Diane Black

Diane Black


VIDEO: Rep. Black Speaks Out on National Adoption Month; Calls for Fully Refundable Adoption Tax Credit


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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, released a special video message honoring National Adoption Month. In her remarks, Congressman Black called for passage of her legislation: the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2015, and recounted the inspiring story of the Owens family from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania – an adoptive family who recently came to Capitol Hill to rally support for her bill. A transcript of Congressman Black’s remarks is provided below. To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

Hi, I’m Congressman Diane Black. This November is National Adoption Month.

It is a time to celebrate the lives that have been transformed through adoption, but also a sobering reminder of the more than 108,000 children in our nation’s foster care system who are still waiting on their forever family. 

We know that there are parents across this country who have room in their hearts to adopt, but who may not have room in their budget. In fact, almost half of all children adopted from foster care live in households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty line.  

We can’t change the high cost of adoption overnight, but we can ensure that our tax laws provides some help to offset that expense. The federal government offers an adoption tax credit, but it is not fully refundable. That means it disadvantages those at lower income levels who need this savings tool the most. In fact, a family with a household income of $35,000 or less receives no benefit from this credit at all. 

That is why I introduced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act. This bipartisan bill would give every family access to the adoption tax credit – regardless of income.

Earlier this month, I met an inspiring adoptive family who told me their story of adoption and the difference that a fully refundable adoption tax credit could make in the lives of other parents like them.

This the Owens Family. Following the untimely passing of their precious three and a half year-old boy, they felt a calling on their life to adopt a child with special needs. Fast forward a few years and they are the proud parents of five – with four of their children added to their family through the miracle of adoption. Without making the adoption tax credit fully refundable, families like theirs don’t benefit. 

Adoption is a beautiful choice for any parent to make, and we should make sure that our tax laws work for these families – not against them. This National Adoption Month, let’s resolve to match more children with moms and dads. Let’s stand on the side of parents like the Owens family, who have opened their hearts to adoption and are simply asking Washington not to stand in the way. And let’s make the adoption tax credit fully refundable. 

Rep. Black’s Op-Ed in IJ Review: “Why Adoption Needs to Be at the Core of the Pro-Life Movement”


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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Reps. Black, Flores Introduce Bill to Reverse Discriminatory TSA Policy Ahead of Holiday Travel Season


Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX-17) introduced H.R. 4026, the Nondiscriminatory Transportation Screening Act. The legislation would allow Americans to use gun license permits as permissible identification for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) purposes while maintaining strong protections for gun owners’ privacy rights and prohibiting government tracking of individuals who choose to present this identification at airport screenings. The bill comes ahead of the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday season, where 25 million Americans are expected to board flights to travel destinations throughout the country.

Currently, the TSA explicitly bans the use of handgun licenses at airport checkpoints, despite the fact that these licenses meet all criteria for “verifying identity documents” under current law. Black and Flores released the following statements:

“We all understand the need for stringent security standards at our nation’s airports, but there must also be a place for commonsense. It is mind-boggling that the TSA has reportedly accepted Costco membership cards at airport screenings, yet its website expressly prohibits the use of handgun carry permits. Why the double standard? Handgun licenses are a government-issued form of identification and no one has given me a valid reason why they cannot be accepted at TSA checkpoints. Americans who exercise their Second Amendment freedoms have bared the brunt of much hostility from this Administration over the last seven years. As a handgun carry permit holder myself, I believe this should be a simple, bipartisan step we can take to stop the government’s marginalization of gun-owners and alleviate confusion for millions of American travelers this holiday season,” said Congressman Diane Black.

“As travel continues to be a vital piece of our nation’s economy, TSA should accept approved government issued concealed handgun licenses as a valid form of identification. The requirements to obtain a concealed license are similar and often times stricter than that of obtaining a standard ID card. Earlier this year, the Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution petitioning Congress to allow the TSA to accept concealed handgun licenses.  Concealed handgun licenses contain all of the identifying information required by the TSA. It is time they recognize these licenses as acceptable forms of identification. The Nondiscriminatory Transportation Screening Act provides a commonsense approach for the TSA to update its policies on permissible verifying documents,” said Congressman Bill Flores.


