Diane Black

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

President Trump Signs Historic Legislation Combating the Opioid Crisis into Law

2018/10/24

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), the most comprehensive legislation ever passed by Congress to combat a single drug crisis. The bipartisan, bicameral bill contains two pieces of legislation authored by Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) to prevent opioid addiction and educate communities about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Congressman Black released the following statement:

“The opioid crisis is a personal one. It hits far too close to home in our communities nationwide and especially in Tennessee. As a nurse, I have been trained to think about the root causes of a problem and how to build a treatment strategy from the ground up – while there is no single legislative fix to this epidemic, the package signed into law today addresses the underlying causes of addiction to prevent it before it takes hold. I firmly believe that we must treat those who are addicted to opioids as patients who can recover, and I am proud to work alongside the President and my colleagues to fight back against this cruel epidemic.”

Background:

The Education for Disposal of Unused (EDU) Opioids Act of 2018 (H.R. 5714) 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 reimbursement 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 (H.R. 5719) 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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Op-ed: Telehealth bill offers Congress a shot at bipartisan reform

2018/10/19

Chances are you’ve heard a lot of talk about the upcoming midterm elections. Win or lose, however, incumbents in Congress will have a responsibility to get back to work serving their constituents on Nov. 7.

After the votes are tallied, four weeks will remain in the House of Representatives’ legislative calendar, and we should make them count. To start, Congress must pass a responsible funding bill to keep the federal government running after current funding for most programs expires on Dec. 7 – and we also have an opportunity to finish this session strong by passing bipartisan legislation that can save lives.

As the founder of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus and a registered nurse for more than 45 years, one area that I believe remains ripe for reform is health care.

Despite what you’ve seen on cable news, Democrats and Republicans can actually share common ground on health policy. This year, I worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the House Ways and Means Committee to write legislation combating the nationwide opioid epidemic that has been sent to the president for his signature. These bills will begin to reverse the crisis and free precious lives from the cruel grip of addiction that hits far too close to home in communities across the country – and especially in Tennessee.

And weeks ago, Congress put a bill fully funding the Department of Health and Human Services on the president’s desk before the end of the fiscal year for the first time in more than two decades.

As we look to the future of health care delivery in our country, we should apply the same bipartisan approach. That is why I am a proud sponsor of the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2018.

Simply put, this bill would make it easier for nursing homes to treat patients in place when facing a health challenge, instead of subjecting them to disorienting and costly trips to the emergency room – 45 percent of which are estimated to be unnecessary. It does this using a model built on a combination of on-site first responders and a telemedicine connection to an emergency physician who can deliver real-time care from miles away.

Look at the roster of congressional supporters of the RUSH Act and you’ll see a smattering of conservatives and progressives alike, along with advocacy organizations like the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Health IT Now. That’s because the way we apply technology to health care doesn’t have to be something that divides us along party lines.

No matter one’s political affiliation, chances are we all have elderly loved ones and can agree that nursing home patients deserve to receive compassionate care in the familiarity of their own surroundings whenever possible.

Sadly, statistics tell us that one in five patients admitted to a nursing home will wind up in a hospital within 30 days. This bill would use the technology of today to change this broken status quo, instantly bringing the capabilities of an emergency room right to the patient’s bedside.

There are companies who are ready and able to provide this innovative care to our nation’s 1.4 million nursing home residents. I’ve seen them in action. These positive disruptors just need Medicare’s payment policies to catch up with the technology.

The RUSH Act is our chance to move Medicare into the 21st century; stemming the nursing home to hospital pipeline and giving these facilities the technology-enabled tools needed to lower health care costs and, most importantly, save lives.

As the year draws to a close, it would do this nurse proud to see congressional leaders finish strong by bringing the RUSH Act to a vote.

Black is a Republican from Tennessee’s 6th District.

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

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House Passes Final Bill in Tax Reform 2.0 Package

2018/09/28

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018, the third and final bill in the Tax Reform 2.0 package. The American Innovation Act and the Family Savings Act were passed by the House yesterday.

