Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

House Passes Rep. Black’s Legislation to Fight the Opioid Crisis

2018/06/19

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the PROPER Act of 2018 (H.R. 5775), which includes two provisions authored by U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) to combat the opioid crisis. The Reduce Opioid Overprescribing in Treatment (ROOT) Act and the Education for Disposal of Unused (EDU) Opioids Act were introduced to prevent unintended consequences of opioid use and educate patients about the dangers of addiction.

“The opioid crisis has taken a devastating toll on our communities in Tennessee. Addiction tears families apart, and its effects are often felt by future generations. As a nurse, it is my firm belief that we must treat people addicted to opioids as patients who can recover, with the hope of turning their lives around. And while there is no single legislative fix, we must do all we can to enact commonsense measures that will begin to reverse this epidemic and prevent addiction in the first place,” said Congressman Black. “It is my prayer that we will soon see an end to this crisis, and I am proud that Congress and the Trump Administration are taking action to fight back.”

Background:

The Education for Disposal of Unused (EDU) Opioids Act of 2018 requires Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to have an in-home conversation with beneficiaries regarding proper disposal techniques and Drug Takeback Programs in their area. The provision also requires MA plans to provide guidance on cost-effective means for proper disposal through the Medication Therapy Management Program.

Currently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) partially bases its calculation for Medicare incentive payments to hospitals on results from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey provided to a sample of inpatient discharge patients. The survey consists of 25 questions – including three related to pain management for the purpose of measuring facility performance – which could potentially result in healthcare professionals overprescribing medication for patients.

The Reduce Overprescribing of Opioids in Treatment (ROOT) Act of 2018 addresses this issue by instructing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to either eliminate the pain questions altogether, or revise the existing questions to ensure patients who are prescribed opioids are educated by the hospital about both opioid risks and non-opioid pain management alternatives.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Statement on FY19 Budget Proposal

2018/06/19

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the U.S. House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement after the introduction of the House Republican Fiscal Year 2019 budget resolution:

“Fiscal conservatism means cutting spending where possible and in turn, spending responsibly. Our current status quo is unsustainable – it is our duty to act to ensure a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. This budget proposal continues building on the FY18 House-passed resolution, which I authored as Budget Chairman, that provided the vehicle for historic tax cuts and began the process of addressing our out-of-control mandatory spending. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we tackle our national deficit and put an end to Washington's spending problem.”

The FY19 draft proposal reduces the national deficit by $8.1 trillion in ten years and requires $302 billion in spending cuts. It also achieves $5.4 trillion in mandatory savings over the same ten year window. Click HERE to view the blueprint, and HERE to view legislative text.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Trump Administration Issues New Title X Rules Protecting Life

2018/05/23

Washington, DC U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new proposal to prohibit Title X facilities from providing abortion counseling and referrals under the Title X Family Planning Program:

“The integrity of taxpayer dollars should never be in question, let alone dollars intended for Title X Family Planning Program recipients. When women facing incredibly tough circumstances feel as though they have no other choice, the lies we see coming from the big abortion industry are heartbreaking. With the Trump administration issuing these new regulations, we have an opportunity to change hearts and minds, and to equip women across the country with resources that value and protect the sanctity of life. A life is a life – it is not expendable – and I am proud to fight alongside President Trump to defend it.”

BACKGROUND:

Earlier this year, Congressman Black joined Reps. Estes, Smith and Hartzler in sending a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting new Title X regulations, citing the troubling ways that existing Title X regulations have blurred the line between abortion and family planning. A companion letter was sent to Secretary Azar by 41 Senators, as well as a letter from over 85 pro-life leaders.

The newly proposed regulations “expressly prohibit Title X projects from performing, promoting, referring for, or supporting, abortion as a method of family planning.” (Section 59.14). Healthcare providers at these sites would no longer be required to choose between the health of their patients and their own consciences.

In addition, a new requirement would mandate that Title X facilities be both physically and financially separate from any site that provides abortion services under Title X family planning grants (Section 59.15). The proposed rule also prohibits using Title X funds for lobbying “the passage of legislation to increase in any way the availability of abortion as a method of family planning,” as activities that promote or encourage abortion are explicitly forbidden (Section 59.16).

The regulations are designed to protect women and children, of any age, who are the victims of rape, abuse, molestation, incest or human trafficking by requiring Title X recipients “to comply with all State and local laws regarding the notification or reporting” of these crimes. (Section 59.17).

Click HERE to view the proposed rule. It will be available for public comment for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Introduces Border Wall Trust Fund Act

2018/05/18

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) introduced the Border Wall Trust Fund Act, which would create an account at the U.S. Treasury dedicated to holding public donations for the completion of the wall along the United States’ southern border. Congressman Black released the following statement:

"While Democrats block commonsense border security and put illegal immigrants before our families, we are going to put America first. Real immigration reform cannot be achieved without a secure border – President Trump has been clear about this since day one. The most important job of the federal government is the safety and security of the American people, and if citizens in our country wish to contribute to this effort, they absolutely should be given the opportunity. Americans know that President Trump is committed to protecting our nation for future generations, and we are ready to stand with him to build the wall.”

H.R. 5876 allows money deposited in the Border Wall Trust Fund to be used for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining a barrier along the international border between the United States and Mexico. The Border Wall Trust Fund Act is supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

 

 

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Rep. Black: The Opioid Crisis is a Personal One

2018/05/16

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee held a markup on legislative proposals to combat the opioid crisis. U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) stressed the importance of educating communities about the danger of addiction, and empowering law enforcement officials with resources to fight the epidemic.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

As a nurse for more than 45 years, I’ve been trained to think about the root causes, how to diagnose a problem and how to build a treatment strategy from the bottom up.

