Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

Court Halts Obama's War on Coal

2016/02/10

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.

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Blackburn Responds to President Obama’s Irresponsible Budget

2016/02/09

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

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Blackburn Welcomes Franklin Resident for National Prayer Breakfast

2016/02/04


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today welcomed Dr. Frank Page and his wife Dayle of Franklin to Washington, D.C. for the 64th annual National Prayer Breakfast. Dr. Page currently serves as the president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.
 
“Dr. Page is a pillar of our religious community in Tennessee. Our state was well-represented by him as thousands gathered to focus on praying for our nation. We thank him and all others who took time to celebrate our religious liberty and individual freedom today,” Blackburn said.
 
For additional information on Dr. Frank Page, click here.
To watch full video of today’s National Prayer Breakfast, click here
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Blackburn Votes to Protect Tennessee Small Businesses and Community Banks

2016/02/04

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.

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Blackburn Joins Rural Broadband Caucus

2016/02/04

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today joined colleagues in the newly launched Rural Broadband Caucus. This is a bipartisan effort by members of Congress who have rural, underserved communities to facilitate discussion and develop policy solutions to the digital divide that exists in rural America. 
 
“Over half of all rural Americans lack access to broadband, many of whom live in Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. This deficiency affects our rural communities’ ability to meet public safety needs, deliver top-notch education and grow businesses that thrive. Reliable, high-speed internet service is vital to Tennessee’s economy and we must find solutions to ensure our communities receive this critical service.  
 
“As a member of the Rural Broadband Caucus I look forward to leading this conversation and advocating for the rural areas in Tennessee that have the greatest need,” Blackburn said. Read More

Blackburn: New Video Raises More Questions About Big Abortion Business Practices

2016/02/03

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.

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Blackburn Voices Fort Campbell’s Priorities in Budget Process

2016/02/03


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today 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

“Ft. Campbell has been one of the most deployed posts in the country and provides critical services and capabilities necessary for the national defense and security of our country. 
 
“At a time when threats such as the Islamic State, China, and Russia are threatening American interests around the globe, we simply cannot afford further reductions to Army end strength. Our military needs continued certainty that can only be provided by a budget that allows the necessary resources for training, equipment and deployment. The brave men and women serving Ft. Campbell put their lives on the line to defend our freedom and we need to make sure they have the support they need to do their jobs and return home to their families.
 
“It is important to point out that the budget this committee crafts is critical to things like the Army Flying Hours Program. It only takes a few weeks for our nation’s pilots and crewmembers to lose currency – which puts their lives and our nation’s security at risk. Considering the work being done by America’s military aviators across the world, we need to make sure they have the training they need to be effective, efficient and safe.
 
“Further reducing our nation’s Armed Forces and training programs will hamstring their readiness, put American lives at greater risk, and diminish our ability to meet the unforeseen threats posed by an increasingly destabilized world,” Blackburn said. Read More

Blackburn Votes to Override the President’s Veto of Obamacare Repeal

2016/02/02

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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Blackburn Statement in Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address to the nation.
 
“President Obama’s final State of the Union address was an opportunity for him to talk about what is best for our nation. But as usual, he swung and missed. Instead he spent most of the night focused on his liberal legacy and peddling fiction like his claim that we are currently in the longest streak of jobs growth. It is as if the President pulled a Rip Van Winkle and has been asleep for the past eight years.
 
“In order to ensure prosperity and security you actually have to have a prosperous and secure agenda – something that was clearly missing from his remarks. A thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. It’s time to cut red tape and get rid of outdated regulations.
 
“What we did not hear tonight is a clear strategy to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. Right now we have a President who is more willing to appease our enemies than our allies, which is why Iran seized and continues to hold 10 American sailors and 2 American ships. The American people want a President who is bold, not timid. This spring more than 1,300 soldiers from Fort Campbell will be deployed to Iraq. They deserve a Commander-in-Chief who can name our enemy, yet once again tonight the President failed to admit we are at war with radical Islamic extremists.
 
