Blackburn Fights For Tennessee Troops And Strengthens National Defense

December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R—Tenn.) joined her colleagues in the United States Senate in passing the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she fought for Tennessee’s military priorities and secured support for mission-critical projects that will benefit Tennessee.

 “We must ensure that our troops have what they need to defend our nation and prepare for the future of warfare,” Senator Blackburn said. “Thousands of servicemen and women call Tennessee home and I have the special responsibility to look after each and every one of them.”

Key Points

  • Expands opportunities in Tennessee by promoting military research at Tennessee universities, continuing JROTC educational opportunities in STEM, and increasing funding for machine and advanced manufacturing research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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  • Empowers the future of Tennessee’s military and national security installations through increased funding and support.

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  • Provides full funding for research, development, and procurement of mission-essential aircraft, including MH-47 Chinook helicopters, and technologies essential for future basing of MQ-9 Reapers in Tennessee.