Obamacare has been a disaster. Government run healthcare goes against America’s founding principles and it is big government at its worst. Instead of improving healthcare, it increases premiums for families, raises taxes, kills jobs, adds to our debt and puts government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors.
As a nurse for over 40 years, I understand the damage this law does to our healthcare system. I authored a bill that has become law that repeals part of Obamacare, saving taxpayers $13 billion. But, I won’t rest until the whole law is repealed.
True healthcare reform means more choices, lower costs and most importantly, Washington staying out of your healthcare decisions.
— Diane Black
Complete Repeal: One of Diane’s first votes in the House was to fully repeal Obamacare. Additionally, Diane co-authored the Republican Path to Prosperity Fiscal year 2014, which would assume the complete elimination of Obamacare.
Defund and Dismantle: Diane joined Tea Party members of Congress in sending a letter to Republican leadership in the House of Representatives demanding that NO appropriations bills with funding for Obamacare be brought to the House floor for a vote.
Keeping the IRS out of Obamacare: The IRS is tasked with administering 47 tax provisions of Obamacare, but the agency’s recently uncovered political targeting of conservatives has shown that it cannot be trusted to enforce this law in an impartial way. That is why Diane cosponsored and voted for the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, legislation to prohibit the IRS from implementing any part of Obamacare; effectively shutting down the law altogether.
Leading by Example: Diane authored and successfully passed the first law repealing a health care provision of Obamacare, saving taxpayers $13 billion over the next ten years.
One of my highest priorities in Congress is to lower the tax burden on American families and ensure that small businesses have the capital needed to grow and create jobs. For far too long, hard-working families have sent their tax dollars to Washington only to see them squandered away by Congress. In this economic climate, it is absolutely wrong to raise taxes on families and employers. That is why I am fighting to make the tax code simpler and fairer, not larger and more painful.
— Diane Black
Stopping Tax Increases: Diane fights everyday against President Obama and liberals in Congress who believe we are just one more tax increase away from prosperity. She is working to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent and voted opposite the leadership of her own party on the so-called “fiscal cliff” compromise bill that added to our national debt and raised taxes on families and small business.
Reforming Our Broken Tax Code: Diane believes in fundamental, pro-growth tax reform that makes our code simpler and flatter. She has voted to eliminate loopholes and deductions in order to lower taxes on all America.
Making America More Competitive: In April 2012, the United States surpassed Japan as having the highest corporate tax rate among industrialized countries. Diane knows that our broken tax policies are forcing companies to invest in other countries and ship jobs overseas which is why she voted to lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.
Our individual right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to America and a right guaranteed by our Constitution. I will always fight to protect our Second Amendment rights from those who would seek to weaken them.
— Diane Black
Endorsed by the National Rifle Association
Lifetime National Rifle Association member
Handgun carry permit owner
Protecting the Right to Carry:Diane cosponsored and voted for H.R. 822, the top legislative priority of the NRA for the 112th Congress. This bill ensures a national reciprocity standard for right-to-carry permits, allowing those who qualify for a permit in their home state to travel with their gun(s) and receive reciprocity.
Defending Heritage Firearms: Diane cosponsored H.R. 420 which protects heritage firearms by allowing veterans and their families to register foreign guns without reprisal from the government.
When I became a nurse over 40 years ago, I took a vow to “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care,” whether they were born or unborn. I still consider the words of that oath today as a nurse and a legislator. The care of the individual begins long before they are born. Those of us who have voices must stand up and speak for those who do not yet have a voice of their own. I am 100% pro-life and I will always fight to protect the unborn and the most vulnerable members of society.
— Diane Black
100% Pro-Life Voting Record with National Right to Life
100% Pro-Life Voting Record as a State Legislator with Tennessee Right to Life
2004 Tennessee Right to Life Legislator of the Year
In the state of Tennessee, Diane made her reputation as a pro-life, pro-family legislator.
