Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Black Statement on House Passage of the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

2017/09/14

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to combat gang violence by criminal aliens and enhance public safety. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697) establishes that an alien looking to enter the United States after having been associated with a criminal gang is inadmissible or they will face deportation if already affiliated. H.R. 3697 also prevents gang members from receiving immigration benefits, such as asylum or temporary protected status.

Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the House passage of the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act:

“We have heard far too many stories of sons and daughters being murdered or assaulted due to violence by gang members in this country illegally. The primary responsibility of the federal government is to keep Americans safe by enforcing our federal laws and the passage of this bill is sending the message that we will not tolerate innocent members of our communities to be victimized by these criminals. It is appalling that people bringing violence into our country are given immunity from deportation unless they are convicted of a separate crime,” said Congressman Black. “I’m glad my colleagues see the need for ensuring that those breaking the law will be punished accordingly, and I hope the Senate will follow suit to keep these offenders off of our streets and away from families.”

H.R. 3697 amends the Immigration and Nationality Act pertaining to the detainment and deportation of criminal alien gang members, as it is currently not possible to deport convicted persons unless they are found guilty of an independent crime. H.R. 3697 also establishes a process for a group defined as a criminal gang to petition the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove its designation. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, membership of violent transnational gangs is largely comprised of foreign-born nationals.

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Congressman Black is the author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 400), ensuring that sanctuary cities incur penalties for willfully ignoring federal immigration laws. Under the bill’s provisions, if cities receiving grants are found to have sanctuary policies, they will be required to give back the funds. Penalties will be enhanced for deported felons returning to the United States and unlawful immigrants convicted of drunk driving, or arrested for serious crimes, are required to be detained during their removal proceedings. H.R. 400 is currently endorsed by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Association of Police Organizations, International Union of Police Associations and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Click HERE for more information on the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.

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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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Committee Votes to Increase Telehealth Access for Medicare Enrollees

2017/09/13

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Increasing Telehealth Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 3727), authored by Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), passed unanimously in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. The bill increases access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage enrollees and allows plans to build telehealth services into their bids, giving them the option of offering these services as a core part of their care model. Congressman Black released the following statement:

“Telehealth focuses on harnessing innovative technology to increase convenience for patients and caregivers, enhance the quality of care and save both patients and the Medicare program money. In Tennessee’s rural communities, the wider offering of telehealth services means more access to care,” said Congressman Black. “For patients in suburban and urban communities throughout the state, telehealth offers the benefit of reducing the number of in-person visits to healthcare providers. As a nurse, I am proud to advance this bill so that Medicare Advantage plans can offer vital telehealth services as a basic benefit, rather than a supplemental service for our seniors.”

Under current law, traditional Medicare plans may only cover telehealth services in an extremely limited set of circumstances, such as when the beneficiary resides in a qualified rural area and is physically present in a hospital or physician’s office. The Increasing Telehealth Access to Medicare Act starts reform with Medicare Advantage, where plans have an incentive to ensure cost savings.  Estimates have calculated that a telehealth consultation can save the Medicare program $45 versus an in-person visit.

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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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PHOTO: Rep. Black Greets President Trump’s Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon in Mt. Juliet

2017/09/07

Rep. Black with Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon

Mount Juliet, TN – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, joined President Trump’s Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon, on SBA’s “Ignite Tour” to discuss issues facing business owners in middle Tennessee. Black released the following statement:

“It was an honor to have Administrator McMahon in Tennessee’s Sixth district to hear the voices of small business owners who for too long have suffered under crippling Obama-era mandates and regulations,” said Congressman  Black. “Thankfully, President Trump and his leadership team understand that the government does not create jobs. I’m proud to work with the Trump administration to empower the private sector by lifting the red tape that weakens our economy and stifles entrepreneurship. Small business owners must be allowed to do what they do best – create jobs, invest in their employees and grow their businesses.”

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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 Receives FreedomWorks Award for Action to Achieve Conservative Wins in Congress

2017/09/06

Rep. Black with Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at FreedomWorks

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), previously named the most conservative woman in the House of Representatives by the American Conservative Union, was today recognized by nationally renowned conservative grassroots organization FreedomWorks for her voting record in 2016. FreedomWorks specifically recognized Congressman Black’s work to repeal and replace Obamacare, cut government overspending, and roll back President Obama’s job killing regulations in presenting her with the “FreedomFighter Award.”

Black released the following statement in accepting the award:

“It’s a privilege to fight alongside FreedomWorks to achieve conservative wins for the American people. Our constituents gave Republicans the House majority to get something done. They wanted us to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Tennesseans get up every day. They work hard to earn a good income, to provide for their families and to achieve the American dream. I am working hard to end the era of big, bloated federal government that is crushing these dreams for far too many. This FreedomWorks award recognizes conservative Members of Congress who have put into action their conservative principles, even when it means opposing their party’s leadership. I am proud to be counted among this group."

To learn more about FreedomWorks, click HERE.

