Diane Black

Diane Black


Rep. Black Talks Planned Parenthood with Gov. Sarah Palin; Says President Obama is “In Love” with Big Abortion Industry


To watch Congressman Black’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin, click HERE or the image above

Washington, DC– Yesterday Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, joined Gov. Sarah Palin on One America News’ “On Point” to discuss the latest on the fight to defund Planned Parenthood. Black is the author of H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The legislation, which has the support of over 160 cosponsors, would place an immediate moratorium on all federal funding to Planned Parenthood for the span of one year while Congress conducts an investigation.

To watch Congressman Black’s full interview, click HERE. A partial transcript is provided below:

Gov. Palin: I’m really proud that two Mama Grizzlies . . .  they’re the ones leading the fight to defund this horror. Congresswoman Diane Black and [Senator] Joni Ernst. And joining me now, one of those bold women: Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black. I thank her so much for leading this fight. I will ask you, Mrs. Black, to talk about legislation that you’ve introduced and any other efforts in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Black: Sarah, thank you so much for having me today and thank you for bringing this topic to the American people. We have to just keep having the American people understand what truly is happening. They’ve been sold a bill of goods, a bunch of lies by the Planned Parenthood [Federation of America] and we have just got to make sure people are seeing the heart and the soul of what’s behind that curtain. This is great that you’re continuing to talk about this. I can’t thank the Center for Medical Progress enough for breaking that veil so people can see what [Planned Parenthood is] about. I have a bill that would simply say for one year we are going to place a moratorium on the money that Planned Parenthood gets . . . that money does not get lost. That money goes to other clinics that are providing the services that Planned Parenthood declares they’re providing and in a much larger way . . .  In the meantime, we need to investigate Planned Parenthood and really find out what’s going on behind their doors.

Gov. Palin: . . . Now we can assume that President Obama would veto any of your actions to defund. If Congress can’t override President Obama’s veto of the defunding, as again, we know he’ll probably do because he loves Planned Parenthood, how else can we stop our tax dollars from going there?

Rep. Black: We can do it through the appropriations process as well, and as you’ve already alluded to we have a President who is in love with Planned Parenthood. But Sarah, I have been saying for over 40 years as a nurse that the only way that we’re going to get the people of the country to understand truly what’s happening is to win their hearts and minds. That’s what we’re doing with these videos is that we’re allowing people to see this is not a blob of tissue . . . they are now seeing that if you are trying to harvest a brain, a heart, a lung, you don’t get that from a blob of tissue, you get that from a baby. It is by the American people standing up and just insisting that their dollars not go to these despicable organizations that do the kinds of things that we’ve seen that Planned Parenthood is doing – that’s when we’re going to really change what’s happening in this country with the funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics.

Gov. Palin: . . . Congresswoman, the excuse that we hear to keep up the funding [for Planned Parenthood] is because supposedly they provide medical referrals and birth control for other women, but as you are suggesting surely there are other clinics and even Obamacare that’s providing the same thing. Are we duplicating services here?

Rep. Black:  We are. There is no reason in this world why we should be giving that kind of money to an organization that really is the biggest abortion provider in the entire country when there are other agencies around – state health departments, county health departments – and by the way, they are having to compete with Planned Parenthood for those dollars. They do a wonderful job. I know this because I’ve been in medicine for a long time, I’ve seen the services. Planned Parenthood got called out several years ago when they declared they did mammograms . . . we saw they didn’t do mammograms  . . . Let’s take a look at what Planned Parenthood has. They had a surplus of $127 million last year. Why are we giving them federal dollars when they have a surplus of $127 million? It is ludacris. There are good [health] services provided for women across this country right in their communities. I’ve been a part of it for a long time, I know it, I see it. No longer, by the way, do we give money to Planned Parenthood in the state of Tennessee. We were able to defund them when I was still in the state senate . . . it should be done all the way across this country.

