Diane Black – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected U.S. House 6th District, Tennessee

Tennessee Republican Party
www.votedianeblack.comwww.votedianeblack.com
819 Plantation BoulevardGallatin, TN 37066
615-451-7454
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Biographical
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Born January 16, 1951, Baltimore, Maryland

Married to Dr. David Black

Three children

Six grandchildren

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Diane began working in health care after receiving an associate's degree in nursing in 1971. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Belmont University in 1992.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

She tirelessly worked to provide health care to the sick and injured as a nurse for 40 years and continues to hold her nursing license. She has worked in emergency rooms and has taught at Volunteer State Community College as an assistant professor of allied health.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Community Involvement

American Heart Association - Past Board Member

Children are People, Inc. - Board Member

Gallatin Chapter of American Cancer Society - Past President

Gallatin Toastmasters - Past President

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County - Past Vice Chair

Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce - Past Board Member

Hendersonville Rotary Club - Member & Past President

Hendersonville Rotary Foundation - President

Leadership Middle Tennessee Alumni

Leadership Sumner Alumni Association - Member & Past President

P.E.O. - Member & Past President

United Way of Sumner County - Past Chair

Volunteer State Community College Foundation - Board Member

VSA arts of Tennessee - Board Member

YMCA of Hendersonville - Past Board Member

Chambers of Commerce

Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Portland, Robertson County, Westmoreland, White House, Hendersonville

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Diane was elected to Tennessee's 18th State Senate District in 2004, which includes Robertson and Sumner Counties. Diane previously represented Tennessee in the House of Representatives for the 45th District. Diane currently serves as Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus and is the first woman in Tennessee history to hold that title. She also serves as a member of Senate General Welfare Health and Human Resources Committee, Judiciary Committee, Finance Committee, TennCare Oversight Committee and Select Committee on Children and Youth.

Throughout her legislative career, she has been a champion for elementary and higher education, traditional family values, long term health care for seniors and disabled, fiscal responsibility and stricter penalties for sex offenders.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Children Protection Investigative Team Leadership Award 2009

Champions for Seniors in Assisted Living Award 2008

Tennessee Home Education Association Statesman Award 2008

Farmers Insurance Group, Outstanding Legislative & Community Service 2008

The Junior Leagues of Tennessee Legislator of the Year Award 2008

Tennessee Development District Association Legislator of the Year Award 2008

Henry Toll Fellowship Program, Class of 2007

Sumner Ladies Delegation, First Woman Senate Republican Caucus Chairman 2007

State Public Policy Leadership Award, American Diabetes Association 2007

American Heart Association Advocate for the Year 2006

County Officials Association of Tennessee "Outstanding State Senator" 2005

Tennessee Nurses Association"Outstanding Legislator" of the Year 2005

Right to Life Legislator of the Year 2004

Tennessee Home Education Association "Friend of the Family" Award 2004

ACS Legislator of the Year 2003

Sumner County YMCA Volunteer of the Year 2001

Business
Small Business

President Obama and Speaker Pelosi believe that we can "spend our way out of the recession." I believe the opposite is true. Today's outrageous level of federal spending is crowding out the private credit that small businesses need to function and grow.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Business, a General Statement

President Obama and Speaker Pelosi believe that we can "spend our way out of the recession." I believe the opposite is true. Today's outrageous level of federal spending is crowding out the private credit that small businesses need to function and grow.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Courts, Laws & Justice
Courts, a General Statement

Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Legal Reform, a General Statement

Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Tort Reform and Frivolous Suits

Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Crime
Crime, a General Statement

I was proud to co-sponsor a comprehensive law cracking down on sex offenders -- the most comprehensive such effort in our state's history, strengthening punishments, strengthening our sex offender registry and prohibiting offenders from ever contacting their victims again, among other things. I've sponsored legislation to tighten the noose on online sex predators and now I am leading the fight to keep convicted sex offenders from ever getting a license to practice medicine in Tennessee.

We can never let up in our fight against those who prey on our children and I will not rest until they are hunted down and put away for good.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Crimes Against Children

I was proud to co-sponsor a comprehensive law cracking down on sex offenders -- the most comprehensive such effort in our state's history, strengthening punishments, strengthening our sex offender registry and prohibiting offenders from ever contacting their victims again, among other things. I've sponsored legislation to tighten the noose on online sex predators and now I am leading the fight to keep convicted sex offenders from ever getting a license to practice medicine in Tennessee.

