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Diane Black

Diane Black Interview with Opportunity Lives: A Better Way for Health Care and the Budget

2017/02/17

Washington, DC  On Wednesday, Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black sat down with John Hart from Opportunity Lives to discuss repealing and replacing Obamacare and the committee’s priorities for the coming year.  

Below is a summary of their conversation. You can see the full video here.

On Obamacare repeal:

“For me, I can see a better way for people – obviously our conference can. We want to repeal something that’s not working [immediately] and make it a more patient-centered system for folks. And we don’t want people to fall off a cliff [like] what I saw in Tennessee…We want to be sure that what we do is patient-centered.”

On pre-existing conditions:

“We get demonized all the time, but the fact of the matter is the desire to take care of people with pre-existing conditions pre-dated the Affordable Care Act because the Republicans even backed that many years ago...We have to fix this and we have a fix. The other piece of that is no lifetime limits. If someone is unfortunate enough that they have a condition that’s going to cause them to need care for the rest of their life, they shouldn’t be limited and told that they can’t get coverage for that. And then those that are up to 26-years-old that are still on parents’ plans, they’ll still be able to keep that. Those are the three big provisions that folks are very interested in making sure that we keep.”

On the FY2018 Budget:

“Health care is certainly on our minds and it is what we need to do first out of the gate. We’ve promised the American people we would do that, we would repeal Obamacare and replace it with something patient-centered. So it is absolutely first on our agenda. But that doesn’t mean we can't walk and chew gum at the same time. So we are beginning the process on formatting our FY18 budget and beginning to have our committee members understand each one of the functions.” 

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Diane Black Interview with Opportunity Lives: From Humble Roots to Making a Difference in Health Care Reform

2017/02/16

Washington, DC  Yesterday, House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black sat down with John Hart from Opportunity Lives to discuss her personal story and how reforming health care inspired her to serve in Congress. 

Below is a summary of their conversation. You can see the full video here

On her personal story:      

“I’m blessed to have two great parents – depression era parents. My parents, neither one of them had more than a 9th grade education…we lived in public housing until I was about four and a half years old. And then my parents were able to, my father was able to amass enough money to be able to buy a modest home that my parents both live in ‘til today…I was blessed to have two good, hard working parents whose goal for us was just to graduate high school…I’m the first and only one of my family that’s graduated college. So, I started out with just a really good foundation of having two loving parents.” 

On how her parents met: 

“My parents met in a paper box factory. They were working there together and they met at that time. And then my father served in World War II and when he came back home from World War II they got married. And the rest is history.” 

On what inspired her to be a nurse: 

“It goes back a long way. My mother says that I asked for a doctor’s kit when I was four years old. So very early on there was just something in me that I’ve always been intrigued by the body and how it works so it’s always been a dream for me to be in medicine.” 

On how health care inspired her to serve in Congress: 


“Let’s wind the clock back a little bit to say how do you get from nursing into public policy. I think that really sets the scene for why I’m here today and what got me involved. Many years ago back in 1998, I was working as a nurse and I saw what the pilot project for the single-payer system which was in our state of Tennessee. It was brought by then Al Gore the Vice President. It was TennCare. And I saw what it was doing in our state and it was very disturbing to me. Because more than even the money piece, I could see that the quality of care was not there for my patients. And so I thought ‘well I could run and make a difference’ and that’s when I ran for the State House in Tennessee and won that seat. And ever since then, I’ve always had as a focus healthcare, it’s been a big focus for me – healthcare and children and families.”  Read More

Statement from Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black on Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney as OMB Director

2017/02/16

Today, Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black released the following statement on the confirmation of Mick Mulvaney as OMB Director:

“Mick Mulvaney has been a tireless advocate for a sustainable budget that reduces the national debt. I enjoyed a close, working relationship with him while he was in the House of Representatives and look forward to that relationship continuing. I am confident he will be a great partner in the White House as we work towards a balanced budget.” 

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10 Things to Know About Chairman Diane Black

2017/02/15

1. As the first female chairman of the House Budget Committee, Diane is working to protect the American dream because she has lived it herself. She spent the first years of her life in public housing before her parents moved to the modest home they live in today. They are pictured here in 2015.




2. In high school, Diane (pictured here) was determined to become the first member of her family to earn a college degree. She credits her high school guidance counselor and mentor, Mr. Richard Whiting, with helping her through the process and giving her the encouragement needed to pursue her dreams. Watch Diane’s tribute to Mr. Whiting’s memory here.





3. Diane has been a nurse for more than 45 years and still keeps her license today. Here she is (second from left) at her official pinning ceremony in 1971.





4. Prior to coming to Congress, Diane served in the Tennessee General Assembly, where she led the opposition to a proposed state income tax, reformed health care laws, and passed balanced budgets.




