Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Black Welcomes Home Fallen Tennessee Soldiers from Mexican American War

2016/09/28

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) was the sole Member of Congress to attend a Repatriation of Remains solemn movement at Dover Air Force Base welcoming home as many as 13 fallen American soldiers from the Mexican-American war. Anthropologists believe the soldiers are Tennesseans who served in the war’s 1846 Battle of Monterrey.

The solemn movement caps off Congressman Black’s quest to bring the soldiers back to American soil for a proper burial, dating back to a series of letters she sent in 2012 to then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the Obama Administration’s assistance in securing the return of these fallen servicemen. Inexplicably, a response from the Administration that same year informed Congressman Black that the fate of the soldiers’ remains “rests with the Mexican government.” Undeterred, Congressman Black continued her correspondence through 2013, and as recently as earlier this month; pressuring the Administration to act and asking for regular updates.

Congressman Black joined faculty from Middle Tennessee State University, who worked diligently alongside her office to secure the return of the soldiers’ remains, at the private ceremony. Black released the following statement:

“Coming from a family of military veterans, this journey has been deeply personal for me. I may not know these soldiers’ names, and I may never get the chance to, but they deserve our gratitude and a proper burial that honors their sacrifice. As we await the results of forensic testing, we do so with hope that these heroes are identified and returned to their families so that, somewhere in Tennessee, a handful of young sons and daughters would know of the patriotism and courage displayed by a family patriarch they never even knew and would gain a deeper love of their country in the process. Sometimes it takes 170 years to do it, but Tennesseans can be proud to know that the United States has once again honored a sacred creed: ‘leave no man behind,’” said Congressman Diane Black.

NOTE: Congressman Black’s travel to Dover, Delaware today required her to miss a vote on H. Res. 897, a rule bill providing for consideration of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and H.R. 6094, providing a six-month delay in the Department of Labor’s new overtime pay regulations. Additionally, Congressman Black’s travel required her to miss a vote overriding the President’s veto of S. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

Hi-Res Photos:Rep. Black, representatives from the offices of Senator Corker and Congressman Cooper, and military personnel await the arrival of our Tennessee soldiersRep. Black, MTSU personnel, military officials, and others who worked to secure the return of our soldiersRep. Black speaks at a press conference prior to the solemn movement  Military personnel transport our soldiers’ remains from the airplane as part of the solemn movement

 

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

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House Unanimously Passes Rep. Black’s Amendment Prompted by Cookeville Dam Repair Woes

2016/09/28

To watch Congressman Black's remarks on the House floor, click HERE or the image above 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) introduced and successfully passed an amendment to the House of Representatives’ Water Resources Development Act last night that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to establish and implement cost sharing agreements during dam safety repair projects, and clearly inform all stakeholders of their financial responsibilities up front.

The amendment follows a dam repair project on Center Hill Lake which left the city of Cookeville with an unexpected $1.5 million repair bill because the Corps did not communicate clearly and early on how the project would be designated. Congressman Black sent a letter and held multiple conference calls with Army Corps personnel seeking relief for Cookeville to no avail. While the amendment will not recoup the costs already incurred by the city, it aims to prevent such a scenario from being repeated in the future.

Congressman Black spoke on the House floor in support of her amendment before its unanimous passage. To watch a video of her remarks, click here. A transcript if provided below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to offer an amendment that will improve cost sharing for dam safety repairs, and promote transparency at the Army Corps of Engineers.

To start, let me tell you about how this issue has impacted my district. Recently, the Corps of Engineers executed a dam repair project in Tennessee’s Center Hill Lake.

That’s all well and good – we like to keep our dams and waterways up to code – but the problems came when the Corps failed to communicate to localities in my district how the dam repair project would be classified and, therefore, what their financial responsibility would be.

Federal statute says that the Army Corps can designate dam projects as one of two categories: “safety assurance” or “major rehabilitation.”

If the project is classified as safety assurance, the costs to utility providers, townships, and other stakeholders may be minimal. But if the project has classified as major rehabilitation, you could have a scenario like what occurred in my district – where the town of Cookeville, Tennessee is now on the hook for a $1.5 million repair bill they hadn’t budgeted for – because they were never told to.

