U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, visited local officials and residents on Friday as part of her visit to Tennessee counties.
Blackburn visits every county in the state every year. She met Loudon County Mayor Rollen “Buddy” Bradshaw and other county officials and residents at 2:45 pm at county offices.
“It was just kind of an update,” Bradshaw said. “She was just checking out the county, seeing some of our progress. One of the hot topics, of course, was our growth here in Loudon County and our success with COVID vaccines as well. These were really the two big topics. We answered a few questions and she answered a few questions from us. It is always good for our people in Washington to be so accessible. “
The visit showed Blackburn was there “for the right reasons,” Bradshaw said.
“She came, and she had already put together some of the numbers and to talk about it, and I think that helps her to keep her finger on the pulse of this region and this region,” he said. “I know she had been to a few other counties before coming to Loudon. Of course, East Tennessee performed well and I think she recognizes that. I think she can also show this as a way to do things the right way to be successful.
Blackburn listened to various concerns from residents.
“Last year we had to do virtually all of our meetings because of COVID,” she said. “And now that the state is lifting the restrictions, this is a great opportunity for us to be able to go out and meet in person instead of meeting on Zoom, so we love that.”
One of the concerns was the possible invasion of Asian carp in Watts Bar and Tellico lakes.
“We’ve worked with groups in Tennessee and mostly West Tennessee, where a lot of these groups are that are trying to deal with this,” Blackburn said. “We continue to work on this issue, and it’s something that you see local, state and federal attention and resources directed so that we can fix this issue. It is important to solve it. “
Blackburn is concerned about some of the initiatives recently announced by President Joe Biden.
Biden said on April 28 that the U.S. Plan for Families, in conjunction with the previously announced U.S. Jobs Plan, aims to “reinvest in the future of the U.S. economy and U.S. workers, and will help us outperform China and other countries around the world. “
The White House said AJP is targeting infrastructure needs such as high-speed internet access and bridge repairs, while AFP offers a universal preschool and a free community college.
“As has been widely reported, if you put together roads, highways, bridges, highways, power grid, waterways, ports, airports and broadband, it would only add up to a bit more. one-third of the president’s proposal, ”Blackburn said. “But what’s happening is that there are all these other things that really aren’t infrastructure.
“The Tennesseans tell us on several occasions: ‘We want investments in infrastructure. We need broadband. We need to widen the highways. We need to fix bridges that are in bad shape. Our rivers must be dredged ”, she added. “And so that’s the kind of thing they want to see. And they think federal tax dollars should be focused on meeting those needs.
Blackburn has “huge concerns” with AFP.
“When you look at the universal pre-K,” she says. “When you look at free college. When you look at child care, and they say, “Well, that won’t cost anybody a dime.” Well, but that’s not quite true because with that all your taxes go up and that means people are going to have less money on their paychecks. People are very worried about this. These are decisions they would like to make for themselves, for their families, instead of having things that are controlled by the government.