Blackburn: Obama ‘Tone-deaf’ in Push for FCC to Strike Down State Restrictions on Municipal Broadband

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. 07; January 14, 2015:

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s push for broadband policies that trample on states’ rights.

“In Tennessee we have a term to describe people like President Obama — tone-deaf. At a time when Americans think the biggest problem facing our nation today is big government, you would think he’d have gotten the message by now. We don’t need unelected bureaucrats like FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dictating to our states what they can and can’t do with respect to protecting their limited taxpayer dollars and private enterprises. As a former State Senator in Tennessee, I am offended that President Obama would repeatedly support policies that trample on states’ rights.

“This ‘Washington knows best’ mentality is exactly why Americans put Republicans in control of Congress last November — to stop people like Barack Obama and Tom Wheeler. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to block any attempt by the FCC to insert themselves into our states’ sovereign economic and fiscal affairs. These are decisions that should be left up to Congress with participation from the American people, not sent down on high from unaccountable federal bureaucrats looking down on us from their ivory tower.”