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Marsha Blackburn: This Week From Washington – March 26th, 2017

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. CongressWashington, D.C. – Spring Break is always one of my favorite times of year as we often get the chance to see so many of you in our office.

It’s been a pleasure to welcome families from across the 7th District to the Capitol this week.

If you are planning a trip to Washington, please remember that we can assist with Capitol and White House tours.

Marsha Blackburn Visits with Constituents on Spring Break

Marsha Blackburn Visits with Constituents on Spring Break

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Marsha Blackburn spends time with Rossview Elementary students

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, I spent time with some amazing children from the Clarksville area. The 1st and 2nd graders from Rossview Elementary invited me to read with them. We read the book called One Proud Penny and talked about how pennies are made. They were great readers and very curious about my job as a U.S. Congressman.

Later in the afternoon, I had lunch with Robyn Gordon, an inspirational 13-year-old who has written a children’s book called Stop Bullying. Robyn is a brave and courageous young woman who was bullied when she was 6.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn Applauds Passage of H.R. 375

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) applauds passage of H.R. 375 – 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”

“Fred Thompson was a neighbor, a friend, and a trusted political voice. Dedicated to first principles and conservative values from the start of his career in Sen. Howard Baker’s office, Fred Thompson made a lasting impression on the state of Tennessee. He loved our state and her people,” said Blackburn.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Merry Christmas from Congressman Blackburn

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. Fellow Americans-

I want to extend a very Merry Christmas to you and your families this holiday season. May we all take time to remember true meaning of Christmas, the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ. I hope that you are able to enjoy time with your loved ones and to make many special memories together. Let’s look forward to all that 2017 will offer us. 

Many of you told me how much you enjoyed the facts from our Thanksgiving report, so I hope that you will enjoy sharing these Christmas facts from the History Channel with your friends and family.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Thanksgiving Message from Congressman Marsha Blackburn

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – Fellow Americans –

We are sending our weekly Blackburn report to you a little early this week.  I am certain that you and your family are much like mine and will enjoy the time to gather, eat some of your favorite foods, laugh, reminisce, and recount adventures together and probably enjoy a little football.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving activities is to have my grandsons join me in the kitchen to create some of our favorite foods and they always want to make an interesting dessert. This year, they want it to have a Vols theme, so it sounds as if orange frosting might be in my future.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) 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,” said Blackburn.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – 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 15th, and maintains that the NPRM would detrimentally impact copyright owners and consumers by compelling transmission of copyright protected content without programmers’ consent.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Bi-Partisan Representatives Applaud Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Proposed 90-Day Reporting Period

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) issued 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.

Under stringent mandates in place under the Meaningful Use (MU) program providers were penalized for not meeting burdensome electronic health record (EHR) reporting requirements.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Marsha Blackburn Works to Reform Mental Health Care System

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – 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.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Marsha Blackburn Introduces Plan Verification and Fairness Act

 

Increases transparency and saves taxpayer dollars

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced H.R. 8934, 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.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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