5. Diane is the proud wife – as well as a mother, daughter, and sister – of military veterans. Her husband of 36 years, Dr. David Black (pictured) served as a Marine in Vietnam.





6. Diane is passionate about protecting life. A former Tennessee Right to Life “Legislator of the Year,” her first bill as a member of Congress would have defunded Planned Parenthood in a short-term spending bill. As the first female chairman of the House Budget Committee, Diane is continuing her work to end taxpayer funding for abortion through the reconciliation process.




 

7. Family comes first for Diane. She and Dave have three grown children: Steve, Jill, and Katie. Here they are pictured in their early years together.





8. An avid fisherman, Diane can often be found fishing on the shores of Old Hickory Lake in her home state of Tennessee. Here she is with a recent catch of crappie, a freshwater fish that flourishes in middle Tennessee.





9. Diane has been a member of the House Budget Committee since 2011 and has been at the forefront of the effort each year to offer a fiscally responsible budget proposal. Here she is at the unveiling of the “Path to Prosperity Budget” in 2013.





10. Diane and Dave are the proud “Mimi” and “Poppy” of six grandchildren – pictured here together in 2009. Diane keeps a family picture taped to the back of her voting card in Congress and often says that her grandchildren’s generation is why she works so diligently to address our nation's out-of-control debt and deficits.
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Statement from Diane Black on Designation as House Budget Committee Chairman

2017/02/14

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Diane Black released the following statement on her designation by the House Republican Steering Committee as Chairman of the House Budget Committee:

“I’m honored that my colleagues have put their trust in me to lead the House Budget Committee. As a small business owner, a nurse and most importantly, a wife, mother, and grandmother, I’m committed to putting conservative principles into action to bring real change that helps Tennesseans and the American people. We have an exciting opportunity to unleash the power of American small businesses, bring our fiscal house in order, and fix our broken health care system, and I look forward to leading the Budget Committee as we work to accomplish these goals.”

*This selection will become final upon a vote of ratification by the House Republican Conference on Thursday morning. 

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Statement from Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black on Confirmation of HHS Secretary Tom Price

2017/02/10

Today, Interim House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black released the following statement on the confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“I applaud the Senate for voting to confirm Dr. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. His experience as a physician and his commitment to patient-centered reform make him the best choice to lead the Department during this period. 

Dr. Price did an excellent job as chairman of the House Budget Committee, where I was honored to serve alongside him, and I look forward to working together to repeal and replace Obamacare with health care reform that will reduce costs and expand choice for consumers.”

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Obamacare Has Created Fewer Health Care Choices for Americans

2017/02/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Millions of Americans are suffering from the consequences of Obamacare, including higher premiums and poor quality of care. But one of the most significant negative consequences is the stunning lack of health care choices for American consumers.

Competition drives down the price of health insurance and the system created by Obamacare stifles competition. In five states, there is only one insurance provider on the exchange available to consumers.

And according to the Heritage Foundation, consumers in a full 33 percent of U.S. counties have only one option on the Obamacare exchanges while consumers in 70 percent of U.S. counties have only two options:

The first step to patient-centered health care is increasing competition in the marketplace and giving families more choices in their health care decisions. This will help to reduce costs and increase the quality of care.

The legacy of Obamacare is massive premium rate increases, poor quality of care, and fewer choices for families. A vote to repeal this broken law will provide needed relief for the American people and lay the groundwork for patient-centered reforms.

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Economic Growth is Key to Reducing Deficits

2017/02/08

Last month’s report from the Congressional Budget Office gave a forward-looking projection of the nation’s economic growth rate and fiscal outlook, and it painted a bleak picture. The chart below illustrates that after a few years of slightly declining deficits under current law, the next decade will see deficits rise significantly – hitting $1.4 trillion by 2027. 

One of the best ways to lower the deficit is growing the economy. According to CBO, for every 0.1 percentage point of higher real economic growth, deficit levels could be reduced by roughly $270 billion over the course of 10 years. Unfortunately, economic growth is set to average only 1.9 percent over the next decade – well below the historical average of 3 percent. This makes getting our fiscal house in order that much harder.

It’s clear that growing the economy is crucial to reducing deficits and putting the federal budget on a sustainable path. That’s why the House Budget Committee will advocate for policies such as tax and regulatory reform, expanded energy production, and greater innovation to help spur economic growth, boost job creation, and work towards a balanced budget.

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A Pro-Growth Budget is Needed to Help Americans Succeed

2017/02/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House Budget Committee held a hearing on the Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook. What’s clear from the report is that economic growth is subpar and that’s hurting millions of Americans. During the hearing, Chairman Diane Black told the story of Chris from her district who is looking for work, and she stated why it’s so important to develop pro-growth policies in the budget that will help people succeed.

