Blackburn, Baldwin, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Help K2 Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act yesterday to help veterans who served at Karshi Khanabad (“K2”) Airbase in Uzbekistan to obtain the health screenings and services they need. 

“Veterans of the Fort Campbell-based 5th Special Forces Group and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment groups were deployed to K2 from 2001-2005,” said Senator Blackburn. “Since...

Blackburn, Alexander, Bernhardt Celebrate Designation of Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel as a National Historic Landmark

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) were joined by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt for a ceremony to designate the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville as a National Historic Landmark. Susan Combs, chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget for the Department of the Interior, was also present. 

“We’d be hard-pressed to identify a more critical landmark in the fight...

Blackburn, Cotton, Loeffler Introduce Bill to Allow Concealed Carry for Prosecutors, Federal Judges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), introduced the Protect Our Prosecutors and Judges Act, a bill that expands the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act—which allows current and retired LEOs to carry concealed firearms—to include current and retired state, local, and federal prosecutors, as well as federal judges. 
 
“Right now, law enforcement officials are facing increased threats to their safety just for doing their jobs...

Blackburn, Cortez Masto Introduce Legislation to Spur 21st Century Entrepreneurship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation yesterday to connect students from underprivileged backgrounds with mentors in entrepreneurship and innovation. The 21st Century Entrepreneurship Act would connect students enrolled in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) with mentors from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) to introduce students to entrepreneurship and help them develop professional skills.  

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Blackburn, Duckworth Advocate for Accurate Data on Access to Prosthetics Following the Amputation of a Limb

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced the Access to Assistive Technology and Devices for Americans Study Act, or the “Triple A” Study Act, which would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study access to prosthetics after the amputation of a limb. 

“Quality prosthetics can mitigate challenges created by the amputation of a limb and limb differences,” said Senator Blackburn. “We need a holistic understanding of how...

Blackburn Joins Portman’s “Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act” to Ensure Businesses Continue to Safely Reopen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has joined Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act to help businesses and nonprofits continue to safely reopen while ensuring the safety of employees and consumers through a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes for 50 percent of the costs incurred by a business for increased testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfecting, extra cleaning and reconfiguring work spaces to adhere to social distancing...

Blackburn Includes Mission-Critical Military Priorities in Senate-Passed Defense Bill

Authored 51 Provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 with the support of Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs’ Committees, Senator Blackburn was able to include language to fund mission-critical projects that will directly impact military communities in Tennessee.

Senator Blackburn authored 51 of the provisions included in this bill, which includes $148.08 million...

Blackburn: NBA’s Move to Abandon Xinjiang Presence Should Motivate U.S. Corporations to Cut Communist China Ties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NBA has responded to Senator Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) concerns about the league’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and, for the first time, announced the closure of its controversial training facilities in Xinjiang, one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones. According to NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, the relationship with the Xinjiang basketball academy has been effectively terminated for over a year. Although Tatum provided a response on...

Blackburn, McSally, Cotton, Hawley, Rounds, Tillis Introduce the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act to allow Americans to sue China in federal court for its role in causing the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation incorporates previous efforts to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable, including Senators Blackburn and McSally’s Stop...

Blackburn Urges Action Following Reports Chinese Researchers Violated Scientific Integrity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) urged the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate reports that multiple scientific journals have withdrawn from publication more than a dozen papers written by Chinese researchers due to concerns about their scientific integrity.  

“As we learn more about the novel coronavirus responsible for the current pandemic, it is imperative that research be above reproach,” Senator Blackburn wrote in a letter to NIH Director Dr....