Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn


Tennessee Members of Congress Applaud Passage of H.R. 6135


WASHINGTON- U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Diane Black (R-TN), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Stephen Fincher (R-TN), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Phil Roe (R-TN) and U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) Applaud Passage of H.R. 6135 – To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the “Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse”

Congressman Blackburn said: “From the start of his career in Sen. Howard Baker’s office, Fred Thompson was dedicated to first principles and conservative values. Thompson went to school in Lawrence County and his contributions were appreciated and respected by all Tennesseans. Passing legislation to name the federal courthouse in Nashville after him is a great way to show our respect for his commitment to the people of Tennessee. Senator Alexander filed the companion legislation in the Senate and my colleagues and I look forward to its passage there.”

Congressman Black said: “Fred Thompson was a statesman who led with conviction, and he was a visionary who helped turn our state into the conservative success story that it is today. Tennessee shines brighter because of Fred Thompson’s service. This courthouse will serve as a worthy tribute to his enduring legacy.”

Congressman Cohen said: “It is an honor to be a cosponsor of this bipartisan bill to honor my friend Fred Thompson. Fred served the United States Senate and the state of Tennessee with distinction for 8 years. He was a proud graduate of the University of Memphis and the only U of M grad to ever serve in the Senate. I was present when the National Conference of State Legislatures awarded him the Restoring the Balance Award for his dedication to federalism. For Fred, it was not a political or campaign issue, it was his philosophy. Despite our different political parties, Fred was always encouraging to me and I valued our friendship. He led an eclectic life from his time as an outstanding congressional staffer during the Watergate hearings and as a fine attorney, actor, and public servant. It is most appropriate that we name the federal courthouse in Nashville after this great American.”

Congressman Fincher said: “I am proud to recognize Fred Thompson as a great public servant and great Tennessean. As a prominent figure, he never strayed from his small-town Tennessee values and always conducted himself with integrity. This federal courthouse will serve as a testament to his lifetime pursuit of justice and as an inspiration for those who walk in his footsteps.”

Congressman Fleischmann said: “Senator Thompson had incredible career as a U.S. attorney, columnist, actor, and legislator. Most importantly, however, he was a proud Tennessean and I’m pleased that a Federal Courthouse will soon bear his name.”

Congressman Roe said: “Senator Thompson rose from humble beginnings to national prominence through hard work and perseverance. Fred dedicated much of his life to serving the state of Tennessee and this great country, and I am proud to join the Tennessee delegation to honor the memory of a great man I was lucky to call a friend.”

Senator Alexander said:“I am pleased the House voted to name the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of Fred Thompson whose career as an attorney, Senate investigator, actor and United States Senator made him one of Tennessee’s most celebrated public figures. I look forward to the Senate taking up this legislation and passing it before the end of the year.”

Senator Corker said:“Fred Thompson served the people of Tennessee and our country with great distinction.Through his many different roles in public life, Fred never forgot where he came from, and our state and country miss his common sense approach to public service. I was proud to call him a friend and am pleased to join my colleagues to honor his life in this way.”


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Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN07) has released a 78-page report entitled: The Clinton Foundation And The “India  Success Story”: Self-Serving Philanthropy, Watered-Down Drugs, and Money in sub-Saharan Africa.


The “India success story” details the Clinton Foundation’s partnership with drug companies Ranbaxy, Matrix and Cipla in the subcontinent beginning in October 23, 2003.  The Foundation joined the drug companies with the goal of combating HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa by getting less expensive medications into afflicted countries. This relationship saw the companies mature quickly and become acquisition targets for larger global pharmaceutical entities.  It also resulted in encouragement for the disregard of intellectual property standards, the likely use of taxpayer money, through PEPFAR, to distribute watered down drugs that “subjected patients to increased risks of morbidity and mortality” , donations to the Foundation, and possible kickbacks in the form of million dollar consulting contracts to President Clinton from the friend of convicted felon and Ranbaxy advocate, Rajat Gupta.   


