Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn


Blackburn Works to Strengthen America’s Energy Infrastructure


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.

“I am pleased to support this bipartisan solution that will bring more certainty to the Department of Energy’s export approval process and help eliminate bureaucratic red tape that has delayed construction of LNG export projects,” Blackburn said. “This is another important step we are taking in our effort to strengthen America’s energy infrastructure. By acting to expand LNG exports we can create jobs and grow our economy here at home, while also increasing energy security for our allies abroad.” Read More

Blackburn Disturbed by Attorney General Nominee’s Disregard for American Worker


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to comments made today by President Barack Obama’s nominee for United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

When asked by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who she felt has more right to a job in this country -- lawful immigrants and citizens or those who entered unlawfully, Lynch responded by saying she believes “that the right and obligation to work is one that's shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.”

“The comments of Loretta Lynch were disturbing and showed a true lack of acceptance of our constitution and the law. It is outrageous that President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General of the United States was unable to state with clarity that American citizens and legal immigrants have a greater right to work in this country than illegal aliens,” Blackburn said. “While Ms. Lynch may prefer that aliens unlawfully present in our country be willing to work, I prefer that we uphold the law. It is the responsibility of the Attorney General to administer justice in a manner that is fair and impartial. We should be prioritizing legal immigration and not incentivizing unlawful behavior.”

Blackburn recently penned an op-ed for Breitbart News entitled What About The American Worker? In the piece Blackburn discusses the impact of President Obama’s executive amnesty on the American worker and how lawful Americans are being betrayed by President Obama’s outsourcing of jobs to illegal aliens. Read More

Blackburn Reintroduces Health Care Choice Act


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today renewed her fight to repeal Obamacare and replace it with her proposal to allow consumers to shop for insurance across state lines. Blackburn introduced H.R. 543, the Health Care Choice Act of 2015, which would empower consumers by giving them the ability to purchase affordable health insurance coverage with a range of options. The bill has 14 original cosponsors.

“We all know that the consumer can make better choices for their health care than a Washington bureaucrat,” Blackburn said. “The Health Care Choice Act offers a common sense solution that will replace Washington mandates with interstate competition by allowing consumers to shop for health insurance just like they do for other insurance products – online, by mail, over the phone, or in consultation with an insurance agent in their hometown.

“Instead of requiring every health plan to carry so many mandates that it becomes unaffordable, the Health Care Choice Act frees insurance companies to compete for your business across state lines, offering better options for lower prices.”

Original cosponsors of the Health Care Choice Act of 2015 include: Rep. Diane Black (TN-06); Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-03); Rep. Scott DesJarlais(TN-04); Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03); Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19); Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02); Rep. Gregg Harper (MS-03); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16); Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07); Rep. Billy Long (MO-07); Rep. Mia Love (UT-04); Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04); Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22); and Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01). Read More

Blackburn Joins Americans in Celebrating Life


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act.

“On a day when people around the nation gather together in support of life, it is appropriate that the House has acted on an issue that 68 percent of Americans agree on – there should be no taxpayer dollars used to pay for abortions. We are pleased to take this important action on the day when we welcome so many of our constituents to Washington to join us in celebrating the March for Life. I am grateful for the leadership of Rep. Chris Smith who worked diligently to craft this legislation the right way.

“This bill is about protecting life and protecting taxpayer dollars. It also ensures that we have much needed transparency under the President’s health care law. It is imperative to do that because the President has promised on numerous occasions that there would be no taxpayer funds used for abortions. Yet we have learned from GAO that there are over 1,000 plans in the marketplace that allow taxpayer dollars to be used for abortions under Obamacare.

“Consumers should have the right to know whether the plan they are selecting on an exchange includes abortion coverage. While Obamacare included some notification provisions, many of our constituents are simply unable to find out whether a plan is paying for abortions. This legislation brings transparency to the plans and money flow so that hard-working taxpayers that don’t want their money used for abortion will have clarity and certainty on the issue.”

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Blackburn Vows to Continue Fight to Protect the Unborn


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding her continued efforts to build support for and pass H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

“Over the past few weeks I've had the privilege of leading the effort to build support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as we work to ensure the unborn are provided the same protections that all human life deserves. While I am disappointed we were not able to complete our work on this important piece of legislation this week, I am appreciative of the Members who brought their concerns to me. I agree with the National Right to Life that it was better to delay the vote than to pass a greatly weakened bill.

“We must return the focus of this legislation to what matters most – protecting the lives of precious babies. As the primary co-sponsor of this bill, it is a top priority for me and I remain committed to working with our leadership team, the Pro-Life Caucus, and the pro-life organizations who have fought along side us to build support and move this legislation across the finish line.”
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Blackburn Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address


Congressman Marsha Blackburn welcomes her State of the Union guest Retired Command
Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation on the State of the Union.

