Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Black Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Fair Reimbursement for Tennessee Hospitals

2017/02/17

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 45 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 1130, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017, alongside Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) and 13 other cosponsors, including every member of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation. The bipartisan bill would establish a national minimum Area Wage Index (AWI) of 0.874 for Medicare reimbursement of both inpatient and outpatient services, in turn correcting a flawed formula that results in disproportionately low reimbursement payments to rural hospitals like those in Tennessee and Alabama. Black released the following statement:

“As a registered nurse, I know that protecting our quality of life and public health in Tennessee goes hand-in-hand with ensuring that our hospitals get a fair deal from Washington. The current area wage index formula unfairly tilts the scales against rural hospitals like those across my district while letting hospitals in the wealthiest neighborhoods of California and Massachusetts cash in on this flawed payment model. Tennessee’s healthcare providers bring lifesaving care to neighbors across the state every day. It isn’t asking too much to insist that they receive a proper reimbursement for the services they perform. I am grateful for the strong, bipartisan showing of support for this legislation from my colleagues and will urge swift passage of this bill to ensure fairness and stability for every Tennessee hospital,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Background:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) bases a portion of each hospital’s reimbursement for Medicare services on the Area Wage Index for Hospitals (AWI). The AWI is based upon the relative hospital wage level in the hospital’s geographic area compared to the national average. A number of legislative and administrative “fixes” over the past thirty years along with flaws of the existing formula have resulted in significant distortions in the AWI system. For example, as it stands today, hospitals in the community of Oakland, California are reimbursed based on an AWI of 1.74 while, for example, Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville and St. Thomas Dekalb Hospital in Smithville are reimbursed based on an AWI of .72.

In fact, while the AWI was originally designed so that the average AWI is 1.0, there is not a single hospital in any of the following states that is reimbursed based on an AWI of 1.0 or greater: Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Utah.

Under the current system, hospitals that choose to enter rural and underserved areas with lower average wages are slapped with disproportionately lower reimbursement rates and thinner profit margins. By establishing a floor AWI of 0.874 for Medicare reimbursement, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017 will help address this disparity.

 

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 45 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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House Passes Black’s Resolution Protecting States’ Right to Withhold Funding from Abortion Providers

2017/02/16

To watch video of Rep. Black’s testimony, click HERE or the image above

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised the bipartisan House passage of her resolution, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states such as Tennessee to provide Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The resolution passed by a vote of 230 to 188.

Prior to the vote, Congressman Black led debate in support of the resolution. To watch her opening statement on the House floor, click here. A full transcript is provided below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of my resolution of disapproval, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Obama Administration’s eleventh-hour rule forcing states like Tennessee to fund abortion providers.

I want to begin today by stipulating very clearly what this resolution is about.

Because, while I am unapologetically pro-life, you don’t have to be in order to support this resolution. You just have to believe in the 10th Amendment

Despite the histrionics you may hear on the other side of the aisle today, with this resolution we are not voting to defund Planned Parenthood, voting to cut Title X funding, or voting to restrict abortion rights.

Madam Speaker, we are simply voting today to affirm the right of states to fund the healthcare providers that best suit their needs, without fear of reprisal from their own federal government.

I didn’t realize that was a partisan issue.

And it shouldn’t be, because that’s how the Title X grant program functioned for more than 45 years until the Obama Administration decided to leave this parting gift to the abortion industry on its way out the door.

For me, this issue is personal.

As a registered nurse, I know that vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood.

So, as a state legislator, I worked within my authority to make sure that Tennessee honored the will of our pro-life populace and steered our state’s share of Title X dollars away from health care providers that perform abortion.

As a result, our share of Title X grants have been sent exclusively to the Tennessee Department of Health, which then allocates them to county health departments and other qualified providers that protect the lives of our most vulnerable.

That was Tennessee’s right, and we have been able to exercise that right while protecting access to comprehensive care for those who are most in need.

According to HHS’s own 2015 Title X Family Planning Annual Report, our state provided care under Title X to more than 75,000 Tennesseans.

That means we served even more citizens than more populated states like Michigan and Virginia.

But in December of last year, the Obama Administration decided to intervene, setting unprecedented new parameters on how states must select Title X grantees that were specifically designed to prop up its political allies in the abortion industry.

With my resolution, I’m proposing that we go back just a few short weeks to December 15, 2016 – the day before the Obama Administration decided to reconfigure a 45-year old program with this ill-conceived order.

That is all my resolution would do.

I urge my colleagues to give states the freedom and the flexibility to take care of their citizens the best way they know how by voting yes on H.J. Res. 43.

With that, I reserve the balance of my time.

