Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Black: Washington Has a Spending Problem

2018/04/16

To watch Rep. Black’s remarks on the House floor, click HERE.

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor urging support of the Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution (H.J. Res. 2), requiring an annual balance of the federal budget.

Remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

M. Speaker, fiscal conservatism means cutting spending where possible and in turn, spending responsibly.

Today’s vote is timely – CBO’s recent report confirmed what many of us already know. Washington has a spending problem.

The budget deficit will near one trillion dollars next year and trillions more are projected indefinitely.

Only a decade ago, the federal debt held by the public was 39 percent of GDP. Today, it’s 75 percent and is expected to surpass 96 percent over the next decade.

At what point does the debt become severe enough to stall our economic growth?

Maybe we cannot answer that question today, but we all know that point looms on the horizon.

If we don’t act, we – or our children – are going to find out the hard way.

The burden on our borrowing is going to fall on our future generations, hurting their ability to flourish.

I could not in good faith support the recent budget cap agreement, nor could I support the most recent omnibus.

In fact, I voted for the Cut, Cap and Balance Act during my first year in Congress, which would have capped future spending based on GDP.

That same year, I supported the Budget Control Act which reined in years of high level discretionary spending.

Some of my colleagues across the aisle are trying to use this bill to attack the tax cuts.

But tax cuts are not the problem. Our economy needed a jolt and that’s what we did. We will continue to see economic growth from our tax cuts for years to come.

Spending is the problem. Our mandatory spending has been projected to nearly quadruple by 2040.

Our population is aging. Our workforce participation rate is stagnant. For every 1.65 employed persons in the private sector, 1 person receives welfare assistance.

This must be addressed. My budget last year began this process of addressing mandatory spending and we need to build on that progress.

I agree that offering a constitutional amendment should be done rarely and reluctantly.

Our debt burden threatens the kind of country that we leave behind for our children and grandchildren. We must end this borrow-and-spend cycle that has gone on for far too long.

Ensuring future generations have the same opportunities we have today means making hard choices. No more delays or denial.

I urge my colleagues to vote for this resolution, and I yield back.

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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 Encourages Submissions for 2018 Congressional Art Competition

2018/03/28

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) encourages high school students from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District to submit original art work for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. 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.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for students in our district to showcase their talents,” said Congressman Diane Black. “In addition to having the winner’s work placed in the Capitol, my office will award runners up in this competition the chance to have their work displayed in both of my district offices. I look forward to this event each year and am eager to see this year’s submissions.”

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and up to 4 inches in depth and 15 pounds in weight. The art work may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage (must be two dimensional)
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. The top 6 finalists will be posted on Congressman Black’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DianeBlackTN06) and the public will have the opportunity to vote on the overall winner and the two runners-up.

How To Apply:

Submissions can be dropped off at any of Congressman Black’s district office locations between the following hours: Gallatin Office (355 North Belvedere Drive, Suite 308) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday - Friday, or at the Cookeville Office (321 East Spring Street, Suite 301) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday – Friday.

Submission of art along with a Congressional release form must be submitted to Congressman Black’s nearest district office no later than April 20, 2018.  The Congressional release form can be found on the website at https://black.house.gov/services/art-competition.

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. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, please contact Michael Detwiler in Rep. Black’s Cookeville office at (931) 854-0069, or Anna Lisa Roberts in Rep. Black’s Gallatin office at (615) 206-8204.

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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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Cookeville Minister Opens U.S. House in Prayer

2018/03/21

Congressman Diane Black (left) with Minister Jeremiah Tatum and the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) welcomed Minister Jeremiah Tatum to Washington, D.C. to serve as guest chaplain in the U.S. House of Representatives. Minister Tatum is currently serving his eighth year as pulpit minister of Willow Avenue Church of Christ in Cookeville, TN.

“In Congress, we begin each day thanking the Lord for His provision, and asking for continued guidance, protection and wisdom. It is a great privilege to have a fellow Tennessean lead us in this sacred tradition today,” said Congressman Black. “I know our community and the Willow Avenue congregation are proud to have him with us in Washington, and I thank him for opening our day in prayer.”

Click HERE to view Minister Tatum’s opening prayer.

