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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Defense and National Security

The federal government has a Constitutional responsibility to “provide for the common defense” – that means protecting our homeland, stopping the growth of radical Islam, and keeping Americans safe. Coming from a family of military veterans, I take that responsibility seriously and have consistently supported budgets and authorization bills that support the mission of our armed forces and make important investments in our national defense.

Every year that I have served in Congress, I proudly supported the National Defense Authorization Act, legislation passed annually to provide needed military funding. The most recent iteration of this bill would provide a military pay raise, continue a ban on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States, and protects our ally, Israel, by continuing to fund vital projects like the Iron Dome.

Additionally, I have been an outspoken opponent of the Obama Administrations’ nuclear agreement with Iran, which threatens the national security of the United States and our allies across the globe. I have voted on more than a half dozen occasions to stop, slow, delay, or otherwise undermine implementation of this dangerous deal that grants billions in sanctions relief to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism while foregoing the opportunity for true “anytime, anywhere” inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites.

As the war on terror continues, Congress must be vigilant in keeping would-be terrorists off American soil in the first place. That is why I voted to strengthen vetting procedures in our refugee resettlement system by supporting the American SAFE Act of 2015 and am working to halt the program altogether as a cosponsor of H.R. 3314, the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act.

Ultimately, the only way to truly protect our national security is to eradicate ISIS, which is why I am also a cosponsor of H.J. Res. 33, legislation proposing a robust authorization for use of military force (AUMF) to defeat ISIS and take the fight to Islamic extremists who seek to do us harm.

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More on Defense and National Security

July 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) responded to North Korea’s ballistic missile launch earlier today with the following statement:

June 20, 2017 Press Release
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, condemns Nashville City Council vote on bills to obstruct immigration law, putting illegal aliens first and the safety and security of Tennessee families last.
June 8, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released a statement in support of President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate FBI Director James Comey after his conduct raised questions regarding the integrity of one of America’s most trusted institutions.
January 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order pausing refugee resettlement and temporarily prohibiting travel to the United States for individuals from terrorist hot spots:

January 25, 2017 Press Release

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, released the following statement on President Trump’s executive orders authorizing the construction of a US-Mexico border wall and targeting funding for sanctuary cities:

January 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act today.

August 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on reports of the Obama Administration’s secret payment of $400 million to the Iranian government:

December 14, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks at the Pentagon on the fight against ISIS:

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:

December 4, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) responded to outrageous statements made at a press conference by David Chelsey, attorney for the family of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook.