Tennessee (October 16, 2017) –  Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party released the following statement regarding the 60 Minutes and Washington Post report on Rep. Blackburn’s bill protecting drug companies during the opioid crisis:

“At the crucial time when she should have been protecting us, Rep. Blackburn championed a bill that imprisoned even more Tennesseans in a devastating cycle of drug dependence. Families all over Tennessee have been crippled by this crisis. Over 3,000 mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins died in 2015-16 following the passage of the misleading bill she bulldozed through congress for the pharmaceutical industry. As a public servant, Blackburn’s job is to protect Tennesseans from harm. She’s supposed to have our backs. Instead, she has sacrificed the most vulnerable of us for what she could get from powerful special interests.”