the map when it comes to the debt ceiling deadline approaching Aug. 2.”
Some, spurred by conservative constituents who elected a Republican House last November, insist the nation’s credit limit must be tied to steep reductions in future spending. Others endorse raising the limit without major quid pro quos. Here are their responses to a request Tuesday from The Commercial Appeal:
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. — “At a time when Washington is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends, Congress must insist on significant reductions in the federal debt at the same time we honor the government’s obligations. I have cosponsored several plans to strike this balance and I hope the President will work with us to achieve a reasonable result.”
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. — “I understand and share the frustrations of the American people who look at Washington and don’t understand how it could be so dysfunctional and why, for so long, we have been living beyond our means, and that’s why I offered the CAP Act to put a fiscal straitjacket on Congress.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. — “The American people have heard enough of the talk. We need to take the appropriate action to deal with this debt crisis so we don’t default. Republicans remain committed to finding both a near-term and a long-term solution to the nation’s economic woes. The House passed Cut, Cap, and Balance last week, which I strongly support. Now, Speaker Boehner has put forward the Budget Control Act, which I am carefully reviewing. The American people want less spending and greater fiscal responsibility from their leaders in Washington, and it’s time we deliver.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. — “The debt limit has been raised more than 70 times by many Presidents since 1940. But this is the first time raising the debt limit has been tied to spending cuts, which is a dangerous political game. If we don’t raise the debt limit by Aug. 2, we risk default on our national debt and jeopardize funding for many government programs that help people. Failure to increase the debt limit would threaten our position and compromise America’s creditworthiness in the eyes of the world. Congress has to raise the limit, and it must be done with bipartisan support. Both parties will likely have to give a little on their priorities to do this effectively and to keep us from being in the same position within the next several months.”
U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn. — “We’re sorting through the details (of Speaker John Boehner’s proposal) trying to make sure that we know everything that’s inside of it and all the working parts. It’s very complicated at this point — many, many different pieces and legs to it. I’ve really supported the cut, cap and balance and I mean the balanced budget is a very, very important part for me and, I feel like, for our district. I’d hate to see that not part of some kind of a deal. So we’re just going to see how everything falls out. But right now, I’ve not decided if I’m going to vote for it, or not… (Constituents) are telling me, ‘you, know, we understand you have to raise the debt ceiling’…There are some people out there that say ‘let’s let it go down.’ I’m not one of those people. I understand there will be unintended consequences.”
Fleischmann Calls Not Too Bad
The day after President Obama called for Americans to reach out to their representatives and express support his debt ceiling vision, staffers of Tennessee congressmen are reporting to Nooga.com a “manageable” increase in phone activity.
“We’ve seen a slight uptick in our call and email volume, and are handling each them on an individual basis,” Jordan Powell, press secretary for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, said. “This is an important issue, and we understand this is a normal occurrence when hot topics arise.”