We can never let up in our fight against those who prey on our children and I will not rest until they are hunted down and put away for good.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Sex-related Crimes

I was proud to co-sponsor a comprehensive law cracking down on sex offenders -- the most comprehensive such effort in our state's history, strengthening punishments, strengthening our sex offender registry and prohibiting offenders from ever contacting their victims again, among other things. I've sponsored legislation to tighten the noose on online sex predators and now I am leading the fight to keep convicted sex offenders from ever getting a license to practice medicine in Tennessee.

We can never let up in our fight against those who prey on our children and I will not rest until they are hunted down and put away for good.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Economy
Stimulating the Economy

President Obama and Speaker Pelosi believe that we can "spend our way out of the recession." I believe the opposite is true. Today's outrageous level of federal spending is crowding out the private credit that small businesses need to function and grow.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind

Infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Tennessee has seen tremendous growth in this industry in recent years. With new solar energy facilities in the southeast, wind turbines in the east, and Hemlock here in middle Tennessee, the economic and job-creation opportunities are readily apparent. The federal government's proper role in launching this new energy future -- where there is a clear return on investment -- is to incentivize private research that will make alternative sources more economical and to plan for the infrastructure required to deliver alternative energy into our electric grid.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Energy, a General Statement

Congress should work to develop sustainable energy policies and environmental programs that promote economic growth in America and help to ensure our national security. America needs an energy strategy that includes:

* More domestic exploration for oil and gas. We need to unlock America's oil and gas reserves. The more we are able to generate energy resources domestically, the less we have to rely on foreign nations, and the less we rely on foreign nations, the better we are able to provide for our national security.

* Expansion of nuclear generation capacity. Nuclear Energy is one of the cheapest and most efficient methods of producing electricity. Because of burdensome federal regulations, however, it has been more than 30 years since a new nuclear facility was constructed in the United States. Congress must act to lower the barriers to the permitting, approval, and financing of new nuclear plant construction.

* Clean Coal technology. It's often said that America is "the Saudi Arabia of coal." We must maximize this domestic energy resource while making its use cleaner and safer. Clean coal technology must be a national research priority.

* Infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Tennessee has seen tremendous growth in this industry in recent years. With new solar energy facilities in the southeast, wind turbines in the east, and Hemlock here in middle Tennessee, the economic and job-creation opportunities are readily apparent. The federal government's proper role in launching this new energy future -- where there is a clear return on investment -- is to incentivize private research that will make alternative sources more economical and to plan for the infrastructure required to deliver alternative energy into our electric grid.

* Sovereignty. America's energy policy should be driven solely by the economic and security objectives of our own country.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Domestic Energy Production

* More domestic exploration for oil and gas. We need to unlock America's oil and gas reserves. The more we are able to generate energy resources domestically, the less we have to rely on foreign nations, and the less we rely on foreign nations, the better we are able to provide for our national security.

* Expansion of nuclear generation capacity. Nuclear Energy is one of the cheapest and most efficient methods of producing electricity. Because of burdensome federal regulations, however, it has been more than 30 years since a new nuclear facility was constructed in the United States. Congress must act to lower the barriers to the permitting, approval, and financing of new nuclear plant construction.

* Clean Coal technology. It's often said that America is "the Saudi Arabia of coal." We must maximize this domestic energy resource while making its use cleaner and safer. Clean coal technology must be a national research priority.

* Infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Tennessee has seen tremendous growth in this industry in recent years. With new solar energy facilities in the southeast, wind turbines in the east, and Hemlock here in middle Tennessee, the economic and job-creation opportunities are readily apparent. The federal government's proper role in launching this new energy future -- where there is a clear return on investment -- is to incentivize private research that will make alternative sources more economical and to plan for the infrastructure required to deliver alternative energy into our electric grid.