 

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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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Black Testifies on Her Resolution Overturning Obama Admin Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

2017/02/15

To watch video of Rep. Black’s testimony, click HERE or the image above

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, testified today before the House Rules Committee in support of H.J. Res. 43, her resolution to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states to provide Title X funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

Congressman Black’s resolution of disapproval is slated for a vote on the House floor later this week. To watch a video of her testimony, click HERE. A full transcript is provided below:

Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today.

I’m pleased to testify in support of my resolution, H.J.Res.43, disapproving of the Obama Administration’s December 16th rule thwarting states’ ability to fund the healthcare providers that best suit their needs under the Title X program.

As members of this committee may know, Title X has existed as a federal family planning grant program since 1970, and states have always had the freedom and flexibility to dole out those grants to the providers of their choice.

In my home state of Tennessee, for example, our Title X funding goes exclusively to the Tennessee Department of Health which then determines appropriate sub-grantees. These are made up primarily of county health departments.

We’ve been able to effectively use our share of Title X funding to provide women and families with the care they need, all while asserting our state’s right to steer these taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers in Tennessee. 

Now, under this eleventh hour Obama Administration rule – finalized after President Trump was elected and made enforceable just two days before he took office – Tennessee has lost that right.

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee: It is not the role of politicians in Washington to usurp states’ 10th Amendment rights and substitute our judgment for that of state and local leaders.

We must return to a point where states are empowered to make their own healthcare decisions – based on the unique needs of their constituency – without fear of reprisal from the federal government.

It’s also worth noting that the Obama Administration’s rule is simply not grounded in fact. This edict was replete with statements that the Administration cannot back up.

For example, the rule stated that health care providers with a focus on reproductive health – for example Planned Parenthood – can “accomplish Title X programmatic objectives more effectively.” This is demonstrably false.

According to Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive services dropped by 18% over the last year. And their total number of services provided dropped by 11% even as their taxpayer funding increased by millions and their abortions continued at over 320,000 a year.

What’s more, the research that the Obama Administration cited in this rule is far from unbiased. 

Consider this:  The finalized HHS rule cites “research” from the Guttmacher Institute nearly half a dozen times throughout its pages. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Guttmacher was formerly an entity housed within Planned Parenthood Federation of America and is even named after a former Planned Parenthood President.

Members of the committee, if an Administration is going to impose sweeping new rules limiting states’ rights, the least they could do is provide proper supporting documentation.

Now, I have heard some of the criticisms of this resolution that exist already, so let me be clear: Passage of my resolution does not defund Planned Parenthood – though I have always been unapologetic about my support for such a measure.

Instead, this resolution simply honors the wishes of states that have taken action to withhold Title X funding from abortion providers and restores the status quo from before December 16, 2016. Further, this resolution does not alter funding levels for the Title X program. And finally, this resolution does not leave women without access to preventive healthcare.

As members of this committee may know, I’ve been a nurse for more than 40 years and have dedicated my career to protecting the health and safety of women, children, and families.

With this resolution, we’re simply allowing states to invest in women’s health over abortion and reallocate Title X dollars to other, more comprehensive providers – for example, community health centers, which outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics by a margin of 20 to 1.

I urge the members of this body to stand on the side of the 10th Amendment and move this legislation to the House floor for a vote.

With that, I’ll be happy to answer any questions. 

 

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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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Congressman Black Praises Selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

2017/02/01

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement upon President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I applaud President Trump for nominating a fair-minded Constitutionalist like Judge Gorsuch to serve on our highest court. With this selection, President Trump has chosen a respected jurist who will uphold both the spirit and the letter of our law. I am especially encouraged by Judge Gorsuch’s opinions in the cases of Hobby Lobby vs. Sebelius and Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Burwell, which display a clear respect for religious freedom that has been missing in too many corners of Washington over the last eight years. He is uniquely qualified for this role, having already been confirmed without opposition to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by the US Senate in 2006, and I know that he will be a worthy successor to the esteemed legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia,” said Congressman Diane Black. “After Senate Democrats’ embarrassing display of boycotts and blanket opposition to President Trump’s cabinet picks this week, they have a golden opportunity to redeem themselves by giving the American people an up-or-down vote on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination without delay.”

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Congressman Black Statement on Trump Administration’s Immigration and Refugee Vetting Policy

2017/01/30

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order pausing refugee resettlement and temporarily prohibiting travel to the United States for individuals from terrorist hot spots:

“The first duty of the federal government is the defense of the homeland and the security of our borders. Our commitment to be the beacon of freedom also compels us to open our arms to those who yearn for liberty and safety from tyrants and persecution abroad. These imperatives are compatible and we can live up to them both. We should insist upon the most careful and cautious vetting possible for refugees from failed states and hostile nations and I commend the President for taking this duty seriously after the failures of the Obama administration. ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorists must be defeated and we cannot allow them to use our love of liberty against us. I am hopeful and confident that the Administration, with the advice of the Congress, will properly flesh out the operational details of the best way to protect our citizens, protect our borders, protect our allies, and protect our legitimate guests who seek to make our nation stronger,” said Congressman Diane Black.

