Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

PHOTOS: Rep. Black Joins Site Visit to US – Mexico Border Region

2016/02/05

Rep. Black Stands Outside the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Headquarters in Edinburg, Texas

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), co-author of the SMART Border Act of 2015, joined her colleagues from the House Border Security Caucus on a site visit to the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S. – Mexico border region. During the trip, Congressman Black participated in a briefing with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, attended a separate briefing with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and personally surveyed the border wall in Mission, Texas. The National Border Patrol Council reported last fall that just 40 percent of southern border region is under U.S. control. Black released the following statement after her site visit:

“We’ve warned for some time that our border was not secure and that the Obama Administration’s immigration policies were failing to uphold the rule of law. Now, I have seen the impact of that with my own eyes,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Tennessee may not be a border state, but the inability of President Obama and, frankly, those before him, to combat the crisis of illegal immigration is felt throughout the country, including in states like ours. This site visit with my Border Security Caucus colleagues has reaffirmed my belief that any future immigration reform must take place in a step-by-step process beginning with true enforcement of our existing laws and, at long last, real border security. Congress could start by passing my bill, the SMART Border Act of 2015, which mandates operational control of the U.S-Mexico border territory within one year of enactment and gives border state governors the use of up to 10,000 National Guard troops to get the job done.”    

*High Resolution Pictures*:Picture 1: Rep. Black Outside the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Headquarters in Edinburg, TexasPicture 2: Rep. Black Participates in a Briefing with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents, seated between Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX-03) and Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX-21).Picture 3: Rep. Black at the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall in Mission, TexasPicture 4: Rep. Black Preparing to Disembark on Tour of Rio Grande River, where caucus members learned about the challenges of securing waterborne areas of the U.S – Mexico border

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Black Statement on House Vote to Override President’s Veto of Legislation Dismantling Obamacare, Defunding Planned Parenthood

2016/02/02

To watch Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor earlier today, click HERE or the image above

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, reacted to the House’s failure to successfully override President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. Black released the following statement: 

“While I am disappointed by today’s failure to successfully override President Obama’s veto, this was a fight worth having. With this reconciliation effort, our Republican majority has kept the story of Planned Parenthood’s brutalities alive, despite the mainstream media’s best efforts, and we’ve encouraged more Americans to watch the recent undercover films for themselves. What’s more, we’ve finally put this President on record. By forcing a veto of this reconciliation bill, we made President Obama put pen to paper and defend his support of a disastrous healthcare law and a taxpayer-funded abortion giant. Finally, we’ve proven that if the American people will give us a willing partner in the White House, we can indeed defund Planned Parenthood and dismantle Obamacare with the support of a simple majority in Congress,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Our work doesn’t end today. I’m pleased that Speaker Ryan has announced plans for House Republicans to unveil a workable alternative to Obamacare this year. As a nurse of more than 40 years, I look forward to being a part of that conversation. I also believe we must continue looking for opportunities to advance pro-life policies and reallocate federal dollars away from Planned Parenthood – including through the appropriations process. As long as Obamacare is law and Planned Parenthood continues to be funded by American taxpayers to the tune of $1.5 million per day, there is work left to be done. I am in this fight for the long haul.”

To watch Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor earlier today in support of the veto override effort click HERE.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Black Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Fair Reimbursement for Tennessee Hospitals

2016/02/02

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 4428, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2016. The 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. 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 discriminates 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 Watsonville, California are reimbursed based on an AWI of 1.72 while hospitals in Bristol and Clarksville Tennessee are reimbursed based on an AWI of .73 and .7439 respectively.  In fact, while the AWI was originally designed so that the average AWI is 1.0, there is not a single hospital in Tennessee that is reimbursed at an AWI of 1.0 or greater. This means 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 2016 will help address this disparity.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Black on Fox News: Center for Medical Progress Indictment a “Miscarriage of Justice”

2016/01/27

To watch Congressman Black’s appearance on Fox News, click HERE or the image above. 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and author of the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,  appeared on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” to discuss a Texas grand jury’s criminal indictment of the Center for Medical Progress for its work to expose possible trafficking of aborted babies’ tissue and organs at Planned Parenthood clinics. A partial transcript of Congressman Black’s interview is provided below:

On Monday’s jury decision and the need to hold Planned Parenthood accountable:“I think this is a miscarriage of justice  . . . and there are obviously some things on those films that do need to be further investigated. As a nurse, as you’ve already indicated, I still do keep my license, we see things on there that are clearly – if they are being done in the clinics – that would be against the law.”

