Issues

Protect the Homeland

The first charge of the Constitution is to provide for the national defense, and Marsha takes that responsibility seriously. She knows the United States must be strong enough to prevent countries like Russia, China, and North Korea from pushing us and our allies around. We need to draw firm lines and show them that America is not to be trifled with. Our men and women in military fight constant and evolving threats, and they must have the resources they need to keep us safe. Marsha supported a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops – that’s the highest increase in nine years. When Fort Campbell nearly lost vital funding, she fought for them and helped keep their training and maintenance programs for the 101st Airborne fully funded. Our promise to them does not end when they return home, and she will continue to fight to take care of those who have taken care of us.

Support our Veterans

America is blessed with the greatest fighting force in the world, and Marsha deeply appreciates our servicemen and women and their families. When Fort Campbell was at risk of losing 20,000 people, she fought for them and secured vital funding to keep their training and maintenance programs for the 101st Airborne fully funded. She is fully committed to improving the welfare and quality of life for our veterans and their families, our active duty military, and their spouses, which includes everything from vocational training to medical care to addressing homelessness. Marsha has been endorsed by more than 1,000 Tennessee veterans, and in the Senate, she will continue to fight for our veterans to make sure we keep our promises to those who fought to defend our freedoms.

Continue to Cut Taxes

In the Tennessee State Senate, Marsha led the fight against the state income tax. Last year, she proudly voted for President Trump’s tax reform package and will fight to maintain President Trump’s tax cuts moving forward. While last year’s tax reform is a major step forward, we have more work to do. She will continue to make our tax code simple, fair, low, and permanent. Marsha believes tax policy should encourage job creation, make the American economy competitive globally, and allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money.

Create Jobs

Marsha knows the best way to create jobs and grow the economy is to get government out of the way and let small business owners do what they do best – innovate and create new jobs. She fought alongside President Trump to significantly reduce regulations last year. These significant cuts in bureaucratic regulations have led to the economic turnaround we are experiencing now. She will continue to work to cut taxes, promote free markets, and control government spending.

Confirm Strict Constitutional Justices to the Supreme Court

One of the Senate’s most important responsibilities is confirming strict constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court and federal judges to the bench. We need judges who will uphold the Constitution, not legislate from the bench. Tennesseans are sick of liberal activist judges, and as your next Senator, Marsha will vote to confirm President Trump’s strict constitutionalist nominees.

Combat the Opioid Epidemic

As a mother and a grandmother, Marsha is gravely concerned about the opioid crisis. In Tennessee alone, at least three people die from an opioid-related overdose each day. In the State Senate, Marsha fought for drug courts and treatment programs, and she partnered with law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure they had the necessary tools. She recently introduced legislation to strengthen the federal government’s response, by increasing civil and criminal penalties for bad actors and authorizing vital funding. These resources will be used to support evidence-based prevention, enforcement, treatment, and recovery programs. She will continue to work towards a systemic solution that involves law enforcement taking a tough stance on the distribution of illicit opioids and improves prevention and recovery efforts.

Secure the Border

We must secure the border to stem the flow of illegal immigration. Securing the border is not rocket science—it is a matter of political will, and if you send Marsha to the Senate, she will do what it takes to secure the border and protect the rule of law. Marsha will fight to ensure existing immigration laws are followed, stop sanctuary cities, penalize elected officials who refuse to follow federal law, and deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

Promote Free Trade

Marsha has consistently supported free trade and recognizes that Tennessee stands to be disproportionately hurt by retaliatory tariffs. She is concerned about tariffs and has expressed those concerns to the President and the Department of Trade. Tennesseans want trade that is both free and fair and our farmers want to expand into additional markets. Tariffs should punish bad actors but should not harm American consumers and manufacturers. She will continue working to protect Tennessee manufacturing jobs.

Stop Human Trafficking

Marsha has long been a leader in the fight to stop human trafficking. She worked across the aisle to raise concerns with Google when it was not stopping human trafficking ads. She ensured law enforcement may take actions against morally repugnant websites that facilitate sex trafficking, regardless of the immunity they otherwise enjoy for user-generated content.