She led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood in the state of Tennessee
As a state legislator, Diane fought for more than ten years for the passage of SJR 127; legislation to take decisions regarding abortions out of the hands of activist judges
Diane led the charge to protect traditional marriage in Tennessee by cosponsoring and voting for legislation proposing an amendment to our state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. This amendment became law in 2006 with the support of 81 percent of Tennesseans
As a member of Congress, Diane continues to fight for the rights of the unborn and protect Tennessee families
Her first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress, H.R. 217 would defund Planned Parenthood and other so-called “family planning” organizations that perform abortions
Diane is the author of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, legislation to offer full exemption from the Obama administration’s employee healthcare mandate requiring coverage for abortion inducing drugs
Diane cosponsored the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation to ban dangerous, late-term abortions nationwide
Diane strongly opposes the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and supported a House resolution demanding that DOMA be upheld in all instances
Diane cosponsored legislation proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution protecting traditional marriage
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.
I am fully committed to ensuring that our military personnel receive the best equipment, training and support we can give them. Since our nation’s inception, these brave Americans have made great sacrifices for the cause of liberty and they deserve our utmost respect and gratitude.
— Diane Black
Investing in National Security: As a member of the Budget Committee, Diane has written and supported budgets that make important investments in our national defense while seeking to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.
Supporting Our Troops: Diane has voted to provide our troops in Afghanistan and around the world the resources they need to ensure our freedom.
Standing with Israel: Diane traveled to Israel to meet with the leaders of our country’s most important ally to talk about how America can help ensure Israel’s long term security.
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.”
— Diane Black
Fighting against tax increases: Diane knows that we don’t create jobs by taxing job creators. When Americans are able to keep more of their hard earned money, they put it back into the economy and jobs are created.
Reducing Regulations: Diane understands that burdensome and unnecessary regulations kill job creation. That is why she has voted to reduce regulations across the board and require Congress to approve all new, large regulations.
Supports Tax Reform: Diane voted twice to enact comprehensive tort reform that would reduce frivolous lawsuits and save honest Americas millions of dollars.
Removing Barriers to Investment: Diane fought to enact The JOBS Act that is designed to increase small business competitiveness and growth, removing barriers for investment and making it easier for more small and medium size companies to go public.
Increasing American Energy Production: Diane successfully fought to get Washington out of the way by lifting the EPA’s job-crushing boiler MACT regulation and preventing further delay of the job creating, energy rich Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline, which would have created 20,000 jobs and helped move us toward energy independence
Established Jobs Task Forces: Diane formed a Jobs Task Force in each of the 6th Congressional District’s counties to work with local job creators in helping to create the best environment for them to create jobs. Membership in each task force varies, but most include local elected officials, Chamber of Commerce Presidents, as well as Economic Community Development Directors. Each Task Force represents the unique needs of each county—from rural areas focused on agriculture, to the suburban counties surrounding Nashville, with their manufacturing and service base.
The number one issue that must be dealt with in order to get our economy back on track is out of control government spending. Years of reckless spending has left our nation over $15 trillion in debt. Our national debt is now more than 100% of GDP. Every American today…..including my grandchildren and yours……is walking around with a mortgage in their pocket that equals over $50,000. That’s every Americans’ share of the national debt. It’s immoral and it has to stop.
That is why I have been fighting to restore principles of fiscal conservatism back to our nation’s capital. I am committed to ending the cycle of borrow and spend that has gone on for too long in Washington. Just like every family, the government must learn to live within its means. That means enacting budget reforms to rein in spending, cut waste and tackle the growth of key mandatory spending 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.
— Diane Black
Cutting Spending: As a member of the Budget Committee, Diane worked with Chairman Paul Ryan to author the Republican Path to Prosperity Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 which cuts federal spending by $4.6 trillion and balances the budget within ten years.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Diane cosponsored and voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States’ Constitution to force Washington to live within its means.
