Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn


Blackburn Calls for Enhanced Measures to Protect Against Cyber Attacks


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding the alleged North Korean cyber attack against Sony.

“Sony should have stood its ground and not surrendered to online terrorists. Their failure to prepare for this threat has effectively allowed them to be held hostage by North Korea. This is the type of nightmare data breach scenario many people, including myself, have warned about. We need better data security and privacy provisions. ISPs should have the ability to block malicious, rogue networks. The private sector and government should also be working together to share information about threats.

“There is one absolute truth about data -- we still cannot protect it. Last year, when I introduced my SECURE IT legislation, I specifically stated that we needed enhanced measures to protect ourselves from cyber attacks by rogue regimes such as North Korea. That day has arrived.”
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Blackburn Statement On Today’s Ruling By A Federal Judge Questioning Constitutionality Of Obama Amnesty


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement today in reaction to findings announced by Federal Court Judge Arthur Schwab in the western district of Pennsylvania that parts of President Obama’s executive amnesty are unconstitutional.

“We’ve said all along that President Obama was overstepping the authority granted to him by the Constitution by choosing to go it alone in his lawless effort to expand amnesty for illegal aliens,” Blackburn said. “Today’s ruling confirms that President Obama has taken unconstitutional steps to expand amnesty for illegal aliens. This ruling is just the first in what I expect to be many cases where the courts will side with those of us in Congress who have been working to protect the Constitution and fight back against King Obama’s lawless actions.”

Congressman Blackburn led the fight in the House this year to stop President Obama's executive amnesty. On August 1st the House approved H.R. 5272, legislation sponsored by Blackburn that would freeze the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program prohibiting federal funds or resources from being used to adjudicate new applications under DACA. Blackburn's legislation would also prevent President Obama from taking future executive actions to expand amnesty for illegal aliens. Read More

National Women’s History Museum bill heads to President’s desk after 16 year legislative effort


After 16 years of work, a bill to form a commission on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum (H.R. 863/S. 398) will soon become law. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY),Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) hailed the achievement as a major victory for women.

“The legacies of women who paved the way before us and helped shape our nation deserve to be preserved and shared with our citizens,” said Rep. Blackburn. “I am honored to have worked with Rep. Maloney and Senators Collins and Mikulski to push this legislation across the finish line so that these stories can inspire future generations by illustrating how the bravery, patriotism, and perseverance of our nation’s women can truly make a difference. We look forward to this bill being signed into law by the President.”

“When I first introduced legislation to form a National Women’s History Museum, I never dreamed it would take 16 years to get this commission passed,” said Rep. Maloney. “It seemed like an easy lift – it’s hard to see who can be opposed to a museum dedicated to chronicling the achievements of women. Women gained the right to vote in 1920. I hope that a century later, in 2020, the efforts and accomplishments of women throughout our history will be chronicled in a museum that both our daughters and sons can learn from and enjoy.”

“American women have made invaluable contributions to our country in such diverse fields as government, business, medicine, law, literature, sports, entertainment, the arts, and the military. The need for a museum recognizing the contributions of American women is long overdue, and the Commission approved today is an important first step towards that goal,” said Senator Collins.“A National Women’s History Museum would help ensure that future generations understand what we owe to the many generations of American women who have helped build, sustain, and advance our society.This can and should be done at no expense to American taxpayers.”

“Women’s history is American history,” said Senator Mikulski. “Women have been trailblazers throughout our history, using grit, passion, and determination to seize the day and to make a difference. We must not only honor the past – we must learn from it. A National Women’s History Museum will be a fitting tribute to recognize their lasting legacy while inspiring future generations of women and girls.”

“Surely, American women deserve a museum to showcase their significant contributions that have been indispensable to our country,” said Rep. Norton.“That is why I have been working to establish this museum in my district, the nation’s capital, with Rep. Maloney and other women in the House and Senate for many years.The museum seeks only to help ensure that the contributions women have made to our nation are understood as part of our history and collective conscience.We look forward to the report, and to moving forward with a museum that encourages and empowers even more women to make contributions and to take on leadership roles.”

The law will establish a privately-funded commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The 8-member commission would have 18 months to produce the report and submit it to Congress for approval. Members of the commission will be appointed by Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

This bipartisan legislation passed by a vote of 383 to 33 in the House on May 7, 2014. The Senate legislation introduced by Collins and Mikulski was cosponsored by 39 Senators, including all 20 women Senators. The legislation was added to a package of Natural Resources bills, which was later attached as a separate title of the National Defense Authorization Act, which cleared the House on December 4 and the Senate today.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the commission and the museum would have no significant impact on federal spending. The bill authorizes the commission to accept and spend monetary gifts and a 501(c)3 organization, National Women’s History Museum, is already raising the funds necessary to fund the commission.

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Blackburn To Oppose House Funding Resolution


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in opposition to the House Continuing Resolution, which fails to take the steps necessary to stop President Barack Obama’s executive actions to expand amnesty for illegal aliens.

