Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Diane Black Slams Planned Parenthood Video

2017/05/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black, a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and author of recently enacted legislation to repeal the Obama-era rule sending taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, released the following statement on an alarming new video of a national abortion provider annual conference:

“I am appalled at this disgusting new video showing members of the National Abortion Federation, including many representatives of Planned Parenthood, talking about tearing unborn babies apart to harvest them for their body parts in order to capitalize on ‘financial incentives.’”

“This horrific look inside the abortion industry shows abortion providers laughing and joking as they callously discuss what one of them even admits to be “violence” against the unborn.  It is just absolutely devastating to know that Planned Parenthood receives more than half a billion dollars of taxpayer funding each year.  I will continue to fight to end their government funding totally and permanently.”

Background

In the video, the following comments are heard:

  • Dr. Lisa Harris, Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of Michigan – “Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”
  • Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, Director of Abortion Services, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast – “If I’m doing a procedure and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two so that it’s not PBA [a federally criminal partial-birth abortion].”
  • Dr. Uta Landy, Founder, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Consortium of Abortion Providers – “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!” [audience laughs loudly].

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.

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Reps. Black, Davis, Franks, and Bass Re-Introduce Bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit

2017/05/17

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, joined with Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7), Trent Franks (R-AZ-8), and Karen Bass (CA-37) to introduce H.R. 2476, the bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2017. The legislation would make the current adoption tax credit fully refundable. Black, Davis, Franks, and Bass released the following statements:

“May marks National Foster Care Month and is a sobering reminder of the more than 420,000 children in the foster care system waiting on a forever family. The best outcome for a child in foster care is an adoption into a safe, loving home, but we know this is a costly process. Almost half of all children adopted from foster care live in households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty threshold. The tax code should work for these families that open their hearts and their homes to adoption – not against them. That is why our legislation would make the adoption tax credit more versatile and widen the playing field so that more families can benefit. I am grateful to Representatives Davis, Franks, and Bass for working with me on this critical, bipartisan measure,” said Congressman Diane Black.  

“The Adoption Tax Credit reflects common-sense federal policy – it strengthens families, removes income as a barrier to adoption, and helps vulnerable children join permanent, loving families.  Research shows that former foster youth represent the majority of children adopted by families earning less than 200 percent of the poverty level.  This bill will make a critical difference in the ability of lower and middle-income families to adopt.  I am proud to recognize National Foster Care Month by working across the aisle to improve the Adoption Tax Credit to better help children and families,” said Congressman Danny K. Davis.

“I am honored to be able to join with my colleagues today in introducing the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act. The Adoption Tax Credit is a simple but impactful way to prioritize the critical need of every child to enjoy the love, support, and protection of a permanent family. Every time the tax credit is claimed, we will be able to see that a child has found a forever family. In the long term, keeping children in families saves society money by breaking children out of a cycle we know for so many, often leads to homelessness, welfare, incarceration, or other tragic outcomes. When you measure that against the hope of a new life, stability, and a future of love and support for a child, it’s easy to make the case that the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act strengthens America's future on every level,” said Congressman Trent Franks.

“I have long felt that the tax code should work for all Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us,” said Congresswoman Karen Bass. “The reality is that many of the children adopted in the U.S. join families that do not have sufficient income to take full advantage of the adoption tax credit. Making the adoption tax credit refundable will ensure that the tax code provides every family that adopts a child the resources they need and deserve. I thank my colleagues in the House for their work on this important issue.”

The Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2017 has been endorsed by the 149 state, local, and national Member organizations of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced S. 937, the bipartisan Senate companion measure to the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2017. Read their statements 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 Slams California Judge Ruling Blocking Trump Administration’s Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities

2017/04/26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Border Security Caucus and author of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, responded to California Judge William Orrick’s ruling to block the Trump Administration’s actions to enforce common-sense immigration policy and withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. Black released the following statement:

“Yesterday’s ruling by one activist California judge will not stop the Trump Administration’s efforts to restrict funding from sanctuary cities that defy federal law.  In fact, the ruling confirms that the Justice Department can continue to enforce existing requirements that billions of dollars in federal law enforcement funding go only to localities that meet their legal obligation to share immigration information and assist federal authorities in carrying out immigration law. 

“While the Administration continues to fight for these common-sense policies in court, Congress can act immediately to ensure the grant dollars in question, and many other sources of federal funding, are not sent to sanctuary cities.