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: We Will Defend Commonsense Texas Abortion Law


Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case regarding the Constitutionality of a 2013 Texas abortion law. The law in question requires abortion facilities to submit to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Black released the following statement:

“As a nurse for more than 40 years, I know that the abortion laws on the books in Texas exist to protect the health and safety of women. There is ultimately no such thing as a safe abortion but these standards work to reduce the risks of this already emotionally damaging procedure. The deep pockets of the big abortion industry may feel ‘burdened’ by this compassionate law, but women are not – they are indeed safer as a result. I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to hear this case because I know the truth is on our side and it offers yet another opportunity to reach more Americans with the message that life is precious and deserves to be protected,” said Congressman Diane Black.


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 Gives Wide-Ranging Interview on the Pro-Life Movement with Christianity Today’s Ed Stetzer


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Washington D.C., –This week, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, joined Lifeway Research Executive Director and Christianity Today contributing editor Dr. Ed Stetzer on his web series, The Exchange,” for a wide-ranging interview on the pro-life movement. Congressman Black discussed how her healthcare background and faith inform her pro-life views, the need for passage of legislation like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and her hopes for the future of the pro-life effort. A partial transcript of Congressman Black’s interview is provided below or, to watch a video of the interview, click here.

On how her healthcare background informs her pro-life views:“Healthcare is something I always wanted to do. My mother says at the age of four I asked for a doctor’s kit – not a nurse’s kit but a doctor’s kit. That’s always been my love and my passion. So I graduated from nursing school in 1971 … and it was just shortly after my graduation that Roe vs. Wade was decided. I have watched throughout my career the devastating things that have happened to women and the babies as a result of Roe vs. Wade. In particular, looking at the abortion industry of Planned Parenthood – 327,000 lives are lost every year. Also, the things that I saw in the hospital as a result of that … the women that I have run into with the emotions that occur after an abortion. So this has been a lifelong desire of mine to have the hearts and minds of people understand what really happens [in an abortion]. “

On the deceptions of the abortion industry:“You know Planned Parenthood for years – and the whole abortion industry – have convinced women that this is just a blob of tissue, it’s not a life. And yet we as Christians know it is a life. Isaiah tell us that God knew us before he placed us in the womb. So we’re believers. But beyond that, on a medical level, this is a life. When you get a heart, a lung, a brain, or tissue, it is not a blob of tissue, it is a baby. I think the only way we can change the hearts and minds of people is to have them understand, first of all, this is a life, but second of all, the kind of tragedy and sadness that happens at the taking of a life.”

On the reality of abortion today in America:“'Rare and safe’ is what they [pro-abortion leaders] told us. These are not rare. We’re losing a half a million babies [every year] … a half a million of our population. Of those who would be productive citizens and, who knows, they may have been a great researcher that would have discovered something. We don’t know what God had planned for that baby.”

On the need for passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:“Babies are surviving at 21, 22 weeks now. We had a bill that went through the House and didn’t make through the Senate: the Pain-Capable bill. There are only seven other nations that allow these late-term abortions. Look, we’re a nation better than that . . .  We value life more than that here in this country. I think, again, the hearts and minds of people need to be won because they will push the legislation to say we’re no longer going to allow late-term abortions because we know this is a baby . . . And they are pain-capable. We know science is showing us more and more everyday about what they’re capable of feeling in the womb, and we know they are pain-capable at 20 weeks.”

On reforming Senate filibuster rules to advance pro-life legislation:“We’re calling upon the Senate to change their [filibuster] rules. This is antiquated . . . Anybody who says a majority is 60 – when you have 100, a majority would be 51 . . . Change this and let’s get some things done.”

On the future of the pro-life movement:“We’re seeing the young people have more value for life and I’m encouraged by that. They are our future.  They will be the ones who will push – they’ll push legislation and they will push policy changes that I think are needed in order for us to show that we’re a nation that values life.”

About Dr. Ed Stetzer: Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of LifeWay Research, a prolific author, church planter, and missiologist. Stetzer is the contributing editor for Christianity Today and a columnist for Outreach Magazine. He is additionally the pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The Exchange airs Tuesdays at 3:00 PM ET. Past guests have included Christian rap sensation Lecrae, author Beth Moore, and A.D., The Bible Continued creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.


