Representative Diane L. Black's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Diane L. Black
Current Office: U.S. House - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
Primary Aug. 7, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: David; 3 Children
Birth Date: 01/16/1951
Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
Home City: Gallatin, TN
Religion: Lutheran
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Diane Black refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Diane Black. Black: "The Protect Life Act' Rights Terrible Wrong. 13 October 2011. "As a nurse for over 40 years, I took an oath to protect life. Today, I am incredibly proud to see this vital piece of legislation pass the House. When the president's health care law was forced through Congress last year, protection of the unborn was left behind. Now the House of Representatives has come together to right that wrong and ensure that no taxpayer dollars will fund abortion through the health care law." (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black Votes to Codify Hyde Amendment, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act Passes House. 4 May 2011. "As a staunch pro-life legislator, passage of this bill today is a proud moment. This common-sense, bipartisan bill makes permanent the long-standing policy of the United States government, that taxpayer dollars should not subsidize abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black Introduces Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood in Continuing Resolution. 12 April 2011. "Throughout my career in Tennessee, I was known as a pro-life legislator and I am proud that my first bill as a Member of Congress is to defund Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. As a nurse for over 40 years, I spent my career protecting life. Now as a Member of Congress, I will continue to fight for the rights of the unborn through legislation like this; ensuringno federal funds are used for the promotion or performance of abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diane Black. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Diane Black voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Family Values. 1 January 2012. “I have been married for over 31 years and I am a proud mother of three and grandmother to six. I know that strong families are essential to a strong America and marriage is the foundation for building strong families. I will always fight to protect traditional marriage and the unborn.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diane Black. Correcting the Enrollment of H.R. 1473. 14 April 2011. “There is an urgent need to stop taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. And the Republican majority in the House has already made clear our commitment to ending the funding for Planned Parenthood, which is, by the way, America's largest abortion provider. The Senate has ducked this legislation and this important discussion for this legislation for too long. It's time that the Senators debate this in the open, as we have here in the House in H.R. 1, and take a vote to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.” (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Diane Black in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Diane Black voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. “As the war on terror rages on, the world is more dangerous than ever. There are groups all over the world who wish to destroy the freedoms we enjoy and the values that make America great. As a result we must continue to be an example to other countries of freedom and prosperity. In order to do this, we must make sure that our commanders on the ground are not hindered from achieving our objective by arbitrary timelines.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Security. 11 January 2012. “At a time when our nation is at war, we need federal leaders who are committed to winning this global war on terror. I am committed to a foreign policy that fights and defeats the terrorists where they live and train before they can come to our nation to kill innocent Americans. We need to support our military with the tools, equipment, and strategy that it takes to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be training and plotting against our nation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Diane Black voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. No Appropriated Funds. 6 April 2011. “Mr. Speaker, I stand here tonight as a daughter, a wife, and a mother of veterans; and I am an ardent supporter of our Nation's military. These brave men and women can never be thanked enough for their service to our country, and this Congress must do everything that we can to stand up for those who defend America. That is why I urge my colleagues to protect the military paychecks and to ensure that if the government shutdown were to occur, that the members of our Armed Forces and their families will receive their salaries on time.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Diane Black voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. “I am fully committed to ensuring that our military personnel receive the best equipment, training and support we can give them. For the more than a decade now, these brave men and women have made great sacrifices to defend our country and they deserve our upmost respect and gratitude.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Diane Black voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black: President Obama Shirks Responsibility, Taxpayers and Troops Deserve Answers. 18 July 2012. “I joined the House in voting months ago to replace these devastating across-the-board cuts to our national defense with responsible, common-sense spending cuts and reforms.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. Statement on Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. 13 December 2011. “Most importantly, we did not raise taxes on middle class American families, we substantially reformed unemployment insurance in order to get people back to work, and we took steps to help small businesses grow in the stagnant Obama economy.“ (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 1 December 2011. “I Diane Black. pledge to the taxpayers of the 6th district of the state of Tennessee and to the American people that I will: One, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (www.atr.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Budgets, Debt and Deficits. 11 January 2012. “For example, we know that across-the-board tax cuts stimulate economic activity and thereby generate government revenue that comes with growth; we have to end the process of static scoring of tax cuts that undersell their long-range value. By the same token, we shouldn't allow charades like the assumptions in President Obama's health care plan that assumed questionable downstream 'savings' and thereby masked the true cost of his scheme to the government.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2011. “In this economic climate, it is absolutely wrong to raise taxes on families and employers. Rather we should make the tax code simpler and fairer, not larger and more painful.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Taxes. 11 January 2012. “America's high tax structure is choking economic growth. We need to follow the proven examples set forth in the Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush administrations -- making our tax rate structure flatter and lower will generate economic growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. On the Heels of Another Dismal Jobs Report, Black Calls on Senate to Pass "Forgotten 15' Jobs Bills. 4 November 2011. "How many more dismal jobs reports will it take for the Administration to start forwarding policies that actually help the economy instead of just turning to more stimulus spending? The House GOP jobs plan has been out since May and contains common-sense measures that will get our economy back on track. It's been over two years since the stimulus bill was passed, and yet our economy continues to show signs of anemic growth. Clearly the old policies have not worked.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. The Hill - Obama's Budget is Just More of the Same. 14 February 2011. “For this new Congress, this is where the rubber meets the road--we must follow through on our promise to reduce spending back to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. The Tennessean - Government Meddling Hinders Recovery. 26 September 2011. “The national unemployment rate continues to hover over 9 percent -- in Tennessee, unemployment rates are even higher. I agree with the president on certain parts of his jobs speech, like small-business tax credits and ensuring that veterans find jobs. But Washington doesn't create jobs, and a 'Stimulus Part Two' that seeks to pay for temporary job programs by enacting permanent tax hikes on small businesses would do more harm than good.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. “There are countless historical examples showing that government spending fails to create lasting economic growth and job creation. In actuality, these policies are putting Americans on a path toward government dependence rather than self reliance.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Spending Cuts and Debt. 11 January 2012. “Congress and the White House must work together to reach an agreement on budget reforms to rein in spending, cut waste and tackle the growth of key entitlement programs that pose our government’s greatest fiscal challenge. We must return our nation to a point of fiscal solvency for the future of our children and grandchildren.” (black.house.gov)

