Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, responded to the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, nullifying a Texas law that required abortion facilities to submit to the same standards as ambulatory surgical standards (ASCs) and requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Black released the following statement:
“Today is a sad day for women and their unborn babies. With the drop of a gavel, five Supreme Court justices have endangered the safety of women who may seek an abortion and have ensured that more innocent, unborn lives will be lost in the process,” said Congressman Diane Black. “As a registered nurse, I know that there is ultimately no such thing as a safe abortion, but these modest standards work to reduce the risks of this already emotionally damaging procedure. The deep pockets of the big abortion industry may feel ‘burdened’ as a result of this compassionate law, but women are not – they are indeed safer as a result. This profoundly disappointing and cruel decision reinforces why the pro-life movement is more important than ever, and why the stakes are so high this November. Just as we worked for over a decade to overturn Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee vs. Sundquist in my state, we must now work to overturn this decision at the federal level and restore a culture where every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced her support of House Republicans’ tax reform blueprint, the sixth and final plank of A Better Way. Black released the following statement:
“For more than five years now, I’ve traveled throughout my district speaking with families and businesses about the complexity and cronyism of our tax code. Tennesseans know that something has to change. With this blueprint, House Republicans are offering a path to a fairer, flatter, and simpler tax code that will grow our economy, create jobs, and expand opportunity,” said Congressman Diane Black. “This plan includes many of the conservative ideas I have long advocated for, such as repealing the death tax, enabling Americans to complete their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard, and lowering the unacceptably high corporate tax rate that has sent too many American jobs offshore. I am hopeful that, with a willing partner in the White House, these principles can guide us to the passage of a new tax law that respects hard work, empowers our small businesses, and wrenches power away from the IRS and into the hands of the American taxpayer.”
Note: This week, Congressman Black spoke about Republicans’ blueprints for health care reform and tax reform in the House Republican Conference’s “In the Know” video series. To watch Congressman Black’s video message, click HERE.
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on the 4-4 Supreme Court ruling effectively blocking implementation of President Obama’s 2014 executive amnesty:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for the rule of law and a clear rebuke to an arrogant Administration that disregarded the Constitutional separation of powers and thought it could get away with it,” said Congressman Diane Black. “For a former Constitutional law professor, President Obama has never understood basic civics. Perhaps that’s why, even before today’s ruling, this President had lost twice as many legal challenges as his predecessor. I am hopeful this Supreme Court decision will give President Obama the reality check needed to carry out his responsibilities under the Take Care Clause of the Constitution and stop pushing his amnesty agenda at the expense of the American people.”
Congressman Black continued, “I was proud to stand with the 26 states, including Tennessee, that brought this lawsuit by signing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to reach this decision. President Obama is many things, but a king isn’t one of them. We are a nation of laws and, as this decision affirms, he cannot rewrite those laws on a whim to fit his own wishes.”
To listen to Congressman Black’s interview on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, click HERE or the image above
Gallatin, TN – Congressman Black recently joined host Ralph Bristol on Nashville’s SuperTalk 99.7 WTN for a conversation on the 2nd Amendment, the Orlando terrorist attack, and other news of the day. In the interview, Black explained the moment that the 2nd Amendment became personal to her; detailing the story of a time she was physically assaulted in Nashville and how she decided to get her handgun carry permit shortly thereafter.
As Black recalls, “I was assaulted by three young men. I was beat up, my cheekbone was broken, they ruptured a disk in my back, and they tried to get me into a car . . . I could’ve made that incident a lot less dangerous for me if I’d had a gun to take care of it. I now have a carry permit. I now feel safe because I am protecting myself. And you know what? I have a right to do that. I tell other people, I don’t want that right taken away from me. No one should have that right taken away from us. We’re given that right by the 2nd Amendment and we cannot allow that to be eroded by a bunch of people that don’t use common sense.”
During the conversation, Black also explained her opposition to so-called “assault weapons” bans. Rep. Black previously announced her opposition to the planned gun control votes in the U.S. Senate in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon, writing that “Anyone who thinks that another gun control law will thwart the will of a radical Islamist who is intent on taking innocent life is delusional.”
To listen to an excerpt of Rep. Black’s interview with Ralph Bristol, click here.
