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Jeff Fortenberry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "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." (
  • "Late last year, Congress passed a broad tax reform package aimed at empowering businesses and individuals to thrive together in a 21st century marketplace. The new law has led to enhanced economic growth and more take-home pay for families. While these benefits have received most of the attention, a little-known provision in the law called Opportunity Zones has the potential to profoundly transform communities in Nebraska and throughout the United States." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 18% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • "I'm not saying it can't be tweaked, but to not have some type of qualified immunity will have dire consequences. Law Enforcement is there to protect the citizens. We are given certain rights to accomplish this task. If you remove the safety net that allows almost all good officers to go out and help others, you won't have many good officers left" (
  • ""I know most Nebraskans are interested in some type of responsible action here. But, as one police chief wrote to me, if this version of police reform passes, he could no longer be a police officer," Fortenberry said. "These are some of the reasons I could not support the measure. I am the co-sponsor of the JUSTICE Act, another model for police reform," Fortenberry added." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "Keeping you safe is the most important function of government. The military not only protects us, but it is an institution of profound importance to the values of America. In an increasingly complicated world, the combination of strong defense, smart diplomacy, and sustainable development is the key to international stability and our own security." (
  • Rated 89% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • 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." (
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "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." (
  • ""If we are going to ask American taxpayers to fund new American infrastructure, we need to use American companies, American labor, American steel," Fortenberry said. "It is especially important that American-made steel is used throughout the steelmaking process, not outsourced for fabrication to nations with lower environmental and labor standards," Fortenberry added." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • ""Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. People are suffering, and America is uncertain. The bill acts to protect America's health care system, protect individuals and families, and protect small business. We are fighting to turn the corner on the disease and the loss of economic well-being at the same time. With social distancing and aggressive health measures such as a surge in testing, we will establish safer conditions while helping small business stay open," Fortenberry said. "This bill gives $1200 per person, $2400 per couple, $500 per child, within certain limits. Small businesses can quickly access loan funds through their local financial institutions, with a direct grant for eight weeks of wages and rent to keep people on the payroll. Other provisions increase unemployment insurance, direct help to hospitals and deliver support to state and local governments," Fortenberry added" (
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program has been a lifesaver for people who make things with their own two hands and take care of others under their employ. Recent data suggests that the program has saved tens of millions of jobs, and millions of small businesses----the lifeblood of our economy. In a testament to our community cohesion and strong community banking infrastructure, I am happy to report that Nebraska remains a leader in PPP loans approved per capita. Almost 400 Nebraska banks have made PPP loans to date. I agree that it's important to ensure that PPP loans go to those small businesses for whom the help is necessary, not to publicly traded companies with multiple access points to capital." (
  • Voted against HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • ""This legislation is a critical bridge towards a more sustainable energy future," said Congressman Fortenberry. "By streamlining the permit process for distributed energy systems, we create a powerful incentive for individuals to do the right thing."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (
  • "I’m proud to help lead the #TrillionTreesAct. Through forest management and by enhancing biodiversity, habitat, and natural security, we can fight carbon pollution and sustain a healthy environment." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (
  • "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." (
  • "The House has passed the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act with my support. It provides free #coronavirus testing and paid sick leave for affected workers. It builds on our earlier $8.3B bill to protect America. Upon Senate passage, the President has committed to sign it." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Voted against HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (
  • "There's been no reason to fight over this in Washington. The border crisis needs to be fixed. Children need to be cared for. Thankfully, the border bill has now passed the House with my support and will quickly go the President for his signature," (
  • "We tried to restore border wall funding today in Appropriations. It’s an important part of our security." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • "A vibrant, just, and humane immigration system depends upon order: a secure border, internal enforcement, new foreign policy considerations to our south, and modernization of our laws. This is about more than the televised trauma at our one-yard-line with Mexico. It's about trauma for persons in their home countries and trauma to our governing systems in America." (
  • "Last summer, I voted for such a bill that did several important things. It funded appropriate security barriers on the southern border. It transitioned us to a merit-based immigration system that included a fair resolution for those children----informally known as the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) kids----brought here through no fault of their own. It increased funding for humane shelters, ensuring that no children would be separated from their parents. It strengthened provisions to remove illegal immigrant felons and gang members. It provided safeguards to prevent asylum law abuse. It addressed chain migration while shielding the nuclear family. And it eliminated the visa lottery program, with new measures to combat visa overstays." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law" (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 89% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (
  • Voted against HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (
  • Rated 89% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "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," (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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