Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn


Blackburn Statement on Government Funding


Congressman Marsha Blackburn
For Immediate Release                                                
January 18, 2018

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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Individuals and Families

  • Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to Zero, 12%, 25%, and 35% so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6% for high-income Americans.
  • Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
  • Eliminates special-interest deductions that increase rates and complicate Americans’ taxes – so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.
  • Takes action to support American families by:
    • Establishing a new Family Credit, which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.
    • Preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families care for their children and older dependents such as a disabled grandparent who may need additional support.
  • Preserves the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide important tax relief for low-income Americans working to build better lives for themselves.
  • Streamlines higher education benefits to help families save for and better afford college tuition and other education expenses.
  • Continues the deduction for charitable contributions so people can continue to donate to their local church, charity, or community organization.
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and maintains the home mortgage interest deduction for newly purchased homes up to $500,000 – providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
  • Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local property taxes up to $10,000.
  • Retains popular retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts so Americans can continue to save for their future.
  • Repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) so millions of individuals and families will no longer have to worry about calculating their taxes twice each year and pay the higher amount.
  • Provides immediate relief from the Death Tax by doubling the exemption and repealing the Death Tax after six years. Family-owned farms and businesses will no longer have to worry about double or triple taxation from Washington when they pass down their life’s work to the next generation.


Job Creators of All Sizes

  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% – down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world – the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.
  • Reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no more than 25% – the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War II.
  • Establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass-through” business income so Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.
  • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers – unleashing the growth of jobs, productivity, and paychecks.
  • Protects the ability of small businesses to write off the interest on loans that help these Main Street entrepreneurs start or expand a business, hire workers, and increase paychecks.
  • Retains the low-income housing tax credit that encourages businesses to invest in affordable housing so families, individuals, and seniors can find a safe and comfortable place to call home.
  • Preserves the Research & Development Tax Credit – encouraging our businesses and workers to develop cutting-edge “Made in America” products and services.
  • Strengthens accountability rules for tax-exempt organizations to ensure the churches, charities, foundations, and other organizations receiving tax-exempt status are focused on helping people and communities in need.
  • Modernizes our international tax system so America’s global businesses will no longer be held back by an outdated “worldwide” tax system that results in double taxation for many of our nation’s job creators.
  • Makes it easier and far less costly for American businesses to bring home foreign earnings to invest in creating jobs and increasing paychecks in our local communities.
  • Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.
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Blackburn statement on President’s Declaration on Opioid Epidemic


WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement after President Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency:

“Tennesseans are no stranger to the destruction this epidemic wreaks – we cannot afford to sit idly by as it continues. It is critical that we use every weapon available to us to fight this devastating epidemic. The President’s decision to declare this a public health emergency gives states and communities more tools to address the crisis and unleashes government resources to better help those in need of help. There is more to do, but today’s announcement is an important step toward bringing this scourge to an end.”

Congressman Blackburn was in attendance at the White House for the President’s announcement today. The President invited a select group of lawmakers who have worked constructively and consistently to address the epidemic.

Congressman Blackburn with colleagues in the White House East Room before the President’s opioid epidemic declaration

For more information on what the President’s declaration does, click here.

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Blackburn has been instrumental in passing major legislation to combat the opioid crisis, including the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan efforts which provided billions to fight opioid addiction.

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



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Blackburn presses HHS, DEA on missing report on opioid law


WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Acting Administrator Robert Patterson requesting swift completion and delivery to Congress of a report detailing the impact of The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, which has been highlighted in recent press reports. By law, the report was to have been completed six months ago.

“This missed deadline is unacceptable,” Blackburn said. “We would have been much better served if we had this report six months ago. We could have spent those six months working to fix any unintended consequences of this law. Instead, we have been working without a clear picture of how this law is affecting Americans and how effective it has been in stemming the tide of the opioid crisis in our country.”

As the letter states, “The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act (P.L. 114-145) requires the HHS Secretary to coordinate with the DEA Administrator and other officials from related departments and agencies to submit a report to Congress that: details the effects of the law; notes significant barriers to improved enforcement and appropriate and safe clinical care of patients; and identifies ways to improve both Congress’ access to information gleaned from data on opioid prescription and distribution and states’ prescription drug monitoring programs that collect this data.”

For the full text of the letter, click here.

On Wednesday the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing titled “Federal Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis: A Status Update on CARA and Other Initiatives” to examine the implementation of laws like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and other federal initiatives which provided more than $1 billion to combat the opioid crisis. More information on this hearing and a live stream can be found here.

