Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn


Blackburn Briefed by CDC Officials


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement today calling for an immediate review of travel protocols to combat the Ebola crisis after her visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. While at the CDC Blackburn met with Director Dr. Tom Frieden and was briefed by subject matter experts on what is being done to protect Americans from the current Ebola crisis.

“Today I traveled to the Centers for Disease control in Atlanta and met with Director Tom Frieden. Despite assurances that there is no risk of an Ebola outbreak occurring in the U.S., I remain very concerned. President Obama traveled to the CDC on September 16th and declared that Ebola was “unlikely” to come to America. Two weeks later, the first ever case of this deadly disease was diagnosed on American soil in Dallas as a result of a Liberian national falsifying travel documents in order to come to the United States after knowingly being exposed to Ebola.

“Dr. Frieden stated today that restricting travel between Ebola afflicted countries and the U.S. would “backfire.” Unfortunately, his comments simply do not reflect the gravity of the situation. More must be done.

“It's clear that reviewing the current travel protocols needs to be part of the discussion. Nothing should be ruled out as we work together to contain this outbreak and protect public health and safety at home and abroad. This is a matter of great public importance. It is time for the Administration to take decisive action to protect the American people and ensure we are secure from infectious disease.”
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Reps. Blackburn, Marino, Chu, and Welch Applaud Senate Introduction of Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse


Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Tom Marino (R-PA), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement applauding Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for introducing S. 2862, the Regulatory Transparency, Patient Access, and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2014.

S. 2862 is the companion bill to H.R. 4709, the Ensuring Patient Access to Effective Drug Enforcement Act, which unanimously passed the House in July to help prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion, and ensure patient access to necessary medications by creating a more collaborative partnership between drug manufacturers, wholesalers, retail pharmacies, and federal enforcement and oversight agencies.

“I am pleased to see Senators Hatch and Whitehouse following our lead in this effort to combat prescription drug abuse,”Blackburn said. “This legislation will help facilitate greater collaboration between industry stakeholders and regulators in our nation’s effort to combat prescription drug abuse, while also ensuring that patients who need medication are able to receive it. This bipartisan, bicameral effort will ensure the law is crystal clear for both DEA and legitimate businesses who want to understand what the rules are so they can do the right thing. It is our hope that the Senate will act quickly on this legislation to ensure the prescription drug supply chain is safe and secure for the patients that truly rely upon it to alleviate pain and treat illnesses.”

“I am proud that the work we started in the House is now being continued in the Senate,”Marino said.“We worked together across the aisle to pass a meaningful bill to help combat prescription drug abuse and ensure that patients suffering with diseases like cancer are able to access necessary medications.I am glad that our model is being followed in the Senate and that another bipartisan bill has been introduced to address the problem.I am looking forward to working with Senators Hatch and Whitehouse to make sure this measure reaches the President’s desk in the near future.”

“For the millions of Americans suffering through pain and disease, prescription drugs are an important part of improving quality of life,”said Chu. “Last month, the House passed a bipartisan bill that will help our pharmacists do their jobs safely and without disruption, which will ensure that legitimate patients can access pain medications. I am glad to see the Senate is taking up this up as well. I hope to see it passed and sent to the President’s desk.”

“The House has worked together to pass bipartisan legislation to address the nationwide problem of prescription drug abuse, and I’m pleased that the Senate is now picking up the mantle,”said Welch. “Pain killers are falling into the wrong hands while delivery of these same drugs is being stalled to the patients that need them, including seniors and those battling cancer. To fix this problem, drug suppliers and federal officials need to be able to work hand-in-hand to improve our drug delivery system and that’s exactly what this legislation does.”

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Blackburn Supports Solutions to Spur Economic Growth, Create Jobs, and Make Energy More Affordable for Hard-Working American Families


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act.
“More American energy means more American jobs. We all know that is true. That is why the House is acting once again to pass a package of common sense solutions that will help pave the way for American energy independence. This legislation is part of our ongoing effort to create jobs and make energy more affordable for hard-working American families. The commonsense proposals included in this package of bills will help spur economic growth and create good paying jobs right here at home through real solutions like building the Keystone Pipeline and speeding up exports of U.S. liquefied gas to our global allies.

