Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Black Hails House Passage of Permanent “Doc Fix” that Strengthens Medicare, Protects Tennessee Hospitals

2015/03/26

Watch a video of Congressman Black's floor remarks on H.R. 2 HERE.

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, voted for H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and return stability to Medicare physician payments while also providing needed cost offsets.

The measure additionally includes language requested by Congressman Black giving Tennessee providers who treat Medicaid beneficiaries partial access to disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments for the next ten years. Because of the enactment of the failed TennCare experiment, Tennessee became the only state in the union to be statutorily ineligible for this funding. This legislation provides an annual DSH allotment for Fiscal Years 2015-2025. Black previously joined Tennessee Members of Congress in sending a letter to House leadership requesting that this provision be included in any SGR legislation that is brought to the House floor. Congressman Black released the following statement:

“The passage of today’s permanent ‘doc fix’ legislation is a victory for Medicare beneficiaries and for the providers who care for them,” said Congressman Diane Black. “As a nurse for more than 40 years, I know that some problems can only be corrected with surgery, not a quick band-aid. Such is true of the flawed SGR formula. This ill-conceived measure dictated draconian cuts to Medicare reimbursements – cuts that Congress spent $170 billion since 2003 to delay, while failing to make the structural reforms needed to give certainty to seniors and their doctors. Today’s bill fully repeals SGR and replaces it with a bipartisan agreement that will return stability to Medicare physician payments while offering long-term savings for taxpayers. There is more work left to be done, but with this measure we are taking an important step forward to ensure the integrity of the Medicare program for today’s seniors and tomorrow’s retirees.”

Congressman Black added, “I’m also pleased that this legislation included language that I requested alongside Tennessee Members of Congress restoring access to DSH payments for our state hospitals over the next ten years. Our state’s exclusion from this funding has created uncertainty for our hospitals and threatens access to high-quality care for Tennesseans who need it most. The lack of DSH eligibility also affects other states. In 2013, Tennessee hospitals provided care to more than 350,000 residents from just our eight border states. Tennesseans aren’t asking for special treatment or carve-outs, our providers simply want access to the same resource that providers in 49 other states have. This is a matter of basic fairness and I was proud to lead efforts to ensure that this inequity would be addressed in today’s SGR package.”

Prior to today’s vote, Congressman Black spoke on the House floor to urge support for the legislation. Watch a video of her remarks here.

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Black, Olson, Smith, and Vitter Respond to GAO Report Revealing Federal Funding of Abortion Advocates

2015/03/25

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX-22), Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ-04) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) responded to the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on taxpayer funding of six abortion advocacy groups, including: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Population Council, International Planned Parenthood Federation of America (IPPF), Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth, and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

The report found that the six organizations spent $481 million in federal funding from Fiscal Years 2010 to 2012, as well as about $1.2 billion in combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) spent the greatest share of this public funding – approximately $1.5 billion in combined state and federal dollars, or an average of about $500 million each year.

The report additionally included information on the amount of funding provided for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), which provide comprehensive health services not offered by the six organizations named in the GAO report and do not provide abortions. According to the GAO, FQHCs served 21 million individuals during 2012 alone offering a positive alternative to funding abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Black and Vitter are the authors of the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which would end Title X grants for “health care” providers that perform abortions.  These grants are a significant funding stream for Planned Parenthood. The legislation has the bipartisan support of 143 cosponsors, including Congressmen Olson and Smith.

Black, Olson, Smith, and Vitter led more than 60 House and Senate Members in calling for this study in February 2013. They released the following statements:

“This report confirms what we suspected all along: hard-earned taxpayer dollars continue to be used to promote abortions. The GAO study found that Planned Parenthood Federation of America alone – the nation’s largest abortion provider – spent about $1.5 billion in combined federal and state funding during this reporting period. This is shameful and we have a responsibility to stop it. As a nurse for more than 40 years, I know that abortion is not health care. In light of this report, Congress should act swiftly by passing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would help cut off federal funding of organizations like these that promote the destruction of unborn life,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Congressman Black added, “It is a sad irony that this study would be released at a time when Senate Democrats are working against human trafficking and Medicare bills that continue the longstanding Hyde Amendment aimed at prohibiting federal funding of abortions. As the GAO report clearly shows, this amendment alone does not fully prevent the federal funding of abortion providers and promoters.  And let’s not forget, this is information the Obama Administration never wanted us to have. The only reason this report exists is because pro-life Members of Congress specifically demanded it. Greater transparency and accountability is needed to expose how taxpayer dollars are being spent when it comes to abortion. By exposing the facts and shining a light on this egregious misuse of federal dollars, I believe we can successfully mobilize the support needed to defund the big abortion industry once and for all.”

“It shouldn't take a GAO request from Congress for the American public to know where their tax dollars are being spent. Yet, since I've been in Congress, this is the only way we can get answers. That's why I continue to demand transparency and fight to stop organizations like Planned Parenthood from receiving a single tax dollar. I will continue to do all I can to prevent taxpayers from being forced to support organizations that promote or perform abortions. Greater transparency is critically important and precisely what these groups seek to avoid,” said Congressman Pete Olson.

“The government watchdog (GAO) report issued today found that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America, received a whopping $1.5 billion dollars through federal programs over a three year period.  Planned Parenthood—Child Abuse Incorporated—is responsible for killing more than 6 million unborn children, and it is unconscionable that this organization continues to be subsidized by the American taxpayer,” said Congressman Chris Smith.

“Taxpayer funding should in no way support abortions. But when we hand out funding to groups like Planned Parenthood, we know exactly where it’s going – they proudly admit that the majority of their pregnancy-related resources go toward abortions,” said Senator David Vitter. “We can’t let this federal support come at the expense of millions of unborn children.”

