Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Black’s Statement on President Trump’s Iran Strategy

2017/10/13

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after President Trump unveiled his new strategy for Iran after nine months of consultation with Congress and United States allies.

"President Trump's strategy to neutralize the Iranian government's support for terrorism and restore a more stable balance of power in the region shows that the United States will not stand for the gross violation of human rights on display by their regime. I condemned the gift President Obama gave to Iran by signing this deal in the first place as he misled the American people and put lives in danger. Israel has endured heinous hostility from Iran and this strategy continues the Administration's vow to fight alongside one of our strongest and most important allies. It's time for the Iranian government to end its pursuit of destruction toward their own people and the rest of the world."

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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President Trump Signs Executive Order to Lower Costs of Healthcare

2017/10/12

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order to reform the healthcare system by expanding choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans, and increasing competition of providers to drastically lower costs for consumers. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

“President Trump should not be forced to make unilateral policy changes – the Senate needs to take action and provide permanent relief for the American people. We did our job in the House. For years, employers have been squeezed by Obamacare. The American people deserve more choices and options with lower prices, plain and simple. This Executive Order not only promotes competition across the board, it offers relief to rural areas of the country which is especially necessary in my home state of Tennessee,” said Congressman Black.

If we don’t put an end to the nightmare of Obamacare, people in nearly 50 percent of counties nationwide are projected to have only one insurer option in 2018. That is a truly staggering statistic. Over the past seven years, hospitals have been forced to close, patients have lost their doctors and premiums have skyrocketed due to a law sold as the answer for rising insurance costs back in 2010. Our current Administration has been listening to the suffering of millions of Americans, and is ensuring that these rules are revised and reformed to benefit consumers. It’s far past time for the Senate to follow suit.”

The Executive Order directs the Secretary of Labor to consider proposing regulations to expand Association Health Plans (AHPs), along with additionally directing the Secretaries of HHS and Treasury to consider the expansion of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Expanding AHPs and HRAs will benefit approximately 35 million workers at small businesses, those with fewer than 50 workers. Employers participating in an AHP cannot develop premiums based on their employee’s health conditions.

This expansion will potentially allow small businesses to join together to self-insure or purchase large group insurance, giving them the ability to negotiate better prices and coverage for their employees. The order also requires that a report be produced within 180 days on federal and state policies on the lack of competition in the availability of insurance providers.

Click HERE for more information.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Praises Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

2017/10/09

Washington, D.C. – Today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would move to withdraw the Clean Power Plan, finalized by the Obama administration in 2015. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

"Administrator Pruitt's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan is a victory for communities across the country, and for our own power plants here in Tennessee. The Obama administration's continual executive overreach at the state level is finally being corrected by an Administration committed to giving our local industries the support they need to thrive. By working alongside stakeholders, the Trump administration is putting jobs and those affected by these regulations first rather than a bureaucrat's idealized political agenda.”

Click HERE to read Rep. Black’s op-ed on Administrator Pruitt’s confirmation.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Trump Administration Repeals Coercive HHS Mandate

2017/10/06

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration announced that religious ministries, non-profits, businesses and school entities would no longer be forced to choose between violating their moral and religious beliefs or violating the law under the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. In 2011, the Obama administration required employers and insurers to cover contraceptive methods, including abortifacients, under the Affordable Care Act even if they opposed on moral and religious grounds. Organizations choosing not to comply with the mandate face millions of dollars in penalties and fines.

Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

“Today, President Trump delivered a resounding victory for true-believing Americans across the country, finally closing this appalling chapter on the Obama Administration’s persecution of ordinary Americans who for years have been seeking only the freedom to live in accordance with their faith, free from government interference.

The issue at question has never been whether women should have access to contraception, but rather should the federal government force a sincere religious or moral objector to act in violation of their own beliefs. The answer in our Constitution is no – that is never the role of a free and democratic government. This most basic and essential religious liberty has been vital to our nation’s character since its founding.

