NASHVILLE - Senate Republicans on Thursday sent a controversial bill seeking to impose work requirements on some able-bodied adult Medicaid enrollees from the floor back to committee for further review.
The move by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, caught House Speaker Beth Harwell - a Nashville Republican running for governor who sponsored the bill, which was passed earlier this week in the lower chamber - completely off guard.
She defended the legislation, saying it has "84 percent popularity, people want to see this work requirement. It's a work requirement that we put on welfare recipients - we did that back when Bill Clinton allowed us to have that flexibility. Trump is giving us this flex with TennCare."
House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, presides over the House on the opening day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan.