Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

Blackburn Supports Tax Fairness for American Families

2015/04/14


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) voiced her support today on the House floor for legislative efforts being taken to make the tax code fairer for families across the United States. Later this week, the House will vote on H.R. 622, the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act, which Blackburn sponsored with Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX).

H.R. 622 would make permanent the ability of Tennesseans to deduct their state and local sales tax from their federal income tax. Reps. Blackburn and Brady have been leading the fight on this issue since 2003.

“I hear from constituents every single day who are fed up with the unfairness and the overreach of the IRS,” Blackburn said. “They are sick and tired of working so hard to live within their means and sending money to a government that refuses to live within its means. It’s basically immoral.

“That is why I am so pleased to join my colleagues in pushing forward legislation to provide tax fairness for hard-working taxpayers who live in non state income tax states. Making permanent the sales tax deduction, line 5B of a federal income tax form, is an issue Congressman Brady and I have been working for over a decade now. It’s vital to the state of Tennessee and other states around the country that choose to fund their government through a sales tax.

“Hard-working Tennesseans pay their share of taxes just like citizens of every other state. They should not be punished because they pay state and local sales taxes rather than an income tax.”

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Blackburn Congratulates Appointees to National Women's History Museum Commission

2015/03/27

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on Speaker John Boehner's appointments of former U.S. Representative Marilyn Musgrave and Mrs. Kathy Wills Wright to serve on the commission to establish a National Women's History Museum.

“I commend Speaker Boehner for picking two established, conservative women to help lead the effort in moving forward this project to build a museum honoring the legacies of the women who helped shape our nation,” Blackburn said. “Congratulations to Marilyn and Kathy on their appointments to this historic commission.”

Congressman Blackburn along with Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) led the bipartisan effort in the House to establish this commission to study the establishment of a National Women's History Museum. Read More

Blackburn Acts to Provide Healthcare Certainty for Medicare Enrollees

2015/03/26

House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today joined her House colleagues in approving a plan to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Blackburn made the following comments on House passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act:

“We have all heard from constituents that tell us stories of the difficulties they’ve had finding a doctor who is taking new Medicare patients. SGR -- the Sustainable Growth Rate -- has shared responsibility for this. The constant threat of double digit cuts in reimbursements has made it difficult for doctors to keep their doors open and see seniors.

“H.R. 2 goes to heart of this access problem by finally eliminating the flawed SGR. It’s a win-win-win for seniors, local healthcare providers, and hard-working taxpayers. The legislation approved by the House today is a common sense solution that provides certainty for healthcare providers and Medicare enrollees. In addition, by incentivizing doctors to keep the focus on quality over quantity of care we will keep healthcare costs down.

“As part of the SGR negotiations, I was pleased to lead the Tennessee delegation in a bipartisan, bicameral effort to protect access for the poor to Tennessee hospitals. Every state but Tennessee receives a Medicaid disproportionate share payment (DSH). Medicaid DSH payments are paid to qualifying hospitals that serve a large number of Medicaid and uninsured individuals. These payments are critical to the rural hospitals in Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. In the past year, four Tennessee hospitals have closed or announced closure – all four were rural hospitals. While this legislation does not fully restore the Tennessee Medicaid DSH payment, it does provide certainty for these hospitals and the poor that they serve, for the next 10 years.”

Watch the video of Congressman Blackburn's remarks on the House floor by clicking HERE.


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Blackburn-Welch Data Security Bill Clears First Hurdle

2015/03/25

House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding passage of the Data Security and Breach Notification Act by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Blackburn authored the legislation with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).

“This is an important time for data security,” Blackburn said. “2014 was correctly dubbed ‘The Year of The Breach’ and Congress must take action. The American people are watching.

“I want to thank Chairman Burgess and Congressman Welch for their leadership on this issue. We have worked hard in this bipartisan effort to produce language that will protect consumers by improving data security protections and setting a national breach notification standard for industry. Today was the first step toward this legislation becoming law. I look forward to continuing to work with all interested parties as we move this bill through the legislative process.”
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Blackburn Supports Balanced Budget for a Stronger America

2015/03/25

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who is a member of the Budget Committee, issued the following statement regarding House passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 House Republican Budget Resolution.