Congressman Black released the following statement:

“By making tax cuts permanent, Tennessee families will have room to breathe when it comes to life’s unexpected challenges and emergencies, and they will have more money to save for their future and for the future of their children. Our small business owners will continue to grow on Main Street and invest more in the people they employ. Since tax reform was signed into law, it has already begun to boost our economy and put America back at the forefront of the competition. We are committed to giving that permanent certainty to millions of Americans – it is crucial that we keep the momentum going and I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished.”

The full Tax Reform 2.0 package includes the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (H.R. 6760), the Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757) and the American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756). In addition to giving permanent relief to individual taxpayers, the legislation encourages retirement and family savings, and promotes new business innovation.

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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 Greets Middle Tennessee Veterans on Honor Flight Visit to Washington, D.C.

2018/09/26

Congressman Diane Black with veterans from Middle Tennessee

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) welcomed veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to Washington, D.C. as part of a visit with the Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee. The program provides area veterans with an expense-paid one-day trip to the nation’s capital to visit their respective memorials.

Congressman Black released the following statement:

“Coming from a family of veterans, it is a special privilege for me to welcome these Volunteer State heroes to the memorials built in their honor. The Honor Flight program is a truly worthwhile cause. By providing veterans with this trip to Washington D.C., it gives them the tribute they never asked for, but that they are certainly due. We are forever indebted to their extraordinary bravery. I am grateful to everyone at Middle Tennessee Honor Flight who work to make these trips possible, and for allowing me to be a small part of today’s visit.”

Please click here for a high resolution photo and here to learn more about the Tennessee Honor Flight.

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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 Tax Reform 2.0 Passing Committee

2018/09/13

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed Tax Reform 2.0:

“Last December, we reformed our broken tax code for the first time in thirty years so that it worked for our economy and hard-working Americans. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle have tried to sell this as a ‘giveaway to corporations and a scam.’ But that could not be further from the truth. In my home district, I have heard testimonies from small business owners who are now able to give their employees bonuses and raises. Families share stories about saving more for their future and breathing easier when it comes to life’s unexpected challenges. That is what tax reform is all about – it is not ‘crumbs,’ and it is not a giveaway to our nation’s top earners. It is about making a difference in the lives of Americans working hard to provide for their children and families, and this legislation will make that difference permanent.”

The Tax Reform 2.0 package includes the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (H.R. 6760), the Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757) and the American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756). In addition to giving permanent relief to individual taxpayers, the legislation encourages retirement and family savings, and promotes new business innovation.

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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: Tax Reform is Rebuilding Confidence

2018/09/13

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) spoke on the House floor highlighting the economic relief and optimism resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. She also urged support for the Tax Reform 2.0 package, which would make permanent the already lowered tax rates for small businesses, individuals and families.

Remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

M. Speaker, long before 2017, our tax code had become broken, complicated, and outdated. It no longer worked for our families or our businesses.

We needed to rebuild confidence in our private sector and provide relief for families.

We needed to bring back America’s competitive edge by giving job creators freedom from punishing high taxes.

And when tax reform was signed into law last December, we accomplished that.

In our bill, we doubled the standard deduction and lowered rates for individuals, which means that parents and families are keeping more money in their pockets.

We also dramatically reduced the tax rate for small businesses, so they can invest in the people that keep their business moving.

Now, we want to make those cuts permanent. The Tax Foundation estimates that implementing permanent relief will create 1.5 million new jobs and increase our GDP by 2.2%.

Permanent tax cuts will continue to encourage the economic growth that has put our nation back at the front of the competition.

It will give taxpayers room to breathe when it comes to saving for life’s unexpected challenges or emergencies.

And it will allow our families to save more by expanding access to new and existing savings vehicles for their child’s education.

That’s what tax reform is all about: helping taxpayers keep more money in their pockets so they can choose what to do with it. Americans know how to spend their money better than the government. It’s as simple as that.

I’m proud of our accomplishment because it means people can breathe easier and with confidence.

But we still have work to do to ensure our tax code remains competitive, innovative, and better. Tax reform is boosting our economy and we want to add to that momentum.

With this bill, we have an opportunity to give permanent certainty to millions of Americans – and we intend to do just that. I yield back.

For more information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, please 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 to Hold Military Academy Day 2018 at Wilson Central High School

2018/09/04

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 2018 on Saturday, September 15 beginning at 9:30 AM at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The event will include presentations from the five U.S. Military Academies, a showing of “The Five Point Star,” and a meet and greet with Academy Admissions Officers, ROTC representatives, and current cadets and midshipmen. Following the program, students will be able to speak individually with admissions staff to learn more about the requirements for acceptance.

