Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

Blackburn Presented with Award for Conservative Excellence

2015/07/29


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today was presented with the American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence by ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp.
 
The ACU, the nation’s largest grassroots conservative organization, was founded in 1964 to promote the principles of liberty and the strength of the Constitution. The award recognizes Congressman Blackburn’s 96% rating as part of ACU’s Annual Rating of Congress that rates members based on their voting record on issues important to conservatives. The nationwide average for Republican members of Congress is 76%. Since 1971, the Congressional ratings have become the gold standard in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record by scoring some of the most important issues facing the nation.
 
“It is an honor to accept this award that recognizes members who stay true to their conservative ideals and vote in the manner their constituents elected them to. I thank the ACU for their efforts to hold members of Congress accountable and will continue my work to strengthen our country through meaningful conservative reforms,” Blackburn said

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Blackburn Supports Effort to Improve Care for Tennessee Veterans

2015/07/29

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today joined her House colleagues in approving legislation to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and ensure our nation’s Veterans receive the care they deserve. H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, would provide the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) increased flexibility in removing VA employees for performance misconduct.

H.R. 1994 would strengthen accountability and performance for VA Senior Executive Service (SES) employees. It would also provide improved protections for whistleblowers including restricting bonus awards for supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers.

“It is outrageous that in the year since the VA scandal broke, only THREE people have actually been fired from their positions. This is unacceptable and our veterans deserve better,” Blackburn said. “We have an obligation to honor the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our nation free by working to ensure they are treated with the care and dignity they have earned. This legislation is about protecting the rights of those veterans using services at the VA versus protecting bureaucrats at the VA who underserve them. It takes important steps to implement necessary reforms that ensure America keeps its promise to our veterans.”

Blackburn, who has been a fierce advocate for Tennessee Veterans, recently met with representatives from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) who voiced their support for H.R. 1994. Other Veterans groups supporting the legislation include Concerned Veterans for America, the American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS), the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Student Veterans of America (SVA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA). Read More

Blackburn Supports Small Businesses by Reining in Regulations

2015/07/28

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today voted in support of legislation that supports Tennessee’s small businesses by reining in regulations that have led to higher prices, lower wages, and a decline in economic growth. Blackburn issued the following statement in support of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS ACT).

“Almost 75% of small businesses reported that regulations were hurting their operating environment. With Tennessee home to so many of the best and brightest entrepreneurs, I continuously work to ensure the excessive regulations being imposed on their businesses by unelected bureaucrats in Washington are reined in. Instead of placing more costly regulations on American business owners, we need to create an environment that promotes innovation, growth, and job creation so that all Americans can lead a more prosperous life,” Blackburn said.

The REINS Act restores legislative authority to Congress, a body that is held more accountable to the American people than federal bureaucracies, to prevent new excessive regulations. The legislation requires agencies to submit major regulations to Congress for approval, ensures no major rule becomes effective until Congress approves it, and guarantees Congress acts swiftly with an up or down vote within 70 legislative days. Read More

Blackburn Leads Letter to DOJ Requesting Investigation into Planned Parenthood

2015/07/27

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was joined by 134 of her colleagues today in sending a formal request to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) immediately investigate the practices of Planned Parenthood regarding the sale of fetal body parts following the release of two graphic videos. Blackburn serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which launched an investigation into the “abhorrent” videos earlier this month. 

“The harvesting of human fetal body parts for sale is an activity, which shocks the conscience. Moreover, the tragic ethical considerations, potential for criminal violations, and involvement of taxpayer subsidies raise issues of great public importance,” Blackburn and her colleagues wrote in the letter to DOJ.

42 U.S.C. §289g-2 notes that “it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.” Violators may be “imprisoned for not more than 10 years.”

To read the full text of the letter, CLICK HERE. Read More

Blackburn Holds Telephone Town Hall

2015/07/23

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If you missed my telephone town hall tonight, I encourage you to click on the video below to hear about our polling results regarding the Iran Deal and illegal immigration:


If you did not have the opportunity to participate, you can listen to the entire session by clicking below:



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Blackburn Acts to End Sanctuary Policies that Endanger American Lives

2015/07/23

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today voted in support of legislation that would take action to deal with sanctuary cities and protect Americans from criminal illegal aliens. Blackburn issued the following statement in support of H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act:

“When will President Obama and Democrats in Congress accept responsibility for their lawless policies, which are clearly jeopardizing the safety of American citizens? Democrats owe the American people an explanation. They owe an explanation to the family of Kathryn Steinle who was murdered in San Francisco.

“The truth is that Democrats are hijacking our sovereignty. Their failed policies have turned America into a sanctuary nation. Rather than work with Republicans to pass true reforms to encourage legal immigration, they have done nothing but discourage law enforcement.

“Sanctuary city policies and Executive amnesty have turned every state into a border state and every town into a border town. Democrats have created an open borders society that is making Americans less safe. 

“The legislation approved by the House today is a good first step as part of our effort to end the sanctuary policies that put American lives in danger, but more must be done. We must continue to take action on policies to enforce the law and protect Americans from criminal illegal aliens. That is why for the last eight years I have authored the CLEAR Act, legislation that would help ensure our local and state law enforcement officers have the tools they need to work with federal law enforcement in an effort to detain and deport criminal illegal aliens. It’s imperative that we put in place solutions that will help keep our communities safe and restore the sense of security our constituents want to feel and deserve to have.”