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  • Diane Black. Statement on November Unemployment Numbers, Passage of 25th House Jobs Bill. 2 December 2011. "Today the House passed the H.R. 3110, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which would ensure regulations coming out of Washington meet rigorous cost-benefit, transparency and accountability requirements. This legislation marks the 25th jobs bill that the House has passed. Meanwhile, the Senate is proposing a surtax that would hit small businesses and investors -- the very people we need spending money on hiring new workers, not having to write a check to pay more taxes.”. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black Delivers Weekly Republican Address on Creating a Better Environment for Job Creation. 5 March 2011. "What we need is a new approach -- a path to prosperity that gets government out of the way by cutting unnecessary spending and removing barriers to job growth. We need to unleash our nation's economy instead of burying it under a mountain of regulation, taxation and debt.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Economy and Jobs. 11 January 2012. “But America’s success does not stem from Washington programs, but from free enterprise and our entrepreneurial spirit. The real way to grow the economy is to get government out of the way, and let the real job creators, American small businesses, create jobs. The federal government needs to support entrepreneurs by eliminating burdensome regulations and discriminatory taxes that are holding businesses back.” (black.house.gov)
  • Diane Black. The Tennessean - Government Meddling Hinders Recovery. 26 September 2011. “The national unemployment rate continues to hover over 9 percent -- in Tennessee, unemployment rates are even higher. I agree with the president on certain parts of his jobs speech, like small-business tax credits and ensuring that veterans find jobs.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. Video: On Education: Brett Carter vs. Diane Black. 12 October 2010. “I don't believe that the federal government should even have a place in education. I believe we ought to dissolve the department of education. I frankly don't want to send my dollars to Washington and have them tell us here in the state of Tennessee whats good for our students. Education is best when it is closest to the parent and the student.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Diane Black. Letter to Secretary Duncan. 29 July 2011. “We request that you review Tennessee's waiver request in an expedited manner, especially as the 2011-2012 school year rapidly approaches and decisions about the future of Tennessee schools cannot wait. We share your concern about the need and opportunity for Washington to support state-led innovation, rather than present a barrier or seek to codify a single 'right' answer for education reform, and hope that you will consider Tennessee's waiver request in that light.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. “I support a wide range of education reforms to give parents control of their children's education. Different reforms may be suited to different jurisdictions and we should not take a one-size-fits-all approach. My goal with all education policy is to put parents in charge and make children the only constituency.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

