Diane Black

Diane Black


Rep. Black Statement on Repeal of WOTUS: A Win for Landowners


Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in response to Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to roll back the Waters of the United States rule:

“The Waters of the United States rule went far beyond the scope of the Clean Water Act and gave the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers new jurisdiction over ditches, ponds, prairie potholes, flood plains and other features that were never intended to be regulated under the law,” said Congressman Black. “This Obama-era regulation has led to new costs and uncertainty for landowners. I’m thankful that Administrator Pruitt is rolling back this overreaching rule and removing yet another radical environmental restriction against the private property rights of landowners.”


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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Nashville Attorney: Metro Council Immigration Ordinance is Not Enforceable


Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in response to the findings of Metro’s legal director that legislation proposed in the Nashville City Council restricting the local sheriff from cooperating with federal law authorities is not enforceable:

“Nashville’s own attorney says that the Metro Council cannot legally bar Sheriff Daron Hall from cooperating with federal law officers to protect the community from dangerous criminal illegal immigrants. Nashville legislators’ attempts to aid illegal immigrants at the expense of Tennessee families is a violation of the City’s duty to follow federal law,” said Congressman Black. “As the U.S. House of Representatives votes on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act this week, I suggest that all local governments redouble their efforts to comply with federal immigration laws and secure their communities. Too many families have already suffered at the hands of criminal illegal immigrants, many of whom have been released time and again despite committing serious crimes. Enough is enough.”

See Congressman Black’s earlier statement regarding the Metro Council’s vote to pass two bills obstructing federal immigration law here.


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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Op-Ed: Leaked HHS Interim Final Rule Proves Women’s Rights And Conscience Can Coexist


Rep. Black Slams Nashville City Council’s Vote To Endanger Tennessee Families


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, condemns Nashville City Council vote on bills to obstruct immigration law, putting illegal aliens first and the safety and security of Tennessee families last.

"First and foremost, as a mother and a grandmother, I implore the Councilmembers to start holding illegal immigrants accountable for crime and acts of violence.  Sanctuary city policies to help and support criminal illegal immigrants pose a direct threat to our citizens and undermine the rule of law.  In Congress, I'm working with my colleagues to pass the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act to cut off funding for any municipality that helps illegal immigrants hide from the law.  It's time for Mayor Barry to stop borrowing liberal policies from California and New York and start putting the safety and security of Tennessee families first,” said Congressman Diane Black.


For more information on the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, click HERE.




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 Supports Trump’s Decision, Firing Comey Right Move


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate FBI Director James Comey after his conduct raised questions regarding the integrity of one of America’s most trusted institutions.

“President Trump made the right call firing former FBI Director Comey last month – especially after events from this past year put our national security at risk. The hypocrisy from the Democrats proves they will do anything to attack this Administration and undermine its decisions. Comey’s removal was the right move for the United States and I look forward to working with the new director to restore the American people’s trust in the FBI,” said Congressman Black.  




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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Draft HHS Rule a Win for Religious Freedom


Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) joined with Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04) praising the leaked Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that would exempt employers from providing contraceptive coverage for employees on the basis of moral or religious objection. Black, Walorski, Roby, Foxx and Hartzler released the following statements:

“Obamacare has devastated religious organizations, schools, and businesses, forcing them to cover abortion-related services that violate their religious beliefs. Protecting religious liberty is a foundational principle of this country, and this draft rule is a victory against President Obama’s assault on people of faith nationwide. Americans will no longer have to seek a burdensome exemption from the heavy hand of government, they will be left alone to practice their religion as they choose,” said Congressman Black.  

“Religious freedom is among our most basic rights and founding principles as Americans,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I applaud the Trump administration’s commitment to safeguarding conscience rights and ensuring private organizations and businesses aren’t forced to violate their religious beliefs due to government mandates.”

“No organization should be forced to offer abortion-related services in violation of their religious convictions. The Department of Health and Human Services’ draft rule halting this Obama-era coercion rightfully defends religious freedom. This is a principal our country was founded upon, and it is our responsibility to protect it," said Congresswoman Roby.

“The protection of religious belief and practice is enshrined in our Constitution’s First Amendment, and neither ends at the threshold of a house of worship. It’s time to alleviate the undue burden on religious non-profits under Obamacare. The people who serve in these ministries have dedicated their lives to living out their religious convictions and they – not the government – are the best guide for what violates those principles,” said Congresswoman Foxx.