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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 Statement on Judge Ruling in Favor of Small Businesses

2017/09/05

Washington, D.C. – A federal judge in Texas struck down an Obama-era rule that would force businesses to cut jobs in order to meet rising pay costs and potentially reduce salaried managers to hourly employees. The current pay threshold to receive overtime stands at $23,660 and would be doubled to $47,476 annually if the rule is implemented. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

“Judge Mazzant’s ruling is a major victory for our small business owners across the United States, including many in Tennessee that contacted me about this crippling rule. It is another example of the Obama administration’s use of illegal regulation to advance a radical liberal agenda at the expense of manufacturers and workers alike. Here in Tennessee, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I am glad their voices are being heard by President Trump.”

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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 to Hold Military Academy Day 2017 at Wilson Central High School

2017/09/05

Rep. Black with this year’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2021.

Lebanon, TN – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) invites all students, parents and school officials from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional district who are interested in learning more about attending our nation’s military academies to come to Academy Day 2017 on Saturday, September 16 beginning at 9:30 AM at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The event will include presentations from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard and Naval Academies, as well as from the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Following the program, students will be able to speak individually with academy officers and admissions staff.

“Coming from a family of veterans, I have always believed that one of the most honorable callings in life is to serve one’s country in the military,” said Congressman Black. “That is why I host this annual event as a way to provide students in our community with information on how to continue their education at our U.S. Service Academies. I wish all of our applicants the best of luck.”

Each year, Members of Congress may nominate 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.

This year’s Academy Day will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Wilson Central High School, located at 419 Wildcat Way in Lebanon, Tennessee. Registration will take place at 9:30 AM with a formal program set to begin at 10:00 AM. The event is free and is open to all 6th district middle school and high school students and their families.

For more information, please visit: https://black.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations.

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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 Statement on Tax Reform

2017/08/30

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Chairman of the House Budget Committee and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement in support of President Trump’s remarks on tax reform:

“I applaud President Trump’s commitment to tackling tax reform and bringing relief to Tennessee families suffering under the heavy hand of government. In order for our free-market economy to thrive, we must get the government out of the way and create a tax code that works for all Americans, and our budget does just that,” said Congressman Black. “Passing our budget resolution is the first step to finally delivering on our promise to provide a tax code built for growth—growth of paychecks, American business, and our economy.  We have an ambitious game plan, and we're ready to work with the Trump Administration to score a victory for the American people.”

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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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EPA Intends to Roll Back Job Killing Regulation Hurting Small Business Owners

2017/08/17

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will change a crippling Obama-era regulation that threatens to shut down the U.S. glider kit industry. Without immediate action, the rule will devastate these small and medium-sized manufacturers, costing thousands of jobs in Tennessee alone.

Glider kits are used to refurbish wrecked or unsafe highway tractors, and are often far more cost effective for the fleets of small business owners who are unable to buy all new vehicles. Known as the "Phase 2 Rule," the Obama-era regulation would cap a manufacturer’s production at 300 glider kits per year by January 2019, a small fraction of the current production level. Ending the production of these high quality, safe and efficient vehicles will result in a direct loss of approximately 20,000 jobs nationwide. On a broader scale, an independent study found that the economic impact of this rule could exceed a conservative estimate of $1 billion nationwide.

Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

"The Obama administration's rule not only ignores the benefits of gliders, it destroys an entire industry. To say that I am grateful for the hard work of Administrator Pruitt and his team is an understatement. Tennesseans deeply value the work ethic that those in this industry exemplify, and it is with great pride that we can count this as a victory for communities across our state. I applaud the Administrator for recognizing the harmful effects this overreaching regulation would have on thousands of families dependent on this trade as a way of life.”

Following the announcement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, “EPA is committed to revisiting rules that may not fall under the Agency’s jurisdiction and have negative impacts on businesses across the country. By revisiting these provisions, we are allowing all stakeholders to share their concerns and the Agency to explore the full impact of these rules.”

Glider kit manufacturers such as Fitzgerald Glider Kits, Harrison Truck Centers and Indiana Phoenix, have argued that despite the previous Administration’s stated goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA did not perform any actual testing to analyze the environmental impact of remanufactured engines and gliders compared to new, or Original Equipment Manufacturer (“OEM”), vehicles. Instead, it relied on unsubstantiated assumptions about the number of older engines used in gliders and their emissions.

This argument was confirmed in a 2016 study by Tennessee Tech University. The study tested emissions from thirteen vehicles and concluded that remanufactured engines performed equally as well as the OEM engines when compared with the 2010 EPA emissions standards. “This study demonstrates that the so-called data the EPA relied upon was based on unsupported assumptions rather than true science,” said Congressman Black.

Impact on Glider Kit Manufacturers

In Tennessee, Fitzgerald Glider Kits was founded in 1989 by Tommy Fitzgerald Sr. and his brother, Ricky, beginning in a single bay facility located in Pall Mall. Thirty years later, the company has expanded to six counties in Tennessee, with facilities covering roughly 750,000 square feet and 500 employees in Tennessee alone.

“On behalf of my family and the terrific employees at Fitzgerald Glider Kits, I want to thank Congressman Black and Administrator Pruitt for their leadership on this issue and genuinely caring for the concerns of small businesses like ours," said Tommy Fitzgerald Sr. "There is a way to strike a rational balance between environmental concerns and jobs, but this rule is not it.  The EPA’s announcement should inspire small businesses everywhere.”