Key Findings:

· The Clinton Foundation Likely Facilitated The Distribution of Watered Down HIV/AIDS Medications In sub-Saharan Africa Through Its Health Access Initiative

· The Distribution of Watered Down HIV/AIDS Medications In sub-Saharan Africa May Have Increased Patient Mortality Rates

·Watered Down HIV/AIDS ARVs Were Purchased With Taxpayer Money Through PEPFAR As A Result of Price Agreements, Some of Which Were Likely Negotiated By The Clinton Foundation

·President Clinton Was Personally Enriched With Million Dollar Consulting Contracts By A Friend of Convicted Felon, and Ranbaxy advocate, Rajat Gupta From 2002-2008

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Blackburn, Tonko Work on Bipartisan Effort to Level Online Ticket Sales Playing Field for Fans of Live Entertainment


WASHINGTON- Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) commended passage of H.R. 5104—The Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS).

This legislation makes 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.

“For years ticket scalpers have been taking advantage of computer hacking software (BOTS) to overwhelm on-line ticketing websites with requests. The BOTS Act will make it an unfair and deceptive practice to use a bot to violate the terms and conditions of a ticketing site and will allow the FTC to take action against online scalpers. These anti-consumer tactics have no place in our society and it’s time that we take action to protect fans of live entertainment. I encourage my Senate colleagues to pass this bi-partisan legislation immediately,” 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. Read More

FTC Dismisses House Republicans Request for Clinton Foundation Investigation


In July 2016, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was joined by sixty-four of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. In her letter, Blackburn cited unresolved media reports and recently discovered information about the Foundation’s initial tax exempt filings that portray a lawless “Pay to Play” enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years. To read the full letter, click HERE.

Congressman Blackburn received a response on August 5th from FTC Chairwoman Ramirez dismissing the claims and stating in part, “The concerns you raise appear to fall outside of the Commission’s authority, which encompasses neither public corruption nor tax laws…In addition, the Commission generally lacks jurisdiction over non-profit entities under the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. § 44, though we can take action against unfair or deceptive practices, such as misrepresentations to donors by a ‘sham charity,’ when we can establish that the entity claiming to be a charity is in fact operation for its own profit or that of its members.”  

In response, Blackburn states, “The FTC’s response is inadequate. The lack of transparency by the Clinton Foundation raises issues of deception and false claims. This is an issue of fairness and accountability that needs to be addressed.

“The FTC’s own website encourages the public to review the trustworthiness of charities using tools such as Charity Navigator. Incredibly, Charity Navigator had the Foundation on a ‘Watch List’ until December 2015 and is unable to rate the Foundation because of its ‘atypical business model.’ The Better Business Bureau determined in 2013 that the Foundation did not meet ‘its transparency and accountability requirements.’ Media reports advised that only ‘15% of monies spent went towards direct program expenditures’ at the Foundation in 2013. When a charity operates as a criminal enterprise it is on its face a ‘sham charity.’ The Clinton Foundation’s practices are blatantly deceptive. These allegations are very serious and should be thoroughly vetted,” Blackburn said. 

To read the FTC’s full response, click HERE. Read More

U.S. Copyright Office Confirms Set-Top Box Rule Violates and Degrades Existing Law


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement after receiving U.S. Copyright Office analysis regarding the copyright policy implications of the Federal Communications Commission’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of Expanding Consumer’s Video Navigation Choices, Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices, also known as the set-top-box proposal. The Copyright Office analysis responds to a bipartisan request from Representatives Blackburn (R-TN), Butterfield (D-NC), Collins (R-GA) and Deutsch (D-CA) for the Copyright Office’s comment issued on July 15, and maintains that the NPRM would detrimentally impact copyright owners and consumers by compelling transmission of copyright protected content without programmers' consent.  
“We appreciate the Copyright Office’s thorough, thoughtful and timely response to our request for a written assessment of the potential copyright implications of the FCC’s pending set-top-box proposal. The Copyright Office’s written analysis makes clear that the FCC’s set-top proposal conflicts with established copyright law and policy, and would negatively impact content owners and consumers. We asked the Copyright Office to put its analysis in writing so that Congress and all interested parties might benefit from the expertise of the Copyright Office, an expertise that Chairman Wheeler himself recognized earlier this year in testimony before Congress and through requests for informal Copyright Office briefings for Commission staff. It should now be clear that any steps to promote set-top competition, whether by regulators or the private sector, and whether relying on alternative devices or applications, must not compel transmission of copyright protected content without programmers' consent,” Blackburn said.

