Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn


Blackburn Statement on Deactivation of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on today’s announcement regarding the decision to inactivate the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell:

“We are disappointed in the deactivation of the 159th Combat Aviation brigade and the loss of those soldiers to Fort Campbell,” Blackburn said. “We continue to encourage the administration and Secretary of Defense Hagel to work with us on the funding needs of our nation's military. We continue to voice our opinions that you cannot push the military to keep doing more with less funding and resources. We will continue to try to protect our resources at Fort Campbell.” Read More

Blackburn Vows to Fight Back Against Obama’s Lawless Amnesty


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's planned executive action that would provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants who have entered America with complete disregard for our nation’s laws.

“After months of crafting comprehensive immigration reform behind closed doors and delaying it to shield Democrats up for re-election, the self-proclaimed most transparent Administration in history is finally announcingthe scope of its lawless amnesty. The President’s decision to nullify the immigration laws of this country through executive action will hurt our economy, lead to more unemployed American citizens, and make us less secure. It signals that America is an ‘open borders’ society with no rules governing entrance except those announced through Royal decree.

“This is the culmination of President Obama’s executive amnesty, which began in June 2012 with the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). DACA has provided deportation deferrals and work permits to illegal aliens, which has served as a magnet to encourage more non-citizens to cross our Southern border. The President’s decision to expand amnesty for over five million unlawful entrants is a gross abuse of power.

“President Obama’s relentless assault on the Constitution will be his legacy. His actions have established a new precedent for Executive behavior that will have repercussions for years to come. Soon we will no longer need the legislators or the courts. King Obama will make the law, interpret the law, and if he so chooses, enforce the law. His ‘ends justify the means’ approach is exactly the type of Executive mentality our system of government was designed to discourage.

“Republicans will fight the President’s amnesty. America is a nation of laws and lawlessness will not stand.”

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Reps. Blackburn, Green, Butterfield, McCaul & Fleischmann Introduce Legislation as Part of Effort to Combat Ebola Virus


Representatives Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), Gene Green (TX-29), G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) have introduced H.R.5729, which would add filoviruses to the list of diseases included in the Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The filovirus family includes all known strains of Ebola as well as the related Marburg virus.

“With nearly 15,000 cases and over 5,000 deaths, the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the worst since the discovery of the virus in 1976,” Blackburn said. “In light of this global outbreak there should be an intensive effort to find and approve a treatment or better yet, a vaccine to prevent Ebola. I want to thank my colleagues – Reps. Green, Butterfield, McCaul, and Fleischmann – for joining me in this important effort with the introduction of H.R. 5729. Decreasing the time it takes for a company to bring a drug safely through the FDA to approval provides a great incentive for the development of other drugs, particularly those that have historically been neglected.”

Rep. Gene Green: “In 2007, Congress took action to break down economic barriers for developing treatments and vaccines effective against tropical diseases by establishing the tropical disease priority review voucher program. Now it’s time for Congress to act again, and respond to the Ebola outbreak by making therapies and vaccines to treat the deadly virus eligible for the program. The Ebola outbreak is the worst in history, and this crisis demands swift actions to combat the epidemic. This legislation will help fight Ebola by rewarding investments and efforts to find effective vaccines and cures.”

Rep. Butterfield: “I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing this important legislation.I was excited to learn that two North Carolina companies have been pursuing Ebola vaccines – one to treat the virus and another to prevent it entirely. I am hopeful that this bill – if passed – will encourage quick action so that lives can be spared and the disease stopped for good.”

Rep. McCaul: “Ebola has garnered the attention of the world and must be combated with a comprehensive strategy including the development of a cure. U.S. companies have the unique talents and ingenuity to develop a vaccine but they need the right incentives to justify the extraordinary up front investment necessary to bring a drug to market. I am proud to support Rep. Blackburn's bill which builds on the innovate priority review voucher program for tropical diseases and ensures that Ebola is not neglected.”

Rep. Fleischmann: “Ensuring the timely development and availability of lifesaving treatments and vaccines is vital to thwarting the spread of deadly diseases. In order to protect our nation from the current Ebola outbreak and future threats, we must cut out the red tape that is prohibiting the prompt approval of these critical treatments and create incentives for developers of new drugs and therapies.”

The Priority Review Voucher Program was authorized by Congress in 2007 to incentivize the development for neglected tropical diseases. Under this program, a company that receives approval for a tropical disease treatment is eligible to receive a voucher that allows the bearer to receive priority review status for any future product.Products undergoing priority review are generally given an approval decision within six months instead of the usual ten months.

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Blackburn to Receive 2014 Woman of Valor Award


On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) will present Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) with the 2014 Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor Award for her efforts to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Blackburn will receive the award during the IWF fall gala being held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

“It is an honor and I am humbled to be receiving an award named for Barbara Olson,” Blackburn said. “I knew her from afar. Seeing her on TV, reading her comments, and seeing her speak at a conference – she was inspiring. How blessed we are to have such women who are so committed to the cause of freedom and free people. The relentless, passionate demeanor of someone like Barbara Olson is worthy of honor. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to associate my name and work with hers and with the other outstanding women who have received this honor.”