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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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Op-ed: Protecting nurses’ conscience: a non-negotiable in the final FY 2018 spending bill

2018/03/12

“I solemnly swear to do no harm.” We took this oath more than 40 years ago when we became nurses. We chose this career—more accurately, this calling—because it was the ultimate realization of what was in our hearts. Our love for women and children … our desire to serve those who are sick and in need … our passion to come alongside the most vulnerable in our midst with care and compassion. The oath reflects our commitment to safeguard all life.

In serving our patients, we’ve witnessed firsthand the beauty and dignity of life at all stages. We’ve watched new life enter the world, and we’ve comforted families as they’ve said goodbye to those they dearly loved. These experiences only reinforced our belief that all life is sacred and worthy of protection.

There are many other doctors, nurses, and medical professionals across the country who share our commitment to never end the life of another person. And millions of patients are thankful that there are health care professionals who share their values and belief that all life—including the child in her mother’s womb—should be respected and protected.

Unfortunately, the government has failed both health care professionals and the patients they serve. Rather than fulfilling its legal obligation to protect conscience, it has instead sought to coerce health care professionals to violate their conscience and participate in procedures that end life.

One of us has experienced this firsthand.

Sandra worked for 18 years at the Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford, Ill., serving children in need. In 2015, the county’s new public health administrator decided to merge the pediatric clinic with women’s services and mandated that all nurses begin providing abortion-inducing drugs and abortion referrals. When Sandra informed the county of her conscientious objection to participating in any way in the provision of abortions, the county fired her.

Sandra’s termination had nothing to do with her performance. The new administrator admitted she was a good nurse. But the county fired Sandra anyway based solely on her religious convictions—and her commitment to the Hippocratic oath—that prevent her from taking a person’s life.

Sandra’s termination hurt the medical profession and the individuals it exists to serve. Sandra’s patients lost the nurse that had been caring for them and their families for several generations.

And it cost Sandra as well. As a result of being wrongfully terminated, Sandra lost her primary source of income, her insurance, and her ability to support her family. She couldn’t help her son pay for college, so he had to delay pursuing his dream of being in health care and following in his mother’s footsteps. Sandra could no longer keep her promise to her daughter to pay for her grandchildren’s education.

Sandra’s experience is not unique. In recent years, the government has discriminated against nurses and other health care professionals across the country—including in Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee—who could not participate in taking the life of another human person.

That is why Congressman Black introduced the Conscience Protection Act. The Conscience Protection Act simply codifies long-standing conscience protections that prohibit a hospital or health care facility that receives federal funding from discriminating against a health care professional for their commitment to protecting life. It also ensures that nurses like Sandra will have legal recourse to pursue justice in court if the government attempts to fire or otherwise discriminate against them because of this commitment.

Sandra and every American should be free to live consistent with their beliefs without fear of government punishment. This is the backbone of America—the government’s respect for every person’s freedom of conscience. And those in the medical field should be treated no differently.

While we may not all agree on abortion, we should agree that no doctor or nurse should be forced out of the medical profession due to their beliefs about abortion. Our commitment to “do no harm” shouldn’t disqualify us from serving in health care.

Indeed, protecting conscience strengthens diversity and fosters a healthy society where there is respect for every health care professional and for the patients they serve

Congress must act now to protect Americans’ civil rights and include the Conscience Protection Act in the final Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill. One American health care professional’s conscience violated is one too many.

U.S. Rep. Diane Black represents the 6th district of Tennessee. Sandra Rojas is an Illinois pediatric nurse forced to resign from the Winnebago County Public Health Department because she couldn’t participate in abortions.

Click HERE to view the op-ed originally published in The Hill.

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GAO Finds that More Than $1.5 Billion in Tax Dollars go to Abortion Providers

2018/03/08

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX-22) and Chris Smith (R-NJ-04), responded to the release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on the taxpayer funding levels of three abortion providers: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

The study, led by Reps. Black, Olson and Senator Ernst, was requested by more than 120 Members of the House and Senate. GAO found that these three organizations spent $410 million in federal funding between 2013 and 2015, and received $1.2 billion combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding. In short, more than $1.5 billion in tax dollars went to abortion providers over a three-year period.

GAO found that four of the five Planned Parenthood affiliates spending the largest amount of funds from federal programs during this period were later subject to referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for possible criminal misconduct regarding fetal tissue transfer. The DOJ confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.

