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  • The TAX CUTS & JOBS Act
    Posted in Column on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    POLICY HIGHLIGHTS Individuals and Families Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to Zero, 12%, 25%, and 35% so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6% for high-income Americans. Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples. Eliminates special-interest ... Read more

  • Still, we must do more.
    Posted in Column on October 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Marsha's Solutions

    Originally published 10/24/2017 In March 2012, I joined my colleague Mary Bono to write a letter to then Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder to question their use of resources and approach to working with all federal agencies in addressing the growing opioid crisis in our nation. We wrote because to us, as mothers, we were witnessing addiction’s devastating impact on families and friends. I expressed my outrage to Sebelius and Holder, not... Read more

  • Patriot Day Tributes
    Posted in Column on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    As we mark the 16th anniversary of the vilest terror attacks on American soil, we can’t help but remember where we were, what we were doing, and how we felt when we learned a plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. We were all watching the news, stunned, disbelieving what was happening at the twin towers, when Flight 77 whisked across the skyline of our Nation’s capital and crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon, causing death, destruction and a mass evacuation of gover... Read more

  • Hiring Our Heroes
    Posted in Column on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Team Blackburn is pleased to welcome Army Staff Sergeant Paris Cervantes to our Clarksville office (Montgomery County) as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. Staff Sergeant Cervantes is on active duty at Fort Campbell, serving as an Explosive Ordinance Technician. The fellowship is hosted by military installations and provides transitioning service members with management training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce. John Clement,... Read more

  • “If You Want It Done, Ask the 1-0-1”
    Posted in Column on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The pride and comradery of the 101st Airborne Division was evident the moment we stepped into Cole Park Commons for the “Legacy of Heroism” Tribute. The Screaming Eagles have participated in over a dozen war campaigns and operations---WWII, Vietnam, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, to name a few—and the sound of hundreds of active and retired veteran soldiers belting out their division song was awe-inspiring. Blackburn Field Rep. John Clement (center) receives a Milit... Read more

  • 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