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We had a great talk. I said, I've done what you've asked me to do.feedback
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Oct 20 2017
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Oct 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

He wanted to be encouraging about the bipartisan agreement that Senator Murray and I announced yesterday.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

The president engineered the bipartisan agreement by calling me and asking me to work with Senator Murray to do it. I've talked with him three times in the last 10 days about it.feedback

Oct 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

I'm grateful to the president for encouraging me on two occasions and phone calls to try and get a bipartisan agreement with Senator Murray. He said he didn't want people to be hurt during these next two years, while we're arguing about the long-term direction of health care in the country.feedback

Oct 17 2017

He called me a week ago and he called me on Saturday. I don't want people to suffer.feedback

Oct 17 2017

This takes care of the next two years. After that, we can have a full-fledged debate on where we go long-term on health care.feedback

Oct 10 2017 - American politics

I work with Bob Corker nearly every day. He is a terrific United States senator, and I'm disappointed he's decided not to seek reelection.feedback

Sep 26 2017 - Affordable Care Act

Let's get … some governors in there as well and say what can work and what can we really look at. We all agree that we want to control this ridiculous medical inflation that we've been seeing for the last 30 years, long before the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Sep 19 2017

We have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Obamacare

I know how to get bipartisan results, but I'm not a magician.feedback

Sep 16 2017

We had more than 60 senators who came to either the meeting with the witnesses before the hearing or the hearing itself and engage in a serious discussion. I haven't seen anything like that since I came to the Senate 15 years ago.feedback

Sep 16 2017

Senator Baker used to say, the other fellow might be right. We have kind of lost the capacity to understand that.feedback

Sep 14 2017

People came to see the governor make a mistake on the piano, and it worked out great.feedback

Sep 14 2017

I've sung the 'Tennessee Waltz' in every little town in Iowa. It didn't really work. Every time I go down to see him, I play him a little song before I ask for my appropriation allocation. I have the reverse problem. When I show up in Tennessee, they usually move the piano out of the room and make sure I don't play for them.feedback

Sep 14 2017

I was trained to play classical music, but I would goof off. My music teacher would say: 'Okay, your left hand is jumping all around. You've been playing that Jerry Lee Lewis stuff again.feedback

Sep 07 2017

It's pretty easy to be for extending the cost-sharing payments.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Obamacare

Our goal is a small step, and so many millions of Americans will be hurt if we fail. Otherwise, we won't be able to affect insurance rates the flexibility of insurers until next year.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Affordable Care Act

To get a result, Democrats will have to agree to something – more flexibility for states – that some may be reluctant to support. And Republicans will have to agree to something, additional funding through the Affordable Care Act, that some may be reluctant to support. That is called a compromise.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Obamacare

I'm looking for the simplest bill possible that Republicans and Democrats can agree on that will stabilize the individual insurance market.feedback

Aug 25 2017 - American politics

There is no senator – no Republican senator – who President Trump talks to more than Bob Corker. I know that for a fact. They have great respect for one another, so my reaction is maybe it's time for them to play another round of golf together.feedback

Aug 03 2017

This is a bill that's been done the right way. It's an example of the way the Senate is supposed to work.feedback

Aug 02 2017

I hope to get a consensus on how to stabilize the individual market, get premiums down, keep insurance companies in the individual market so people can buy affordable insurance during the year 2018. It needs to be limited. Bipartisan. And it needs to be able to go into effect before the end of September so the insurance companies can see it. And then I would expect them to lower their prices as a result of the certainty that Congress has provided.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Obamacare

Without payment of these cost-sharing reductions Americans will be hurt.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Obamacare

If the president over the next two months, and Congress over the next year, take steps to provide certainty that there will be cost-sharing subsidies, that should allow insurance companies to lower the premiums that they have projected. We need to put out the fire in these collapsing markets wherever these markets are.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - American politics

