Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Diane Black: 'CROmnibus' prevents government shutdown

2014/12/15


Rep. Black Statement on CROmnibus Vote to Keep Government Open

2014/12/12

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement on her vote in support of the CROmnibus legislation to keep our government open:

“No government funding measure that needs to be negotiated with Senate Democrats and signed by President Obama will ever be perfect,” said Congressman Black. “But rather than let the perfect be the enemy of the good, I supported this measure because it will avoid a repeat of the 2013 government shutdown, while setting the table for Republicans to take on President Obama’s unconstitutional immigration overreach. By funding all of government through the end of the fiscal year except for the Department of Homeland Security, we will be able to fight his executive action in February with a new Republican majority in the Senate.

“In addition, this bill cuts funding for Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board and reduces IRS funding by $345 million – putting the agency’s budget below Fiscal Year 2008 levels. This legislation also cuts EPA funding for the fifth year in a row and ends an outrageous EPA regulation on lead that resulted in ammunition shortages and acted as a form of backdoor gun control on Tennessee sportsmen.

“I understand and share the strong concerns of my constituents about the President’s unconstitutional action, which is why I have introduced legislation, the Separation of Powers Act, to fight back against this power grab. Our best leverage to stop this action will come when Republicans control both Chambers of Congress next month.”

Additional Information:

11/21/14: Reps. Poe and Black Respond to President's Amnesty Plan, Introduce the Separation of Powers Act

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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 Shares Constituent Concerns on Obama’s Immigration Action on House Floor

2014/12/11

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor in opposition to President Obama’s unconstitutional immigration action. In her remarks, she shared concerns that constituents have shared with her. Below is a transcript of her remarks, or for video, click here.

M. Speaker, on Tuesday President Obama came to Nashville to defend his unconstitutional immigration overreaches – but Tennesseans aren’t buying it.

I asked my constituents what questions they would ask the President during his visit to the Volunteer State and the response was overwhelming.

Penny in Springfield asked “Why has he chosen to ignore the voice of the people on the immigration issue?”

Janice in Gordonsville asked “What does he say to the legal immigrants who obeyed the law to become citizens?”

And Kimberly in White House simply says “I want to know why our laws are no longer valid.”

My constituents said it best. We’re a nation of laws and this lawless immigration overreach must not stand.

I yield back.

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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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GOP REP.: OBAMA PUTTING LAWBREAKERS AHEAD OF 200,000 UNEMPLOYED TENNESSEANS

2014/12/09


Rep. Black Statement on President Obama’s Nashville Immigration Speech

2014/12/09

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement ahead of President Obama’s visit to Nashville to tout his unconstitutional executive action on immigration:

“More than 200,000 Tennesseans remain out of work, but rather than prioritize their plight, the President is putting the interests of those who have broken our laws ahead of them,” said Congressman Black. “Why should unemployed Tennesseans have to compete with illegal immigrants for jobs? And why should those who break our laws to come here be rewarded while so many wait to come here legally? This is wrong and the President does not have the authority to change our immigration laws without Congress, as he himself has said at least 22 times. But now he has changed his mind and chosen Nashville as a destination to publicly thumb his nose at the American electorate that just rebuked him in the last election. The Obama Presidency has been a disaster and can’t end soon enough. But in the meantime, I will work with my colleagues in Congress to fight the President’s unconstitutional power grab and to advance policies that will help get Tennesseans and those who have immigrated here legally back to work.”

Additional Information:

11/21/14: Reps. Poe and Black Respond to President's Amnesty Plan, Introduce the Separation of Powers Act

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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 for Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act

2014/12/04

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) voted for House passage of H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act – legislation to prohibit the executive branch from exempting or deferring from deportation any immigrants considered to be unlawfully present in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

“President Obama has admitted at least 22 times that he does not have the Constitutional authority to create his own immigration laws,” said Congressman Black. “His lawless executive action will now reward those who have broken our laws at the expense of American citizens and those who seek to come to our country legally. This action must be fought on all fronts – whether through legislation or through the courts -- and passing this important bill is a good start.  Congress should also use the power of the purse to stop this action, which is why Congressman Ted Poe and I have introduced the Separation of Powers Act – legislation to prohibit the use of funds for granting deferred action or other immigration relief to aliens not lawfully present in the United States. I look forward to working to advance this legislation through Congress.”