“$5.5 trillion less than what is currently projected is what our Republican budget will spend over the next decade,” Blackburn said. “This is a solid step toward fiscal responsibility for our nation, both for today and future generations. There are several provisions that I have championed through the budget process that made it into the final product approved by the House. In addition, the Budget will include language to change the budget process by having agencies utilize Zero-Based Budgeting. This good government provision requires federal agencies to take stock and evaluate their programs, identify the costs and benefits of those programs, and reduce or eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs. In addition, I was successful in achieving the inclusion of a provision to allow seniors who are still working to receive a premium support for their health insurance and have additional options, if they so choose, in addition to traditional Medicare. The budget also reflects a Blackburn proposal to reduce the federal work force by 10% over the next 10 years.

“The House Budget calls for $619 billion in total defense spending in FY2016, which is over and above the President’s request. I was pleased to work with my colleagues to ensure this budget reaffirms our commitment to maintaining a strong and robust national security policy. We hear regularly from our commanders and military families at Fort Campbell about the harmful effects sequestration is having on the Clarksville community. I believe Congress must continue its commitment to providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to protect Americans and combat the threats facing the world today. The Blackburn amendment creates a defense and military readiness deficit neutral reserve fund that will allow additional funding and flexibility for our commanders and troops.

“Chairman Price is to be commended for his leadership in crafting a budget that contains thoughtful and prudent first step reforms to begin the process of moving us away from fiscal cliffs and toward sustainable economic security. Now it is up to the Senate to do their job.”
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Blackburn Supports Bipartisan Plan to Replace SGR

2015/03/24

House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in support of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, the bipartisan plan unveiled today to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

“Nearly everyone knows someone who has found it very difficult to find a doctor who is taking new Medicare patients. In addition, current Medicare patients are finding it difficult to find a specialist who will take Medicare.

“This access problem has occurred, in part, because of a budget gimmick – the SGR (Sustainable Growth Rate). The intent of SGR was to control costs in Medicare spending. SGR did not achieve that goal and one of the unintended consequences of SGR was to make the reimbursement of healthcare providers very unpredictable. As a result, many providers decided to limit their Medicare practices.

“H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, will finally eliminate the flawed SGR. It will be replaced with common sense legislation, which will provide healthcare providers with the predictability to run their practices and care for seniors on Medicare.

“This legislation will provide actual, structural entitlement reform by changing the way healthcare providers are paid. Everyone agrees that healthcare reimbursement should encourage quality and coordination of care, rather than volume. This legislation is the right move in that direction.

“It is a win-win-win for seniors, your local healthcare providers, and hard-working taxpayers.”
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Blackburn, Schrader Introduce Energy Savings & Building Efficiency Act

2015/03/13

Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) last week re-introduced H.R. 1273, the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act of 2015, to increase transparency and cost-effectiveness in the development of model energy codes, which set the baseline for energy efficiency in buildings.

“I am pleased to once again be working with Congressman Schrader in this bipartisan effort to increase government transparency and rein in the Department of Energy (DOE). This legislation clearly defines what technical assistance DOE can provide in developing new model energy codes and guarantees that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment,” Blackburn said. “This legislation promotes the development of efficiency targets for buildings that strike the proper cost-benefit balance, ensuring that home owners and builders are not burdened by unreasonable regulations.”

“Promoting energy efficient building is a forward-thinking policy, but we need to approach it in a way that doesn’t put the federal government and businesses and homeowners at odds with one another,” said Congressman Schrader. “The Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act fulfills this goal, while protecting the environment and saving money over time. It’s a commonsense solution and I am glad to team up with Rep. Blackburn to reintroduce this legislation and move it forward through Congress.”