“President Obama’s proposal to increase taxes is not a serious solution to the challenges facing our nation. The President’s plan is misleading because it hurts many seniors who aren’t wealthy, but depend on capital gains,” Blackburn said. “President Obama has increased our debt by $7.6 trillion over 6 years. Last year the federal government collected a record amount of $3 trillion dollars in revenue. Now he wants even more money to expand his dysfunctional government. The American people are tired of it. I have not talked to one person who thinks that more money should be sent to DC for the bloated, over grown, overreaching federal government to waste.

“Let me tell you something – we don’t have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Sending more money to bureaucrats in Washington is not going to solve the underlying problems. We need to work on real solutions like my proposal to cut just one penny out of every dollar from discretionary spending. By cutting one percent in discretionary spending, we could save taxpayers an estimated $4 billion in just one year.

“The President also talks about his initiatives to protect personal data online and yet today we learned from the Associated Press that data firms may be tracking people as they use Depending on technology, they may be able to determine age, income, zip code, and whether you smoke or are pregnant. These findings raise new privacy and cyber security concerns. If President Obama can’t protect data on then why should we trust him to lead us on other cyber and privacy issues?”

Congressman Blackburn hosted retired Command Sergeant Major Sidney Brown as her guest for the State of the Union. Command Sgt. Maj. Brown served two tours in Vietnam and is a member of the Triple Nickel-555th Parachute Infantry Association. Following his retirement from the Army, Brown served as County Commissioner in Clarksville. He has lectured at Austin Peay State University regarding the history of the Buffalo Soldiers in the United States Army. Brown was also appointed by Governor Don Sundquist to serve on the Tennessee State Veterans Nursing Home Board and the Tennessee Coin Commission.

“Whether it was serving two tours in Vietnam or his work with local, state, and federal officials to get the VA Nursing Home in Montgomery County, Command Sgt. Maj. Brown has dedicated his life to our nation’s military,” said Blackburn. “We are so grateful for his service on behalf of the United States Army and the Clarksville Community. I am truly humbled to have him as my guest for tonight’s State of the Union Address.”

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VIDEO: Blackburn Says Administration Can't be Trusted to Protect Personal Data

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House Approves Blackburn Proposal to Freeze DACA & Stop President Obama’s Lawless Executive Amnesty


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today continued her fight to stop President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty with House passage of her amendment to freeze the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Blackburn's amendment was approved 218-209 as part of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

Blackburn’s amendment prohibits any Federal funding, fees, or resources from being used to consider or adjudicate any new, renewal, or previously denied application for any alien requesting consideration for deferred action.

“The American people have overwhelmingly rejected executive amnesty and spoke loud and clear last November when they sent Republicans to Congress to stop President Obama’s lawless actions, Blackburn said. “President Obama has circumvented Congress and unilaterally re-written immigration law from the oval office. I applaud the House for taking action today by approving my amendment to freeze the DACA program, which was unlawfully created by Executive Memo on June 15, 2012.

“Last year, I had the opportunity to visit an unaccompanied alien children (UAC) facility at Fort Sill and also traveled to the southern border where I was briefed by U.S. Border Patrol agents. These visits confirmed what we have known all along -- DACA is the magnet drawing Central American children here. UAC’s believe they will receive amnesty, as those before them have.”

The Office of Refugee Resettlement released 53, 518 UACs to sponsors within the U.S. in FY2014.As result, there is a strong correlation between the President’s amnesty and the surge of UACs coming to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have also advised that at least 40% of UACs are abused on their journey here.

“President Obama is turning every state into a border state and every town into a border town, said Blackburn. “Unfortunately, his lawless amnesty has taken Democrats from the party of‘YES WE CAN’ to the party of BECAUSE WE CAN.”

VIDEO: Blackburn Leads Fight to Stop Obama’s Lawless Amnesty

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Blackburn to Fight Obama Initiatives that Trample on States’ Rights


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s push for broadband policies that trample on states’ rights.

“In Tennessee we have a term to describe people like President Obama — tone-deaf. At a time when Americans think the biggest problem facing our nation today is big government, you would think he'd have gotten the message by now. We don't need unelected bureaucrats like FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dictating to our states what they can and can't do with respect to protecting their limited taxpayer dollars and private enterprises. As a former State Senator in Tennessee, I am offended that President Obama would repeatedly support policies that trample on states’ rights.

“This ‘Washington knows best’ mentality is exactly why Americans put Republicans in control of Congress last November — to stop people like Barack Obama and Tom Wheeler. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to block any attempt by the FCC to insert themselves into our states’ sovereign economic and fiscal affairs. These are decisions that should be left up to Congress with participation from the American people, not sent down on high from unaccountable federal bureaucrats looking down on us from their ivory tower.”
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No More Excuses. It’s Time to Build the Keystone Pipeline!