* Sovereignty. America's energy policy should be driven solely by the economic and security objectives of our own country.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Coal

More domestic exploration for oil and gas. We need to unlock America's oil and gas reserves. The more we are able to generate energy resources domestically, the less we have to rely on foreign nations, and the less we rely on foreign nations, the better we are able to provide for our national security.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Energy Independence from Foreign Oil

Congress should work to develop sustainable energy policies and environmental programs that promote economic growth in America and help to ensure our national security. America needs an energy strategy that includes sovereignty. America's energy policy should be driven solely by the economic and security objectives of our own country.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Energy Research and Development

Infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Tennessee has seen tremendous growth in this industry in recent years. With new solar energy facilities in the southeast, wind turbines in the east, and Hemlock here in middle Tennessee, the economic and job-creation opportunities are readily apparent. The federal government's proper role in launching this new energy future -- where there is a clear return on investment -- is to incentivize private research that will make alternative sources more economical and to plan for the infrastructure required to deliver alternative energy into our electric grid.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Nuclear Power

Infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Tennessee has seen tremendous growth in this industry in recent years. With new solar energy facilities in the southeast, wind turbines in the east, and Hemlock here in middle Tennessee, the economic and job-creation opportunities are readily apparent. The federal government's proper role in launching this new energy future -- where there is a clear return on investment -- is to incentivize private research that will make alternative sources more economical and to plan for the infrastructure required to deliver alternative energy into our electric grid.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Natural Gas

More domestic exploration for oil and gas. We need to unlock America's oil and gas reserves. The more we are able to generate energy resources domestically, the less we have to rely on foreign nations, and the less we rely on foreign nations, the better we are able to provide for our national security.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Environment
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions

With the looming threat of Cap and Trade, Congress and this administration show once again that they have no interest in realistic reforms. Preferring to push only unworkable solutions that will raise energy prices for everyone, they are placing unreasonable burdens on American industries and corporations, eliminating their competitiveness in the world market.

At the same time, by limiting domestic energy production and by curtailing access to domestic resources, the actions of this administration are driving energy costs higher and expanding America's dependence on foreign resources. This is wrong and must be stopped.

Liberal energy policies lead to higher prices whether at the gas pump or in the purchase of electricity for our homes and businesses. Their approaches hamstring our economy, damaging the competitiveness of American industry and placing an ever-greater financial strain on the budgets of all Americans.

Instead of pushing for higher energy prices and hindering our economy, Congress must pursue an approach that places economic growth and increased national security as the foundation of our national energy policy.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Values, Religion & Family
American Values

America is a beacon of freedom to the world. To a greater extent than any other nation and to a greater extent than any other form of government, the Republic that our founding fathers created both promotes and gains its strength from the promise of liberty, freedom and justice for all citizens.

Our founding fathers understood that individual choice and personal freedom were a gift from God, and it was the role of our nation to protect and ensure liberty for its citizens. At the same time, while it was the responsibility of the government to secure freedom for individuals, our founding fathers understood that only an empowered citizenry could keep its government in check.

Today, I am afraid that many who represent us in Washington have lost sight of this very important power held by the people of this great nation. That is why I believe that it is incumbent upon all Americans to turn back the tide of voter apathy and to become re-engaged in the defense of the freedoms and liberties that are guaranteed to us by the Constitution.

The authority of the federal government is limited by the 10th Amendment which grants all authority not expressly granted to the federal government to the states. Today, however, this administration and the democrat-controlled Congress are ignoring the 10th Amendment and recklessly expanding the federal government, jeopardizing the foundations of our nation.

But the fight must not stop there. Not only are our states under attack, and not only are our businesses under attack, but individual Americans are also burdened by an over-reaching federal government.

I believe that our nation's strength comes not from our size nor our wealth, but from the strength of the guarantees in the Constitution. As your Congressman, I will defend our Constitution, and I will work to preserve your freedoms and to restore the Constitutional limits on our federal government.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Federal Budget & Debt

Our nation now has a $13.4 trillion national debt with a trillion-dollar annual deficit. Spending in Washington is out of control, and with each passing day, we are dramatically increasing the financial burden on ourselves and on future generations of Americans. This must stop, but under Nancy Pelosi's speakership, there is no end in sight. We must remake Congress with leaders who are committed to sound fiscal policies that improve the business climate in America, reduce federal spending and balance the budget.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Deficit Spending

Our nation now has a $13.4 trillion national debt with a trillion-dollar annual deficit. Spending in Washington is out of control, and with each passing day, we are dramatically increasing the financial burden on ourselves and on future generations of Americans. This must stop, but under Nancy Pelosi's speakership, there is no end in sight. We must remake Congress with leaders who are committed to sound fiscal policies that improve the business climate in America, reduce federal spending and balance the budget.

We need to restore predictability to our tax policy, and we need to restrain our spending. I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that will require Congress to balance our income with our spending. I have seen our balanced budget requirement work in the state legislature, and it will work in Congress.