The Copyright Office analysis is consistent with concerns expressed by a growing body of stakeholders, including 180 members of Congress, over the FCC’s proposal and believe the FCC should reconsider its approach.    

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Bi-Partisan Representatives Applaud CMS’ Proposed 90-Day Reporting Period


Representatives Ellmers (R-NC), Blackburn (R-TN), Rush (D-IL) and Matsui (D-CA) issued the below statements after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule to reinstate a 90-day electronic health record (EHR) reporting period for physicians and hospitals under the Meaningful Use (MU) Program.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)

“This administration has constantly failed to offer patients, and the provider community, with the resources necessary in order to provide quality care. Providers and physicians in my district continue to tell me that CMS’ Meaningful Use criteria is simply that – meaningless. This legislation will allow flexibility with a 90-day reporting period and will give providers the opportunity to avoid harmful, bureaucratic penalties that drive up the costs of healthcare for all.”

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (NC-02)

“I am pleased to see the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) propose a reduction in the reporting requirements for the Meaningful Use (MU) program to 90 days, which has remained a top priority of mine. Most recently, my colleagues and I addressed this issue with the MU program through our recent introduction of the Flexibility in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Act.”

“This proposed 90-day reporting period will deliver more flexibility to hospitals and doctors that are struggling to provide adequate health care due to a burdensome regulatory environment. Although, I believe there is still a great deal to be done with this program, I applaud CMS for a step in the right direction.”

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06)

“I introduced HR 5001, the Flexibility in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Act, with my colleagues because we recognize the critical role of technology as we transition to a system of value-based care across the country.  Providers need the flexibility to incorporate technology, such as electronic health records and population health data analytics, into our healthcare ecosystem. I am pleased that CMS has incorporated our bipartisan, bicameral recommendation to extend the 90-day reporting period for the meaningful use program to the 2016 reporting year.”

Congressman Bobby L. Rush (IL-01)

“This much needed 90-day reporting period will allow the flexibility for hospitals and critical access hospitals in my district to better serve their patients.”


Under stringent mandates in place under the Meaningful Use (MU) program providers were penalized for not meeting burdensome electronic health record (EHR) reporting requirements. In response to concerns, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed the implementation of a 90-day EHR reporting period. This shortened reporting period would be an important first step in addressing the many challenges faced by doctors, hospitals and other medical providers due to excessive regulations. 

In April, members of the U.S. House of Representatives united to introduce H.R. 5001 – the Flexibility in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Act – which called for a 90-day reporting period. 

By adjusting the timeline, providers would have the option to choose any three-month quarter for the EHR reporting period in 2016 to qualify for Meaningful Use. The additional time and flexibility afforded by these modifications will help hundreds of thousands of providers to meet requirements in an effective and safe manner.  This CMS proposal will reinforce investments made to date and will ensure continued momentum towards the goals of the Meaningful Use Program, including enhanced care coordination and interoperability.  Read More

Blackburn Works to Reform Mental Health Care System


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today released the following statement after House passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (H.R. 2646), the most significant reform to our nation’s mental health programs in decades.  

“While one in five Americans will face mental illness, the current state of mental health care in our country has left many behind. Four million Americans with serious mental illness receive no treatment at all. After several years of working on this legislation with my colleague Congressman Tim Murphy, this is a big step towards improving the lives of millions of Americans suffering from mental illness.

“This legislation will fix the shortage of beds in our mental health facilities, expand the mental health workforce, empower parents and caregivers and help fund evidence-based care. Furthermore, it prioritizes suicide prevention and will authorize the Suicide Prevention Hotline for the very first time. It’s past time those suffering receive treatment before tragedy,” Blackburn said.