"This leaked draft provides important exemptions for organizations with religious or moral objections to the HHS mandate,” said Congresswoman Hartzler, who chairs the House Values Action Team. “In other words, religious charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor, faith-based universities, family-owned businesses, and individuals with moral objections will now be able to provide employees with health care policies consistent with their conscience and the organizations’ mission. The previous administration's heavy-handed approach went out of its way to force a mandate that violates the faith and ethical sensibilities of the American public. This action strikes a balance between federal interests and core First Amendment principles--a far cry from threatening the Little Sisters of the Poor with crippling fines for practicing their faith in everyday life.”

Congressman Black, in conjunction with Pro-Life Members, will be sending a letter to Secretary Price in support of the HHS regulation.


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 Hosts Send-Off Ceremony for U.S. Military Academy Appointees


Left to right: Wesley Punzalan, Allison Goodpaster, Rep. Diane Black, Nick Sartain, Kody Crider

Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) held a send-off breakfast honoring her U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2021. 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 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. I wish them all well as they embark on this exciting journey,” said Congressman Black.

Congressman Black’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2021 include:

Wesley Punzalan – Jackson County High School – Air Force Academy
Allison Goodpaster – Station Camp High School  – Naval Academy
Nick Sartain – Montgomery Bell Academy – West Point
Kody Crider – Goodpasture Christian School – Naval Academy

Unable to attend:
John Franklin – West Point
Rivers Hinson – West Point
Jacob Fowler – Coast Guard Academy

Background: Each year, Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating a limited number of students 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 2022. For more information, please visit:


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Rep. Black Visits Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, toured the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) which is home to some of the world’s most advanced scientific and technological research. The contributions of ORNL to the fields of nuclear science and defense enables researchers to achieve unparalleled breakthroughs and enhance economic competitiveness. Black released the following statement after her visit:

“The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is building coalitions with local businesses and universities to advance a broad array of fields including physics, materials science, robotics and energy. The revitalization of the East Tennessee Technology Park shows us that these efforts have the potential to revolutionize how we manufacture goods. I am greatly appreciative of ORNL’s contributions as they encourage active entrepreneurship by working with surrounding Appalachian communities and diversifying our economy,” said Congressman Black.


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 Praises Decision to Step Away from Paris Climate Agreement


Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, responded to the Trump Administration’s decision to step away from the Paris climate deal. Black released the following statement:

“I applaud President Trump's decisive action to reject the Paris climate change agreement, which was a bad deal for American families and businesses. Yet again, President Obama gave away the farm for a photo-op with Europe's most liberal leaders, signing a terrible agreement where most of the costs fell to the U.S. It's past time for an America-first energy policy to strengthen our security and grow our vibrant energy economy.”


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. Diane Black Slams Planned Parenthood Video


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black, a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and author of recently enacted legislation to repeal the Obama-era rule sending taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, released the following statement on an alarming new video of a national abortion provider annual conference:

“I am appalled at this disgusting new video showing members of the National Abortion Federation, including many representatives of Planned Parenthood, talking about tearing unborn babies apart to harvest them for their body parts in order to capitalize on ‘financial incentives.’”

“This horrific look inside the abortion industry shows abortion providers laughing and joking as they callously discuss what one of them even admits to be “violence” against the unborn.  It is just absolutely devastating to know that Planned Parenthood receives more than half a billion dollars of taxpayer funding each year.  I will continue to fight to end their government funding totally and permanently.”


In the video, the following comments are heard:

  • Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of Michigan – “Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”
  • Director of Abortion Services, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast – “If I’m doing a procedure and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two so that it’s not PBA [a federally criminal partial-birth abortion].”
  • Founder, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Consortium of Abortion Providers – “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!” [audience laughs loudly].


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

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Rep. Black Offers Amendment at Rules Committee To Ban Billions From Sanctuary Cities

2017-06-27 21:10:21

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

Rep. Black Leads Debate in Support of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

2017-01-24 20:36:50

Rep. Black Challenges Dems on Opposition to No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

2017-01-24 18:40:52

Rep. Black Leads Debate on Resolution Paving Way for Obamacare Repeal

2017-01-13 20:44:20

Rep. Black Named Interim Budget Committee Chairman

2017-01-04 18:13:32

Rep. Black On EWTN Vows Fight Against Obama Admin Rule to Prop Up Planned Parenthood

2016-12-16 18:36:46

Rep. Black Defends Critical Work of Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives

2016-12-01 20:16:53

Rep. Black Urges Prayer for Tennessee Following Gatlinburg Wildfires

2016-11-30 16:11:47

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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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