national security


One of my greatest responsibilities as your Senator is to be an active steward of our national security and military. America shines as the beacon of freedom in a dangerous and dynamic world. In regions of the world where authoritarian regimes reign, individuals struggling to gain recognition for basic human rights take comfort in America’s resolve to fight for democratic ideals. Support for our allies sends a powerful message about our commitment to freedom. Regardless of whether battles of the future are fought on land, air, sea, space, or cyberspace, our men and women in uniform need to be armed with the most advanced technology and best weaponry.


Blackburn Applauds Closure of Confucius Institute at University of Memphis

Move Follows Blackburn Effort to Shed Light on the Chinese Communist Party’s Efforts to Infiltrate American Academic and Research Sectors
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) applauded the closure of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis following her efforts to increase transparency about the harm the Chinese government-run programs cause to academic freedom. 
 
“Those studying Chinese culture and language at American schools should be alarmed that the...

Blackburn, Rosen, Zeldin, and Deutch to European Union: Designate Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in urging EU member states to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah has increasingly used Europe as a launching pad for its criminal and terrorist activities, including money laundering, drug smuggling, recruitment, and training. 

“The United States remains dedicated to combating global...

Blackburn Works to Fund Mission-Critical Military Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Armed Services Committee has filed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. As a member of the Committee, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) included language to fund mission-critical projects that will directly impact military communities in Tennessee.

“Our nation is forever indebted to the servicemembers who put their lives on the line in the name of freedom,” Senator Blackburn said. “Tennessee is honored that multiple military installations...

Blackburn Joins Scott’s JUSTICE Act to Reform Policing in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) became a cosponsor of Senator Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The legislation provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability and transparency, while also promoting efforts to find solutions to systemic issues affecting people of color such as education and health disparities.

“Senator Scott is to be thanked for his commitment to police reform...

Blackburn Discusses Judiciary Subpoenas, Investigation Into Michael Flynn on Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream

“When you have the amount of wrongdoing that was done through the Russia collusion hoax and what President Donald Trump has lived with every day, you need to get to the bottom of this. 

“There are 39 people that were involved in this plot. There are 14 that were involved in the unmasking.

“This was a taxpayer-paid-for conspiracy… What taxpayers want to know is who cooked up this plot?”

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Blackburn, Cotton Introduce Resolution Calling for Justice for George Floyd and Opposing 'Defund the Police'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a resolution calling for justice for George Floyd and opposing recent calls to defund the police. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are original cosponsors of the resolution. Today, Senator Cotton plans to ask the Senate to pass the resolution by Unanimous...

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox Business’s Mornings with Maria to discuss the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation with former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“Rod Rosenstein sat in front of us yesterday and literally punted…every question. This is the epitome of weak leadership.

“Today we are going to take a vote to subpoena these people, and bring them before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We've got a list of [39] people that we want to hear from. We want to know, who all they were surveilling? Who were they unmasking? We’re finding out now they wanted to unmask members of the Trump transition. Were they trying to unmask me as I Vice Chaired...

Senator Blackburn responds to President Trump’s decisive actions to reexamine the United States’ relationship with China

On the cancellation of visas for Chinese graduate students with ties to China’s military schools

  • “China can't compete fairly with America, so they send spies posing as students to our universities to steal our IP & technology. Thank you, President Trump, for taking action and blocking Chinese military-linked nationals from covertly entering the U.S. using student visas.” 

On eliminating special policy exemptions for Hong Kong following China’s moves to exert more control over the territory

  • “P...

Blackburn, Markey Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Counter Human Rights Abuses Worldwide Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation requiring the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to take steps, through diplomacy and development assistance, to prevent human rights abuses from being carried out in the name of the coronavirus response. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) are original cosponsors.

The Protecting Human Rights...

Blackburn, Cotton Seek to Rename Chinese Embassy Street ‘Li Wenliang Plaza’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) introduced bicameral bills to rename the street outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. “Li Wenliang Plaza.” The bill honors the late Dr. Li Wenliang, the Wuhan-based doctor who warned the world about the coronavirus before the Chinese Communist Party silenced him.

“Dr. Li took a great personal risk to tell the world...