By putting conservative fiscal principles in place throughout our entire budget process, and by making private-sector economic growth our lead objective, we can get federal spending under control and get our budget back on track.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

Our nation now has a $13.4 trillion national debt with a trillion-dollar annual deficit. Spending in Washington is out of control, and with each passing day, we are dramatically increasing the financial burden on ourselves and on future generations of Americans. This must stop, but under Nancy Pelosi's speakership, there is no end in sight. We must remake Congress with leaders who are committed to sound fiscal policies that improve the business climate in America, reduce federal spending and balance the budget.

We need to restore predictability to our tax policy, and we need to restrain our spending. I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that will require Congress to balance our income with our spending. I have seen our balanced budget requirement work in the state legislature, and it will work in Congress.

To solve our long-term budget problems, Congress needs to fix some of its own structural problems -- the lack of transparency in the budget process and the auto-pilot provisions that increase entitlement spending without any vote in Congress.

It's also time to put an end to accounting tricks that base Congressional budgets on assumptions that don't square with the real world. 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 putting conservative fiscal principles in place throughout our entire budget process, and by making private-sector economic growth our lead objective, we can get federal spending under control and get our budget back on track.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Spending Limits

Our nation now has a $13.4 trillion national debt with a trillion-dollar annual deficit. Spending in Washington is out of control, and with each passing day, we are dramatically increasing the financial burden on ourselves and on future generations of Americans. This must stop, but under Nancy Pelosi's speakership, there is no end in sight. We must remake Congress with leaders who are committed to sound fiscal policies that improve the business climate in America, reduce federal spending and balance the budget.

We need to restrain our spending. I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that will require Congress to balance our income with our spending. I have seen our balanced budget requirement work in the state legislature, and it will work in Congress.

By putting conservative fiscal principles in place throughout our entire budget process, and by making private-sector economic growth our lead objective, we can get federal spending under control and get our budget back on track.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Balanced Budget & Constitutional Amendment

I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that will require Congress to balance our income with our spending. I have seen our balanced budget requirement work in the state legislature, and it will work in Congress.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, a General Statement

The role of any government is to provide for the protection of its citizens. Fulfilling this mandate requires secure borders, a state-of-the-art military, a consistent foreign policy, and a steadfast commitment to defeat our enemies wherever we find them.

Today, our nation is at war, and we need federal leaders who are committed to winning the global war on terror. I am committed to a foreign policy that takes the fight to those who wish us harm.

Our enemies have resolved to destroy our way of life -- we must have a greater resolve to defeat them and protect Americans.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Government
Government Reform

We need a new Congress, with new leadership, and a resolve to reform Congress itself. That means an end to congressional pensions and a constitutional amendment imposing term limits -- if term limits are good enough for the Presidency, then they'll work for Congress too.

We need transparency rules that actually work and that mandate that every meeting regarding unclassified policy decisions are open to the public and C-SPAN's cameras, ending the type of backroom dealing that we saw when Obamacare was rammed through Congress.

Over the past two decades, Congress has refused to follow its own budget procedures and it routinely fails to pass a budget anywhere approaching on time -- pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown nearly every year and forcing rushed passage of emergency appropriations bills, full of pork-barrel spending. I will work to ensure that Congress is required to pass a budget on time, every year.

My colleagues and I in the Tennessee legislature balance Tennessee's budget every year, and every month, Americans balance their own budgets. If it's good enough for us, it is good enough for the federal government.

We can make sure Congress makes better budgeting decision by forcing it to make those decisions on time and in the light of day. We can start by withholding Congress's own paychecks for every day past the annual budget deadline that they operate the government without a budget passed under the regular rules.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Term Limits for US Representatives and Senators

We need a new Congress, with new leadership, and a resolve to reform Congress itself. That means an end to congressional pensions and a constitutional amendment imposing term limits -- if term limits are good enough for the Presidency, then they'll work for Congress too.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Government, a General Statement

Spending in Washington is out of control, and it is time to change the mentality in Congress and remind those who have been elected to office that they are there to represent their constituents and not special interests.

We need a new Congress, with new leadership, and a resolve to reform Congress itself. That means an end to congressional pensions and a constitutional amendment imposing term limits -- if term limits are good enough for the Presidency, then they'll work for Congress too.

We need transparency rules that actually work and that mandate that every meeting regarding unclassified policy decisions are open to the public and C-SPAN's cameras, ending the type of backroom dealing that we saw when Obamacare was rammed through Congress.

