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, McSally, Daines Introduce the Stop COVID Act to Hold China Accountable for the Spread of the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the Stop China-Originated Viral Infectious Diseases (COVID) Act to ensure the Chinese Communist Party faces consequences for its role in spreading the coronavirus. The Stop COVID Act will empower Americans to sue China in U.S. court and seek compensation for the devastating harm the deadly virus has caused to the economy and human life.

 

“It is good to be back in the...

Blackburn on Fox Business: My Stop COVID Act Will Give U.S. Citizens the Opportunity to Sue the Chinese Communist Party

NASHVILLE, TENN. – This morning, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox Business’s Morning with Maria to discuss her legislation to ensure the Chinese Communist Party faces consequences for its role in spreading the coronavirus.

“You’ve got activists in China that say they knew for 51 days they had an outbreak, and you have the Communist Party leadership that kept it quiet for six days when they knew this was moving to a pandemic,” Senator Blackburn told Maria Bartiromo. “These were...

Blackburn & McSally to Introduce the Stop COVID Act to Hold China Accountable for the Spread of the Coronavirus

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) will introduce the Stop China-Originated Viral Infectious Diseases (COVID) Act to ensure the Chinese Communist Party faces consequences for its role in spreading the coronavirus. The Stop COVID Act will empower Americans to sue China in U.S. court and seek compensation for the devastating harm the deadly virus has caused to the economy and human life.  

“China’s Communist Party must face consequences for its...

Blackburn, Colleagues Urge Pompeo & Craft to Address China’s Crackdown of Free Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Kelly Craft to address the crackdown of free speech in China and in countries across four continents, including Turkey, Bangladesh, Niger and Cambodia, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Chinese Communist Party is using this public health emergency...

Blackburn Leads Effort to Distance American Universities from Confucius Institutes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) seeks to minimize Chinese efforts to exert inappropriate influence on American university campuses through Confucius Institutes, which repress free speech and discourage transparency. Congressional efforts have led to the closure of many Institutes, yet many remain. Senator Blackburn is leading a two-part effort to ensure that the existing Confucius Institutes in the United States abide by standards of transparency and academic freedom...

Blackburn Joins Hawley, Ernst to Obtain the Data Needed to Confront Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to reauthorize a provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA) commissioning a two-part comprehensive federal study on human trafficking by the Department of Justice. While the TVPRA had called for biennial comprehensive studies on the issue, the only study ever completed and submitted to Congress was in 2009. The Senators’...

Blackburn: Deliberate, Malicious Actions Documented in IG Report the Epitome of ‘The Swamp’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) posed questions to Inspector General Michael Horowitz on his report highlighting FBI misconduct and alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Act.

“Perception by the American people of reading your report…is that this was intentional. It was deliberate, that it malicious, premeditated and well thought out… As such, it is the epitome of ‘The Swamp’. It is murky and muddy....

Blackburn Applauds Completion of NDAA Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a conferee for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, today applauded the completion of the defense spending conference report. Senator Blackburn advocated for several provisions critical to groups in Tennessee that are included in the NDAA.

“This NDAA funds our key priorities of implementing the National Defense Strategy, rebuilding the military, and taking care of...

Blackburn, Durbin to Burmese State Counsellor:We Urge You to Fully Cooperate with the ICJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) led a bipartisan group of Senators to express their concerns that Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will publicly excuse the actions of the Burmese military, or Tatmadaw, at a meeting before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands. The military likely conducted “genocidal acts” against the Rohingya in 2017, according to Marzukri Darusman, the chairperson of the United Nations...

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...