“To protect our citizens across the nation, I co-authored H.R. 400,  the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, with Senator Pat Toomey to block these law breaking jurisdictions from receiving federal funds from a wide variety of agencies and programs. Our legislation currently has over 100 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.

“I applaud President Trump for his leadership in cracking down on dangerous sanctuary cities.  Immediate passage of H.R. 400 is the fastest and best solution to put an end to the sanctuary cities placing the convenience of violent drug cartels and repeat law breakers ahead of the safety and security of their own citizens.”

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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 Attends President Trump Bill Signing of Title X Legislation Protecting States’ Rights

2017/04/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, was in attendance this morning as President Trump signed legislation co-authored with Senator Joni Ernst, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states such as Tennessee to provide Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. In February, Rep. Black spoke on the House floor in favor of H.J. Res. 43, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 230 to 188, and advanced through the Senate in March. Today, President Trump signed this legislation into law. Black released the following statement:

“For over 45 years, states like Tennessee have had the authority to direct federal family planning funds to the health care providers that best suit the needs of their unique communities, but sadly, in a parting gift to the abortion industry, President Obama stole this freedom and flexibility and forced his own political agenda on states across the country.

“While I am unapologetically pro-life, this bill is simply about states’ rights, and I am pleased to see President Trump putting the American people—not bureaucrats in Washington—back in the driver’s seat, empowering states like Tennessee to steer their Title X funds away from abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood.

“It has been an honor to work with Senator Ernst and the pro-life community to help this life-affirming legislation reach the President’s desk, and I applaud President Trump for signing this legislation into law,” said Congressman Diane Black.

 

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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 Praises Senate Passage of Title X Legislation Protecting State’s Right to Withhold Funding from Abortion Providers

2017/03/30

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised today’s Senate passage of legislation co-authored with Senator Joni Ernst, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states such as Tennessee to provide Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. In February, the House passed H.J. Res. 43 by a bipartisan vote of 230 to 188. The bill is now headed to President Trump’s desk. Black released the following statement:

“It has been an honor to work with Senator Ernst and the pro-life community to help this life-affirming legislation reach the final stage of becoming law. Abortion is not health care, and vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood. For over 45 years, states like Tennessee have had the authority to direct federal family planning funds to the health care providers that best suit the needs of their unique communities. Sadly, in a parting gift to the abortion industry, President Obama stole this freedom and flexibility and forced his own political agenda on states across the country. With the passage of this legislation, Congress will roll back this 11th hour Obama Administration rule, and put states and the American people back in charge.”

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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 Slams Politically Motivated Charges Against Planned Parenthood Whistleblowers

2017/03/29

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and author of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017, responded to the continued witch hunt against the Center for Medical Progress’s David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Most recently, Planned Parenthood-endorsed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued 15 felony charges against the whistleblowers who helped uncover Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of aborted babies’ body parts. Black released the following statement:

“The state of California was absolutely right to issue a felony charge, but they handed it to the wrong person. By targeting the courageous truth-tellers who revealed Planned Parenthood’s misdeeds while turning a blind eye to the real offenders who unapologetically participate in the trafficking of infant body parts for profit, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has shredded any guise of objectivity and exposed his total inability to be a neutral arbiter of the law in this case. It’s no surprise Mr. Becerra is doing Planned Parenthood’s bidding today, he accepted their endorsement just a few short months ago. I have every confidence that justice will prevail and will vindicate the Center for Medical Progress, as was the case in Texas, but in the meantime, Attorney General Becerra should immediately recuse himself to ensure fairness for all parties involved,” said Congressman Diane Black.

 

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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 President Trump’s Visit to Tennessee

2017/03/15

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 on President Trump’s planned visit to Nashville, Tennessee later today:

“Tennessee is ground zero for the damage of Obamacare, and it is fitting that President Trump would come here to talk about the urgent need to bring relief from this failed law, said Congressman Diane Black. “I regret that I will not be able to join the President this evening, as I will instead be preparing for tomorrow’s House Budget Committee markup of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, but I have been fortunate to meet with him twice within the last week and I know that he shares House Republicans’ commitment to patient-centered reforms. I will be watching from Washington D.C. tonight as the President discusses these solutions in Nashville, and I look forward to our continued partnership on improving access to care for every American.”

Note:

While Congressman Black remains in Washington D.C. preparing for tomorrow’s House Budget Committee markup of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, her husband, Dr. David Black, will join President Trump at his visit to The Hermitage today in Congressman Black’s place.

