Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Black Introduces Legislation to Stop Obama Administration from Diminishing the Oath of Allegiance

2015/07/30

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) announced the introduction of H.R. 3296, the Restore the Oath of Allegiance Act. The legislation is in response to a July 21st directive from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that will erode the Oath of Allegiance required as part of the naturalization process for new American citizens.

The new USCIS policy allows anyone with a conscientious objection to refrain from reciting the portion of the Oath of Allegiance which reads “ . . . That I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law." 

Immigrants seeking an exemption from this portion of the oath would not be required to provide any form of attestation to explain their objections. This policy is at odds with federal law which requires a person to show by clear and convincing evidence to the satisfaction of the Attorney General that he or she opposes reciting these clauses of the Oath (8 U.S.C. 1448). Black released the following statement upon introduction of the bill:

“The Oath of Allegiance exists for a reason,” said Congressman Diane Black. “While our courts have long allowed exemptions to portions of this oath for those with deeply held religious and moral objections, the new guidelines from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services essentially amount to an exception for anyone who wants one. Not only is this bad policy, it also is at odds with federal law - which requires a person to show by clear and convincing evidence that they oppose reciting the clauses of the Oath that are in question.”

Congressman Black added, “I strongly support legal immigration, but to think that broad swaths of immigrants would be granted citizenship without reciting a complete Oath of Allegiance and without even providing attestation of their objection is completely nonsensical – even for this Administration and its liberal immigration priorities. That is why my legislation will nullify the new guidance from Citizenship and Immigration Services and return to commonsense enforcement of the full Oath of Allegiance.”

Resources:Bill Text: H.R. 3296, the Restore the Oath of Allegiance Act

Washington Examiner: GOP Bill Blocks Obama Plan to Water Down Pledge Taken by New U.S. Citizens

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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 Lambasts House Failure to Pass Planned Parenthood Legislation Before August Recess

2015/07/29

To watch Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor, click HERE or the image 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, spoke out to condemn the House’s failure to pass legislation defunding Planned Parenthood before the start of the annual August district work period. Black is the author of H.R. 3134, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The legislation has the support of nearly 150 cosponsors.

To watch a video of Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor, click here. A transcript of her speech as prepared for delivery is provided below:

Mister Speaker, I stand here profoundly disappointed that the House will leave town today without taking a vote on my legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve all seen the gruesome videos showing the heartless depravity of this organization. We issued statements, we made passionate floor speeches, and we pledged action. Now, our constituents would like to know when we’re going to follow through on that promise.

Today, I’m reminded of the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Mister Speaker, we have a moral obligation to defund Planned Parenthood, and we must do it now – not when the politicians and pundits think it is most politically expedient.

I yield back my time.

Congressman Black also led nearly a half-dozen pro-life women in Congress on a letter to House Republican leadership slamming Planned Parenthood’s “contempt for the sanctity of human life,” commending the planned Senate action on legislation to withhold federal funding for the organization, and urging the House to immediately follow suit. Congressman Black’s letter was signed by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Martha Roby (R-AL-02) and Ann Wagner (R-MO-02). You can read the letter to House leadership here.

Resources:7/22/15 – Black Introduces the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 20157/26/15 – Rep. Black Slams Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards’ Appearance on “This Week”7/28/15 – AUDIO: Rep. Black Talks Defunding Planned Parenthood with Laura Ingraham

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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 Slams Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards’ Appearance on “This Week”

2015/07/26

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 below statement in response to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards’ appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Black is the author of H.R. 3134, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The legislation has the support of 137 cosponsors.

“The message today from Cecile Richards was essentially ‘Just trust us.’ Nothing in Planned Parenthood’s previous track record or in these undercover videos suggests that we should do so,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Ms. Richards maintains that Planned Parenthood ‘does not at all profit from fetal tissue donation’ yet these videos clearly show one of the organization’s senior doctors haggling over the cost of aborted babies’ organs. Ms. Richards further stated that ‘Planned Parenthood has broken no laws’ but its own employees were caught discussing plans to alter abortion procedures so as  to leave the most lucrative organs intact – a violation of the NIH Revitalization Act – and even stating that the federal ban on partial birth abortion is ‘up to interpretation.’”