“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 15, 2018 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 beginning 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 about military academy nominations, please 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 Introduces Bill Making First Time Illegal Entry into the United States a Felony

2018/07/10

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) introduced the Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act, which would make illegally entering the United States for the first time a felony and would permanently mandate the E-Verify system for employers, creating less incentive for illegal immigration.

"The United States government should never prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens. We must have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal border crossings and sanctuary cities, and we must give ICE the resources they need to do their job as they protect our nation. By no longer creating incentives to come to our country unlawfully, we also discourage families from sending their children on an often dangerous journey to reach our southern border.

The Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act works hand in hand with law enforcement to ensure that we are doing all we can to uphold the dignity of our border. President Trump has been clear about illegal immigration from day one, and we know that he is committed to protecting our nation for future generations. We must do all we can to deter the criminal abuse of our border – it has gone on for far too long.”

NumbersUSA released the following statement in support of Congressman Black’s legislation:

"NumbersUSA applauds Congressman Diane Black's "Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act," which would protect American jobs, reduce illegal immigration, and hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for obstructing the enforcement of Federal immigration law."

It is currently a misdemeanor to illegally cross the border under United States immigration law, and offenders receive six months of incarceration. The bill would establish a minimum prison sentence of one year and one day, making illegal entry a felony. The Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act permanently mandates E-Verify to ensure that employers hire eligible and legal employees, and includes language explicitly stating that the E-Verify system can only be used for purposes of verifying a potential employee’s eligibility. The bill also rescinds funding from sanctuary cities and redirects it to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In addition to NumbersUSA, the Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act is supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Click HERE to view bill 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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Rep. Black Introduces Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Army Rangers

2018/07/05

Washington, DC U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after introducing the U.S. Army Rangers Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL):

"I am proud to honor the brave volunteers of the Ranger Battalions who fought in some of the most pivotal battles of World War II and trained at our own Camp Forrest in Tennessee. The service and sacrifices of America’s greatest generation helped make the United States the safest and most prosperous nation in the world. As the wife, mother and daughter of U.S. servicemen, it is one of the greatest privileges to recognize those who fought for our freedom. The Rangers greatly contributed to America's success; they are heroes and their stories inspire us. We must do all we can to honor and thank them for their extraordinary bravery."

The 5th Ranger Battalion was activated at Camp Forrest, Tennessee on September 1, 1943, and served until deactivation following the Allied victory. The battalion participated in operations in Western Europe, including D-Day landings on Omaha Beach in June 1944, fighting along the beaches and later destroying German gun emplacements. They engaged in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe, seizing key terrain and fighting beside Allied forces.

H.R. 6263 would award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Army Rangers Veterans of World War II in recognition of their extraordinary service.

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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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Supreme Court Protects First Amendment

2018/06/26

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that pregnancy centers in California are no longer required to advertise abortion services:

“Forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry is sickening. The men and women working at these facilities are dedicated to protecting the sanctity of life, and providing mothers – and their unborn children – with compassionate resources and care. The government has no business forcing them to violate their religious beliefs and promote something they fundamentally disagree with. This is the right decision by the Supreme Court, and a tremendous victory for our First Amendment.”

Under the 2015 California law, pregnancy centers were required to provide information to clients about public programs available for free or low-cost access to abortion and contraceptive services.  

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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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POTUS Thanks Rep. Black at Tax Reform Six Month Anniversary Celebration

2018-06-29 17:11:47


Rep. Black Joins SAIC's Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day 2018

2018-04-26 14:28:22


Rep. Black Speaks in Support of Balanced Budget Amendment

2018-04-12 20:10:24


Rep. Black Questions Secretary Ross on Tariffs

2018-03-22 17:15:36


Guest Chaplain Minister Jeremiah Tatum Opening Prayer

2018-03-21 17:03:55


Rep. Black Defends Life On The House Floor

2018-01-19 15:19:55


Rep. Black Speaks in Support of the Adoption Tax Credit

2017-11-09 21:45:53


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

2017-10-03 22:17:46


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 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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black.house.gov

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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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