Over the past two decades, Congress has refused to follow its own budget procedures and it routinely fails to pass a budget anywhere approaching on time -- pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown nearly every year and forcing rushed passage of emergency appropriations bills, full of pork-barrel spending. I will work to ensure that Congress is required to pass a budget on time, every year.

My colleagues and I in the Tennessee legislature balance Tennessee's budget every year, and every month, Americans balance their own budgets. If it's good enough for us, it is good enough for the federal government.

We can make sure Congress makes better budgeting decision by forcing it to make those decisions on time and in the light of day. We can start by withholding Congress's own paychecks for every day past the annual budget deadline that they operate the government without a budget passed under the regular rules.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Government Ethics

We need transparency rules that actually work and that mandate that every meeting regarding unclassified policy decisions are open to the public and C-SPAN's cameras, ending the type of backroom dealing that we saw when Obamacare was rammed through Congress.

We can make sure Congress makes better budgeting decision by forcing it to make those decisions on time and in the light of day. We can start by withholding Congress's own paychecks for every day past the annual budget deadline that they operate the government without a budget passed under the regular rules.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Earmarks

Over the past two decades, Congress has refused to follow its own budget procedures and it routinely fails to pass a budget anywhere approaching on time -- pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown nearly every year and forcing rushed passage of emergency appropriations bills, full of pork-barrel spending. I will work to ensure that Congress is required to pass a budget on time, every year.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Guns
Gun Control Legislation

I will oppose efforts to restrict law-abiding gun owners? rights on federal land. I will oppose the ammunition taxes and onerous ammunition registration schemes that are used to gut the Second Amendment. I will oppose Attorney General Eric Holder's drive to impose a new ban on guns based solely on their cosmetic features, and I will stand firm to make sure our criminal justice system in this country focuses only on those who commit crimes and not on the law-abiding citizens who are exercising their Constitutional rights.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

High Capacity Magazines, Gun Locks and Ammunition

I will oppose the ammunition taxes and onerous ammunition registration schemes that are used to gut the Second Amendment.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

State Gun Legislation

In Congress, I will support the extension of right-to-carry laws across state lines.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Guns, a General Statement

Like many Americans, I am 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 I understand the threat currently posed to our Second Amendment rights.

In Congress, I will support the extension of right-to-carry laws across state lines. I will oppose efforts to restrict law-abiding gun owners? rights on federal land. I will oppose the ammunition taxes and onerous ammunition registration schemes that are used to gut the Second Amendment. I will oppose Attorney General Eric Holder's drive to impose a new ban on guns based solely on their cosmetic features, and I will stand firm to make sure our criminal justice system in this country focuses only on those who commit crimes and not on the law-abiding citizens who are exercising their Constitutional rights.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment

I have been an aggressive advocate for the constitutional rights of gun owners in the legislature, and I understand the threat currently posed to our Second Amendment rights.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Health & Medical
Association Health Plans (AHP)

We should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status. It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. We must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Disease Prevention

Nearly three-quarters of our national health care expenditures are targeted at the treatment of just a few chronic diseases. Based in part on our fee-for-service system, the treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes isn't coordinated across specialty lines, resulting in significant expenses for patients. If we adjust to a payment system that is based on performance -- where doctors earn more as their chronic patients' health improves according to a clear set of standards -- we can improve patient health, improve government budgeting and improve our economy.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Improving Health & Medical Care

I will work with my colleagues to implement commonsense, bipartisan reform.

These changes should include:

* Insurance Reform: We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs. Insurance companies must change the way they approach pre-existing conditions. Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform. And we should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status.

* Tax and Insurance Equity: It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. We must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

* Electronic Records and Transparency: Incentivizing providers and insurers to convert our records to an all-digital system -- while also ensuring patient privacy and the security of patient records -- will decrease costs, improve diagnoses and improve coordination between specialists. With greater knowledge and awareness of not only the recommended health care procedures, but also the cost of those procedures, patients will make better, more educated health care decisions.

* Disease Management: Nearly three-quarters of our national health care expenditures are targeted at the treatment of just a few chronic diseases. If we adjust to a payment system that is based on performance -- where doctors earn more as their chronic patients' health improves according to a clear set of standards -- we can improve patient health, improve government budgeting and improve our economy.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

I will work with my colleagues to implement commonsense, bipartisan reform.

