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Nebraska GOP Record Too Extreme For Common Sense Nebraska

The emerging campaign theme from the Nebraska GOP appears to be the false allegation that the Nebraska Democratic ticket is “radical” or “extreme.” Our candidates stand for universal health coverage, deficit reduction, gun law reform and a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. That’s common sense — not extreme.

The true extremists can be found in Nebraska’s Congressional delegation. They have steadily compiled a record that has been out of touch with Nebraska for many years — culminating in sheer radicalism during the Trump Administration. Fischer, Sasse, Fortenberry, Bacon and Smith have all blindly supported the extreme agenda of Trump, their party bosses and the special interests since January 20, 2017.

Perhaps the most extreme vote the Nebraska Republicans made was for the notorious Trump Care bill. This legislation would have taken away insurance from 23 million people and gutted pre-existing condition protections — in order to fund a tax cut for the top 1%. Don Bacon even said: “Hell yes!” in favor of this toxic legislation.

The Nebraska Congressional delegation’s record on the budget is every bit as radical as their record on health care. Since Trump took office, Nebraska Republicans have voted to blow up the deficit again and return us to the days of annual $1 trillion deficits. When we have another recession, those deficits will balloon to $2 trillion. Already, GOP party bosses in D.C. are talking about cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to fund their millionaires’ tax cut.

All of Nebraska’s members of Congress have voted for deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. In addition, they are all on record in support of ending Medicare as we know it and turning it into a voucher program. Bacon has even come out for cuts in Social Security benefits. That’s radical.

On guns, the Nebraska delegation has been in the pocket of the NRA — also known as the gun lobby. In 2013, Deb Fischer voted against a background check bill that had a 90% approval rating. Fortenberry voted against funding research into the causes of gun violence. All five of them voted to make it easier for the mentally ill people to get guns. Now that’s extreme.

I think we will see more extremism from Fischer and Sasse in the upcoming Supreme Court nomination battle. As usual, they will fall in line and support whoever Trump selects.

Undoubtedly, Trump will select a nominee who will prioritize the interests of the wealthy and is hostile to women’s health care choices. Trump’s pick will be committed to overruling Roe v. Wade. Currently, Roe is supported by a 67% to 29% margin in the most recent polling. Supporting a nominee who is opposed to Roe is extreme.

On immigration, the GOP party bosses tried to jam through various immigration bills on a straight party line vote but they didn’t pass due to divisions in the GOP. Nebraska’s Congressional representatives only supported legislation that included poison pills like funding for Trump’s ludicrous wall in return for very limited protections for the Dreamers.

I could give you numerous other examples of how our Congressional delegation is too extreme for common sense Nebraska. It’s up to us Nebraska Democrats to inform our friends and neighbors about who the true extremists are. We can’t count on the media to do it for us.

We have a great ticket this year and a real opportunity to win this election. The GOP agenda is deeply unpopular and they simply can’t govern. The D.C. Republicans have broken every promise they made during the Obama Administration. It’s now up to us to throw the rascals out in 2018! Now let’s get it done!

I’m a trial lawyer, a Democratic activist and a sports fan.

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