You know how this story ends, Mr. Speaker – the city has to pass along those costs to someone. So my constituents in Cookeville could be paying higher water bills for the foreseeable future – all because the Army Corps wouldn’t be up front with them about what they owe.

This story isn’t unique. A December 2015 GAO report studied nine different dam projects nationwide and found that, across the board, the Corps did very little to communicate to local communities what their cost-sharing responsibilities would be.

The report further found that, in some instances, the Corps had failed to apply a provision known as the “state-of-the-art-provision” that reduces sponsors’ share of the cost in these projects.

That means, Mr. Speaker, communities like Cookeville, in my district, may have been on the hook for bills they never would have needed to pay if only the Corps had been transparent and followed the rules.

Mr. Speaker, I may not be able to get Cookeville – or the other communities cited in the GAO report – their money back, but I CAN make sure this never happens again. That is what my amendment seeks to do.

In short, this amendment directs the Army Corps of Engineers’ district offices to effectively communicate with sponsors and implement cost-sharing agreements during dam safety repair projects, not afterwards. And it will ensure that these agreements are shared with all stakeholders so that a towns in your district and in my district won’t be left holding the bag.

I urge a yes vote on my amendment and I reserve the balance of my time.

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

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Rep. Black Laments BlueCross BlueShield Obamacare Exit in Portions of Tennessee

2016/09/26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded today to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s decision to exit the Obamacare marketplaces in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville next year. Black released the following statement:

“Tennesseans continue to bear the brunt of Obamacare’s failures, whether it was the loss of our Obamacare co-op, the closure of CoverTN, or today’s news that our largest insurer will be exiting the marketplace altogether in certain regions of the state. As a nurse, it pains me to know how this will impact real people throughout Tennessee – the latest victims of President Obama’s lie that ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,’” said Congressman Diane Black. “We warned of the healthcare law’s pitfalls last year when the President traveled to Nashville as part of his “Obamacare victory lap.” After today’s news, I invite the President to come back to our state so that he can look Tennessee families in the eye and apologize for how he misled them.”

Congressman Black added, “To make matters worse, there is still no law in place to protect taxpayers from Obamacare fines in the event that all insurers pull out of a particular marketplace. That means that, even if Tennesseans had no insurance options to choose from, they would still be subject to Obamacare’s individual mandate, which levies a penalty for not buying insurance. That is why I introduced the Relief from Obamacare Exchange Failures Act last week – legislation shielding Americans from penalties if there are no Obamacare-exchange individual plans offered in their region. I have previously voted to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate altogether, but at the very least Democrats and Republicans should be able to agree on scrapping this mandate for those who have no options – a threat that is becoming increasingly real for families in my state.”

Read Congressman Black’s op-ed in Independent Journal Review about House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan HERE.

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

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Rep. Black Leads Bicameral, Bipartisan Letter Opposing HHS Rule to Prop Up Planned Parenthood

2016/09/23

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) led a bicameral, bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing strong opposition to HHS’s proposed rule that could prevent states from blocking Title X funding (federal dollars for family planning services) to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

In the letter to Secretary Burwell, the lawmakers explain that “HHS’s purpose for engaging in the rulemaking appears on its face to be an attempt to subvert the will of elected representatives” while noting “Rarely do the American people benefit when the federal government attempts to substitute its judgment for that of state or local governments – particularly when the criteria used to inform that judgment are unclear, and that judgment is not supported by coherent and impartial facts.”

The letter, which was co-signed by 18 members of the Senate and 90 members of the House, including 2 House Democrats, concludes by urging HHS to “reconsider this overreaching and ill-supported rule” and will be submitted as a formal comment.  

To read a PDF of the signed letter, click HERE.

Background:Congressman Black’s Fox News Op-Ed: “The Insidious Way Team Obama is Funneling Money to Planned Parenthood”TheBlaze: Exclusive – Rep. Diane Black Slams Proposed HHS Rule, Obama’s “Unholy Alliance” with Planned Parenthood

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years, and is a member of both the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. She serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Black Greets Middle Tennessee Veterans on “Honor Flight” Visit to D.C.