It does make me just shake my head and say ‘How in the world’ . . . You’re referencing one piece of [the videos] where they are negotiating the price. If [Planned Parenthood] were just recovering the fees of what the cost were to harvest the tissue then there would be a flat fee schedule and there wouldn’t be these negotiations. Neither would there be discussion about, ‘Well, if you want a heart, a liver, a brain’ – which, by the way, doesn’t come from a blob of tissue it comes from a baby – ‘Then we can alter the procedure.’ That is against the law as well.”

On how Americans should react to this indictment: “What I hope that people will do is they’ll watch these videos . . . I hope they pull that up and look at it and see what’s happening in the abortion industry; an industry that is very well funded and one that we can change the hearts and minds of people. Many years ago they were told by places like Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry folks that this is not a baby, this is a blob of tissue. Now through technology we know better than that. As I say, you don’t get a heart, a brain, or a lung from a blob of tissue. This is a baby. So changing the hearts and minds of people to understand what is truly going on out there and, especially, if there is trafficking, which appears to be happening, that we have got to, as a nation, say ‘No, not here in our country. We will not have this.’”

On efforts to defund Planned Parenthood:[A measure to defund Planned Parenthood] did pass on our reconciliation [bill]. It went to the President, he vetoed it, and we will have a vote coming up next week … to attempt to override the veto of the President. Some people say this measure is futile because you know you can’t override. We have got to stay in the fight. We have got to let the American people know what’s going on behind those closed doors at these clinics.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Black Responds to Politically Motivated Indictment of Pro-Life Activists

2016/01/25

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and author of the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,  released the below statement following a grand jury’s politically-motivated indictment of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for their role in the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs:

“It is a sad day in America when those who harvest the body parts of aborted babies escape consequences for their actions, while the courageous truth-tellers who expose their misdeeds are handed down a politically motivated indictment instead. Just days after tens of thousands of pro-life Americans participated in the March for Life to urge legal protection for the unborn, this senseless decision is a grim reminder of the work yet to be done. I am profoundly disappointed in this miscarriage of justice but it will not deter our efforts in Congress to hold Planned Parenthood accountable,” said Congressman Diane Black.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Black Statement on Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Against the Center for Medical Progress

2016/01/14

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, released the below statement following Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress:

“This is the Planned Parenthood way,” said Congressman Diane Black. “They are confronted with a horrific truth they cannot defend, so they seek a victory in the courts instead. It won’t work. Thanks to the courageous efforts of the Center for Medical Progress, a veil was lifted and the American people were able to see Planned Parenthood’s callous disrespect for life with their own eyes. These videos have been proven to be authentic – no matter how many times Cecile Richards says otherwise – and no one can deny that they clearly depict Planned Parenthood’s own employees, in their own words, offering stunning admissions of what happens behind closed doors. Instead of attacking the messenger, perhaps it’s time for Planned Parenthood to take a good look in the mirror. This is the grim reality of today’s big abortion business and it is long past time to prevent taxpayers from being forced to foot the bill.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee.

 

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Rep. Black Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

2016/01/13

To watch a video of Congressman Black’s remarks on YouTube, click HERE or the image above To download a Dropbox MP4 file of Congressman Black’s remarks, click HERE

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee, issued a video response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address. A full transcript of her remarks is provided below:

Good evening. Tonight marks the end of an error – at long last, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address.

Of course, as in years past, the President’s remarks didn’t tell the full story.

As President Obama enters his final months in office, our national debt stands at nearly $19 trillion. More than 81,000 pages of new government rules and regulations were added to the federal register in the last year alone – setting an all-time record. And a recent Gallup poll found that, for the second year in a row, Americans view their own government as the single biggest problem facing this nation.

Mr. President, here’s the real state of the union: we are a country put at risk because of your failure to lead.

ISIS is on the march and last month’s tragedy in San Bernardino, California constituted the worst terrorist attack on US soil since September 11, 2001. How does the President respond? By circumventing Congress to unilaterally diminish Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

Meanwhile, just last week authorities arrested two people on terrorism-related charges who entered the United States under the guise of refugee status – yet the President has callously threatened to veto bipartisan legislation strengthening refugee vetting procedures.

President Obama promised us hope and change, but instead he left us with cynicism and more of the same.

That is why conservatives in Congress must fight twice as hard to ensure that our solutions are heard. We still have a responsibility to set our ideas on the table and put this President on record.

In that spirit, the House has already voted this month to repeal the worst parts of Obamacare and end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, instead reallocating those dollars to community health centers that protect life and women’s health. It is also why, later this year, we will unveil a plan to replace Obamacare with a real-world, workable alternative.