Budget Reform: Black authored the Legally Binding Budget Act, legislation to give budgets the force of law and stop President Obama and Congress from ignoring budgetary spending levels.
Cut, Cap and Balance: Diane cosponsored and voted for the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act” which would cut spending by trillions of dollars, place strong caps on federal spending and require the passage of a balanced budget amendment.
Leading by Example: Diane cosponsored legislation to eliminate special pensions and automatic pay increases for Members of Congress.
Cut Her Own Budget: Diane supported across the board cuts to her own office budget and still returned over $200,000 of her own budget at the end of the 112th Congress.
No Budget, No Pay: Diane cosponsored the “No Budget, No Pay Act” to ensure that Congress passes a budget and agrees to all appropriations bills by October 1 or no Member of Congress gets paid.
Banning Earnmarks: Diane voted to outlaw earmarks in the House of Representatives.
Obamacare: Diane’s first vote in Congress was to completely repeal Obamacare.
Diane has proudly signed the Heritage Foundation’s pledge to continue a ban on all earmarks.
By failing to secure our border, the federal government has failed to perform its most basic function –providing for the safety and security of its citizens. We are a nation of laws and our failure to effectively enforce them has greatly undermined our rule of law. I adamantly oppose amnesty, regardless of what it is called. We must enact comprehensive immigration reform and send a clear message to immigrants in every country that the only path citizenship is through legal means.
— Diane Black
Committed to Reform: Diane is an active member of the Immigration Reform Caucus.
A+ Rating on Combating Illegal Immigration: Diane’s work to stop illegal immigration earned her an A+ rating during the 112th Congress from the conservative anti-amnesty group Numbers USA.
Protecting States Rights: Diane wrote and passed through the House of Representatives legislation to defund President Obama’s politically motivated lawsuits against states like Arizona that enforce commonsense immigration laws.
Securing the Border: Black co-authored the SMART Border Act of 2013; legislation to require the Department of Homeland Security to achieve full control of the United States – Mexico border territory within one year and authorize the deployment of 10,000 National Guard troops to the southern border if needed.
Stopping the Senate Amnesty Bill: Diane was a leading opponent of S. 744, the U.S. Senate’s flawed amnesty bill which granted immediate legal status to millions of illegal immigrants with vague promises of securing the border at a later date. Because of Diane’s tenacity, the House of Representatives successfully blocked this bill from becoming law.
Prevent Social Security Fraud: Diane cosponsored the No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act–legislation that forbids anyone working in the United States illegally from being able to participate in the Social Security system.
Eliminating Lobbyist Funding: Diane wrote and passed legislation to stop President Obama from using taxpayer dollars to fund a lobbyist for illegal aliens within U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
As the daughter, wife, sister and mother of veterans, I have a strong appreciation for the contributions of our United States military personnel. America must always remember the sacrifices these brave men and women have made in defense of our country, which is why I am fighting to ensuring that our veterans receive the care they deserve and that their sacrifices are properly memorialized.
— Diane Black
Honoring Our Veterans’ Sacrifice: Diane co-authored and voted for the Republican Path to Prosperity Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 which provides $145 billion for Veterans’ care while still reducing overall federal spending by more than $4 trillion and balancing the budget within a decade.
Ensuring Pay for Our Military: Diane led the fight to guarantee that our armed forces would continue to receive pay in the event of a government shutdown ensuring that they and their families are not forced to go without.
Combating Fraud: Diane cosponsored and voted for the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, legislation making it a crime to attempt to profit by lying about military service.
Protecting Surviving Spouses: Diane co-sponsored important legislation to provide the surviving spouses of our fallen troops with greater access to the resources need to support their families, including affordable home loans.
Providing Work Opportunities for Veterans: Diane repealed a part of Obamacare and used the savings to fund the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act – a program providing transition assistance for recent veterans back into our nation’s workforce.
Addressing the VA Backlog: Diane voted to give the Veterans Administration $3.3 billion for information technology support; helping the VA adapt to the 21st century needs of those it serves.