That’s the kind of attitude we need to take to address the opioid epidemic.

Everyone in this room knows that drug addiction does not discriminate. It’s affecting young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban.

Tennessee, like many states around the country, is dealing with this epidemic. In 2016 alone, the crisis took the lives of 1,600 Tennesseans.

I got into public service because of my health-care background. I saw costs rising and patient care suffering after the expansion of TennCare, and thought my experience would be valuable to the debate.

The opioid crisis is a very personal one. It’s impacting our communities, our friends, our families, our neighbors. It is both a law enforcement issue and a health care issue, so our solution must address both and provide both the resources needed.

The 19 bills incorporated into this markup today are great tools to combat the opioid epidemic, but we must remember that this issue cannot be legislated away.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but we have a moral imperative to protect our children and grandchildren.

Before we can begin reversing this crisis, we must take steps to educate our communities on the dangers of addiction, and empower our law enforcement officials to shut down and prosecute pill mills and overprescribing.

But most importantly, we must treat those who are addicted to opioids as patients who can recover.

I firmly believe that future generations will look back and judge us by how we handle the opioid crisis, and I would like to thank Chairman Brady and Chairman Roskam for their work to address this critical issue.

Two of Congressman Black’s proposals passed through Committee this afternoon. H.R. 5719, the Reducing Overprescribing Opioids in Treatment (ROOT) Act, would tackle the root cause of the opioid epidemic by addressing the link between Medicare incentive payments and patient satisfaction surveys. H.R. 5714, the Education for Disposal of Unused (EDU) Opioids Act, would educate the Medicare population on proper disposal techniques and Drug Takeback Programs in their area.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Congratulates Oliver North as Incoming President of the NRA

2018/05/15

Washington, DC U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) sent a letter to Oliver North, along with 47 of her House colleagues, congratulating him on his selection as the incoming President of the National Rifle Association (NRA):

"I am pleased to congratulate Oliver North on being selected as President of the NRA, and undertaking the tremendous responsibility that comes with this role," said Congressman Black. “Our constituents deeply cherish their 2nd Amendment rights protected under the U.S. Constitution, and we trust that those values will be upheld under his leadership.”

“The United States Constitution sets forth that gun ownership is not a special privilege reserved for a select few,” the letter reads. “But it is a protected freedom for all law-abiding citizens.” Click HERE to view the letter online.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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The United States Stands with Israel

2018/05/14

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement as the United States embassy in Israel was relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem:

"Today, President Trump fulfills a promise that every President has made for the last 30 years. The partnership between the United States and Israel is a natural and beautiful one – not only because of the connection we share through religion and culture, but because of our shared commitment to democracy and freedom," said Congressman Black. “This is an historic day of celebration for both of our countries.”

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 upholds that, “Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected.” In June 2017, the Senate unanimously voted in favor of the embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Recognizes Brandon Slayton of Crossville as 2018 Congressional Art Competition Winner

2018/05/08

Washington, DC – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement announcing Brandon Slayton, a senior at Cumberland County High School in Crossville, as the winner of the 2018 6th District Congressional Art Competition:

“I am pleased to congratulate Brandon on winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition. His entry will proudly represent Tennessee’s 6th District in the halls of the U.S. Capitol over the next year, where it will be seen and enjoyed by visitors from around the world. I am proud of Brandon and all of this year’s talented participants for sharing their God-given talents with their community,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Congressman Black’s office also extends congratulations to this year’s runners up, whose artwork will be featured in each of Congressman Black’s district offices over the next year:

  • First runner up: Christene Marchitto, Portland High School – The Mind
  • Second runner up: Lena Marie McCaslin, Pope John Paul II High School – A Portrait of the Inspector

Slayton’s winning entry is entitled Enduring Freedom,” receiving over 570 votes. A panel of judges selected six finalists, and the final round of voting was held on Congressman Black’s Facebook page. Winners were determined by which piece of artwork received the highest number of “likes.”

Background:

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. The grand prize winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year, and two runners up will have their work displayed in each of Congressman Black’s district offices.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Statement on President Trump Withdrawing from Iran Deal

2018/05/08

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal:

"The Iran Deal has been a dangerous agreement since day one. President Obama cut a deal with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism – a deal that should never have been made. President Obama's giveaway to Iran jeopardized the safety and security of our citizens. I am pleased to see that President Trump is committed to deterring Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and is putting America first. He said he would do it, and once again he is fulfilling his promises to the American people." said Congressman Black.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Joins Members of Congress Nominating President Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

2018/05/02

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) joined 17 of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Members of the Nobel Prize Committee to nominate President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

“The President’s tireless work to bring North Korea to the table and end its nuclear weapons programs has resulted in peace negotiations in the Korean Peninsula for the first time in decades – a truly remarkable accomplishment. There is no one more deserving of this recognition than President Trump.” said Congressman Black.

To view the letter nominating President Trump, 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 a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Speaks in Support of Balanced Budget Amendment

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Rep. Black Questions Secretary Ross on Tariffs

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Guest Chaplain Minister Jeremiah Tatum Opening Prayer

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Rep. Black Speaks in Support of the Adoption Tax Credit

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Rep. Black Floor Speech on H.R. 36, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act"

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Rep. Black Discusses House GOP Budget with MSNBC's Hallie Jackson

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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

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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 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


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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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