Rep. Black Responds to Presidential Veto of Bill to Roll Back Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after President Obama’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, legislation to dismantle Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood:

“President Obama’s gall is stunning. He spent this week discussing the need to ‘protect innocent people’ and ‘save more lives’ yet he callously vetoed a bill to protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us from the heinous abuses of Planned Parenthood. What’s more, he denied Americans a chance at relief from his disastrous healthcare law that – nearly six years later – still remains underwater in public opinion polls. The President’s veto is a reminder that Democrats own Obamacare. They passed it over the objections of the American people without a single Republican vote and continue to place loyalty to this failed law over the loyalty they owe to their constituents who suffer Obamacare’s burdensome costs and consequences,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I am pleased that, for the first time in his presidency, conservatives finally made President Obama show his hand, as opposed to the tradition of years past when Harry Reid kept every politically tough decision off the President’s desk. In doing so, we set up an important moment of contrast and proved that President Obama is the one person standing between the dismantling of Obamacare and the restoration of a culture of life.”


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