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Deb Fischer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (NE) - Sr, Republican

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Deb Fischer has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

  • "Throughout my public service, I have worked to advance commonsense, pro-life measures that offer compassion for women and unborn children in difficult situations." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to be pro-life and to have had a solid pro-life voting record during my seven years in the Nebraska Legislature." (votesmart.org)
  • "Because of this legislation, many Americans will have bigger paychecks, our businesses will have more opportunities to invest and grow, and our country will regain our competitive edge in the global marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Revenue-neutral, progrowth tax reform should not only be geared toward the corporate side of our Tax Code, we should pursue revenue-neutral tax reforms on the individual side as well which would benefit American families as well as small businesses that pay those taxes at the individual level." (votesmart.org)
  • "In a world where ISIL continues to expand its reach, Russia has seized Crimea and pours fighters into eastern Ukraine, and China is intimidating its neighbors and building islands in the South China Sea, we must fund our national defense. To not do so would be unacceptable. " (votesmart.org)
  • "The president has clearly stated his goal of rebuilding our military and Secretary Mattis has candidly testified before our committee about the challenges we face as a nation, including the readiness gaps in our armed forces. I'm pleased to see the committee respond to the administration today in a strong, bipartisan fashion. National defense is the number one priority of the federal government and this legislation reflects a shared agreement among members of both parties that more must be done to strengthen our military" (votesmart.org)
  • "In September, President Obama unveiled a $450 billion jobs package, which is yet another stimulus plan that will continue to increase spending and drive up the deficit. His shortsighted approach is a political stunt designed for a troubled re-election campaign, not appropriate for a legitimate discussion of a serious and long-term policy plan for economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our first priority must be to cut federal spending. We cannot tax our way to prosperity like President Obama has proposed. The appetite for big spending programs is strong in Washington D.C. and we need to change politics-as-usual. That's why I strongly support a balanced budget amendment at the federal level." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Because of this legislation, many Americans will have bigger paychecks, our businesses will have more opportunities to invest and grow, and our country will regain our competitive edge in the global marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • "Revenue-neutral, progrowth tax reform should not only be geared toward the corporate side of our Tax Code, we should pursue revenue-neutral tax reforms on the individual side as well which would benefit American families as well as small businesses that pay those taxes at the individual level." (votesmart.org)
  • "Nebraska should have a level playing field on which to compete for education grants and waivers without being compelled to adopt multi-state education standards like Common Core." (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the Senate is passing important legislation that will put education decisions back in the hands of Nebraska families and local communities. It will end the Common Core mandate by letting states determine their academic standards without any interference from Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • "As one of our nation's largest ethanol producers, Nebraska can provide renewable fuel solutions to meet America's energy needs. " (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in an all-of-the-above approach to energy production: from greater domestic oil and gas production and exploration, to expanding clean coal technology, to building nuclear energy infrastructure and renewable resources where they are cost-effective." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support renewable energy sources, including ethanol, but I still believe the United States needs to be committed to exploring and recovering all of the potential energy sources we have here at home. In times where gasoline is approaching four dollars per gallon, I strongly believe that we need promote responsible oil drilling in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America (votesmart.org)
  • "The threat of cap-and-trade legislation hurts small businesses and I oppose such legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "She will oppose any Cap-and-Trade legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "Moving forward, I will continue to fight the federal regulations that make life more complicated and costly for Nebraskans." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 4751 "Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2016" (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and I oppose attempts to restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights." (votesmart.org)
  • "The president's executive actions would not have stopped any of the recent mass shootings, nor do they address the root causes of violent crime. Instead, these executive actions infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • "As your U.S. Senator, I will vote to repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • "For five years, thousands of Nebraskans have contacted me to share their personal stories of higher health care costs and fewer choices under Obamacare. They need relief. I am disappointed we were unable to move forward today. I believe the Senate should stay in session through the month of August to find a way to address this very important issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 667 "Health Care Freedom Act of 2017" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017" (votesmart.org)
  • "When it comes to immigration, my top priority has always been border security. The measure I supported today would help secure our nation by constructing a border wall system -- including physical fencing, radar, and other technologies. It also contains other robust security provisions to close loopholes in current law, add enforcement personnel, and thwart drug and human trafficking." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 81% by NumbersUSA (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I support bolstering border security, implementing a mandatory E-Verify system for employers, allowing for the expedited removal of illegal aliens with a criminal record, and cutting funding for "sanctuary cities." We must also address our nation's legal immigration and ensure that the system for legal entry is safe, secure, and efficient." (votesmart.org)
  • "Oppose amnesty for illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • "Marijuana is being transported across state lines and making its way out of states such as Colorado and into Nebraska's communities. This drug remains an illegal substance on the federal level and in Nebraska, where our law enforcement officers are working hard to stop the crime and violence associated with its transport. My amendment would compel the Department of Justice to put a specific plan in place to explore the effect of state marijuana legalization and its impact on public health and safety." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (votesmart.org)
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  • "Our defense against this growing threat relies first and foremost on the capability of our own nuclear deterrent. As the bipartisan leadership of the Senate subcommittee that oversees our nuclear arsenal, our top priority is to ensure our nuclear forces have the resources they need to continue protecting our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Peace Action (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
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  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
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  • "In the past week, the president's top cabinet officials and the Vice President have all called for efforts to destroy ISIL. There is no doubt that ISIL is an imminent threat to Western Europe, our allies in the Middle East, and the United States. This is not a 'manageable' problem. I expect the president to use his time at the NATO summit to shore up our allies to unite on a clear, consistent strategy to stomp out this scourge." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. J. Res 54 "To Direct the Removal of United States Armed Forces from Hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been Authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

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

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
X d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
X e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
X f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

Maintain Status a) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Status c) Environment
Maintain Status d) Health care
Maintain Status e) Law enforcement
Maintain Status f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decrease h) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decrease i) Property taxes
Maintain Status j) Sales taxes
Maintain Status k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
No m) Should Internet sales be taxed?
No n) Do you support a limited expansion of gambling in Nebraska?
o) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes a) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for Nebraska governors?
No b) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for Nebraska state senators?
No 1) Individual
Yes 2) PAC
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Parties
Yes d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yes e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yes f) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yes g) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Nebraska are closed?
Yes h) Should Nebraska create a task force to study I-300 and its effects on agriculture?
No i) Should Nebraska recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes j) Should Nebraska restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
k) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
X b) Support the death penalty in Nebraska.
X c) Change the mode of inflicting capital punishment from electrocution to lethal injection.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X e) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
X h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
X i) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
k) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.Education Funding Issues: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education funding.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
X g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
X k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
X a) Schools in Nebraska should be funded equally by state funds and local property taxes.
b) Schools in Nebraska should be funded primarily by local property taxes.
c) Schools in Nebraska should be funded primarliy by state funds.
d) The statewide funding formula for education should provide more money for districts with large numbers of "high needs" students.
e) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Nebraska's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
X h) Institute broadened disclosure rules for Nebraska's corporate incentives program.
X i) Extend Nebraska's corporate incentives program to small and medium-sized businesses.
j) Obligate businesses benefiting from Nebraska's corporate incentives program to meet wage requirements.
k) Other or expanded principles
No a) Public employment
No b) State college and university admissions
No c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
X b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
d) Support funding for open space preservation.
e) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
f) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Support current licensing requirements for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
X b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
X c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
X e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Nebraska.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
X d) Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
X e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
f) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
i) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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