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  • Diane Black. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Diane Black voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black Votes to Increase Offshore Energy Production, Tells Obama Administration "Enough is Enough”. 5 May 2011. "It's time for the Obama Administration to get serious about rising gas prices and our nation's energy independence. Enough is enough. This bill today is the first in a series of bills House Republicans will support in an effort to increase offshore energy production in order to create jobs and grow our economy. Again, where the Administration is failing to lead--Republicans in the House are stepping up with a plan to bring down gas prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. “Considering these facts, we respectfully request that you end your de facto moratorium and return to approving the full slate of permit applicants that have been submitted and allow this industry to return to work.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Energy. 11 January 2012. “More domestic exploration for oil and gas. Too much of America's own energy resources are locked up behind parochial policies that restrict extraction. We need to unlock our American oil and gas reserves in Alaska, in the Rocky Mountain region, and off our coasts. The more oil and gas we are able to generate here at home, the less we have to purchase from countries that hate us. National security demands a national, not parochial, energy policy.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Diane Black voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Energy. 12 January 2012. “America must not surrender our national sovereignty to any international cap-and-trade scheme. The United States' energy policy should be driven by the economic and security objectives of our own country and not made subservient to Europe's most radical ideas.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Weekly remarks: Obama hails tax cuts' impact; GOP's Diane Black says spending and regs must be cut. 5 March 2011. “And soon, we’re going to vote to cut wasteful mandatory spending programs – not just in ObamaCare, but also in the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill that’s drying up credit for our small businesses.  We’ve also got our eye on EPA rules that are hurting job creation and creating higher gas prices.” (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
  • Diane Black. Passage of REINS Act a Victory for Accountability and Common Sense. 7 December 2011. "Regulations that ensure clean air, clean water and safe food are vital to our society. However, in recent years Washington has become a red tape factory, forwarding regulations that not only lack common sense, but oftentimes have the potential to cripple an entire industry. It is important that regulations be subject to a cost-benefit analysis, and through Congress, now the American people will have more of a say in what regulations are coming out of Washington." (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Diane Black in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Diane Black. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Issues. 1 January 2011. “I am strong advocate of the Second Amendment and I believe the Constitution gives every citizen the right to bear arms. I am committed to safeguarding the rights of law-abiding citizens and I will be a constant advocate for protecting these rights from those who would seek to weaken them.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Constitution & Culture. “Like many Tennesseans, I not only support our Second Amendment freedom to own firearms, I exercise that freedom. I'm proud to own a weapon for self-defense and recreation and I am the proud holder of a Tennessee carry permit. I have been an aggressive advocate for the constitutional rights of gun owners in the legislature and am proud to have received the 'A+' rating and endorsement of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action in my campaigns.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. Medicare. 31 May 2011. “And you know what I tell them? There is a dirty little secret that the Democrats in Congress and the President don't want them to know, and that is their Medicare is already changed. Because last Congress, when this House passed ObamaCare, they robbed $500 billion from Medicare to pay for their government takeover of health care.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. The Doctors Caucus: House of Representatives. 1 March 2011. “Finally, I rise today as a representative of the Sixth District of Tennessee, where my constituents have told me over and over how they do not want ObamaCare bankrupting our Nation and getting between them and the doctor.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black Votes to Repeal ObamaCare "Slush Fund". 13 April 2011. "It has been over a year since ObamaCare became law and the American people are still shocked at what they find in it. While repeal efforts have stalled in the Senate, the House is working to take the health care law apart piece by piece. This $17 billion is an undefined money pit that would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to spend American tax dollars on anything she wants--with no Congressional oversight whatsoever. This slush fund is damaging precedent for government and a total waste of money" (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black on One-Year Anniversary of Health Care Law. 25 March 2011. "True health care reform means more choices, lower costs and most importantly, Washington staying out of your health care decisions. I won't stop fighting until ObamaCare is replaced with real common-sense health care solutions." (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Diane Black voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Diane Black in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Illegal Immigration. 20 September 2011. “Defense of our country and securing our borders is one of the primary responsibilities of government, and I believe that those who enter this country illegally are not only breaking the law, but risking the very security of this country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Black Decries Obama Administration's Back-Door Amnesty Power-Grab. 15 August 2012. “The president's so-called "policy change' amounts to back-door amnesty that will be funded on the backs of hard-working, law-abiding Americans. The Obama administration is not only violating United States immigration law, it is also openly circumventing the will of the people and authority of its representatives in Congress. This policy mirrors a far broader version of the DREAM Act that was rejected by Congress on a bipartisan basis. It amounts to an executive branch power-grab that flies in the face of the constitution and over 200 years of historical precedent. For more than three years, the president has used constitutionally suspect policy changes, executive orders and regulatory fiat to implement his agenda regardless of Congress' objections […] When the administration announced its selective deportation policy change on June 15, 2012, I immediately sent a letter to the president calling on him to reverse his decision. Two months later, I have yet to receive a response from the president or his staff. As long as this decision stands, I will continue to pursue all means necessary whether that is through legislation or the court system to fight this outrageous power-grab by the president." (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. “We are a nation of laws and our failure to effectively secure our boarders and enforce our immigration laws over the last ten years has had the effect of undermining our rule of law which underpins our entire civil society. As a sovereign nation, we must control and secure our borders. I adamantly oppose amnesty, regardless of the guise under which it is presented.