It is also now time for the Justice Department to immediately enter a permanent settlement with the Little Sisters of the Poor and many other plaintiffs unfairly threatened with millions of dollars in crippling fines under Obamacare. These courageous women have suffered heavily at the hands of the government, but have never stopped dutifully serving the poor, nor strayed from their convictions.

I also particularly want to praise Vice President Pence for his tireless efforts to defend religious liberty, to secure the rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor and to restore our nation’s fundamental Constitutional principles to their rightful place as the law of the land. I know today’s solution would not have been possible without his leadership and steadfast commitment.”

The new rule leaves the old mandate in place for nearly every employer already subject to it, while providing an exemption on religious and moral grounds. It also admits that the prior rule imposed a substantial burden on employers without a good enough reason, thus violating the law since there are dozens of ways the government could make contraceptives available.

The Little Sisters of the Poor have been fighting the regulation since September 24, 2013. Though the rule announced today will take effect immediately, the Little Sisters still need resolution in their court case.

Background:

On May 4, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing HHS and the executive branch to reconsider the mandate.

On January 11, 2016, Congressman Black, Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA-03), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Lankford (R-OK) announced the submission of a bipartisan amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and signed by 207 members of Congress in support of religious nonprofits and charities challenging Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, including Little Sisters of the Poor.

Click HERE for Rep. Black’s statement on the Draft HHS Rule leaked at the end of May 2017.

Click HERE to watch Rep. Black speak on the House floor in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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VIDEO: The 'Golden Key' to Unlock Tax Reform

2017/10/04

Washington, D.C. –  Chairman Diane Black joined Maria Bartiromo today on “Mornings with Maria” to discuss the Budget, tax reform and her reaction as a nurse to the tragedy in Las Vegas. Click here or on the image below to view the full interview.

“This is the golden key to unlock tax reform that is so needed in our country... I’m very proud of this Budget and we’re going to be passing this Budget on the Floor tomorrow. It has been a long time in coming and I’m very proud of my members and proud of my conference that will stand up and say ‘here’s our vision for America,’ and I think it’s a very fine vision.”

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the FY 2018 Budget Resolution titled, “Building a Better America.” The Resolution was passed by the House Budget Committee in July with unanimous support from Republican members.

Visit www.balancedbudget.gop for more information on the Budget Resolution.

Visit www.fairandsimple.gop for more information on the Unified Tax Reform Framework.

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House Votes to Protect Unborn Babies at 20 Weeks

2017/10/03

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

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) by a vote of 237-189, which would end late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when scientists have determined that unborn babies are able to feel pain inside the womb. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 36.

Remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

M. Speaker, it is difficult to imagine what could be more important than establishing who is protected under the law and who is not – who is given a chance at life, and who is denied it.

As technology continues to evolve, the more we can celebrate the ability we have to save the life of a baby at just 20 weeks after conception – that is truly remarkable.

When I became a nurse over 40 years ago, I vowed to “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care,” whether they were born or unborn. I am still committed to that today.

40 years later, science tells us that after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies are able to feel pain inside the womb.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects those who cannot protect themselves when handed a death sentence.

M. Speaker, there are currently seven countries in the world that allow elective, late-term abortions – including North Korea and China. Why is the United States on a list with countries categorized as human rights abusers? Our nation can do far better.

I have seen how special care is given to reduce the pain of precious premature babies born at 20 weeks in the NICU. Unborn children in the womb at this stage should be protected too.

In a late-term abortion procedure, babies are sometimes torn apart limb from limb or their spinal cords are cut – they can FEEL this at 20 weeks.

These are viable, living, human beings that offer unbridled potential to the world. It is incomprehensible that our laws today say otherwise.

We must pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to give these unborn children a chance to see the light of day.

