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 Remembers 9/11 Attacks on 18th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) remembered the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and called on Americans to remember the surge of national unity in the days that followed.

To view and download the full remarks, click below or HERE.

Sen Blackburn Remembers 9/11 Attacks on 18th Anniversary

REMARKS AS PREPARED

Thank you, Mister President.
 
Earlier this week I overheard a few members of my staff trading stories about where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001, and how it
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Blackburn Joins Graham to Commend Border Patrol Officials for Honorable Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to introduce a resolution commending the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their honorable service.

“Our CBP officers have answered a call of duty far greater than the one they signed up for,” Senator Blackburn said. “Instead of defending our nation’s sovereignty, they are being asked to provide medical attention for which they have not been...

Blackburn Receives Update from FBI Director Wray on Combatting Opioids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”. The Senator questioned Director Wray on the FBI’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

“The opioid crisis has really taken such a toll in Tennessee. We know now that it is more than double the deaths from homicide,” said Senator Blackburn. “Fifty medical professionals had an indictment issued by DOJ...

Senate Confirms Dr. Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees, voted to confirm Dr. Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense. 

“Dr. Mark Esper has an extraordinary record of public service: from his time with the 101st Airborne Division ‘Screaming Eagles’ at Fort Campbell to serving as national security adviser for Majority Leader Bill Frist, and most recently as Secretary of the Army. An effective military requires strong...

Blackburn Joins Bipartisan Senators to Introduce JROTC Cyber Training Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to introduce S. 2154, the bipartisan JROTC Cyber Training Act, to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for careers in computer science and cybersecurity. 

“Part of rebuilding our nation’s military is investing in our future servicemen and women,” said Senator Blackburn. “By providing funding for high...

Blackburn, Cruz, Cramer to Pompeo: Urge Brazil and Paraguay to Recognize Hezbollah’s Terrorist Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 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...

Blackburn, Markey Introduce Bill Prioritizing Release of Political Prisoners in Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that advocates for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Burma. 

Despite a campaign pledge that the National League for Democracy (NLD) “would not arrest anyone as political prisoners,” it has failed to fulfill this promise since its historic electoral victory in the 2015 parliamentary elections. As of March 1, 2019, there were 354 political...

ICYMI: Blackburn on Fox: We Must Protect Americans’ Security Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Charles Payne on set for an exclusive interview on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. 

Highlights: 
On Social Media Privacy

“Now, you have the virtual space underpinning literally every industry and so much of Americans’ transactional life. They want to make sure their, as I say, their ‘Virtual You’ is protected.” 

On China
“Here is where we need to be watchful: In my opinion, it’s Huawei. We do not need to let Huawei get...

Blackburn on Senate Passage of NDAA: This Bill Secures Big Wins for Tennessee Military Community

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to fund the United States Military in FY 2020. The National Defense Authorization Act funds crucial projects that will directly impact military communities in Tennessee. 

“Tennessee is honored to be home to multiple military bases,” Senator Blackburn said. “The sacrifice our members of the military make in service to our country can never be repaid. It is essential that we...

Blackburn: 2020 NDAA Defends Freedom from Emerging Global Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of passing the National Defense Authorization Act. 

To view the whole speech, click below or HERE.
 

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REMARKS AS PREPARED

Thank you Mister President.

In 1831, a young Frenchman seeking to understand the motivating principles behind the world’s newest independent nation mused that “In America, the principle of sovereignty is not either barren or concealed, as it is with some other...