Congress Watch

A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM

EXPLANATION & OBJECTIVES:

Nebraska representatives and senators in Washington, D.C. continually debate and vote on bills and resolutions pertaining to many issues of importance to fiscal conservatives.  The Congressional Quarterly,  newspapers, periodicals, and Internet websites record the votes of these elected officials.  We believe our membership and the public are entitled to examine these voting records, in order to form educated opinions about their Capitol Hill representatives.  Too many reps and senators go to great lengths to hide their voting records from their constituents by making excuses and shading the truth about their positions on legislation.  These officials rely on their constituents not discovering roll call votes and their consequences.  Our project instructs our members how to monitor voting records and lobby their Capitol Hill officials.

GENERAL DIRECTIONS:

Diligently keep current on congressman positions and votes.
Note positions and votes especially on current, controversial issues.
Use these positions and votes as a basis upon which to write your opinion/criticism to your rep or senator or to request clarification or additional information from him.
Thank officeholders for their efforts and conservative votes.
Read periodic bulletins sent to NTF by the National Taxpayers Union, based in Washington, D.C. These bulletins, plus bulletins that we download from the Internet and our own research, annotate important bills and resolutions currently pending in the House and Senate.
Use “How to Write Your Congressman” and other NTF outlines to lobby your senators and representatives.

NTF ISSUE PAPERS, ETC:

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SEN. SASSE BOLSTERS GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

NTF Issue paper: cong131.doc. 7-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SEN. SASSE BOLSTERS GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY. BACKGROUND. The General Accounting Office (GAO) of the federal government has the duty to oversee and monitor federal departments and agencies to determine if they complete their stated missions and carry out management in a professional manner. Unfortunately, some of these entities purposely and willfully secrete materials Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: FINANCIAL CHOICE FOR NEBRASKANS

NTF Issue Paper: cong97.doc. 6-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FINANCIAL CHOICE FOR NEBRASKANS. BACKGROUND. Conservative Cong. Jeb Hensarling (TX) is sponsoring his Financial Choice Act, HR 1266, to replace the liberal business-crippling Dodd-Frank Act. He is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Tight regulatory restrictions on financial services blossomed each year between 1999 and 2008, making financial Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE

NTF Issue paper: cong96.doc. 6-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE. BACKGROUND. Obama Care is a pain for providers and consumers, overseen by government wardens who ensure desirable behavior with subsidy carrots and mandate sticks.  The Republican-controlled Congress so far has failed to repeal Obama Care, which has devastated our health care systems and caused skyrocketing insurance premium rate hikes Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP AN OBAMA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CONFIRMATION

NTF Issue Paper: cong69.doc. 2-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP AN OBAMA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CONFIRMATION. BACKGROUND. The unfortunate demise of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has deeply saddened the conservative community. Justice Scalia always stood in the forefront of writing vigorous conservative opinions on tax, regulatory, and social issues. His wisdom and adherence to strict constitutional principles Read more »

EPA OZONE RULES STRANGLE NEBRASKA ECONOMY

NTF Issue Paper: cong127.doc. 9-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: EPA OZONE RULES STRANGLE OUR NEBRASKA ECONOMY. BACKGROUND. The Obama Regime submitted the final version of its clean energy plan which seeks to regulate the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from current and future power plants. These new actions represent the first time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has attempted to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Read more »

CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY 2014 VOTING RECORD

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM: CONGRESS WATCH BULLETIN. THE VOTING RECORD OF YOUR CONGRESSMAN: 2014. CONGRESSMAN JEFF FORTENBERRY 1st DISTRICT: NEBRASKA 113th CONGRESS, 2nd session NTF voting score: 83% Taxes. HR 4: To redefine full-time employee for purposes of employers providing health care coverage under Obama Care from 30 to 40 hrs. per week. Employers can exclude employees covered under DOD and Dept. of Veterans Affairs health Read more »

CONGRESSMAN SMITH 2014 VOTING RECORD

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM: CONGRESS WATCH BULLETIN. THE VOTING RECORD OF YOUR CONGRESSMAN: 2014. CONGRESSMAN ADRIAN SMITH 3rd DISTRICT: NEBRASKA 113th CONGRESS, 2nd session NTF voting score: 96% Taxes. HR 4: To redefine full-time employee for purposes of employers providing health care coverage under Obama Care from 30 to 40 hrs. per week. Employers can exclude employees covered under DOD and Dept. of Veterans Affairs health care Read more »

NEBRASKA SENATORS 2014 VOTING RECORDS

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM: CONGRESS WATCH BULLETIN. THE VOTING RECORD OF YOUR SENATORS: 2014 113th CONGRESS, 2nd Session Sen. Mike Johanns NTF voting scores during this session: 80% Sen. Deb Fischer NTF voting scores during this session: 95% Taxes. S. 2569: Amend IRS code to grant business tax credit for up to 20% of expenses incurred for relocating business back to U.S. Requires an increase in number of full-time workers employed Read more »

