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OpEd: Criticized for giving up seat on Agriculture Committee

Having the group's support also could help Sasse respond to criticism over his decision to give up a seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee and instead serve on the Judiciary Committee. That move temporarily left the farm-focused panel without a Nebraskan for the first time in nearly 50 years. [Senate opponent] Chris Janicek highlighted that issue in a statement and suggested that it shows the Farm Bureau is out of touch with its members.
Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2020 Nebraska Senate race , Dec 9, 2019

Dysfunctional Congress hasn't passed budget in 6 years

Q: With the new Republican Senate majority, what can be done to demonstrate that the Congress is no longer dysfunctional?

SASSE: Well, first we have to pass a budget. There's only been one budget passed in the last six years, so obviously, we need to demonstrate an ability to govern. But we also need to admit that the big challenges facing this country aren't going to be solved in the next 24 months. We need to set the stage for a 2016 presidential election.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interviews by Martha Raddatz , Jan 4, 2015

Raising debt ceiling ok if part of long-term reform

Q: Will you support raising the debt ceiling?

SASSE: Obviously a country that functions needs to pay its bills. But we need to have a long-term conversation about actually dealing with all the structural insolvency in our entitlement programs. The debt ceiling is less than a quarter of the real problem. The unfunded obligations in our entitlement programs are three and four times--

Q: So it sounds like you would vote for it?

SASSE: As a part of a down payment on a long-term reform, absolutely.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interviews by Martha Raddatz , Jan 4, 2015

Reform entitlement programs & live within our means

Government should be promoting prosperity, protecting property, and practicing frugality, rather than spawning dependency, redistributing wealth, and spending recklessly. What does this mean?
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues" , Nov 14, 2013

Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package.

Sasse voted YEA Consolidated Appropriations Act (COVID Relief bill)

NPR summary of HR133:

Argument in opposition: Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV-2) said after voting against H.R. 133: "Congress voted to spend another $2.3 trillion [$900 billion for COVID relief], which will grow our national debt to about $29 trillion. The federal government will again have to borrow money from nations like China. This massive debt is being passed on to our children and grandchildren. With multiple vaccines on the way thanks to President Trump and Operation Warp Speed, we do not need to pile on so much additional debt. Now is the time to safely reopen our schools and our economy. HR133 was another 5593-page bill put together behind closed doors and released moments prior to the vote."

Legislative outcome: Passed House 327-85-18, Roll #250, on Dec. 21. 2020; Passed Senate 92-6-2, Roll #289, on Dec. 21; signed by President Trump on Dec 27 [after asking for an increase from $600 to $2,000 per person, which was introduced as a separate vote].

Source: Congressional vote 20-HR133 on Jan 15, 2020

Opposed $1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief.

Sasse voted NAY American Rescue Plan Act

This bill provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses:

Rep. Kevin McCarthy in OPPOSITION (3/11/21): The so-called American Rescue Plan imposed a $1.9 trillion new burden on American families. Despite being branded as 'COVID relief,' only 9% of funds in this bill actually goes to defeating the virus, and almost half of the money, including more than 95% of the education funds, will not be spent until 2022 or later. After a year of struggle and sacrifice, students and parents get no answer to the vital question of when they can expect schools to reopen full time. President Biden wants Americans to believe 'help is on the way.' But under this bill, it isn't; waste is.

Biden Administration in SUPPORT (2/26/21): ARPA provides the tools and support critical to tackle the urgent public health and economic crises the Nation faces as a result of COVID-19. The bill also provides eligible Americans with a $1,400 payment in addition to the $600 payment provided in December of 2020. The bill also extends key emergency unemployment benefits, and raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 219-212-1 on 2/27/21; passed Senate 50-49-1 on 3/6/21; signed by President on 3/11/21.

Source: Congressional vote 21-HR1319 on Feb 27, 2021

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