Chairman Black said: “To compound these problems, economic growth is set to average at a morbid 1.9 percent over the coming decade, well below the historic average of just over 3 percent. Slow economic growth hurts our country in multiple ways – it means fewer jobs and less opportunity for Americans, and it means smaller paychecks and less financial security for those Americans who do have a job. In fact, more than 5 million Americans are working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job. That means we’ve got welders, computer technicians, nurses, and people in all sorts of industries who want to contribute to our economy, but they’re being let down by the rules and regulations coming out of Washington.

“One of the key symptoms of this subpar economic recovery has been the decline in the labor force participation rate of those in their prime working age. And here’s a story from a gentleman named Chris back in my district in Tennessee. He said he was laid off last year, and in his letter to me he said, ‘I worked at this job for 7 years and I'm a hard worker and have never tried for any government assistance. I'm positive I'll have a job soon but I've been without a paycheck for months now. If I have to wait any more I will have no money for utilities or to support me, my wife, and 7 year old.’

“Now it’s pretty clear that Chris is exactly the type of worker that makes our economy the best in the world, and he’s a good husband and father who just wants to take care of his family. Chris wants to make our country stronger, and it’s our job to help give him that opportunity.”

 

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Black Opening Statement: Hearing on CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook

2017/02/02

As prepared for delivery – House Budget Committee Interim Chairman Diane Black 

Good morning, and thank you, everyone for being here.

We’re holding this hearing today to discuss the Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook – which gives us ten-year projections of our spending, national debt, and how the economy is going to perform over the next decade.  

The report forms the cornerstone of the work we do here at the House Budget Committee, and I want to thank everyone at CBO for all their hard work in producing this report. I’d also like to welcome CBO Director Keith Hall. Director Hall – I appreciate you taking the time to testify today and I look forward to your insight as we discuss this report.

The discussion we will have today is a serious one, because as CBO indicates, we face enormous fiscal and economic challenges. Deficits are beginning to rise again and economic growth continues to be subpar – legacies of the last administration’s policies that encouraged more spending, more debt, and more government. These challenges have a real impact on every person in this country. The numbers we’re reviewing today affect the ability of every American to buy groceries, obtain a loan to start a small business, or get a good return on their retirement plan.

We know this to be the case because CBO’s report is telling us what would happen if we kept President Obama’s policies in place. Without any changes to current law, the deficit would rise from $587 billion in fiscal year 2016 to $1.4 trillion in fiscal year 2027. During that same period, our national debt will jump to $30 trillion. To put that in human terms, that’s $93,000 for every American. For a lot of folks, that’s about what it costs to buy a home.  

CBO tells us that this ever-increasing debt spiral will hamper economic growth and consign the country to a lower standard of living. As a grandmother, I want my grandchildren to have every opportunity I did. But on our current path, the dream of a good job, owning a home, and sending their kids to college is becoming harder and harder.

Much of this unsustainable fiscal path is driven by projected spending for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security over the next decade. But without reforms, these programs are going to fail our seniors who have worked hard and paid into them their entire lives.

To compound these problems, economic growth is set to average at a morbid 1.9 percent over the coming decade, well below the historic average of just over 3 percent. Slow economic growth hurts our country in multiple ways – it means fewer jobs and less opportunity for Americans, and it means smaller paychecks and less financial security for those Americans who do have a job. In fact, more than 5 million Americans are working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job. That means we’ve got welders, computer technicians, nurses, and people in all sorts of industries who want to contribute to our economy, but they’re being let down by the rules and regulations coming out of Washington.

The problem is particularly acute among men. One of the key symptoms of this subpar economic recovery has been the decline in the labor force participation rate of those in their prime working age. And here’s a story from a gentleman named Chris back in my district in Tennessee. He said he was laid off last year, and in his letter to me he said, “I worked at this job for 7 years and I'm a hard worker and have never tried for any government assistance. I'm positive I'll have a job soon but I've been without a paycheck for months now. If I have to wait any more I will have no money for utilities or to support me, my wife, and 7 year old.”

Now it’s pretty clear that Chris is exactly the type of worker that makes our economy the best in the world, and he’s a good husband and father who just wants to take care of his family. Chris wants to make our country stronger, and it’s our job to help give him that opportunity.

A job is so much more than a way to pay for rent and put gas in the car. A job helps us define ourselves. It gives people a sense of purpose, helps build strong communities, and can break cycles of poverty. When Americans have a steady job, they know the dignity of work.

CBO’s report tells us what will happen if we do nothing, but that is certainly not the only choice we have. We can choose to get our fiscal house back under control. And we can choose to get our economy growing again so that it works for the men and women of this country. And here at the House Budget Committee, that is exactly what we intend to do.

Director Hall – again, thank you for being here. I look forward to your testimony and how it can help guide us in forming the best policies to hold the federal government accountable, grow the economy, and serve the American people.

With that, I yield to the ranking member, Mr. Yarmuth. 

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Diane Black

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