Diane Black

Diane Black


Rep. Black, Members of the Doctors Caucus Urge President Obama to Reconsider Temporary Travel Ban


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of over 40 years, and several members of the Doctors Caucus sent a letter to President Obama urging him to reconsider a temporary travel ban on countries that have been affected by Ebola.

The text of the letter is below and a digital copy of the letter can be found here.

As doctors and nurses, we have been closely monitoring the growing Ebola epidemic in West Africa with concern. The transmission of Ebola to two health professionals who helped care for Thomas Duncan is extremely concerning, as is the possibility that many more Americans were potentially exposed to the virus by these individuals. Containment is the key to stopping the spread of this highly contagious and deadly disease, and we strongly urge your administration to consider implementing a temporary travel ban for individuals who are citizens of, or traveled to, affected countries in West Africa. For American citizens who have been exposed to Ebola, we support the recommended 21-day quarantine before they can enter the country.

We understand and support the continued flow of aid workers and supplies to control the spread of Ebola at its source, but temporarily restricting entry to the United States for individuals from—or who traveled to—affected countries could limit the possible introduction of additional individuals carrying the virus. We strongly support continued American leadership to help the affected countries in West Africa combat this deadly disease, and urge other members of the global community to redouble their efforts.

Yet we must not lose sight of the fact that Ebola has reached America and has been transmitted on our soil, despite efforts to prevent this from occurring. Already, we have expanded the scope of our preventive measures because initial protocols were insufficient to stop the disease from spreading. To assuage rising public anxiety about a potential health crisis—and to ensure national preparedness if the worst should happen—we urge your administration to take proactive steps to educate, equip, and train public health authorities to effectively contain this disease.

We look forward to working with your administration and public health officials in educating citizens and health professionals on Ebola as we bend the curve in the spread of this disease and strive to protect American lives both at home and abroad.


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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Rep. Black Calls for Restricted Travel from Ebola Affected Areas of West Africa


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of over 40 years, issued the following statement calling for restricted travel to the United States from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone:

“Ebola is a serious threat that requires serious action to prevent an outbreak on American soil,” said Congressman Black. “Given what has unfolded in Dallas, restricting travel from Ebola-infected West African countries is a reasonable step our government can take to protect the American people from this virus. Until the situation in West Africa is under control, the United States should restrict tourism and non-essential travel from this region.”


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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Rep. Black: Americans Continue to Suffer Under Obama’s Policies


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), member of the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees, issued the following statement on President Obama’s speech on the economy in Chicago:

“When President Reagan asked Americans if they were better off now than before he took office, he did not have to answer the question for them,” said Congressman Black. “The reason President Obama has to try and convince Americans that they are better off under his policies is because Americans know otherwise. Our country continues to suffer from joblessness, stagnant wages, and while the President touts his economic recovery, Americans continue to show great anxiety about our country’s future. Another speech today will not change this – the President needs to show real leadership. President Obama needs to stand up to the leaders of his party in the Senate and demand they act on the more than forty House passed jobs bills waiting for Harry Reid to schedule a vote. As long as President Obama hides behind Harry Reid’s curtain, our economy will remain flat and the American people will continue to reject his economic policies.”


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 the Resignation of Eric Holder


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement on the news that Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning:

“I welcome the news that Mr. Holder will be leaving this Administration,” said Congressman Black. “Mr. Holder’s time in office has been mired by scandal and controversy, resulting in the House holding him in contempt of Congress for his refusal to be forthcoming in the ‘Fast and Furious’ investigation. Furthermore, Mr. Holder has so far refused to responsibly address the IRS’ targeting of conservatives – an egregious offense against the American people and against the Constitution he is sworn to protect. My colleagues and I on the Ways and Means Committee referred him to three possible areas where charges might be brought against former IRS official Lois Lerner, and his Justice Department has refused to act. I hope his replacement will be well qualified and have the respect for Congress that the position of Attorney General requires.”