“Our clients are interested in energy efficiency, but they deserve to know exactly what they are paying for,” said Ed Zarb, President of Zarb Homes based in Knoxville, TN.“No one should be forced to use expensive materials that they cannot afford. This bill will ensure that the Department of Energy is working on behalf of the home buyer and it will curtail the influence of outside groups that seek to advance energy code proposals with little regard to the costs for home owners and home builders.”

John Floyd, Principal of Ole South Properties in Nashville, TN praised Blackburn and Schrader for their efforts stating: “This bill will help ensure that new homes become increasingly energy efficient, but not at a pace that the market cannot bear. Our buyers want to be assured that the additional cost comes with a reasonable payback so they can recoup the money they spent.” Read More

Blackburn Statement on Release of FCC Net Neutrality Rules

2015/03/12

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Net Neutrality rules.

“The FCC has finally released President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet, which they approved last month. Now we get to find out what is in it,” Blackburn said. “The 300 plus page order will take some time to review and analyze. I reiterate my disappointment in the lack of transparency that accompanied this process. The FCC held a public notice and comment period, while the White House secretly gathered stakeholders for private sessions behind closed doors where we recently learned the order was truly drafted.

“Ironically, this order will likely do nothing to address the fairness issues raised by Democrats and Internet activists. Rather, under the guise of keeping the Internet ‘free and open’, they simply advocated for an approach that allows Big Brother to step into the shoes of service providers. The government will regulate rates, create its own fast lanes, control the placement of content, and raise fees and taxes. If you like your service plan, you will not be able to keep it. The age of ObamaNet is upon us and I hope the government proves better at running a network than a website, but logic would seem to dictate that I not hold my breath.”


As part of her continuing fight to stop the Obama Administrations efforts to take over the Internet by implementing depression-era Net Neutrality regulations, Blackburn reintroduced the Internet Freedom Act (H.R. 1212), which 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. Blackburn introduced the Internet Freedom Act in both the 112th Congress and 113th Congress. Read More

Blackburn, Rush Introduce USPSTF Transparency & Accountability Act

2015/03/04

Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) last week introduced H.R. 1151, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would amend title IX of the Public Health Service Act to require more transparent operations at the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

H.R. 1151 would fundamentally reform the Task Force by requiring a balanced and relevant representation of medical personnel, requiring members to disclose conflicts of interest, and requiring consultation with those who treat the specific disease in question.

“I am concerned that decisions are being made without proper input from the specialists who treat these diseases,” Blackburn said. “Our legislation would require common sense coordination among relevant agencies and stakeholders while protecting the doctor-patient relationship. I’m happy to join Congressman Rush in introducing this legislation to ensure that preventive care recommendations are not made in a vacuum. Patients and their physicians have the right to choose which tests are best for them.”

“This bill will bring the appropriate specialists and stakeholders to the table, and add clarity to the process of making recommendations on the preventative services that should be available to the American people, said Rep. Rush. “I am pleased to work with Rep. Blackburn to ensure preventive service recommendations are informed by the right people and that choice remains a hallmark of the doctor/patient relationship.” Read More

Blackburn Reintroduces Legislation to Block FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

2015/03/04

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has reintroduced legislation to block the Obama Administration’s efforts to take over the Internet by implementing new Net Neutrality regulations. H.R. 1212, the Internet Freedom Act, 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.

Blackburn’s legislation, which has 19 original co-sponsors, comes in response to last week’s 3-2 vote by the FCC to implement rules regulating the Internet as a utility.

“Last week’s vote by the FCC to regulate the Internet like a 1930s era public utility is further proof that the Obama Administration will stop at nothing in their efforts to control the Internet,” Blackburn said. “There is nothing ‘free and open’ about this heavy-handed approach. These overreaching rules will stifle innovation, restrict freedoms, and lead to billions of dollars in new fees and taxes for American consumers.

“Once the federal government establishes a foothold into managing how Internet service providers run their networks they will essentially be deciding which content goes first, second, third, or not at all. My legislation will put the brakes on this FCC overreach and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations.”


Blackburn, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been leading the fight 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. Blackburn introduced the Internet Freedom Act in both the 112th Congress and 113th Congress.

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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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Phil Roe

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