Congressman Marsha Blackburn 🔫 The Obama Administration paid Iran $400 million ransom for American hostages
|This Week from the District|
|Fellow AmericansThis has been one of those weeks that is both a lot of work and a tremendous amount of fun for Team Blackburn. We have had terrific visits with many of you. Productive discussions were had with the Brentwood Morning Rotary where we spent most of the time doing questions and answers; the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees where we discussed their concerns with retirement benefits and the fiscal health of this nation; the Family Action Council of Tennessee to focus on our work investigating the abortion industry and the organ procurement organizations that have sprung up in recent years; and The ARC of Williamson County and their outstanding work for the disability community.
Two very special visitors to our Franklin office included the King family with their newly adopted children from Honduras and Clayton Hicks, a World War II veteran who brought along some photographs he offered to loan to our D.C. office. We so loved visiting with them and know constituents will enjoy the photographs Clayton loaned when they visit our office.
Reports made headlines this week that the Obama Administration paid Iran $400 million ransom for American hostages. This action is deplorable. The United States has a longstanding foreign policy to not pay ransom. It puts American lives at risk. The President is delusional and the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ed Royce, has already announced he will hold an investigative hearing.
Many of you have contacted us with your concerns regarding the Zika virus. I share your concerns and that is why I voted to pass a $1.1 billion funding package to help fight Zika when it came through the House in July. Unfortunately Democrats stalled the measure in the Senate, but the Senate is now under pressure to pass the measure during a pro forma session. It is imperative they do so to protect women and children.
Content creators in our district have expressed concerns over the potential copyright implications of the FCCâ€™s pending set-top-box proposal. The FCCâ€™s set-top proposal conflicts with established copyright law and policy, and would negatively impact content owners and consumers. We asked the Copyright Office to put its analysis in writing so that Congress and all interested parties might benefit from the expertise of the Copyright Office. The U.S. Copyright office responded to our request this week, which you can read HERE. Their response confirms the set-top box rule violates and degrades existing law. The FCC should reconsider its approach. Some of you might have seen the Wall Street Journal article on this issue.
If you or someone you know is interested in the nomination process for a United States Service Academy, be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming Military Service Academy Day! See below for more information.
Our college interns in both the D.C. and Franklin offices are completing their assignments and heading back to school. We thank them for the tremendous job they have done in their work and the service they have provided to many of you.
Have a great weekend,