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  • Blackburn Endorses Bill to Create Opioid Task Force
    Posted in Press Release on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday co-sponsored a bill, the Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act, which would establish a federal task force to address trafficking of the deadly drugs. “Illicit opioids, heroin and fentanyl laced drugs are destroying lives and tearing apart families and communities,” Blackburn said. “The death rates are increasing.My work on the issue began over five years ago and I join with colleagues today in taking another action.We must have these federal ... Read more

  • Still, we must do more.
    Posted in Column on October 24, 2017 | Preview rr
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    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

  • Blackburn Co-Sponsors the Allow States and Victims to Fight Sex Trafficking Act
    Posted in Press Release on September 15, 2017 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON –Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Energy and Commerce Committee, co-sponsored H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. In 2012, Blackburn sent a letter to leaders in the tech industry regarding online sex trafficking, and has since remained committed to fighting this horrific crime. “Sex trafficking, the exploitation of human beings, has no place in our society. We must wo... Read more

  • Blackburn statement on DACA program
    Posted in Press Release on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security, Marsha's Solutions, National Security

    WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “President Trump continues to prioritize our nation’s security and I applaud this latest decision to uphold the rule of law our country was founded upon. Unilateral executive actions, such as DACA, offer the false hope of amnesty that led to a surge of illegal immigration and stole jobs from Americ... Read more

  • Can you hear me now?
    Posted in Column on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
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    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

  • Blackburn, Kennedy Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Legislation Heads to President’s Desk
    Posted in Press Release on August 4, 2017 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), on Thursday applauded final passage of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act as part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act, which passed the Senate on Thursday with a strong bipartisan vote of 94-1.... Read more

  • Blackburn measure implemented to put digital health care in consumers’ hands
    Posted in Press Release on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON – Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, on Thursday praised the FDA’s launch of its Pre-Cert for Software Pilot Program, which implements legislation she authored that became law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The FDA program changes the regulatory process for certain medical devices, allowing firms making digital health products such as apps, to get their technology into the hands of patients and consumers so they ca... Read more

  • Blackburn, Kennedy Hearing Aid Bill Passes House
    Posted in Press Release on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON – Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., on Wednesday applauded the passage of their bipartisan Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the legislation would require the FDA to write regulations ensuring that this new category of OTC hearing aids meets the same high standards for safety... Read more

  • Fellow Americans, lend me your ear!
    Posted in Column on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
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    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

  • Blackburn-sponsored bill making hearing aids affordable, accessible advances
    Posted in Press Release on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
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    WASHINGTON – Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) on Wednesday applauded the bipartisan passage of their Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss. "This legislation is the first step to ensuring that millions of Americans can finally have access to affordable hearing aids," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn. “Jus... Read more