Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Black, Toomey Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Sanctuary Cities

2017/01/11

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act today. The legislation, introduced with the support of 59 House cosponsors and the backing of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), would withhold key federal funding streams from jurisdictions that forbid their law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials. You can read a summary of the legislation here.

Congressman Black and Senator Toomey released the following statements:

“Across this country, more than 300 sanctuary cities are thumbing their nose at Congress, flouting our laws, and endangering the lives of their citizens – all while relying on federal funding from American taxpayers. Why on earth would we continue to pay cities for neglecting their most basic duties? It defies logic and demands action. With our bill, sanctuary cities will finally incur real penalties for playing politics with public safety and for willfully ignoring federal immigration laws. I am proud to once again join with Senator Toomey on this legislation to cut off funding to these rogue jurisdictions and assert Congress’s Constitutional role in setting immigration policy,” said Congressman Diane Black.

“It is past time for Congress to act to end dangerous sanctuary city policies. Sanctuary cities not only make it harder to stop illegal immigration and keep dangerous criminals off the streets, but they also undermine our anti-terrorism efforts. I am delighted that my House colleague, Congressman Diane Black has joined me in this public safety effort and is introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives. I am confident that under her leadership, the House of Representatives will pass this important legislation,” said Senator Pat Toomey.

In a statement supporting the legislation, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) stated: “The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act recognizes that sanctuary jurisdictions should not be allowed to defy federal immigration law without consequence. Jurisdictions that impede the enforcement of federal immigration laws would be denied access to federal funding. If these jurisdictions do receive grants and are then found to have sanctuary policies, they will be required to give back the funds, which will then be reallocated to compliant jurisdictions. If the government fails to recoup the money and reallocate it, states may sue to uphold the law. The legislation also clarifies that State and local authorities are permitted by law to carry out detainer requests, and includes essential protections for witnesses and victims of crime . . . FAIR joins with numerous law enforcement organizations and applauds you for introducing the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.”

Background:

Congressman Diane Black is a member of the House Border Security Caucus and the recipient of an A+ lifetime rating from the anti-amnesty group NumbersUSA.  As longtime leaders in the fight to enforce our immigration laws, Congressman Black and Senator Toomey sponsored this same legislation during the 114th Congress. Black is also a co-author of Congressman Ted Poe’s (R-TX-02) SMART Border Act and previously authored a House-passed amendment to withhold certain funding for sanctuary cities in the House’s Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill last year. Black is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the newly elected Interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee.

 

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Congressman Black Reintroduces the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017

2017/01/06

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the recently concluded Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, reintroduced H.R. 354 today – the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017. The legislation would prioritize preventive healthcare over elective abortion by placing a one year moratorium on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, including its affiliates and associated clinics, until such time as Planned Parenthood certifies that it will not perform elective abortions or give funding to entities that do. The bill was introduced with the support of 127 cosponsors.

The legislation would instead redirect federal dollars to the more than 13,500 community health centers nationwide that provide a broader range of healthcare services to women (e.g., mammograms) and do not perform abortions. The bill provides $235 million in funding for community health centers, in addition to the funding that would be reallocated from Planned Parenthood. Black released the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood’s grand deception is quickly collapsing. For too long, this organization has cashed in on our tax dollars – to the tune of more than $550 million a year – all while performing more than 320,000 abortions during the same length of time. Abortion is not healthcare, yet it is the centerpiece of Planned Parenthood’s mission. What’s more, legitimate questions persist about Planned Parenthood’s compliance with federal law and regulatory guidelines, as evidenced by the work of our Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s recent decision to refer Planned Parenthood to both the Department of Justice and the FBI,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Our unified pro-life government is proof that Americans have rejected Planned Parenthood’s callous extremism. Now, it is our time to act. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards should consider the introduction of this bill as her notice: the days of her organization receiving a free ride from taxpayers and a blind eye from Washington are coming to an end.”