Republicans will need to temporarily support some things we would not normally support over the longer term – and I would hope Democrats would do that as well.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Obamacare

We will hear from state insurance commissioners, patients, governors, health care experts and insurance companies.feedback

Jul 28 2017

The Senate health committee has a responsibility during the next few weeks to hold hearings to continue exploring how to stabilize the individual market. My main concern is doing all I can to help the 350,000 Tennesseans and 18 million Americans in the individual market who may literally have no options to purchase health insurance in 2018 and 2019.feedback

Jul 28 2017 - Trumpcare

The Senate's failure to do this leaves an urgent problem that I am committed to addressing: Tennessee's state insurance commissioner says our individual insurance market is very near collapse.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Obamacare

The so-called skinny provision is not a resolution of this problem. It only takes us to the next step, where hopefully we can find one.feedback

Jul 26 2017

Pilots like to know where they're going to land when they take off, and we should too.feedback

Jul 19 2017 - Obamacare

We all recognized that it's a complex subject and that everybody can't get everything they want in a subject this complex. I hope we succeed because we've got lots of Tennesseans who won't be able to buy insurance next year unless we do.feedback

Jul 17 2017

We have never had a situation where several hundred key officials who run the government have not been examined by, and held accountable to, the United States Senate. It makes the president more powerful and the Congress less powerful, and it gives the people less say into who the president is appointing, and what they are doing and how they conduct themselves.feedback

Jun 20 2017

The payments will help to avoid the real possibility that millions of Americans will literally have zero options for insurance in the individual market in 2018.feedback

May 25 2017 - Republican Party

We might have to do some things we normally wouldn't' do in order to keep premiums as low as we can and to make sure Americans can buy insurance.feedback

May 24 2017

It's informative to know the estimated impact of the House health care bill, but the Senate is writing its own bill, which will receive its own score from the Congressional Budget Office before the Senate votes.feedback

May 22 2017

We've discussed quite a bit the possibility of a two-step process. In 2018 and '19, we'd basically be a rescue team to make sure people can buy insurance.feedback

May 20 2017 - Obamacare

In order to rescue Americans from collapsing Obamacare exchanges, Republicans are likely going to have to temporarily do some things we may not like, including looking at funding the cost-sharing payments.feedback

May 11 2017

I actually think that Republicans and Democrats will be looking for exactly the same thing: a very well-qualified FBI director of unimpeachable integrity who can lead the FBI and continue the investigation into what the Russians were doing in our election. I don't think it makes any difference for health care.feedback

May 05 2017 - Obamacare

The Senate will now finish work on our bill, but will take the time to get it right.feedback

May 02 2017 - Republican Party

I think most Republicans understand that the Senate is not an institution to impose the majority's will on the country. It's the one institution in the country that's capable of developing consensus.feedback

Apr 28 2017

The only honest answer is that the election has made it difficult in the committees.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - SCOTUS

If they're able to do that, that would demonstrate that the Senate is functioning and that they're working together as leaders. And it would be a good way to end this chapter and start another one.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - SCOTUS

If they were looking for 10 different ways to get off to a bad start, this would be 11.feedback

Apr 05 2017

My hope is that you will help move the agency forward so that America's patients benefit from the remarkable discoveries our nation's researchers are working on.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Affordable Care Act

Urgent action is needed. In the Knoxville area where I live, the one remaining insurance company on the Affordable Care Act exchange has pulled out for the year 2018. So it is a near certainty that there will be zero insurance options for Tennesseans who live there and buy their insurance on the exchange.feedback

Mar 30 2017

The issue for workers today is not whether they belong to a union, it is whether they have the skills to adapt to the changing marketplace and to create, find, or keep good-paying jobs.feedback

Mar 29 2017

Those probably will include some more spending for defense and some more spending for border security.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I remain concerned that continuing to support the ITER project would come at the expense of other Office of Science priorities that the Department of Energy has said are more important – and that I consider more important.feedback

