Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn


Blackburn Issues Statement on Mark Zuckerberg Hearing


For Immediate Release
April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Congressman Blackburn has been working on data security and online privacy for over four years since she chaired the bi-partisan privacy working group. These two topics are crucial to so many of her constituents. While the internet has opened up so many new opportunities, it has also exposed gaps in both of these areas. Just as we have established physical privacy standards, we need online privacy standards.

Congressman Blackburn thanks Mark Zuckerberg for coming to speak to Congress. It is her hope that he and other Silicon Valley CEOs are open to working with Congress to set a standard for the entire internet ecosystem. The BROWSER Act, which Congressman Blackburn authored, is a bipartisan piece of legislation that will solve these problems.

Congressman Blackburn believes we have to use this time as a turning point. Tennesseans have the right to privacy, and they should feel safe, secure, and in control when they use the internet and other edge providers.


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Blackburn Issues Statement on Speaker Paul Ryan's Retirement


APRIL 11, 2018

WASHINGTON - Congressman Marsha Blackburn issued the statement below, following Speaker Ryan’s decision not to seek re-election:

“Thank you so much, Speaker Paul Ryan, for your incredible service to the American people in the House of Representatives. You have persistently led the fight for economic growth, and led the House to pass historic tax reform. We conservatives know that less taxation and less regulation leads to job growth and innovation, and you have stood by that formula for years. We wish you the best of luck in your next chapter.”

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Blackburn Issues Statement on the Nomination of Ronnie Jackson as Secretary of Veteran's Affairs


For Immediate Release
March 28, 2018

Our veterans make the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. They put their life on the line so we, here at home, can be safe. As Americans, we are constantly reminded that freedom isn't free, and it is our service men and women who make us the best nation on earth. We are forever in their debt, and they deserve our utmost respect.

For this reason, we have to have a leader who understands the needs of our veterans, and can give them the best care possible. We look forward to Ronnie Jackson's tenure as Secretary of Veteran's Affairs, and thank Secretary Shulkin for his service.


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Blackburn Issues Statement on the $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill


For Immediate Release
March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON - We have Republicans in the House, the Senate, and the White House. It's time we start to show some fiscal restraint. Our national debt is growing out of control, and we can't continue to pass these massive spending bills and expect future generations to deal with our negligence.

I voted “no” for the 1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, because Washington has a spending problem, and we cannot continue to kick this can down the road. Our deficits are increasing, and our debt is at an unsustainable level.  We cannot continue to max out our nation’s credit card and expect future generations to deal with the consequences.

We have a moral obligation to enact real spending reform. There are government programs in that 2,200 page spending bill that you may not even know exist, and you should not be on the hook to fund them all. 


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Blackburn Introduces Bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act 2.0 to Combat Opioid Epidemic


For Immediate Release 
March 15, 2018

WASHINGTON - Today Congressman Marsha Blackburn, as the lead sponsor, introduced the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 with Representatives Tim Ryan (OH), Tom MacArthuer (NJ), and Ann Kuster (NH).  This updated version of CARA will authorize approximately $1 billion in new funding to fight the opioid war and increases criminal penalties on manufacturers that don’t report suspicious orders or keep proper diversion protocols in place.  In addition, it places a three day limit on initial prescriptions for acute pain, provides enhanced first responder training and funds the expansion of specialized courts to treat our nation’s ill-served Veterans.  This bill will serve as the House companion to bipartisan legislation recently introduced by Senator Rob Portman (OH).

“The opioid epidemic has been tearing apart communities in Tennessee for well over a decade,”
said Blackburn.  “President Trump recently declared a national health emergency and it is time for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to follow suit.  My heart breaks for families that have lost loved ones because of the opioid scourge.  CARA 2.0 will provide an onslaught of resources in addition to the $6 billion of new opioid funding for prevention and law enforcement services that I both fought and voted for as part of the budget agreement President Trump signed into law last February.  I’m pleased to have bipartisan cosponsors and to once again be working with my colleagues in the House and Senate.”

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, I understand the damage the opioid epidemic causes in neighborhoods in every zip code each and every day.  In my state of Ohio, fatal drug overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death since 2007.  Heroin and opiate addiction is destroying lives, disrupting families, and destabilizing communities. It is imperative that we work to stem this tide. CARA 2.0 will provide a number of new resources for treatment and law enforcement, as well as an additional $6 billion in funding to our communities.  I am proud to be a part of this bipartisan legislation,” said Congressman Ryan.

“The opioid crisis is devastating communities and families across the United States at an alarming rate.  More than 174 Americans die as a result of overdose every day. As co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, I’ve heard countless stories from those who have lost loved ones because of substance abuse. Congress must do more to help our communities.  This bipartisan legislation will provide critical resources to combat this epidemic and I’m grateful members of both parties have come together to support it,” said MacArthur.

