U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) introduced the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016.
This legislation would make the use of computer hacking software (BOTS) to circumvent security measures employed by ticketing sites an “unfair and deceptive practice” under the Federal Trade Commission Act, and a crime under Title 18 of the U.S. Code. It would also create a private right of action whereby parties harmed by bots can sue in federal court to recover damages.
“Scalpers have been taking advantage of computer hacking software (BOTS) to circumvent restrictions put in place by online ticketing agents for years. They purchase tickets in mass quantities and sell them at a drastically inflated rate, which unfairly prices most fans of live entertainment out of the market. The entertainers go to great lengths to build relationships with their fans and ensure that they will have access to shows, but scalpers are decimating this experience. The BOTS Act will allow FTC enforcement and a private right of action to be brought against proven online scalpers. It is time to end these anti-consumer tactics and level the online ticket playing field for fans of live entertainment,” said Blackburn.
“People work hard and save money to see a performance or a game, and they shouldn’t be prohibited from buying a ticket online because a computer program beats them to the punch. It’s not right. This legislation puts a stop to this unseemly practice at its root, prohibiting use or sale of bot software and empowering consumers to fight back against price manipulators in the ticket industry. I thank Representative Blackburn for her leadership on this issue, as well as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has already begun to crack down on this problem at the state level,” said Tonko.Organizations supporting this bipartisan legislation include The Recording Academy, Pandora-Ticketfly, Live Nation Entertainment, as well as the Tennessee Sports and Entertainment Industry Coalition. Read More
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today issued the following statement in support of Little Sisters of the Poor as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments from them in their challenge to President Obama’s so-called accommodation in regards to the Obamacare mandate that would violate religious freedom in America:
"Only President Obama would replace a mandate with another mandate. It begs the question: Is government-run health care more important than freedom? I stand by Little Sisters of the Poor and reject the President's so-called accommodation. Not only is it an assault on religious freedom, it forces devastating fines on nonprofits that care for the most vulnerable among us,” Blackburn said.
Washington, D.C. – Williamson County ranks healthiest in Tennessee for the seventh consecutive year, according to the 2016 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
“This further proves what we’ve known all along, Williamson County is easily one of the best places to live in the country. We are a growing, thriving community that encompasses something for everyone – from young families to retirees,” Blackburn said.
The Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local-level data allows communities in our state to see how they compare on more than 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, jobs, smoking, access to healthy food, and more.
The Rankings have become an important tool for communities that want to improve health. Williamson County has a number of initiatives underway to expand health opportunities for residents, including a wide range of preventative adult programs and services that provide: routine dental exams, access to initial cancer screenings, availability to preventative immunization shots, prenatal care, and primary care.
“The people of Williamson County have shown great dedication to making their community, and Tennessee at-large, a better place to live. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store,” Blackburn said.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tools, which include a database of evidence-informed approaches, personalized coaching, and a range of other resources, can assist communities in their efforts to improve health.
Other counties in Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District that placed in the top 10 are Montgomery County (6) and Chester County (9).
Today the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute honored Congressman Marsha Blackburn as the Institute’s 2016 Woman of the Year during a special award luncheon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.
During the luncheon, Congressman Blackburn inspired young women attending CPAC by speaking on her fight for conservative policies, in addition to her experiences as a conservative woman leader.
Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute President, Michelle Easton, praised Congressman Blackburn by saying, “We couldn’t have picked a better woman to receive this award; Marsha is great role model for conservative women to look up to. During her time in office, she has courageously led the fight for the unborn, cutting spending, and reducing the size of government. We are proud to feature her in our 2016 ‘Great American Conservative Women’ calendar, at our conferences, as our 2007 Conservative Leadership Award recipient, and now, as our 2016 Woman of the Year.”
“The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute has done a tremendous job of not only encouraging young women to lead in their communities, but preparing them with the tools they need to fight for conservative, constitutional principles. It was an honor to accept this award in a room full of young women who are the future of the conservative movement,” Blackburn said.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn represents Tennessee's seventh district in the United States Congress. Beginning her career both as a sales manager and as director of retail fashion, she acquired a taste for conservative politics and was elected to Tennessee state senate in 1998. In 2002, she was elected to Congress, where she is the first woman to be elected from Tennessee without following a husband in the post. Upon joining Congress, National Journal named her a "freshman to watch" and "top house conservative." She has been called a "taxpayer hero" and praised for her stance on combating Obamacare. She is a wife and mother of two children.