Mar 08 2017

He keeps coming to lunch after lunch. He's always around, and his style is low-key. He doesn't overstate his case.feedback

Mar 06 2017

We said to the department, You can't tell states exactly what to do about fixing low-performing schools. That's their decision.' This rule does that.feedback

Mar 03 2017

Well, Sen. Paul is a valuable member of the committee and I think I'll give him a call and see if he'd like to have more information. He and his staff have been briefed about the bill. He's had a chance to attend all the same meetings the rest of the senators have. So if he feels like he needs more information I'll be happy to give it to him.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I've never seen a process that is open and consulted since I've been here.feedback

Mar 02 2017

The whole point of yesterday's meeting was so members could hear about the bill and to make their suggestions about it while there's still time to make substantial changes.feedback

Feb 17 2017

Mr. Acosta's nomination is off to a good start because he's already been confirmed by the Senate three times.feedback

Feb 15 2017

I've arranged for senators on the committee to see that ... I thought that was a reasonable request. No reason not to see it. That happened 27 years ago. His former wife has said it was all not true. She has reiterated that in a heartfelt letter to members of the committee and has been willing to talk to members of the committee so I don't think that's an issue.feedback

Feb 07 2017

She has been a leader in the movement for public charter schools – the most successful reform of public education during the last 30 years. And she has worked tirelessly to help low-income children have more choices of better schools.feedback

Feb 07 2017

She has been a leader in the movement for public charter schools – the most successful reform of public education during the last thirty years. And she has worked tirelessly to help low-income children have more choices of better schools.feedback

Feb 07 2017

Since Mr. Puzder reported his mistake and voluntarily corrected it, I do not believe that this should disqualify him from being a cabinet secretary.feedback

Feb 07 2017

Based upon what I've learned, since Mr. Puzder reported his mistake and voluntarily corrected it, I do not believe that this should disqualify him from being a cabinet secretary.feedback

Feb 03 2017

Teachers have more freedom and parents have more choices, they are public schools and Betsy Devos is in the forefront of helping create that opportunity for public education. We will be swapping a national school board for what she believes in, which is a local school board.feedback

Feb 02 2017

Mrs. DeVos believes in our children, their teachers and parents – she believes in the local school board instead of the national school board. She's committed to public education, and there's no better example of that than her work on the most important reform of public schools in the last 30 years – public charter schools.feedback

Jan 21 2017

Allow states more flexibility to determine the essential health benefits ... that's probably the single most important step that could be taken to create a market where more insurers are likely to sell policies.feedback

Jan 18 2017

It's about working forward with long-term solutions for everyone.feedback

Jan 18 2017

We don't believe in replacing a failed Washington, D.C., health-care [plan] without our own health-care plan.feedback

Jan 18 2017

Betsy DeVos, in my opinion, is on our children's side.feedback

Jan 18 2017

I thought that was a very interesting observation and I'm going to wait until I see his plan in February.feedback

Jan 17 2017

She is on the side of our children.feedback

Dec 01 2016 - Obamacare

Trying to deal with the solvency issues in Medicare at the same time falls into the category of biting off more than you can chew ... a little humility here would be in order, we can't do everything at once and we shouldn't try.feedback

Nov 29 2016

It's a very important and attractive piece of legislation. I anticipate a big vote.feedback

Nov 21 2016

We want to be the rescue party instead of the party that pushes millions of Americans who are hanging by the edge of their fingernails over the cliff.feedback

Jun 14 2016

We do not have a nominee until after the convention. That's what you say.feedback

May 24 2016

We should call this the 'Only the Rich Retire' rule.feedback

Jan 28 2016

The task force would "set the stage for the Senate to get a bipartisan result.feedback

Feb 26 2010

We've come to the conclusion that we don't do comprehensive well. Our country is too big, too complicated, too centralized for Washington – a few of us here – to write a few rules about remaking 17 percent of the economy all at once.feedback

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