Blackburn and her colleagues on the committee are expected to question officials from the DEA, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Blackburn serves as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. She represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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Still, we must do more.


 Originally published 10/24/2017

In March 2012, I joined my colleague Mary Bono to write a letter to then Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder to question their use of resources and approach to working with all federal agencies in addressing the growing opioid crisis in our nation. We wrote because to us, as mothers, we were witnessing addiction’s devastating impact on families and friends. I expressed my outrage to Sebelius and Holder, noting that 30,000 Americans were dying each year because of prescription drug abuse.

The opioid crisis gripping our country touches people from all walks of life. We all know someone who is affected by it and too many families are being left to grieve the passing of a loved one. The number of opioid related deaths has quadrupled since 1999 with Tennessee experiencing a 13.8 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. We have been working on this issue for years, but more must be done now because the crisis is growing worse as users have turned to drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

My work to stem the tide of drug abuse is not new. As a state senator, I supported forming drug courts and using treatment programs, worked to keep families together in safe facilities where parents could recover and reset their lives, and partnered with law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure they had the necessary tools to apprehend and convict dealers who were preying on our communities.

In Congress, I have continued pushing for ways to beat back the opioid epidemic. In the Energy and Commerce Committee, we heard from federal officials and stakeholders and worked to figure out how to address the issue comprehensively. The result of that work was the bipartisan passage in 2016 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act, which provided billions to fight opioid addiction. Still, we must do more.

Stopping the flow of opioids to pill mills or shuttering shady internet pharmacies helps, but it’s only part of the problem. There are also millions of legitimate patients who rely on medication to control pain and treat chronic illnesses.

As the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act was debated on the House floor in 2015, I told the story of a constituent whose son has a severe seizure disorder and takes two medications to control the seizures. Even though a coming ice storm threatened to last longer than the boy’s current supply of medicine, the pharmacist could not refill his prescriptions early for fear that the DEA would take away his license.

Last week, I spoke with a veteran in Tennessee, who had seen news stories about the opioid epidemic. He feared that the medication he takes daily to manage debilitating pain would become unavailable, leaving him unable to work or enjoy a full life with the family he cherishes. For him, like many others, these medicines reduce unbearable pain and help them live full lives.

The entire House and Senate – 535 Republicans and Democrats – thought we had struck the appropriate balance between enforcement and access when President Obama signed the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act into law in April 2016. The bill was a transparent and collaborative three-year effort during which not one Member objected to the bill or its passage. We are also awaiting a report from HHS – required by this law – assessing its effects. If the bill is not working as Congress intended, then we must act to fix it.

Boiling the opioid epidemic down to a sensational headline or a Sunday night news segment trivializes the complexity of the problem, the many faces of its victims, and the years of work Congress has done to address this crisis. This week, the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to examine the epidemic and efforts to end it. My colleagues and I are determined to use every resource at our disposal to protect communities and develop a plan to stop opioid addiction. As a mom, my heart breaks with every story of life lost from this crisis. We must remember that to the millions trapped in a cycle of addiction, this isn’t about making bad people good; it’s about helping sick people become well.  

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Blackburn Co-Sponsors the Allow States and Victims to Fight Sex Trafficking Act


WASHINGTON –Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Energy and Commerce Committee, co-sponsored H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. In 2012, Blackburn sent a letter to leaders in the tech industry regarding online sex trafficking, and has since remained committed to fighting this horrific crime.

“Sex trafficking, the exploitation of human beings, has no place in our society. We must work each day to curtail this crime, provide justice for victims, and hold accountable those who facilitate it. This legislationhas kicked offthe conversation in the House on how wecan protectvulnerable populations from exploitation while at the same timesupportingthe Internet as a platform for free speech and innovation,” said Blackburn.“I look forward to working with all stakeholders to move forward on legislation.”

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



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Blackburn statement on US debt reaching $20 trillion


WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) released the following statement following the Department of the Treasury’s Daily Treasury Statement showing the U.S. national debt jumped more than $317 billion to over $20 trillion after President Donald Trump signed legislation increasing the debt ceiling:

“We have a duty to the hardworking taxpayers to be responsible stewards of their tax dollars. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road by adding to the debt while disregarding the reckless spending that got us here in the first place. Future generations will be shouldered with this heavy burden for years to come unless we fundamentally change the way we think about debt and spending in Washington.

The people are tired of all talk and no action. Recently, a group of leading conservatives in the House sent a letter to Speaker Ryan outlining a number of reforms we would like to see enacted in order to bring real reforms and changes to finally address the underlying cause of our spending and debt crisis.”

