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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun Introduce Bill Requiring GAO to Study Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers Role in Supply Chain

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Friday, May 17th, 2019, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Mike Braun (R-Indiana) introduced S.1532, the Pharmacy Benefit Managers Accountability Study Act of 2019, to require the Government Accountability Office to submit a report on pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) to the Senate HELP and Finance Committees within one year of the date of enactment.

“As Congress looks to reduce prescription drug costs, we need to be sure we are getting complete and accurate information at each stage of the pharmaceutical supply chain,” said Senator Blackburn. “A major component of that effort is bringing transparency and accountability to the role of PBMs.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, John Cornyn Introduce Supply Chain Act

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 14th, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Sharing Urgent, Potentially Problematic Locations that Yield Communications Hazards in American Internet Networks (SUPPLY CHAIN) Act.

The legislation directs the Secretary of Commerce to coordinate with the heads of appropriate federal entities and conduct ongoing reviews of the information and communications technology marketplace and its supply chain.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn says Tennessee is Open for Business

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor today about the important impact of small businesses on Tennessee. May 5th-11th, 2019 is National Small Business Week.

Remarks as Prepared

Mister President, I rise today in celebration of National Small Business Week.

For over five decades, National Small Business Week has been an opportunity to recognize the tremendous contribution of small businesses and entrepreneurs to the American economy.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – April 28th, 2019

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the largest outbreak of measles in the United States since 2000. The alarming increase in measles cases underscores the importance of vaccines and immunizations in our country.

The U.S. Senate recently passed my bipartisan Vaccines Save Lives resolution to send a clear and unequivocal message of Congressional support for vaccines and to urge 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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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.

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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APSU senior Sierra Salandy to represent Tennessee at Miss Black U.S. Ambassador pageant

 

Austin Peay State University (APSU)

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Sierra Salandy’s last year in college typifies her entire time at Austin Peay State University (APSU).

Busy. And amazing.

She started off the semester as a legislative intern in the Tennessee General Assembly (one of a record 11 from APSU this year). And during her first week on Capitol Hill, she found out she’d won the crown of Miss Black Tennessee U.S. Ambassador.

Austin Peay State University senior Sierra Salandy is serving as legislative intern in state Sen. Brenda Gilmore’s office at the Tennessee General Assembly. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University senior Sierra Salandy is serving as legislative intern in state Sen. Brenda Gilmore’s office at the Tennessee General Assembly. (APSU)

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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.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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