Diane Black

Diane Black


Rep. Diane Black asks ATF to eliminate race and ethnicity questioning when purchasing a gun


Black, Poe Introduce the FIREARM Act


Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Ted Poe (R-TX-02) introduced the FIREARM (Freedom From Intrusive Regulatory Enforcement of Arbitrary Registration Mandates) Act – legislation to prohibit the federal government from requiring race or ethnicity to be disclosed in connection with the purchase of a firearm. In 2012, the Obama Administration quietly began requiring the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to record firearms purchasers’ race and ethnicity.

“This requirement by the ATF is highly intrusive and unnecessary,” said Congressman Black. “Failing to adhere to this requirement by not checking all of the correct boxes on the 4473 Form is considered an ATF violation that can be so severe as to result in the gun dealer being shut down for having incomplete purchaser forms. This is causing a headache for many firearms retailers and this commonsense legislation would simply stop the federal government from requiring businesses and consumers to comply with this ‘race and ethnicity standard.’”

“Washington bureaucrats have no business requiring citizens who are lawfully purchasing firearms to disclose their race or ethnicity,” said Congressman Poe. “Under this rule, both gun dealers and purchasers face the threat of federal prosecution for not disclosing race or ethnicity on a form. This is an intrusive and unnecessary requirement. As long as the gun is purchased lawfully, race or ethnicity should be irrelevant.”

The ATF’s justification for this requirement stems from a “race and ethnicity standard” devised by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) almost 20 years ago. According to the OMB, the 4473 Form was to be updated by ATF by 2003; however, there is no federal law requiring this administrative directive. Why, almost 10 years later, is the federal government requiring gun store owners and purchasers to record race and ethnicity?  Failing to adhere to this requirement -- if the boxes are left blank -- can result in the ATF shutting down the business for having incomplete purchaser forms.

Additional Information:

Bill Text of the Firearm Act

9/16/2014: Washington Times: Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity


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Black Statement on House Passage of Continuing Resolution


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) voted in support of the McKeon Amendment to provide the Administration Title X Authority for the Department of Defense to train and equip vetted Syrian opposition groups. She also voted in support of final passage of the Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded past the end of this fiscal year. Congressman Black issued the following statement upon House passage of the Continuing Resolution with the McKeon Amendment:

“In times of divided government, no one will get everything they want. My strong preference would be to fund the government through the regular appropriations process rather than by continuing forward with passing last minute, stop-gap funding measures to keep the government open. Unfortunately, the Democrat-led Senate failed to pass any appropriations bills this year, leaving us once again backed against a tight deadline to pass a continuing resolution that keeps the government open at the end of the month.

“Included in this legislation is an important amendment requested by the President that I supported which will provide aid to the vetted Syrian rebels that he will enlist in our fight against the terrorist threat of ISIS. I have strong concerns with the President’s plan to defeat this enemy of the United States, which is why this amendment includes language to ensure congressional oversight and greater transparency through reporting requirements.

“This continuing resolution also maintains spending levels at those agreed to under the Ryan/Murray budget agreement, which achieved spending reductions even below those of the budget sequester. This bill provides added funding to address the unacceptable VA backlog and also prevents internet usage from being taxed.

“I am disappointed that the Democrat-led Senate brought us to the point of needing yet another short-term funding measure, and I hope that Republicans can soon take control of this the full Congress so that we can work through the regular appropriations process.”



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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Congressman Black Commemorates Constitution Day on House Floor


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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor in honor of Constitution Day, September, 17th. A transcript of her remarks are below, or for video, click here.

Mr. Speaker, standing in this hallow chamber of democracy, where laws are debated, amended and passed, one must stand in awe of our courageous forefathers who created this institution.

In fact, 227 years ago when our Constitution was created and signed by 39 brave men, it created the first government of its kind – a government of the people, and for the people.

These men, well aware of the consequences of all powerful European monarchies, created a democratic system of three coequal branches of government, each with its own unique role.

The brilliance that these men instilled in this document is still alive and well to this day, as we watch each branch of government perform their roles -- keeping checks and balances on the others to make sure that the will of the people is obeyed.

Mr. Speaker, this Constitution Day, let us give thanks to these wise and brave men who birthed our Constitutional Republic and our nation.

Thank you and I yield back.



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: Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Obamacare is Unacceptable


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement upon the release of a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finding the Obama Administration has knowingly disregarded bipartisan, longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortion:

“Taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare is unacceptable,” said Congressman Black. “Obamacare only had the votes to become law because promises were made that federal funds would not be used to perform these procedures. This GAO report is disturbing because it finds that many insurers are not in compliance with the reporting requirements necessary to keep these promises. This has been a major concern of my colleagues and I as we have questioned  the Administration as to what they have done to ensure these requirements are being met, with no response. Now the GAO has proven that the government has failed to ensure that the insurance issuers are not billing the abortion surcharge separately as required by the law. So the question remains, what will the Administration now do to ensure compliance? This must be fixed.”

8/4/14: Letter to Secretary Burwell and Administrator Tavenner on Abortion Surcharge



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 to Hold Academy Day 2014 at Wilson Central High School


Rep. Black with this year’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2018  

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 2014 on Saturday, September 27th 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 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 27th, 2014 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


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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