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Jeff Fortenberry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NE) - District 1, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (NE) - District 1


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Jeff Fortenberry has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • "This is why the demands of community, the demands of justice, the demands of compassion, the demands of liberty say to the woman, no matter how hard the circumstances, what a gift you are and what a gift the unborn life is within you. What a gift. What a gift." (votesmart.org)
  • "Fortunately, there is widespread unity around the goals of putting money in the pockets of hardworking American families, empowering small businesses to thrive, and reviving Made in America--while maintaining the higher rate for the ultra-wealthy." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is a constructive attempt at broad tax reform to help hardworking American families, revive our small business sector, and empower the Made in America label. It will help address the disruption of globalism, the stagnation of entrepreneurial energy on Main Street, and put money in the pockets of men and women striving to build a better future for their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We fully support your commitment to increase funding for our military to reverse a mounting readiness crisis and to deter serious and complex threats around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "From airports to roads, to bridges, to information technology, new projects are on the horizon. I would add that sustainable energy should be on that list. As a public good, properly selected infrastructure improvements are a benefit to society at large." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Appropriate corporate tax reform, a sustainable federal budget, streamlining regulations, infrastructure investments, trade enforcement, and responsible energy policy are the structural factors that most effect our economic wellbeing and positioning in the world. But these initiatives require more than the typical dysfunctional divides within Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "Long before many of the renewable energy innovations we take for granted were market-ready, the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Ð Energy (ARPA-E) was testing their viability. I am proud to cosponsor the bill to reauthorize this critical program." (www.facebook.com)
  • "Increased use of domestic resources in an environmentally responsible way can help promote our energy independence while building a bridge to a more sustainable energy future. We must also fully integrate conservation, innovative technologies, and a variety of renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal--along with new transportation models--into our energy strategy." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Trillion Trees Act is a great bipartisan initiative. By enhancing biodiversity, habitat, and natural security, we can fight carbon pollution and build a bridge to a sustainable future." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 20% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "Through reduced emissions and tree-planting, we will solve excess atmospheric carbon without throwing the world into another Great Depression or massively expanding state power. We will do so by calmly focusing on what works." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress should robustly address the issues at stake, but also resist politicizing responsible gun ownership as part of a serious national discussion on the root causes of violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of just saying ``no'' to the Affordable Care Act, those of us who have said ``no'' many times also have a responsibility to find a responsible replacement in public policy for us--again, one that is going to increase competition, improve health care outcomes, give additional choice, while also decreasing cost, and protecting vulnerable persons." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must repair our broken health care system. Doing nothing is reckless. Given that the Senate could not find a way forward, we must continue working to solve the issue of maintaining protections for those who benefit from the Affordable Care Act while radically rethinking how to bring down costs for those who can no longer afford insurance. Repeal with no replacement would be disastrous. Now is the time to slog through the hard issues--not at some mythical future date." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 82% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "The court ruling represents a sigh of relief for a majority of Americans who are rightfully concerned about the President's recent actions. President Obama cannot simply change the substance of the law on his own. The President's actions have derailed serious deliberation over immigration policy, and the court has appropriately taken an initial step to fix the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • "Iran's aggressive posturing throughout the Middle East has made it harder to trust a fragile nuclear agreement. Iran's proxy military actions, support for violence, and ongoing ballistic missile taunting do not help during this tender period of testing a new relationship with the West. Broadly considered, Iran has generally complied with the structural components of the nuclear deal, but the aggression sadly undercuts the broader opportunity for even the mildest rapprochement." (votesmart.org)
  • "After significant analysis and careful consideration, I cannot in good conscience give the Iranian nuclear agreement my full assent. I will vote no. This is one of the most consequential decisions any Member of Congress will make. With an agreement this significant, it was important to have adequate space for frank deliberation and public interaction. While the agreement provides a level of constraint on Iran's nuclear weapons program, it confers legitimacy on their nuclear threshold status, an unprecedented shift for a country with so many entanglements. I was also deeply disturbed by the lifting of the weapons and ballistic missile technology embargoes on Iran, a last minute addition to the agreement. It is important to note that the agreement is an earnest attempt by the Administration to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program -- but there are significant downside risks." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The proper model of engagement requires strong defense capacity, smart leadership, and a disposition to authentic friendship. America should not be the world's policeman, and indeed few want America to be the world's policeman. Yet immense security and stabilization problems around the world compel us to engage, sometimes forcefully. A new way forward in foreign affairs, which I call foreign policy realism, combines military, diplomatic, and economic regeneration in partnership with willing nations that are positioning to develop their own capacity for sustaining their own security and wellbeing. Our military's supporting work abroad can create the conditions for the continued flourishing of societies, and that is the basis for security. The world needs us--it's a heavy reality. We just ask: don't bite the hand of friendship." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "In a historic win for our country, the President just signed the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Good trade is fair trade. Nebraska's farmers, ranchers, and persons who make things will be pleased we finally have a better deal that builds upon the markets for their products," (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "America continues to struggle with an anemic economic recovery. Income inequality is climbing, and opportunity inequality prevents many persons from working hard to get ahead. From downward social mobility to stagnant wages and an increased cost of living, many American families are confronting serious financial challenges. The reasons for these difficulties are myriad, including social fracturing and the decline of small business--the space where most new jobs are created. Trade arguably can provide benefits to us, but we should take a close look at whether the dynamics of trade contributed to the decline of certain sectors in the marketplace, namely manufacturing." (votesmart.org)

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