 

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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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Congressman Black Honors the Life of Senator Douglas Henry

2017/03/06

Gallatin, TN – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) paid tribute to the life of former Tennessee State Senator Douglas Henry, with whom she served in the state legislature from 1998 until her election to Congress in 2010. Henry died yesterday at the age of 90. Black released the following statement:

“Senator Henry was special to me, and to so many others. He was a statesmen, a true southern gentleman, and a giant of the Tennessee legislature whose legacy will endure for generations to come. Dave and I treasured his friendship and are praying for his loved ones today," said Congressman Diane Black. "Admiration for Senator Henry was never limited by one’s political party, because he never let such labels define him in the first place. He was universally respected for his willingness to join hands with anyone who shared his concern for Tennessee. I will always be personally grateful for his leadership in the passage of Amendment One a few short years ago. While we miss Senator Henry already, we can be thankful for his decades of faithful service to our state, and the knowledge that he is now safely home – reunited with his beloved Lolly once again.”  

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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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Black Praises President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress: A “Bold, Uplifting Vision” for Making America Great Again

2017/03/01

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 on President Trump’s joint address to Congress:

“President Trump campaigned on a promise of making America great again, and tonight he offered a bold, uplifting vision for how to reach that goal – one that every American can share in. His commitment to patient-centered health care solutions, his acknowledgment of the need for pro-growth tax reform, and his reference to the importance of school choice for parents and students were an encouraging reminder of how far we have come from the failed policies of the last eight years,” said Congressman Diane Black. “While the President’s words tonight were important, I am most impressed with his actions. I sat in this same chamber and listened to President Obama deliver eloquent speeches and lofty promises, but the reality never matched the rhetoric. In contrast, President Trump has already  taken meaningful steps to reduce the regulatory burden on families and businesses, strengthen our national security, and restore a culture of life that protects our voiceless unborn. Tonight’s speech bolstered my confidence that our unified Republican government can act on this historic opportunity and deliver real change 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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Black Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Fair Reimbursement for Tennessee Hospitals

2017/02/17

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 45 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 1130, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017, alongside Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) and 13 other cosponsors, including every member of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation. The bipartisan bill would establish a national minimum Area Wage Index (AWI) of 0.874 for Medicare reimbursement of both inpatient and outpatient services, in turn correcting a flawed formula that results in disproportionately low reimbursement payments to rural hospitals like those in Tennessee and Alabama. Black released the following statement:

“As a registered nurse, I know that protecting our quality of life and public health in Tennessee goes hand-in-hand with ensuring that our hospitals get a fair deal from Washington. The current area wage index formula unfairly tilts the scales against rural hospitals like those across my district while letting hospitals in the wealthiest neighborhoods of California and Massachusetts cash in on this flawed payment model. Tennessee’s healthcare providers bring lifesaving care to neighbors across the state every day. It isn’t asking too much to insist that they receive a proper reimbursement for the services they perform. I am grateful for the strong, bipartisan showing of support for this legislation from my colleagues and will urge swift passage of this bill to ensure fairness and stability for every Tennessee hospital,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Background:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) bases a portion of each hospital’s reimbursement for Medicare services on the Area Wage Index for Hospitals (AWI). The AWI is based upon the relative hospital wage level in the hospital’s geographic area compared to the national average. A number of legislative and administrative “fixes” over the past thirty years along with flaws of the existing formula have resulted in significant distortions in the AWI system. For example, as it stands today, hospitals in the community of Oakland, California are reimbursed based on an AWI of 1.74 while, for example, Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville and St. Thomas Dekalb Hospital in Smithville are reimbursed based on an AWI of .72.

In fact, while the AWI was originally designed so that the average AWI is 1.0, there is not a single hospital in any of the following states that is reimbursed based on an AWI of 1.0 or greater: Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Utah.

Under the current system, hospitals that choose to enter rural and underserved areas with lower average wages are slapped with disproportionately lower reimbursement rates and thinner profit margins. By establishing a floor AWI of 0.874 for Medicare reimbursement, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017 will help address this disparity.

 

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 45 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 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"

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2017-02-02 16:55:09


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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


Rep. Black Named Interim Budget Committee Chairman

2017-01-04 18:13:32


Rep. Black On EWTN Vows Fight Against Obama Admin Rule to Prop Up Planned Parenthood

2016-12-16 18:36:46


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2016-12-01 20:16:53


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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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