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WASHINGTON — What's due but not collected will soon be taken up if the U.S. Senate has its way.

WASHINGTON — The six Republican senators from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama cast a total of 54 votes on nine gun-related proposals last week.

WASHINGTON — Most congressional lawmakers from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama continue to accept letters in the wake of poisonous postal attacks, but all are encouraging emails, calls and faxes instead as a way to ensure safety.

WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., once spearheaded a bill to curb abortions in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., says he votes "to help protect the sanctity of life."

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hollered "Roll Tide" Monday at the White House, honoring an Alabama national championship football team for the third time in four years. "Since I'll be around for four more football

WASHINGTON —While millions of federal workers are facing furloughs, automatic budget cuts don't appear to be thinning local lawmakers' wallets.

WASHINGTON — Let the debate begin.

WASHINGTON — Southern Republicans in Congress slammed President Barack Obama's proposed TVA overhaul, calling it misguided, vague and unrealistic.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of North Alabama grabbed his glasses to scan page 51 of President Barack Obama's budget request Wednesday and turned red as he absorbed a seven-sentence proposal that could put TVA in private hands, alter rates for 9 million customers and jeopardize 12,000 employees.

WASHINGTON — President Obama may want to rid the federal government of TVA.

WASHINGTON — Thanks in part to Georgia's two Republican senators, a conservative effort to block debate on gun control measures probably won't survive.

WASHINGTON — It’s basically a no-brainer: $200,000 in campaign contributions for an exploratory congressional bid is a boatload of cash.

State Rep. Joe Carr raced out of the 4th Congressional District 2014 campaign gate Tuesday, announcing his exploratory committee has raised $205,000 in a potential bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

WASHINGTON — Georgia's two Republican senators today said they welcome debate on comprehensive gun control legislation, breaking from more than a dozen conservative colleagues who have vowed to block any gun-related bill brought to the Senate floor.

WASHINGTON — In 1966, a young Republican lawyer and U.S. Senate candidate named Howard H. Baker Jr. rode a Greyhound bus around Tennessee every day but Sunday, stopping by Morristown, Memphis and everywhere in between.

WASHINGTON — Since 2008, outside parties and private interest groups have spent $402,436 on travel for Tennessee’s nine U.S. House members and their staffs, according to a Chattanooga Times Free Press analysis of 106 trips.

NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell acknowledged Thursday that some Tennessee hospitals may face closure as fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam delays a decision on whether to expand the state's Medicaid program under the federal health care overhaul.

WASHINGTON — Interviews with Southern conservatives in Congress reveal surprising common ground with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican who reversed himself and announced support for same-sex marriage after his son came out.

WASHINGTON -- Powerful congressional Republicans shrugged off a lingering abortion scandal Tuesday, hosting a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., as he escalated his quest for a third term.

WASHINGTON — Sunday's political talk show circuit illustrated another deep divide at the Republican Party's highest levels, with a Tennessee senator promoting a balanced approach to America's defict and House Speaker Jo

WASHINGTON — Deep into President Barack Obama's hourlong visit with House Republicans on Wednesday, someone stated the obvious: "Nobody in this room voted for you."

WASHINGTON — In a reversal weeks before his term expires, Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith said he won't attempt to quash dissent, censor his board or restructure it to remove his critics.

WASHINGTON — Three powerful House committee chairmen are hosting a fundraiser next week for U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, but one already is distancing himself from the event and the embattled Tennessee Republican.

WASHINGTON — Meat lovers should expect shortages and price hikes this summer if federal food safety inspectors are forced to take lengthy furloughs, America's top agriculture official said Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The Tennessee Republican Party on Monday denied leaking in-house personnel files that benefited U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's first campaign, new court filings show.

WASHINGTON — When political reporters write about members of Congress, they often call their subjects lawmakers. So, the popular assumption goes, congressmen and senators smoke cigars and debate over heaps of paper, passing new laws and changing the way Americans behave, consume and spend.

WASHINGTON — Twenty-four lucky Hixson High School students and teachers traveled here this week, slipping into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. two days before White House tours are suspended indefinitely.

WASHINGTON — Long before hitting Capitol Hill, they scrounged as restaurant servers, fast-food workers and paperboys.

WASHINGTON — In recent years, the Alabama football team mostly wins or does what it wants without interference.

Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith moved last month to kick from the party's board members who leak details to the media, criticize party operations or publicly question his performance as chairman.

WASHINGTON — "It's premature for me to speculate." "There's not a lot I can tell you." "No communication from the federal government." "We've not yet received guidance." "It's very frustrating."

WASHINGTON — Southern Democrats in Congress criticized Tennessee Republicans for opposing an anti-domestic violence bill that includes new protections for homosexuals, transgender people, Native Americans and other minority victims.

All seven Tennessee Republicans in the U.S. House today voted against renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

WASHINGTON — Five Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama senators helped an old Republican colleague become Secretary of Defense on Tuesday. Yet only one went all the way for Chuck Hagel.

WASHINGTON — Tennessee's Republican pair of senators reversed themselves today and nudged a controversial former colleague toward leading America's military.

WASHINGTON — Shunning the partisan rancor surrounding the nation's latest budget battle, President Barack Obama on Monday praised Tennessee's top Republican as a model for a stubborn Congress.

WASHINGTON — Two hundred Tennessee teachers at risk of getting fired. Four thousand Georgia children unable to get vaccines for measles and mumps. Twenty-seven thousand federal employees in Alabama facing furloughs.

WASHINGTON — At least 18 donors to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais have pledged money, support or both to the congressman's opponent, adding to a growing list of defections amid personal scandals and political fallout.

WASHINGTON — An arm slumped over his chair in the Senate chamber, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander seemed absent from the proceedings, relaxing his wiry frame and chatting away.

WASHINGTON — Up for re-election last year, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann campaigned as "a proven conservative."

WASHINGTON — Up for re-election last year, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann campaigned as “a proven conservative.”

WASHINGTON — Tennessee and Georgia senators last week joined 74 colleagues in voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, but some local House Republicans aren't sold on doing the same.

WASHINGTON — First, it was a family friend. Now, it's his daughter.

WASHINGTON — First, it was a family friend. Now, it’s his daughter.

WASHINGTON — Pretty soon, consumers may not be able to browse Best Buy, find their dream television and buy it on Amazon without paying sales tax.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today joined fellow lawmakers in reintroducing a bill that would allow all states to require online retailers to collect sales tax just like their "Main Street" rivals.

WASHINGTON — Politically and physically, Tennessee Republicans shied away from President Barack Obama before, during and after Tuesday evening's State of the Union address.

WASHINGTON — One of the perks of Congress? An extra ticket to prime-time politics.

WASHINGTON — Last October, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor didn't just get an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.

WASHINGTON — In his first extensive comments on Tennessee's most controversial congressman, Gov. Bill Haslam stopped short of endorsing Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais for re-election in 2014.

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