Something Happened On The Way To The Budget

Marsha Blackburn backed Boehner's budget deal - at first. But somewhere along the line, she flipped:

Blackburn, who is not known for showing emotion, delivered a teary-eyed speech in support of the agreement struck by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Her presentation was moving, a GOP source in the room said, noting it rallied support for the bill and caused Boehner to shed a tear.

Days later, Blackburn was among 59 Republicans who voted “no” on the fiscal 2011 spending bill.

Blackburn had been a loyal soldier throughout the spending negotiations, previously backing two stopgap measures while dozens of other Republicans defected.

Yet Blackburn turned on the legislation as it came under more scrutiny.

Apr 21, 2011 7:24 AM

Blackburn on the CODEL

Rep. Blackburn just got back from Afghanistan and Iraq:

Prospects for Iraq's future appear more hopeful as the U.S. turns over more responsibility to the country's police and military, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said during a five-day trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Iraqis have the lead, not only as the trainers, but also in training the trainers," the Brentwood Republican said in an interview from an airport in Dubai.

She and other lawmakers met with U.S. embassy officials in Baghdad and members of the Iraqi parliament and said she was pleased to find more women involved in the government.

U.S. plans to withdraw combat troops by the end of the year remain on track, she said.

"We are getting ready to take the training wheels off," Blackburn said.

Mar 25, 2011 7:32 AM

Blackburn on the budget

From the inbox:
“It is disappointing that the President would release a staggering budget months after the American people made clear they were done with Washington spending money we don’t have on programs we don’t want. Instead of reducing overall spending, the President’s budget pushes federal spending to more than a quarter of GDP, the highest level since World War Two. The President’s budget adds $7.2 trillion to the national debt and, at $1.65 trillion, introduces the highest deficit in history. This is not the direction Americans want for our country.”
Feb 14, 2011 3:13 PM

Power surge

Marsha Blackburn's been getting some serious PAC dollars:
Blackburn, a Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, received $939,544 from political action committees over the past two years, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That's 38 times what she received from PACs during her first election campaign in 2002. Back then, most of her contributions came from individuals. More than half of her recent contributions came from PACs, including many with issues before the Energy and Commerce Committee. More special-interest dollars are headed her way. Blackburn has scheduled at least nine fundraisers in Washington over the next two months, in addition to two held last month, according to the Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time website. Three of the nine are billed as dinners with five guests who are expected to donate $500-$2,000 each.
Feb 4, 2011 7:24 AM

Marsha's Choice

From the inbox:
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) introduced the Health Care Choices Act  today. She was joined by Rep. Fred Upton, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. Joe Pitts, Chairman for the Subcommittee on Health, and over sixty other co-sponsors. The Health Care Choices Act replaces onerous Washington mandates with true competition for health coverage by permitting the sale of health insurance products across state lines. The Act will allow consumers to shop for health insurance just like they do for other insurance products- online, by mail, over the phone, or in consultation with an insurance agent in their hometown.  It opens the consumer to greater insurance options than those offered in the state where they live. "The health care law we repealed yesterday forces the cost of health insurance ever higher through Washington driven mandates. The Health Care Choices Act will drive down the cost of insurance through competition. Once we remove the artificial barriers created by state lines, insurance companies will be free to compete for your business; giving consumers the policies they want at a price they can afford." Mrs. Blackburn said. In speaking about the bill Chairman Upton said: “Competition is one of the most powerful market forces. It drives down cost while improving quality, and it creates a vast array of options to meet consumers’ individual needs. Yet rigid federal constraints prevent Americans from shopping for health insurance the way they shop for car insurance and consumer products, looking at the costs and benefits offered by providers from coast to coast. I’m pleased to cosponsor this bill to empower Americans, and I welcome this and all efforts to replace Obamacare with commonsense solutions designed to bring down costs, expand access to coverage, and protect the doctor-patient relationship.”
Jan 20, 2011 1:18 PM

Blackburn, surprising no one...

will vote for repeal:
"I rise in support of the repeal of this measure. The health care law this body passed last year means well, but we know that it will never deliver on the promises my colleagues have made. Let me tell you why this is not a rant and why we are serious. Earlier the gentleman from Tennessee, Mr. Roe, Spoke to the body on this. "ObamaCare makes the same fundamental mistakes that TennCare in Tennessee made. Do we not learn from our mistakes? ObamaCare and TennCare bet that the near term cost incurred by Washington's health care mandates would be made up by long term savings. That's ten years of revenue for six years of expenses. Tennessee lost that bet and it nearly bankrupted the state. "Unless we repeal ObamaCare, America will go down the same road. We know thousands of mandates and hundreds of bureaucracies don't add up to a savings. By repealing and replacing we can keep the promises we made last year: better care and lower cost. But we can do it in a way that will deliver, through competition not mandates." Tomorrow, Blackburn will introduce the Healthcare Choice Act of 2011. Her bill is intended to replace ObamaCare with a new structure that will reduce the cost of health insurance and expand access. The bill will allow Americans to shop for and purchase health insurance across state lines. "Americans know ObamaCare can't deliver on all the promises and mandates made last year. The bureaucracy is just too cumbersome and the promises too costly. The Healthcare Choice Act replaces Washington mandates with interstate competition. Instead of making health insurance unaffordable for individuals or the government by mandating coverage, this bill will free the consumer to shop for a plan that best meets their needs."
Jan 19, 2011 1:26 PM

No Senate sponsor yet?

Marsha Blackburn has filed a bill - the "Free Industry Act" - which amends the Clean Air Act: "‘The term ‘air pollutant’ shall not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride.’." FT: Knoxviews
Jan 17, 2011 8:00 AM


The House approved an extension of the tax cuts, along with all the goodies. All Tennessee Republicans voted in favor of the cuts (except Rep. Wamp, who did not vote). They were joined by Democrats Reps. Gordon and Davis. Democrats Reps. Cohen, Cooper and Tanner voted no.
Dec 17, 2010 7:40 AM

Vice Lord

Marsha Blackburn picks up some power:
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., will serve as a vice chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, the soon-to-be chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee announced Thursday. As vice chairman, she will also have a seat on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, her spokesman, Claude H. Chafin, said in an e-mail message to reporters. Blackburn will continue to hold seats on the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The Energy and Commerce Committee has wide-ranging jurisdiction over business and industry
Dec 17, 2010 7:00 AM

Split end

Middle Tennessee's House delegation split on the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal. Jim Cooper and Bart Gordon voted for it. Marsha Blackburn, John Tanner and Lincoln Davis voted against.
Dec 16, 2010 7:15 AM