Washington, D.C. – Washington’s spending habit is counterproductive. Common sense tells us, don’t treat taxpayer dollars like Monopoly money, and that’s why on Thursday, I voted against bloated, inefficient and wasteful federal spending.
Tennesseans rightly worry that the closure of rural hospitals will leave them without access to health care. My Rural Health Agenda comes directly at the request of small town mayors and community leaders, and fills gaps left by hospital closures. It ensures quality care is accessible closer to home for rural Tennesseans by targeting areas that need improvement.
Washington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced her Rural Health Agenda, aimed at addressing health care delivery challenges in rural America to maintain quality care close to home.
The Rural Health Agenda includes three bills: the bipartisan Rural America Health Corps Act, cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska); the Rural Health Innovation Act, cosponsored by Senator Murkowski; and the Telemedicine Across State Lines Act, cosponsored by Senator Cramer.
Marsha Blackburn, Jon Tester Bringing 21st Century Care and Benefits to Veterans with Information Technology Oversight Bill
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 30th, 2019, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), unveiled bipartisan legislation to improve the information technology (IT) system at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Department of Veterans Affairs IT Reform Act holds the VA accountable by increasing transparency into proposed and current IT spending on critical programs for veterans. The bill also ensures that veterans receive timely health care and benefits by requiring the VA to institute a number of outstanding Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations related to planning, management and operation of its Office of Information Technology (OIT).
Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Democratic Party invites the community to hear prominent political figures discuss key issues on relevant topics affecting our state and country.
Panel participants will be U.S. Senate Candidate James Mackler, Justin Kanew of The Tennessee Holler, and State Representatives Jason Hodges (Clarksville), Darren Jernigan (Nashville), and London Lamar (Memphis).
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 30th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) to introduce the Patients First Act, which would promote stem cell research without the creation, use, destruction, or discarding of human embryos.
“Medical breakthroughs achieved via stem cell research need not come at the expense of innocent life,” said Senator Blackburn. “Protecting the sanctity of life and encouraging scientific research are not mutually exclusive. The Patients First Act honors both pursuits. I thank Senator Wicker, in particular, for his leadership on this issue.”
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs exists to serve those who have served our country.
When I heard veterans, who rely on caregivers, were arbitrarily cut from receiving benefits, I knew we had to take action to ensure they receive the best possible care.
Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and I introduced bipartisan legislation to address this issue.
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 25th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke with Fox Business, Bloomberg and Yahoo Finance about the Tech Task Force she is leading in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) named Senator Blackburn Chairman of the Tech Task Force, with Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) serving as co-chair.
The Tech Task Force will meet periodically to discuss tech industry issues, including privacy, data security, censorship, antitrust and competition.
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 24th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to introduce a resolution commending the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their honorable service.
“Our CBP officers have answered a call of duty far greater than the one they signed up for,” Senator Blackburn said. “Instead of defending our nation’s sovereignty, they are being asked to provide medical attention for which they have not been trained and care for children who have been taken advantage of by those who wish to do them harm.”
Senators Marsha Blackburn, Gary Peters Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Veterans’ Caregiver Program
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures for (TEAM) Veteran Caregivers Act to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) caregiver program. The Senators serve together on the Armed Services Committee, and Senator Blackburn serves on the Veterans Affairs Committee.
According to recent reports, caregivers and veterans have been arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced.
Washington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to introduce S. 2154, the bipartisan JROTC Cyber Training Act, to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for careers in computer science and cybersecurity.
“Part of rebuilding our nation’s military is investing in our future servicemen and women,” said Senator Blackburn. “By providing funding for high school training in areas such as computer science and cybersecurity, we can ensure that the next generation in uniform is prepared for the future of combat.”
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