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Senator Marsha Blackburn Holds First Judiciary Committee Tech Task Force Meeting

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 18th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) convened the first Senate Judiciary Committee Tech Task Force to tackle tech industry issues on privacy, data security, censorship, antitrust and competition.

Judiciary 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.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz, Kevin Cramer to Mike Pompeo, Urge Brazil, Paraguay to Recognize Hezbollah’s Terrorist Actions

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. –  On Friday, July 19th, 2019, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) encouraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to urge his Brazilian and Paraguayan counterparts to acknowledge the devastation of Hezbollah’s presence in their home countries.

The letter comes during Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Argentina this weekend to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) building, a Jewish community center, by Hezbollah operatives.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn says Your Data is the Bedrock of Tech Companies’ Revenue

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 18th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the bipartisan BROWSER Act and the dangers of FaceApp ahead of the first Senate Judiciary Tech Task Force meeting she is leading this afternoon.

“A quick scroll through an average Instagram feed this morning revealed post after post of artificially-aged faces—all thanks to FaceApp, who now owns those images, and can do whatever they like with them,” said Senator Blackburn. “Don’t mistake that recklessness for trust. Ask anyone who downloaded that app last night how they feel about it this afternoon.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn speaking about the BROWSER Act.

Senator Marsha Blackburn speaking about the BROWSER Act.

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Joe Manchin Introduce Bill Allowing Vets to Receive In-State Tuition Rates

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 17th, 2019, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) introduced the Providing Veterans Access to In-State Tuition Act. This bipartisan legislation gives student veterans access to in-state tuition rates at public institutions that receive GI Bill payments, regardless of whether the student veteran is a state resident.

Previously, the provision required the student to be within three years of his or her discharge from active duty. This bill eliminates the existing three-year conditional requirement.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover set to launch in One Year

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – One year from today, the NASA’s Mars 2020 rover launch period begins July 17th, 2020, and extends through August 5th, 2020. The mission will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and land at Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18th, 2021.

“Back when we started this project in 2013, we came up with a timeline to chart mission progress,” said John McNamee, Mars 2020 project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Engineers at JPL install a sensor-filled turret on the end of the rover's seven-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) robotic arm. The image was taken on July 11, 2019. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Engineers at JPL install a sensor-filled turret on the end of the rover’s seven-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) robotic arm. The image was taken on July 11, 2019. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Marsha Blackburn to Google: You Push the Boundaries Until Your Hand Gets Slapped

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing on “Google and Censorship through Search Engines.” In her remarks, Senator Blackburn spoke directly to Karan Bhatia, Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy for Google.

“When we talk about privacy, or lack thereof, data security, or lack thereof, offenders that are the biggest and the worst offenders, unfortunately for you all, people put Google on the top of the list,” said Senator Blackburn. “I feel like you all push the boundaries until your hand gets slapped.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Blackburn Report: Senator Marsha Blackburn visits Border with Vice President Mike Pence

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – We continue to hear about the crisis at our southern border. As the situation becomes more and more dire, it is important that both sides of the aisle work together on solving this issue.

On Friday, the Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee saw firsthand the work being done to secure our border. We spoke with border patrol officers, toured the McAllen Border Patrol Station, and spoke with detained migrants. What the cartels are telling them in Central America, or any of the other 60 countries where individuals have arrived from, is not what happens when they arrive on U.S. soil.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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AAA reports National Gas Price Average rises Eight Cents in Two Weeks

 

AAATampa, FL – The national gas price average is $2.79, which is an eight-cent increase since the beginning of July. Gas prices have increased amid more expensive crude oil prices, robust demand and decreasing gasoline stocks.

Since last Monday, 18 states have seen their gas price averages increase by at least a nickel. Hurricane Barry, which made landfall in Louisiana this past weekend, seems to have had little impact on the national average.

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Marsha Blackburn joins Fox News’ ‘We the People’ Live Audience Special

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox News’ The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton on the hour-long, ‘We the People’ live audience special with Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Fox News Contributor Lisa Boothe.

The special featured a wide-ranging conversation driven by audience questions regarding about immigration, trade, 2020, and more.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn on Fox News.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn on Fox News.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Protecting Children From Sexual Predators

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C – On Monday, July 8th, 2019, I wrote to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and urged him to protect our children from being exposed to sexual predators and explicit adult content. Disappearing pictures, a location-sharing feature and limited parental controls make the app a child predator’s dream.

I heard back from Snapchat and am glad to report they are receptive to my concerns. I look forward to meeting with them to discuss how we can protect our children.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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