Marsha was one of the first leaders to raise concerns about backpage.com. Last October, law enforcement arrested 22 men in Brentwood in a human trafficking sting. Human trafficking is a horrific crime, and it’s even happening here in our backyard. Because of her work, backpage.com was shut down earlier this year, and its founder was charged after a lengthy investigation.  In the Senate, she will continue the fight to stop human trafficking.

Cut Government Spending

Marsha believes our government takes too much and spends too much. Just as families across Tennessee balance their budgets, Marsha believes the federal government should too. She knows Washington doesn’t have an income problem; it has a spending problem. Our national debt is a national security concern, and as a mother and a grandmother, Marsha believes it is immoral to pass this debt onto the next generation. She is a committed fiscal conservative and has the track record to prove it, even in tough circumstances. She has been a deficit hawk, and she will take that same steely commitment to the Senate.

Fix Our Roads

When it comes to our highways, Marsha believes we must restructure the way federal highway projects are selected, maintained, and regulated. She supports President Trump’s plan to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Marsha will work with President Trump every step of the way to advocate for Tennessee’s roadways.

Protect the 2nd Amendment

Marsha is a firm believer that the Second Amendment is one of our most important freedoms, and she understands the importance of protecting our constitutional right to bear arms. The founders saw the crucial importance of giving citizens the right to protect themselves, and the government must protect that right. Tennesseans know that gun violence is a problem, and Marsha is working with members in both parties to reform the mental health system and evaluate violence in our culture. She is committed to enacting policies that prevent these senseless tragedies, while protecting the Second Amendment. She has earned an ‘A’ rating from the NRA.

Close the Digital Divide

Lack of reliable internet access is not just an inconvenience; it holds Tennesseans back. Without access to reliable internet, children are unable to complete their homework assignments and our small businesses are unable to compete on a larger scale. Marsha is leading the fight to bring broadband to rural communities. She is working with President Trump and members of both parties make broadband more accessible for rural Tennesseans by closing the digital divide.

Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

Tennesseans know the false promises of a government-controlled system, and they are suffering from the impacts of Obamacare, which made health insurance and health care too expensive to afford. It has driven up the cost of all health insurance and forced 122,000 Tennesseans to pay a penalty. Last year, the Senate failed its promise to the American people when it refused to repeal the law, but Marsha remains committed to returning health care to a patient-centered system where families and doctors can make their decisions. She’ll fight to make health care accessible and affordable for all Tennesseans – unlike Democrats who will drive up health care costs and put the government in charge of your healthcare decisions.

Educate Our Children

Every student in Tennessee should be prepared with skills for life and ready for whatever path they choose.  Tennessee is blessed with great teachers, but they are held back by a bureaucratic system that prioritizes national standards and paperwork over student engagement and advancement. The federal government needs to get out of the way and let teachers and state and local officials in Tennessee take the lead. Marsha believes in applying Tennessee conservative, common-sense approaches to education, including expanding school choice, increasing charter school options, making homeschooling easier, and supporting state and local control of education. She will fight to make sure education money actually goes to classroom instead of being spent on administrators and bureaucrats.

Stand with President Trump

In 2016, President Trump won the state of Tennessee with the largest margin of victory in 44 years, earning 61% of the vote. Tennesseans sent President Trump to the White House to drain the swamp, put strict constitutionalists on the federal bench and Supreme Court, protect our nation’s security, curb our out of control federal spending, and build the wall, but in order to do that, he needs working majorities in the House and Senate. Like you are, Marsha is frustrated by the Senate’s unwillingness to work with the President. In the Senate, Marsha will stand with the President and work with him to implement his agenda.

Uphold Law and Order

Tennesseans are fortunate to have dedicated public servants in their law enforcement officers. These brave men and women don’t need the federal government to tell them how to do their jobs. Marsha regularly meets with law enforcement to ensure they have the tools they need. She will always fight to ensure they have the necessary resources, and she will work hand in hand with them to keep Tennesseans safe. She has earned support from law enforcement officers across the state.

Protect Life

Marsha is 100 percent pro-life. She has been a leader in the fight against the horrors of abortion for years. Marsha has always fought to ban late term abortions. She also chaired the House panel that investigated the sale of baby body parts, which resulted in 15 criminal referrals. In the Senate, she will continue to be a voice for the voiceless. She has been endorsed by SBA List and National Right to Life.