These changes should include:

* Insurance Reform: We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs. Insurance companies must change the way they approach pre-existing conditions. Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform. And we should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status.

* Tax and Insurance Equity: It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. We must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

* Electronic Records and Transparency: Incentivizing providers and insurers to convert our records to an all-digital system -- while also ensuring patient privacy and the security of patient records -- will decrease costs, improve diagnoses and improve coordination between specialists. With greater knowledge and awareness of not only the recommended health care procedures, but also the cost of those procedures, patients will make better, more educated health care decisions.

* Disease Management: Nearly three-quarters of our national health care expenditures are targeted at the treatment of just a few chronic diseases. If we adjust to a payment system that is based on performance -- where doctors earn more as their chronic patients' health improves according to a clear set of standards -- we can improve patient health, improve government budgeting and improve our economy.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Elderly's Health

I have also been a leader on causes pertaining to senior citizens. I was the prime sponsor of our new pilot program for self-directed long term care, whereby senior citizens get to choose the type of health care that is right for them; be it in a facility or at home.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

National Security & Terrorism
Homeland Security, a General Statement

The role of any government is to provide for the protection of its citizens. Fulfilling this mandate requires secure borders, a state-of-the-art military, a consistent foreign policy, and a steadfast commitment to defeat our enemies wherever we find them.

Today, our nation is at war, and we need federal leaders who are committed to winning the global war on terror. I am committed to a foreign policy that takes the fight to those who wish us harm.

Our enemies have resolved to destroy our way of life -- we must have a greater resolve to defeat them and protect Americans.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

War on Terror, a General Statement

The role of any government is to provide for the protection of its citizens. Fulfilling this mandate requires secure borders, a state-of-the-art military, a consistent foreign policy, and a steadfast commitment to defeat our enemies wherever we find them.

Today, our nation is at war, and we need federal leaders who are committed to winning the global war on terror. I am committed to a foreign policy that takes the fight to those who wish us harm.

Our enemies have resolved to destroy our way of life -- we must have a greater resolve to defeat them and protect Americans.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

War on Terrorism Policies

The role of any government is to provide for the protection of its citizens. Fulfilling this mandate requires secure borders, a state-of-the-art military, a consistent foreign policy, and a steadfast commitment to defeat our enemies wherever we find them.

Today, our nation is at war, and we need federal leaders who are committed to winning the global war on terror. I am committed to a foreign policy that takes the fight to those who wish us harm.

Our enemies have resolved to destroy our way of life -- we must have a greater resolve to defeat them and protect Americans.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Medical Insurance
Uniform Billing and Claims

Incentivizing providers and insurers to convert our records to an all-digital system -- while also ensuring patient privacy and the security of patient records -- will decrease costs, improve diagnoses and improve coordination between specialists. We should also improve the transparency in the payment of health care services. With greater knowledge and awareness of not only the recommended health care procedures, but also the cost of those procedures, patients will make better, more educated health care decisions.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Health Insurance Purchase Choices

We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs. At the same time, insurance companies must change the way they approach pre-existing conditions. And as we consider long-term insurance reform, we should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status.

We need to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in our country to grow our economy, and we shouldn't have a health care policy that holds that spirit back, throwing regulation upon regulation at our employers. It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. At the same time, we must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Medical Malpractice Reform

Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Market-Based Medical Insurance

We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs. At the same time, insurance companies must change the way they approach pre-existing conditions. Correcting these two issues will not only improve the health care system for each individual but also boost our economy as a whole. Another issue is tort reform. Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform. And as we consider long-term insurance reform, we should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status.

We need to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in our country to grow our economy, and we shouldn't have a health care policy that holds that spirit back, throwing regulation upon regulation at our employers. It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. At the same time, we must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Universal Medical Care / Insurance

Unfortunately, left-wing partisanship and a Democrat power grab unleashed a near limitless bureaucracy on the American people that will remake our health care system into a government-run, single-payer, Canadian-style system.

The Obama administration and Nancy Pelosi prevented Congress from taking common-sense steps to lower health care costs for every American.

Because of the administration's disregard for the concerns of the American people the fight to oppose Obamacare has now become the fight to repeal the $1 trillion health care overhaul forced on the American people by Obama and Pelosi.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Employers' Medical Insurance

We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs. And as we consider long-term insurance reform, we should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status. We need to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in our country to grow our economy, and we shouldn't have a health care policy that holds that spirit back, throwing regulation upon regulation at our employers. It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. At the same time, we must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Unfortunately, left-wing partisanship and a Democrat power grab unleashed a near limitless bureaucracy on the American people that will remake our health care system into a government-run, single-payer, Canadian-style system.

