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Brad Ashford's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NE) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • Voted in favor of LB.1103 "Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy" : (
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

  • "There are a lot of things that really help the wealthy and not the middle class taxpayer that we can address. Remove those exemptions and lower the tax." (
  • Omaha World Herald "Ashford said his newest plan would reduce the top personal income tax rate to 6.5 percent, from the current 6.84 percent, on taxable incomes of $58,000 or more for a family of four." (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Brad Ashford, 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." (
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ashford says Nebraska’s mandatory minimum sentences do what they’re supposed to, 'Get really bad guys off the street.' That’s why, as a state legislator, he added gun crimes to the list of eligible offenses." (
  • "The whole prison reform movement is not about being easy on the people who commit bad crimes." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Washington needs to bring Nebraska values to spending issues. In my home state of Nebraska, we are mandated by the state constitution to balance the budget. This bill would save the government almost half a trillion dollars over 10 years through eliminating wasteful and duplicative spending." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Brad helped pass the largest tax cut in the state’s history and led efforts to responsibly cut spending during the recession, while protecting state priorities." (
  • "There are a lot of things that really help the wealthy and not the middle class taxpayer that we can address. Remove those exemptions and lower the tax." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I worked with both the environmental and business communities on how we can safely construct this pipeline that won’t cause undue harm to Nebraska. Together, with their help, we developed a routing process to minimize potential harm." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters "He supports the tax credits that have encouraged the wind and solar industries to bring clean energy jobs." (
  • League of Conservation Voters "Brad Ashford will work to protect our environment and grow our clean energy industries in Nebraska and across the country" (
  • Rated 100% by the League of Conservation Voters (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (
  • "Study after study, at the federal and state level, has shown that this project is in the best interest of the country and will not undermine our ongoing efforts to combat climate change." (
  • "Ashford proposed that the federal government offer tax breaks to companies that reduce their carbon emissions by retrofitting facilities or turning to less polluting forms of energy." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 21% by Gun Owners of America (
  • "[…] Brad Ashford, a Nebraska state senator who supports universal background checks […]." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As it currently stands, Obamacare is forcing businesses to choose between providing health care for their employees and keeping their doors open – and Nebraskans are losing income as a result." (
  • "It’s a big priority, but it’s not going to be fixed by saying, ‘Let’s repeal it'. […] I would look at the health care bill from the bottom up, as if it didn't exist, and then try to build on the good pieces of it." (
  • "I think it has to be totally unwound and then rewound again." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Imperial Republican "Currently, about 45,000 undocumented immigrants live in Nebraska, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. And it costs the federal government $12,500 to deport one person, an immigration official recently told a congressional subcommittee. […] 'The cost is exorbitant, but I don’t think that’s all the cost … I think it’s much more than that.' Ashford said that figure doesn’t include legal and local law enforcement costs. And even if money wasn’t the issue, there’s a better way to use tax dollars than to 'catch 45,000 people." (
  • Omaha World Herald "Ashford said he supports immigration reform — and he backs the policies behind those executive orders." (
  • "Last night during a marathon meeting amending the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Rep. Ashford confirmed his commitment to national security preparedness. He also supported two nonbinding measures which would encourage the Secretary of Defense to allow individuals in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to serve in the armed forces while, at the same time, evaluating that impact on the military." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation has no place in this country." (
  • KETV "State Sen. Brad Ashford said the legislature must look at the issue of gay rights in light of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex couples to qualify for federal benefits." (
  • Signed a brief stating "Like DOMA, these state bans apply across the board. They limit marriage rights and the right to remain married when crossing state lines. They impose countless burdens and indignities on an identifiable and disfavored class—gay and lesbian couples and their children. And they serve no legitimate governmental objective." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We are fighting a diabolical, horrific group of people who are out to destroy us. This has got to be unconditional, no compromise, no negotiation, nothing. Kill them." (
  • "During debate on the NDAA, Rep. Ashford was instrumental in ensuring key U.S. STRATCOM programs including nuclear command and control, space, cyber and missile defense were protected." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have to take privatization of Social Security off the table." (


Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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