“The opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities in New Hampshire and across the country,” said Kuster. “This isn’t a partisan issue; both Republicans and Democrats recognize the need for a comprehensive response that matches the seriousness of this emergency.  The legislation we’re introducing today will help to direct critical resources to those on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic and boost innovative, creative programs that will help tackle this crisis.”




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Rep. Blackburn's Statement Honoring Staff Sergeant Justin Peck


WASHINGTON - Honoring a True American Hero: Staff Sergeant Justin Peck

A true hero was recognized last night by the President of the United States at the State of the Union address. We knew that Staff Sergeant Justin Peck was an extraordinary man when he enlisted in our United States military. This, alone, is enough to warrant every single Americans upmost respect and reverence. But Staff Sergeant Justin Peck showed his true valor, when he risked his own life to save Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy’s life.

Staff Sergeant Justin Peck was conducting a multi-day mission with partner forces in Raqqa, Syria to clear IEDs from a territory controlled by ISIS. While Staff Sergeant Justin Peck was holding a position outside a hospital building, his team member Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy was struck by an IED on the second floor. Peck immediately rushed to Stacy’s location, even though the location was not cleared and full of IEDs. With swift action, Peck applied a tourniquet, placed an endotracheal tube, and performed artificial respirations and CPR. Peck is the reason Stacy is still alive.

This young man walked directly into danger to save his team member. These men risk their lives each and every day in order for us, here in the homeland, to be safe. Their sacrifice is beyond measure. Staff Sergeant Justin Peck showed bravery and courage, and was willing to give his own life for the chance to save his friend. Thank you, Staff Sergeant Justin Peck, for your service. America honors you, and we are forever grateful for your sacrifice.



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Rep. Blackburn's Statement on Section 201 Tariff Remedies


WASHINGTON - Congressman Marsha Blackburn disappointed in harmful tariff decision on U.S. residential washing machines:

"While I support trade policies that strengthen American manufacturing and will put this nation on a fair playing field internationally, I am disappointed in the overly harsh ruling of Section 201 tariff remedies against imports of residential washing machines. Along with Secretary Ross, I attended the groundbreaking of LG Electronics’ $250 million home appliance manufacturing facility in Clarksville, TN last summer. As Secretary Ross said at the groundbreaking ceremony, “This is exactly the kind of job creation and investment that the administration is seeking for American workers […] I look forward to having LG’s high-quality home appliances made right here in the United States starting in early 2019.” This investment was expected to bring in 600 stable, high-paying jobs for Tennesseans. Unfortunately, these harsh tariffs will severely limit LG’s ability to scale up their operation, negatively affecting Tennessee jobs and American consumers. I look forward to working with the administration and other stakeholders to come up with remedies that reduce the economic impact of these tariffs."


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Blackburn Statement on Government Funding


Congressman Marsha Blackburn
For Immediate Release                                                
January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON - Tonight, I voted to fund our troops, our seniors, and our children. The Democrats have proven once again, they will put the lives of millions of Americans, and their livelihoods, all at risk to fulfill their own political agenda. Republicans were very clear what they wanted: money for the border wall, end chain migration, end the visa lottery system. If the Democrats really cared about the Dreamers, they would have come to the negotiation table. I am disappointed that the Democrats chose to let both the Dreamers, and their constituents down.  Political games should not be played when the stakes are so high.


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Update: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act


 We are excited to announce that we are moving forward to the Conference Committee and are one step closer to delivering tax relief for hardworking Americans. There are some questions about the difference between the House bill and the Senate bill. This graph posted by the Heritage Foundation shows some of the differences between them.

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Blackburn Endorses Bill to Create Opioid Task Force


WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday co-sponsored a bill, the Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act, which would establish a federal task force to address trafficking of the deadly drugs.

“Illicit opioids, heroin and fentanyl laced drugs are destroying lives and tearing apart families and communities,” Blackburn said. “The death rates are increasing.My work on the issue began over five years ago and I join with colleagues today in taking another action.We must have these federal agencies work together to stop this epidemic in our country.”

The Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act establishes a task force made up of law enforcement agencies to eradicate the illicit fentanyl and heroin trade. This legislation works to continue the efforts to bring together federal agencies for comprehensive action against the fentanyl and heroin epidemic.

The bill creates an inter-agency task force that will coordinate federal agency efforts to identify, target and dismantle organizations that traffic fentanyl as well as identify the sources of fentanyl and heroin production and distribution. In addition, the task force will work with state and local law enforcement agencies to make sure they have the best practices for handling and disposing of fentanyl, have necessary and updated information on targeting and taking down organizations that traffic fentanyl and heroin, and have operation and investigative support for these efforts.

The Task Force will consist of members from the following agencies: Customs and Border Protection, DEA, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, International Trade Administration, IRS, Office of National Drug Control Policy, United States Postal Inspection, and the possibility of two additional federal agency representatives chosen by the Attorney General.

Blackburn represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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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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