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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Rep. Black Opposes Eleventh-Hour, Backroom Budget Deal

October 28, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Budget Committee, voted against H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Black released the following statement:

“This budget ‘deal’ is a raw deal for conservatives and for taxpayers who are already shouldered with an $18 trillion debt burden in Washington,” said Congressman Diane Black. “This epitomizes everything that Americans have come to despise about our political process. It was a deal brokered in backrooms and released to the public the day before Congress was expected to vote on it; a violation of our 2010 Pledge to America. What’s more, the deal breaks the spending caps in the sequester – an imperfect but successful means of reducing our deficit – and it suspends the debt ceiling altogether until 2017, giving this Administration free rein to continue piling on new debt that our children and grandchildren will inherit. I came to Congress with the promise of working to return fiscal sanity to Washington and I could not, in good faith, support this deeply flawed agreement.”

Congressman Black added, “I understand that, in divided government, we will not get everything we want. But we could have at least mounted an effort. This is not transparency in government, this is not regular order, and this is not the markings of a true majority party. We can do better.”

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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