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Deb Fischer

Deb Fischer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Deb Fischer
Office: U.S. Senate (NE) - Jr, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Bruce; 3 Children: Adam, Morgan, Luke
Birth Date: 03/01/1951
Birth Place: Lincoln, NE
Home City: Valentine, NE
Religion: Protestant
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Deb Fischer refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Deb Fischer in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Deb Fischer. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Deb Fischer. Legislative Accomplishments and Conservative Record. 20 June 2012. "Pro-Life...Co-sponsored a bill to provide for additional voluntary and informed consents from a woman prior to abortion. (LB 675, 2009 Session)...Co-sponsored and passed the Adopt the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. State Sen. Deb Fischer Outraged by Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood. 15 September 2011. "In an era of tightened spending, the federal government definitely should not be funding organizations like Planned Parenthood. Just like ObamaCare, the stimulus program, and now the President's jobs bill, this appears to have been written by special interests for special interests. This Administration wants to use taxpayer money to shore up its political supporters, in this case Planned Parenthood. Our country needs to build a culture of life and funding groups like Planned Parenthood is completely the wrong approach." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Deb Fischer Statement on Bob Kerrey's Entry into U.S. Senate Race. 29 February 2012. "I welcome Bob Kerrey to the U.S. Senate race. Mr. Kerrey's candidacy will certainly provide voters with a stark contrast between my conservative positions on issues and his liberal views. His statements in support of government-run health care, cap and trade, tax increases and partial-birth abortion are just a few of the issues where I believe it's evident how out of touch Mr. Kerrey is with Nebraskans. I'm glad that Nebraskans will have a real choice in this campaign. I'm a lifelong Nebraskan, wife, mother, small business owner, rancher and conservative, while Mr. Kerrey has become even more liberal during his years living in New York City, removed from the core values of Nebraskans."
  • Deb Fischer. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Deb Fischer. Issues: Protecting Life. 16 February 2012. "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. I will continue to support a culture of life by supporting pro-life policies in U.S. Senate." (www.debfischer2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "America cannot allow nuclear arms to get in the hands of terrorist states or allow rogue nations to threaten or bully others with nuclear threats. That is why we must fight -- and win -- the war on terrorism. To succeed in this mission, fighting terrorism needs to be the top priority of the federal government, not an afterthought. As your Senator, I will be a strong voice for ensuring that our government never loses focus on its most vital purpose." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Deb Fischer Releases Policy Plan to Reduce the Size and Scope of the Federal Government. 11 April 2012. "Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. Once a Balanced Budget Amendment is in place, Congress will be forced to set priorities for government. I believe the first priority of the federal government is national security. Until Congress balances the budget, everything else should be one the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Deb Fischer. Issues: National Security. 16 February 2012. "In the Senate, I will not play politics with our security and our troops. I will give our military the tools they need to keep America safe and free, and I will ensure our troops and their families are supported and that their needs are met." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Video: Deb Fischer Announcement Speech. 1 July 2011. "The most important job of the federal government is to keep us safe and secure. Our brave troops perform their duty to protect all of us with honor, with courage, and with dedication, and they need our support. In the Senate I am not going to play politics with our security. I will give our military the tools that they need. And I will make sure that fighting Terrorism is a top priority of the federal government, not an afterthought." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Deb Fischer Statement on Bob Kerrey's Entry into U.S. Senate Race. 29 February 2012. "I welcome Bob Kerrey to the U.S. Senate race. Mr. Kerrey's candidacy will certainly provide voters with a stark contrast between my conservative positions on issues and his liberal views. His statements in support of government-run health care, cap and trade, tax increases and partial-birth abortion are just a few of the issues where I believe it's evident how out of touch Mr. Kerrey is with Nebraskans. I'm glad that Nebraskans will have a real choice in this campaign." (debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 2012. "I, Deb Fischer , pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Nebraska, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • Deb Fischer. Video: Deb Fischer Announcement Speech. 1 July 2011. "When President Obama and the Democrats say to me, 'We need to raise taxes.' I will say no." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Issue Position: Jobs Plan. 1 January 2012. "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)
  • Deb Fischer. Issue Position: Taxes & Spending. 1 January 2012. "Our federal debt is almost $15 trillion dollars. That is just unacceptable. We simply can not continue to print money to pay our national debt. 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Issue Position: Small Business. 1 January 2012. "In order to create jobs and grow the economy, we must restore confidence in American small businesses by fostering an economic climate that supports small businesses. What Washington fails to understand is that small business is the true driver and job creator of the 21st Century Economy. Deb Fischer will work to simplify the tax code, make the Bush tax cuts permanent, reduce the corporate tax rate, eliminate the estate tax and the AMT, as well as close loopholes." (votesmart.org)