CONGRESSMAN TERRY 2014 VOTING RECORD

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM: CONGRESS WATCH BULLETIN. THE VOTING RECORD OF YOUR CONGRESSMAN: 2014. CONGRESSMAN LEE TERRY 2nd DISTRICT: NEBRASKA 113th CONGRESS, 2nd session NTF voting score: 96 % Taxes. HR 4: To redefine full-time employee for purposes of employers providing health care coverage under Obama Care from 30 to 40 hrs. per week. Employers can exclude employees covered under DOD and Dept. of Veterans Affairs health care Read more »

REPEAL THE FEDERAL ESTATE TAX

Cong122.doc. 4-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REPEAL THE FEDERAL ESTATE TAX. BACKGROUND. Conservatives and conservative congressmen have fought long and hard to repeal the federal estate tax, commonly called the death tax. Congress enacted this tax 3 times to pay for wars and then speedily repealed it but reinstated it in 1916 to help fund WWI as a temporary tax. A 1-yr. repeal occurred in 2010, the tax roaring back in 2011. Read more »

NE CONGRESSIONAL CONTACT INFO

Congressman Brad Ashford House of Representatives 107 Cannon House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-4155 Fax:202-226-5452 Website: https://ashford.house.gov OMAHA 7126 Pacific Street Omaha, NE 68106 402-916-5678 Congressman Jeff Fortenberry House of Representatives 1514 Longworth House Office Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-4806 Fax:202-225-5686 Website: https://fortenberry.house.gov LINCOLN 301 South 13 St. Read more »

CONSERVATIVE SEN. EFFORTS ON OBAMA CARE

NTF issue paper: cong90.doc. 2-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONSERVATIVE SENATE EFFORTS TO REPEAL OBAMA CARE. BACKGROUND. Conservative senators are sponsoring bills to repeal parts of socialist Obama Care. The Senate consensus is that it is easier to dismantle Obama Care in pieces rather than attempt to repeal it entirely in one bill. These bills must join with similar House bills for debate, then voted on in both houses Read more »

END CONGRESSIONAL PENSIONS

NTF issue paper: cong67.doc. 1-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: END CONGRESSIONAL PENSIONS. BACKGROUND. Conservative Cong. Ron DeSantis (Fla.) has introduced HR 584, the End Pensions in Congress Act. This legislation would end pensions for all future congressmen and those presently serving but not yet vested in the congressional retirement plan. DeSantis himself refused a pension when assuming office. He is a founding member Read more »

Urge Your Congressman and Senators

Urge your congressman and senators to press forward on the following congressional reforms: Congressmen must purchase their own retirement plans, like the rest of us. Congressmen no longer can vote themselves a pay raise. Their pay increases by the lower of the CPI or 3% annually. Congress loses its current cushy health care system and must participate in the same health care system that the Obama Regime yoked on the rest of us. Email netaxpayers@gmail.com Read more »

RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE A BAD IDEA

NTF Issue Paper: cong113.doc.  1-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE A BAD IDEA. BACKGROUND.  Leftist Sen. Tom Harkin (IA.) in his S. 460 bill proposes to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25 per hour, the wage since 2009.  The Democrat Party platform supports this or a similar plan, considering it a signature issue.  And the Obama Regime wants the new wage indexed for inflation. PRIOR HISTORY.   Read more »

And you thought Canada was more progressive?

Do you think other nations don't watch the US?  I shudder to think what our enemies think of us.  Pretty soon the interest payments on our national debt will fund the entire Chinese military.  Well, don't take my word for it.  Watch this video of Pierre Poilievre, a Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, Canada, as he defends conservative fiscal policy in a debate on Canada's 2012 budget: Read more »

PASS THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

NTF Issue Paper: balancedbudget2.doc.  8-11. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PASS THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. BACKGROUND.  In 1995, a Balanced Budget Amendment passed the House but failed to pass in the Senate by 1 vote.  The U.S. national debt has reached over a massive $14.3 trillion, and our national deficit teeters at $1.65 trillion.  Congress has raised the national debt ceiling, despite strong objections by fiscal conservatives, Read more »

Support Veterans' Benefits for Business Startups

Contact your congressman to support Cong. Fortenberry's legislation to allow veterans to cash in their educational benefits for funds to start up small businesses, as many returning soldiers would rather use skills already learned than attend college. Only a third of vets use their benefits to attend college. This legislation will spur job creation and create new tax revenues. The Veterans Business Institute estimates that his bill would create Read more »