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Ben Sasse's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2018 Coalition of Franchisee Associations - Positions 100%
2017-2018 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
2017-2018 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2017-2018 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 91%
2017-2018 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 0%
2017-2018 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (115th Congress) [2/23] 100%
2017-2018 National Retail Federation - Positions 100%
2017 United States Chamber of Commerce - "How They Voted: Cumulative Score" 68%
2017 United States Chamber of Commerce - "How They Voted: Annual Score" 86%
2016 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 63%
2016 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 60%
2015-2016 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores 63%
2015-2016 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 66%
2015-2016 Metals Service Center Institute - Senate Positions 66%
2015-2016 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 58%
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (114th Congress) 83%
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business - Pre-Election Report 83%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 79%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Lifetime Scores 79%
2015-2016 National Retail Federation - Positions 56%
2015-2016 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 83%
2015 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 33%
2015 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions (Lifetime) 100%
2015 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 62%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 57%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 57%

Campaign Finance and Elections

2017-2018 Common Cause - Positions 0%
2016 Common Cause - Positions 0%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2018 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 6%
2017-2018 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 18%
2017-2018 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 0%
2017-2018 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 2%
2017 21Wilberforce - "International Religious Freedom Congressional Scorecard" 7%
2017 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - "Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card" 6%
2015-2016 21Wilberforce - Positions 60%
2015-2016 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 5%
2015-2016 EarthRights International - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 14%
2015-2016 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 0%
2015-2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - "Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card" 5%
2015 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 0%
2015 EarthRights International - Positions 0%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 0%
2015 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 0%
2015 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - "Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card" 7%
2011-2018 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 0%
2007-2016 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 0%

Environment

2018 Center For Biological Diversity Action Fund - Positions on Protecting the Public from Pollution 14%
2018 Center For Biological Diversity Action Fund - Positions on Endangered Species Act 22%
2018 Center For Biological Diversity Action Fund - Positions on Public Lands and Citizen Participation 20%
2018 League of Conservation Voters - "National Environmental Scorecard" 14%
2018 League of Conservation Voters - "National Environmental Scorecard Lifetime" 3%
2017-2018 Clean Water Action - Positions 0%
2017-2018 League of Conservation Voters - Positions (115th Congress, full session) 6%
2017-2018 Outdoor Industry Association Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
2017 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0%
2017 Environment America - Positions 0%
2017 Food Policy Action - Positions 0%
2017 League of Conservation Voters - "National Environmental Scorecard" 0%
2017 League of Conservation Voters - "National Environmental Scorecard Lifetime" 0%
2016 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0%
2016 League of Conservation Voters - "National Environmental Scorecard" 0%
2016 League of Conservation Voters - "National Environmental Scorecard Lifetime" 0%
2015-2016 EarthRights International - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Environment America - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Food Policy Action - Positions 30%
2015-2016 League of Conservation Voters - "National Environmental Scorecard" 0%
2015 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0%
2015 EarthRights International - Positions 0%
2015 Environment America - Positions 0%
2015 Food Policy Action - Positions 40%
2015 League of Conservation Voters - Senate Special Edition 0%

Labor Unions

2018 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 56%
2017-2018 Communications Workers of America - Positions 0%
2017-2018 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 0%
2017 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0%
2017 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 0%
2017 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0%
2017 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
2017 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 0%
2017 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 11%
2016 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0%
2016 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 0%
2016 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0%
2016 National Farmers Union - "Congressional Scorecard" 0%
2016 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 20%
2015-2016 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 16%
2015 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 9%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Scores 0%
2015 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
2015 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 0%
2015 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Workplace Choice - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 100%

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

2017-2018 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 0%

Socially Conservative

2017-2018 American Family Association Action (AFA Action) - Positions 100%
2017-2018 American Family Association Action (AFA Action) - Positions 100%
2017-2018 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100%
2017-2018 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100%
2017-2018 Heritage Action for America - Positions 88%
2017-2018 Heritage Action for America - Positions 88%
2017 American Conservative Union - Congressional Positions 96%
2017 American Conservative Union - Congressional Positions 96%
2017 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Congressional Positions 99%
2017 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Congressional Positions 99%
2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 100%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 100%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 100%
2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 100%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 94%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 94%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 78%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 78%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 100%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 100%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 87%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 87%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 80%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 80%

Unemployed and Low-Income

2017 RESULTS - Positions 5%
2015-2016 Bread for the World - Positions 33%
2015-2016 RESULTS - Positions 0%

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