2016/09/21

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) welcomed 27 middle Tennessee World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to Washington D.C. this week as part of a visit with Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee. The program provides area veterans with a free one-day trip to the nation’s capital to visit their memorials.  Congressman Black released the following statement:

“Coming from a family of veterans, it is a special privilege for me to welcome these Volunteer State heroes to the memorials built in their honor. The Honor Flight program is a truly worthwhile cause. By providing veterans with this all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., it gives them the tribute they never asked for, but that they are certainly due. I am grateful to everyone at Middle Tennessee Honor Flight who work to make these trips possible and for letting me be a small part of today’s event,” said Congressman Diane Black.

High Resolution Photos:Group PhotoCongressman Black with Cookeville WWII Navy veteran John Stafford 1Congressman Black with Cookeville WWII Navy veteran John Stafford 2Congressman Black with Red Boiling Springs Korean and Vietnam war veteran Ray Clemmons, son Jeff, and familyCongressman Black with Springfield Vietnam war veteran Baily Walling 1Congressman Black with Springfield Vietnam war veteran Baily Walling 2

Background:6/3/16 – Dr. David Black and Congressman Diane Black make donation to Honor Flight

To learn more about Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee, click HERE.

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

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Rep. Black Slams Report on Immigrants Wrongfully Granted Citizenship

2016/09/19

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and co-author of the SMART Border Act of 2015, responded to a government audit finding that the Department of Homeland Security mistakenly granted citizenship to 858 immigrants from countries that pose national security concerns or with high rates of immigration fraud. Black released the following statement:

“This inspector general’s report is a stinging indictment of the Obama administration’s abject failure to enforce our immigration laws. Headlines like this only encourage more acts of illegal immigration because would-be border crossers see the stunning ineptitude of our federal government and will seize upon that opportunity. Secretary Jeh Johnson needs to get his house in order and give taxpayers an explanation for this latest display of government incompetence but, ultimately, the problem stems from the very top of this administration. President Obama has never prioritized border security and enforcement of our existing immigration laws, and now the American people are put at risk because of his own carelessness,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Congressman Black added, “It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that this audit follows reports from just last week indicating that the Department of Homeland Security may have withheld data from lawmakers showing a drastically different security situation at the US-Mexico border than what DHS portrays. The Obama administration must be put on notice that there can be no room for election year politics in matters of homeland security. If DHS is acting out of political concerns rather than concern for keeping the American people safe above all else, as these two reports could suggest, that is truly deplorable.”

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

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Report: U.S. Government Erroneously Granted Citizenship to 858 Immigrants With Deportation Orders

2016/09/19


Black Invites Students to Academy Day

2016/09/14


Rep. Black Votes to Repeal Harmful Obamacare Tax Hike

2016/09/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 3590, the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act. The legislation, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 261 to 147, would repeal an Obamacare tax increase in the income threshold used to determine the deduction for medical care expenses.

Prior to implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Americans were required to pay 7.5 percent or more of their adjusted gross income (AGI) in qualified medical expenses in order to claim an itemized tax deduction. The Affordable Care Act raised this threshold to 10 percent. Taxpayers aged 65 and older are able to continue using the 7.5 percentage floor through 2016 however, beginning in 2017, all Americans will be subject to the higher AGI threshold. H.R. 3590 permanently repeals this provision in the healthcare law, keeping the threshold at 7.5 percent for individuals of all ages.

To watch video of Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor, click HERE. A transcript is provided below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act, and I thank the sponsor for her work on this important legislation.

Under Obamacare, more Americans have been pushed into high deductible plans that force them to incur massive out-of-pocket costs before insurance kicks in.

Yet, just as Americans are shelling out more for health costs, Obamacare upped the amount of money you have to spend on medical expenses in order to qualify for a tax deduction.

Seniors initially got a reprieve from this Obamacare tax hike, but that ends next year.

This means that, on top of dealing with Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare, the harmful medical device tax, and the looming threat of the law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board – or “IPAB” – seniors will also be forced to adjust to a new tax rule that hits them right in their pocketbook.

