Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Black: President Obama Continues to Embarrass Constitutional Law Professors Across the Country

2014/07/30

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement on House passage of H. Res. 676, authorizing the House to enter into litigation in opposition to President Obama’s attempts to make his own laws and take actions that challenge the constitutional separation of powers: 

“President Obama’s unlawful and unilateral actions continue to embarrass constitutional law professors across the country,” said Congressman Black. “Liberal and conservative judicial scholars agree that President Obama has overstepped his authority, and now the House will act to restore balance to our Constitution. I commend Speaker Boehner and my House colleagues for taking this needed step to restore our authority as a coequal branch of government.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.

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Black Statement on House Passage of Veterans’ Care Bill

2014/07/30

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement on House passage of the Conference Report on H.R. 3230 – the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act:

“Our nation’s heroes deserve the finest medical treatment that we can provide them,” said Congressman Black. “While not perfect, this legislation provides needed accountability to the VA health care system, will improve veterans’ access to quality healthcare in a timely fashion and allow Congress time to propose long term solutions to the VA problem. Emergency spending should be reserved for our nation’s most pressing problems, and the healthcare of those who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms is certainly a top priority of mine in Congress.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.

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Black Statement on Haslam Letter to Obama Administration

2014/07/28

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement in support of Governor Bill Haslam’s letter to President Obama regarding the placement of over 700 undocumented alien Children (UACs) in the state of Tennessee:

“I share Governor Haslam’s outrage and commend him for bringing this important matter before the public,” said Congressman Black. “The influx of unaccompanied alien children crossing our southern border has created a crisis for border states that is also causing ripple effects throughout the rest of the country. Unfortunately, local officials have little to no recourse with regards to the actions of this Administration, which is why I have cosponsored legislation, H.R. 5138, the Our Community, Our Choices Act, which would require consultation with state and local officials on these immigration matters. It is unacceptable that the Governor of Tennessee would find out about this transfer through a blog post on HHS’ website. I will continue exploring what can be done to give Tennessee officials the tools they need at the federal level.”

Congressman Black is a cosponsor of H.R. 5138, the "Our Communities, Our Choice Act". She has also written Administration officials to get answers as to how this surge of illegal crossings at our border appears to have been anticipated. 

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Joint Op-Ed: Our Economy Succeeds When Families Succeed

2014/07/25


House Votes to Simplify Education Tax Breaks

2014/07/24


House Passes Congressman Black’s Legislation to Make Tax Code Simpler for Students and Families

2014/07/24

(Click Image Above to Watch Rep. Black Speak in Support of the Legislation on the House floor)

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, applauded House passage of her bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3393, the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act.

“It’s a well-known fact that the cost of education is climbing, and that for too many, the ability to save and pay for college without ending up under a mountain of debt is simply out of reach,” said Congressman Black. “Today’s broken tax code does little to ease that financial burden or provide a sense of security that education will be a reality in the future. Streamlining the number of education provisions and retooling those that are most effective allows us to simplify the code and reduce some of the confusion that exists today. As a result, students can spend less time figuring out how to finance the cost of a higher education and more time developing the skills they need to succeed in a knowledge-based economy. I think we can all agree that it ought to be easier for any family to plan, save and invest in education. I applaud my colleagues in the House for their work today, and I urge the Senate to follow our lead by taking up this important legislation to make higher education more affordable for American students and families.”

In 2013, Congressman Black chaired the Ways and Means Committee’s Education Tax Reform Working Group, one of eleven bipartisan working groups established by Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) to make our tax code flatter, fairer and simpler. This Working Group is the only group, to date, to produce legislation. Specifically, Black’s bill consolidates four existing education provisions — the Hope Credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the tuition deduction — into a single, modernized and strengthened AOTC.  The new AOTC, which would be permanent and partially refundable, would:

  • Provide a 100-percent tax credit for the first $2,000 of eligible higher education expenses and a 25-percent tax credit for the next $2,000 of such expenses (for a maximum credit of $2,500).
  • The first $1,500 of the credit would be refundable, meaning that families could receive the benefit regardless of whether they have Federal income tax liability.
  • The credit could be used to offset expenses for tuition, fees and course materials.
  • The credit would be available for up to four years of post-secondary education at qualifying four-year universities, community colleges, and trade and vocational schools.
  • The credit would begin to phase out for families with incomes between $160,000 and $180,000 (half those amounts for single individuals), ensuring that the credit provides the greatest benefit and value to low- and middle-income families

This legislation is supported by the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Association of College Stores, and the United States Student Association.

VIDEO: Congressman Black Reads Student’s Letter of Support on House Floor

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.

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Black, Blumenauer Introduce the VBID for Better Care Act of 2014

2014/07/24

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced H.R. 5183 -- the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) for Better Care Act of 2014 -- a bipartisan measure that would establish a regional demonstration program for high-quality Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to utilize V-BID to reduce the copayments or coinsurance for beneficiaries with specific chronic conditions. In doing so, beneficiaries are provided with increased access to the care they need to ensure better health outcomes.  V-BID allows plans with the flexibility needed to offer the best possible care coordination for disease management, and provides the right incentives for beneficiaries.

