Candidate Profile
Benjamin Sasse

Republican , Nebraska

Biography

Name
Benjamin Sasse
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2018:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  A
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Club for Growth, 2018:  93%, 97% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  86%, 96% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  96%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  95%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  93%
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  96%, 91% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  90% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019:  90%, 88% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  83%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  83%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  57%, 77% (cum.)
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  75%
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  69% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  68% (cum.)

91%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  56%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  31%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  18%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  6%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  6% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  10%, 5% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  14%, 3% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  0%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  F
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

6%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

4
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, Club for Growth, Donald Trump, National Right To Life

Others

2
Ken Herz, Lindsey Graham

Reported by Candidate

6
Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Governor Dave Heineman (R-NE), Governor Kay Orr (R-NE), Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Family Alliance PAC, National Right to Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
11
Club for Growth (2019), Joni Ernst (2014), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2014), Madison Project (2014), Mitch McConnell (2014), Pat Roberts (2014) and 5 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
100
21st Century Majority Fund (2019), 60 Plus Association (2014), Adrian Smith (2014), American Conservative Union (2014), American Legacy PAC (2014), Arkansas for Leadership PAC (2014) and 94 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Democracy Engine (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
Democracy Engine (2019), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2019), Paul Singer (2014), Seth A. & Beth S. Klarman (2019)

Summary

5%

LIBERAL

95%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  "Life begins at conception and ends at natural death. We must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and defend the sanctity of life."  Source

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  "Sasse is an original cosponsor of legislation that would have redirected taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood…toward other federally qualified health centers that offer care to women and children."  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse was the author of the Born Alive Survivors Act. "The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection isn't about abortion, it's about making sure that every newborn baby gets the care they need."  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

100% pro-life voting record. Author of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Even one abortion is too many.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  "Government doesn't grow the economy; the private sector does."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

(Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse is an original cosponsor of the First Amendment Defense Act, which protects individuals from government discrimination based on defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  Source

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse introduced a resolution in the Senate (S.J.Res.58) that "expresses support for the protection of the right to follow one's own religious beliefs under the First Amendment. The joint resolution also condemns government dictation of acceptable religious beliefs and declares any effort by the government to condition the receipt of the protections of the laws and Constitution of the United States an affront to the intention of the First Amendment".  Source

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse created the Health Savings Account Expansion Act which would "allow unspent money from an employer-based savings arrangement to be rolled into a separate health savings account (HSA), ensuring that funds are not forfeited at the end of the year or following a job transition...The bill would also increase the amount that families can set aside in these accounts to match the annual deductible and out-of-pocket expenses in their insurance plan, ensuring families can save enough money to pay for all of their health care costs".  Source


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  "I voted to support the President's emergency declaration to build the wall because we have an obvious crisis at the border."  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse voted in favor of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.  Source

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

(Did not answer)


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

One of the three most conservative voting records in the U.S. Senate.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

(Did not answer)

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Wheat Leader of the Year (2019)


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  "Senator Sasse has filed amendments to the First Step Act designed to ensure that violent and dangerous criminals are not eligible for early release."  Source


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse supports "red flag gun legislation" that "would not take away guns without due process and it would be limited to certain categories of people, such as those convicted of domestic violence or other crimes and those adjudicated as being mentally ill".  Source


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse "cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017".  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

iVoterGuide Note:  Sasse said the feds shouldn't be involved in regulating marijuana--"That should be left to local authorities," he said.  Source

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Pro-life and religious liberty protections Ag/Trade Term Limits

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)


Background

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Offices
  • U.S. Senator (R-NE), Held 6
 

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