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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Rep. Black Responds to President Obama’s Oval Office Address on the Fight Against Terrorism

December 6, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s Oval Office address on the San Bernardino terrorist attack and the fight against ISIS:

“It is stunning that, days after the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001, President Obama would arrogantly refuse to acknowledge the truth: that the current strategy is not working, that ISIS is emboldened not ‘contained’, and that this Administration has repeatedly underestimated this threat at the peril of the American people. Instead, President Obama used tonight’s remarks to lecture Americans on the most politically correct ways to speak of Islam and to push new gun control measures that would have done nothing to prevent this tragedy. Common criminals do not follow gun control laws – does he think radical Islamic terrorists do?  I agree with President Obama on this important point:  the President and Congress will have to ‘work together’ to combat these threats. President Obama could start by dropping his cynical opposition to the overwhelmingly bipartisan, House-passed SAFE Act of 2015 which would address looming security gaps in the federal government’s refugee resettlement program,” said Congressman Diane Black. “These increasing terrorist threats demand a vigilant and alert Commander in Chief. Unfortunately, tonight’s tone-deaf remarks do little to ease Americans’ fears or to project leadership to the watching eyes around the world.” 


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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