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Senator Marsha Blackburn Votes to Fully Support U.S. Military

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a conferee for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, voted to fully support the United States Military. Senator Blackburn advocated for several provisions critical to groups in Tennessee that are included in defense spending for 2020.

“This defense spending legislation supports our key priorities of taking care of our troops and their families, rebuilding the military, and implementing the National Defense Strategy,” Senator Blackburn said.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Applauds Completion of NDAA Conference Report

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a conferee for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, on Wednesday, December 12th, 2019, applauded the completion of the defense spending conference report. Senator Blackburn advocated for several provisions critical to groups in Tennessee that are included in the NDAA.

“This NDAA funds our key priorities of implementing the National Defense Strategy, rebuilding the military, and taking care of our troops and their families. Tennessee is proud to be home to multiple military bases,” Senator Blackburn said.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Breaking Barriers for Conservative Women

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – It was a historic week in the Senate for reasons that had nothing to do with the impeachment inquiry.

On Wednesday, I became the first Republican woman ever to chair a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Thank you, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), for asking me to take the lead as the Committee considered four judicial nominees, including Stephen Vaden of West Tennessee. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn, Chris Van Hollen Lead Resolution Condemning Turkey’s Crackdown on Free Speech

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Today, Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced a resolution condemning Turkey’s crackdown on dissent related to its incursion into northeast Syria and broader freedom of speech violations.

“The Turkish government’s actions raise serious concern that it is using criticism of military operations as a pretext to further crush dissent and inflict fear,” said Senator Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Honoring Our Veterans

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – We are forever indebted to our veterans for their sacrifice on behalf of this country.

Their heroism has made the United States a global beacon of hope, and I dedicate my work with the Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees to supporting and caring for our best and bravest when they finally return home.

Improving Health Care For Rural Tennesseans: Tennesseans are rightly worried that as rural hospitals close, they will be left without access to health care.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn joins Chris Van Hollen, Lindsey Graham in Bipartisan Inquiry into Turkey’s Violations of Ceasefire Agreement

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about reports of ongoing attacks against the Syrian Kurds by Turkey and its proxies outside of the designated safe zone.

These attacks, if true, would violate the ceasefire agreements and should prompt immediate action from the Administration.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Reining in Bureaucracy

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Tennesseans have grown frustrated with a federal bureaucracy that is distant and unresponsive.

Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) HIRE ACT, which I’m cosponsoring, will move federal agencies closer to the communities they serve.

Tennessee is a leader in education reform, and placing the U.S. Department of Education in the Volunteer State will provide it with a productive home. Learn more here

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President Donald Trump secures permanent ceasefire in northeast Syria with Turkey

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – In a major address today, October 23rd, 2019, President Donald J. Trump said that Turkey has agreed to turn their recent ceasefire along the Syrian border into a permanent agreement. As a result, the U.S. Treasury has lifted all of its recently imposed sanctions on Turkey.

President Trump: 8 years after failed regime change, it’s time to come home.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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Marsha Blackburn, Colleagues Meet with Syrian Defense Council President Ilham Ahmed

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Monday, October 21st, 2019, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) met with Ilham Ahmed, President of the Syrian Democratic Council to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“Ilham Ahmed has shown resilient leadership and courage for the Kurdish people,” Senator Blackburn said following the meeting. “You and the Kurdish people have been so steadfast in this fight. It is so important that we realize that and we honor that.”

Meeting with Syrian Defense Council President Ilham Ahmed.

Meeting with Syrian Defense Council President Ilham Ahmed.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Holding Turkey Accountable For Its Atrocities

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Protecting our Kurdish partners is a priority. Turkey must be held accountable for its destabilization of northern Syria, and ISIS must not be allowed to resurge. 

While I am encouraged that the lines of communication are open, this five-day pause in hostilities does not make up for the lives lost, families displaced, and homes destroyed by the Turkish incursion. Not only are we abandoning our Kurdish partners, but Putin is exploiting our withdrawal. We must not cede power to Moscow. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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