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act.

“The American people are sick and tired of the excuses they see coming out of Washington. They don’t want excuses; they want solutions to the challenges we face as a nation.

“Earlier today, the Nebraska Supreme Court removed one of President Obama’s last excuses for blocking the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s a no brainer. The Keystone pipeline has bipartisan support in Congress and overwhelming support from the American people because we understand, better than the President, the benefits this energy project will have for our country.

“The Keystone pipeline will directly create 20,000 jobs, lower gas prices even further at the pump, and protect American energy security by allowing more than one million additional barrels of oil to flow to U.S. refineries. I look forward to the Senate passing this legislation and sending it to the desk of President Obama. We should put pressure on him to live up to his threat to veto this common sense legislation now that his excuses have finally run out.”

VIDEO: Blackburn Speaks in Support of H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act
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Blackburn Works to Repeal Obamacare Mandate that Deters Businesses from Creating Jobs for Hard-Working Americans


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act. The legislation would repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee under Obamacare and restore it to 40 hours.

“Forcing businesses to reduce hours and postpone hiring new workers is simply not fair to either growing small businesses or hard-working Americans. Small business owners in Tennessee have told me repeatedly that Obamacare’s mandate defining a full-time employee as someone working just 30 hours a week is hurting their ability both to create jobs and to provide workers with enough hours to provide for their families,” Blackburn said. “The SAW Act provides relief to small business owners by restoring the environment for those who want to expand their businesses and to help those that are unemployed or underemployed find a job.

“By raising the threshold to 40 hours, this legislation will help put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans by allowing employers to provide hourly employees with more hours each week.”
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Growing up, Marsha Blackburn learned that the promise of our nation depends on each generation of Americans working hard to leave the country a better place than they found it. As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to the sacred obligation all citizens have to their communities: making Tennessee and America a better, more prosperous, and freer place.

Congressman Blackburn began her elected service career in 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator. Blackburn’s Senate career was marked by her commitment to fiscal common sense and government accountability. She became known to her constituents for holding “budget school” in her district and across the state; identifying waste and offering solutions for a state in a budget crunch.

While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax. She earned the reputation as a champion of anti-tax and government reform issues, frequently appearing on local talk radio and even earning the attention of national publications like the Wall Street Journal and conservative groups such as Americans for Tax Reform.

Blackburn’s reputation for focusing on individual freedom and free enterprise boosted her from the Tennessee Senate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Blackburn was first elected to represent Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in 2002, quickly becoming a leader in Congress and a leading voice advocating for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens. She is regularly praised by good government groups like the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Farm Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and the American Conservative Union. She has been named a Taxpayer Hero by Americans for Tax Reform each year she has served in Congress. In 2007 Blackburn received the Conservative Leadership Award from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

Congressman Blackburn is often selected by her colleagues to lead the charge for common sense reform. In February 2010 she was selected to represent conservative views on health care reform at the President’s Blair House Summit. She has served on the majority and minority whip teams since her election in 2002, and holds a seat on the vital Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over health care, energy regulation, and telecommunications issues. In 2006 the Independent Electrical Contractors recognized her as their Lawmaker of the Year.

Marsha has earned a special reputation as a bi-partisan leader and policy expert on telecommunications issues and intellectual property rights. She has strong ties with Tennessee’s recording industry and the songwriters and performers who make it great. In 2003 Blackburn founded and serves as Chairman of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus to give the nation’s creative community a voice on Capitol Hill. In 2007, she was awarded the Congressional Grammy by the Recording Academy; the White Hat award from the Nashville Songwriters Association and in 2008 received the Platinum Award from the RIAA.

In 2012, Health IT Now presented her with the HITN Innovation Award for her work in support of innovative solutions to our most pressing healthcare problems. Marsha has also been honored by the Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony list for her pro-life, pro-family work. And recognized by the Association of Children’s Hospitals and the American College of Radiology for her leadership on healthcare issues. In April 2013 at the “Women Run The World” Half Marathon in New York City, More Magazine recognized Blackburn for her service in government by honoring her as one of 10 women who are making a difference in the world.

Blackburn was selected to serve as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 113th Congress where she will continue to serve on four critical Subcommittees: Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT); Oversight; Health; and Communications and Technology. She serves on the House Budget Committee and is a founding member of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee. Blackburn is also a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board.

Marsha and her husband Chuck live in Williamson County, Tennessee. They have two children, Mary Morgan Ketchel and Chad Blackburn; and two grandsons. Blackburn is a native of Laurel, Mississippi and graduate of Mississippi State University.


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