The Obama administration and Nancy Pelosi prevented Congress from taking common-sense steps to lower health care costs for every American.

Because of the administration's disregard for the concerns of the American people the fight to oppose Obamacare has now become the fight to repeal the $1 trillion health care overhaul forced on the American people by Obama and Pelosi.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitations

Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Paperless Claims

Incentivizing providers and insurers to convert our records to an all-digital system -- while also ensuring patient privacy and the security of patient records -- will decrease costs, improve diagnoses and improve coordination between specialists. We should also improve the transparency in the payment of health care services. With greater knowledge and awareness of not only the recommended health care procedures, but also the cost of those procedures, patients will make better, more educated health care decisions.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Free Market Health Care

We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs. At the same time, insurance companies must change the way they approach pre-existing conditions. Correcting these two issues will not only improve the health care system for each individual but also boost our economy as a whole. Another issue is tort reform. Frivolous lawsuits are a major contributor to the costs of health care, and any discussions on bringing down the costs of health care for patients and providers alike must address tort reform. And as we consider long-term insurance reform, we should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status.

We need to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in our country to grow our economy, and we shouldn't have a health care policy that holds that spirit back, throwing regulation upon regulation at our employers. It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. At the same time, we must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Health Insurance, a General Statement

I will work with my colleagues to implement commonsense, bipartisan reform that will lower health care costs and improve the delivery of health care to all Americans.

These changes should include:

* Insurance Reform: We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs. At the same time, insurance companies must change the way they approach pre-existing conditions. Correcting these two issues will not only improve the health care system for each individual but also boost our economy as a whole. Another issue is tort reform. And as we consider long-term insurance reform, we should test the concept of letting Americans buy their insurance through their churches, unions, civic clubs, professional associations or other groups that are not tied directly to their employment status.

* Tax and Insurance Equity: We need to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in our country to grow our economy, and we shouldn't have a health care policy that holds that spirit back, throwing regulation upon regulation at our employers. It is critical that we remove the legal barriers to small-business insurance pooling -- every business should benefit from the same economies of scale that our largest corporations get. At the same time, we must allow those who are self-employed to receive the same health care premium tax breaks as received by large corporations.

* Electronic Records and Transparency: Incentivizing providers and insurers to convert our records to an all-digital system -- while also ensuring patient privacy and the security of patient records -- will decrease costs, improve diagnoses and improve coordination between specialists. We should also improve the transparency in the payment of health care services. With greater knowledge and awareness of not only the recommended health care procedures, but also the cost of those procedures, patients will make better, more educated health care decisions.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Portable Medical Insurance

We must make it possible for Americans to take their insurance policies with them upon changing jobs.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Military & Defense
Military Adequacy

I am committed to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces with the equipment and strategy that it takes to defeat our enemies.

I will oppose any attempts to weaken our military and reduce our capacity to defend the citizens of this nation. Tennesseans are proud of our long history of volunteering to defend this nation, and as the daughter, wife and mother of three combat veterans, I know what the men and women of our armed forces and their friends and families sacrifice for our freedoms.

I will always be an aggressive advocate for them in Congress.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Military Policy

I am committed to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces with the equipment and strategy that it takes to defeat our enemies.

I will oppose any attempts to weaken our military and reduce our capacity to defend the citizens of this nation. Tennesseans are proud of our long history of volunteering to defend this nation, and as the daughter, wife and mother of three combat veterans, I know what the men and women of our armed forces and their friends and families sacrifice for our freedoms.

I will always be an aggressive advocate for them in Congress.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Military, a General Statement

I am committed to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces with the equipment and strategy that it takes to defeat our enemies.

I will oppose any attempts to weaken our military and reduce our capacity to defend the citizens of this nation. Tennesseans are proud of our long history of volunteering to defend this nation, and as the daughter, wife and mother of three combat veterans, I know what the men and women of our armed forces and their friends and families sacrifice for our freedoms.

I will always be an aggressive advocate for them in Congress.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Taxes
Tax Code

We need to restore predictability to our tax policy. It's also time to put an end to accounting tricks that base Congressional budgets on assumptions that don't square with the real world. 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.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Taxes Policy

We need to restore predictability to our tax policy. It's also time to put an end to accounting tricks that base Congressional budgets on assumptions that don't square with the real world. 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.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Tax Proposals

Congress must act to set income tax rates at the levels that were in place in 2008. Increasing taxes to their 2000 levels will penalize growth, accelerate the economic downturn, and deepen our recession.