Congressman Black added,  “From my years on the frontlines of the pro-life movement, I know the scare tactics that Planned Parenthood will use when speaking about this bill, so let me be very clear: My legislation does not cut a single dime from public health funding. In fact, this bill provides an additional $235 million for our nation’s community health centers. For Planned Parenthood or others to claim that our legislation blocks access to preventive care is an outright lie. This is about promoting true women’s healthcare over elective abortion and honoring the conscience rights of American taxpayers who don’t want their tax dollars used to fund a scandal-ridden abortion enterprise.”

Background: Hailed as “the abortion lobby’s worst nightmare” by pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, Congressman Diane Black has spent her career fighting for the health and dignity of mothers and their unborn babies, first as an emergency room nurse and now in Congress. The very first bill that she introduced as a Member of Congress, H. Con. Res. 36 (112th Congress), would have defunded Planned Parenthood in a short term spending bill. Since then, the former Tennessee Right to Life Legislator of the Year has continued her efforts to defend our most vulnerable as the author of several landmark pro-life bills including the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act and last year’s House-passed Conscience Protection Act. Black serves as a member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and is the newly elected interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee.  

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Congressman Diane Black Named Interim House Budget Committee Chair

2017/01/03

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) was named interim House Budget Committee Chairman today pursuant to House passage of H. Res. 6. The announcement follows outgoing Chairman and Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price’s (R-GA-06) decision to suspend his duties in anticipation of his Senate confirmation hearings. A registered nurse by background, Black brings more than 40 years of healthcare experience to the role. She released the following statement:

“The passage of Obamacare is the reason I ran for Congress. As interim Chairman for the House Budget Committee, I am ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to repeal this law that has burdened families and businesses and turn the page to a new healthcare system that lowers costs, spurs free market competition, and ultimately empowers patients – not Washington bureaucrats. I look forward to bringing my decades in healthcare as a registered nurse, my insight as a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, and my unique experience navigating Tennessee’s own health reform crisis to this role. I am grateful to my colleagues for this opportunity and am ready for the important work ahead,” said interim Chairman Diane Black.

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Rep. Black Slams Finalized Obama Admin Rule Benefitting Planned Parenthood

2016/12/14

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, responded today to the Obama Administration’s finalized rule effectively preventing states from defunding Planned Parenthood. Black was among the first to condemn the rule when it was initially proposed in September and led more than 100 members of Congress on a bipartisan, bicameral letter opposing the rule earlier this year. She released the following statement:

“With this rule, we see an administration that has become unglued at the knowledge of the impending pro-life sea change in Washington, DC. President Obama knows that hope is rising for the innocent victims of Planned Parenthood’s brutality and the big abortion industry’s days of taxpayer-funded windfalls are numbered. We should not be surprised that his administration would lash out with this eleventh hour power grab on the way out the door, but I am certain this rule will not stand for long,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Come next year, our pro-life majorities in Congress will be positioned to work with President-Elect Trump and pro-life nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, to not only roll back this latest overreach but also to enact new legal protections for these most vulnerable members of our society. The Obama Administration will not have the last word. With this new year comes renewed opportunity to fight for the dignity of every unborn child, the wellbeing of every struggling mother, and the conscience rights of every American taxpayer.”

Background:

The New York Times describes the Obama Administration’s finalized rule as “bar[ring] states from withholding federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health clinics that provide abortions.”  A leader in the fight to defund Planned Parenthood since her first days in public service, Congressman Diane Black authored the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 and wrote about this rule’s true intent earlier this year in an op-ed for FoxNews.com. In September, she joined with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to lead more than 100 members of Congress on a bicameral, bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demanding answers on the rule’s  justification. When HHS failed to provide a substantive response, Congressman Black and Senator Ernst sent a follow up letter on November 28th requesting a thorough reply before the end of the year.

TheBlaze: “Unacceptable:” Rep. Diane Black Hits HHS Over “Form Letter” Reply to Planned Parenthood Inquiry (11/28/16)

FoxNews.com: Rep. Diane Black: The Insidious Way Team Obama is Funneling Money to Planned Parenthood (09/20/16)

 

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Rep. Black Urges Prayer for Tennessee Following Tornadoes, Wildfires

2016/11/30

To watch Rep. Black’s remarks on the House floor, click HERE or the image above 

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor today to call attention to the recent tornadoes and wildfires that have impacted Tennessee. To watch a video of her remarks, click here. A transcript is provided below:

Mister Speaker, Tennesseans have experienced the worst of mother nature this week – from tornadoes in my own district to the historic wildfires that ravaged the Gatlinburg community.