Congressman Black, Senator Ernst, Rep. Olson and Rep. Smith issued the following statements on GAO’s report findings:

"I spent my entire career as a nurse fighting for the dignity of every human being, and I have witnessed the emotional, physical and psychological effects abortion has on mothers. All of us in the healthcare field took an oath to fight for life, and abortion destroys that. Industry giants like Planned Parenthood perform more than 320,000 abortions every year, and this GAO report exposes that these atrocities are done at the expense of taxpayers. No matter our views on abortion, or the party label beside our name, we must ensure that our money is spent responsibly and with integrity," said Congressman Black. "Abortion is not family planning. Abortion is family destruction, and the fact that $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars is funneled to this industry is sickening. The American people deserve better."

“This report once again illustrates the absurd amount of taxpayer dollars funding the nation’s single largest provider of abortion services, Planned Parenthood, and its international affiliate organizations,” said Senator Ernst. “More than $1.5 billion in tax payer’s dollars should not go to an organization with such blatant disrespect for human life. That is why I introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect those dollars to federally qualified health centers that provide actual comprehensive care and family planning services for women. We have made great strides to protect life under the Trump administration, but there is more work to be done, and we remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our society.”

“I thank the GAO for helping to shed a light on how American taxpayer money goes to organizations that promote or perform abortions.  I remain committed to defunding Planned Parenthood and protecting the unborn, and we deserve full transparency on tax dollars for these organizations. The numbers are clear and the taxpayers deserve better. I thank Rep. Black and Sen. Ernst for joining me in this effort on behalf of American taxpayers and the unborn,” said Congressman Olson.

“An audit, released today by a government watchdog, GAO, demonstrates the abortion industry’s push to integrate abortion into primary healthcare services. Thankfully, under President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy, international abortion groups, like MSI and IPPF, must agree to not perform or promote abortion in order to receive taxpayer dollars. This reform ensures that US international aid funds life-affirming care for both women and children. A similar protection should become the standard for all government funding; abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood – responsible for killing more than 7 million unborn children – must no longer be subsidized by the American taxpayer,” said Congressman Smith.

Congressman Black is the author of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would place an immediate moratorium on all federal funding to Planned Parenthood until it certifies that it will no longer perform elective abortions or give funding to entities that do. The bill would also reallocate federal funding to more than 13,500 clinics nationwide that provide primary care to low-income and under-served populations that do not perform abortions.

In 2016, Senator Ernst introduced legislation to redirect federal funds from Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliate organizations to other eligible women's health care providers.

Additionally, Senator Ernst and Congressman Black’s bicameral legislation to overturn an eleventh-hour rule issued by the Obama administration, and restore state choice about how to best distribute Title X grant money was signed into law by President Trump on April 13, 2017.

Click HERE to read the GAO report.

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Rep. Black Fights for Healthcare Provisions Included in Government Funding Measure

2018/02/06

Washington, D.C. – Included in the spending bill to fund the government through March 23, 2018 are healthcare provisions championed by Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) to improve the Medicare system and increase access to tele-health for rural communities. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote tonight on the continuing resolution.

“In Tennessee’s rural communities, the wider offering of tele-health services means more access to care. And for patients in suburban and urban communities throughout the state, it offers the benefit of reducing the number of in-person visits to healthcare providers. We have seen tremendous advances in technology over the last decade and as a nurse, I know how important this accessibility can be for treatment,” said Congressman Black. “I am very pleased to see these measures included in our continuing resolution and I am proud to fight for patient-centered healthcare reforms in Tennessee.”

Congressman Black’s measures in the continuing resolution:

  • Increasing Tele-health Access in Medicare Act (H.R. 3727)
  • Expanding the Medicare Advantage V-BID model testing to all 50 states (H.R. 1995)
  • H.R. 3164 included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act
  • Tele-stroke and ACO provisions included in the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 (H.R. 2556)
  • A 2-year extension of the Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) program and a 2-year extension of increased inpatient hospital payment adjustment for Low Volume Hospitals
  • A 2-year extension for sexual risk avoidance education

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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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Roskam, Black Introduce Legislation to Ease Reporting for Non-profits

2018/02/06

Washington, D.C. — Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Diane Black (R-TN) introduced H.R. 4916, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from collecting the identity of donors who contribute to tax-exempt organizations and eliminate a burdensome and invasive reporting requirement for non-profit organizations. Presently, the IRS does not use the Schedule B of the Form 990 for tax administration, but still requires organizations to submit to this burdensome reporting requirement. 

