WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) gave remarks on the Senate floor about Biden's reckless agenda.
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You can read the transcript below or in the Congressional Record.
I so appreciate the remarks of my colleague from Missouri, and it sounds as if he is hearing from his
constituents in Missouri the same thing that I am hearing in Tennessee.
As a matter of fact, I held a telephone townhall last night. Thirty
thousand of our citizens from Upper
East Tennessee were on this call, and to say that they are unhappy
would be to put it mildly. That really is an understatement. They are
angry. They are frustrated. They are exhausted with what this
administration is doing. They are angry with how the Federal Government
is responding to a host of issues.
They really took President Biden at his word for his Build Back
Better. They expected that. But that is not what they have gotten. He
has made a mess of it, and, indeed, what you have is a ``Build Back
And my colleague from Missouri really laid that out. It is ``Build
Back Broke.'' That is what they are bringing forward. And that agenda
of President Biden's and the Democratic Party has really destroyed a
lot of the hopes and the dreams and some of the renewed prosperity of
Tennesseans whose job isn't to study the economy but to move it
They do the heavy lift every single day.
Last night, I spoke with businessowners who feel like they are under
attack by this administration and their economic policy. The cost of
doing business is going up. They are bleeding customers because they
have less disposable income because of inflation, because of the price
at the pump.
Supply chains are collapsing around them. It is difficult to get raw
materials, like lumber and steel. They have no confidence at all in the
administration's willingness or ability to solve this problem. They
feel as if the administration does not give the ripping flip about what
happens to them in Upper East Tennessee. This administration has
On top of everything else, these vaccine mandates--now, we are
hearing a lot about that, and we are hearing from people who know they
are going to lose their job. Many times, these are women who are the
sole source--the sole source--of income for their families. These
families are very concerned about how they are going to handle
inflation, collapsing supply lines, how they are going to handle some
of the broken social policies that this administration and their allies
are trying to sneak into law.
So far this year, we have seen our colleagues across the aisle and
down at the White House try to force through provisions of the Green
New Deal that would bankrupt your average family and destroy economic
development opportunities in rural areas.
We know that it is expected that the cost to heat your home this
winter is going to increase 30 percent. Now, how do you handle that
when you have lost your job? Do you just sit there and freeze? And you
are losing your job because of a Federal mandate that says you have to
go get a shot in order to keep a job that you love, in order to put
food on the table to feed your family. This makes no sense.
I also heard from parents very upset about critical race theory and
the way this administration is trying to hijack education and force
this curriculum, force cradle-to-grave socialism--daylight to dark, 24/
7, depend on the Federal Government.
One of the things that frightens Tennesseans the most and came up
regularly on our telephone townhall was the broken border policies. I
have said it before; I will say it again. This fear has nothing to do
with racism and xenophobia. This administration and my colleagues
across the aisle need to get that point through their heads.
Tennesseans are afraid because they look at the border. What they are
seeing is vulnerability. They see the drugs coming across that border
because the drugs end up in their streets: fentanyl, meth, heroin.
Every town is a border town. Every State is a border State because
Joe Biden's border policy is: Open up the border. Hang out the ``Y'all
come sign,'' and give everybody a plane ticket to wherever they are
going in the country. And, oh, by the way, if the commercial flights
are full, don't worry about it. We will go charter you a jet and send
you under the cloak of darkness into Chattanooga or into Knoxville or
into West Chester County. That is what concerns Tennesseans.
They are seeing what is happening with sex trafficking, with human
trafficking. They are afraid of what cartels are doing because the
cartels are saying: Thank you, Joe Biden. The door is open. We were not
fearful. We are setting up distribution centers on U.S. soils.
That is right, the cartels, setting up their distribution centers.
Why? Because Joe Biden is weak and feckless and doesn't stand up to
protect the southern border.
There is another thing that they were quite exercised about last
night, and it is the issue of election integrity. Indeed, I had a
Tennessean call me at 6:45 this morning, and he said: Marsha, you have
got to be kidding me. You mean they want to pass a bill that says
anybody can go vote, that you can go vote the day of the election, that
you don't have to show an ID to vote?
He said: You know, I recently had to show not only a vaccine card but
my ID to prove that was my vaccine card to go sit inside at the In-N-
This is why people are so frustrated with Joe Biden. This is why they
are so frustrated with the Democrats.
What are they looking for? They are looking for legislators to have
some backbone, to stand up and stand for freedom, not to kowtow to a
socialist agenda, because they know if the Democratic leadership and
Joe Biden had their way with one vote, they would take one vote, and
they would push to a socialist agenda.