Congressman Marsha Blackburn Discusses closing Guantanamo Bay
This Week in Washington
As the issue of national security remains a top concern for you at home, I ensure you it remains a top priority of mine in Congress. Like many of you, as President Obama announced his plan this week to close Guantanamo Bay, I was left scratching my head and wondering what in heavens name would ever cause President Obama to think Gitmo has undermined security. Moving Guantanamo detainees to American soil will not only create a danger zone in our communities, the President’s own Attorney General and Defense Secretary have agreed it is against the law. The President’s “plan” to close Gitmo is just another one of his empty promises and we will work to ensure that it never sees completion.
This week we had the opportunity to question HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in our efforts to hold this Administration accountable for the failures of Obamacare. As you are well aware, the Administration will do whatever it takes to artificially prop up Obamacare, enrollment continues to be full of inconsistencies and all of these errors have put billions of taxpayer dollars at stake. To watch our hearing and to read an overview of our findings, click here.
Many of you have been following the progress of our Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. In case you missed it, I discussed in detail the work being done by our Select Panel earlier this week with Tony Perkins on the Family Research Council’s radio program. You can listen to our discussion here. As I mentioned in the interview, it is the purpose of the panel to follow the facts to find out ‘what is going on?’ but it is also our responsibility to ask ‘what does it mean?’ We will hold our first hearing next week to ask America’s best and brightest to help us think through the ethical issues that surround procuring and selling baby body parts and related matters. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on our hearing.
A fight I have been leading for years now in Congress has been against the Obama Administration’s Net Neutrality regulations. In the 112th, 113th and 114th Congress, I introduced the Internet Freedom Act, legislation that would block the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules by stating that they shall have no force or effect and prohibits the FCC from reissuing new Net Neutrality rules. This week the Senate introduced a companion to my bill, S. 2602. We must stop the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, which are nothing more than a Trojan horse for government takeover of the Internet. These overreaching rules will stifle innovation, restrict freedoms, and lead to billions of dollars in new fees and taxes for American consumers. We thank Senator Lee for introducing the Senate version and look forward to working with him as we move this forward.
As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War this week, we reflect on our gratitude for the soldiers who took to the desert and remember the ones who did not make it home. It is especially fitting to do so at Fort Campbell as freedom and the 101st Screaming Eagles seem to always travel the world together. Please share this piece with those who served and thank them. They deserve our utmost respect and admiration.
With Tennessee home to a robust veterans community, we have a duty to ensure our military men, women and their families receive the resources and support they deserve. On Monday, March 7th in Clarksville, I will be hosting a Veterans Workshop to connect our veterans and retirees with services in our community. Click here for more information on the event. I look forward to connecting with many of you there.
Have a great weekend,