It is why, this week, the House is passing tough, new legislation confronting the aggressions of North Korea and Iran.

And it is why, once again, my colleagues and I on the Budget Committee will introduce a responsible, timely budget proposal that will bring our books to balance.

Look, we face big challenges as a country – one of them lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – but I am still hopeful because I have seen the promise of the American dream proven true in my own life. Only here can someone like me – the daughter of parents with no more than a ninth grade education – go from living in the halls of a humble public housing complex, to serving in the halls of the United States Capitol.

I know that story is still possible today and the policies we embrace as conservatives will ensure that remains true into the future.

Our vision allows every person – no matter where they came from, what their last name is, or how much money was in their bank account – a shot at writing their own story and pursuing their American dream.

That is what we’re fighting for, and it is a fight I intend to win. Thank you for listening and for allowing me the great honor of serving you in Congress.

Good night, and God Bless.

 

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Black, Kelly, Hatch, and Lankford Announce Amicus Brief in Support of Nonprofits’ Challenge to HHS Mandate

2016/01/11

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA-03), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) announced the submission of a bipartisan amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and signed by 207 members of the House and Senate in support of the religious nonprofits and charities challenging Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, including Little Sisters of the Poor. The nonprofits’ challenge will be heard this year in the case of Zubik vs. Burwell.

The amicus brief argues that religious freedom is a fundamental guarantee of the United States Constitution and, more recently, of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, noting that “Despite RFRA’s command that the religious beliefs of all individuals and organizations be accorded the same deference, HHS has given the religious liberties of religious non-profits second-tier status.”

Black, Kelly, Hatch, and Lankford released the following statements:

“It is hard to imagine what could possibly be more pure or worthwhile than the ministry of Little Sisters of the Poor and the other religious nonprofits represented in this case. We should be praising their work, not punishing it. Sadly, that is exactly what Obamacare’s coercive HHS mandate will do. The law sets up an impossible choice for these organizations: deny their deeply held beliefs and provide coverage for drugs they deem to be morally objectionable, or face crippling financial penalties from the federal government. This is a pivotal moment for religious freedom and I am honored to lend my voice and my prayers to the growing chorus calling on the Supreme Court to rectify this crisis and protect these time-honored rights from government attack when this case is heard later this year,” said Congressman Diane Black.

“The HHS mandate remains a hideous component of a disastrous law that puts government’s power over people’s rights. It puts this administration on the wrong side of our nation’s long and cherished history of religious liberty and tolerance—and deserves to be defeated. With this amicus brief, my colleagues and I stand side by side with the Little Sisters of the Poor and all those whose First Amendment rights have been trampled under this president’s agenda. I expect the Supreme Court to ultimately free these heroic nuns from the mandate’s oppressive penalties and allow them to continue serving a country where religious freedom is not just settled but celebrated. No government program or politician must ever be permitted to punish American citizens for peacefully following their faith—period,” said Congressman Mike Kelly.

“Religious freedom is a fundamental right that government must respect and accommodate,” said Senator Orrin Hatch, a coauthor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Threatening draconian fines if religious organizations are unwilling to violate their faith clearly violates federal law.”

“This bipartisan amicus brief articulates the great concern that many Americans have about our First Amendment right of the free exercise of religion. The case exposes the Obama administration’s focus on freedom of worship as our primary religious right, instead of our freedom of religion, which includes our everyday lives. Colleges, universities and nonprofits should never be placed in a position where they have to violate their faith to please the government. The question before the Supreme Court should never have reached this level, but it is important for the future of our liberty that the Court now rule in favor of religious freedom,” said Senator James Lankford.

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Rep. Black Responds to Presidential Veto of Bill to Roll Back Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

2016/01/08

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after President Obama’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, legislation to dismantle Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood:

“President Obama’s gall is stunning. He spent this week discussing the need to ‘protect innocent people’ and ‘save more lives’ yet he callously vetoed a bill to protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us from the heinous abuses of Planned Parenthood. What’s more, he denied Americans a chance at relief from his disastrous healthcare law that – nearly six years later – still remains underwater in public opinion polls. The President’s veto is a reminder that Democrats own Obamacare. They passed it over the objections of the American people without a single Republican vote and continue to place loyalty to this failed law over the loyalty they owe to their constituents who suffer Obamacare’s burdensome costs and consequences,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I am pleased that, for the first time in his presidency, conservatives finally made President Obama show his hand, as opposed to the tradition of years past when Harry Reid kept every politically tough decision off the President’s desk. In doing so, we set up an important moment of contrast and proved that President Obama is the one person standing between the dismantling of Obamacare and the restoration of a culture of life.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Black Supports Reconciliation Bill to Dismantle Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