“A true leader comes to Congress with more than just thousands of words filled with empty promises. This President only tries to justify his failures to the American people instead of providing solutions to get our nation back on track. While President Obama may be content with the ‘status quo’ in his final address, the American people won’t settle for business as usual in 2016," Blackburn said.
 

Blackburn’s guest for the State of the Union was Ralph Perry, Executive Director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
 
Ahead of tonight's State of the Union Address, Blackburn looked back at the Top Ten Pinocchios of the Obama Presidency.

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Blackburn Continues Fight to Ensure Women’s Access to Cancer Screenings

2016/01/11

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) released the following statement in response to today’s recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that would raise the recommended age for the start of routine mammograms from 40 to 50.

“Today, the US Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF) turned its back on healthcare for women when they finalized breast screening guidelines that would limit access to mammograms for 22 million women between the ages of 40 and 49. The guidelines would have blocked access to care to women who may be at greatest risk of breast cancer and who are not aware that they are at risk. As our nation moves to precision medical care, the denial of life-saving screening is exactly the wrong direction. Fortunately, in December, Congress enacted a provision based on a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3339, that I sponsored with Representatives Ellmers (R-NC) and Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), that places a two-year hold on these finalized recommendations. Congress acted preemptively to ensure women access to life-saving technology.
 
“The USPSTF is an advisory group and does not include clinicians with expertise in the care of patients with breast cancer. The USPSTF’s decision to go ahead and finalize these guidelines clearly shows the problem with a government-run healthcare system, and an unelected government board that believes it is accountable to no one. The release of these recommendations will only prove to confuse women about a critical health care decision.
 
"Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and I introduced bipartisan legislation last year, H.R. 1151, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act, to bring better transparency, greater accountability, and improved clinical representation to the USPSTF on all its guidelines. It is clearly time to address this broader issue of an agency run amok,” Blackburn said. Read More

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Blackburn: Freedom Is Such A Wonderful Gift

2016-02-03 21:14:42


Blackburn: We Knew Iran Couldn't Be Trusted

2016-02-03 15:18:29


Blackburn on Danger of Obama's Reckless Refugee Resettlement Agenda

2016-01-13 21:07:41


Blackburn: This is an Enormous Embarrassment for the White House

2016-01-13 14:56:56


The Obama Administration's Top 10 Pinocchios

2016-01-13 00:23:54


Blackburn Supports Reconciliation Bill to Repeal Obamacare

2016-01-07 00:01:31


Blackburn: Our Leader is Perceived as Weak

2016-01-06 23:38:24


Blackburn: People Have the Right to be Mad About Omnibus Spending Bill

2015-12-21 21:39:44


Blackburn Opposes Irresponsible Omnibus Spending Bill

2015-12-21 21:22:06


Blackburn: President Has Become A Fearful Leader

2015-12-21 21:05:27


Blackburn: People want us to destroy ISIS, get rid of terrorist groups

2015-12-11 01:17:38


Blackburn: It is Time For Us To Confront Our Enemy

2015-12-08 00:18:32


Blackburn: The President’s Timid Response has Emboldened Our Enemy

2015-12-07 21:23:01


Blackburn: Focus Needs to be on Eradicating Terrorist Networks

2015-12-07 20:47:54


Blackburn: President Obama Seems Very Timid of Taking On ISIS

2015-11-23 14:11:44


Blackburn: Let's Call Timeout, Make Certain We Know Who's Coming Into Our Country

2015-11-22 01:41:09


Blackburn: Sec. Kerry Comments Show Administration Is Out Of Touch

2015-11-18 19:11:25


Blackburn: All Refugee Resettlement Services Must Be Temporarily Suspended

2015-11-18 16:48:30


Blackburn: Paris was a Game Changer

2015-11-17 00:34:11


Blackburn Remembers Beloved Tennessean, Fred Thompson

2015-11-03 18:10:17


Contact Information

217 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2811
Fax 202-225-3004
blackburn.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Energy and Commerce

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

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

John Duncan

TENNESSEE's 2nd DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

TENNESSEE's 3rd DISTRICT

Scott DesJarlais

TENNESSEE's 4th DISTRICT

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Stephen Fincher

TENNESSEE's 8th DISTRICT

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