WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that he has tapped Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) to deliver the Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, September 14. Rep. Black will discuss legislation the House passed this week to prevent and fraud and abuse in the president’s health care law – just the latest in a string of bipartisan efforts to protect taxpayers from this costly and unpopular law. Similar legislation was approved with bipartisan support by a committee in the Democratic-controlled Senate weeks ago. All that is needed now to send legislation to President Obama’s desk is a vote by the full Senate.
“Families and workers are already struggling under the president’s health care law, which is driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire – they shouldn’t be on the hook for billions of dollars in fraud too,” Speaker Boehner said. “The House has just passed Diane Black’s bill to protect taxpayers by stopping the Obama administration from handing out subsidies based on the ‘honor system.’ A similar proposal was approved with bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled Senate. In our Republican address this week, Rep. Black will talk about the need for an immediate vote in the full Senate on this proposal to protect taxpayers from the president’s health care law.”
“When I talk to people and businesses in my district, overwhelmingly their top concern is with the impending implementation of the president’s health care law,” Rep. Black said. “The disastrous legislation is hurting American families and businesses, and it puts taxpayers at risk for vast amounts of fraud and abuse. Until we can fully repeal it, we must continue to pass commonsense measures like the No Subsidies Without Verification Act that help shield the American public from this train wreck.”
President Obama has already signed into law seven bills repealing, defunding or dismantling parts of his unpopular, problem-plagued health care law.
About Rep. Diane Black: Diane Black represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years. Prior to coming to Congress, Black started a small business and served in the Tennessee General Assembly, where she lead the fight to defeat a state income tax and became the first woman in state history to serve as Senate Republican Caucus Chair. In Congress, Black has been a vocal supporter of key budgetary reforms including the No Budget, No Pay Act and a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Black serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. She and her husband of thirty two years, Dr. David Black, have three children and six grandchildren. Learn more at black.house.gov.
About the Weekly Republican Address. The text and the audio of the Weekly Republican Address will be released Friday afternoon and embargoed until Saturday, September 14 at 6:00 a.m. EST, when it will be available on speaker.gov to view and download.