Chuck Fleischmann

Chuck Fleischmann


OP-ED: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth and Fact Check


By: Mrs. Brenda Fleischmann

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Myth and Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer was.  Unfortunately, he did understand what it was like to lose his mother.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to refresh your knowledge of the disease. As more research is done and advancements are made, it can be difficult to determine the latest and most trusted information on breast cancer. Please take the time to learn some common myths and facts about the disease, and share these with your mother, your daughters, your friends, and the other women in your life.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women: Fact.

In the United States, an estimated 252,710 women (and 2,470 men) are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017. In the state of Tennessee alone, an estimated 5,510 women will be diagnosed and 920 will die of the disease. The positive news is that if breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 99 percent.

If your mother did not have breast cancer, you are not at risk: Myth.

Although a family history of the disease does increase your risk, anyone can develop breast cancer. In fact, some women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. Regardless, it is important to know your family history and talk to a health care professional about your risk to determine when and how often you should get screened.

Obesity can increase your likelihood of developing breast cancer: Fact.

Studies show that obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, possibly due to high estrogen levels found in fat tissue. Exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer: Myth.

No clear scientific evidence has been found to support this claim.

The more you know about breast cancer, the more you can do to reduce your risk of the disease. To learn more about risk factors, symptoms, and screening for breast cancer, visit

Brenda Fleischmann is a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, and the spouse of U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann. Statistics are provided by the American Cancer Society.

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RELEASE: House Passes Additional Funding for Disaster Relief and Recovery Efforts


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement in response to the House passage of H.Res. 569, to provide additional funding for disaster relief and recovery efforts:

“In recent months, wildfires and hurricanes have wreaked havoc on America. Today, the House passed an additional $36.5 billion in emergency supplemental funding to combat the wildfires plaguing California, aid the residents of Puerto Rico, and help families continue to recover from the damage and destruction of hurricane-related flooding.

Americans are continuing to rebuild their lives, and they still need our help. Today marked another step toward recovery,” Fleischmann said. “I stand with every family that has felt ramifications from the disasters in recent months, and I promise to continue to work with my colleagues in the House to provide the necessary funding.”

The funding includes:

  • $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF).
  • $576.5 million for wildfire efforts.
  • $16 billion for debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  •  A provision for the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP) for low-income residents of Puerto Rico to receive the same emergency nutrition assistance that other hurricane-affected states already receive.


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RELEASE: House Passes Fleischmann’s Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) introduced the bipartisan Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act (H.R. 378). The bill, co-sponsored by fellow Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05), will enhance the existing program for federal employees who identify frivolous spending of taxpayer dollars by doubling the previous maximum bonus.

“Good deeds deserve to be rewarded, and that is the purpose of my bill. Federal agencies exhibit a common trend of wasteful spending as the end of a fiscal year approaches. This bill is designed to stop this trend and benefit deserving employees. This legislation is structured after the private sector model where employees receive a reward for identifying unnecessary spending, therefore saving the organization, and in this case the federal government, money.”

“Most importantly, my bill gives people the power to act as administrative agents of their own taxpayer dollars,” said Fleischmann. “This ensures taxpayer dollars are spent wisely while simultaneously motivating employee attention toward spending abuse and fraud.”

“I hate government waste, and all it takes is commonsense ideas like this to help root it out,” Rep. Cooper said. “I have always believed in pay for performance. If federal employees step up and help us save money, why not reward them for their good work?”

H.R. 378 passed the House with a voice vote.


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RELEASE: Fleischmann, Thornberry Visit Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Oak Ridge, TN— This morning, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), member of the House Appropriations Committee, welcomed Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to visit Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“I am thrilled Chairman Thornberry was able to join me this morning,” Fleischmann said. “I have always been incredibly proud of the work done by both Y-12 and Oak Ridge and their contributions to our nation. Y-12’s dedication to the fulfillment of our national security mission is unique and produces extraordinary results. The cutting-edge technology pioneered at Oak Ridge allows our nation to continue to lead the world in scientific developments. Chairman Thornberry is extremely knowledgeable and I appreciate his insight and willingness to continue our work together.”

Congressman Fleischmann and Chairman Thornberry toured Y-12 to view the initial construction of the new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF), which will offer a more modern, efficient replacement to a previously used facility. 

Shortly after, they visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where the Congressman and Chairman had a firsthand opportunity to view the laboratory’s work leading the nation in supercomputing technology. 

“I appreciate Congressman Fleischmann’s invitation to visit the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said Chairman Thornberry. “Chuck has been a strong advocate for the innovative technology and science that has been produced in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Scientific development, like what I have seen here, is extremely important to our national security. The cooperative efforts of the facilities we toured, and the rest of the nuclear enterprise, provide invaluable contributions to our national defense missions.”