Blackburn is a member of the Republican Study Committee’s Steering Committee, which authored the letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. She represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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Patriot Day Tributes


As we mark the 16th anniversary of the vilest terror attacks on American soil, we can’t help but remember where we were, what we were doing, and how we felt when we learned a plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

We were all watching the news, stunned, disbelieving what was happening at the twin towers, when Flight 77 whisked across the skyline of our Nation’s capital and crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon, causing death, destruction and a mass evacuation of government buildings, landmarks and public spaces. As we watched the events of that dark day unfold, we were awestruck, horrified, and left without words. For Tennesseans Bob Weaver and Mary Morgan Ketchel, however, it was all too real. As America was under attack, they were in the Capitol building amidst palpable fright, chaos, and confusion.

We must never forget that day, those loved ones we lost, their families, and those brave heroes who ran into the fire. In that spirit, I asked Mary Morgan and Bob to share their memories of 9/11 and how the events 16 years ago impact their lives today.

Each year in September, the National Automobile Dealers Association hosts a Washington Conference for the elected leadership of the various state and metro automobile and truck dealer associations across our great nation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, began like so many other conferences. It was a beautiful fall morning. We had an 8:00 AM meeting with Senator Bill Frist at his 385 Russell Senate Office Building office. Afterwards, we made the trek over to the House side. We had just sat down with Congressman Van Hilleary in the Cannon House Office Building when an aide rushed in and announced Members of Congress were being evacuated. We were asked to leave, and when we walked outside we could see plumes of smoke from the vicinity of the Pentagon.

There was pure chaos. No cell service. Traffic jams unlike any I've ever witnessed. No one knew if more attacks were coming. And then in almost no time, there was nothing. No movement. The normal hustle and bustle two blocks from the White House had vanished. No sounds, except the occasional armed personnel carrier full of locked-and-loaded soldiers, and fighter jets scrambling and patrolling the skies. Flights were cancelled. Airports shut down. It was surreal.

There was a visual, harsh realization: Terrorism knows no borders. Suddenly, those late-night news stories from Europe and the Middle East took on a whole new meaning. It could happen here. It did happen here. American lives were targeted and taken. I remember the bravery and leadership of President George W. Bush and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. I felt a national resolve permeate our country. Partisan politics were cast aside. As Americans, we were one.

But over time, those memories faded. Emotions cooled. Issues spotlighted our differences. We, as a people, allowed ourselves to become divided.

So on days like September 11th, Patriot’s Day, we need to pause and reflect on what our nation has stood for, fought for and, sadly, died for. Then we need to thank God for his many blessings, love our neighbors as ourselves, and recommit ourselves to love and care for one another. 

-Bob Weaver
President,Tennessee Automotive Association


I had just returned from my honeymoon, married for all of three weeks, when the 9/11 attacks happened. My job was director of constituent services for Senator Bill Frist, and on that morning I was in the Capitol building hosting his weekly "Tennessee Tuesday" breakfast.

The call went out to evacuate members, staff and guests from the Capitol compound, and as the Senator was swiftly escorted from the room our guests turned to me for guidance. We quickly exited the building into a frantic crowd. There was screaming, and it was rumored the White House had been hit and was burning. The plane that struck the pentagon first skimmed very low over the Capitol lawn as it approached its target. It was a chilling experience.

Over the hours and days that followed, we watched as our nation came together facing the tragedy. Each day we awoke to news of loss and inspired reports of rescue. Stories of everyday heroes emerged. The country rallied behind our President, the city of New York and its leadership on the ground with police and firefighters.

In Washington, DC where I worked each day, life was different. It was a city changed, a country changed. And we continue to live in a new era. Our children, ages 8 and 9, only hear the stories. They have been taught to reverently recognize the date September, 11, 2001. We feel it is important to help them learn about the tragedy that day and the ensuing war on terror.

I have always felt immense patriotism, but from that day forward the meaning of service to country became more profound in my mind and heart. To thank a service man or woman in uniform became an honor to me. And it will forever be.

-Mary Morgan Ketchel


As America’s passion to serve has been reawakened by the hurricane destruction in the South, I am reminded of the thousands of volunteers who rose up in response to the 9/11 attacks. America has always shone through the darkness of evil. In its wake, Americans, time and again, have proven to be the most resilient, caring, and patriotic people.

Which is why I’m heartened that since 2009, Patriot Day has also been observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. The day is meant to inspire Americans to unite and engage in charitable service in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died, bonded in tragedy.

I am encouraged—and hope to encourage you—to do at least one good deed on the 16th anniversary of those horrific attacks to honor the victims and responders. It will do our hearts and country good.

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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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