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, Cruz Condemn EU Ruling Permitting Anti-Israel Business Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) condemned the Court of Justice of the European Union’s recent ruling to permit anti-Israel business practices in the 28 member states. The ruling singles out Israeli goods for discrimination and requires special labels indicating the origin of products imported from Israeli settlements and areas the EU deems “occupied by Israel since 1967.”

“In Nazi-occupied Europe, the Jewish people were forced to wear a yellow star...

Blackburn, Cruz, Colleagues Call on Administration to Support Restoration of Internet Access in Iran, Sanction Iranian Officials Responsible

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iranian officials took unprecedented action to silence and oppress the Iranian people – unleashing security forces and shutting down the Internet to hide police brutality – after widespread protests broke out against to the regime’s decision to increase gasoline prices by 50 percent. In response, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla....

Blackburn’s Bill Banning Export of Crowd Control Equipment to Hong Kong Police Force Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) legislation, S.2710, to prohibit the U.S. export of crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police Force, passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill passed alongside Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) S.1838, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, which seeks to assess whether political developments in Hong Kong justify changing Hong Kong's unique treatment under U.S. law.

“China has earned its place atop the list...

‘For the Modern-Day Terrorist, Instability Spells Opportunity,’Blackburn Writes in the Washington Examiner

To fight terror, Africa needs our help

Sen. Marsha Blackburn

Washington Examiner

November 17, 2019

Flying into Mogadishu, you get the sense that life in the world’s most notoriously dangerous city has returned to normal. The rubble of the 1990s has been replaced by a respectable skyline. There is evidence of urban bustle.

That impression changes once you hit the ground. Technically, I can say I spent time in the Somali capital last weekend — but only in the ultra-secure diplomatic zone,...

Blackburn, Van Hollen Lead Resolution Condemning Turkey’s Crackdown on Free Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced a resolution condemning Turkey’s crackdown on dissent related to its incursion into northeast Syria and broader freedom of speech violations.

“The Turkish government’s actions raise serious concern that it is using criticism of military operations as a pretext to further crush dissent and inflict fear,” said Senator Blackburn. “Freedom of expression is essential to who we are as a nation. I am...

Blackburn Joins Van Hollen, Graham in BipartisanInquiry Into Turkey’s Violations of Ceasefire Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about reports of ongoing attacks against the Syrian Kurds by Turkey and its proxies outside of the designated safe zone. These attacks, if true, would violate the ceasefire agreements and should prompt immediate action from the Administration.

“Given the stakes, time is of the essence,” t...

Blackburn, Markey, Alexander Introduce Legislation to Secure Stadiums During Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the Stadiums Operating under New Guidance (SONG) Act, which gives the Federal Aviation Administration the authority to issue Temporary Flight Restrictions for concerts and other events held at stadiums across the country.“

Whether Tennesseans are going to a concert or a UT Vols football game, they...

Blackburn, Colleagues Work to Defend Freedom of Expression in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today led the introduction of new, bipartisan legislation that would ban the U.S. export of crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police Force. The legislation follows documented reports by human rights groups that U.S.-made police equipment has been used by Hong Kong police to violate the human rights of peaceful protesters during Hong Kong’s ongoing pro...

Blackburn, Colleagues to Secretary Pompeo: Issue U.S. Visa for Leader of Syrian Democratic Forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent the following letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that he assist with the issuance of a U.S. visa for General Mazloum, leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, to visit the United States to discuss the path forward in deescalating conflict in Syria and fighting ISIS.

The letter may be found here:


Blackburn, Colleagues Meet with Syrian Democratic Council President Ilham Ahmed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) met with Ilham Ahmed, President of the Syrian Democratic Council to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.

"Ilham Ahmed has shown resilient leadership and courage for the Kurdish people,” Senator Blackburn said following the meeting. “You and the Kurdish people have been so steadfast in this fight. It is so important that...