This is yet another example of how the President’s healthcare law hurts the very people it pretends to help.

Mr. Speaker, I’ve always said that until we can repeal and replace Obamacare altogether, we must act to ease the damage of this law wherever possible. That is why I’m supporting today’s legislation.

This bill repeals the Obamacare tax increase and reinstates the previous threshold of medical expenses as a portion of income that qualify for a tax deduction.

It just makes sense that if Americans are already paying more for health expenses, Washington shouldn’t pile on with a tax hike to make matters worse.

I urge a yes vote on the bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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

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Congressman Black to Hold Military Academy Day 2016 at Wilson Central High School

2016/09/12

Rep. Black with this year’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2020.

Lebanon, TN – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) invites all students, parents, and school officials from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional district who are interested in learning more about attending our nation’s military academies to come to Academy Day 2016 on Saturday, September 17th beginning at 9:30 AM at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The event will include presentations from the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, West Point, Coast Guard, and Naval Academies, as well as from the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Following the program, students will be able to speak individually with academy officers and admissions staff.

“Coming from a family of veterans, I have always believed that one of the most honorable callings in life is to serve one’s country in the military,” said Congressman Diane Black. “That is why I host this annual event as a way to provide students in our community with information on how to continue their education at our U.S. Service Academies. I am excited to meet this year’s prospective nominees and wish all of our applicants the best of luck.”

Each year, Members of Congress may nominate a limited number of students to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with a commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

This year’s Academy Day will be held Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Wilson Central High School, located at 419 Wildcat Way in Lebanon, Tennessee. Registration will take place at 9:30 AM with a formal program set to begin at 10:00 AM. The event is free and is open to all 6th district middle school and high school students and their families.

For more information, please visit: http://black.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations

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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

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Rep. Black Offers Amendment to Promote Transparency at US Army Corps of Engineers

2016-09-28 14:27:08


Rep. Black Discusses Latest Battle with Planned Parenthood on EWTN

2016-09-27 14:09:37


Rep. Black Discusses Letter on Planned Parenthood Funding with Fox News

2016-09-26 13:11:32


Rep. Black on Lou Dobbs: Obamacare is Imploding in Tennessee

2016-09-19 13:31:17


Rep. Black on NRA News Calls Out House Dems' Gun Control Publicity Stunt

2016-09-14 19:19:19


Black Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Hike on Seniors and Families

2016-09-13 20:16:15


Black on Fox News: President Obama Has "Unholy Alliance" with the Big Abortion Industry

2016-09-08 01:42:42


Rep. Black Urges Support for Conscience Protection Act on House Floor

2016-07-13 19:48:53


Rep. Black Talks Protecting Conscience Rights with Dana on TheBlaze

2016-07-13 15:04:59


Rep. Black Speaks on the Conscience Protection Act at House Rules Committee

2016-07-12 22:51:19


Black Explains Need for Conscience Protection Act on TheBlaze Radio

2016-07-12 16:21:58


Rep. Black Speaks in Support of Amendment to Defund Sanctuary Cities

2016-07-07 20:24:22


Rep. Black: Democrats' Anti-Gun Sit in "Beneath the Dignity" of Congress

2016-06-23 19:09:37


Rep. Black: The Moment the 2nd Amendment Became Personal To Me

2016-06-20 13:21:27


Rep. Black on a Better Way to Uphold Our Constitution

2016-06-16 16:04:48


Rep. Black Speaks In Support of Bill to Address IRS Targeting

2016-06-14 19:37:18


Rep. Black Leads Debate Against a Carbon Tax on the House Floor

2016-06-10 18:53:41


Fox 17 Reports on Black's Send Off for U.S. Military Academy Appointees

2016-06-06 20:21:57


Rep. Black Shares Her Family's Adoption Story on EWTN

2016-05-26 20:41:19


Rep. Black Fights to Defund Sanctuary Cities in Appropriations Bill

2016-05-26 11:43:09


Contact Information

1531 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4231
Fax 202-225-6887
black.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Ways and Means

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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