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on reports that the U.S. Senate has agreed to hold a vote on gun control measures after a filibuster by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT):
“Anyone who thinks that another gun control law will thwart the will of a radical Islamist who is intent on taking innocent life is delusional,” said Congressman Diane Black. “As a firearm owner myself, I believe that instead of eroding the 2nd Amendment, we must expand these rights so that Americans are empowered to protect themselves from those who would do us harm. This means passing legislation like the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, so that law abiding citizens can take their firearms with them wherever they may travel within the United States. It also means curtailing the use of so-called ‘gun free zones’ – which is exactly where this terrorist attack in Orlando occurred. My greatest wish in the wake of this atrocity is that an armed civilian bystander would have been able to apprehend this terrorist before he inflicted further harm, but under Florida state law, such a person would have been committing a crime themselves.”
Congressman Black continued, “The proposals slated to be considered in the Senate will only serve to deny Americans their right to due process and risk disarming citizens who have committed no crime. If such measures come before the House, I will vote against them. It is time our lawmakers read their Bill of Rights and took the words ‘shall not be infringed’ to heart.”
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) voted against passage of H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). The bill passed by a vote of 297 to 127. Black released the following statement:
“While I am pleased that this bill avoids a taxpayer funded bailout of Puerto Rico, I believe the legislation is ultimately a Band-Aid on a larger problem. The bill will help Puerto Rico avoid a default on its debts in the near term, but it failed to include the pro-growth reforms needed to make the island more fiscally solvent moving forward. Additionally, I believe the legislation lacks sufficient flexibility on the restrictions of the Jones Act, which inhibits trade, and on the minimum wage. Puerto Rico offers a much lower cost of living than communities in the contiguous United States and the minimum wage applied to this territory should reflect that. While this bill offered the Governor of Puerto Rico the option to provide temporary relief from the minimum wage for younger workers, I believe a full exemption from this law could have been a workable solution to help encourage hiring and ease costs on employers,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Ultimately, Puerto Rico doesn’t simply need a restructuring of its debt, it needs a roadmap to a more prosperous economy that will ensure the island does not arrive at this point again. Unfortunately, this bill doesn’t provide it.”
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) responded to Vanderbilt University’s decision to add hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery to its student insurance policy. Black released the following statement:
“Let’s be honest, this decision is not about the health and wellbeing of Vanderbilt University students, it is about the political agenda of liberal university administrators,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Our institutions of higher learning exist to graduate students who are career ready and are prepared to compete in the global economy, not to play politics by providing insurance coverage of medically unnecessary procedures while raking in federal grants. With this stunt, Vanderbilt University has shown itself to be completely out of touch with the values of most Tennesseans, and has surely alienated more than a few students, parents, and donors. I’m especially concerned that, by the university’s own admission, this decision was ‘not deeply debated in any way’ – showing just how little thought went in to such a far-reaching policy. For all the advanced degrees that exist among Vanderbilt University’s senior administration, there is a painfully obvious lack of commonsense.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) recently held a send-off lunch honoring her U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2020. Congressman Black released the following statement thanking her appointees for choosing a career in military service:
“This year’s U.S. Service Academy appointees represent Tennessee’s best and I am extremely proud of each of them. By applying and accepting this appointment, these young men and women have chosen to serve their country, protect our liberties, and ensure that freedom is carried on for the next generation. I look forward to keeping in touch with these students and hope that, at some point in the future, they will come back home to our district and tell prospective academy students and parents about their experiences as a military academy graduate,” said Congressman Black.
Congressman Black’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2020 include:
Christian Cook – Pope John Paul II High School (class of 2015) – Naval Academy (Picture 1, Picture 2) Josh Couch – Station Camp High School – West Point (Picture 1, Picture 2) Zach Norrod – Cookeville High School – Merchant Marine Academy (Picture 1, Picture 2) Maddie Fagan – Cookeville High School – Air Force Academy (Picture 1, Picture 2) Kelly Beadle – Lebanon High School – Merchant Marine Academy (Picture 1, Picture 2) Scotty Greer – Alvin C. York High School – Air Force Academy (Picture 1, Picture 2) Steven Goodpaster – Station Camp High School – Air Force Academy (Picture 1, Picture 2) Dalton Emmert – Mt. Juliet High School – Merchant Marine Academy (Picture 1, Picture 2)
Not pictured: Blake Knox – Cookeville – Coast Guard Zaire McDonald – Rossview High School (class of 2015) – West Point
Background: Each year, Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with a commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Congressman Black is accepting applications for the class of 2021. For more information, please visit:http://black.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations-faq
"Tennessee Should Say No to Crab Orchard Wind Farm" by Rep. Diane Black Originally published in The Glade Sun, June 2, 2016
On April 7th of this year, 180 Cumberland County residents packed in to the Fairfield Glade Community Center for one of my town hall meetings. I discussed everything from the budgeting process in Washington, to the fight against ISIS, to protecting religious liberty. Then I opened the floor for questions. I quickly discovered that the biggest concern on their minds wasn’t anything happening in Washington, but rather something taking place in their own backyard: the proposed Apex wind farm in Crab Orchard.