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. “Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States. 15 June 2012. “I am outraged by today's announcement that your administration will stop the deportation of some 800,000 people who are in our country illegally. Not only does this undermine our country's rule of law, it is an abuse of executive power. By going around Congress to offer backdoor amnesty to nearly a million people, your administration is in direct violation of the separation of powers as defined in the U.S. Constitution. When we should be focusing on enforcing and strengthening our existing immigration laws, your initiative is a blatant breach of faith with the American people.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Statement on Supreme Court's Decision to Review Arizona Immigration Law. 12 December 2011. “Clearly the United States needs to enforce the immigration laws we already have, as well as push forward on tougher laws to combat the threat of illegal immigration.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Diane Black in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Family Values. 1 January 2012. “I have been married for over 31 years and I am a proud mother of three and grandmother to six. I know that strong families are essential to a strong America and marriage is the foundation for building strong families. I will always fight to protect traditional marriage and the unborn.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. “This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Diane Black. Black Statement on Ten Year Anniversary of September 11th. 9 September 2011. “Ten years later, the threat we face from terrorism is still very real. There are radical extremists who desire nothing more than to strike at the United States again, to murder Americans and attack the very freedoms and ideals we hold dear. That is why we must all remain vigilant here at home, and ready to confront terror threats abroad that threaten our security.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Issue Position: Security. 11 January 2012. “At a time when our nation is at war, we need federal leaders who are committed to winning this global war on terror. I am committed to a foreign policy that fights and defeats the terrorists where they live and train before they can come to our nation to kill innocent Americans. We need to support our military with the tools, equipment, and strategy that it takes to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be training and plotting against our nation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Diane Black. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. “While this is a victory for all Americans, we must remember the War on Terror is far from won. The United States remains under continued threat from al Qaeda and those radical groups who seek to destroy the very freedoms that make this country great. We must not waiver in our resolve to defend our country and fight the war on terror to ultimate victory.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Theobald. Black criticized on Social Security. 15 December 2010. “A spokeswoman for Black said she considers Social Security to be a 'contract with our seniors that she will honor.' But she thinks private accounts for younger people should be part of any discussion of how to deal with the longterm financial health of the program.” (blogs.tennessean.com)
  • Diane Black. Statement on Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. 13 December 2011. "However, we cannot lose sight of the end goal. Congress must work to make Social Security stronger and sustainable, instead of seeking short-term gratification at the expense of the program.” (votesmart.org)

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Tennessee State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Sales taxes
Slightly Increaseh) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories
Yesj) Should Internet sales be taxed?
k) Other or expanded principles

State Budget Reform: Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address state budget reform.

a) Implement a flat tax on income.
b) Implement a graduated income tax.
c) Implement a state lottery to help fund education.
d) Use a portion of the state's "rainy day" fund to help balance the budget.
e) Other or expanded principles

Lower sales tax and remove designated sales tax exemptions

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Tennessee governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Tennessee state senators and representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesg) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesh) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Tennessee are closed?
Noi) Should Tennessee recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesj) Should Tennessee restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Tennessee.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
k) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xl) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xm) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Support charter schools in Tennessee.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
h) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xi) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
j) Provide public funding to implement a statewide reading program.
Xk) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
l) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
m) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
n) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xo) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
p) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Tennessee's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Yesc) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nod) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Tennessee.
h) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Support tighteneing eligibility requirements for TennCare.
Xj) Support requiring co-payments on prescription drugs for some TennCare recipients.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xe) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xg) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.