Meet Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, District 1 Congressman (R)

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Partisanship
There is concern that ours has become a government of political parties - and not a government of, by and for the people. One viewer writes, I'd like to know what each candidate is going to do to help reduce partisanship and work with the opposite party to get things done in our country.

Q: Do you believe it's possible for Democrats and Republicans to work together efficiently and effectively? And if yes, how would you work to make that happen?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Economy/Unemployment
Many Nebraskans tell us the Economy is their #1 concern. They are worried about staying employed or finding work, keeping up with the cost of living, and supporting their families. One viewer simply stated. "If we don't fix the economy, it really doesn't matter what your opinions are on anything else."

Q: How do you propose to improve the U.S. economy and increase the number of jobs for Nebraskans?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Agriculture
Agriculture is Nebraska's #1 industry. With the current proposed Farm Bill in limbo, there is much uncertainty about how it will affect the future of our farmers and ranchers.

Q: What do you believe is holding up a decision on the new Farm Bill and what do you think it will take to get it passed? What is the one thing you would definitely like to see included in or eliminated from the Farm Bill?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Social Security and Medicare
There has been a lot of talk about a funding crisis for Social Security and Medicare. Several of our viewers/users/followers are concerned about what it will mean for their futures. One woman asked if she could just withdraw what she has put in and take her chances in 25 years.

Q: Is maintaining these programs realistic? If yes, how? If not, what other options would you offer?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Federal Healthcare Mandate
It's been called many things: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obama's Healthcare Plan, and even "ObamaCare". Most agree it has been both controversial and confusing. Even the Supreme Court struggled with the plan's constitutionality.

Q: What is your solution for making certain Nebraskans have quality, affordable healthcare for themselves and their families?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Civil Rights/Social Issues
Equal Rights, Same Sex Marriage, and the Separation of Church and State are all civil rights issues that tend to inspire strong feelings from those on all sides of the issues.

Q: Do you believe equal rights should be equal for everyone regardless of religion, race or sexual orientation? What is your stance on legalized abortion? How important do you think social issues will be in this election?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Illegal Immigration/Amnesty
One of the most divisive issues in Nebraska is immigration. There are many strong opinions varying from immediate deportation for those here illegally to amnesty for all.

Q: Where do you stand on current immigration policies? Do you favor providing healthcare and other benefits to families who are here illegally?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Education
More than 300,000 of Nebraska's residents are school-age children. They account for about 16% of the state's total population.

Q: What do you believe are the greatest challenges facing Nebraska's Education System, and how would you work to meet those challenges?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Pipeline Controversy
The controversy over where, or even if, to build the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is primarily centered here in Nebraska. Many believe it's the solution to ending dependence on foreign oil, while others say it's not worth the cost to the environment or their property.

Q: Do you think the pipeline should be built? Why or why not?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.


Special Interest Groups
Many residents have a negative perception about the political influence of Special Interest groups and "big money". They worry many of our elected officials are out of touch with the average citizen. According to the latest census, the median household income in Nebraska is about $49,000 per year, which is lower than the national average.

Q: How would you assure Nebraska's low and middle income families that you have their best interests at heart?

A: Candidate declined to send response. Please watch videos above to see where candidate stands on the issues.




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