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.

Contact Information For Nebraska Senators and Representatives

NTF ISSUE PAPERS, ETC:

ISSUE PAPER: HR 1 WOULD INFRINGE ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

NTF issue paper: cong65.doc. 2-19. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: HR 1 WOULD INFRINGE ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. BACKGROUND. Socialist Democrats masquerade this bill as an anti-corruption bill. Democrats have a reputation for naming legislation after its opposite intended effect. The bill, sponsored by liberal Rep. John Sarbanes (MD.), in reality would curtail our most precious constitutional rights. It would severely restrict Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: INNOVATION ACT WILL HELP NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS

NTF Issue Paper: cong153.doc. 10-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: INNOVATION ACT WILL HELP NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS. BACKGROUND. The first Trump tax cut bill helped Nebraska businesses, particularly small businesses. A new bill, third in a series, the American Innovation Act, would additionally help businesses prosper in Nebraska with several provisions. THE BILL. HR 6756, sponsored by Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: FAMILY SAVINGS ACT WILL HELP NEBRASKA FAMILIES

NTF issue paper: cong152.doc. 10-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FAMILY SAVINGS ACT WILL HELP NEBRASKA FAMILIES. BACKGROUND. This bill is the 2nd in a series of 3 bills promoted by conservative congressmen to continue the tax relief efforts of President Trump. This bill means to offer financial security to Nebraskans and other Americans who have difficulty saving sufficient funds for emergencies and will allow them to better Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PROTECT NEBRASKA INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL BUSINESS TAX CUTS: 1st in a series

NTF Issue paper: cong151.doc. 9-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PROTECT NEBRASKA INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL BUSINESS TAX CUTS: 1st in a series of 3 issue papers. BACKGROUND. Conservative congressmen advanced from the House Ways & Means Committee 3 bills to further tax relief for Americans. The first Trump Tax Cut has seen hundreds of companies offer pay raises, bonuses, or increased pension benefits. Conservative congressmen with Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SEN. DEB FISCHER CONTINUES TO DISMANTLE OBAMA CARE

NTF Issue paper: cong150.doc. 9-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SEN. DEB FISCHER CONTINUES TO DISMANTLE OBAMA CARE. BACKGROUND. About 7.8 million adult women and 1.9 million adult men in the U.S. tan indoors, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Desperate to find funding for his socialist Obama Care plan, Pres. Obama included in his bill new taxes on several services, including a 10% excise tax on tanning salons. Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: CONG. DON BACON PROTECTS OUR HOMELAND

NTF Issue paper: cong148.doc. 8-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONG. DON BACON PROTECTS OUR HOMELAND. BACKGROUND. Because of our current lax system of screening individuals entering our country and failing to track them once here, also because many foreigners with evil intent regularly sneak into the U.S., Americans need and deserve a protective system that will help close these dangerous gaps in our security. According to Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SEN. FISCHER FIGHTS OBAMA CARE

NTF Issue Paper: cong62.doc. 9-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SEN. FISCHER FIGHTS OBAMA CARE. BACKGROUND. Congress has so far seemed unable to muster votes necessary to repeal socialist Obama Care completely. However, conservative representatives and senators continue to introduce a series of bills to dismantle parts of Obama Care or delay negative aspects of this socialist legislation. NE Sen. Deb Fischer co-sponsored a bill, Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: CONG. ADRIAN SMITH CHAMPIONS HOME SCHOOLS & SEASONED CITIZENS

NTF Issue Paper: cong11.doc. 1-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONG. ADRIAN SMITH CHAMPIONS HOME SCHOOLS & SEASONED CITIZENS. BACKGROUND. The recent passage of the new federal tax reform bill now allows taxpayers to use their 529 savings accounts for expenses at private and parochial elementary and secondary schools. However, bill sponsors deleted this privilege for home school parents and their children. As public schools Read more »

NYF ISSUE PAPER: CONG. JEFF FORTENBERRY CHAMPIONS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

NTF Issue Paper: cong140.doc. 8-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONG. JEFF FORTENBERRY CHAMPIONS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. BACKGROUND. Health savings accounts (HSAs) rapidly are gaining popularity among fiscal conservatives in Congress and throughout the nation as a popular means to save to pay for medical expenses. As an excellent antidote to Obama Care, working Nebraskans are eager to see an expansion, as these work so well Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN CHILDREN

