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Deb Fischer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (NE) - Sr, Republican
Deb Fischer has refused 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Throughout my public service, I have worked to advance commonsense, pro-life measures that offer compassion for women and unborn children in difficult situations." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160657/the-march-for-life#.Wqvw2We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout my public service, I have worked to advance commonsense, pro-life measures that offer compassion for women and unborn children in difficult situations." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160657/the-march-for-life#.Wqvw2We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOt8me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOt8me3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670594/issue-position-protecting-life#.WrOuYWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOt8me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout my public service, I have worked to advance commonsense, pro-life measures that offer compassion for women and unborn children in difficult situations." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160657/the-march-for-life#.Wqvw2We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOt8me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOt8me3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670594/issue-position-protecting-life#.WrOuYWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOt8me3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670594/issue-position-protecting-life#.WrOuYWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214391/final-tax-reform-bill-passes-senate#.WqvyRWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62173/41963/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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214391/final-tax-reform-bill-passes-senate#.WqvyRWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/777452/tax-day/?search=income%20tax#.WrOvFWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214391/final-tax-reform-bill-passes-senate#.WqvyRWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/777452/tax-day/?search=income%20tax#.WrOvFWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62173/41963/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62173/41963/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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/777452/tax-day/?search=income%20tax#.WrOvFWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/998532/national-defense-authorization-act/?search=isil#.WrO4p2e3wfI (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. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/998532/national-defense-authorization-act/?search=isil#.WrO4p2e3wfI (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" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187933/fischer-prioritizes-national-defense-with-2018-ndaa-vote/#.WrKyWWe3wfI (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. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/998532/national-defense-authorization-act/?search=isil#.WrO4p2e3wfI (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" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187933/fischer-prioritizes-national-defense-with-2018-ndaa-vote/#.WrKyWWe3wfI (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" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187933/fischer-prioritizes-national-defense-with-2018-ndaa-vote/#.WrKyWWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOv0We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOv0We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOv0We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/#.Wqv2_me3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670595/#.Wqv2-Ge3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/#.Wqv2_me3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670595/#.Wqv2-Ge3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/#.Wqv2_me3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670595/#.Wqv2-Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62173/41963/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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214391/final-tax-reform-bill-passes-senate#.WqvyRWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62173/41963/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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/777452/tax-day/?search=income%20tax#.WrOvFWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214391/final-tax-reform-bill-passes-senate#.WqvyRWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/777452/tax-day/?search=income%20tax#.WrOvFWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62173/41963/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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214391/final-tax-reform-bill-passes-senate#.WqvyRWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/777452/tax-day/?search=income%20tax#.WrOvFWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/806889/keeping-education-homegrown/#.WrKypGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/806889/keeping-education-homegrown/#.WrKypGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1004927/fischer-lauds-passage-of-every-child-achieves-act/?search=common%20core#.WrOxpGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/806889/keeping-education-homegrown/#.WrKypGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1004927/fischer-lauds-passage-of-every-child-achieves-act/?search=common%20core#.WrOxpGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1004927/fischer-lauds-passage-of-every-child-achieves-act/?search=common%20core#.WrOxpGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As one of our nation's largest ethanol producers, Nebraska can provide renewable fuel solutions to meet America's energy needs. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160644/rolling-back-regulations/?search=renewable#.WrOyxGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOzDWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As one of our nation's largest ethanol producers, Nebraska can provide renewable fuel solutions to meet America's energy needs. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160644/rolling-back-regulations/?search=renewable#.WrOyxGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/issue-position-jobs-plan/?search=renewable#.WrOyiGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670589/issue-position-energy/#.WqwTA2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOzDWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As one of our nation's largest ethanol producers, Nebraska can provide renewable fuel solutions to meet America's energy needs. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160644/rolling-back-regulations/?search=renewable#.WrOyxGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/issue-position-jobs-plan/?search=renewable#.WrOyiGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670589/issue-position-energy/#.WqwTA2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOzDWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670589/issue-position-energy/#.WqwTA2e3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/issue-position-jobs-plan/?search=renewable#.WrOyiGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOzDWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The threat of cap-and-trade legislation hurts small businesses and I oppose such legislation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/issue-position-jobs-plan/?search=renewable#.WrOyoGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "She will oppose any Cap-and-Trade legislation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693236/issue-position-small-business/?search=cap-and#.WrOy8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Moving forward, I will continue to fight the federal regulations that make life more complicated and costly for Nebraskans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160644/rolling-back-regulations#.WrEhime3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOzDWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The threat of cap-and-trade legislation hurts small businesses and I oppose such legislation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/issue-position-jobs-plan/?search=renewable#.WrOyoGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "She will oppose any Cap-and-Trade