Gov. Palin: You are a conscientious Congresswoman and you listen to your constituents. I want to assume that everyone in Congress does the same . . . does it help for people to call in and light up the switchboard and give you our take on the issue? How is it that more Americans can get involved and help you and help the rest of Congress understand that we don’t want our tax dollars going towards this atrocity?

Rep. Diane Black: Legislators do listen when they get calls . . . so call their offices, let them know how you feel . . . Let’s make sure we get as many cosponsors as we can. I have not been shy about asking our leadership when are [they] going to bring this up. I wanted to do this before we left for the August break, but we need to put pressure on our [House] leadership as well. [House Majority Leader] Kevin McCarthy has told me that yes, he will bring up the legislation, but the sooner the 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 Responds to President Obama’s “Crazies” Attack on Iran Deal


Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the below statement in response to President Obama’s assertion that critics of his Iran nuclear deal are “the crazies.”

“President Obama is pulling out all the rhetorical stops in an effort to sell this dangerous nuclear agreement,” said Congressman Diane Black. “First, he likened opponents of his deal to Iranian hardliners chanting ‘death to America’ and now, in an even lazier line of attack, he’s simply resorted to calling us ‘crazies.’ That incendiary rhetoric cheapens our political discourse and ignores the real concerns that Americans of all political persuasions have about the implications of this far-reaching deal. Perhaps the President has forgotten that some of the harshest critics of this agreement are members of his own party. If I were President Obama, I would be making an apologetic phone call to Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Bob Menendez, and Congressman Elliot Engel – among others – right now.”

Congressman Black continued, “What’s ‘crazy’ in my book is cutting a deal with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism that allows at least 24 days to slow-walk nuclear inspections, that gives our expressed permission to continue enrichment, and gives Iran more than $100 billion in sanctions relief that will inevitably be funneled to terrorist proxy groups. Clearly, a majority of Americans agree. I remain committed to voting against this dangerous agreement and no character attack from President Obama will change that decision.”

Background: Congressman Black went on record to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement in a July 29th op-ed for The Hartsville Vidette.  Congressman Black also explained her opposition to the deal in a recent interview with WKRN-TV.


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 Rips Obamacare Rate Hikes in Tennessee


Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, released the below statement following news that Tennessee’s largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, was approved for an average 36.3 percent premium increase in 2016, with select premiums increasing by up to 59.5 percent.

“When President Obama traveled to Tennessee earlier this summer on his Obamacare spin campaign, I said that Obamacare was failing to live up to its most basic promises and is hurting too many Tennesseans. Sadly, this sentiment now rings truer than ever,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Today’s news is proof positive that Obamacare is built on a grand deception. The President repeatedly promised Americans that his healthcare law would save families an average of $2,500 per year. Now, Tennesseans are seeing once again that nothing could be further from the truth. It is clear that either the Obama Administration did not understand the implications of their own mammoth law, or they willfully misled Congress to force its passage. Either way, you can chalk this up to yet another broken promise of Obamacare.”

Congressman Black continued, “The latest polls* show that, more than five years later, approval for Obamacare remains underwater. I know this to be true in my own district where I just completed a series of public town hall meetings and heard firsthand from Tennessee families who are struggling under the weight of this unfair and unpopular law. My House colleagues and I will continue taking action wherever possible to offer relief from the most onerous provisions of Obamacare, but this staggering rate increase is a reminder of why we need a Commander-in-Chief who will partner with us to start over on healthcare reform.”

Note: During President Obama’s July 1st visit to Tennessee, he answered questions about the healthcare law via Twitter. Congressman Black asked the President why health insurance rates were poised to spike in Tennessee despite previous promises to the contrary. No response was received. 


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VIDEO: Rep. Black Testifies Before Tennessee General Assembly on Her Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood


To watch video of Rep. Black’s testimony, click HERE or the image above. Rep. Black’s remarks begin at 01:07:42

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and author of H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, testified before a joint hearing of the Tennessee state House and Senate Government Operations Committees regarding Planned Parenthood and the possible sale of fetal issue. Congressman Black served in the Tennessee state legislature from 1998 until she was elected to Congress in 2010.