“Unfortunately, this spending package fails to take the necessary actions to defund the President’s lawless amnesty. As a result, I cannot vote in support of this measure. It is not fair that hard-working taxpayers in Tennessee will now have to compete for jobs with illegal aliens to whom the President is unilaterally granting work permits at a time when our workforce participation rate sits at a 36-year low and more than 90 million Americans are out of work. That is why I fought for and passed my bill in the House this summer to freeze the President’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. King Obama’s amnesty is turning America into a lawless open borders society.” Read More

Blackburn Statement on President Obama’s Nashville Speech on Lawless Amnesty


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement ahead of President Obama’s speech in Nashville today where he will talk about his executive actions on amnesty.

“America’s workforce participation rate sits at a 36-year low due to the Obama economy. More than 90 million Americans are out of work, so it is unfair to Tennessee families that this President wants to force hard-working taxpayers to compete for jobs with illegal aliens to whom he is unilaterally granting work permits. In addition, what is the President’s response to those immigrants who have been lawfully waiting in line for years to become citizens?Is that consistent with the societal “fairness” of which he so often speaks?

“During the first two years of his term, the President had a Democrat super-majority in Congress and did nothing to address this immigration crisis that he now claims is such an emergency that he must go it alone. He kicked the immigration reform can down the road for six years and failed to work with Congress on serious solutions to address the problems with our immigration system.

“His solution to immigration is to take out his pen and write an executive memo that encourages thousands of illegal aliens to flood our borders through unconstitutional executive actions. DACA is the primary example. President Obama’s actions have effectively nullified the immigration laws of this country and made America an “open borders society” with no rules governing entrance except those announced through royal decree.

“That is exactly why I led the House effort this summer in passage of legislation that would freeze the DACA program and prevent President Obama from taking future executive actions to expand amnesty for illegal aliens. H.R. 5272 passed the House with bipartisan support on August 1st. I share in the frustration Americans have with this President and will continue to do everything in my power to stop his executive amnesty. Enough is enough.”
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Blackburn Statement on President Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Nashville


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement on the announcement that President Obama will travel to Nashville on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 to discuss his executive action on amnesty.

“President Obama continues to relentlessly assault the Constitution and American workers. I hope he plans on explaining to Tennesseans why they will now have to compete for jobs with illegal aliens to whom he is unilaterally granting work permits. The American people are sick and tired of the President's lawless actions and I share their frustration, which is why I will continue to do everything I can in the fight to stop his unconstitutional unprecedented illegal amnesty.” Read More

Blackburn Works to Support Needs of Nation’s Military


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)) today issued the following statement on her vote in support of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

“Like many installations across the country, Ft. Campbell is facing reductions that will have an impact on military readiness programs as well as installation infrastructure. That is why I was so pleased to secure provisions in this bill to address the needs of the thousands of military personnel who call Ft. Campbell home,” Blackburn said. “I strongly support this bill to ensure our warfighters and their families receive the care and support they have earned and deserve.

“This legislation includes a provision I have routinely championed to restore the Army Flying Hours Program. For aviation units like the 101st Airborne, this training is not only vital to mission success but to the safety of our soldiers. This vital program provides aviation training resources for individual crewmembers and units according to approved training strategies. In addition, it also provides individual and collective proficiency in support of ongoing combat and non-combat air operations. Wewill continue to monitor this issue closely as these gains to flying hours programs will be lost if sequester returns in 2016.

“One of our most important responsibilities as Members of Congress is to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the resources, training, and funds necessary to keep Americans safe. No one recognizes that more than House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon who is leaving us at the end of this Congress. We are grateful for Chairman McKeon’s leadership and all the great work he has done in support of our military families and veterans. He will be missed and I wish him all the best as he moves on to his next adventure in life.”
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House Approves Blackburn Legislation to Help Combat Ebola


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today applauded unanimous House passage of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act, legislation she authored along with Senator Lamar Alexander in the Senate to help improve the process for U.S. companies working to develop vaccines and other therapies to protect Americans from the Ebola virus. Senator Alexander’s bill passed the Senate on Tuesday and the legislation now goes to the President for his signature.

On November 18, 2014, Blackburn 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. Joining Blackburn in introducing this bipartisan bill were Reps. Gene Green (TX-29), G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03).

“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. I was pleased to be able to work with Senator Alexander on this important effort to help cut red tape for companies working to develop a vaccine to protect Americans from the Ebola Virus,” Blackburn said. “We look forward to the President signing the bill into law.

“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. 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.”

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. Read More

Blackburn Votes to Prevent Tax Increase on Hard-Working Americans


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 5771, Tax Increase Prevention Act.

“Today, the House came together on a bipartisan vote to extend tax breaks for hard-working taxpayers, but this could have been a much better package for America if President Obama weren’t blind to the will of the people.

“On November 4th, the America people said loud and clear that they wanted Washington to work together to find solutions for our country’s problems.

“Last week, Chairman Camp and Senate Majority Leader Reid were able to craft a bipartisan and bicameral compromise on tax extenders that would give certainty and stability to American small businesses and allow them to stay competitive in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the President threatened to veto that deal.

“While this wasn’t the best that Washington could have done for the American people, it does take important steps to help keep big government’s hand out of the pockets of hardworking American taxpayers. I am very happy to report that the legislative package we approved today does include my sales tax deduction that is so vital to thousands of small businesses in Tennessee.”
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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

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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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