M. Speaker, I yield the remainder of my time.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), or “Micah’s Law,” protects unborn children from abortion after 20 weeks (post-fertilization) of pregnancy. Increasing medical evidence shows that by this time, at the latest, unborn children possess the ability to feel pain and respond to painful stimuli. The bill is co-sponsored by 170 House Members, and is supported by over 50 coalitions, including Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life, Family Research Council, March for Life, Faith & Freedom Coalition, Students for Life of America, the ERLC and Concerned Women for America. To view the coalition letter thanking Leader McCarthy for scheduling H.R. 36 for a vote, click here.

The bill makes exceptions for cases of rape against an adult woman as long as she has received medical treatment or counseling outside of the abortion industry. Additionally, there are exceptions made for cases of the rape or incest of a minor as long as the abuse has been reported to law enforcement or social services to prevent continuing abuse of the child. The criminal penalties for abortionists violating the law include a fine and/or up to five years imprisonment, but the woman on whom the abortion is performed is protected from prosecution. There must also be a second physician present to provide care and transport to a hospital for unborn children who survive an abortion.

To view President Trump’s Statement of Administration on H.R. 36, click here.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Tax Reform: Framework is Pro-America

2017/09/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump Administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance released the unified framework for fixing the tax code, last updated by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The framework will deliver a modern code built for growth, supporting middle-class families, protecting jobs and delivering fiscally responsible tax reform to spur the economy. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

“This is a truly historic opportunity for our country. The current tax system – last updated 30 years ago – forces taxpayers to pay astronomical rates and fill out complicated, unnecessary forms. Americans deserve better. Our goal from the beginning was to create a simpler, fairer and flatter system, and I believe we have done just that. This framework lowers taxes so Americans can keep more of their paychecks and families can spend less time filing papers. It will allow our own families in Tennessee to plan for the future with certainty that their hard-earned money will stay in their pockets.

As a unified government, we worked with President Trump and the Senate to craft a framework benefitting every income level, especially the middle class. Our reform also delivers the lowest tax rates in modern history for businesses so job creators can provide bigger paychecks to their employees and incentivize hard work. By simplifying the system and getting the government out of the way of our free-market economy, America is made more competitive on an international scale and the potential for unprecedented job creation is unleashed. We believe this will be a catalyst for more jobs, bigger paychecks and fairer taxes – this framework is pro-America. Plain and simple.”

The full framework can be found HERE, and a one page overview can be found HERE.

Visit www.fairandsimple.gop for more information.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Statement on Sen. Corker’s Decision Not to Seek Re-election

2017/09/26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) announced he would not seek re-election in 2018:

"Senator Corker has been an effective voice for Tennesseans in the Senate. He is a devoted public servant and I wish he and his wife, Elizabeth, well in the future."

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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House to Vote on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

2017/09/26

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), along with Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Trent Franks (R-AZ-08), Vicki Hartzler (R-MO-04) and Chris Smith (R-NJ-04), held a press conference announcing that the House of Representatives will vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. First introduced in 2015, the bill would end late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when scientists have determined that unborn babies are able to feel pain inside the womb, some as early as 18 weeks.

Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) gave the following remarks at the press conference (as prepared for delivery):

“It is difficult to imagine what could be more important than establishing who is protected under the law and who is not – who is given a chance at life, and who is denied it.

More and more, we can celebrate the ability we have to save the life of a baby at just 20 weeks after conception – that is truly remarkable. As a nurse, I know this first hand.

Science tells us that after 20 weeks of pregnancy, babies are able to feel pain inside the womb. It is unconscionable that this is a debate we are having here in the United States in 2017.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a compassionate, commonsense measure. It protects those who cannot protect themselves when handed a death sentence.

I want to thank Leader McCarthy for taking this important bill to the floor as we fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and who offer boundless potential to the world.

