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Black Votes to Codify Hyde Amendment, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act Passes House

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), voted in favor of H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill, which codifies the Hyde Amendment, was passed by a vote of 251-175.

"As a staunch pro-life legislator, passage of this bill today is a proud moment," said Black. "This common-sense, bipartisan bill makes permanent the long-standing policy of the United States government, that taxpayer dollars should not subsidize abortion."

Since coming to Congress, Black has voted in support of many pro-life bills. Most notably, during the H.R. 1 debate, she supported the Pence Amendment that would deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood. As part of the debate on the budget bill for the remainder of 2011, Black introduced her first piece of legislation--a resolution that would defund Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.

Black has a long history as a pro-life legislator, dating back to her time in the Tennessee General Assembly. As a member of the State Senate, Black worked to deny funding to Planned Parenthood in Tennessee. While serving as a Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Black was named Tennessee Right to Life Legislator of the Year in 2004.

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