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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VIDEO: A Veterans Day Message from Rep. Diane Black


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Gallatin, TN – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released a special video message commemorating the Veterans Day holiday. A transcript of Congressman Black’s remarks is provided below. To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

Hi, I’m Congressman Diane Black. Today we pay tribute to the more than 500,000 Tennesseans who have worn the uniform of our country and who defended her honor in times of war and peace.

Veterans Day speaks to the very best of America. And for me, the occasion is an opportunity to honor my father, my brother, my husband, and my son.

I know so many of you have special veterans in your life. If you’re like me, you are proud of their service and you want them to know that their sacrifices will be reflected in the decisions that are made in Washington. That is one of the reasons why I am serving here today.

On Veterans Day, I often think back to a famous quote from our nation’s 40th President, Ronald Reagan, that hangs on a placard in my office.

It says “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Our nation’s veterans have heeded that call and some paid the ultimate sacrifice in the process.

To our veterans in Tennessee’s 6th District and across this country: We are grateful for your service, we are inspired by your example, and we pledge to keep telling your story – so that our children and our children’s children will know that freedom was bought with a price.

From my family to yours, Happy Veterans Day and God bless.


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 Praises Appeals Court Ruling on President Obama’s Unconstitutional Immigration Overreach


Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), issued the following statement following the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to continue an injunction against the President’s 2014 amnesty plan, which would prevent the deportation of an estimated five million illegal immigrants:

“The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has dealt an important victory for law abiding immigrants and taught President Obama a much-needed civics lesson. This President is many things, but a king isn’t one of them. We are a nation of laws and, as this rebuke from the court affirms, he cannot rewrite those laws on a whim to fit his liberal agenda,” said Congressman Diane Black. “We know that immigration reform is needed, but real reform starts with securing our border, not granting backdoor amnesty to some five million people – an action that will only encourage greater illegal immigration. Throughout this process, the President’s motivations were completely transparent. This was not about achieving true reform, this was about scoring political points, as evidenced by his decision to announce his amnesty plan last year, rather than when he had unified Democratic control. With this ruling, the courts have, once again, embarrassed this Administration and rightly called out its lawlessness. Now, we must ensure this decision remains intact so that the rule of law is protected.”

Background: Congressman Black’s home state of Tennessee is among the 26 states challenging the President’s immigration action. Black signed an amicus brief led by the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) in support of these states’ lawsuit. Black is also a co-author of the Separation of Powers Act, legislation that would prohibit the use of funds to grant deferred action or other immigration relief to individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.


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 Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Hear Challenge to Obamacare’s HHS Mandate


Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and author of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a challenge from religious nonprofits to Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. The mandate requires religious ministries and nonprofits to provide insurance coverage for potentially abortion-inducing drugs. Black released the following statement:

 “We have known all along that Obamacare’s HHS mandate is a flagrant violation of religious freedom and I am pleased that the courts will now have an opportunity to right this wrong,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Under this discriminatory law, countless nonprofits and ministries from Little Sisters of the Poor to Priests for Life face an impossible choice: deny their deeply held beliefs and provide coverage for drugs they deem to be morally objectionable, or face punishing fines that will undoubtedly force them to close their doors. Being an American has always meant enjoying the freedom to live by the dictates of one’s faith both at home and in the public square. The Supreme Court must act to ensure this is true once more. While we prayerfully await this critical decision,  I continue to urge passage of my bill, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would offer full exemption from this coercive mandate once and for all.” 


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 Honors “Tennessee Giant” Fred Thompson on the House Floor



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Washington, DC– Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor to honor the life of former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN), who passed away on November 1st, 2015.  A transcript of Rep. Black’s remarks is provided below or, to watch a video, click here.

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor the life of a Tennessee giant: Senator Fred Thompson.

Whether Fred Thompson was speaking on the Senate floor, canvassing the state in his red pickup truck, or entertaining us on the big screen – he always did the Volunteer State proud.

In his lifetime, Fred saw many accomplishments but he remained the same: a proud product of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee – the son of a car salesman and the first person in his family to earn a college degree.

Fred was a statesman, who led with conviction. He was a visionary who helped bring Tennessee from a Democratic stronghold to the conservative success story that it is today. And he was a man of faith, who I know has found ultimate healing today from the cancer that gripped his earthly body.