These fires forced a mass evacuation, destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, and tragically caused three known fatalities so far.

Today, I rise to call for prayer for our neighbors in the beautiful Smoky Mountain region of our state, to remember those precious lives lost, and to recognize our heroic first responders who have worked diligently to contain the damage.

As the work continues, we pray that healing rain would fall - literally - across eastern Tennessee this week, that businesses would be able to quickly reopen, and that visitors would once again flock to this treasured region of our state to experience all that Gatlinburg has to offer.

I yield back.

 

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Rep. Black Offers Tickets to Inauguration of President-Elect Trump

2016/11/16

Washington, D.C. –  Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) formally invited Tennesseans to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017. Congressional offices receive a limited number of tickets to each inauguration, which are offered freely to constituents on a first-come, first-served basis. While Congressional offices do not yet know what their ticket allotment will be, Congressman Black is accepting requests now via the email address TN06.TicketRequests@mail.house.gov. Requests must be received by November 30, 2016. Congressman Black released the following statement:

“Like so many Tennesseans, I am eagerly awaiting the inauguration of President-elect Trump. This promises to be a historic and exciting event, and my office is pleased to invite constituents to attend. We have a limited number of standing-area tickets that we will be distributing on a first-come, first-served basis. I hope 6th District residents will contact our office and make plans to join us in celebrating this momentous day,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Instructions for Requesting Tickets: 6th District residents wishing to attend the inauguration of President-elect Trump on January 20, 2017 should email their requests to TN06.TicketRequests@mail.house.gov with the following information: Full name, email address, telephone number, mailing address, and number of tickets requested.

Please note that submission of a request does not guarantee a ticket. Congressional offices do not yet know their ticket allotment. For more information on the 58th Presidential Inauguration please visit www.inaugural.senate.gov.

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VIDEO: Rep. Black Testifies On Her Bill to Promote Energy Security, Expand States’ Rights

2016/11/15

To watch Rep. Black’s testimony, click HERE or the image above 

Washington, D.C. –  Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) testified at a hearing held by the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on her legislation, H.R. 866, the Federal Land Freedom Act (FLFA). The bill would delegate the leasing and permitting process for energy exploration on federal lands to the states. To watch a video of her remarks, click here. A full transcript is provided below:

Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the committee for allowing me the opportunity to speak today. As has already been said, I am the proud sponsor of H.R. 866, the Federal Land Freedom Act. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss this urgently needed legislation, as well as the larger need to expand states’ rights when it comes to the issue of public lands.

I truly believe the resurgence in oil and natural gas development underway in our country is an opportunity for us to achieve true American energy security. But too often, the heavy-handed federal government – particularly under this Administration – hinders that progress instead of helping to move it along.

First, the federal government is notorious for tying up the permitting process for energy exploration in bureaucratic red tape. In 2014, states took 30 days on average to approve these permits, while the federal government took an average of 228 days. This means states were churning out permits in a month, while the federal government took over half a year.

Second, states are able to harness regional expertise to regulate energy exploration in a safe and environmentally conscious manner on private and state lands. This is in stark contrast to the federal government, which imposes weeping, one-size-fits-all regulations across all federal lands from Alaska to Florida.

Third, the percentage of federal lands deemed “off limits” from energy development has increased drastically over the last 30 years. Today, the federal government owns 279 million acres of land, but 60 percent of this land is closed to development because of administration decisions of executive actions. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that, last year, the Congressional Research Service released a report showing that, from 2010 to 2014 energy exploration on state and private lands increased dramatically while production decreased on federal lands.

Increases in domestic energy production in recent years have been almost exclusively through the permitting process operated by the states. Imagine if we could harness the effectiveness of our states to replicate this success on federal lands?

For these reasons, I introduced the Federal Land Freedom Act alongside Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma. Our bill will finally loosen the federal government’s chokehold on energy development of public lands by giving states full authority to administer the leasing, permitting, and regulatory programs for energy development on federal lands within their borders.