NTF Issue Paper: cong139.doc. 7-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN CHILDREN. BACKGROUND. Liberals inside and outside of Congress are feverishly working together to guarantee permanent amnesty for 752,000 illegal alien children who have flooded over the southern border into our country in recent years or children brought here by illegally immigrating parents. President Obama granted these minors Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES

Cong138.doc. 7-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES. BACKGROUND. Conservatives have complained for years about federal employees receiving undeserved, generous bonuses. Employees who have received personnel censures and demotions for engaging in unethical or illegal behavior sometimes receive these bonuses. Current law has no restrictions on bestowing bonuses on federal employees, and those having misconduct Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: CONGRESSMAN DON BACON, A CONSTANT CONSERVATIVE HERO TO TAXPAYERS

NTF Issue Paper: cong137.doc. 6-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONGRESSMAN DON BACON: A CONSTANT CONSERVATIVE HERO TO TAXPAYERS. BACKGROUND. Congressman Don Bacon, 2nd District NE, in the few months he has served as a representative in Washington, D.C., has proved himself a constant hero to taxpayers and veterans. His steady stellar record in House votes deserves wide publicity and acclaim. His Spring votes clearly demonstrate Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SEN. DEB FISCHER BUILDS USA

NTF Issue Paper: cong42.doc. 6-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SEN. DEB FISCHER BUILDS USA. BACKGROUND. NE Sen. Deb Fischer, as chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation, has introduced S. 271, a bill to fund new infrastructure projects across the U.S., including highways and airports. Known as the Build USA Infrastructure Act, it would handle future infrastructure funding shortfalls because of less revenue Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES

Cong138.doc. 7-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES. BACKGROUND. Conservatives have complained for years about federal employees receiving undeserved, generous bonuses. Employees who have received personnel censures and demotions for engaging in unethical or illegal behavior sometimes receive these bonuses. Current law has no restrictions on bestowing bonuses on federal employees, and those having misconduct Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BILLS IN CONGRESS: 2017

NTF Issue paper: illegal17.doc. 3-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BILLS IN CONGRESS: 2017. GOOD HOUSE BILLS. HR 80: Babin (Tx.). To prohibit admission of alien refugees into the U.S., unless Congress passes a joint resolution giving the Department of Homeland Security authority to resume admitting them. The Government Accountability Office must report on the national security impact of refugee admissions Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: LOBBY TO PASS "SARAH'S LAW"

NTF Issue Paper: cong125.doc. 2-17 NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBY TO PASS "SARAH'S LAW." BACKGROUND. Nebraska Congressmen Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry, and Adrian Smith all signed on as co-sponsors of HR 300, also known as "Sarah's Law." A bill named for 21-year old honors college graduate Sarah Root, killed in January, 2016 by a drunken Honduran illegal alien, Eswin Mejia. He already had earned several traffic citations Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: E-VERIFY IS GOOD FOR NEBRASKA BUSINESS

NTF Issue Paper: illegal100.doc. 2-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: E-VERIFY IS GOOD FOR NEBRASKA BUSINESS. BACKGROUND. Recognizing that congressional legislation eventually will make the use of E-Verify mandatory in all states, many employers now are beginning to use this system voluntarily in order to become accustomed to its provisions. Under Senate legislation, companies must examine documents like passport, SS card, drivers Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: HR 80 WILL STOP UNVETTED MUSLIM REFUGEES

NTF Issue Paper: cong136.doc. 5-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: HR 80 WILL STOP UNVETTED MUSLIM REFUGEES. BACKGROUND. Conservative Rep. Brian Babin (TX.) has introduced HR 80, the refugee resettlement accountability national security act of 2017. His rationale is that the refugee resettlement program in the U.S., managed by the UN, poses a dangerous threat to the safety and security of American citizens. The terrorist ISIS Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PREVENT LIBERALS FROM HARASSING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch140.doc. 9-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PREVENT LIBERALS FROM HARASSING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS. BACKGROUND. Private political speech guaranteed by our Constitution suffers assault by government regulators, activist judges, leftist activists, and liberal media demanding greater disclosure of donors and members of conservative and nonprofit organizations. Anonymous political speech has appeared in democratic Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 Don Bacon House of Representatives 1516 Longworth Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-4155 Fax:202-226-5452 Website: https://bacon.house.gov OMAHA 13906 Gold Circle Omaha, NE 68144 402-938-0300 Congressman Jeff Fortenberry House of Representatives 1514 Longworth Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-4806 Fax:202-225-5686 Website: https://fortenberry.house.gov LINCOLN 301 South 13 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 »

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 »