WHAT: Independent Women’s Forum Gala

WHO: Congressman Marsha Blackburn Receives 2014 Woman of Valor Award

WHEN: 6:45pm – 9:00pm on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WHERE: National Museum of Women in the Arts / 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC 20005 Read More

Blackburn Attends Reagan National Defense Forum


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) traveled to Simi Valley, CA over the weekend where she participated in the Reagan National Defense Forum. Blackburn was part of a panel moderated by Fox News Channel’s National Security Correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, to discuss Heroism and Valor in Today’s Battlefield. Other members of the panel also included Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, United States Army (Ret.), Medal of Honor Recipient; Mr. Pete Hegseth, Chief Executive Officer, Concerned Veterans for America, U.S. Army (Ret.); General Paul Hester (Ret.), Associate Vice President, GE Aviation; and General David G. Perkins, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine.

“Service members returning from tours of duty face many challenges,” Blackburn said. “From PTSD to financial and relationship difficulties, re-adjusting to life stateside takes time.The families of service members, in particular spouses, play an important role in this process and should also be considered heroes. I look forward to continuing to work with the Ft. Campbell community to ensure that soldiers and their families receive all of the support they need.”

The Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF) brings together leaders and key stakeholders in the defense community - including members of Congress, civilian officials and military leaders from the Defense Department and industry to address the health of our national defense and stimulate a discussion that promotes policies that strengthen the US military in the future.

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Blackburn Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on her vote today in support of H.R. 5682, legislation approving the application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“The American people are sick and tired of the games they see being played in Washington. They don’t want political games – they want solutions. The Keystone Pipeline project will create jobs, lower gas prices at the pump, and protect American energy security. The American people want the pipeline to be built and they want their elected officials in Washington to get it done.

“Today marks the ninth time the House has acted on the Keystone Pipeline. After 6 years of playing the waiting game, we are looking forward to Senate Democrats finally getting down to business next week and joining the House in approving this important jobs bill so it can be sent to President Obama’s desk. It’s encouraging that Senate Democrats finally seem to be listening to the American people. I hope the President is listening too.”
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Blackburn Responds to Obama Comments on Net Neutrality


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's announcement urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as a utility.

“Today’s post-election announcement that the President supports Title II Net Neutrality rules is a Trojan horse for a government takeover of the Internet.The courts have already rejected the FCC’s attempts to do so. President Obama encouraging the FCC to go behind the courts will not result in an Internet that is ‘free and open.’Rather, it will destroy innovation and hand control over the placement of content to the government.The President’s pledge of rules preserving 'openness' sounds eerily similar to 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’” Read More

Blackburn Meets with 101st Command Team on Response to Ebola Crisis


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) this week visited Fort Campbell where she met with members of the 101st Airborne Command Team about their deployment to West Africa to help with efforts to deal with the Ebola crisis. In follow-up to her meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Blackburn has sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asking for further clarification about the mission. Joining Blackburn on the letter were Tennessee Representatives Diane Black (TN-06), Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), John Duncan (TN-02), Stephen Fincher (TN-08), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), and Phil Roe (TN-01).

“On October 3, 2014 we were advised by the Army that 1,500 members of the 101st Airborne from Fort Campbell would be deployed to West Africa to participate in efforts to quell the Ebola outbreak. We have since been gathering information about the deployment. Many of the brave men and women serving our country at Fort Campbell are our friends, family and constituents. Their families are very concerned about the mission.

“On Wednesday, Ft. Campbell provided us with additional information about the mission but we believe there are several issues that warrant further examination…,” the Representatives wrote in the letter to Secretary Hagel.

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Blackburn to Visit Southern Border


On Friday, October 24, 2014, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will travel to McAllen, Texas, where she will receive a briefing from members of the United States Border Patrol. During her visit to the southern border, Blackburn will also receive a tour of the McAllen Border Patrol Station and the Rio Grande Valley-Centralized Processing Center.

“We all know it’s imperative that action is taken to address our nation’s border crisis. That is why I worked tirelessly this summer to pass legislation that would freeze DACA and prevent the President from circumventing Congress and granting blanket amnesty to the thousands of illegal immigrants who flood our nation’s borders each year,” Blackburn said. “The most important step in any effort to stop illegal immigration in this country must be to secure the border. This trip will provide a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at the situation on the southern border, and I am looking forward to hearing directly from our border patrol agents on the frontlines.”

Earlier this year the House approved legislation authored by Blackburn 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. H.R. 5272 would freeze 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 would also prohibit 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. The legislation is one of 387 bills currently sitting on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk awaiting action in the Senate. Read More

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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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.


Serving With

Phil Roe


John Duncan


Chuck Fleischmann


Scott DesJarlais


Diane Black


Stephen Fincher


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