Blackburn Leads the Way on Telehealth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House made a critical announcement to expand telehealth due to the advocacy of Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Following discussions with both the White House and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma about a key regulation inhibiting the use of telemedicine, the administration announced it will waive that regulation to allow beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to...

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, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Bill to Increase US Prescription Drug Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) have introduced the Securing America’s Medicine Cabinet (SAM-C) Act to increase American manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), the building blocks of prescription drugs. Currently, only 28% of API-producing facilities are in the United States and the number of Chinese facilities has more than doubled since 2010.

“When confronted with a serious challenge such as the corona virus, it is important...

Blackburn Surveys Tornado Damage in Nashville and Putnam & Wilson Counties

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Yesterday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) visited with tornado victims and met with state and local officials in Nashville, Cookeville in Putnam County, and Mt. Juliet in Wilson County.

First, the Senator visited the Red Cross shelter at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville.

In Putnam, Senator Blackburn and County Sheriff Eddie Farris discussed what they saw on the ground.

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Senator Blackburn speaks with first responders in Mt. Juliet.

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Blackburn Surveys Tornado Damage in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Last night, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) met with state officials at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Operations Center to receive an update on response efforts.

This morning, she is on the ground in Middle Tennessee meeting with local officials and visiting with victims at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. She will visit Putnam County later this morning.

This morning, Senator Blackburn joined Brian Wilson on 99.7 Supertalk to give an update on what she...

Blackburn Applauds New Coronavirus Research

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Tonight, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) applauded new research from scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville:

“Researchers at ORNL and UTK have made a significant breakthrough in identifying the isolated protein that would neutralize the coronavirus,” Senator Blackburn said. “This critical discovery brings us one key step closer to determining how to best treat the virus that is spreading around the globe.”

“Researchers at...

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’...

Without Action, U.S. Dependence On China for Medications Puts American Lives at Risk, Blackburn Writes in Stat News

The coronavirus outbreak exposes the U.S.’s pharma supply chain vulnerability

Sen. Marsha Blackburn

Stat News

February 14, 2020

In the 21st century, Americans have found it far too easy to be complacent about public health emergencies like the ongoing coronavirus outbreak of the newly named Covid-19 that began in China and has since spread to other countries, including the U.S.

To be fair, it has been more than 50 years since the last federal quarantine was issued, to control a deadly...

Blackburn Leads Bicameral Move to Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is introducing legislation that delivers tough financial consequences to states that flout federal immigration enforcement and harm public safety and national security. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) are cosponsoring the legislation and Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) is leading twenty-one members in introducing companion...

Blackburn Votes to Acquit President Trump

‘History must take note of the lessons we’ve learned…’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn gave the following statement after the United States Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

“Over the past three weeks, the Senate considered arguments for and against two articles of impeachment sent over by the House of Representatives: one, charging the President with abuse of power for asking Ukraine to assist him in investigating...