Secondly, the 2010 elimination of the Death Tax should be made permanent. The Death Tax is fundamentally unfair and must not re-emerge in 2011. The death tax does nothing more than penalize families and eat away at the equity so many small business owners have built through years of hard work, spurring our economy and creating jobs.

Thirdly, we need to decrease tax rates on capital gains taxes and on corporate income. Lowering capital gains taxes will free up private investment that can jumpstart our economy. Lowering corporate income tax rates will make us more competitive in the international marketplace, and right now, we must be focused on increasing the opportunities for American businesses to succeed against their competitors around the globe.

Fourthly, it's time for Congress to get serious about fundamental tax reform. We need to make our tax code simpler, flatter, and fairer to average Americans. Ordinary Americans now are forced to spend too much time simply trying to file their taxes -- it's a drain on productivity and a disincentive to small business growth.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Taxes, a General Statement

This administration's belief that we can spend our way out of this recession is wrong-headed and is placing an unsustainable burden of debt on America's taxpayers -- both today and for generations to come.

Federal spending is far out-pacing revenue collections, and this administration is using the rising spending levels as yet another excuse to raise our taxes. The administration's refusal to extend the Bush-era tax credits is choking economic growth and stifling job creation.

Congress must act to set income tax rates at the levels that were in place in 2008. Increasing taxes to their 2000 levels will penalize growth, accelerate the economic downturn, and deepen our recession.

Secondly, the 2010 elimination of the Death Tax should be made permanent. The Death Tax is fundamentally unfair and must not re-emerge in 2011. The death tax does nothing more than penalize families and eat away at the equity so many small business owners have built through years of hard work, spurring our economy and creating jobs.

Thirdly, we need to decrease tax rates on capital gains taxes and on corporate income. Lowering capital gains taxes will free up private investment that can jumpstart our economy. Lowering corporate income tax rates will make us more competitive in the international marketplace, and right now, we must be focused on increasing the opportunities for American businesses to succeed against their competitors around the globe.

Fourthly, it's time for Congress to get serious about fundamental tax reform. We need to make our tax code simpler, flatter, and fairer to average Americans. Ordinary Americans now are forced to spend too much time simply trying to file their taxes -- it's a drain on productivity and a disincentive to small business growth.

Congress must return its focus to maximizing economic growth -- not maximizing government spending. By taking the above steps, we can make tremendous strides in that direction.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Property Taxes

We need to decrease tax rates on capital gains taxes and on corporate income. Lowering capital gains taxes will free up private investment that can jumpstart our economy. Lowering corporate income tax rates will make us more competitive in the international marketplace, and right now, we must be focused on increasing the opportunities for American businesses to succeed against their competitors around the globe.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Extending the Bush Tax Cuts

The longer this administration refuses to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, the less stable America's job market becomes.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php/on-the-issues (12/21/2010)

Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)

2010 elimination of the Death Tax should be made permanent. The Death Tax is fundamentally unfair and must not re-emerge in 2011. The death tax does nothing more than penalize families and eat away at the equity so many small business owners have built through years of hard work, spurring our economy and creating jobs.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Income Tax Rates

Congress must act to set income tax rates at the levels that were in place in 2008. Increasing taxes to their 2000 levels will penalize growth, accelerate the economic downturn, and deepen our recession.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Transportation
Drunk Driving

I was proud to be the prime sponsor of a law strengthening our DUI standards by giving law enforcement the flexibility to administer blood alcohol tests even for traffic stops made in remote areas. I co-sponsored legislation adding new penalties for drunk driving that endangers a child's life.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Highway Safety

I was proud to be the prime sponsor of a law strengthening our DUI standards by giving law enforcement the flexibility to administer blood alcohol tests even for traffic stops made in remote areas. I co-sponsored legislation adding new penalties for drunk driving that endangers a child's life.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

Transportation, a General Statement

I was proud to be the prime sponsor of a law strengthening our DUI standards by giving law enforcement the flexibility to administer blood alcohol tests even for traffic stops made in remote areas. I co-sponsored legislation adding new penalties for drunk driving that endangers a child's life.

Source: www.votedianeblack.com/index.php (12/22/2010)

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