Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked one of the key rules in President Obama’s regulatory war on coal.
“There is a war being waged on energy and on coal in this country, but it’s not being waged from abroad, it’s coming from our own government. Affordable, reliable energy is critical for American jobs and economic growth, but the President would rather force his liberal climate agenda than protect the pockets of hardworking Americans.
"This Supreme Court ruling is a victory for the rule of law and the American people. We will continue our work to protect U.S. jobs and put an end to the EPA’s excessive regulations that are killing our coal industry and the livelihoods of hard-working miners and their families,” Blackburn said.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s FY2017 budget proposal that would increase spending by $2.5 trillion and raise taxes on hardworking Americans by $3.4 trillion over the next ten years.
“The President’s reckless budget proposal would more than double the national debt from what it was when he took office. Instead of focusing on spending, we need to confront our national debt in a fiscally responsible manner. It is shameful the President is willing to raise taxes on hardworking Americans in order to pay for his liberal agenda.
“Once again, the President’s budget is nothing more than a political stunt. The only suspense will be whether it gets even a single Democratic vote. While the President’s budget proposal is dead on arrival in the House, I will work with my colleagues to ensure the House FY2017 budget reaffirms our commitment to building a more prosperous, confident future for America with a balanced budget and a strong, robust national security policy,” Blackburn said.
Last week, Congressman Blackburn testified before the House Budget Committee regarding Ft. Campbell’s priorities in the FY2017 Department of Defense budget. Full video of her testimony can be downloaded here.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today voted in support of legislation to put an end to Operation Choke Point, an initiative the Obama Administration implemented to coerce banks and other financial institutions into cutting off relationships with perfectly legal businesses. H.R. 766, The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015, was approved with a bipartisan vote of 250-169.
"Operation Choke Point is just another example of the Obama Administration using unconstitutional executive overreach to advance a political agenda. The Obama Administration is abusing executive power to target and smother perfectly legal industries it dislikes — a clear abuse of power that hurts Tennessee small businesses and community banks by targeting industries such as payment processors, short-term lenders, tobacco distributors, and gun and ammunition stores. H.R. 766 offers a bipartisan solution to protect these mom and pop shops and puts a stop to this administration's draconian efforts to trample on the rights and livelihoods of American citizens," Blackburn said.
H.R. 766 would prevent federal banking agencies from abusing executive power when preventing businesses from using depository institutions. The legislation also requires a federal banking agency to provide a depository institution written justification of any request to terminate or restrict a customer account, unless it was based upon a belief that those customers pose a threat to national security.Read More
Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today released the following statement in response to new video footage showing an employee of a large abortion provider explaining accounting tricks used to conceal fetal tissue sales.
“The comments in this video by an employee of a large abortion provider are deeply disturbing and seem to demonstrate a willingness to obfuscate and hide their true intentions. The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is examining these issues and this new video, once again, raises more questions about the medical procedures and business practices used by entities involved in fetal tissue procurement. Our panel intends to follow the facts where they lead us," Blackburn said.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn serves as Chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She represents the Seventh Congressional District of Tennessee.Read More
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) released the following statement following the House’s vote to override the President’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act. H.R. 3762 was the first broad repeal of Obamacare that was sent to the president’s desk and included a one year moratorium on federal funds for the country’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
“In multiple instances, the Obama administration has neglected to consider the American peoples individual choices when it pertains to healthcare. House Republicans started 2016 with a renewed push to repeal the President’s signature failed healthcare law – and Congress sent that policy straight to the President’s desk. The President’s veto of this legislation was another sign he is out of touch with the American people.
"The American people have asked for patient-centered, affordable healthcare – not big government and more unfunded mandates. They don’t want their healthcare plan to be chosen by Washington bureaucrats. That is why we continued our push to override his veto so we can replace this flawed law with legislation that is structured on the principles of affordability, accessibility and choice.
"We must continue to act on behalf of our constituents and move common-sense solutions to the President’s desk,” Blackburn said.
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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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