Congressman Black added, “Unable to offer a proper defense for her organization’s shameful behavior, Ms. Richards instead launched attacks against pro-life Americans who are rightfully concerned about what these undercover videos have revealed. She said we want to ‘cut off funding for basic health care for women’ when the truth is that defunding Planned Parenthood would not decrease the overall amount of funding for women’s healthcare. It would instead direct taxpayer dollars to other, more reputable providers like the nearly 1,200 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the country that provide preventive care to low-income and vulnerable populations without performing abortions. “

Congressman Black concluded, “Ms. Richards statements today left many unanswered questions. She refused to specifically say how the Planned Parenthood employees seen in these videos had been reprimanded and she would not explain what reforms, if any, Planned Parenthood would enact in the wake of this scandal. These are the questions that must be asked and answered directly during our upcoming Congressional investigations. Ultimately, today’s interview only confirmed my belief that Congress must pass my legislation immediately to defund Planned Parenthood.”

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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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Black Introduces the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015

2015/07/22

To watch Congressman Black’s remarks, click HERE or the image above

Washington, DC– This week, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, introduced H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The legislation has the support of 80 original cosponsors and would place an immediate moratorium on all federal funding of Planned Parenthood for the span of one year while Congress conducts a full investigation into the organization’s activities. Introduction of the bill follows the release of multiple undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing the harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs.

Since 2013, Congressman Black has sponsored H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would combat one of Planned Parenthood’s major government revenue streams by withholding Title X grants from any health care provider that performs abortions or gives funds to organizations that do. However, a nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) study released earlier this year found that Planned Parenthood also received $1.2 billion from Medicaid over a three year window – making it clear that legislation is needed to combat any possible source of federal funding for the scandal-ridden abortion mill.

Last night, Congressman Black took to the House floor to speak in support of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act. A full transcript of her remarks as prepared for delivery is provided below, or click here for video.

Mister Speaker, Planned Parenthood has blood on its hands. Over the last week, we’ve seen multiple videos showing its employees brazenly discussing the harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs. But the truth is, Planned Parenthood’s culture of depravity runs much deeper than a couple of videos.

In my home state of Tennessee, Planned Parenthood, the supposed champion of safe abortions, sued to overturn our state’s informed consent and mandatory licensing laws – measures put in place to protect women’s health and safety. When I authored an amendment to our state Constitution allowing legislators to reinstate these protections, Planned Parenthood ran an ill-fated smear campaign attempting to confuse the facts and turn Tennesseans against the measure.

You see, Planned Parenthood doesn’t empower women – it deceives them at their most difficult and vulnerable moments. It values convenience over truth and profit over life.

As a nurse, I’ve seen the big-abortion-industry’s shameful tactics with my own eyes. That is why, for two years now, I’ve sponsored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to address one of Planned Parenthood’s largest government revenue streams. I continue to urge passage of this legislation, but in light of these latest videos, we must take the fight a step further.

For these reasons, I have just introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 - legislation that would enact an immediate moratorium on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood while Congress carries out a full investigation.

I eagerly await the findings of this forthcoming investigation, but you know what, Mister Speaker? No matter, what it reveals, here’s the truth – Planned Parenthood has made a business out of destroying that which God has created.

It performs over 327,000 abortions a year, all while receiving roughly $500 million in annual funding from the taxpayer dollar. The one-sided relationship between Planned Parenthood’s ever-growing bank account and American taxpayers must be severed.

I yield back my time.

