U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn
This Week in Washington

Fellow Americans –
The U.S. House of Representatives is rightly “the People’s House” and today’s resignation of House Speaker John Boehner is a reflection that the people’s will is always heard. Everyone knows when it is time to go and Speaker Boehner knows it is that time. The House has sent 212 bills to the Senate, only 44 of those have the Senate passed. The House and the American people are demanding that bills make it to the President’s desk. They want action and they are correct. This is a time for Republicans to reset and push forward on an agenda of fiscal health and strength, the agenda the American people asked us to push and the one they deserve to have enacted.
The nation experienced a historical moment this week when Pope Francis addressed the Joint Session of Congress and was the first pope to ever do so. The Pope’s address reached far past the halls of Congress. It reached into homes and hearts across the country. Pope Francis said, “the golden rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of development.” The Pope’s words have strengthened our resolve to continue the fight for the protection of human life. Know that we are working to hold Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers accountable and defend our unborn children and the values we hold dear. Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter as I will be releasing a special message on our efforts over the weekend. The Pope’s emphasis on family life also reminded us about the importance of the children we raise and how blessed we are to live in a nation where they are able to dream big dreams. Earlier in the week I had the opportunity to visit with students from Grace Christian Academy in Franklin and to see how bright they are, their potential, and how big they dream. It makes us all want to work hard to create a better life for our families and for future generations. 
On Tuesday I welcomed several of my colleagues in Congress to the Music City to hear firsthand from our music creators and those directly affected by copyright issues. My hope is that they went back to Washington understanding the music business is really just small businesses and the copyright laws are unfairly affecting a lot of independent contractors who are musicians or songwriters. That’s why I continually offer legislation that levels the playing field and will protect musician’s creative content. We must simplify and have a consistent music licensing system.

Our military and veterans rank as the bravest among us. This weekend I’m looking forward to joining the Wounded Warrior Project service organization as they embark on their Solider Ride through Franklin to support our wounded service members. We’ll be hosting an opening ceremony at 8:30am tomorrow at Battle Ground Academy. I welcome you all to come cheer on participants and honor our nation’s heroes. You can learn more about the event here.
Let’s move forward together and continue our support of life and freedom.  



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