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Jeff Fortenberry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NE) - District 1, Republican
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Jeff Fortenberry has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • "Let's rebuild our Nation's compassion capacity so that we can understand what is right and just by protecting the little ones who are most vulnerable." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
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

  • "I don’t want to see taxes go up on any hardworking American. We need a simpler, fairer tax code." (
  • Signed a pledge to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The combination of bailouts for Wall Street, excessive spending, and government overreach has run its course." (
  • "Although the deficit has fallen significantly due to spending reductions, tax code changes, and some economic growth, our debt continues to have consequences." (
  • "While we have an obligation to pay our bills and default is not a responsible option, we must leverage this moment to curb excessive spending and set a new course for fiscal discipline and accountability." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" (
  • "Simplifying the tax code, broadening the tax base, eliminating or limiting deductions, credits, exemptions, and loopholes could lower tax rates and provide money to reduce the deficit." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] policy statements that suggested a concentration of power in Washington – most egregious among them a federal takeover of education. I find this aspect very troublesome." (
  • "Decisions regarding the education of young people are left to parents, teachers, and those within a community, not with far-off bureaucracies." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have said for a long time that we need a strategic energy partnership with the Canadians, but it must respect our environmental concerns" (
  • 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

  • "In the Farm Bill, I introduced a new initiative that provides assistance for rural towns to establish community based renewable energy systems and become energy self-sufficient." (
  • "Increased use of domestic resources in an environmentally responsible way can help promote our energy independence while building a bridge to a more sustainable energy future. We must also fully integrate conservation, innovative technologies, and a variety of renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels into our energy strategy." (
  • "America's sustainable energy future will rely heavily on clean, renewable forms of energy. American biofuels are crucial to increased energy independence and environmental protection." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As climate change issues are debated, the consideration of a tax on natural livestock emissions is unreasonable and peculiar […]" (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association (
  • "Questions have already arisen about guns and school safety and emergency preparedness. […] hese concerns and debates may bypass altogether some of the deeper, more difficult issues involved, like what we grappled with after the tragic shootings of the young people at Columbine High School and on the Virginia Tech campus." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H. R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Well, Mr. Speaker, we need the right type of health care reform--health care that is actually going to reduce costs and improve outcomes while also protecting vulnerable persons. But what we have gotten instead through the new law is a shift of cost to more unsustainable spending by government, a shift of cost from one American to another; and we also have a serious erosion of health care liberties." (
  • "He said he remains opposed to the law, but was supportive of some of the more popular provisions like allowing children to stay on their parent’s health plan until they turn 26." (
Yes 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

  • "Desperate poverty in the region, along with signals from the Administration about decreasing deportations, has created conditions that cause families to risk sending their children north." (
  • "President Obama's plan for executive amnesty is divisive and abusive of his power. It is unacceptable, unreasonable, and unnecessary. The President's Constitutional duty is to 'faithfully' execute the law, not recklessly abrogate the law." (
  • "The President should address the nation on the issue, do all in his power to secure the border, and repatriate children back to their families in a humane way." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.J.R.88 "Same-Sex Marriage Resolution" (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The international campaign to defeat ISIL depends in great part on the strength and effectiveness of trusted partners in the Middle East. The Kurdish peshmerga is a moderate and capable force. The Kurds are showing determined courage in fighting ISIL. The Kurds are winning a number of strategic victories. The Kurds are defending the values of tolerance and pluralism, sheltering hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Christians, Yezidis, and Muslims who have fled ISIL's onslaught. They deserve robust support." (
  • "In the end, faced with ISIL's ongoing savagery, we must remember that action has risks, but that the consequences of inaction are too grave to ignore. ISIL is a threat to all innocent persons and a threat to civilization itself." (
Yes 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

  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • Freemont Tribune "Fortenberry said he would not privatize the system but instead would consider a personal savings account option for younger Americans." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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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