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STATEMENT: Fleischmann on FY18 Budget Resolution


“Today, the House passed a conservative budget that will open the door to massive relief for families in Tennessee struggling with the broken tax code while also addressing the status quo of wasteful deficit spending. We can no longer accept that over 60 percent of federal spending is being funneled into mandatory spending programs. This budget is balanced, fair, and benefits East Tennessee, and I was proud to give it my support.”


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STATEMENT: Congressman Fleischmann on Las Vegas Shooting


"This morning, my heart goes out to the city of Las Vegas. As I monitor the situation, I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that occurred last night as Americans came together to attend a concert. I thank the selfless and quick efforts of first responders and emergency personnel. I pray for all affected by this horrible tragedy, and hope to know a day when these heartless actions cease to exist.”


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OP-ED: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month


Op-Ed Column

By: Mrs. Brenda Fleischmann

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer, and an estimated 161,360 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease in 2017. In Tennessee alone, about 2,830 men will be diagnosed and an estimated 550 will die of the disease.

Although all men are at risk for prostate cancer, African-Americans have a much higher rate of prostate cancer than white men and are more than twice as likely to die of the disease. A family history of the disease also puts you at increased risk, as does getting older (you are more likely to develop the disease after age 50).

Symptoms are not common in the early stages of prostate cancer, but as it progresses, you may experience difficulty urinating, weakened or interrupted urine flow, blood in the urine or pain while urinating. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your health care professional immediately.

Early detection of prostate cancer can save lives, but testing also comes with risks. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests are not 100 percent accurate and may prompt unnecessary treatment (and subsequent side effects) of cancers that might not have ever advanced to a harmful stage. If you are a man age 50 or older (age 45 for African-American men or those with close relatives who have had the disease), talk to a health care professional about the potential benefits and harms of screening and then determine if it is best for you.

If you and your doctor do decide you should be screened, testing may be done every one or two years. Men with prostate cancer usually have elevated PSA levels, though high PSA levels can also be caused by several non-cancerous conditions, such as an enlarged prostate (BPH). There are also tests that can better distinguish prostate cancers that are likely to be aggressive and those that would likely not cause harm, which can help guide treatment decisions.

Don’t neglect your health as the hectic fall season approaches. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and not smoking can reduce your risk of prostate and many other cancers. To learn more about prostate cancer, visit

Brenda Fleischmann is a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Program, and the spouse of U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann.  Statistics provided by the American Cancer Society.



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STATEMENT: Congressman Fleischmann on Tax Reform


"I believe the time for tax reform is now. American families and companies should no longer be stifled by a tax code that is outdated and overcomplicated. Currently, our corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world, and as a result jobs are going overseas causing American businesses to suffer. American families are struggling with high tax rates, and reform is necessary to allow them to keep more of their hard earned paychecks. Tax reform will bring back companies, create jobs, and spur economic growth.  A tax code should be fair and simple, and not require Americans to waste countless hours and dollars. I will continue to monitor the progress of this framework as it moves through the Committee on Ways and Means, and look forward to tax reform that moves our country forward."



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RELEASE: Fleischmann Votes to Make America Secure



Washington, D.C.— Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement after voting in support of the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354):

“My vote for H.R. 3354 was a vote for the security of our nation. This appropriations package gives our troops a long overdue pay raise, grants robust funding for national security, and funds the initial construction of a southern border wall. Along with the wall, border security will be increased with thousands of additional ICE agents and border patrol agents.

“In addition to funding for our national security priorities, this legislation continues crucial investments into medical research and other worthy causes that will benefit the American people. This includes resources to combat the tragic opioid crisis and continues our promising fight against terrible diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.

“Finally, this bill will help advance the interests of East Tennessee. H.R. 3354 provides funds for construction of the Chickamauga Lock, the national security mission at Y-12, nuclear cleanup accounts, and cutting edge scientific research which supports the fantastic work occurring in Oak Ridge.

“Today, the House moved quickly to fund essential government operations in one of the most conservative appropriations packages to pass the House of Representatives in recent years.”


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STATEMENT: Congressman Fleischmann on Hurricane Harvey relief funding


"I was honored to support legislation providing the desperately needed $7.85 billion in disaster relief funding to our good friends in Texas. Hurricane Harvey was a disaster of historic proportions and it was our congressional duty to come together and pass this bill today with almost unanimous support. I am so proud to see so many Americans, from first responders to citizen volunteers, stand together in the face of catastrophe. We will continue to stand with them as they face the challenges ahead."




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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3271
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Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District is made-up of 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.

Chuck received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois. He received both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.

For 24 years Chuck and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga after they both graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee.

Chuck has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.

During his first two years in Congress, Chuck voted to repeal Obamacare, cut $1.6 trillion from the federal budget and has a 100% pro-life and 2nd amendment voting record.

Chuck serves on the Appropriations Committee which is vitally important to the residents of the 3rd District.

Chuck and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee with their 3 boys: Chuckie, Jamie and Jeffrey.

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