“As a nurse for over 40 years, improving our nation’s health care system by implementing policies that help promote patient-centered care and provider accountability is a top priority of mine in Congress,” said Congressman Black. “Specifically, this legislation would allow Medicare Advantage plans the flexibility to improve how care is delivered by allowing them to use VBID practices that give beneficiaries access to lower costs for certain medications or services that are clinically proven to have good health outcomes.  Such flexibility has the potential to not only improve beneficiary outcomes, but also to promote cost transparency and encourage greater efficiencies within the health plans. Essentially, this creates an incentive for providers to have better outcomes – and at lower costs.”

“There is a growing body of evidence showing individuals forgo necessary care as their out-of-pocket costs increase,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “This demonstration project will allow high-quality plans to lower out-of-pocket costs  for the care that beneficiaries need most—building upon private market initiatives already taking place in Oregon and around the country. By reducing or eliminating such costs for medically necessary drugs or services, it will be easier for seniors in MA to get evidence-based care, manage chronic conditions, and follow their treatments.”

Specifically, this legislation:

·                  Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstration program to test V-BID methodologies in MA plans for beneficiaries with chronic clinical conditions (i.e. increased access to insulin for people with diabetes or beta blockers for people with heart disease);

·                  Allows MA plans the option to use V-BID benefits to lower copayments and coinsurance to encourage the use of specific, evidence-based medications or clinical services and/or specific high-performing providers; 

·                  Explicitly prohibits plans from increasing copayments or coinsurance to discourage use of services; 

·                  Requires an independent review, assessment, and report on the impact of the demonstration program; and

·         Expands the demonstration program to allow all MA plans to pursue V-BID should the report conclude the demonstration has lowered costs and increased quality for beneficiaries.

Click here for bill text.

Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) was conceptualized and developed by a multidisciplinary team of faculty at the University of Michigan's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design.  To learn more about the V-BID Center and ongoing research, please visit www.vbidcenter.org.

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GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

2014/07/22


Black Statement on Appeals Court Decision in Halbig vs. Burwell

2014/07/22

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement following the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Halbig vs. Burwell:

“Today’s decision is yet another blow to the President’s disastrous health care law,” said Congressman Black. “If this decision holds, it means that the Obama Administration has been doling out billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies without the proper statutory authority. And to make matters worse, this means that the President has been misrepresenting the true costs of health coverage to millions of American families.

“Consider that over a million taxpayers could already be on the hook for improper subsidy payments due to an inability of the federal government to verify income eligibility – now anyone who has received a subsidy at all on the federal exchange could potentially be faced with having to make back payments, all due to President Obama’s recklessness.

“Sadly, this is yet another example of this President overstepping his own authority in order to implement this unworkable law. At some point one must wonder whether anyone in the White House bothered to read Obamacare before they let the President sign it.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.

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Women speak out against 'extreme' abortion bill

2014/07/17


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As a nurse, small businesswoman and former educator, Congressman Diane Black brings a unique and dynamic perspective to her work in Congress. Diane’s faith in America’s promise was shaped from an early age. The middle daughter of working-class, Great Depression era parents, Diane saw firsthand their efforts to create a better life for their children through their pursuit of the American Dream.

First elected to Congress in 2010, Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District, which includes 19 counties in middle Tennessee. Black is driven by her Christian faith and an unwavering commitment to restore fiscal sanity in Washington, enact market-based health care reform, and return America to its founding principles of limited government and a strong free enterprise system.

Black serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and has quickly established herself as a leader in the efforts to fundamentally reform the U.S. tax code for the first time in over 25 years. Black is fighting for a flatter, fairer and simpler tax code to help create the conditions for economic growth, job creation, and higher wages for American workers. In the 113th Congress, Black was selected to chair the Ways and Means Education and Family Benefits Tax Reform Working Group.

Through her over 40 years of experience working in the health care field, Black learned first-hand about the importance of high-quality care and the obstacles faced by patients, health care providers and employers. Black’s real world experiences as a nurse have uniquely positioned her as a credible and effective leader on health care policy in Congress. She is focused on dismantling the president’s health care law and advancing true market-based, patient-centered reforms that will bring down the rising cost of care by increasing private sector competition and consumer choice. In the 112th Congress, Black was the first member of Congress to have legislation signed into law that repeals a health care provision in Obamacare, which saved taxpayers $13 billion dollars.

Black is also a member of the House Budget Committee, and a co-author of the 2014 Path to Prosperity budget, which balances the federal budget within ten years, reduces federal spending by $4.6 trillion, saves Medicare for future generations and promotes private sector economic growth. Black is a firm believer that getting America’s fiscal house in order also requires serious reforms of the broken Congressional Budget process. That is why she introduced the Legally Binding Budget Act, H.R. 1868, and has been a leading advocate for initiatives such as the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and the No Budget, No Pay Act, H.R. 325, which withholds pay from Congress if an annual budget is not passed by the legal deadline.

Building off her work in the Tennessee legislature as a pro-life leader, Black has continued to fight for the rights of the unborn. Her first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress, H.R. 217, would block any Title X federal funding from going to organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. Black is also the sponsor of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, H.R. 940, legislation that would protect the religious freedom of health care providers who refuse to perform abortions and offers full exemption from the Health and Human Services (HHS) employee healthcare mandate that requires coverage for abortion inducing drugs.

Black and her husband of over 30 years, Dr. David Black have three grown children and six grandchildren.  They live in Gallatin and attend Community Church in Hendersonville.


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Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

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Chuck Fleischmann

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Marsha Blackburn

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

Stephen Fincher

TENNESSEE's 8th DISTRICT

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