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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Statement on President Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Tennessee

January 6, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement on President Obama’s planned visit to Tennessee on Friday, January 9th to discuss a new higher education initiative:

“President Obama could learn plenty from our conservative way of governing here in Tennessee, and I hope that he will take good notes during his visit,” said Congressman Diane Black. “As a first generation college graduate and former educator, I encourage the President to work with Congress to implement his reforms instead of going it alone. What’s more, the President must recognize that the solutions we’ve adopted to expand educational opportunities here in Tennessee, like Tennessee Promise, work because they are state-led solutions tailored to the needs of our students. The President would be wrong to try and co-opt these initiatives into a federal mandate.”

“From Senator Lamar Alexander’s proposal to shorten the application for student aid, to bipartisan legislation I previously passed in the House to simplify the education tax code, Republicans have the right ideas to improve pathways to higher education. Now we just need the President to listen.”


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.