Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Black Statement on the Federal Government Reopening

2018/01/22

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after Congress passed the continuing resolution to fund the government until February 8, 2018:

“This government shutdown was a needless and irresponsible ploy by the Senate Democrats that should have never happened. It was a political game by Chuck Schumer creating an artificial deadline for DACA and holding the Children’s Health Insurance Program and military pay hostage. Democrats chose to place their immigration agenda over the wellbeing of American citizens – our children and military deserved better. I am pleased to see this shutdown come to an end so we can continue working on a solution to our illegal immigration problem.”

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

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It’s Time to Let the Majority Govern

2018/01/20

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after Senate Democrats shut down the federal government:

“Last night, the Democratic minority in the Senate shut down the government. That is not how Congress is supposed to work. 

“The voters elected a Republican President and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress to get things done. While the House has listened to the American people and passed numerous pieces of major legislation, the Senate has failed to follow suit, largely due to arcane Senate rules. It’s time to let the majority govern. It’s time for Mitch McConnell to scrap the Senate rules that give Chuck Schumer the power to stop the congressional agenda in its tracks.”

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

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House Passes Bill Protecting Abortion Survivors

2018/01/19

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 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), requiring healthcare practitioners to properly care for a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 4712.

Remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

M. Speaker, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires doctors and nurses present during an abortion to properly care for a child who survives it.

Imagine that, M. Speaker. A doctor must give the same care to a baby born alive after a botched abortion that they would give to a baby born any other way at the same gestational age.

We’re talking about saving living, breathing human beings. Human beings that were formed in the image of their Creator with inherent dignity.

As a grandmother and a nurse, it is utterly appalling that we have to pass legislation to save babies left to die.

Whether or not we agree that life begins at conception – and I truly hope one day we all will – this bill is merciful, it is humane and it is just.

Abortion is brutal for both the mother and child, and providing care for babies who survive this horrific practice should never be a question. No one should be against this.

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

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires healthcare practitioners who are present during an abortion to ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital. Practitioners who fail to do so will face strong criminal penalties. Additionally, the mother of the child is given legal protection and the right to a civil action.

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

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Rep. Black Congratulates Incoming House Budget Chair Steve Womack

2018/01/11

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the House Republican Conference voted to designate Congressman Steve Womack as Chairman of the House Budget Committee:

“I want to extend many congratulations to my friend Steve Womack on being named Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Guided by his strong and capable leadership, the Committee will thrive. It has been a great honor holding the gavel for the last year and I am proud of what we have accomplished,” Congressman Black said. “I very much look forward to working with Chairman Womack and our colleagues to continue changing the excessive spending culture here in Washington.”

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

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Rep. Black Statement on House Passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

2017/12/06

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) by a vote of 231-198:

"The Second Amendment is a fundamental right of the American people, and its protections do not end at the state line. In Tennessee alone, thousands of honest, law abiding citizens hold valid legal permits to carry a firearm and we believe in our Constitutional right to do so. Just as a driver’s license is recognized from one state to another, carry permit holders must be allowed to exercise this right safely and appropriately no matter which states they visit en route to their destination. I am proud to support this Act and will continue fighting for our rights under the Constitution."

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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 Demands Full Transparency of Congressional 'Hush Fund'

2017/11/30

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after signing on as a co-sponsor of the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act:

“Today, I joined my colleagues in a bipartisan effort to bring more transparency to claims of sexual harassment and misconduct in Congress. No public official should be able to use taxpayer dollars as hush money to cover up their sexual misconduct. This behavior has gone on too long and it needs to stop. I’m proud to join my colleagues in this effort and look forward to considering this legislation on the House floor.

I also believe we need to go further. I believe that Congress and the Tennessee legislature should release all details of sexual harassment claims and settlements against legislators and staff. Victims should be released from their Non-Disclosure Agreements and Congress and the state legislature should identify perpetrators and produce redacted information that shields the identity and circumstance of the victim. Veils of secrecy only serve to protect the perpetrators. Full transparency and accountability is the only way to allow victims to heal and to bring perpetrators to justice. Those of us who are public servants should be held to a higher standard. We are not above the law. The time for action is now.”

 

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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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Historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Passes Committee

2017/11/09

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“This is an historic day, not only for the Ways and Means Committee, but for the American people. We promised a fairer, flatter and simpler tax code, giving middle income families much needed relief from our current code, and we did just that. For my home state of Tennessee, this will create roughly 20,000 new jobs and will allow families to keep $2,200 after-tax income. We promised more of your paycheck in your pocket and we delivered.

I am also profoundly grateful to see that the Adoption Tax Credit is included in the final bill. Adoption has changed my own life and made my family whole, and I am very proud to fight alongside families willing to open their hearts to children in need of a forever home. We can’t change the high cost of adoption overnight, but we can ensure our tax laws provide help to offset that expense. I want to thank Chairman Brady for the work he has done to shepherd this legislation all the way through Committee and I am proud of what we have accomplished. We still have work to do, but the passage of this bill is a significant step toward jumpstarting our economy.”

Click HERE to watch Rep. Black speak in support of the Adoption Tax Credit during the Ways and Means markup.

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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 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017/11/02

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, designed to overhaul the tax code and provide relief to American families for the first time since 1986:

“Today, we took action to present comprehensive tax relief that lowers rates, simplifies the code and gets rid of loopholes so that American families get relief from the crushing burden of high taxes. I am proud of our work with President Trump and Vice President Pence to get this done and I also want to praise the work that Chairman Brady, Committee members and staff have put into this bill. Our goal has always been to relieve the tax burden on middle income families so they can save for the future with a simpler and fairer system. The bottom line is that we believe people need more of their paychecks, and individuals spend their own money more wisely than the government. Period.”

Click HERE to view the full text, and click HERE to read the section-by-section summary.

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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 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 Defends Life On The House Floor

2018-01-19 15:19:55


Rep. Black Speaks in Support of the Adoption Tax Credit

2017-11-09 21:45:53


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


Contact Information

1531 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4231
Fax 202-225-6887
black.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Ways and Means

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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