It is far past time to remove the United States from the list of countries allowing late-term abortions. We must pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to right this terrible wrong and give these unborn children a chance to see the light of day.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Statement on House Passage of the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

2017/09/14

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to combat gang violence by criminal aliens and enhance public safety. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697) establishes that an alien looking to enter the United States after having been associated with a criminal gang is inadmissible or they will face deportation if already affiliated. H.R. 3697 also prevents gang members from receiving immigration benefits, such as asylum or temporary protected status.

Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the House passage of the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act:

“We have heard far too many stories of sons and daughters being murdered or assaulted due to violence by gang members in this country illegally. The primary responsibility of the federal government is to keep Americans safe by enforcing our federal laws and the passage of this bill is sending the message that we will not tolerate innocent members of our communities to be victimized by these criminals. It is appalling that people bringing violence into our country are given immunity from deportation unless they are convicted of a separate crime,” said Congressman Black. “I’m glad my colleagues see the need for ensuring that those breaking the law will be punished accordingly, and I hope the Senate will follow suit to keep these offenders off of our streets and away from families.”

H.R. 3697 amends the Immigration and Nationality Act pertaining to the detainment and deportation of criminal alien gang members, as it is currently not possible to deport convicted persons unless they are found guilty of an independent crime. H.R. 3697 also establishes a process for a group defined as a criminal gang to petition the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove its designation. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, membership of violent transnational gangs is largely comprised of foreign-born nationals.

Additional Information:

Congressman Black is the author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 400), ensuring that sanctuary cities incur penalties for willfully ignoring federal immigration laws. Under the bill’s provisions, if cities receiving grants are found to have sanctuary policies, they will be required to give back the funds. Penalties will be enhanced for deported felons returning to the United States and unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving, or arrested for serious crimes, are required to be detained during their removal proceedings. H.R. 400 is currently endorsed by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Association of Police Organizations, International Union of Police Associations and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Click HERE for more information on the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Floor Speech on H.R. 36, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act"

2017-10-03 22:17:46


Rep. Black Discusses House GOP Budget with MSNBC's Hallie Jackson

2017-09-06 15:54:11


Rep. Black Floor Speech on H.R. 3164 Medicare Part B

2017-07-25 20:35:49


Rep. Black Floor Speech in Support of No Sanctuary For Criminals Act

2017-06-29 19:07:04


Rep. Black Offers Amendment at Rules Committee To Ban Billions From Sanctuary Cities

2017-06-27 21:10:21


Rep. Black Honors The Life Of Legend Pat Summitt

2017-06-23 16:18:46


Rep. Black Joins Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business To Talk Health Care

2017-05-03 13:38:09


Rep. Black Honors 100 Years of Women in Congress

2017-04-05 20:58:01


Rep. Black's Opening Statement on the American Health Care Act

2017-03-24 17:09:13


Black on Fox News: "We Don't Have A Choice" But to Repeal Obamacare

2017-03-11 19:12:06


Rep. Black Talks Obamacare Repeal with Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour

2017-03-11 00:25:50


Rep. Black: If You Want to Repeal Obamacare, This is the Way to Do It

2017-03-10 17:39:36


Rep. Black on WBIR: We're Witnessing an Obamacare "Implosion" in Tennessee

2017-02-22 18:48:21


Rep. Black Pushes to Overturn 11th Hour Obama Rule Propping Up Planned Parenthood

2017-02-16 19:34:23


Black Fights to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

2017-02-14 22:50:05


Rep. Black Fights to Defund Planned Parenthood: "This is An Abortion Enterprise"

2017-02-07 18:23:22


Rep. Black Joins Laura Ingraham to Talk Trump's First 100 Days, House Budget Plans

2017-02-02 16:55:09


Rep. Black Talks Obamacare Repeal, Tax Reform with Larry Kudlow

2017-01-30 16:21:48


Rep. Black Leads Debate in Support of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

2017-01-24 20:36:50


Rep. Black Challenges Dems on Opposition to No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

2017-01-24 18:40:52


Contact Information

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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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