Congressman Marcha Blackburn – our Democrat colleagues began a sit-in on the House floor
Fellow Americans –
Mid-week our Democrat colleagues began a sit-in on the House floor. They spent nearly 26 hours sitting, lying on the House floor. They talked about gun violence. They wanted votes on bills that had been defeated in the Senate. They sent fundraising appeals and used this to find campaign cash. I took this picture as I stood on the House steps of the Capitol after our 10:30pm vote. These protestors, I’m sure many were paid, were shouting “shame on you” and other derogatory chants.
As many of you have contacted us regarding this issue, I wanted to pass along to you some facts:
– The sit-in was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
– This bill was already defeated in the United States Senate on a bipartisan vote.
– We’re not going to take away a citizen’s due process rights.
– We’re not going to take away a citizen’s constitutional rights without due process.
– As this bill was already defeated in the Senate, this is not the way to try and bring up legislation.
In my interview with Fox News, I outline why our colleagues across the aisle need to join us in focusing on how we address radical Islamic extremism, how we fix the flaws in the terrorist watch list and the need to bring our mental health bill to the floor. We need to approach this task with respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. We are at war, we must win and quibbling over votes on defeated bills is no way to win that war.
Many of you have been following my fight against President Obama’s lawless immigration policies. This week, the American people and the Constitution won with the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas. This decision upholds the lower court’s decision that the president’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlawful. This further proves that Congress should pass and the President should sign H.R. 5272, the Blackburn-Cruz DACA language. SCOTUS sent a powerful message to President Obama. Read more, HERE.
We’ve heard time and time again from constituents who tell us their insurance policies are simply too expensive to use. What we’ve learned through Obamacare is that if you can’t afford your co-pay, deductible, or premium your insurance card is worthless. Republicans have been listening and together we are presenting a solution to the American people. Our plan begins with the end in mind – access to affordable health care for all Americans. As Republicans unveiled our replacement to Obamacare this week, I am pleased that two provisions I have authored were secured in the plan; my across-state-lines provision, H.R. 543, and expanding the use of health savings accounts, H.R. 4090. Across-state-lines purchasing along with expanding the use of health savings accounts will put patients back in the driver’s seat and allow them to choose the plan that best fits them. Patients will no longer face the one-size-fits-all failed policies of Obamacare. Read a summary of our plan HERE and the full task force report HERE.
Songwriters and entertainers in our district know firsthand that in no other walk of life do we allow people to steal the work of others and turn a blind eye, except when it comes to their profession. This week, 180 musical artists and songwriters, including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, and the bands The Black Keys, Chicago, and U2 sent a letter to Congress calling for the reform of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA as it is commonly known. DMCA is a nearly 20-year old law written well before the age of tech companies like YouTube. Unfortunately, the law has not kept current with the technology and thus a safe harbor provision in DMCA creates a situation where many artists do not receive fair compensation for their work that is published on YouTube. This week I took to the House floor to explain the situation further and express my support of reform to DMCA. Click HERE to watch.
On the topic of talent in our district, this week I was delighted to welcome Allison Connor, the Seventh Congressional District Winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, to our office. Allison and her sister Caroline flew from Brentwood to see Allison’s artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol where it will remain all year to be seen by thousands of visitors. Allison did a fantastic job on her artwork and we are proud that she is representing our district in our nation’s capital.
For more pictures of Tennesseans in D.C. this week, click HERE.