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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Jon Tester Ramp Up Oversight of VA’s $16 Billion Electronic Health Record Modernization

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn 

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are fighting to keep the VA on target and transparent on its roll-out of the new $16 billion commercial electronic health record system for nine million veterans.

The VA is currently undertaking a decade-long transition to bring veterans’ health records into the 21st century by ensuring that veterans can have access to a seamless electronic health record across the VA and Department of Defense health systems.

Blackburn and Tester introduced the VA Electronic Health Record Advisory Committee Act to establish a third-party oversight committee to help monitor the implementation of the new electronic health record system.

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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Senator Marsha Blackburn introduces BROWSER Act

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn 

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Thursday, April 11th, 2019 Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced S.1116, the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act.

The BROWSER Act requires communications and technology companies to provide users with clear and conspicuous notice of their privacy policies and the ability to opt-in to the collection of sensitive information and to opt-out of the collection of non-sensitive information.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Amy Klobuchar ask FTC to take action to protect Competition and Online Privacy

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) sent the following letter asking the Federal Trade Commission to address concerns regarding potential privacy, data security, and antitrust violations involving online platforms.

“Tennesseans are rightly concerned about who owns their Virtual You,” Senator Blackburn said. “They want to be certain that their privacy is protected in both the physical and virtual space. The FTC has a responsibility to hold technology companies accountable for securing their platforms.”

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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Senator Marsha Blackburn Visits Troops in Poland and Ukraine

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – This weekend, Senator Marsha Blackburn had the distinct honor of visiting our men and women of the Tennessee Army National Guard serving overseas in Poland and Ukraine before they return home from a nine-month deployment.

Too often, non-combat deployments can be overlooked and I wanted to let these brave Americans know their missions are critical to the national security of the United States. The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) headquartered in Knoxville is one of just two heavy ACRs still in existence. The motto of the 278th is “I Volunteer, Sir” – a spirit that I saw embodied in each soldier I met with throughout the weekend. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn Tennessee Army National Guard serving overseas in Poland and Ukraine.

Senator Marsha Blackburn Tennessee Army National Guard serving overseas in Poland and Ukraine.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn To Vote for Border Security

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) made the following statement regarding today’s vote on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s resolution to block President Donald Trump’s southern border emergency declaration:

“Since Congress gave emergency powers to the executive branch in 1976 under the National Emergencies Act, presidents from both political parties have declared national emergencies in the United States over situations far less dire than the security and humanitarian crisis that is currently plaguing the southern border.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Trump Administration Backs Marsha Blackburn’s Bill to Protect the Unborn

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – The Trump administration has announced the decision to issue a rule prohibiting the use of federal funds from going to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, under Title X of the Public Health Service Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule accomplishes the same goal as S. 105, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, the first bill Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) introduced in the United States Senate.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn announces Tennessee will be part of New National Broadband Project

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) announced Tennessee will be one of eight states included in a new National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) project to expand and update the National Broadband Map.

As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, Blackburn led the effort to fund this project at NTIA as part of her ongoing efforts to improve broadband availability for rural communities across the country.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – February 25th, 2019

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Our new Nashville Office will open on March 1st.

I am thrilled to announce we will open our new Nashville office on March 1st.  The address will be 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 610, Nashville TN 37203.  It will be the sixth and final office we open in Tennessee. 

The opening of the Nashville office will complete our in-state set-up. We are the first of the freshmen U.S. Senate offices to have all of our state offices up and running.  Since being sworn in on January 3rd, we have been working each and every day to serve Tennesseans across the state. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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