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11/21/14: Reps. Poe and Black Respond to President's Amnesty Plan, Introduce the Separation of Powers Act

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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 Speaks in Support of Bill to End Social Security Benefits for Nazis

2014/12/03

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor in support of bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to terminate Social Security benefits for Nazi persecutors who receive them because of a loophole in current law.  The No Social Security for Nazis Act passed out of the House of Representatives today. Below is a transcript of Congressman Black’s remarks, or to watch the video, click here.

Mr. Speaker, for many today the heinous acts of the Nazi party in the World War II era are a story relegated to history books and museums.

But the fact is, some of these war criminals are still alive—and they are even getting a monthly check from Uncle Sam.

An Associated Press investigation found that dozens of Nazi suspects have collected Social Security benefits due to a loophole in our laws. And the cost to taxpayers has reportedly reached “into the millions.”

Seniors in my district already have concerns about the future of Social Security – the last thing they want to see is their government using scarce taxpayer dollars for this purpose.

That is why I was proud to cosponsor Congressman Sam Johnson’s No Social Security for Nazis Act—legislation to cut off benefits to anyone stripped of U.S. citizenship related to their participation in Nazi crimes.

No act of Congress could ever make right the atrocities of the Holocaust, or bring justice to its six million victims. But ending the flow of payments to these human rights violators would sure be a step in the right direction.

I thank the gentleman from Texas for his work on this critical, bipartisan measure and look forward to voting in support.

Thank you, and I yield back my time.

 

Additional Information:

The legislation is a result of bipartisan work following news reports that some Nazi persecutors, who participated in the systematic murder of millions of innocents, are currently receiving Social Security benefits due to a loophole in the law.  By leaving the U.S. voluntarily, instead of being deported, some Nazi war criminals and collaborators were able to keep their Social Security benefits.  The House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee have jurisdiction over Social Security. 

Text of the legislation and bill summary information is available here.

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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. Poe and Black Respond to President's Amnesty Plan, Introduce the Separation of Powers Act

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) and Congressman Diane Black (TN-06) introduced the Separation of Powers Act.  This legislation would prohibit the use of funds for granting deferred action or other immigration relief to aliens not lawfully present in the United States. The bill text is attached.

“Time and again this lawless administration has defied Congress in order to unilaterally implement its own agenda,” said Rep. Poe. “The President’s latest edict announcing that he will disregard immigration law, rewrite the rules and grant amnesty and work permits to millions of foreign nationals is just the latest illegal act. These actions are motivated by politics, not people. This legislation will allow Congress to exercise its 'check' on an out-of-control White House that treats the Constitution as a mere suggestion, not the law of the land.”

“President Obama will regret this decision,” said Congressman Black. “The American public has loudly voiced their objections to the President circumventing Congress like this, and now President Obama has ignored the will of the people and set a terrible precedent for future Administrations. In doing so he has also reversed his own previous position on the limits of his power, further degrading his credibility and disgracing his Administration. My colleagues and I will explore our options to stop this overreach and restore the proper Constitutional balance to our government – this legislation is an important start.”

The Separation of Powers Act:

1.      Prohibits any funds from being appropriated or otherwise made available to grant parole or deferred action to any alien other than for reasons permitted under current law; and 

2.      Prohibits any funds from being appropriated or otherwise made available to provide work permits or green cards to aliens who are currently unlawfully in the U.S.

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Rep. Black bill would end Social Security for Nazis

2014/11/20


Rep. Black Co-Sponsors Bill to End Social Security Benefits for Nazis

2014/11/20

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing legislation to terminate Social Security benefits for Nazi persecutors who receive them because of a loophole in current law. 

“Congress must stop the flow of payments to these war criminals immediately,” said Congressman Black. “That is why I co-sponsored Congressman Sam Johnson’s No Social Security for Nazis Act. This legislation will cut off benefits to anyone stripped of U.S. citizenship—either voluntarily or by order of the federal government—related to their participation in Nazi crimes. The legislation further ensures that, if the offenders are married, they are denied spousal benefits under Social Security as well. These human rights violators don’t deserve one more dime from you and me.”

The legislation is a result of bipartisan work following news reports that some Nazi persecutors, who participated in the systematic murder of millions of innocents, are currently receiving Social Security benefits due to a loophole in the law.  By leaving the U.S. voluntarily, instead of being deported, some Nazi war criminals and collaborators were able to keep their Social Security benefits.  The House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee have jurisdiction over Social Security. 

Text of the legislation and bill summary information is available here.

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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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Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

John Duncan

TENNESSEE's 2nd DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

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Marsha Blackburn

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

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