legislation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693236/issue-position-small-business/?search=cap-and#.WrOy8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Moving forward, I will continue to fight the federal regulations that make life more complicated and costly for Nebraskans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160644/rolling-back-regulations#.WrEhime3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The threat of cap-and-trade legislation hurts small businesses and I oppose such legislation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693272/issue-position-jobs-plan/?search=renewable#.WrOyoGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "She will oppose any Cap-and-Trade legislation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/693236/issue-position-small-business/?search=cap-and#.WrOy8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Moving forward, I will continue to fight the federal regulations that make life more complicated and costly for Nebraskans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160644/rolling-back-regulations#.WrEhime3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrOzDWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 4751 "Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2016" https://votesmart.org/bill/21643/56960/41963/protecting-communities-and-preserving-the-second-amendment-act-of-2016#.WrOzjWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/846898/issue-position-second-amendment#.WrEncGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034671/fischer-statement-on-obamas-executive-actions#.WrOz-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 4751 "Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2016" https://votesmart.org/bill/21643/56960/41963/protecting-communities-and-preserving-the-second-amendment-act-of-2016#.WrOzjWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/846898/issue-position-second-amendment#.WrEncGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034671/fischer-statement-on-obamas-executive-actions#.WrOz-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 4751 "Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2016" https://votesmart.org/bill/21643/56960/41963/protecting-communities-and-preserving-the-second-amendment-act-of-2016#.WrOzjWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/846898/issue-position-second-amendment#.WrEncGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034671/fischer-statement-on-obamas-executive-actions#.WrOz-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As your U.S. Senator, I will vote to repeal Obamacare." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670590/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare&speechType=7#.WrO0yWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187961/fischer-statement-on-senate-obamacare-vote#.WrEnyme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 667 "Health Care Freedom Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23500/60869/41963/health-care-freedom-act-of-2017#.WrO0dWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23486/60681/41963/obamacare-repeal-reconciliation-act-of-2017#.WrEozWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As your U.S. Senator, I will vote to repeal Obamacare." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670590/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare&speechType=7#.WrO0yWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187961/fischer-statement-on-senate-obamacare-vote#.WrEnyme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23486/60681/41963/obamacare-repeal-reconciliation-act-of-2017#.WrEozWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 667 "Health Care Freedom Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23500/60869/41963/health-care-freedom-act-of-2017#.WrO0dWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As your U.S. Senator, I will vote to repeal Obamacare." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/670590/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare&speechType=7#.WrO0yWe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187961/fischer-statement-on-senate-obamacare-vote#.WrEnyme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23486/60681/41963/obamacare-repeal-reconciliation-act-of-2017#.WrEozWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 667 "Health Care Freedom Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23500/60869/41963/health-care-freedom-act-of-2017#.WrO0dWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1226038/fischer-supports-measure-to-increase-border-security#.WrErjme3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1226038/fischer-supports-measure-to-increase-border-security#.WrErjme3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1226038/fischer-supports-measure-to-increase-border-security#.WrErjme3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 81% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO412e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 81% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO412e3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/846899/issue-position-immigration#.WrFeOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Oppose amnesty for illegal aliens." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/698793/deb-fischer-announces-plan-to-stop-illegal-immigration/?search=amnesty#.WrO5aGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 81% by NumbersUSA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO412e3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/846899/issue-position-immigration#.WrFeOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Oppose amnesty for illegal aliens." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/698793/deb-fischer-announces-plan-to-stop-illegal-immigration/?search=amnesty#.WrO5aGe3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/846899/issue-position-immigration#.WrFeOWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Oppose amnesty for illegal aliens." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/698793/deb-fischer-announces-plan-to-stop-illegal-immigration/?search=amnesty#.WrO5aGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

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  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099588/fischer-files-amendment-to-address-marijuana-trafficking#.WrFhmWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO412e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099588/fischer-files-amendment-to-address-marijuana-trafficking#.WrFhmWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO412e3wfI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099588/fischer-files-amendment-to-address-marijuana-trafficking#.WrFhmWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO412e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1205917/#.WrKxKWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Peace Action https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1205917/#.WrKxKWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Peace Action https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1205917/#.WrKxKWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Peace Action https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/917790/fischer-statement-on-isil-nato-summit/#.WrLEhGe3wfI (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" https://votesmart.org/bill/24471/62540/41963/to-direct-the-removal-of-united-states-armed-forces-from-hostilities-in-the-republic-of-yemen-that-have-not-been-authorized-by-congress#.WrO39Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/41963/deb-fischer#.WrO4NGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Unknown-Position
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/917790/fischer-statement-on-isil-nato-summit/#.WrLEhGe3wfI (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" https://votesmart.org/bill/24471/62540/41963/to-direct-the-removal-of-united-states-armed-forces-from-hostilities-in-the-republic-of-yemen-that-have-not-been-authorized-by-congress#.WrO39Ge3wfI (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" https://votesmart.org/bill/24471/62540/41963/to-direct-the-removal-of-united-states-armed-forces-from-hostilities-in-the-republic-of-yemen-that-have-not-been-authorized-by-congress#.WrO39Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/917790/fischer-statement-on-isil-nato-summit/#.WrLEhGe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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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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