Rep. Black steps in for Dr. Price at House Budget Committee

Jan. 4, 2017
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has announced that Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) will serve as interim chair for the House Budget Committee ― stepping in for Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.) as he goes through the confirmation process for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If Dr. Price is confirmed, the House GOP Steering Committee would name a permanent chair ― a position that, as interim chair, Rep. Black would likely assume. If Dr. Price is not confirmed, he could return as chair.

The House Budget Committee would be heavily involved in the repeal of various pieces of the Affordable Care Act through the budget reconciliation process. “As interim Chairman for the House Budget Committee, I am ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to repeal this law that has burdened families and businesses and turn the page to a new healthcare system that lowers costs, spurs free market competition, and ultimately empowers patients — not Washington bureaucrats,” Rep. Black said.