Video of the full hearing is available here (Rep. Black’s testimony begins at 01:07:42). A partial transcript is provided below:

Thank you Mister Chairman. I thank you, Chairman Faison, and members of this committee for holding this hearing and inviting us today to speak. I want to be very transparent today. Many of you know me but for those of you who don’t, I am a mother, I am a nurse, I am a believer in the God-given value and purpose of innocent life, I have fought for it all of my career, and I wholeheartedly oppose Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the largest abortion provider in the nation. More than 327,000 abortions are performed annually by their organization. Tennessee largely defunded Planned Parenthood in 2009 but its affiliates across the country still receive more than $500 million in federal funding each year. This means that when your constituents and my constituents pay their federal taxes each year, they continue to foot the bill for Planned Parenthood’s activities.

It is clear by now that Planned Parenthood may have broken some laws in at least three ways. I want to talk briefly about each one of those.

Number one: The NIH Revitalization Act says that you cannot alter either the timing or methodology of an abortion for the sole purpose of obtaining tissue. Now, we have a Planned Parenthood doctor who talks about using a “less crunchy technique.” It is valid to ask, do you use a “less crunchy technique” in all abortions? Doctor Nucatola, as has already been said, said that they crush above and below the heart, the lungs, and the liver to leave those organs intact. Is that a procedure that’s used in every abortion or just those where you’re solely obtaining fetal tissue.

Number two: The federal ban on partial birth abortion became a law in 2003. Doctor Nucatola on the film says that partial birth abortion – the definition – is “up to interpretation.” And she also says “What ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”

Number three: Profiting from the sale of tissue is illegal. Why is there no fee schedule? . . . If this were not [for] profit then you would have a fee schedule. Here’s how much it costs us to harvest the tissue, how much it costs us to store the tissue, and how much it costs to transfer the tissue. At best, this is a poor business model and terribly sloppy bookkeeping. At worst, this is criminal activity of the most barbaric kind.

I now want to talk about what we are doing in Congress . . . There are three House committees that are investigating, as Congressman Blackburn has indicated: The committee that she is the vice-chair [of] – Energy and Commerce, also Oversight and Judiciary . . . But there are enough lingering questions right now to freeze Planned Parenthood’s funding today. That is why I have introduced H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. This places an immediate moratorium on Planned Parenthood’s funding for a span of one year while Congress conducts a thorough investigation . . . It would not reduce overall women’s health funding by a single dime. This would simply reallocate those dollars to other providers that, in many cases, are offering a broader range of preventive care services to women.

My legislation has the support of over 160 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and I am pleased to report that House leadership has expressed to me their intentions to call up this bill for a vote later when we get back into session.

I want to think the General Assembly for carrying out this investigation of your own. Tennesseans of all political persuasions deserve to know that our laws are being followed and that their tax dollars are being spent with integrity. Your oversight efforts will help ensure that this is the case and I very much appreciate it.

Normally I don’t give advice or direction to the state or local government, but nothing about this video is normal. So today, I speak to you not as a legislator but as a mother and a nurse to urge you to continue a full and fair investigation. You need to aggressively pursue the facts here to make sure that no laws are being broken. I ask that you not be deterred by attacks that will come against you, as has already occurred, for the questions that you ask in your sincere motives. And if laws were broken, I encourage you to hold responsible parties accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

I thank you again for your attention to this matter and for allowing me and my colleague to be here today.

Resources:The Tennessean: Lawmakers Call Planned Parenthood Hearing Wednesday


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 Statement on Senate Failure to Advance Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill


Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, released the following statement on the Senate’s failure to advance S. 1881, legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Black is the author of H.R. 3134, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.