Tennessee shines brighter because of Fred Thompson’s service. We will miss him deeply, but we know that his legacy lives on.


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 Opposes Eleventh-Hour, Backroom Budget Deal


Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Budget Committee, voted against H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Black released the following statement:

“This budget ‘deal’ is a raw deal for conservatives and for taxpayers who are already shouldered with an $18 trillion debt burden in Washington,” said Congressman Diane Black. “This epitomizes everything that Americans have come to despise about our political process. It was a deal brokered in backrooms and released to the public the day before Congress was expected to vote on it; a violation of our 2010 Pledge to America. What’s more, the deal breaks the spending caps in the sequester – an imperfect but successful means of reducing our deficit – and it suspends the debt ceiling altogether until 2017, giving this Administration free rein to continue piling on new debt that our children and grandchildren will inherit. I came to Congress with the promise of working to return fiscal sanity to Washington and I could not, in good faith, support this deeply flawed agreement.”

Congressman Black added, “I understand that, in divided government, we will not get everything we want. But we could have at least mounted an effort. This is not transparency in government, this is not regular order, and this is not the markings of a true majority party. We can do better.”


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 Votes Against Reviving Crony Capitalist Export-Import Bank


Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) voted against H.R. 597, legislation to revive the Export-Import Bank of the United States through September 2019. The bank’s authorization had expired on July 1, 2015. Black issued the following statement:

“I have always believed that the federal government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the private sector,” said Congressman Diane Black. “That is why I voted to end the Export-Import Bank in May 2012 and why I voted against reviving this big-government enterprise again today. At its core, the Ex-Im Bank is crony-capitalism of the worst kind. Over 60 percent of its lending benefits 10 major corporations and only two percent of U.S. exports each year stem from the bank’s activities. I see no reason whatsoever for American taxpayers to remain on the hook for this embattled organization’s financing. While this bill brags of modest reforms to the Ex-Im Bank, the bank remains a symbol of corporate welfare and flies in the face of true conservative principles. It cannot simply be reformed. The Ex-Im Bank must be closed for good.”


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Rep. Black Speaks Out on National Adoption Month

2015-11-20 14:33:53

Rep. Black Highlights House-Passed Bills Stuck in the U.S. Senate

2015-11-19 15:37:07

Rep. Black Discusses the Pro-Life Movement on "The Exchange" with Ed Stetzer

2015-11-12 16:00:08

Rep. Black Slams V.A. Negligence on Fox 17's "Waste Watch"

2015-11-12 14:47:11

A Veterans Day Message from Rep. Diane Black

2015-11-10 20:54:23

Rep. Black Explains Vote Against Budget Deal that Busted Sequester Caps, Raised Debt Ceiling

2015-11-08 22:15:34

Rep. Black Remembers High School Guidance Counselor: "He Changed My Life"

2015-11-08 21:56:08

Rep. Black on WBIR "Inside Tennessee" - President Obama Refuses to Negotiate

2015-11-08 21:51:50

Rep. Black: Highway Bill Helps Tennessee Roads

2015-11-08 20:24:41

Rep. Black Honors the Life of Senator Fred Thompson

2015-11-04 19:11:27

Rep. Black Questions CMS on Failure of Obamacare Co-Ops

2015-11-04 15:37:33

Rep. Black: Budget Deal is a "Raw Deal" for Conservatives

2015-10-28 13:57:12

Rep. Black Supports Budget Reconciliation Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

2015-10-23 19:15:15

Rep. Black on Planned Parenthood: We Have Become "Numb" To Taking of Innocent Life

2015-10-23 13:37:02

Fox 17 Covers Rep. Black's American Conservative Union Award

2015-10-15 13:32:42

Rep. Black Urges Adoption of Reconciliation Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

2015-10-09 15:06:43

Rep. Black Discusses Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act on NewsTalk 1400 WHUB

2015-10-06 15:55:49

Rep. Black on Morning Joe Discusses Investigations into Planned Parenthood

2015-09-30 12:34:18

Rep. Black Urges Support for Pro-Life "Women's Public Health and Safety Act"

2015-09-29 22:52:53

Rep. Black Questions Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards

2015-09-29 19:18:11

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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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