Around the South for Jan. 26: TN, SC & GA


Tennessee: Corker praises Keystone order. US Sen. Bob Corker (R), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement, “I am pleased years of illogical and political delays preventing completion of the Keystone pipeline have finally come to an end,” adding, “Developing more of our domestic resources supports economic growth and the energy security demands of our country.” ……. South Carolina: Mulvaney promises straight talk. At his confirmation hearing to head the Office of Management and Budget, US Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R) was queried about how he would square his own past support of reforming Social Security and Medicare spending with President Trump’s promise to leave both programs alone. “The only thing I know is to tell the president the truth,” he answered. In response to concerns about his earlier support for cutting defense spending, US Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), both prominent hawks, testified in Mulvaney’s favor. Mulvaney is expected to be confirmed, reports The Hill ……. Georgia: Price headed to confirmation. Despite tough questions about his buying medical stocks related to his legislative responsibilities, US Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a physician, is expected to be confirmed by the Senate, reports The Hill, possibly in a party-line vote. Price’s stock dealings were reported to the Ethics Committee at the appropriate time and fully legal, though Democrats questioned the ethical implications …….