Past recipients of this award include KT McFarland, Monica Crowley, Michelle Malkin, and Katie Pavlich. This is a special event put together for college women students attending CPAC, which is held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, an organization whose mission is to prepare conservative women for effective leadership and to promote leading conservative women.Through its various student programs, it engages, informs, and connects conservative women across the country. By providing them with the resources, role models, and encouragement they need, the Institute helps students prepare for future success in their workplace, school and community. You can learn more about the Institute at: http://cblpi.org/. Read More
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has been leading the fight in Congress against the Obama Administration’s Net Neutrality regulations since they were first proposed in 2010 by Former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski. Despite being struck down by a Federal Appeals Court in January of 2014, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler pushed forward in an effort to implement President Obama’s Net Neutrality rules.
In the 112th, 113th and 114th Congress, Blackburn introduced the Internet Freedom Act, legislation that would block the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules by stating that they shall have no force or effect and prohibits the FCC from reissuing new Net Neutrality rules.
This week the Senate introduced a companion to Blackburn’s bill, S. 2602. The bill was introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Co-sponsors include Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Benjamin Sasse (R-NE).
“We must stop the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, which are nothing more than a Trojan horse for government takeover of the Internet. These overreaching rules will stifle innovation, restrict freedoms, and lead to billions of dollars in new fees and taxes for American consumers. We thank Senator Lee for introducing the Senate version and look forward to working with him as we move this forward,” Blackburn said.
“The economic burden of these regulations will fall squarely on the backs of the consumers the FCC purports to help. The threat of anticompetitive behavior should always be taken seriously. But it makes no sense for a five-person panel of presidential appointees to write a sweeping law aimed at solving a problem that might someday exist. There are more effective, more democratic, and less intrusive ways to address anticompetitive behavior, including existing antitrust and consumer-protection laws,” Lee said.
Congressman Blackburn will be available for interviews on this topic tomorrow, February 27th. Please contact Kate McBrayer if you are interested in interviewing the Congressman on camera or by phone.
On Monday, March 7, 2016, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will host a Veterans Workshop at the William O. Beach Civic Hall in Clarksville from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Congressman Blackburn, Mayor Jim Durrett and City of Clarksville Chief of Staff Bill Harpel will deliver opening remarks. A panel of representatives from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, Fort Campbell, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, the Veterans Service Organization of Montgomery County, the American Job Center and others will be on site to discuss opportunities and services they provide, as well as offer an opportunity for Tennessee veterans and retirees to ask questions about their benefits.
“While the sacrifice of Tennessee veterans and retirees to our country can never be fully weighed or repaid, we have a duty to ensure that America does right by her military men and women and their families, including living up to its promises. This workshop is about fulfilling those promises by connecting our veterans with the resources and support they deserve,” Blackburn said.
The William O. Beach Civic Hall is located at 350 Pageant Lane in Clarksville. For more information contact Woody Parker, Congressman Blackburn’s Senior Case Manager, at 931-503-0391.
Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, State of Tennessee, Department of Veterans Services
Harold T. Riggins III, Transition Services Manager, Fort Campbell Kentucky
Edna MacDonald, Director, Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Nashville, Tennessee
Shelly Peterson, Assistance Veterans Service Center Manager, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Nashville, Tennessee
Robin Fountain, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration, Nashville, Tennessee
Jerry Brothers, Disability Project Manager, Social Security Administration, Nashville, Tennessee
Carol Clark, Director of Community & Business Relations & Executive Assistant to the President of Austin Peay State University
Marla Rye, President, Workforce Essentials, Inc., Clarksville, Tennessee
Karla Fuss, Tennessee American Job Center-Clarksville
Frank Mir, Director, Veterans Service Organization Montgomery County
Cheryl Tapp, LCSW, Nashville Veterans Center
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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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