2016/01/06

To watch a video of Congressman Black’s remarks on YouTube, click HERE or the image aboveTo download a Dropbox file of Congressman Black’s remarks, click HERE

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the House Budget Committee, voted to pass the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The legislation uses the budget reconciliation tool to repeal core pillars of Obamacare – including the individual and employer mandates and more than a dozen of the law’s most onerous taxes – and to reallocate federal funding for Planned Parenthood to the more than 13,500 community health centers nationwide that provide preventive healthcare services to low-income and underserved women without performing abortions.

The legislation passed by a vote of 240 to 181. Congressman Black released the following statement:

“I cannot think of a more worthwhile way to begin this legislative year than by passing this sorely needed legislation to repeal the most onerous provisions of Obamacare and combat the abuses of innocent life at Planned Parenthood. As a nurse for more than 40 years, these are two issues especially close to my heart. By every measure, Obamacare has been an abject failure. It has resulted in higher premiums, fewer choices, and lost jobs. Meanwhile, real and legitimate questions remain about potential illegal activities at Planned Parenthood, and its own annual report shows that taxpayer funding for this organization has increased over the last year, while its preventive healthcare services have dropped,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Congressman Black added, “Congress should not be silent on these fronts, and we must not allow veto threats and political posturing from a lame-duck White House to stop us from putting our priorities on the table for all to see. By sending this reconciliation bill to the President’s desk, we can finally put him on record. If he truly believes taxpayers should continue to foot the bill for a disastrous healthcare law and a scandal-ridden abortion giant, that is on his conscience, but he should at least be forced to put pen to paper and defend that decision to the American people. What’s more, with this bill, we have set a precedent for what our conservative majorities can accomplish in 2017 with the help of a willing partner in the White House. Today, President Obama is the only thing standing between our efforts to restore a culture of life and protect Americans from Obamacare. This legislation will be an important reminder of that truth.”

Note: For a transcript of Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor today, which speak specifically to provisions in the bill defunding Planned Parenthood, click HERE.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Black Introduces the bipartisan CONNECT for Health Act of 2016

2016-02-04 16:35:39


Rep. Black Joins Sirius XM The Catholic Channel to Discuss Veto Override Effort

2016-02-03 16:16:21


Black Fights to Override Obama's Veto of Bill Repealing Obamacare

2016-02-02 18:47:24


Rep. Black Talks Latest on Planned Parenthood with Fox News's "America's Newsroom"

2016-01-27 14:51:46


Rep. Black Discusses "Travesty" of Center for Medical Progress Indictment on Fox Business

2016-01-26 20:16:10


Rep. Black Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Address

2016-01-13 03:21:01


Black Discusses Unconstitutional HHS Mandate on "Washington Watch" with Tony Perkins

2016-01-12 17:52:30


State of the Union: A Choice of Two Futures

2016-01-12 15:38:29


Black Supports Pro-Life Reconciliation Bill, Declares Planned Parenthood the "True War on Women"

2016-01-06 21:40:48


Rep. Black Rips Obama's Unconstitutional Gun Control on NRA News "Cam & Co."

2016-01-06 21:17:20


Black Discusses Obama's Unconstitutional Executive Action on Guns with "Varney & Co."

2016-01-06 15:20:34


Rep. Black Discusses Vote Against $1.1 Trillion Omnibus on Fox Business

2015-12-19 15:17:09


Black Supports Tax Extender Bill to Make Sales Tax Deduction Permanent

2015-12-17 17:26:18


Fox 17 News Reports on Obamacare Related Closing of Noshville Deli

2015-12-10 23:06:35


Rep. Black Laments Obamacare-Related Closing of Noshville Deli

2015-12-09 15:29:47


Rep. Black Responds to President Obama's Oval Office Address

2015-12-07 14:47:18


Rep. Black Discusses Planned Parenthood Tragedy in Colorado Springs with Bill Bennett

2015-12-02 16:39:51


Rep. Black Speaks Out on National Adoption Month

2015-11-20 14:33:53


Rep. Black Highlights House-Passed Bills Stuck in the U.S. Senate

2015-11-19 15:37:07


Rep. Black Discusses the Pro-Life Movement on "The Exchange" with Ed Stetzer

2015-11-12 16:00:08


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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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