Following that event, the letters and phone calls from concerned Cumberland County families continued. Jeff emailed me to say, “Had the wind farm been part of this landscape 10 years ago, we would not have purchased the property where we built our home.” Similarly, Donald and Irene told me, “It would be a shame to allow the wind farm in this location . . . it would devalue the properties in Fairfield Glade and discourage others from wanting to move here.”
I’ve always told Tennesseans that when they talk, I’ll listen. So listen I did, and then I got to work. I spoke with community leaders, I sought additional input, and I conducted my own research. The more I learned about the Apex wind farm, the more deeply I became convinced that the project doesn’t serve Tennesseans’ best interests.
The wind farm would include more than 20 turbines; a blight on the skyline amid the otherwise serene beauty of the Cumberland Mountain State Park. What’s more, Tennesseans have no guarantee at this time that the energy generated by this project would even stay in our state. In other words, my constituents could end up bearing the drawbacks of this project without ever reaping its supposed benefits.
Apex has set up a website where residents can offer feedback on the proposed project, but at the end of the day it’s just that: a website set up by an out-of-town company that does not have a stake in protecting the natural beauty of our region and offers no promise of a reply. Cumberland Countians are rightfully angry that they have no real say in what becomes of their own community.
As a conservative, I believe strongly in the importance of local control over zoning and permitting matters, but I learned the wind farm already requires the approval of multiple federal agencies before construction can begin. This includes the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
I sent letters to each of these agencies, sharing what I have heard from my constituents and urging them to consider the long term consequences of such a project before offering their approval. My letters explained, in part, that “the Cumberland Mountains have an importance that reaches well beyond the borders of the county and its preservation should not be mortgaged on short-term interests.”
But letters alone don’t solve the problem. Companies like Apex see dollar signs in their eyes with these wind farms because they know how lucrative the wind production tax credit can be for their business. While this tax break is a boon for out of town companies like theirs, it is actually costing you and me as taxpayers to the tune of $6 billion per year.
That is why I voted against faulty deals that extended wind subsidies, like the 2013 “fiscal cliff” deal and last year’s bloated omnibus measure. Sadly, those measures passed over my objections and now Cumberland County residents are seeing the real life consequences of what happens when the government uses the tax code to engage in crony capitalism by picking winners and losers.
The good news for Cumberland County is, there’s still time to change course. Working together, I’m confident we can stop the Crab Orchard wind project, protect the county that 58,000 Tennesseans call home, and preserve the beauty of our region – before it gets blown away.
To view an image of Rep. Black's op-ed as it originally appeared in the print edition of The Glade Sun, click HERE.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger demanding answers on TSA’s egregious wait times at airports around the country and encouraging cooperation with private businesses through the agency’s screening partnership program (SPP) in order to better serve the needs of American travelers. Black released the following statement on her letter:
“Not only is TSA keeping travelers in unacceptably long screening lines, it is also failing to keep Americans safe. An internal investigation released last summer found that the agency had a 96 percent failure rate in detecting weapons and fake explosives. Travelers shouldn’t have to put up with this incompetence. It is past time to let the private sector intervene. TSA states publicly that it ‘contracts security screening services at commercial airports to qualified private companies’ yet, today, only 22 airports have established such contracts. My question is: why? Congress must ensure that TSA culture and policies aren’t standing in the way of allowing businesses the ability to compete for these opportunities. That is the intent of this letter,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Congress can’t keep throwing taxpayer money at a broken agency that, by every metric, is failing our travelers, without demanding reform. As Americans face wait times in excess of 90 minutes just to board their planes, expanding and reforming the TSA’s screening partnership program offers a potential remedy to this travel nightmare.”
To read Rep. Black’s full letter to the TSA, click HERE.Read More
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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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