“The Fitzgerald family is very grateful for Congressman Black’s dedication and leadership on the glider issue dating back to 2015. The Congressman’s recognition of the potentially adverse impact of a misinformed rule on thousands of jobs in rural areas of the Upper Cumberland Region and the tens of thousands of jobs nationally demonstrates her commitment to helping preserve and create American jobs,” said Fitzgerald Sr.

The EPA’s announcement today follows voiced concerns by stakeholders and business owners, like Fitzgerald, regarding the impact these regulations would have on their industries. Congressman Black has worked alongside Fitzgerald Trucking since 2015 to ensure that the restrictions are not enforced.

"The Fitzgerald's have the ability to bring businesses and jobs to the small, rural areas of Tennessee and have changed the lives of countless families," said Congressman Black. "It is my hope that this action by Administrator Pruitt will continue that legacy. To the Fitzgerald's, this business is far more than making a dollar – it's about giving back, and I am proud to stand next to them as they build on their vision."

Background:

Trucking operators rely on glider kits for the construction of affordable and reliable vehicles which in turn promote economic growth and job stability. A well assembled kit gives small business owners the ability to minimize maintenance downtime and provides their drivers with important safety features as they drive across the country. The gliders lower the cost of truck ownership compared to a factory-produced vehicle, allowing small business owners to continue operating efficiently with the highest quality trucks, without the added cost of purchasing a new vehicle.

Fitzgerald Glider Kits is North America's largest Glider Kit assembler and specializes in installing re-manufactured main components of trucks into a new cab. These cabs are reliable and fuel efficient, and provide trucking businesses with a more cost-effective way of doing business. In some cases, the gliders can save 25% off the sticker price of a new truck and possess better fuel economy. The company is based in central Tennessee and produces more than 3,500 trucks per year, offering various models of household name brands. Still owned and operated by Robert Fitzgerald, Tommy Fitzgerald Jr. and associate Nick Bresaw, Fitzgerald Glider Kits has facilities in six locations across the Upper Cumberland region.

In July 2015, Congressman Black introduced and successfully passed H. Amdt. 630, an amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that would prohibit the EPA from applying its proposed “Phase 2 rules” on greenhouse gas emissions standard for medium and heavy duty trucks to glider kits. H. Amdt. 630 would prohibit the EPA from extending the rule to glider kits as they were wrongly labeled as “new vehicles.” The amendment passed the House by voice vote.

Click HERE to view the EPA's press release.

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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 Statement on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

2017/07/28

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) responded to North Korea’s ballistic missile launch earlier today with the following statement:

“It is our responsibility in Congress to protect our citizens and hold North Korea accountable for their actions. This latest ballistic missile launch continues North Korea’s alarming escalation of aggressive acts, and we will not tolerate it,” said Congressman Black. “Just this week, the House passed H.R. 3364, the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act, in a bipartisan vote sending the message that continued missile development and nuclear activity by North Korea is unacceptable. I urge President Trump to sign this legislation into law as quickly as possible.”

Additional information:

On Thursday, the Senate passed H.R. 3364, sending the legislation to President Trump’s desk.

Click HERE for more information on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

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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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VIDEO: Rep. Black Speaks in Support of Granting Access to Home Dialysis Therapy for Medicare Patients

2017/07/25

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3164, granting seniors with end-stage renal disease access to home dialysis therapy under Medicare. The bill is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 and was passed by voice vote. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, spoke on the House floor in support of the bipartisan legislation. To watch a video of her remarks, click here.

Remarks as prepared for delivery are provided below:

M. Speaker, I want to thank my colleagues for working with me on an important piece of legislation included in this package to improve the quality of life for seniors on Medicare across the country. 

As a nurse, I am proud to sponsor a bill that enhances care for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease.

Thanks to tremendous advances in technology over the last decade, physicians can remotely monitor patients’ dialysis treatment through telehealth to reduce the number of medical visits necessary, ensure treatment efficacy, and catch signs of complications early.

Telehealth provides patients an important care component in the comfort of their own homes, while giving physicians a new tool to treat their patients’ whole health.

Our seniors deserve access to this innovative care AND it can save money, helping to ensure Medicare can be there for our seniors who need it most.

I urge my colleagues to take a vote for your constituents, and for Medicare beneficiaries across the country, and support this bill. 

I look forward to continuing this work with Members on both sides of the aisle to bring our nation’s seniors access to these kinds of innovative telehealth technologies that improve care and help lower the cost of treatment.

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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 Discusses House GOP Budget with MSNBC's Hallie Jackson

2017-09-06 15:54:11


Rep. Black Floor Speech on H.R. 3164 Medicare Part B

2017-07-25 20:35:49


Rep. Black Floor Speech in Support of No Sanctuary For Criminals Act

2017-06-29 19:07:04


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

2017-06-27 21:10:21


Rep. Black Honors The Life Of Legend Pat Summitt

2017-06-23 16:18:46


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


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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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