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, Blumenthal, Senators Seek Additional Funding for Children’s Hospitals Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to provide additional funding for children’s hospitals impacted by COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, many children’s hospitals have been forced to halt critical elective procedures. 

“Many children’s hospitals have had to resort to furloughs and lay-offs at a time when they are also preparing for...

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...

Tennessee COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

COVID-19 Business Tennessee Resource Guide


All applications for the Paycheck Protection Program must be submitted by June 30. The program will fund up to 250% of a business’s average monthly payroll costs. The loan will be fully forgiven if a business spends at least 60% of the loan on payroll costs. The other portion may be used for rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. 

Once you complete your application, you can submit it to any participating lending institution. Call...

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 to DOJ: Google Poses a Threat to Free & Fair Press in America

Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn urged Attorney General Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to “thoroughly scrutinize how [Google’s] anticompetitive practices could lead to the crippling of journalistic freedom. I also ask that your probe examine abuses in both the online advertising and online search markets, and to take enforcement action swiftly before further economic harm results.”

This morning, Senator Blackburn discussed with Fox News’ Sandra Smith on America’s Newsroom: 

“We are...

Blackburn, McCaul Statement on OTF Firings, Organization's Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Republican Leader on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the termination of Laura Cunningham, President of the Open Technology Fund (OTF), and the OTF Board of Directors. Senator Blackburn and Rep. McCaul were the Republican authors of the Open Technology Fund Authorization Act. 

“As the lead Republican...

Blackburn, Cruz Introduce Bill to Expand Telehealth Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Equal Access to Care Act yesterday. The legislation aims to expand access to telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency period by allowing licensed health care providers to treat patients remotely through the phone and online wherever the patient is located.
“Telehealth has proven to be an effective tool for providing patients access to health care, including during and prior to the COVID-19...

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 Announces Grant to Expand Broadband Access Between Memphis and Nashville

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) announced that ten counties in West and Middle Tennessee would receive an $11.2 million grant through the Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program. The grant, the direct result of a request made by Senator Blackburn earlier this year, will fund approximately 143 miles of fiber optic communications on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville.

“This funding will give Tennesseans in ten counties access to...