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 Leads Charge Against HHS’ Contraceptive Mandate Rules


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) led a group of 51 House lawmakers in a letter expressing opposition and concern with the new rules from the Department of Health and Human Services concerning the contraceptive mandate that violates Americans’ free exercise of religion. In the letter, the lawmakers write:

By not providing a clear exemption from the mandate for those with religious or moral objections, the proposed rules fail to resolve this ongoing legal and regulatory controversy.

The government may not dictate how Americans may exercise their beliefs. The interim final rule and the proposed rule relating to sterilization and contraception services miss the crux of the conscionable objections that Americans have with providing coverage for certain drugs and devices, including potentially life-ending drugs, and the Administration has once again shown its blatant disregard for the basic constitutional rights of those affected.  Instead of alleviating these violations, the Administration has merely regurgitated and complicated an “accommodation” process that has already been deemed insufficient.

The interim final rule issued by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury provides another version of the existing “accommodation” without offering a fundamentally different approach.  Under this process the government has taken it upon itself to determine what is morally acceptable to conscionable objectors. This new paperwork option does not change the outcome.  Notifying the administration of their objection so that the Administration can direct their insurance company to provide the coverage anyway is hardly different from the prior process in which notification to the insurance company triggered the coverage.

This proposed accommodation has already been rejected by over 50 nonprofit charities, schools and religious organizations that have brought suit.  Despite clear objection to this policy, the proposed rule would expand this inadequate accommodation to “closely-held for-profit companies.”  This is a problematic proposal.  Furthermore, the proposed rule overreaches the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by seeking to limit who is eligible for protection and who is not.  The government is not the arbiter of who qualifies for constitutional protection and who does not.  Religious liberty applies to all, and any rule that attempts to limit who may exercise these freedoms is unconstitutional and intolerable.    

We find it troubling that the Administration is maintaining this misguided position and needlessly placing American businesses and nonprofits that serve the poorest among us at continued risk.  The new proposals are unacceptable and fundamentally flawed, but they also leave many unanswered questions as to how they will function.  For this reason, we seek greater clarification of this proposed rule and ask for responses to the below questions:

  1. How will the interim final rule address the conscionable objections of nonprofits that operate as their own third party administrator?  Will an alternative solution be provided?  If so, please provide an expected timeframe.
  1. How will the Administration define a “closely-held for-profit company”?  Will HHS adopt the term used by the Internal Revenue Service?  If not, please explain the process to create this definition and any efforts that will be taken to ensure transparency.
  1. In the 2012 rule proposed by the Administration, it was stated that a letter would also be required to satisfy an exception from the mandate.  This stated letter was later finalized as Form 700.  Will the interim final rule describing a letter become another government form?
  1. The Treasury interim final rule contains an expiration date for 2017.  Will this serve as a temporary resolution or was this an oversight?

We remain deeply concerned that the Administration has again failed to simply exempt these nonprofits and businesses from the mandate.  This controversial mandate has proven a lengthy legal and regulatory burden that has spanned years and remains unresolved.  We suspect there is an inexcusable amount of cost to the taxpayers for the work conducted by the Administration in this matter, but the obvious additional cost to these family businesses and nonprofits that are dedicated to creating jobs and serving in our communities in both time and monetary impact is unconscionable.

To read the full letter, click here.

Members joining Congressman Black on the letter include Reps. Justin Amash, Michele Bachmann, Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, Kevin Brady, Rick Crawford, Jeff Duncan, Stephen Fincher, John Fleming, Bill Flores, Randy Forbes, Virginia Foxx, Trent Franks, Bob Gibbs, Bob Goodlatte, Tim Griffin, Andy Harris, Vicki Hartzler, Jeb Hensarling, Tim Huelskamp, Bill Huizenga, Bill Johnson, Walter Jones, Jim Jordan, Mike Kelly, Adam Kinzinger, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Robert Latta, James Lankford, Daniel Lipinksi, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Markwayne Mullin, Randy Neugeubauer, Alan Nunnelee, Pete Olson, Steve Pearce, Joe Pitts, Mike Pompeo, Reid Ribble, Phil Roe, Peter Roskam, Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, Chris Smith, Chris Stewart, Marlin Stutzman, Tim Walberg, and Joe Wilson.


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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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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