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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is firing back at Majority Leader Harry Reid over comments the Democrat made concerning a Republican filibuster.

Republicans are holding up 17 Obama Administration  judicial nominations.  Reid is hoping to pull together the 60 votes he needs to limit debate on the appointments and force a vote.

The Majority Leader says he’s acting in response to the slow pace of confirmations of Obama's picks for the federal bench. He said Republicans should end the delays immediately to ease the backlog of cases in federal courts.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander came out strongly Wednesday against renewing wind industry tax incentives.

On the floor of the Senate Wednesday morning, Alexander said the $27 billion worth of federal wind power subsidies would be better spent on renewable energy research, or on reducing the national debt.

During his comments, Alexander highlighted the Tennessee Valley Authority’s experience with a wind farm it built in East Tennessee.

WASHINGTON‭ (‬AP‭) — ‬Tennessee’s‭ ‬Republican‭ ‬Senator’s‭ ‬are‭ ‬reacting strongly to President Barack Obama’s decision to‭, at least temporarily‭, ‬block‭ ‬the‭ ‬$7‭ ‬billion Keystone oil pipeline.

Lamar Alexander‭ ‬says he can’t understand why the president failed to move ahead on a‭ ‬project that would,‭ ‬as the Senator put it,‭ ‬“...make us less reliant on oil from hostile countries.‭”

Senator Bob Corker was even more scathing,‭ ‬saying the president’s decision is‭ ‬election year politics and concluding,‭ “‬...we really need the energy and the jobs.‭”

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is part of a bi-partisan push to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes.

The group of ten senators announced yesterday that they will introduce a bill that would let states that adopt the same administrative procedure for collecting taxes to be able to require online sellers to collect those taxes

Online auction company eBay opposes the bill, saying that requiring small vendors to collect sales tax for states around the country would be an unfair burden.

Alexander Proposes Making Clean Air Rules Law

Nov 8, 2011
United States Senate

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is offering a bill that would make the EPA's clean air rules governing cross-border air pollution standards into law.

Republican Alexander and Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas are offering the bill as an alternative to a measure up for a vote Thursday.  That bill is being offered by Tea Party favorite Rand Paul.  Paul’s legislation would eliminate the cross-border pollution regulations all together.

Alexander and Pryor have introduced a bill that would convert the EPA rules into law, but give utilities an extra year to implement it.