Under this legislation, each state  would have the option to set up their own state-based programs. And, importantly, this bill would keep in place protections for our national treasures by exempting national parks, the national wildlife refuge system, and national wilderness areas from development.

The fact is, the federal government was never meant to own and control the vast amount of land that it does today, or the energy resources underneath it. It’s time for us to return federalism to our national energy discussion and honor the states’ Tenth Amendment rights to develop and regulate these resources.

I’m pleased to tell you that my bill has the support of 23 cosponsors and the backing of several outside organizations including the American Energy Alliance, The R Street Institute, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the Heritage Foundation – among others.

I am grateful for the committee’s interest in this critical piece of legislation and ask for your help in ensuring its timely passage. Thank you. I yield back the remainder of my time. 

Background:Natural Resources Committee Press Release: Federal Land Freedom Act Empowers State Energy DevelopmentRep. Black Introduces Legislation to Promote Energy Security, Expand States’ Rights  

 

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PHOTOS: Rep. Black Visits Newly Expanded Jackson Kayak in Sparta

2016/10/21

Sparta, TN – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) visited Jackson Kayak in Sparta this week for a firsthand look at their newly expanded manufacturing facility, previously occupied by Phillips Lighting. The new space is 300,000 square feet and sits on 50 acres of land. Jackson Kayak estimates that the expansion will bring 250 additional jobs to the White County region once complete. Originally founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt, Jackson Kayak designs, builds, and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing, competition, and exploration paddlesport products. Congressman Black last visited the business in April of 2013. Black released the following statement after her most recent visit:

“The growth that Jackson Kayak has experienced in the three years since my last visit is a true testament to the hard work and vision of everyone on their team. As a key employer in White County and a major contributor to the region’s economic development, their success as a business helps this community to succeed as well,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I am elated to hear about the new jobs this expanded facility will bring, and am grateful for the opportunity to get a firsthand look at their latest products. We can be proud to know that Jackson Kayaks are not only made in the USA, but are made right here in our own backyard by our friends and neighbors.”

High Resolution Photos:Group PhotoCongressman Black touring Jackson KayakCongressman Black poses with lightweight Jackson KayakCongressman Black with Dave Gallaher on the production floorCongressman Black surveys new Jackson Kayak products

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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: Obamacare Limits Vanderbilt Patients’ Access to Care

2016/10/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded to reports that Vanderbilt University would be out of network on all insurance plans available through Tennessee’s Obamacare marketplace in 2017. Black released the following statement:

“Obamacare continues to hurt the very people it pretends to help and diminish Tennesseans’ healthcare options,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I have been to Vanderbilt University Medical Center many times and I have seen the care their doctors provide. By separating patients from the physicians they know and trust, Obamacare hurts Tennesseans who have regularly turned to Vanderbilt in their time of need and shows that, once again, the law’s core promise of ‘if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor’ returns void. With 73 of our 95 counties only offering one insurer on the Obamacare exchange and the marketplace described as ‘very near collapse,’ Tennessee is quickly becoming the epicenter of Obamacare’s failures through no fault of our own. My invitation for President Obama to come to our state and meet with the latest victims of Obamacare’s broken promises still stands. In the meantime, we must replace this law before it inflicts further damage on our great state.”

Background: Congressman Black is the author of H.R. 6067, the Relief from Obamacare Exchange Failure Act. The legislation would withhold penalties under Obamacare’s individual mandate for consumers in areas where no exchange plans may be offered. The bill would stipulate that, if the remaining insurer were to exit the marketplace in the 73 Tennessee counties with one available provider, consumers would not be held responsible for the Administration’s failure to offer options for care. Currently, there is no law on the books to offer reprieve from Obamacare’s individual mandate in scenarios where no plan is available.

Rep. Black Op-Ed: Obamacare Has Failed My State of Tennessee,  Here’s What We Can Do Instead (8/25/16)Rep. Black Op-Ed: Obama – Come Visit Me in Tennessee So We Can Discuss the Reality of Obamacare (9/29/16)

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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 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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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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