Senator Blackburn, Rep. Nadler Lead Bipartisan Effort to Modernize Music Copyright Law and Empower Musicians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the Ask Musicians for Music Act (AM-FM) to modernize existing copyright law for radio stations and musicians. Under the current patchwork copyright system, radio stations can use sound recordings over their airwaves while creators, who own a stake in sound recordings, receive no payment in return. The AM-FM Act would require all radio services to pay fair market value for the music they use, putting music owners and the...

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...

Blackburn to China: The World is Watching How You Respond to Protests

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox Business’s Varney & Co. to discuss the protests in Hong Kong and the latest with the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

On the Protests in Hong Kong

“One of the ways we can continue to support them is of course through social media – letting them know we are watching and letting China know that the world is watching to see how they respond…. We need to send the message that the U.S. Congress is watching very closely."

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Blackburn on Impeachment Hearings: I’ve Got Questions for Adam Schiff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox News’ Cavuto Live on Saturday to discuss the first week of public impeachment hearings.

On Unanswered Questions About Whistleblower

“I’ve got questions for Adam Schiff… If he knows the whistleblower? Who the whistleblower is? How many times did he meet with him? How many times did his staff meet with him? Did his staff work on writing that whistleblower report? Why did the CIA change the rules and allow hearsay?

”On Schiff’s...

‘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, Grassley, Colleagues Work to Improve Transparency and Accountability for U.S. Olympics’ Abuse Review Arm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in introducing legislation to ensure the proper use of resources designated for investigating abuses of Olympic and amateur athletes. The Stopping Abuse from Entering Sports, Promoting Oversight, Responsibility and Transparency (SAFESPORT) Act is cosponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and David Perdue (R-Ga.). Much of the legislation was included...

Blackburn Becomes First Republican Woman to Chair Judiciary Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) made history when she became the first Republican woman to chair a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. She chaired alongside Ranking Member Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), marking the first time two female Senators led a Judiciary hearing. The hearing considered four federal judicial nominees, including Stephen Vaden of Tennessee for the Court of International Trade.

Yesterday, Senator Blackburn spoke on the Senate floor about...

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, 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 Speaks on Maintaining Health Care Access in Rural

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor yesterday about her Rural Health Agenda, a trio of bills that will make it easier for medical practitioners to serve and treat rural Americans in the communities where they live.

To watch Senator Blackburn’s speech, click below or here.

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REMARKS AS PREPARED

I am taking the floor today to ask my colleagues for help in protecting the 20% of Americans who live in rural areas, and are in danger of losing, or have...