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Blackburn Says It's Time To Hold Planned Parenthood Accountable

2015/07/21

 


Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined her Republican colleagues on the House floor tonight to discuss the Congressional investigation into videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts. A transcript of Congressman Blackburn’s remarks follows below:

“We come to the floor tonight as mothers and grandmothers and dads and granddads. We come with just such heavy hearts and such a burden for what we have found out, for what we have seen, and for what has been made public about Planned Parenthood.

“I thought it was very interesting that the head of Planned Parenthood came out this week and said we think there are more videos to come.

“That’s because they know they’ve been caught. They know they’re guilty. They know what they have done.

“No amount of trying to go out and push it to the side is going to push this to the side.

“That is why our committee – the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- is taking up an investigation. We are already working on this. We are pushing forward to get the witnesses before us and to exercise the appropriate oversight that is there for us to do.

“Planned Parenthood does get federal taxpayer dollars. The problem is the money is fungible. And when you see what has been carried out in these videos, in their own words what they describe, you know how destructive the process is.

“Planned Parenthood conducts over 300,000 abortions a year. They are the nation’s largest abortion provider. Their focus is no longer family planning or women’s health. It’s abortion.  And what we have found out is through this sector of their business that is focused on abortion, they have now moved even further away and they are into selling body parts – harvesting and selling body parts.

“We have heard, and the members speak so eloquently to this, and I know people can hear the emotion in our voices and in our hearts because this is a subject you don’t think about discussing on the House floor, but it is one that has been left for us to oversee.

“They talk about procuring these body parts. And in their own words, they talk about setting the price, negotiating, dealing with the tissue brokers. It is the most abhorrent and inhumane statements and words and conduct. The conduct and the demeanor of these individuals on those videotapes cannot be denied. And the casual nature with which they discuss this as if it is routine -- it’s an expected part of their business.

“That is why we are moving forward to investigate them. That is why we feel funding should be restricted.

“Over 65% of the American people are against the use taxpayer funds for abortion. It is time for us to deal – to deal -- and to hold accountable and to restrict and to put some barriers around what has been happening with Planned Parenthood. It is an investigation we will pursue until we know the truth and have every element of truth.”

For video of Congressman Blackburn’s remarks, WATCH HERE.

Last week, Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Blackburn joined Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) in launching an investigation into the abhorrent Planned Parenthood video. On Friday, Blackburn joined members of the committee on a letter to the Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards requesting that Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola be made available to brief the committee. 

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Blackburn Statement on Chattanooga Shootings

2015/07/16

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today released the following statement regarding the shootings in Chattanooga:

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence that has been carried out on our military facilities in Chattanooga today, resulting in the deaths of four Marines. This is a heartbreaking loss for our nation’s military and the entire Chattanooga community. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved and the people of Chattanooga. I know that the community will come together to help each other heal.” Read More

Blackburn, Green Call for Relocation of U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

2015/07/15

U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Gene Green (D-TX) today introduced H. Con. Res. 62, expressing the Sense of Congress that the United States Embassy in Israel should be located in Jerusalem.

In 1995, the United States Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act requiring the President to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The legislation was passed to secure American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Unfortunately, successive administrations have used a Presidential waiver authority, included in the bill, to delay that transfer due to national security concerns. However, today Jerusalem is a safe and secure city where we safely have maintained a large and busy consulate.

“Throughout its history, Israel has always been a proven ally of the United States and freedom-loving nations throughout the world,” said Blackburn. “In a time when the Middle East is becoming increasingly volatile, Israel remains a source of stability and peace in the region. It is past time for the United States to strengthen its diplomatic relationship with Israel and move our embassy to Jerusalem in recognition of its status as the capital city.”

“Israel is America’s greatest ally in the Middle East and Jerusalem, its capital, is the cornerstone of Israeli history and the center point for religious freedom and worship,” Green said. “As an ally, we must recognize and support our friends by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Congress agreed to this measure with overwhelming bipartisanship 20 years ago, this should not be politicized or delayed any further.” Read More

Blackburn, Price Bill Would Provide Stability for Small Healthcare Practitioners

2015/07/14

Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Tom Price (R-GA) have introduced H.R. 3018 theCoding Flexibility in Healthcare Act, which would allow providers to use either ICD-9 or ICD-10 for a period of 6 months. It would also allow the Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to extend the glide path for an additional 6 months if she determines that providers need more time.

“With industry surveys indicating that critical provider partners are behind schedule in deploying billing and electronic health record software, it is clear that some physicians will have no way to submit ICD-10 codes for payment,” Blackburn said. “For this reason, it is critical to establish a transition period which allows the healthcare industry to ease into compliance instead of “flipping a switch” on October 1st. Our legislation will provide stability to providers during this difficult transition period by establishing a period of 180 days where providers would be permitted to code in either ICD-9 or ICD-10.”

“Washington continues to add layers of bureaucracy that get in the way of allowing doctors to do what they are trained to do — help patients and families,” said Rep. Price, a medical doctor by trade. “A new system of over 70,000 mandated codes does nothing to help doctors care for patients and the cost is prohibitive for small business medical practices. Physicians who have been put in this unfortunate position must have time to transition – this legislation will allow them some flexibility for this change.”

ICD-10 is a coding system that doctors and hospitals must use starting October 1, 2015. It requires new software and all that entails for implementation. While larger doctor groups and hospitals are mostly ready, smaller and rural doctor practices need additional time for software vendors to have them up and running. 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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