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

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Congressman Black Statement on President Trump’s Immigration Orders

2017/01/25

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, released the following statement on President Trump’s executive orders authorizing the construction of a US-Mexico border wall and targeting funding for sanctuary cities:

“I’m pleased to see President Trump leading where former President Obama would not. With these orders, he is acting to protect our national security and make good on his promises to the overwhelming majority of Tennesseans who elected him. Americans have compassion for our neighbors abroad but we know that our first responsibility is to protect our fellow citizens here at home. That is the core of President Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda, and it is an agenda that families in my district are eager to see put to work,” said Congressman Diane Black. “As the author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act alongside Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), I am particularly encouraged to see President Trump taking decisive action to hold these rogue jurisdictions accountable for playing politics with public safety. While the President’s orders are a bold first step, they should be followed up with meaningful legislation. My bill, which has the support of more than 60 House cosponsors, would withhold billions in federal grants from cities that adopt sanctuary city policies and will ensure that the spirit of President Trump’s executive orders cannot be ignored by future administrations. I hope that Congress will seize this opportunity and pass the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act without delay.”

For more information on the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, 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 Interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Congressman Black Leads Debate In Support of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

2017/01/24

 

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

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised the House passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Congressman Black was an original cosponsor of the legislation and managed floor debate on behalf of House Republicans in support of the bill. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act passed by a bipartisan vote of 238 to 183.

To see a video of  Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor in support of the legislation, click HERE. A full transcript is provided below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and I thank the gentleman from New Jersey, Mr. Chris Smith, for his unflinching leadership on this issue.

It was just last week that groups of women marched in the streets of D.C. and other cities across the country; apparently ready to write off this Presidency as it’s just begun. But there were millions of pro-life women who were explicitly told they were unwelcome at this event.

So today, the People’s House is giving them – and the more than 60 percent of Americans from all political persuasions who oppose taxpayer funding of abortion – a voice.

The legislation before us will protect Americans’ conscience rights by ensuring their hard-earned tax dollars are not used to fund the destruction of innocent life.

That is a principle that members of both parties have supported before.

Every year, Democrats and Republicans alike have come together to support funding bills that maintain a law called the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the direct federal funding of abortion with limited exceptions.

This 40 year old law has saved an estimated 2 million lives, but it is not permanent – meaning that this time-honored protection could be taken away on a whim. What’s more, the law, in its current form, has clear loopholes.

A 2014 GAO study found that taxpayer funded insurance subsidies could be used to pay for abortions on over 1,000 Obamacare plans nationwide.

That is why, today, we have an opportunity to make this life-affirming law permanent and government wide. 

As a mother, a grandmother, and a nurse for more than 40 years, this measure is especially meaningful to me.

During my years in the health care industry, I saw the joy in young parents’ eyes when they met their newborn child for the first time. I held the hands of grieving spouses and children as they said their final goodbyes to a loved one. And, sadly, I witnessed a young woman lose her life due to the effects of a botched abortion. 

These experiences informed my view that all life is a precious gift from God. I pray that, in time, this truth will be reflected in our nation’s laws. But until then, can’t we at least do this much?

I urge a yes vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and I reserve the balance of my time.

NOTE: Congressman Black also spoke earlier today during debate on House Resolution 55, the rule providing for consideration of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. To watch these remarks, 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 Interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Congressman Black Praises President Trump’s Reinstatement of Mexico-City Policy

2017/01/23

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, released the following statement praising President Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City policy which prohibits taxpayer funding of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide or promote abortions overseas:

“With this compassionate executive order, President Trump has turned the page from a sad chapter in his predecessor’s legacy and has already started to make good on his promises to the millions of pro-life Americans that helped him ascend to this office. On the heels of the 44th anniversary of the heartbreaking Roe vs. Wade decision, this order gives us renewed hope of things to come. I applaud President Trump for protecting the conscience rights of American taxpayers and prioritizing federal funding for organizations that protect life over those that take it away. I look forward to continuing to work with the Trump Administration to restore a culture of life that upholds the dignity of our most vulnerable, both at home and abroad,” said Congressman Diane Black.

 

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

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Black, Toomey Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Sanctuary Cities

2017/01/11

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act today. The legislation, introduced with the support of 59 House cosponsors and the backing of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), would withhold key federal funding streams from jurisdictions that forbid their law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials. You can read a summary of the legislation here.