Background:

Bill Text: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015Rep. Black’s Op-Ed in TownHall: “More than a Video: Planned Parenthood’s Decades-Long Culture of Deceit”

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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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House bill would block Planned Parenthood funding

2015/07/22


Rep. Black: ‘Planned Parenthood Has Made a Business Out of Destroying That Which God Has Created’

2015/07/22


Another Day, Another Planned Parenthood Lie Exposed

2015/07/21

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 in response to the release of a second undercover video showing the President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Director’s Council, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over the price of aborted babies’ tissue and organs:

“Once again we are at a loss for words by the brazen manner in which Planned Parenthood employees casually discuss the harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs. These videos give us a window into the soul of the big abortion industry and expose their past statements as flat-out lies,” said Congressman Diane Black. “After the first horrific undercover video clearly showing a Planned Parenthood employee discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, the organization assured us that ‘there is no financial benefit for tissue donation’ and that the process is carried out under ‘the highest ethical and legal standards.’ Now we know that statement was false. There is nothing ‘ethical’ about the conversation seen here.”

Congressman Black added, “If Planned Parenthood was simply seeking reimbursement costs for tissue ‘donations’ then why would its employees haggle over prices? Planned Parenthood’s web of deceit is quickly unraveling and the case for defunding this heartless organization has never been stronger. That is why, in addition to continuing to urge passage of the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, I also intend to introduce legislation later today placing an immediate moratorium on all Planned Parenthood funding for one year while Congress conducts a thorough investigation.”

Background:

Rep. Black’s Op-Ed in TownHall: “More than a Video: Planned Parenthood’s Decades-Long Culture of Deceit”Black, Flores, Walorski, Smith, Pitts & More Than 80 House Members Reintroduce Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition 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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GOP Rep: Case for Defunding Planned Parenthood "Has Never Been Stronger"

2015/07/21


Op-Ed: More Than A Video - Planned Parenthood’s Decades-Long Culture of Deceit

2015/07/20


The Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood: An Interview with Rep. Diane Black

2015/07/17


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Rep. Black Slams House Failure to Immediately Pass Legislation Defunding Planned Parenthood

2015-07-29 16:39:17


Rep. Black on Fox Business: We Need a Federal Investigation of Planned Parenthood

2015-07-28 18:52:38


Rep. Black on Laura Ingraham: Science Is Proving the Pro-Life Movement Right

2015-07-28 17:45:48


Rep. Black on Laura Ingraham - We Must Defund Planned Parenthood Now

2015-07-28 16:24:04


Black Talks Defunding Planned Parenthood on 560 AM "Chicago's Morning Answer"

2015-07-24 16:14:01


Rep. Black on CBN Laments "Disrespect for Life" at Planned Parenthood

2015-07-24 14:37:49


Black Questions IRS Commissioner on Progress Made to Avoid Political Targeting

2015-07-23 17:26:56


Rep. Black on Fox News: Planned Parenthood Must be Defunded

2015-07-23 15:12:43


Rep. Black: Planned Parenthood Has Blood On Its Hands

2015-07-22 00:00:59


Rep. Black on "Varney & Co." - Arm Our Military on Bases

2015-07-17 17:50:17


Rep. Black Discusses Tragedy in Chattanooga with Fox 17 News

2015-07-17 12:55:12


Rep. Black Talks Defunding Planned Parenthood with Tony Perkins

2015-07-17 11:00:37


Rep. Black Blasts Obama's Iran, Cuba Negotiations on House Floor

2015-07-14 20:44:22


Rep. Black Discusses Cuba Relations on EWTN News Nightly

2015-07-13 20:38:10


Fox 17 News Reports on Rep. Black's Fight to Stop Over-Regulation of TN Truckers

2015-07-10 20:16:54


Rep. Black Talks Cuba Relations on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America"

2015-07-10 18:33:22


GAO Information Security Expert Admits Healthcare.gov is STILL Unsecure

2015-07-10 17:48:06


Rep. Black Talks Cuba, Iran Deal on the Lars Larson Show

2015-07-10 13:35:33


Black Fights to Protect Tennessee Trucking Industry from EPA Overreach

2015-07-08 13:57:07


Black Discusses Obamacare SCOTUS Ruling on "Made in America with Neal Asbury"

2015-06-30 18:52:54


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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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