Discussing Eliminating the Electoral College
March 22, 2019
This week, as the the debate about whether to eliminate the Electoral College drew national attention, I discussed my proposed Constitutional Amendment to make that happen. I also called for hearings on the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane crashes and the Federal Aviation Administration’s airplane safety certification process; visited Mr. Rakestraw’s A.P. Government class at White Station High School; visited fifth graders at Star Academy Charter School in Raleigh; wrote a letter to the editor of The Tennessean about a tuition decision at the University of Tennessee; announced a research grant for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to study schizophrenia; and offered a health tip about women and depression. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.
Urging Elimination of the Electoral College
On January 3, the first day of the new Congress, I introduced a proposed Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the antiquated Electoral College that has twice recently given our country presidents who did not win the popular vote. I was pleased to see more national discussion of the issue this week. CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked me about it on Tuesday. See that interview here.
As a senior member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, I have been closely monitoring developments in the investigation of two Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashes. On Tuesday, I went on the CBS Evening News to say that the Federal Aviation Administration’s evaluation and certification of the planes should be the subject of oversight hearings. See that interview here.
On Tuesday, I visited the fifth graders at Star Academy in Raleigh and urged the students to study hard to get ahead. The discussion ranged from efforts to end homelessness to cures for cancer. These fine students have bright futures ahead. Television stations sent crews to film our talk. See one of their stories here.
The Tennessean and The Knoxville News-Sentinel published my letter to the editor Wednesday praising University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd’s decision to give free tuition to students based on merit and need. The UT Promise will give tuition to students already receiving the HOPE scholarship with a household income of less than $50,000 a year. I led the two-decade effort to pass the Tennessee Lottery referendum and create the HOPE scholarship that is awarded based on academic achievement and need. See the letter here.
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