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Alexander votes today to "stand up for people of Tennessee" and uphold clean air rule

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Published on Jun 20, 2012

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today spoke on the floor of the Senate on his vote to uphold a federal clean air rule, saying: "Over the years I have learned that cleaner air not only means better health, it means better jobs—and I am proud to stand up on behalf of the people of Tennessee to uphold this clean air rule."

In remarks delivered on the floor of the senate, Alexander said, "TVA can't clean up Tennessee's air alone because dirty air blows in from other states...upholding this rule will hasten the day when Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville are not three of the top worst asthma cities. This rule means visitors will soon not even think of calling the Great Smoky Mountains 'the Great Smoggy Mountains' because it's one of the most polluted national parks in America. We want those 9 million visitors to keep coming every year with their dollars and their jobs."

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