“With this vote, we saw just how truly intertwined today’s Democratic party is with the big abortion industry,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Forty-five Senators decided to ignore the ugly truth of what is happening behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood clinics and to pretend that the videos we have all seen with our own eyes simply do not exist. In doing so, they defeated – for now – a good and decent bill that would have prioritized women’s health care while safeguarding the most innocent and vulnerable among us. This vote was a triumph of politics over principle and deceit over truth.”

Congressman Black added, “I want to thank Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) for their votes in support of this legislation. I only wish more Democrats had the courage and personal integrity to join them. The fight to defund Planned Parenthood is far from over. I will continue to demand a vote on passage of my legislation, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act, in the House and am committed to working with my colleagues to find a path forward for this effort in the Senate. We will not give up and we will not stand down.”

Resources:VIDEO: Rep. Black Talks Planned Parenthood Videos on CNN – Anybody With a Conscience “Should Be Appalled”Rep. Black’s Op-Ed in The Tennessean: Planned Parenthood is the True DeceptionThe Daily Signal: Rep. Black Pushes to Defund Planned Parenthood – “We Have a Moral Obligation”


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 Talks Planned Parenthood Videos on CNN- Anybody With A Conscience “Should Be Appalled"


To watch Congressman Black's appearance on CNN, click HERE or the imagove above

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro Life Caucus, joined CNN’s “New Day” to discuss the recent undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing the harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs. Black is the author of H.R. 3134, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The legislation, which has the support of over 160 cosponsors, would place an immediate moratorium on all federal funding to Planned Parenthood for the span of one year while Congress conducts a full investigation.

To watch Congressman Black’s full CNN interview, click HERE. A partial transcript is provided below:

On White House Spokesman Josh Earnest's admission that he did not watch undercover Planned Parenthood videos:  “I do find it unacceptable. Those videos have been out there and if he’s going to be talking about it, he ought to at least know what’s on the videos before he makes those comments.”

On liberal claims that Planned Parenthood videos are misleading and selectively edited:  “It’s not a cut and paste. This is actually what’s happening – full conversation. Anybody that has any conscience at all should be appalled by the activity that’s on that video; the callous, cavalier attitude about life and what they’re doing to life. So I can tell you that it is not a cut and paste.”

On how Planned Parenthood may have broken the law: “First of all, I’m a nurse and I’ve been a nurse for over 40 years so I’ve been in this industry a long time. There are a couple of things that are a problem here. One is that the NIH Revitalization Act says that you cannot in any way alter the timing or procedure for the sole purpose of harvesting tissue. We see in this video they do talk about doing that. The doctors actually talk about . . . if you need a heart, or a lung, or a liver, we can do a less ‘crunchy’ procedure  . . . The second thing is the selling of organs. We know very clearly that organs are harvested for an administrative fee but they cannot be sold . . . You see these two doctors that are negotiating and one of them actually talking about needing a Lamborghini – if there were no profit from this, why would they not say ‘Here’s our administrative fee, here’s how much it costs us to harvest it, store it, transport it?’ You wouldn’t be having a negotiation for that particular part . . . The third piece is on the partial birth abortion [ban]. When Dr. Nucatola says it’s “up to interpretation” and it really doesn’t matter in the end, that is very suspicious. So should we not be investigating what’s going on at Planned Parenthood? I believe we should.”

On false attacks that defunding Planned Parenthood would adversely impact women’s healthcare: “There are over 1,200 federally qualified health [centers] across this country . . . providing those preventive health services women need with things that Planned Parenthood doesn’t have that they once said they had, like mammograms . . . Planned Parenthood performs over 327,000 abortions a year. They get a half billion of the taxpayer money [annually] and that money could be given to these other clinics. I will tell you that there is a lot of competition out there to get the money . . . I know from my personal experience as a nurse and someone who served in the state legislature that we did this here in the state of Tennessee and it can be done across this entire nation.”

Resources:Rep. Black’s Op-Ed in The Tennessean: Planned Parenthood is the True DeceptionThe Daily Signal: Rep. Black Pushes to Defund Planned Parenthood – “We Have a Moral Obligation”


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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