“The Jobs for America Act isn't a lasting government program created to hand out federal jobs and false promises. H.R. 4 proposes positive solutions to help grow a healthy economy, create good-paying jobs, and help make the American Dream something within every household's grasp. By reducing unnecessary rules and regulations on small businesses, fostering growth in our digital economy, and repealing the 30-hour definition of full-time employment given to America's workers through Obamacare, the House is getting America back to work.” Read More

Blackburn Votes to Take Action in Fight Against ISIL


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today voted in support of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon’s amendment that would authorize the training and equipping of Syrian opposition groups to aid in the fight against ISIL.

“While I support this amendment as a first step in our efforts to fight back against Islamic terrorists, it is my hope that we will re-center our focus and commit to annihilating ISIL from the face of the earth. President Obama must be more aggressive and more forthright when it comes to his strategy for destroying these terrorist thugs.

“When it comes to being honest with the American people about ISIL and what is going to be required to win this fight, President Obama is living in fantasyland. To date, the President has failed to provide us with a clear definition of what a win or success in this fight would look like. Our goal must be to destroy these terrorists and ensure Americans are protected from threat they pose to our freedom and way of life.

“The President’s failure to heed the advice of his top military advisers in Iraq has made our country less secure. He was advised to leave a residual force in Iraq to confront a potential terrorist resurgence.His failure to do so has led to the formation of ISIL, a 30,000 strong terrorist army. Despite the President’s assurance that ISIL was a JV team, we now know the truth. ISIL has secured a territory the size of the United Kingdom and has been brutally murdering men, women, and children in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate. Half-measures will not ‘destroy and degrade’ ISIL. We must take the fight to the enemy before they come to our shores.”

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Blackburn Outraged Over Another Obama Broken Promise


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), referencing the new report released by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, spoke out against President Obama's use of taxpayer dollars for abortion coverage. In pushing to pass the Affordable Health Care Act, President Obama promised the American people "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place." Blackburn, the Vice Chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, said the following:

The administration’s record of broken promises and rejection of transparency continues. The president’s words could not have been clearer – taxpayer dollars would not be used to pay for abortion – but we now see that this, like so many other promises about this law, has not held true. Sadly, the White House’s workaround was just another accounting gimmick that the administration likely never intended to enforce. 
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Blackburn Statement in Remembrance of 9/11


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States:

“The day our nation came under attack from a cowardly evil is forever a part of our memory; impressed upon us out of a seemingly ordinary September day. Years have given time and distance from September 11, 2001, but our hearts are still heavy. We choose to remember not the gutless terrorists who brought down towers and walls, but the heroic men and women who rushed into the fires to rescue their neighbor. These men and women, ordinary heroes, are the legacy of that nightmarish day.

“Today, especially as we continue to battle the face of evil around the world, we remember the best of this mighty country -- those who day in and day out rush into the battle -- and the stalwart American perseverance that cannot be extinguished.”
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Blackburn Works to Protect Americans from Obama’s Broken Promises


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today voted in support of H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, which the House passed to help protect Americans from President Obama’s broken promises by allowing small businesses and their workers to keep their health plans.

“The President promised Americans that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. And yet, by this Administration’s own admission, up to 80 percent of small business health plans would not make the cut under Obamacare because they were not government compliant.

“As a result of President Obama’s broken promises, we have heard from our small business owners In Tennessee and around the country who are struggling with finding a way to provide health insurance to their employees while still managing to stay in business and provide jobs. We have all heard from our constituents about how their insurance premiums and copayments are escalating. People are frustrated by the fact they are being forced into purchasing government compliant insurance, which does not meet their needs.

“That is why I strongly support this legislation that will provide some relief to the small business community by allowing them to maintain their current health insurance plans. This legislation offers those small businesses and their employees much needed cost relief and improved choices in their health insurance.”