“This historic vote on H.R. 2646 begins a new dawn of hope for families in mental health crisis,” said Congressman Murphy. “Congresswoman Blackburn’s leadership was instrumental in ending the era of stigma and delivering treatment before tragedy.”

Click HERE to read a fact sheet on H.R. 2646 and click HERE for a section by section of the bill, as passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee. Read More

Blackburn Introduces Plan Verification and Fairness Act


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced H.R. 5589, the Plan Verification and Fairness Act, legislation that would ensure proper verification is required prior to receiving healthcare coverage under exchange special enrollment periods (SEPs). Under current law, individuals aren’t required to prove that they qualify for these special enrollment periods (SEPs) before the plan takes effect, leading to higher costs for patients playing by the rules and risk imbalance within exchange markets. 
“Special enrollment periods have been abused, giving individuals presumptive eligibility instead of verified eligibility. Under Obamacare, a growing number of individuals have been signing up for health insurance under SEPs only to drop their coverage once they receive the needed medical services. We cannot continue to let this pattern go unchecked as it is driving up the cost of healthcare for all Americans. Our solution, The Plan Verification and Fairness Act, is a narrow, practical way that we can increase transparency within a broken system, save taxpayer dollars immediately and lower the cost of health insurance across the board,” Blackburn said.    Read More

Blackburn Applauds United States v. Texas Decision


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, which upholds the lower court’s decision that the president’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlawful:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision proves that Congress should pass and the President should sign H.R. 5272, the Blackburn-Cruz DACA language. 

“For years I have fought to pass legislation to end the DACA program. This is a win for the Constitution and for the American people. President Obama’s use of a pen and phone to rewrite immigration laws from the oval office to implement executive amnesty was lawless from day one. SCOTUS has sent King Obama a powerful message,” Blackburn said. 


As part of the Department of Homeland Security Funding bill last year, the House approved, by a vote of 218-209, Congressman Blackburn’s proposal to freeze the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The House first approved her legislation, H.R. 5272, which would also prevent President Obama from taking future executive actions to expand amnesty for illegal aliens, on August 1, 2014 by a vote of 216-192.

On January 19, the Supreme Court agrees to hear United States v. Texas, but adds its own question for the parties to consider: Did the president’s actions violate his constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”?

On March 1, Speaker Ryan announces that he will ask the House, as an institution uniquely qualified to answer the Court’s question, to vote on a resolution authorizing him to file a brief defending Article I: “The president is not permitted to write law—only Congress is.” 

On March 17, the House adopts H. Res. 639, authorizing Speaker Ryan to file a brief. Speaking on the floor shortly before the vote, Ryan says, “Members who are making immigration policy arguments are missing the entire point here. This comes down to a much more fundamental question. It is about the integrity of our Constitution.”

On April 4, the House files its brief, setting forth why Congress—and only Congress—is empowered to write the laws.

On April 8, the Supreme Court grants the House’s request for 15 minutes of time during oral arguments. Erin Murphy, partner at Bancroft, PLLC will argue on behalf of the House, which is being represented pro bono in this matter.

On April 18, the House of Representatives presented its oral argument to the Supreme Court. Read More

Blackburn Provisions Included in House GOP Obamacare Replacement


Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today released the following statement in response to the reveal of the House Republican’s Obamacare replacement: 
“Two provisions I have authored were secured in the House GOP Obamacare replacement; my across-state-lines provision, H.R. 543, and expanding the use of health savings accounts, H.R. 4090. By allowing consumers to purchase insurance across-state-lines, we are empowering them with more choices and a more competitive environment that will lower the price of healthcare policies. Across-state-lines purchasing along with expanding the use of health savings accounts will put patients back in the driver’s seat and allow them to choose the plan that best fits them. Patients will no longer face the one-size-fits-all failed policies of Obamacare. 
“We’ve heard time and time again from constituents who tell us their insurance policies are simply too expensive to use. What we’ve learned through Obamacare is that if you can’t afford your co-pay, deductible, or premium your insurance card is worthless. Republicans have been listening and together we are presenting a solution to the American people. Our plan begins with the end in mind – access to affordable health care for all Americans,” Blackburn said.

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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.


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