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  • Can you hear me now?
    Posted in Column on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Marsha's Solutions

    Many of you reading this may not have been able to hear reports of the good work Congress has been doing for you this year. That may be because the mainstream media refuses to report it. For many of you, however, it is because you are one of the roughly 48 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss and choose to forego corrective devises due to costs or some other reason. Well, I hope you hear this: The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, which I authored along with Congressman Joe Kennedy of... Read more

  • Always Learning
    Posted in Column on August 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    Guest blog post by Kyle, Congressman Blackburn's Communications Director During this August recess, I had the opportunity to join other congressional staff for an overview of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s operations in the Chattanooga area. The TVA plays a large role in the lives of so many Seventh District residents, and it is important to Congressman Blackburn, so it was essential to see firsthand why we need to make certain TVA remains productive and able to meet the energy needs of the T... Read more

  • Take a Taste of National Farmers Market Week
    Posted in Column on August 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    It’s National Farmers Market Week—the 18th consecutive year the Department of Agriculture celebrates the critical role local farmers play in the nation’s food system. And I couldn’t be more delighted to put farmers in the 7th district center stage. Long before eating organic became trendy, Tennessee farmers were tending large gardens and small fields of specialty crops, then selling them roadside to passing drivers. I’ve stopped at many of those country stands, picking up freshly-harvested okra,... Read more

  • Made in America
    Posted in Column on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    It’s “Made in America Week,” and while Tennessee may be better known for fantastic barbecue, incredible music, or the world-famous Les Paul guitar made by Gibson in Nashville, there are a number of companies in our great state making “Made in America” products. I’d like to point your attention to a couple of manufacturers in Tennessee’s Seventh District that pride themselves on making quality, home grown American products – Diamond Gusset Jeans and the Mason Corporation. Diamond Gusset’s taglin... Read more

  • A win for Fort Campbell, military families, national defense.
    Posted in Column on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    With things like increasing funding to counter Russian aggression and activities, prohibiting the transfer of dangerous terrorists out of Guantanamo, and boosting our cyber defenses, this year’s defense authorization bill is a win for our military, their families, and the security of all Americans. In my district, the men and women at Fort Campbell will be happy to hear that this bill provides for a full pay raise under the law and blocks the President’s ability to lower troop pay. It also begi... Read more

  • Above the Noise
    Posted in Column on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy Security, Securing Freedom for the Next Generation

    This week’s inappropriate and pointless tweets from the President are a stark example of just what has gone wrong in our political discourse today. Robust yet civil debate over policy disagreements have taken a back seat to thin-skin and knee-jerk reactions to hyper-partisan comments and, unfortunately, unfounded character attacks. On the day Rep. Steve Scalise and others were shot, seemingly for nothing other than being Republican, not only were we reminded of the consequences of a collapse in... Read more

  • Fellow Americans, lend me your ear!
    Posted in Column on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Marsha's Solutions

    I am the original co-sponsor of a bill in the House of Representatives called the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act. In short, for those suffering from minor hearing loss, the bill would make hearing aids more affordable and easier to get. For some, this bill may seem irrelevant. But for the roughly 48 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, this bill could change lives. The facts are clear: So, I decided it was a good idea to support a bill that allows more people to get the help they nee... Read more

  • Blessed are the Peacemakers
    Posted in Column on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Law enforcement officers from coast to coast wake up each day, put on their uniform, and put themselves in harm’s way in order to ensure our friends, neighbors, and communities remain safe and peaceful. They volunteer for this service, because those they protect and serve are their friends and neighbors as well. Theirs is a service of duty and sacrifice. May 14 – 20, 2017 marks National Police Week. National Police Week began in 1962 as a way to honor those law enforcement officers who made the ... Read more

  • A Legacy of Learning
    Posted in Column on May 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    A Legacy of Learning by Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) The excitement I felt each time I put on my green and white uniform, attached my four-leaf clover patch, and grabbed an armful of project books has not escaped me to this day. Many of you reading this may be able to relate to this feeling. Maybe you too filled out your record book, logging the work you put in completing project after project as a proud member of 4-H. My grandmother was a member of “The Tomato Club,” a club formed in 190... Read more

  • A Health Care Update from Congressman Blackburn
    Posted in Column on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Earlier today, my colleagues and I voted in favor of the American Health Care Act, which will finally repeal the burdensome Affordable Care Act. Many of you have expressed your concerns about the rising costs that have ensued after 8 years of impractical legislation. That’s why we’ve taken action to get rid of Obamacare. Here's more on the American Health Care Act and why we passed it: It will dismantle the Obamacare taxes. These taxes have hurt job creators, increased premium costs, and limited... Read more