Read the full GAO report HERE.

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Rep. Black Speaks on House Republicans’ Balanced Budget that Repeals Obamacare

2015/03/24

Click HERE for video of Rep. Black's remarks 

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the House Budget Committee, spoke at a House Republican leadership press conference to share her personal story of living within a budget as a single, working mother and to express her support for House Republicans’ Balanced Budget for a Stronger America. The budget proposal will be sent to the House floor for a vote tomorrow. A transcript of Rep. Black’s remarks is below, or click here for a video.

Good morning.

Long before I served on the Budget Committee, I got a crash course in budgeting 101 as a single, working mom.

Those years raising three children on a nurse’s salary taught me to live within my means and stretch my dollars. Frankly, I  didn’t have much of a choice. Unfortunately, that concept is lost on many in Washington.

The President’s latest budget, for example, would never balance – despite calling for $2 trillion in new tax hikes. House Republicans believe we can do better.

That is why, this week, the House will vote on “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.” Our plan brings our books to balance in less than ten years without raising taxes.

Importantly for me as a nurse, this budget would also fully repeal Obamacare—giving us an opportunity to start over on health care reforms that put patients and their doctors in charge, not Washington bureaucrats.

Families and businesses know what it’s like to live within the real-world of budgeting and we believe it’s time Washington learned to do the same.

Background:Rep. Black’s Op-Ed in Red Alert Politics: The House Republican Budget Offers a Better Way ForwardRep. Black: House GOP FY2016 Budget Leads Where President Obama Has Failed

 

 

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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 Encourages Submissions for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/03/23

 Rep. Black and the winner of the 2014 6th District Congressional Art Competition, Marian Silva of Hendersonville Christian Academy. View Marian’s winning entry HERE

Gallatin, TN – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for Tennessee’s 6th District. High school students from across the district are encouraged to submit original artwork for the contest. The overall winner of the 6th District competition will have their work displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building alongside artwork from other contest winners across the country. Congressman Black released the following statement:

“We have many gifted students here in Middle Tennessee and the Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents,” said Congressman Diane Black. “In addition to having the winner’s artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, my office will award runners up in this competition the chance to have their work placed in both of my district offices. I look forward to this event each year and I can’t wait to see this year’s entrees.”

Artwork entered in the contest must be original in execution, may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, 4 inches in depth and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.  The artwork may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage (must be 2 dimensional)
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints
  • Mixed Media – use of two or more mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

This year the students’ art will be displayed between April 18 – 25, 2015 at the following locations: 

  • Hendersonville Arts Council Gallery at Monthaven, 1017 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville, TN 37075. 
  • The Cookeville Performing Arts Center, 10 East Broad Street, Cookeville 38501. 

These showings will be open to the public and will conclude with a panel of judges choosing six finalists. The finalists’ artwork will then be displayed on Congressman Black’s Facebook page and the public will have a chance to vote on the overall winner and runners-up.

Art submissions along with a Congressional release form must be submitted to one of Congressman Black’s district office locations no later than April 14, 2015.   The Congressional release form can be found here and more information about the competitions rules and guidelines is posted here.

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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 on Obamacare Anniversary: “The Broken Promises are Many and the Hurt is Real”

2015/03/23

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than forty years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law:

“Five years after Obamacare was signed into law, the broken promises are many and the hurt is real. Just ask the 16,000 Tennesseans who lost their  affordable health insurance plans through CoverTN despite the President’s pledge that ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it’ or the 31 million Americans expected to remain uninsured even after this law is fully implemented. Obamacare is such a disaster that the Obama Administration itself has allowed more than 40 changes to the law so far and many of the politicians responsible for this train wreck – from Kathleen Sebelius to Marilyn Tavenner – are now out of a job. As a nurse for more than 40 years, I understand the need for health care reform, but this top-down rewrite of one-sixth of our economy was never the way to do it. On this unhappy anniversary, the results are in: Obamacare was a mistake that harms the very people it pretends to help. Today, our case for repealing and replacing this law couldn’t be stronger,” said Congressman Diane Black.

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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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House GOP previews balanced budget, Obamacare repeal

2015/03/20


Republicans to Renew Call for Obamacare Repeal in 2016 Budget

2015/03/20


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2015/03/20


Rep. Black: House GOP FY2016 Budget Leads Where President Obama Has Failed

2015/03/17

Watch Congressman Black’s remarks at today’s Budget Committee Press Conference HERE

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Budget Committee, released the below statement on the unveiling of the House Republican Fiscal Year 2016 budget: A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.

“Today House Republicans offered a timely budget that brings our books to balance and leads where President Obama has failed. Whereas the President’s laughable budget proposals offer higher taxes, more debt, and never achieve balance – our budget balances in less than ten years, all without raising taxes,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Families and businesses have to live within a budget and it’s past time Washington learned to do the same. Our $18 trillion debt is unsustainable and the proposals offered by President Obama and Congressional Democrats would only exacerbate this crisis. We need a plan to grow our economy, restore fiscal sanity to Washington, and give American families certainty of what is to come. Our budget will do just that by cutting $5.5 trillion in runaway spending, saving Medicare from bankruptcy, repealing the President’s disastrous healthcare law, and by laying a foundation for pro-growth tax reform. I am proud to serve as a co-author of this conservative, responsible budget proposal and I commend Chairman Price and my colleagues for their leadership throughout this process.”  

To learn more about A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, click here.

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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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Lawmakers fight to close abortion insurance coverage loophole

2015/03/10


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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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