US Congress Marsha Blackburn -> Listening Tour through Humphreys, Williamson and Davidson counties

Congressman Diane Black -- @ Hoax and Change

US Congress Marsha Blackburn -> Listening Tour through Humphreys, Williamson and Davidson counties

Congressman Diane Black -- @ Hoax and Change

Congressman Diane Black — @ Hoax and Change

Breaking Ground in #TN7
This was a big week for our district as LG, the popular electronics maker, broke ground on its new 829,000-square-foot home appliance manufacturing facility in Clarksville! I was honored to join Commerce secretary Ross, South Korean Ambassador Ahn and other local leaders at this event to welcome the company to our state. The 600+ jobs it will bring and the potential for future expansion are very welcome in #TN7. We are grateful for President Trump’s and the Administration’s emphasis on putting Americans first and reviving manufacturing jobs here in America.

You Asked, I Answered
I met with many of you this week during my Listening Tour through Humphreys, Williamson and Davidson counties. Each meeting was enlightening and engaging, and I value hearing your thoughts on the issues and how I can best represent you in Washington.

Throughout each day, I met dozens of you and took questions at every stop. Those questions are critical reminders that my staff and I need to be focused on what matters to YOU in our district, state, and country. Here’s a recap of what we talked about:

Health Care – You asked about insurance subsidies, pools and rates, and stressed how taxes and regulations are thwarting medical research.

Rural Broadband – You stressed the cost of rural broadband is prohibitive. Is Congress working to keep costs reasonable?

Energy – You asked how we could put more focus on food waste as a renewable source. You also want Yucca Mountain to reopen their nuclear waste repository. Will the Senate act?

Media – You’re concerned about the excessive focus on the Senate when the House has accomplished so much this year. Why won’t the media focus on important issues and progress?

Click here to get more information on what the House has accomplished this year

Industry – With Toyota/Mazda looking at Tennessee for its new assembly plant, you wanted to know: What are the odds we’ll get the 4,000 jobs?

Tax Relief – You asked about keeping the state tax deduction in the tax code, fiduciary law, and achieving tax relief in general.

Bipartisanship – You wanted to know how the House can help the Senate get things done. Do they know the American people are frustrated? What can we do about fragmentation within the parties? Can we collaborate?

Click here to read about a great example of bipartisanship at work for you

And more…  – You asked about our telephone town hall survey results, flood insurance reauthorization, the EPA, civil discourse, and middle-TN growth.

Can you hear me now?
Recently, President Trump signed the FDA Reauthorization Act into law. This bill includes a measure I sponsored in the House, the Over-the Counter Hearing Aid Act, to make hearing aids more affordable and more accessible by allowing certain types of hearing aids to be regulated by the FDA and marketed over-the-counter in your neighborhood drug stores, malls, and shopping centers.

This is a true win for the millions of Americans struggling with hearing loss and the costs associated with it. Making hearing aids more accessible and affordable is a commonsense measure, and I am glad to see this signed into law!

Health IT comes to Nashville
Health Information technology plays a large role in Tennessee, and with technology advancing at unprecedented rates, it will continue to impact our area more and more. It was a great privilege to provide a “View from Congress” to the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Summit of the Southeast attendees and Health Forward Conference in Nashville this week.


REMINDER: SERVICE ACADEMY DAY IS TOMORROW! High school students interested in applying to a military service academy are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Military, and Naval Academies, and Army and Air Force R.O.T.C. for an informative day concerning your future in college and with the military. This is a great opportunity for students and parents in Tennessee’s 7th district to learn more about the admission process and receiving a congressional nomination. Click on the graphic below for more information:

As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read my newsletter this week. I hope you find it interesting and informative. I value your input, and I urge you to contact me with your thoughts on the issues of the day, what is going on in your neighborhood, or even how we can make this newsletter better for you. Feel free to join the conversation using the links below or by calling or writing my office using the information below!

Yours in Service,

J

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