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Blackburn Condemns President Obama’s Lawless Terrorist Trade


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in support of H. Res. 644, a resolution the House will vote on this afternoon condemning President Obama for violating the law by negotiating with terrorists to release five Taliban detainees without providing to Congress the required 30-day notice.

“The fact that President Obama would put our nation’s security at risk by negotiating with terrorists to release these five Taliban detainees without first consulting Congress is deeply troubling to me and disrespectful to the American people. Despite the fact the Constitution expressly gives Congress the authority to make rules regarding detainees, this President once again chose to disregard the law and go it alone. This lawless action prevented Congress from fulfilling its duty to conduct proper oversight in a serious national security matter. We were not given the opportunity to assess the national security risks this illegal transfer poses to our country. Furthermore, we were not notified of what security assurances were given from Qatar before the transfer took place. It also brings into question the credibility of the entire negotiating process.” Read More

Blackburn Acts to Block Obama’s Lawless Amnesty Program


The House of Representatives today approved H.R. 5272, legislation authored by Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to freeze the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and prohibit President Obama from taking future executive actions to expand amnesty for illegal aliens. The bill was approved by a vote of 216-192.

Congressman Blackburn’s legislation freezes the DACA program as of July 30, 2014 by prohibiting federal funds or resources from being used to adjudicate new applications under DACA. Blackburn’s bill also prohibits the Obama Administration from authorizing new deferred actions for any class of aliens and prevents authorization for work permits for aliens not lawfully present in the United States. This new language strengthens the original Blackburn-Cruz proposal by looking beyond the DACA program and ties the President’s hands on future executive actions.

“President Obama’s lawlessness, his executive actions and the overreach of federal agencies are the root cause of the current border crisis. That is why I worked tirelessly to craft this legislation to freeze DACA and prevent the President from circumventing Congress and granting blanket amnesty to the thousands of illegal immigrants who flood our nation’s border each year,” Blackburn said. “The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is at the root of this border crisis and my bill not only puts an end to this executive overreach, but it prohibits ANY executive action to grant deferred action or any new work authorizations to illegal aliens. My bill not only ends DACA, but also it would also prevent the Administration from trying to create a new ‘Son of DACA’ amnesty program by executive order.”

Blackburn also voted in support of the House proposal to secure the border by providing the Department of Homeland Security with the resources necessary to deal with border security and also increasing National Guard presence on the Southwest border solely at the discretion of border governors. In order to fund this effort to secure the border money would be reprogrammed from foreign aid, a proposal supported by Blackburn.

“This administration has shown an unrelenting desire to circumvent Congress and ignore our nation’s laws,” said Blackburn.“It is imperative that Congress takes action to address this administration’s failed border policies. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is on vacation, the House is working on behalf of our constituents to pass more solutions for America. It’s time for the Senate to end their summer vacation and get back to work considering these bills to fix the crisis on the border.”

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Blackburn Works to Improve Access to Care for America’s Veterans


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding House passage of legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and make it easier for veterans to get help. By improving access to care from non-department of Veterans Affairs doctors, veterans will be able to see providers more quickly. The Conference Report on H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, would improve the ability of veterans to seek private care.

“Provisions I have supported will allow a veteran to seek care more quickly by increasing access to private care. This bill includes needed reforms to ensure that our veterans are able receive the care they deserve,” Blackburn said. “Through the years, I have heard from the veterans and their families in my district who have made it clear that they want the opportunity to seek needed medical care outside the VA due to long wait times and the unacceptably slow bureaucratic system. Additionally, I have supported legislation, included in this bill, which clarifies the authority of the Secretary of the VA to fire or demote officials who do not do their jobs correctly. This bill is an incremental step to bring about necessary reforms to ensure that America keeps its promise to our veterans.”

Under the agreement reached by House and Senate leaders, $5 billion in VA funds would be reprogrammed to hire new doctors and nurses; provides authorization for 27 new “major medical facility” leases; and gives the VA Secretary new authority to fire or demote senior officials accused of mismanagement. It also removes bureaucratic barriers that slowed hiring and prohibits bonuses for VA employees through fiscal year 2016. The conference report now goes to the Senate for consideration. Read More

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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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