  • Deb Fischer. Issue Position: Taxes & Spending. 1 January 2012. "The federal government doesn't have a budget problem because it taxes too little; it has a budget problem because it simply spends too much. I'm proud to have served seven years in the Nebraska Legislature balancing our state budget (as required by our state constitution) and voting for the largest tax relief package in Nebraska history. I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising not to raise taxes on individuals and businesses. I will take my budget-cutting skills to Washington and convince Congress to cut spending, not raise taxes. As Ronald Reagan showed us, reducing taxes spurs economic growth and creates private sector jobs and I will bring that philosophy to the U.S. Senate." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Don Walton. JounalStar.com: GOP Senate candidates target regulations at farm forum. 10 February 2012. "Fischer said she'd like to 'eliminate EPA' as part of an effort to limit government, but she cautioned that 'you don't go in with an ax (and) you be judicious in what to cut.'" (journalstar.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Senator Deb Fischer's Plan to Reduce Energy Costs. 8 March 2012. "I support off-shore and domestic drilling in order to increase our domestic production and lessen our dependence on foreign oil." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Issues: Energy. 16 February 2012. "Being dependent on oil coming from countries who are “ or who soon could be “ enemies of the United States just isn't wise. I support efforts to produce new sources of energy from wind and solar power and want to advance those technologies so they can become competitive with fossil fuels. In the meantime, I support efforts to increase efficient energy use and to use new technologies to reduce energy consumption. 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." (www.debfischer2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax Pledges. 2012. "I, Deb Fischer, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Nebraska and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation related to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Deb Fischer Statement on Bob Kerrey's Entry into U.S. Senate Race. 29 February 2012. "I welcome Bob Kerrey to the U.S. Senate race. Mr. Kerrey's candidacy will certainly provide voters with a stark contrast between my conservative positions on issues and his liberal views. His statements in support of government-run health care, cap and trade, tax increases and partial-birth abortion are just a few of the issues where I believe it's evident how out of touch Mr. Kerrey is with Nebraskans. I'm glad that Nebraskans will have a real choice in this campaign. I'm a lifelong Nebraskan, wife, mother, small business owner, rancher and conservative, while Mr. Kerrey has become even more liberal during his years living in New York City, removed from the core values of Nebraskans."
  • Deb Fischer. Senator Deb Fischer's Plan to Reduce Energy Costs. 8 March 2012. "I support making the EPA's current greenhouse gas regulations less restrictive, allowing businesses the flexibility to respond to market forces without stifling competition... As a U.S. Senator, I would make it a priority to enact a system that requires Congressional approval of any regulation with a significant economic impact. Congress needs to exercise its oversight authority of these out of control agencies... I strongly oppose a Cap and Trade policy in any form, unlike Bob Kerrey. Cap and trade would be devastating to small businesses and families. Estimates show that cap and trade would raise energy prices by 30%, increase taxes by over $1 trillion, and eliminate thousands of American jobs." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Don Walton. JournalStar.com: GOP Senate candidates target regulations at farm forum. 10 February 2012. "Fischer said she'd like to 'eliminate EPA' as part of an effort to limit government." (journalstar.com)
  • Deb Fischer. DEB FISCHER BLASTS BOB KERREY'S SUPPORT OF CAP AND TRADE. 13 March 2012. "With the price of gas approaching $4.00 a gallon in Nebraska, Congress needs to develop a comprehensive energy plan that lowers costs. However, implementing Cap and Trade would be devastating to Nebraska's economy and drive up costs for consumers. It will raise energy prices by 30%, increase taxes by over $1 trillion, and eliminate thousands of American jobs. Bob Kerrey's support of cap and trade is completely irresponsible. A more productive approach to lowering energy costs is eliminating needless regulations and increasing domestic production of energy, which I detailed in my plan to reduce energy costs." (www.debfischer2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Video: GOP candidates for U.S. Senate talk gun control. 30 April 2012. "Oh, I've been a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights forever." (youtu.be)
  • Deb Fischer. Issues: 2nd Amendment Rights. 16 February 2012. "I'm a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and I've opposed every attempt by liberals to intrude on our right to own firearms. In the Nebraska Legislature, I have an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to be an advocate for gun owners and our constitutional rights." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Legislative Accomplishments and Conservative Record. 20 June 2012. "2nd Amendment...Passed the Concealed Handgun Permit Act, which allows Nebraskans to carry concealed weapons... Created an apprentice hunter education exemption certificate, which allows hunters the ability to take a newcomer hunting before the completion of a hunter education course." (www.debfischer2012.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Video: Deb Fischer Announcement Speech. 1 July 2011. "I will vote to repeal ObamaCare." (youtu.be)
