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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – June 2nd, 2019

 

Introduced: The Accountability for Care of Unaccompanied Alien Children Act

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Things are heating up here in Washington! Keep reading for a look at what I’ve been up to as May draws to a close. 

The human trafficking situation on our southern border is heartbreaking, and we have a responsibility to ensure children traveling alone are placed with responsible adults who will keep them out of harm’s way.

My new bill will hold government agencies accountable by ensuring every decision made keeps the child’s best interests in mind.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Tammy Duckworth, Lamar Alexander Resolution Recognizing Importance of Vaccines Passes Senate

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn 

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the bipartisan Vaccines Save Lives Resolution, recognizing the importance of vaccines and immunizations in the United States.

The resolution, which passed the Senate this week, sends a message of unequivocal Congressional support for vaccines and urges parents, in consultation with their health care providers, to follow scientific evidence and the consensus of medical experts in favor of timely vaccinations for the well-being of their children and surrounding communities.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – April 1st, 2019

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Tennessee Tuesday is always my favorite day of the week.

Senator Lamar Alexander and I welcomed another great group of Tennesseans to our nation’s capital for coffee, conversation, and pictures this week.

If you plan to be in the Washington, D.C. area on a Tuesday when the Senate is in session, we would love if you join us for this Tennessee tradition. Constituents attending will have the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with their senators while enjoying a coffee and pastries. 

Tennessee Tuesday

Tennessee Tuesday

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Austin Peay State University honoring famed campus statue during celebration November 1st

 

Austin Peay State University (APSU)

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In 1986, communities across the state honored Tennessee’s cultural heritage during then-Governor Lamar Alexander’s year long Homecoming ’86 celebration. In Clarksville, officials at Austin Peay State University participated in the event by commissioning Dr. James Diehr, professor of ceramics and sculpture, to produce a piece for the University’s front lawn.

The Gateway, James Diehr's sculpture, reveals the Austin Peay State University campus' Browning Building on a foggy morning.

The Gateway, James Diehr’s sculpture, reveals the Austin Peay State University campus’ Browning Building on a foggy morning.

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New Tennessee State Museum Opens Its Doors To The Public

 

Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State MuseumNashville, TN – The new Tennessee State Museum at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park opened its doors to the public Thursday, September 4th, 2018 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, comments by dignitaries and Museum officials, performances by area musicians and the participation of local schoolchildren.

“A lot of work has gone into this project, and I’m pleased to say that it is on time and under budget,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “Our goal was to build a museum that would 100 years from now reflect something that Tennesseans will be proud of and still be a vital part of Bicentennial Mall. I believe we’ve exceeded that goal with a space to showcase the rich history of our state and provide a memorable experience to visitors of all ages. This is an exciting day for Tennessee.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander, Speaker Beth Harwell and Tennessee State Museum executive director Ashley Howell are joined by other invited guests and dignitaries and students from John Early Museum Magnet Middle School to cut the ribbon marking the opening of the New Tennessee State Museum. (Nathan Morgan)

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander, Speaker Beth Harwell and Tennessee State Museum executive director Ashley Howell are joined by other invited guests and dignitaries and students from John Early Museum Magnet Middle School to cut the ribbon marking the opening of the New Tennessee State Museum. (Nathan Morgan)

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act introduced in U.S. Senate

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.3223) has been introduced this week in the United States Senate. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is one of the co-sponsors of the bipartisan legislation that recommends funding for those fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need across the country.

“Senator Alexander has championed several wildlife-related issues specific to Tennessee and his leadership on this national issue will be instrumental,” said Ed Carter, executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “His longtime personal interest in wildlife and the outdoors allows a unique personal connection as an advocate for this critical legislation.”

Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or are vulnerable. Habitat loss, invasive species, and severe weather have all taken a severe toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and bees. All types of wildlife are declining—in many cases dramatically. We need urgent action to protect vulnerable wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the solution we need.

Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or are vulnerable. Habitat loss, invasive species, and severe weather have all taken a severe toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and bees. All types of wildlife are declining—in many cases dramatically. We need urgent action to protect vulnerable wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the solution we need.

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Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads Opens in July

 

Tennessee Department of Veterans Services

Tennessee Department of Veterans ServicesNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves announced the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads will begin accepting online-pre registrations for burial beginning immediately. The cemetery will opened Friday, July 6th, 2018.

The 132-acre cemetery is located at 693 Wildersville Road and will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in West Tennessee.

Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads Graphic

Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads Graphic

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Austin Peay State University student Mackenzie Kelly advocates in D.C. to keep music education ‘vivid’ in all our schools

 

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Mackenzie Kelly is passionate. She’s passionate about playing the saxophone, but what really drives her at Austin Peay State University is her desire to gain a degree and help make a difference in children’s lives.

“I really want to be a voice for those who can’t advocate for themselves,” she said during a recent interview. “I believe music education is a good tool we can use to help disadvantaged students.”

Austin Peay State University’s Mackenzie Kelly was one of five Tennessee students and one of 119 students nationwide picked to attend the three-day summit and to advocate on Capitol Hill for the Guarantee Access to Arts & Music Education Act.

Austin Peay State University’s Mackenzie Kelly was one of five Tennessee students and one of 119 students nationwide picked to attend the three-day summit and to advocate on Capitol Hill for the Guarantee Access to Arts & Music Education Act.

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Marsha Blackburn: This Week From Washington – February 28th, 2018

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. CongressWashington, D.C. – I am so pleased that the National Defense Authorization Act passed the House this week with an overwhelming majority. Making sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to defend our country is one of my top priorities.

When Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne expressed how painful budget cuts had been, I went to bat for them. We know how important that base is to military readiness.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam names Katie Ashley Director of Legislation

 

Ashley Has Helped Steer Haslam’s Education Agenda through General Assembly

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced Katie Ashley will serve as director of legislation, the governor’s chief advisor and strategist for legislative matters.

The Crockett County native is one of the longest serving Haslam staffers, starting out on his campaign in 2009 before becoming a legislative liaison in 2011 and handling one of the governor’s top priorities: education in Tennessee.

Tennessee Director of Legislation Katie Ashley.

Tennessee Director of Legislation Katie Ashley.

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