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NE – Fortenberry, Jeff

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Fortenberry is the most liberal member of this underperforming delegation in the conservative state of Nebraska. In 2011, he voted along with leadership for the debt ceiling deal and against most of the spending cut amendments. Fortenberry is the prototype of a red state statist who uses his conservative seat to create rural dependency by supporting government-venture socialism, such as farm subsidies and green energy and ethanol handouts. He was one of only 19 Republicans to support an early version of the farm bill in 2007. He is a big supporter of price and wage controls. 

Fortenberry is also an enemy of free-market energy policy and fossil fuels, while supporting government’s involvement on behalf of green energy. Fortenberry is a big conservationist and supporter of statist CAFÉ standards. He voted for the light bulb ban in 2007. In 2010, Fortenberry voted for the massive FDA takeover bill that created unprecedented government involvement in agriculture and food production. He also voted for the new Orwellian credit card regulations. Early this year, he was part of a minority group of Republicans who voted for the “fiscal cliff” tax hike bill, which increased spending by $330 billion.  It’s no wonder he is a member of the Republican Mainstreet Partnership.