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Marsha Blackburn Report: Closing The Digital Divide

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Over the past several months, our lives have taken a remarkably virtual turn.

A high-speed internet connection is now a necessity: offices have shifted to working from home, health care is delivered over video chat, and storefronts have been replaced by virtual marketplaces.

But the reality is millions of rural Americans lack a reliable broadband connection, putting them at an economic disadvantage. 

We must close the digital divide, which is why I pushed for Congress to include funding for broadband in our response to COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – January 5th, 2020

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – We accomplished a lot in Washington in 2019, but you probably didn’t hear about it from the mainstream media; they were (and still are!) hyperfocused on impeachment. From giving our military the largest pay raise in a decade, to protecting the sanctity of life, I spent my first year in the Senate fighting for Tennessee values

In 2020, I will continue to advocate for what Tennesseans consistently tell me is most important to them: protecting family values, fighting to expand rural health care and broadband access, helping workers succeed, and securing the nation.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: FBI Spying on Trump Campaign

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – At this week’s Senate Judiciary hearing, I asked the FBI’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz why the nation’s most elite law enforcement abused its surveillance powers under FISA to spy on an American citizen who was a member of President Donald Trump’s campaign. The report was the first look into the surveillance state at work.

Next, the Senate will look at an even bigger picture of what happened at the FBI, at other intelligence agencies, and around the world in a new report from U.S. Attorney John Durham, which has broader investigative authority. 

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – November 24th, 2019

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Millions of rural Americans and their businesses are falling behind because they lack access to high speed internet. Earlier this year, I introduced the bipartisan Internet Exchange Act to offset the costs of establishing and maintaining broadband connections.

The legislation will provide a series of grants reserved exclusively for unserved rural areas. In a bid to gain my colleagues’ support, I took to the Senate floor to discuss just how critical this legislation is for rural Americans.

To ensure the Beltway establishment heard my call to expand rural broadband, I also wrote an op-ed on the subject for the Washington Times.

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Marsha Blackburn Writes in the Washington Times, We’re Upping the Ante on Broadband Accessibility

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn says, “The idea of “unplugging” for a country getaway has a certain appeal. It is an escape, an opportunity to feel a little smug about selecting a destination that informs guests they shouldn’t expect WiFi — free, or otherwise.

How long that pastoral bliss lasts depends entirely on your tolerance for not knowing what’s going on in your inbox; but eventually, any digitally addicted creature worth their smartphone will recede into her screens, searching for a signal and declaring to unimpressed locals, I don’t know how y’all do it!

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Another Week on the Road

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – This August’s work period has gone by in a flash! Traveling to nearly 40 counties throughout our state helped me determine how I can make life a little easier for my fellow Tennesseans. I’m ready to get back to D.C. and put everything I’ve learned over the past few weeks to good use.

Tennesseans should be able to receive quality health care close to home, when and if they need it. Folks in Dickson County weighed in on my Rural Health Agenda, which will establish or expand medical facilities and bring more providers to rural areas.

Joined by Ashland City Mayor Steve Allen and Cheatham County Mayor Kerry McCarver.

Joined by Ashland City Mayor Steve Allen and Cheatham County Mayor Kerry McCarver.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Hard at work in Tennessee

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – It’s been a busy August in Tennessee! It has been a delight to visit nearly 40 different counties in the Volunteer State! Here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on lately.

In Marion County, I met with the Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative to learn how they are working on bringing broadband to unserved areas. Earlier this year, I introduced the bipartisan Internet Exchange Act, which will help improve internet access for consumers and expand rural broadband services. The sad truth is that many of our rural areas aren’t underserved–they’re unserved. It is time to change that.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Why Tennessee is Special

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – Tight-knit communities make Tennessee special. Local leaders, business owners and first responders work tirelessly to support one another, and spending time with them helps me figure out how I can make life a little easier for my fellow Tennesseans. 

After the recent hospital closures in Clay County and Fentress County, folks were excited to learn how my Rural Health Agenda will establish or expand medical facilities and bring more providers to rural areas. 

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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