  • Deb Fischer. Facebook: Timeline. 25 May 2012. "The Department of Health and Human Services is spending $17.6 million in taxpayer money to hire a public relations firm that will tout the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The President has spent years trying to convince us that his failed health care legislation is a good thing, but no amount of rhetoric can mask the truth: We need to repeal Obamacare. Stand with me in opposing the President's failed health care policies by liking and sharing this link with your friends!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Issues: Health Care. 16 February 2012. "The government takeover of health care supported by President Obama and Senator Ben Nelson will move medical care in the wrong direction. As your U.S. Senator, I will vote to repeal Obamacare." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Legislative Accomplishments and Conservative Record. 20 June 2012. "Supports repealing Obamacare." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Tracy Buffington. Freemont Tribune: Fischer: Change who we're sending to D.C.. 17 January 2012. "Getting federal spending under control is one of her top priorities. She also wants to see the tax code reformed, regulations reduced, energy costs cut, fair trade promoted and 'Obamacare' repealed." (fremonttribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Deb Fischer Announces Plan to Stop Illegal Immigration. 4 April 2012. "Illegal immigration is a critical challenge in this country, and in our state. There are currently an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and we have no way of knowing who they are and what they may have brought into our country. Illegal immigration is a threat to national security and the career politicians in Washington need to stop kicking the can down the road and enforce our laws. The federal government's failure to act has forced states like Nebraska to find solutions within their jurisdiction. In the Nebraska Unicameral, I've fought against the establishment's attempts to reward illegal immigration. I voted against the law that provides in-state tuition for illegal aliens and I supported a bill that would repeal that law. I also supported LB 239, a bill that will require citizens to show a photo ID when they vote, which will help prevent voter fraud by illegal aliens. The issue of illegal immigration is complicated and emotional, but tough decisions must be made. In the U.S. Senate, I will fight for the enforcement of our laws and oppose any attempt to reward illegal actions, just as I have done for the State of Nebraska. The federal government has a Constitutional obligation to stop illegal immigration and as a U.S. Senator, I will set legislative priorities to secure our border, stop illegal immigration," (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Issues: Illegal Immigration. 16 February 2012. "I will not tolerate those who break immigration laws and enter our country illegally. In the Nebraska Legislature, I strongly opposed giving benefits and in-state tuition to illegal aliens. In the U.S. Senate, I will oppose amnesty and other attempts to provide incentives for those who violate our laws." (www.debfischer2012.com)
  • Deb Fischer. Legislative Accomplishments and Conservative Record. 20 June 2012. "Illegal Immigration... Voted against the DREAM Act of 2006, which gives amnesty and in-state tuition to illegal aliens....Co-sponsored a bill to repeal the DREAM Act in 2010...Opposes amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens." (www.debfischer2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Legislative Accomplishments and Conservative Record. 20 June 2012. "Supports the federal marriage amendment." (www.debfischer2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Deb Fischer. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "America cannot allow nuclear arms to get in the hands of terrorist states or allow rogue nations to threaten or bully others with nuclear threats. That is why we must fight -- and win -- the war on terrorism. To succeed in this mission, fighting terrorism needs to be the top priority of the federal government, not an afterthought. As your Senator, I will be a strong voice for ensuring that our government never loses focus on its most vital purpose." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Nebraska State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

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.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) 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.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for Nebraska governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for Nebraska state senators?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
No1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Nebraska are closed?
Yesh) Should Nebraska create a task force to study I-300 and its effects on agriculture?
Noi) Should Nebraska recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesj) 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.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Nebraska.
Xc) 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.
Xe) 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.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) 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.
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.
Xg) 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.
Xk) 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
Education Funding Issues: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education funding.
Xa) 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.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) 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.
Xh) Institute broadened disclosure rules for Nebraska's corporate incentives program.
Xi) 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
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Noa) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) 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.
Xd) 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.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) 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.
Xa) 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.
Xd) Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
Xe) 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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