Congressman Black and Senator Toomey released the following statements:

“Across this country, more than 300 sanctuary cities are thumbing their nose at Congress, flouting our laws, and endangering the lives of their citizens – all while relying on federal funding from American taxpayers. Why on earth would we continue to pay cities for neglecting their most basic duties? It defies logic and demands action. With our bill, sanctuary cities will finally incur real penalties for playing politics with public safety and for willfully ignoring federal immigration laws. I am proud to once again join with Senator Toomey on this legislation to cut off funding to these rogue jurisdictions and assert Congress’s Constitutional role in setting immigration policy,” said Congressman Diane Black.

“It is past time for Congress to act to end dangerous sanctuary city policies. Sanctuary cities not only make it harder to stop illegal immigration and keep dangerous criminals off the streets, but they also undermine our anti-terrorism efforts. I am delighted that my House colleague, Congressman Diane Black has joined me in this public safety effort and is introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives. I am confident that under her leadership, the House of Representatives will pass this important legislation,” said Senator Pat Toomey.

In a statement supporting the legislation, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) stated: “The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act recognizes that sanctuary jurisdictions should not be allowed to defy federal immigration law without consequence. Jurisdictions that impede the enforcement of federal immigration laws would be denied access to federal funding. If these jurisdictions do receive grants and are then found to have sanctuary policies, they will be required to give back the funds, which will then be reallocated to compliant jurisdictions. If the government fails to recoup the money and reallocate it, states may sue to uphold the law. The legislation also clarifies that State and local authorities are permitted by law to carry out detainer requests, and includes essential protections for witnesses and victims of crime . . . FAIR joins with numerous law enforcement organizations and applauds you for introducing the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.”

Background:

Congressman Diane Black is a member of the House Border Security Caucus and the recipient of an A+ lifetime rating from the anti-amnesty group NumbersUSA.  As longtime leaders in the fight to enforce our immigration laws, Congressman Black and Senator Toomey sponsored this same legislation during the 114th Congress. Black is also a co-author of Congressman Ted Poe’s (R-TX-02) SMART Border Act and previously authored a House-passed amendment to withhold certain funding for sanctuary cities in the House’s Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill last year. Black is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the newly elected Interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee.

 

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Congressman Black Reintroduces the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017

2017/01/06

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the recently concluded Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, reintroduced H.R. 354 today – the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017. The legislation would prioritize preventive healthcare over elective abortion by placing a one year moratorium on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, including its affiliates and associated clinics, until such time as Planned Parenthood certifies that it will not perform elective abortions or give funding to entities that do. The bill was introduced with the support of 127 cosponsors.

The legislation would instead redirect federal dollars to the more than 13,500 community health centers nationwide that provide a broader range of healthcare services to women (e.g., mammograms) and do not perform abortions. The bill provides $235 million in funding for community health centers, in addition to the funding that would be reallocated from Planned Parenthood. Black released the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood’s grand deception is quickly collapsing. For too long, this organization has cashed in on our tax dollars – to the tune of more than $550 million a year – all while performing more than 320,000 abortions during the same length of time. Abortion is not healthcare, yet it is the centerpiece of Planned Parenthood’s mission. What’s more, legitimate questions persist about Planned Parenthood’s compliance with federal law and regulatory guidelines, as evidenced by the work of our Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s recent decision to refer Planned Parenthood to both the Department of Justice and the FBI,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Our unified pro-life government is proof that Americans have rejected Planned Parenthood’s callous extremism. Now, it is our time to act. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards should consider the introduction of this bill as her notice: the days of her organization receiving a free ride from taxpayers and a blind eye from Washington are coming to an end.”

Congressman Black added,  “From my years on the frontlines of the pro-life movement, I know the scare tactics that Planned Parenthood will use when speaking about this bill, so let me be very clear: My legislation does not cut a single dime from public health funding. In fact, this bill provides an additional $235 million for our nation’s community health centers. For Planned Parenthood or others to claim that our legislation blocks access to preventive care is an outright lie. This is about promoting true women’s healthcare over elective abortion and honoring the conscience rights of American taxpayers who don’t want their tax dollars used to fund a scandal-ridden abortion enterprise.”

Background: Hailed as “the abortion lobby’s worst nightmare” by pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, Congressman Diane Black has spent her career fighting for the health and dignity of mothers and their unborn babies, first as an emergency room nurse and now in Congress. The very first bill that she introduced as a Member of Congress, H. Con. Res. 36 (112th Congress), would have defunded Planned Parenthood in a short term spending bill. Since then, the former Tennessee Right to Life Legislator of the Year has continued her efforts to defend our most vulnerable as the author of several landmark pro-life bills including the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act and last year’s House-passed Conscience Protection Act. Black serves as a member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and is the newly elected interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee.  

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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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