HH: Joined now by United States Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. He’s served in the Senate since 2003. Prior to that, he was two-term governor of Tennessee, former Secretary of Education. Right now, he is chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the United States Senate. And in a couple of hours, he’s holding a hearing with a bunch of governors, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Bill Haslam of the great state of Tennessee, Gary Herbert of Utah, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Steve Bullock of Montana, and I think that’s three Republicans and two Democrats. Senator Alexander, good morning, good to have you.
LA: Good morning, Hugh.
HH: Let me begin before I talk about the hearing today and the health care fix, the debt limit deal that was struck yesterday between President Trump and Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi – are you in disbelief? Are you dumbstruck? Because if I watch the news media, it appears that Republicans are concussed by this. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but what do you think?
LA: I was glad to see them agree on something. You know, the three big issues there, one is Harvey, all the people in Texas who have been devastated by that, two is the debt limit, three is keep the government funding so we can do our job. There are different ways to do that, but if they can do all three of those things at once and we can get on to tax reform, so much the better for me.