"The IRS targeting of certain groups is an egregious violation of privacy and of the First Amendment and the accessing of Schedule B forms by bad actors within the agency has been a key component of that targeting,” said Rep. Roskam. “The IRS has confirmed that they have no need for the Schedule B, so H.R. 4916 rectifies that and limits the IRS’ ability to target organizations based on improper criteria or improperly released information, protecting the personal information of donors,” he continued.

The IRS has demonstrated in the past that it does not adequately protect the information on Schedule B forms and has improperly accessed and leaked Schedule B information. H.R. 4916 will protect the personal information of donors and limit the IRS’ ability to target organizations based on improper criteria, or improperly released information. 

“The federal government has no business bullying tax-exempt organizations. This bill is about protecting Americans’ right to the freedom of speech – regardless of their political views – and holding the IRS accountable for its blatant misuse of confidential information. Targeting taxpayers for their beliefs is abominable, and it is apparent that we need to ensure the opportunity to do so is never possible,” said Rep. Black. “I am proud to work with Rep. Roskam to fight for the protection of privacy and freedom of speech we hold dear in America.”

BACKGROUND:
Current law requires 501(c) non-profit organizations to report information on donors who give $5,000 or more in a calendar year to the IRS.  This information is reported on Schedule B of the Form 990; under this legislation, a tax-exempt organization would have to report information only on donors who contribute $5,000 or more during the current tax year and who are either an officer or director of the organization or one of the five highest paid employees. 

 

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Rep. Black: Memo Release is About Transparency

2018/02/02

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the GOP House Intelligence Committee FISA Memo was made public:

“I’m glad the public will now have the opportunity to review the contents of the memo and judge for themselves the actions of the FBI related to the FISA Court. This is not about driving a partisan agenda; this is about transparency.

I voted against FISA reauthorization because I believed that the bill did not include adequate protections for Americans’ civil liberties. There are growing threats to our national and homeland security and our law enforcement and intelligence agencies need the resources to combat those threats. But the bill as written was far too broad and created too many opportunities for abuse. The memo provides significant evidence that abuse has happened and will continue to happen without proper checks and balances.”  

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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 Praises President Trump’s State of the Union Address

2018/01/31

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Over the last year, President Trump has shown that he will put America first and I am proud to stand with him. Tonight’s State of the Union address was no different – the President’s speech was optimistic, bold and confident. It was a message to the world that we are proud to be American.

We have seen tremendous legislative victories in Congress with President Trump leading the way. We’ve seen the positive effects of tax reform, as businesses have cited our bill as the reason they’re giving bonuses and investing more in their employees. Our economy and markets are booming under the President’s leadership. We've also seen hundreds of crippling regulations rolled back on industries suffering under unnecessary bureaucratic overreach.

And we’ve seen a renewed commitment to our military, unapologetically putting our national security and citizens first.  I look forward to continuing this momentum with the President as I fight for Tennessee and 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 a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Black Signs on to Securing America’s Future Act

2018/01/24

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after signing on to the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760), which ends chain migration and the visa lottery program, makes E-verify mandatory, authorizes border wall construction and withholds funding from sanctuary cities:

“With President Trump in the Oval Office, we have an opportunity to fix our broken immigration system and secure the border once and for all. Our current system makes our country less safe and fails to put the interests of the American people first. This is wrong and must be brought to an end,” said Congressman Black. “The primary responsibility of the federal government is to protect its citizens – our Constitution specifically grants Congress the power to do so – and the Securing America’s Future Act does just that. By building the border wall, strictly enforcing our laws and ending chain migration, we are securing our nation for future generations and putting the safety and prosperity of the American people first.”

H.R. 4760 calls for an additional 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection Officers along the border of the United States. It also ensures that gang members or individuals with criminal convictions are not eligible for legal status and enhances criminal penalties for deported criminals who illegally return.

Click HERE for bill highlights.

Additional Information:

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).

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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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Contact Information

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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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